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November 27, 2022

Rail Trail coming along | About Town

I see the rail trail system is moving forward off of Ohlone Parkway. I’ve ridden my bike along a nearly complete section of the trail on the westside of Santa Cruz where it flanks the railroad track near Almar Street. It’s great. Plenty wide, smooth, and mostly off the traffic path.

Hats off to the family that owns La Perla del Pacifico Restaurant on Main Street in Watsonville. They are celebrating not only 30 years of a successful business but also 30 years of marriage. I certainly wish these kind people all the best in plowing through these difficult Covid months. They are, like other eateries, cafes, pubs and such relegated to takeout only. 

Today I watched a bunch of surfers at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz competing in the Adaptive Surf League. The event’s mission is to promote adaptive surfing as a professional sport for the severely disabled.

Luckily for them, the surf was huge and gave them a lot to work with. Enthusiasm was high from the folks gathered along the bluffs. Fortunately, most everyone seemed to follow safe social distancing and mask-wearing in the open-air event.

Today a federal judge ordered President Trump’s administration to completely restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA protects undocumented immigrants that were brought to the US as minors from being deported.

Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. 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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