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August 19, 2022

Safety first | About Town

Bright green bike lanes continue to be painted on streets around Watsonville as an effort to further ensure safety for bicyclists in and around motor traffic.

Governor Gavin Newsom issued a proclamation today declaring July 2020 “California for All Small Business Month,” as the Governor’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery launches a new campaign encouraging Californians to help small businesses in their communities operate safely during the pandemic.

The Governor’s Office said the state’s new campaign, Calling All Californians: Shop Safe Shop Local, partners with industry-leading companies such as Nextdoor, Google and UPS, to connect California’s small business owners with “critical tools and resources” to help them adapt to new consumer and market demands, and create safer shopping experiences by improving their online presence.

Newsom’s message comes after San Benito County was added to the COVID-19 watchlist on top of Monterey County, issuing a new health order to close indoor activities for a host of businesses including indoor restaurants, gyms, and movie theaters. Bars have to close altogether. Three chief factors go into adding a county to the state’s watchlist: Elevated disease transmission, increasing hospitalization and limited hospital capacity.

There are now 277,774 cases of Covid-19 in California with 6,448 deaths. There have been 4,896,370 people tested in the state.

New chalk art murals have appeared on the walkways at the Cabrillo College Watsonville Center thanks to the creative skills of Watsonville artist Paul De Worken. The work ls are designed to draw attention to the ongoing California Census.

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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