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December 8, 2023

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...

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

letters to the editor
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...

Ask Nicole: Simple summertime ideas

letters to the editor
When I was a child, Summer. Lasted. For. Ever. I remember long days that usually began with picking beans and then weeds in the hot sun, followed by endless hours of playing (and bickering) with my siblings in the hot sun. By the end...

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...

Letters to the Editor, Aug. 10, 2023

letter to the editor pajaronian
Support Cabrillo’s name change I am a Cabrillo College student in support of the name change. Plenty of places have changed their names. Dixie State University is now Utah State University. Robert Lee High School is now John Lewis High School. The more we know,...

Letter: Pajaro’s plight

letter to the editor pajaronian
It is unfortunate that the good people involved with Pajaro’s recovery, have not focused on retail development in the town itself. Yes, housing is paramount, however without jobs to boost the economy, it will stay depressed.  Employment is a major issue as Pajaro recovers and...

Guest View: Flooding lessons have not been learned

letters to the editor
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...

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,...

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: 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...
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PHOTO: Community lights up menorah for Hanukkah

Leila Veitch lights up the first candle of a menorah Thursday evening at the town clock in downtown Santa Cruz in honor of her...