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February 8, 2023

Watsonville man, child killed after truck plunges off cliff

SAN MATEO COUNTY—A Watsonville man and a child were killed on April 29 after the pickup they were in plunged off a cliff and into the ocean at Pescadero State Beach in San Mateo County, Cal Fire in San Mateo reported. According to California Highway...

KSQD to broadcast jazz festival from New Orleans

SANTA CRUZ—Santa Cruz community radio station KSQD 90.7 FM will broadcast and stream three days of the internationally-acclaimed New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival this weekend. The broadcast and stream will begin Friday 11am-4pm, continue on Saturday noon-5pm and end Sunday 11am-5pm. Artists include Chris...

Volunteer Center’s annual awards ceremony returns May 18

SANTA CRUZ—Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County, which aims to transform lives and communities for good through volunteerism and community engagement, will celebrate the 2022 Be the Difference Awards on May 18. Presented by the Santa Cruz Community Credit Union, this year’s event will honor...

Photo: Watsonville Brillante moves ahead

Watsonville Brillante
Sam Ruiz (left) and Jose Ruelas team up with Emanuel Garcia (not shown) of Rinaldi Tile & Marble to install a mosaic tile sheet to the exterior wall of the parking structure at Rodriguez and Second streets Monday. Watsonville Brillante, a multiphase mosaic outdoor project...

Group to file complaint against Watsonville housing project

Hillcrest estates
WATSONVILLE—A group is planning to file a complaint to the California Attorney General’s Office against the city of Watsonville and the County of Santa Cruz for advancing a housing project that they say will create an environmental hazard for its future residents and a...

Watsonville will likely place sales tax increase on November ballot

Watsonville city council
WATSONVILLE—The city of Watsonville will likely ask its residents to approve a half-cent sales tax increase in the November election that would raise the city’s sales tax to 9.75%—the most the municipality is allowed to tax its residents. The Watsonville City Council did not place...

Voting underway for Pajaro River levee assessment

Pajaro River levee
WATSONVILLE—Ballots have now been mailed out to roughly 3,000 people who own property in the Pajaro River floodplain, and the fate of a $400 million levee restoration project is in their hands. They must decide whether they support a property tax assessment that will pay...

PVHS teachers make push for 7-period day

Pajaro Valley High teachers
WATSONVILLE—During the summer, Pajaro Valley Unified School District officials plan to meet at the bargaining table with the district’s teachers union in hopes of hammering out an agreement that would create a 7-period day at Pajaro Valley High School. A majority of teachers at the...

Nature walks open to older adults

Watsonville nature walks
WATSONVILLE—Thanks to a partnership between the Watsonville Senior Center and the Watsonville Nature Center, 22 older adults got a close-up view of Struve Slough, and its birds and plants Monday during the Senior Nature Walk, a program that launched in November. Led up by Nancy...

Run raises funds for fallen officers

Never Forget Memorial Relay
APTOS—Around 120 people from various Santa Cruz County law enforcement and first responder sectors ran through The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park in the sixth annual Never Forget Memorial Relay on Sunday. Numerous employees from local fire and police agencies and the probation, sheriff’s...
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PVUSD Board set to appoint new member

WATSONVILLE—Four people have applied to fill the seat on the Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees left vacant when Maria Orozco was...