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May 31, 2020

It’s time to honor Fermin Tobera

Fermin Tobera should be a household name in Watsonville. It should be a name that is remembered and celebrated by all who have ever lived in the Pajaro Valley, and believe in justice, equality and progress. Sadly, it’s not, and that...

A look at Fred Korematsu Day | On My Mind

For some folks, yesterday was Jan. 30, a Thursday. Another day checked off the calendar. But for others, especially in the Japanese-American community, that day chimes in the history books as the first day in the U.S. named after an Asian...

Residents endorse candidates, measures | Letters to the Editor

Re-elect Supervisor Zach Friend As a long-time Second District voter, I write in strong support of Zach Friend’s re-election as our Santa Cruz County Supervisor in the March 3 election. He was originally elected in 2012 and was re-elected...

A city at the crossroads | Letters to the Editor

City at the crossroads Watsonville is at a crossroads. The Watsonville Planning Commission needs to get its priorities straight. Instead of promoting cannabis dispensaries and the shortsighted thinking of narrowing Main St. down to two lanes, it should be...

The Oscars don’t care about your feelings | Tony’s Thoughts

Over the last few years there has been so much talk about how the  Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences can make the Oscars, also known as the Academy Awards, relevant again.  The annual show, which is...

The hidden history of Watsonville, Pajaro Valley | Tony’s Thoughts

Last week my colleague Tarmo Hannula unveiled the first entry of a column I will be eagerly awaiting to read each month: Pajaro Valley, Past & Present. The column will be a deep dive into one of Watsonville’s many historic buildings...

Jack Gordon for Superior Court Judge | Letters to the Editor

Jack Gordon for Superior Court Judge On March 3, voters will have the opportunity to select Jack Gordon, an exemplary candidate for Superior Court Judge, who has a long term history and breadth of public safety, legal and community...

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...

The Best of the Pajaro Valley, decided by you

Mid-January is one of my favorite times of the year. The NFL playoffs are just getting started, and my San Francisco 49ers don’t stink this year, which is a plus. The weather is starting to heat up to the perfect temperature...

Destruction of the Administrative State | Letters to the Editor

Destruction of the Administrative State Perhaps you remember that the title above was Steve Bannon’s goal.  I wasn’t sure what that meant in the beginning, but it is clear now that Bannon (through Trump and his Republican supporters) is...
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Covid-19 watsonville

State gives Central Coast counties ​green light to open dine-in restaurants​,...

WATSONVILLE—The California Department of Public Health approved Covid-19 County Variance Attestation forms for both Monterey and Santa Cruz counties, the counties announced...