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February 24, 2024

Former supervisor, tribal leader face off against incumbent congresswoman

Longtime Silicon Valley congresswoman Zoe Lofgren is locked in a contentious battle with Muwekma Ohlone tribal leader Charlene Nijmeh and former San Benito County Supervisor Peter Hernandez that will be decided in November, when the two highest primary vote getters face off for the...

Proposed law would limit young people from e-bikes

A newly introduced Assembly bill could keep younger kids off  e-bikes, and require testing for others. But some in the industry say the rules go too far. Every morning and afternoon throughout Santa Cruz County, hundreds of young people commute to school on bicycles powered...

Watsonville business owner celebrates ‘Monumental’ birthday

Adelaide Shugart, whose husband founded Monument Lumber in 1952, and whose family continues to keep the popular lumber yard doors open 72 years later, will chalk up her 100th birthday on Friday. Until recently she continued to drive to the company on Tuesdays, where she...

Watsonville Film Festival on horizon

The 12th annual Watsonville Film Festival will showcase a collection of films that organizers say challenge stereotypes while highlighting the diversity in the Latinx experience, from lowrider car culture to an indigenous soprano singer from Oaxaca, Mexico. “This Festival was created to counter Hollywood’s often...

Snatch up your Crab Feed tickets, before they’re gone

Tickets sales for the 21st annual Fairgrounds Foundation Crab Feed are swiftly selling for the festive evening at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.  Set for March 2, the all-you-can-eat crab, chicken, clam chowder, salad and dessert meal—which usually draws 500 people—will also include a silent...

Watsonville man dies in Corralitos crash

A 58-year-old Watsonville man died Sunday in a solo-vehicle crash in the hills above Corralitos. Israel Murillo of the California Highway Patrol said the man, who has not been identified, was driving south on Eureka Canyon Road in a black 2003 GMC Yukon south of...

Pinole homicide suspect caught in Santa Cruz

A man wanted on suspicion of murder in the San Francisco Bay Area was stopped and arrested Friday evening in Santa Cruz. According to Israel Murillo of the California Highway Patrol, officers on patrol spotted the suspect’s vehicle—a Hyundai Elantra—traveling in the area of Seabright...

Editor’s take: Limiting hate speech not a First Amendment violation

The Watsonville City Council made the right choice Tuesday when it voted to end—at least for now—public participation by Zoom. In October, both that body of elected leaders and the Capitola City Council were subjected to a series of hateful, expletive-filled racist comments from people...

Widespread pesticide use a civil rights violation, tribunal says

Tarmo Hannula contributed to this story. Over the decades, California lawmakers, district attorneys, county agricultural commissioners and others tasked with protecting residents have neglected to do so for farmworkers and their families, who are disproportionately affected by dangerous agricultural chemicals. This amounts to years of civil...

County Supervisors oppose AT&T bid to end landlines

The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a resolution denying a request from AT&T to be released from its requirements to provide landline services to Santa Cruz County. While the resolution—which will be sent to the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC)—carries little...
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Murder arrest at Seabright Beach

A Santa Cruz man was arrested early Friday morning on suspicion of killing a woman on Seabright State Beach. The Santa Cruz Police Department said...

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