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Travels with Tarmo: Homeward bound from state’s capital

Editor's note: This is the final part of reporter Tarmo Hannula's trip to the Sacramento area. Stay tuned to The Pajaronian for his future travel exploits. One the last day of the short road trip my wife, Sarah and I took from Watsonville to Sacramento,...

A call to end homelessness

Nearly 300 people marched the streets of downtown Santa Cruz May 18 to help end homelessness.  The second-annual gathering, organized by Housing Matters, reigned in a coalition of local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and public supporters in the March to End Homelessness. The event began outside Santa...

Group calls on Driscoll’s, Reiter, others to cease pesticide use near schools

Several community leaders and community members gathered at MacQuiddy Elementary School Tuesday evening to call on Driscoll’s, Reiter and other companies to stop using toxic pesticides around schools. “Choosing to farm organically is a decision based on hope and a deep understanding of our interdependence...

PVUSD trustees approve $315M bond for November election

If Pajaro Valley Unified School District performed all the upgrades, repairs and construction projects that are needed at its 33 schools, it would cost more than $1.2 billion. A large part of that estimate is $400 million to replace the district’s array of portable classrooms  That’s...

County Supervisors begin budget hearings

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When voters approved Measure K during the March election, they expected the half-cent sales tax to fund several areas of services in both the cities and the unincorporated parts of Santa Cruz County, as promised by its backers. This included $1 million annually each for...

Photo story: Trailer breaks away from truck, flips

A California Highway Patrol officer collects information on a trailer that flipped over on East Lake Avenue at Holohan Road Monday. The CHP said the trailer, heavily loaded with trash, broke loose from the truck towing it around 12:45pm while traveling east on East...

Community Bridges celebrates new downtown mural

Dozens of people gathered in downtown Watsonville Friday afternoon to celebrate the completion of a new large outdoor mural at Community Bridges at the corner of Main Street and West Lake Avenue. Titled “Wisdom of Our Elders,” the colorful 225-foot-by-32-foot mural represents a collaboration between...

Public invited to participate in downtown mural project

Work continues on the installation of large tile panels in the eighth phase of the ongoing mosaic mural project, titled Watsonville Brilliante, which has covered much of the parking structure at the corner of Second and Rodriguez streets. Headed up by Watsonville artist Kathleen Crocetti,...

Chase ends in fiery crash, arrests

Three people were arrested early Thursday morning following a high-speed chase and a crash on Highway 17. According to California Highway Patrol officer Israel Murillo, the incident began when CHP officers were informed of three suspects in a silver sedan breaking into cars in Watsonville....

Many bridges to Sacramento

Editor's note: This is part two of photojournalist Tarmo Hannula's recent trip to Sacramento. After exploring Grizzly Island Wildlife Area on the morning of the second day of our road trip to Sacramento recently, my wife, Sarah, and I steered toward a string of small...
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Prison in Paradise; Santa Cruz County Jail criticized in annual Grand...

By Alesandro Manzella Many people who are arrested and booked into Santa Cruz County Jail not only lose their freedom, but also access to health...