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February 22, 2024

Watsonville City Council halts evictions for residents impacted by COVID-19

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WATSONVILLE—Watsonville renters that have been under increased financial pressure during the COVID-19 outbreak received some good news Monday. The City Council by a 5-2 vote approved a temporary moratorium on evictions for tenants—both residential and commercial—affected by the fallout of the global coronavirus pandemic. The emergency...

Santa Cruz METRO steps up disinfecting routines to keep rolling

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Deep cleaning is now routine at Santa Cruz METRO to not only keep their fleet on the road, but to assure riders that busses are squeaky clean. Every day since early March, before the first person in Santa Cruz County was diagnosed with...

Staff of Life closes for cleaning after employee contracts Covid-19

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SANTA CRUZ—Staff of Life, a popular natural foods market in Santa Cruz for more than 50 years, announced Monday that an employee tested positive for Covid-19. “We have made the decision to temporarily close after learning a member of our staff has been diagnosed with...

President Trump says he’s tested positive for Covid-19

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Update (3:40pm, 10/2) President Donald Trump on Friday afternoon announced that he was going to Walter Reed Hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus hours prior. "I think I'm doing very well, but we're going to make sure that things work out," he said in a...

Santa Cruz County announces second COVID-19 death

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Santa Cruz County health officials on Tuesday morning announced the second death of a county resident who tested positive for COVID-19. The man in his late 60s died early Tuesday. He was hospitalized on April 9 with symptoms including fever, cough and fatigue. He had an...

Vaccine eligibility to expand starting April 1

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—All California adults age 50 and older will be eligible for a vaccine starting April 1, and everyone age 16 and older will be eligible starting April 15, the state announced Thursday. The shift in eligibility comes as the state expects the supply...

Watsonville Film Festival 2020 cancelled

WATSONVILLE—The Watsonville Film Festival (WFF) announced Wednesday that it will be cancelling its 2020 festival, which was scheduled to start tomorrow and run through Sunday. A letter from WFF Executive Director Consuelo Alba and the Board of Directors said that the festival has been cancelled...

Watsonville shutting down all nonessential services

WATSONVILLE—The City of Watsonville on Friday announced it will close all nonessential services starting Monday because of concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, a move that will shut the Watsonville and Freedom branch libraries as well as several City offices. City Manager Matt Huffaker...

Return to recycling produces long lines in Watsonville

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WATSONVILLE—A huge line of vehicles is almost constant now in front of A&S Metals on West Beach Street. It’s one of few spots the public can cash in its recyclables, which, for some, have been piling up around the house since the novel coronavirus shuts...

Watsonville City employee tests positive for COVID-19

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WATSONVILLE—Watsonville city officials on Friday closed the City Hall building for a deep cleaning after an employee tested positive for COVID-19, City Manager Matt Huffaker confirmed. The employee is now self-isolating and under medical care, Huffaker said.  All employees that were in direct contact with the...
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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...