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March 27, 2020

The Chop Shop moving into historic Main Street building

I see that The Chop Shop barbershop is close to opening in the former Plaza Jewelers on the ground floor of the Resetar Hotel on Main Street at West Lake Avenue. The jewelry store moved nearby to East Fifth Street.

Renovation work continues on Taqueria Tecoman on East Lake at Union Street. Kitty-corner, a crew from Don Chapin was out Thursday and Friday pouring concrete for a new walkway at the front of Laundry Day, where a ribbon-cutting ceremony set for Sunday has been canceled and moved back until March 29 because of the unexpected work, said Shaz Roth of the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. Roth added that the Samaya’s Flooring and Design Center, 14 East Lake Ave., will also stage an official opening soon. I’ll post the extract date when I learn the numbers.

Beer Mule on Aviation Way is celebrating one year with an all-day bash Saturday. Plenty of food choices, beer and live music at 3 and 6 p.m. will add to the fun.

Though the Democratic race for the White House started out with six women candidates in the mix, it has boiled down to a two-man race, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden.

The Grand Princess cruise ship with close to 2,500 passengers and 1,111 crew members on board is currently being held in the waters outside San Francisco while they are being tested for the coronavirus, the AP reported. Thirty-five passengers reportedly had symptoms.

Also, the 30th annual Sea Otter Classic has been canceled at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca due to the virus. Scheduled for April 16-19, the event typically draws around 74,000 spectators with around 9,000 participants. Officials plan to reschedule.

Meanwhile, the House approved an $8.3 billion spending package that includes money for combatting the virus. President Trump is expected to pass it. There are currently big delays making test kits available. “We don’t have enough kits available to meet the demands,” one official at the CDC said.

Gas prices are continuing to drop, with one station in Salinas charging $2.89. A Mission Street station in Santa Cruz was at $3.17 Thursday and Watsonville has $3.17 per gallon of regular at a few stations on Freedom Boulevard.