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December 5, 2023

Pedestrian struck and killed on Main Street

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A man was killed Friday night when he was struck by a car as he attempted to cross Main Street in Watsonville. Michelle Pulido, spokeswoman for Watsonville Police, said the man, who was in his 50s, was struck just after 7:30pm.  Police on the scene said...

Arrest made in Pajaro double homicide

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Sergio Carranza Ramos, the man suspected of killing two people early Tuesday morning at a Pajaro bar, turned himself in that night at Watsonville Police Department. The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office released two photos of Ramos, who lives in Watsonville, a description of his vehicle...

Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes is among beneficiaries of Santa Cruz Gives

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In the 34 years since it was created, Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes has served hot lunches to hundreds of people and provided food and household goods from its pantry. Roughly 10,000 people receive help every year. This includes holidays and during times of crisis,...

Pajaronian consolidates offices

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Effective Nov. 30, The Pajaronian will close its rented office on Brennan Street and join the company’s other Santa Cruz County publications at its Santa Cruz office at 107 Dakota St. But Pajaronian writers and advertising personnel will continue to work in Watsonville in the...

Finding his roots, telling his story: Local filmmaker looking for cast, crew

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As a young child growing up in Watsonville, Pedro Gonzalez-Renteria dreamed of being a filmmaker.  That dream was fomented when his father got a video camera, and he and his friends and siblings would use it to make their own versions of skit comedy shows...

Artists create ‘Curious Narratives’

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Larger than life eyeball models stare from a desk drawer; a paper bird clings to a swing inside an antique cage; a set of pastel crayons are tucked neatly into a vest pocket; globes, candles, early day photos, antlers—the visual explosion goes on and...

PHOTO: Downtown Watsonville lights up

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Watsonville Plaza is aglow with thousands of colorful lights as part of the City of Watsonville's annual holiday celebrations. Next on the calendar is the annual Santa Tour around the city Dec. 13-15, where Santa and his elves and others tour area schools and...

Holiday Lights at Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds ready to roll

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Last-minute fine-tuning is underway at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds to throw the switch for two million lights at the fourth annual Holiday Lights drive-thru, which runs Nov. 24-Dec. 24. Event coordinator Dave Kegebein said new additions this year, including tulips and poinsettias, large snails,...

Second phase of Atkinson Lane housing project takes shape

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The new 80-unit housing development at 78 Atkinson Lane in Watsonville by MidPen Housing is moving skyward. Situated between Atkinson Lane and Brewington Avenue, the development is the second phase of the nearby Pippin Orchards. The project, part of a multiphase development plan approved some two...

Community Foundation Santa Cruz County announces $320K in grants

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Community Foundation Santa Cruz County announced $320,000 in grants issued by the Rise Together Fund for Racial Equity. Over the course of three granting cycles, the foundation has now awarded $1.1 million to the coalition. Founded in 2020, Rise Together is a coalition of Black,...
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Supervisors approve half-cent sales tax for March ballot

Santa Cruz County residents will consider a half-cent sales tax on the March 5 ballot which, if approved by a simple majority, will fund...