62.6 F
English English Español Español
September 22, 2023

Big rig tears off hydrant, geyser erupts in downtown Watsonville

west beach street geyser fire hydrant
A powerful geyser of water blasted into the sky at Main and West Beach streets for more than five hours Monday after a big rig knocked over a fire hydrant just past 10am. The stream of water gushing from the ground was so strong that...

Survey: Strong public support for Watsonville Hospital property tax measure

Watsonville Hospital
A recent survey of potential voters signals strong support of a property tax that would allow for the purchase of Watsonville Community Hospital’s building and surrounding property, along with upgrades to its facilities. The questions now for Pajaro Valley Health Care District (PVHCD) are how...

Riverside encampments a concern as winter approaches

corralitos creek airport boulevard encampment
Edward Lovell Jr. steps out of a small homeless encampment on Airport Boulevard in Watsonville one hot and sunny day with his friendly, frisky mutt Cotton on a leash. Lovell, 43, estimates he is one of about 20 people who stay in the unsanctioned encampment,...

Briefs: Cabrillo Gallery displays work of retired faculty

Cabrillo Gallery displays work of retired faculty Cabrillo Gallery presents the work of six recently retired faculty from the Art Studio program at Cabrillo College in its first fall exhibition, “Time Untethered II: Andrea Borsuk, Julia Feld, Angela Gleason, Gina Pearlin, Margaret Rinkovsky and Ann...

Rivas authors bill to speed up Pajaro levee rebuild

pajaro river levee repair
California Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas on Tuesday introduced legislation intended to speed up the $400 million rebuild of the Pajaro River Levee.  Assembly Bill 876 would expedite the work by exempting certain aspects of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The bill would also weigh...

Mural honors Filipino community

tabasa gardens mosaic
A large mosaic mural was installed this week on an exterior wall at Tabasa Gardens, a new apartment complex at 1482 Freedom Blvd. The 10-by-30-foot mosaic was created by Watsonville artist Kathleen Crocetti and a team of volunteers at Muzzio Mosaic Arts Center. The topic...

Monterey County ends its Non-Congregate Shelter Program

pajaro flooded agricultural field levee
The County of Monterey has ended its Non-Congregate Shelter (NCS) program, which has supported Pajaro flooding victims since March. Families in need will still have access to housing services, but County officials have moved the program closer to its homeless services providers.  Under the program—estimated to...

Wildfire sparks evacuations in Royal Oaks

vega road fire
A rapidly spreading wildland fire broke out Wednesday afternoon around 1:30pm, forcing people from their homes and scrambling to save pets.  By the time firefighters arrived, flames were charging up a steep wooded hillside on the 100 block of Vega Road while a towering column...

Barbara Lee visits Watsonville on Senate campaign trail

barbara lee watsonville
Congresswoman Barbara Lee visited Watsonville Monday evening as part of her campaign to gain the seat of outgoing U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein. After an introduction by Supervisor Felipe Hernandez, Lee took to the podium at Jalisco’s restaurant where more than 100 people welcomed her.  Representing California’s...

Work underway to strengthen levees and prepare for winter rains

pajaro river levee repair
Next year, work crews will kick off a $400 million project to rebuild the levees in South Santa Cruz and North Monterey counties and keep the rivers and creeks from escaping and devastating the surrounding communities. That long-anticipated work will be a relief to the...

Mariners remain determined during rebuilding year | SCCAL girls volleyball 

Aptos High girls volleyball team is making huge steps forward in the ultra-competitive Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League after finding success in what is...