—photo by Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian

Emergency officials dealt with a man Monday after he pulled a Watsonville Police officer over on Harkins Slough Road and told him that he had been stabbed. Read more at https://pajaronian.com/watsonville-stabbing-victim-taken-to-trauma-center/.

For the past three weeks I have regularly counted 8-15 photos and 6-12 articles in the New York Times newspaper about the coronavirus that have stemmed from Wuhan, China, starting in December. Now, varying levels of panic are spreading around the world. Millions of people wear protective masks, regardless of the fact the numerous doctors have said they don’t do much at all. Those masks have to be changed several times a day. There are countless images in the news of massive cruise ships, busses, commercial jets and buildings being sealed off in lengthy quarantines. China’s economy, and many world economies that stem from China are taking a huge dive. Hockey sticks, iPhones, cosmetics, clothing, car parts, food — you name it — are being delayed or cancelled. Tourism is shrinking. I’ve even heard of people canceling their visits to San Francisco because it has Chinatown, as though Chinese people are the only folks that can be diseased.

There was a ceremony in the Aptos Village Project Saturday to thank those around the community and beyond for their support of the Celebration Brick Program. A ribbon cutting ceremony marked the completion of a brick-lined planter with 144 bricks, each emblazoned with commemorative inscriptions, the first of eight such tree wells. Our full story will run on Friday and appear online soon.

On Thursday California will officially apologize for the internment (imprisonment) of Japanese Americans during World War II.

About 120,000 Japanese Americans were rounded up and held at 10 internment camps during the war, starting in 1942, as ordered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s executive order No. 9066. On Thursday, California’s Legislature is expected to cement a resolution offering to internment victims for the state’s role in following the U.S. government’s policy that helped generate anti-Japanese discrimination.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s executive order No. 9066, establishing the camps, was signed Feb. 19 and is now is marked by Japanese Americans as a Day of Remembrance.

The Associated Press ran an article that read: A congressional commission in 1983 concluded that the detentions were a result of racial prejudice, war hysteria and failure of political leadership. Five years later, the U.S. government formally apologized and paid $20,000 in reparations to each victim.”

Many of those detained, even with the money they received, didn’t come close to recovering what they lost.

Quote of the day: “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” ―George Washington

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Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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