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February 28, 2021

Motorcyclist dies after crash in Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ—A 29-year-old Capitola man was killed Thursday afternoon when he was involved in a multiple-vehicle collision while riding his motorcycle. According to Santa Cruz Police Lt. Carter Jones, officers responded to a report of a collision on Mission Street at Fair Avenue around 4:43pm....

Two housing projects head to Watsonville City Council

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WATSONVILLE—The Watsonville City Council at its Feb. 23 meeting will see plans for two large housing developments that combined will bring 103 new apartments. The Residence on Main Street and an affordable apartment complex on Freedom Boulevard from nonprofit developer Eden Housing will be on...

Pandemic hits agriculture, hospitality industries hardest

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—The number of unemployed people in Santa Cruz County has nearly doubled since the Covid-19 crisis began in March 2020, from 4.8 percent in 2019 to 8.5 percent last year. That amounts to 16,900 fewer jobs than there were a year ago, said...

PVUSD to build celebrity-inspired teaching kitchen

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WATSONVILLE—The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on Feb. 10 approved a project at Starlight Elementary School that will include an industrial-level kitchen and a large garden, which school officials hope will teach students how to grow, prepare and cook their own...

Pajaro Valley High playing field opens on Feb. 26

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WATSONVILLE—When Pajaro Valley High School opened in 2004, it was with the understanding it would soon have a playing field. But since then, legions of student-athletes have played on other schools’ facilities, and generations of graduates have received their diplomas on other school’s fields. Those...

Should the Feds guarantee you a job?

By Eduardo Porter, of The New York Times What should the president do about jobs? For 30 years, Democratic administrations have approached the question by focusing on the overall economy and trusting that a vibrant labor market would follow. But there is a growing feeling...

New pizza shop opens in historic Pajaro location

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PAJARO—The tiny town of Pajaro, nestled on the most northerly corner of Monterey County, just got its first pizzeria. Thanks to a dream of Pajaro native and resident Eric Ramirez, fresh homemade pizzas are prepared in-house and baked in a brick oven at Idle Hour...

Man arrested for allegedly shooting, killing reported ‘friend’

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WATSONVILLE—Watsonville police arrested a 19-year-old man for allegedly shooting and killing a man who officers say was his “friend” on Jan. 7. Ricardo Garcia was taken into custody on the 1400 block of Freedom Boulevard on Feb. 12. Watsonville Police Department spokeswoman Michelle Pulido said...

Watsonville man arrested in connection with January shooting in Live Oak

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WATSONVILLE—Deputies from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office arrested a suspect in Watsonville Tuesday on suspicion of attempted homicide in a Jan. 13 drive-by shooting in Live Oak. Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Ashley Keehn said deputies arrested Daniel Anthony Tostado, 19, at a home on the...

Local father-daughter musical duo releases first album

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WATSONVILLE—April Bennett was only about 2 years old when she went up on a stage with her father, Steve Bennett for the very first time. Steve was in the house band at Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton for many years, and April would often join...

Cross country: Weekly roundup, Feb. 27

The Aptos High boys cross country team, once again led by its trio of standout seniors, defeated Monte Vista Christian to remain unbeaten in...
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