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December 5, 2023

Supervisor’s Update, May 2023: Onward to the road to recovery

santa cruz county supervisor felipe hernandez
We are almost in the middle of the year and so much has already happened. Parts of the District are still recovering from the floods, construction has begun for the College Lake Water Supply Project, we are seeking community input for the County Housing...

Guest View: Thank you for giving Watsonville a bookstore, Kelly

I cannot remember the first time I visited Kelly’s bookstore. I had previously known it as Crossroads Books back in high school. It was within a short walking distance from Pajaro Valley High School, and I had a habit of stopping by after school.  I’d...

Mayor’s Update: Stay prepared

Watsonville city council
As we entered the second week of March, we once again prepared for storms and another atmospheric river event that was expected to bring heavy rains and flooding. The City is working tirelessly with many partners to prepare and be ready to assist our...

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...

Supervisor’s Update: Embracing progress and community

santa cruz county supervisor felipe hernandez
As July unfolds, District 4 is bustling with activity, showcasing multiple ongoing projects, both within city limits and the unincorporated. From road clearing and road resurfacing to infrastructure improvements and community initiatives, District 4 is experiencing positive transformations. Amidst the activity, we strive to...

Letter: Contact, but no feedback

letter to the editor pajaronian
I am at a loss as to why the PVCHD Board of Directors have not responded to my emails to their website. I have sent emails to their contact listing since as far back as April 2022, yet with no response, other than to...

Memo from Rev. Hosei Shinseki: ​​Pride Month

Jay Shinseki Watsonville
“May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness.May all beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.May all beings never be parted from freedom’s true joy.May all beings rest in equanimity free from attachment and aversion.” The above quote comes from...

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...

Sandy Lydon: How Cabrillo College was named and helped unify the county

In August 2020 a group of faculty, students and community members approached the Cabrillo Board of Trustees and stated that the college’s namesake, the 16th-century navigator and explorer, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, was no longer appropriate to be on the college. He represented, they said,...

Guest View: Transportation gap widens

letter to the editor pajaronian
It is widely accepted that our dependency on automobiles is a potent contributor to the climate crisis. What is not so well understood is how auto dependency initiated a new phenomenon: transportation poverty.  Prior to the automobile revolution, walking was how both rich and poor...
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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...