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September 27, 2023

Pesticide use discussed in community meeting

WATSONVILLE—A group of residents from Watsonville's senior neighborhoods gathered at the Pajaro Village Club House last week to hear a presentation on pesticide use, and on an upcoming pilot project to notify residents on nearby applications. Hosted by the Center for Farmworkers Families, Safe Ag...

Measure D fails in a landslide

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Measure D–which was hailed by many as a way to get Santa Cruz County residents out of their vehicles, off the roads and onto a bike-pedestrian path that replaced the rail line–was dealt a crushing blow Tuesday when it went down in...

Renaissance High celebrates commencement

Hundreds of people, toting festive balloons and armloads of flowers, showed up for the commencement ceremony for Renaissance High School on June 2.  Led into the Mello Center by their principal, Deanna Young, the line of 61 seniors filled up the first three rows...

More than two-thirds against Measure D in early results

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Measure D appeared to be failing soon after the polls closed Tuesday night, with 68% of voters opposing it. As of 8:20pm, 15,704 of the 22,966 votes counted were against the measure. Also called the “Santa Cruz County Greenway Initiative,” this measure would change the county’s...

Caps and gowns at New School

Taking advantage of the sprawling athletic field of Landmark Elementary School that adjoins the tiny campus of New School, 25 graduates filed onto the lawn on the first day of June to fetch their high school diplomas. “It’s a good feeling, to realize all the...

Man found guilty in kidnapping, assault case

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SANTA CRUZ—A man who kidnapped, assaulted, robbed and shot his victim through the genitals last year was found guilty May 19 of aggravated mayhem, kidnapping, robbery and assault with a firearm, Santa Cruz County District Attorney Jeffrey Rosell announced. Tilden Ball, 37, is set to...

Levee rebuild gets final approval

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WATSONVILLE—After decades of efforts by local, state and federal officials, plans to rebuild the Pajaro River Levee can now move forward after voters in Watsonville approved an assessment on their annual property tax bills that will pay for the maintenance and operations costs. The Pajaro...

Phil’s Fish Market relocating

Phil’s Fish Market
MOSS LANDING—Phil’s Fish Market & Eatery, the iconic harborside Moss Landing restaurant that has garnered international fame with its seafood dishes and laid-back California vibe, will close and relocate soon. The move is necessary because Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), which owns the property,...

Photo: New plaza mural in the works

Artist Bruce Harman continues work on a new mural in Watsonville Plaza on the exterior of the new self-cleaning pair of restrooms. The artwork includes depictions of graduates, St. Patrick's Church, the Tuttle Mansion, folklorico dancers, Mexican folk art and more. City officials are...

PV Arts honors the late Diane Porter Cooley in new exhibit

When local conservation pioneer and philanthropist Diane Porter Cooley died last March, members of Pajaro Valley Arts (PVA) knew they wanted to pay tribute to her in some way. Cooley was a founding board member of PVA and instrumental in its success over the years....
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PVUSD trustees approve new Assistant Superintendent contract

The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved the contract for a new assistant superintendent to oversee the district’s 16...
California Highway Patrol officer Israel Murrillo

CHP searching for new officers