A crew from Diamond D Construction build a new ADA ramp at the front of City Hall in Watsonville. —Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian

Weather forecasters are warning of strong winds coming later this week. With the wave of wildland fires that have plagued California for weeks, firefighters are keeping a wary eye on the change in weather, which will also usher in bumped up temperatures as well. Officials say there will be a fire weather warning Wednesday and Thursday in elevations above 1,000 feet.

Heavy construction is underway in Watsonville on the Rail Trail, which will eventually run between Watsonville and Davenport, north of Santa Cruz. Earthmoving machinery was in action off of Ohlone Parkway near the Second Harvest Food Bank today.

Today officials released the latest Covid-19 numbers. Santa Cruz weighed in at  2,605 cases with 20 deaths. Monterey County now is at at 10,684 cases, and San Benito County has 1,384 cases.

I’m anxious to see the second giant mosaic art panel unveiled on the side of the six-story parking structure on Rodriguez Street. The project, called “Watsonville Brilliante,” is headed up by Watsonville artist Kathleen Crocetti. The latest installation is still hiding behind protective netting. I rode my bike past it today and from what I could see, it looks pretty darned good.

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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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