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November 29, 2023

Letter: Act now to clear creeks

letter to the editor pajaronian
The flooding in January in Watsonville was traced to the buildup of debris in the Salsipuedes and Corralitos creeks. With the threat of El Niño this winter, we can have a repeat of this year’s flooding.  With the release of Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-10-23,...

Letter: No more outsiders for hospital

letter to the editor pajaronian
I would strongly recommend that the Watsonville City Council make their opinion known that the Council views the control of the operation and planning for the Community Hospital to be in the hands of a person that has been with the hospital and community...

Memo from Rev. Shinseki: Drop it!

Jay Shinseki Watsonville
One day as the Buddha was resting between his visits and talks, a young man came to him with a bouquet of flowers. The young man admired the Buddha and wanted to present him with the flowers in thanks for his teachings. Filled with...

Letter: Pitching the valley

letter to the editor pajaronian
I’m here today to give you a pitch, A burning desire, It’s more than an itch, Underscoring the fact that this valley’s so rich Painting a picture imagine this course Make a reality Our place mighty force. The nature, the earth, the sea, and the sloughs The farms, and the people, so good and so...

Letter: Homegrown, or another outsider?

letter to the editor pajaronian
I spent 50 years of my professional career working at Watsonville Community Hospital. Over those five decades I was fortunate enough to have performed well enough to rise through the ranks and become manager of the Radiology Department for several years.  As a manager I...

Letter: Watsonville Elks Lodge lands metal elk

watsonville elks lodge sculpture
Thank you Cesar Paz for having this beautiful elk made and installing it at the Watsonville Elks Lodge! Steve Nelms is working on keeping the lawn trimmed. Rodger Silva and Jim O repaired the lawn mower. Ashley Valdivia made a delicious beef stroganoff last week. Randy and...

Guest View: PVUSD must build, not cut the arts in schools

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The Pajaro Valley has a beautiful and rich culture of visual and performing arts. From long established dance groups, murals, music, film, to the new arts presence along Main Street in downtown Watsonville, art is an essential part of our lives. As a professional artist...

Supervisor’s Update: Embracing progress and community

santa cruz county supervisor felipe hernandez
In the vibrant tapestry of our community, positive change is often driven by the dedication and collaboration of individuals who care deeply about the betterment of our shared spaces. From rejuvenating local landmarks to fostering future leaders, and recognizing outstanding contributions, the recent events...

Letter: Oral health for all

letter to the editor pajaronian
We celebrate National Health Center Week (NHCW) by honoring the amazing people who create lasting oral health for those most disadvantaged.  In Santa Cruz County, only one in three of our low-income neighbors with Medi-Cal can access the dentist. As the largest dental provider in...

Guest View: Flooding lessons have not been learned

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How quickly we forget. Recent activity centers around the levee system on the Pajaro River. Yet, the first flooding in 2023 was in Watsonville, when the Salsipuedes and Corralitos Creeks overflowed. There are lessons from that flooding that need to be applied to those...
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Watsonville residents may receive emergency test alerts

The County of Monterey Department of Emergency Management has begun testing a new Alert Monterey County emergency alert software and system, and Watsonville residents...