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November 30, 2022

A response to Geraldine Ridgway

By Mercedes Garcia These are the messages I received from Geraldine Ridgway’s op-ed published in Nov. 20 edition of the Pajaronian: “Why can’t you Mexicans be like all the other ethnic groups that were mistreated in the past? Why don’t you just grin and bear it...

Holiday hopes, gratitude from Mayor Jimmy Dutra

Jimmy Dutra
By Jimmy Dutra, Watsonville Mayor The holidays are typically the happiest time of the year. However, this has not been a typical year. Our businesses have taken a financial hit. Food insecurity is at an all-time high. Stimulus checks are not cutting it. Restless nights...

The story behind the Washington bust

letters to the editor
To some, George Washington represents patriarchy and oppression. To Lloyd Alaga, the person who commissioned the bust of George Washington for Watsonville’s Plaza, Washington represented the opportunity in America for immigrants who have come, and continue to come, to this country. Lloyd Alaga’s uncle was...

Cabin fever

Jay Shinseki Watsonville
MEMO FROM REV. SHINSEKI In many areas around the state we are beginning to see a loosening of restrictions. Since March many of us have been “hunkered” down in our homes and going out very little. Between the Covid-19 pandemic and the wildfires many have...

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.

Letters to the Editor, Oct. 16

Alyssa Wall for County Office of Education After eight years on the Santa Cruz County Office of Education board, I am stepping down. I am very pleased that Alyssa Wall filed to run. She grew up in San Jose, fell in love with Santa Cruz...

Guest view: Cries of racism are misguided

letters to the editor
By Geraldine Ridgway Watsonville has long been a racially diverse community. It is insulting for anyone to call any Watsonville resident a racist. Watsonville has an amazing history. We once had a huge whaling industry, sardine factories stretched from Watsonville to Monterey, employing all races and...

Local actions matter in battle with climate change

felipe hernandez watsonville
By Felipe Hernandez, Watsonville City Councilman We face a sobering reality.  For those of us who came of age in the 20th century, the existential threat of climate change that we debated theoretically and at great length will be lived by the children being born...

No greater love

Memo from Pastor Rene Schlaepfer
Memo from Pastor Rene This summer our nation is reeling at the horrific police brutality on display in the death of George Floyd and others, and grappling with the difficult task of criminal justice reform––and the broader plague of systemic racism. But while the country’s focus...

Movie Review: ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ more of the same, in a good way

Is the sequel, “John Wick: Chapter 2,” better than the first? No. But it is nonetheless a whimsical and unpredictable dose of high-octane action that will leave you with your mouth open time and again.

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...