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Letter: Does County care about Pajaro?

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One has to wonder if our elected County officials really care about the people of Pajaro. Presently, an H2A housing project is proceeding in the community right next to the levee that will increase the population of the community by about 15-20%.  Now here is the...

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: Working for a common good

letter to the editor pajaronian
It was 1995 the last time the Pajaro River flooded this badly. Local clergy responded, organizing charitable efforts to help those affected. But when we showed up to meetings where key decisions would be made, we were dismissed and sent back to our places...

Letter: Speak out on fair manager’s firing

letter to the editor pajaronian
Next Tuesday, Feb. 7, the Fair Board will be meeting at 1:30pm at the Fine Arts Building. The first item under Correspondence is “Performance Audit with Dave Kegebein Response.” The Board and the state have been unresponsive to requests to schedule meetings at times...

Religion: Everything is waiting for you

Rev. John Song
“Where ever you are is the entry point.” ~ Kabir  I am beginning to see the changing of the season all around me. I smell the whiff of autumn arriving in the air. It is a good season for deep listening to what God (the Universe,...

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: Rail Trail classism

letter to the editor pajaronian
The selection of the “Dirt Road To Davenport” over a badly needed county light rail system demonstrates that climate change means little to the supervisors, councilmembers and bureaucrats of Santa Cruz County. Monies are found for a dirt road for bicyclists and tourists. Meanwhile the...

Guest View: County jails are failing people awaiting trial

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Recently, we learned of a hunger strike in the Santa Cruz County main jail. Due to intolerable conditions, nine men awaiting trial started a hunger strike on Nov. 8. Five remained on hunger strike for nearly a month. Their demands?  • That jail staff treat...

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...

From the editor's desk, Sept. 26: Mexico disasters a sobering reminder

With a 7.1 magnitude earthquake killing more than 300 people in Mexico last week, and an 8.1 magnitude quake striking the southern end of the country earlier in the month, killing nearly 100, a sense of dread is rising throughout California.
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Remembering the fallen: community celebrates Memorial Day

For Michelle Martinez Kamalani and her mother, Judy Martinez of Watsonville, Memorial Day meant setting time aside to visit Valley Catholic Cemetery.  With an electric...

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