A worker at Oil Can Henry's in the Overlook Center on Main Street sets up shop for the work day. —Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian

Tarmo Hannula: Two new police officers will officially hit the streets this weekend in Watsonville to begin their 20-week Field Training phase. When they are done, they will join four others in their various stages of training, which will eventually add up to a full staff at Watsonville Police Department.

Clarke Cooper and his sons, Melvin and Jesse, who own Chevrolet of Watsonville, recently acquired Monterey Bay Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Mid Bay Ford Lincoln on Auto Center Drive.

Governor Gavin Newsom has pledged $750 million to combat homelessness around California. Funding for an unspecified number of trailers falls within the budget. It’s too early to say if Santa Cruz County will get a share of the money. Additionally, the National Guard Armory in De Leveaga Park in Santa Cruz will open its doors next week to house the homeless. The facility can hold 80 people on a temporary basis. 

A wave of fraudulent text messages are springing up around the country claiming thousands of young adults and even teens are being drafted into military service has generated a widespread panicked reaction. The teens, young adults and their parents are now afraid youths were being requested to sign up for the military or face penalties, including jail time. People are receiving messages over their smart phones stating that they are “marked eligible” for the military draft and are ordered to report to their nearest Army branch to be deployed to Iran. The move forced the U.S. Army to issue a “fraud alert.” Reinstating the military draft has to be approved by Congress.

While teachers return to their schools around the Pajaro Valley Unified School District Monday, students begin spring semester classes Tuesday.

Quote of the day: “Experience is what you get while looking for something else.” —Federico Fellini

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