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December 5, 2023

Tony’s Thoughts: Hank Garcia, please reopen Fox Theater

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Hank Garcia, we’ve never met before—I hope that changes in the near future—but I want you to know you’ve had a massive impact on my life. You helped me see new worlds. You helped me learn English. You helped me fall in love with...

Letters to the Editor, Oct. 23

Our history is coming back to haunt us I attended the town hall meeting that discussed the future of the George Washington bust in the plaza.  I was the only one who presented a compromise proposal.  Both Mr. Manny Solano’s group and the Revolunas need to understand...

A keeper of history | On My Mind

My good friend Marvin Byers has left this world. His unexpected passing, on Dec. 17, is a day now stamped into my memory. It is a day, that, if I were a city official, would be spelled out in brass and marble in the...

Letters to the Editor, Oct. 30

Orozco is the best candidate As a lifelong citizen of Watsonville and a veteran teacher of more than 30 years in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, I encourage our local voters to vote for Maria Orozco for the seat on the Pajaro Valley Unified...

Fight the polarization

Memo from Pastor Rene Schlaepfer
Memo from Pastor Rene As I write this, the outcome of the presidential election is still unclear. Or should I say, the winner is unclear. What’s very clear is how deeply polarized our nation has become. The red went blood-red, the blue ice-blue, and the...

Commission decision is a ‘disgrace’

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I was absolutely shocked to read that the Watsonville Parks and Recreation Commission recommended the removal of the George Washington bust from the City Plaza. George Washington was the first president of the United States. He made many personal and financial sacrifices, as well...

No, there are no Coronavirus cases in Watsonville

Let’s set the record straight. There are no confirmed Coronavirus cases in Watsonville and we did not report that absolute falsehood. I can say that with 100 percent certainty.  For those that do not know, someone on the internet was playing a game earlier this...

Wrapping up my tenure as Mayor

Rebecca Garcia
By Rebecca J. Garcia The role of a Mayor is to provide leadership in the adoption of policy. Policy is a law, regulation or procedure that provides direction to better serve the community. I was excited to provide leadership as Mayor of Watsonville. I identified...

New charter school is hurting our community

Navigator Schools, which runs Watsonville Prep on the grounds of E.A. Hall Middle School—and will soon expand to Ann Soldo Elementary School—should find its own space as soon as possible. In the meantime, the organization should immediately pay back the hundreds of thousands of...

Movie Review: McAvoy shines in so-so ‘Split’

If there’s any doubt that James McAvoy is one of the best actors working in Hollywood today, “Split” serves as a testament to his overwhelming talent and devotion to every role he takes.
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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...