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September 25, 2023

Crocker’s Lockers breaks ground on new Watsonville storage facility

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Ted Crocker (left), founder of Crocker's Lockers, is joined by Supervisor Felipe Hernandez (right) and others Friday in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Crocker's Lockers self-storage facility on Airport Boulevard at Nielson Street in Watsonville. Crocker, a Watsonville High graduate, class of '62,...

‘A tastebud explosion:’ Santa Cruz County Fair opens

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After four months of being raised by a Watsonville High School student, Stinkers the pig is ready for market. The 252-pound Hampshire cross was lazing in her pen Wednesday, soon after the Santa Cruz County Fair opened and after she waddled with a third-place ribbon...

Freedom Boulevard repaving wrapping up

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A major upgrade on a section of Freedom Boulevard, between Alta Vista Avenue and Green Valley Road, is in its final stage. The months-long job included fresh asphalt, multi-modal bike lanes, new curbs, sidewalks and gutters (in places), new ADA ramps, a bus pullout at...

PVUSD Trustees deny assistant superintendent contract

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The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday narrowly rejected a contract for an assistant superintendent position to oversee the district’s 16 elementary schools.  The move sparked tension among board members who earlier in the evening approved a timeline and salary range...

Santa Cruz County Supervisors move forward on housing element update

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The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday took a close look at an upcoming update to the housing element of the county’s general plan, a move required of jurisdictions every eight years. Central to the update is the state-mandated Regional Housing Needs Allocation...

Santa Cruz County Supervisor District 2 race continued

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This is the second installment highlighting the candidates running for the Second District seat on the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors. Tony Crane is an Aptos mortgage broker who is battling against what he sees as county corruption for decisions on a residential mental...

Fiesta Mexicana features film, dance and musical performances

Watsonville Film Festival is partnering with Cabrillo College’s “Hispanic Serving Institution Week” to celebrate Mexican Independence Day at the Watsonville Plaza on Friday from 5-7:30pm.  This free family event will feature live music by Mariachi Juvenil Corazón Jaliscience from Hollister and Laura Rebolloso, a singer,...

Briefs: Polka band to perform at Oktoberfest Santa Cruz

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Polka band to perform at Oktoberfest Oktoberfest returns to Messiah Lutheran Church, 801 High St. in Santa Cruz, on Sept. 30 from noon to 4pm. The event will feature German food, beer and wine, along with various activities for children and families. The Thirsty Nine polka band...

Cabrillo trustees vote to delay name change

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The Cabrillo College Board of Trustees voted Monday to defer renaming the college until 2028.  The 6-1 decision, with Trustee Steve Trujillo dissenting, ends a three-year process to replace the name Cabrillo with one unassociated with colonization. The Name Exploration Subcommittee that wrote the recommendation—whose members...

New mural goes up in Ramsay Park

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Thanks to the efforts of a group of local students and artist Jaime Sanchez, a new colorful mural has been added to an outdoor wall of the Family Center in Ramsay Park. The 65-by-15-foot work, titled "The Bigger Picture,” stems from the Teen Artes program...

Final chapter for Kelly’s Books

After 12 years of running Watsonville’s only bookstore, Kelly Pleskunas will hang up her closed sign at Kelly’s Books for the last time Nov....

Fair a “roaring success”