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May 21, 2022

PVUSD middle and high schools will start at later times in fall

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WATSONVILLE—Next year, older students statewide will start school later in the morning thanks to a law that takes effect this year. Senate Bill 328, authored by Sen. Anthony Portantino, requires middle schools and high schools to begin no earlier than 8am and 8:30am, respectively. Signed...

Event to engage Watsonville with ongoing immigrant justice project

WATSONVILLE—For the past three years, UC Santa Cruz’s (UCSC) We Belong research project has aimed to elevate immigrant voices, strengthen local community coalitions and inform local policy.  And next week, their work will be on display during a special event in downtown Watsonville. We Belong grew...

Father-son pair arrested again on marijuana charges

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WATSONVILLE—A father and son who have faced numerous marijuana-related charges in the past were arrested again on April 19 after a California Highway Patrol officer found nearly five pounds of marijuana in their vehicle. According to CHP officer Sam Courtney, Elias Ayala Gutierrez, 50, and...

Watsonville man, child killed after truck plunges off cliff

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SAN MATEO COUNTY—A Watsonville man and a child were killed on April 29 after the pickup they were in plunged off a cliff and into the ocean at Pescadero State Beach in San Mateo County, Cal Fire in San Mateo reported. According to California Highway...

Photo: Watsonville Brillante moves ahead

Watsonville Brillante
Sam Ruiz (left) and Jose Ruelas team up with Emanuel Garcia (not shown) of Rinaldi Tile & Marble to install a mosaic tile sheet to the exterior wall of the parking structure at Rodriguez and Second streets Monday. Watsonville Brillante, a multiphase mosaic outdoor project...

Group to file complaint against Watsonville housing project

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WATSONVILLE—A group is planning to file a complaint to the California Attorney General’s Office against the city of Watsonville and the County of Santa Cruz for advancing a housing project that they say will create an environmental hazard for its future residents and a...

Watsonville will likely place sales tax increase on November ballot

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WATSONVILLE—The city of Watsonville will likely ask its residents to approve a half-cent sales tax increase in the November election that would raise the city’s sales tax to 9.75%—the most the municipality is allowed to tax its residents. The Watsonville City Council did not place...

Voting underway for Pajaro River levee assessment

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WATSONVILLE—Ballots have now been mailed out to roughly 3,000 people who own property in the Pajaro River floodplain, and the fate of a $400 million levee restoration project is in their hands. They must decide whether they support a property tax assessment that will pay...

PVHS teachers make push for 7-period day

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WATSONVILLE—During the summer, Pajaro Valley Unified School District officials plan to meet at the bargaining table with the district’s teachers union in hopes of hammering out an agreement that would create a 7-period day at Pajaro Valley High School. A majority of teachers at the...

Nature walks open to older adults

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WATSONVILLE—Thanks to a partnership between the Watsonville Senior Center and the Watsonville Nature Center, 22 older adults got a close-up view of Struve Slough, and its birds and plants Monday during the Senior Nature Walk, a program that launched in November. Led up by Nancy...
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‘Catz earn top seed in CCS D-II field | High school...

It wasn’t whether or not the Watsonville High softball team was going to qualify for the Central Coast Section playoffs. The big question was where...