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November 30, 2022

Wetlands Watch’s youth climate institute receives state funding

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WATSONVILLE—Watsonville Wetlands Watch’s (WWW) Climate Corps Leadership Institute recently scored a $300,000 Youth Community Access grant from the California Natural Resources Agency. Climate Corps Leadership Institute (CCLI), formed in 2020, grew out of WWW’s Green Careers Institute. It works to increase youth access to the...

Watsonville turns to bonds to meet steep pension costs

Watsonville city council
WATSONVILLE—The Watsonville City Council gave staff the green light to begin the process of issuing taxable bonds in hopes of paying off steep unfunded pension obligations over the next three decades. According to a 2020 California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) report, the City of...

Railbanking initiative heads to June ballot

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SANTA CRUZ—The fate of Santa Cruz County’s rail line is now in the hands of the voters. The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted 4-0 to place on the June 7 ballot an initiative which, if successful, would amend Santa Cruz County’s...

Man, woman found dead outside Rodeway Inn

WATSONVILLE—A man and woman were found dead inside a van parked in the parking lot of the Rodeway Inn in Watsonville on Tuesday afternoon. Watsonville Police Department Sgt. Juan Trujillo said police were dispatched to the Rodeway Inn on West Beach Street near Highway 1...

Taylor’s Alley murals restored

Watsonville Taylor's alley
WATSONVILLE—Seven murals that line the historic Taylor’s Alley, a pedestrian conduit between Main and Union streets in downtown Watsonville, have been given new life thanks to the efforts of local volunteers. Judy Gittelsohn, owner of nearby Studio Judy G, and her sales director Emily Reynolds...

Watsonville High locked down after gun seen

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WATSONVILLE—A 14-year-old Watsonville High School student was arrested Monday after police found him with a weapon that turned out to be a BB gun, City of Watsonville spokeswoman Michelle Pulido said. The school was briefly locked down after someone reported seeing a person with a...

Man faces DUI charges after plowing into six vehicles

dui crash
WATSONVILLE—A man was arrested on March 5 after he reportedly crashed into six parked vehicles with his pickup and then fled the scene. Watsonville Police Department Sgt. Henry Robles said the man, identified as Hermeliondo Lopez, 39, was driving a GMC Sierra when he struck...

Cabrillo’s Pride flag burned in act of vandalism

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WATSONVILLE—A large group of people gathered in front of Cabrillo College’s Watsonville Campus Monday to watch as a new Pride flag was raised, two days after someone burned the rainbow flag that previously flew there. The flying of the new, larger flag came as a...

Watsonville first responders, fans send off soccer team to NorCal final

Watsonville High soccer
People cheer the Watsonville High School boys' soccer team as they head out of town on Riverside Drive to the Sacramento area on Saturday afternoon. The Wildcatz are set to play for the California Interscholastic Federation Northern California Division I championship today against Whitney High...

‘Best day of the year’: Caroline’s gives $500K to local nonprofits

Caroline's giveaway
WATSONVILLE—Caroline’s Nonprofit Thrift Shop donated $500,000 to local community-serving organizations on Sunday in a ceremony at Martinelli’s Company Store on Harvest Drive. Some 130 people flocked to Watsonville for the annual giveaway, which Caroline’s founder and director Christy Licker calls the organization’s “best day of...

Seahawks scrap season amid player shortage | Women’s basketball

APTOS—The Cabrillo College women’s basketball team had a tough decision to make during the offseason. It was either go into the season with a limited...