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Common Core standards, new computers mark new year

Posted: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The Pajaro Valley High School campus was filled with students late Monday morning, roaming clusters of students scattered through the quad. Alternately laughing, whispering, pushing, shoving and chatting, their din of youthful activity is the cadence of schools everywhere.
It was the first day of school for thousands of students at Pajaro Valley Unified School District's more than
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Need for caregivers increases as population ages

Posted: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
APTOS -- As the population ages, the need for caregivers becomes becomes increasingly more in demand.
Looking to help fill the need, Right at Home Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay, which recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, is looking to increase its number of caregivers as their client base continues to grow.
Owner/Chief Caregiver David Bullard said the
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Concours d’Elegance showcases best of the best

Posted: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
CARMEL -- The annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance unfolded over the last week in Monterey, Carmel and Pebble Beach as part of Automotive Week
A showcase and auction of fine automobiles and motorcycles, the five-day event, which began in 1950, is one of the world's premier celebrations of the automobile. The event peaks Thursday with the Pebble Beach Concours
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Tequilas and tacos the focus of festival

Posted: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- The inaugural Tequila & Taco Music Festival in downtown Santa Cruz aims to show that tequila doesn't need a lime to be enjoyed.
"With a good tequila, you should not have to use a lime and salt at all," said Vincenzo Giammanco, festival producer.
Ten micro-craft tequila companies will join forces with 10 taco
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City may impose water restrictions

Modified: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The city could impose restrictions on outdoor water usage to follow a state order.
The Watsonville City Council will consider the proposal during a public hearing on Aug. 26.
Under the proposal, all residents and business within the city's service area will be limited to watering their landscape twice a week for a maximum of
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PVUSD reduces expulsions

Modified: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- More kids are coming to school in Pajaro Valley Unified School District.
That's because the district over the past three years has reduced by 60 percent the numbers of students who are expelled, thanks to recent efforts by educators, Santa Cruz County Superior Court, the county's mental health division and Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance.
According
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Incoming students get head start on year

Modified: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- More than 500 incoming freshmen walked onto the Watsonville High School campus for the first time Thursday, but on this day, they didn't have to worry about academics.
These students, many of whom were undoubtedly beset by first-day jitters, were instead there to calm their nerves and meet the peer leaders that would ease their transition into high
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‘Fun fashion’ boutique opens

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
APTOS -- After retiring, Terri Foster, who worked 17 years in the California State Prison System as a teacher, felt that she could still do more.
With her love of clothing, she knew exactly what she wanted to do.
BFF Boutique, located in the Bayview Hotel on 8041 Soquel Drive in Aptos, celebrates its grand opening Saturday
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Renovation viewed for historic La Bahia Hotel

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- La Bahia Hotel, a 1926 historic landmark in the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk area, is under review by planners with the idea of making the rundown building a 165-room hotel.
On Wednesday the Santa Cruz Historic Preservation Commission explored the plans for the oceanfront property to determine if they go forward with a recommendation to city
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D.A. warns of IRS phone ‘tax penalty’ scam

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- Telephone scammers have been calling Santa Cruz County residents posing as Internal Revenue Service agents and seeking immediate "tax penalty" payments over the phone.
The scam is being reported nationwide and has duped many people into making a payment. Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Consumer Affairs office warns residents to be wary of such
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Police: woman fled to avoid reckless driving charges

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A Watsonville woman who police say fled the county to avoid arrest for allegedly injuring a child with her vehicle was arrested Thursday at a residence in Vacaville.
Brenda Alcara Velador, 19, was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail on $500,000 bail.
According to the Watsonville Police Department, Velador was speeding on Main Street near First Street
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Memorial wall to be taken down

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
APTOS -- In a far corner of Seacliff State Beach, tucked behind a small row of trees at the end of a parking lot is a gray stone wall, 15 feet high and some 30 feet long.
Such a plain structure would never gain much attention by passersby, were it not for dozens upon dozens of memorials that have been
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DUI suspected in fatal crash

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- The California Highway Patrol is still investigating a fatal, solo vehicle crash early Saturday morning in the hills just above Santa Cruz.
Officer Leland Atkins said Gwynne Coye, 24, of Aptos died in the crash and the driver, Marquis Edwards, 23, of Fresno has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and felony evading.
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Garcia facing off against incumbent Dodge

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Rebecca Garcia has thrown her hat in the ring to square off against incumbent Daniel Dodge for the District 5 seat on the Watsonville City Council in the Nov. 4 election.
Garcia has been involved in Watsonville politics for decades, an endeavor launched in earnest in 1988 when she joined the fight that resulted in the current
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Soquel water board details conservation plan

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
CAPITOLA -- The Soquel Creek Water District's conservation plan, which aims to reduce water usage over the next 20 years and penalize those customers who go over their budget, was detailed Tuesday ahead of approval in September.
Called "CONSERVATIONplus," the water reduction plan is slated for approval by the district's Board of Directors on Sept. 2 and takes
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Artists paint new mural in Aromas

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
AROMAS -- At Aromas Park, a clutch of chickens have set up a coop in an electrical box.
While it might be an unconventional structure for a coop, for these chickens, their purpose is to beautify what was once a bland metal box.
Aromas artists Joyce Oroz and Linda Bjornson are set to finish the mural this
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Graniterock’s algebra academy adds another year

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- As the morning sun burned off the last of the clouds Monday, it was shaping up to be a perfect summer day, perhaps made even more precious as the final days of summer were winding down.
But even as many young people eked out their last days of freedom, more than a hundred incoming eighth-graders chose to spend
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Man wanted for attacking woman with stun gun

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 12th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Santa Cruz County Sheriff's deputies are looking for a Watsonville man who allegedly assaulted a woman at his residence early Saturday morning.
According to deputies, Johnny Campos, 50, punched, choked and used a stun gun on a female acquaintance when she was visiting him at his residence approximately 1 a.m.
The victim fought off the attack and
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A ride for life

Posted: Monday, Aug 11th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The group of firefighters who arrived on bicycle for a stopover in Watsonville Monday had come nearly 150 miles, and has hundreds still to go.
Having began their journey in Marin on Aug. 9, the 46 riders were on their third stop in a journey that will take them more than 500 miles in seven days, with their
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Steak and Lobster fuel upcoming Air Show

Posted: Monday, Aug 11th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The annual Steak & Lobster Dinner Fundraiser for the Watsonville Fly-In & Air Show drew hundreds of people Saturday to Watsonville Municipal Airport.
The event was punctuated with a silent and a live auction, headed up by former Watsonville Police Chief Terry Medina, who is also a current candidate for fourth district supervisor's seat.
Organizers are
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John Lennon art show comes together for food bank

Posted: Monday, Aug 11th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- Most people know John Lennon as an artist musically, but not many realize he also sketched hundreds of drawings.
"Come Together -- The Art of John Lennon" will continue its tour with a stop in downtown Santa Cruz Friday through Sunday.
The event is a benefit for Second Harvest Food Bank.
For the
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A splash of color in an institutional world

Posted: Friday, Aug 8th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- What was once a large expanse of grey concrete wall at the Santa Cruz County Rountree Detention Facility cafeteria now boasts a giant seascape mural, thanks to a group of 22 inmates who spent three months with paintbrushes in hand.
The project was spearheaded by the William James Association Prison Arts Project, and Santa Cruz County Sheriff's
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Police catch up with attempted murder suspect

Posted: Friday, Aug 8th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A Watsonville man was arrested Friday on suspicion of attempted murder following a June shooting that left a Watsonville man seriously injured.
Watsonville Police Sgt. Eric Montalbo said police received an anonymous tip Friday that Ramiro Castillo was at 18 Evelyn Drive in Watsonville. Watsonville patrol officers, CHP officers, WPD investigators and members of the Santa
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Dutra files paperwork for City Council run

Posted: Friday, Aug 8th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Watsonville resident Jimmy Dutra filed his paperwork for a run at the Watsonville City Council District 4 seat Thursday, lining himself up as the only candidate to challenge incumbent Eduardo Montesino in the Nov. 4 election.
Dutra, 39, recently came in third in a four-way race for the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors Fourth District Seat,
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On track for an arresting career

Posted: Friday, Aug 8th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- If 16-year-old Collin Travers has his way, he will one day be a Watsonville Police officer.
"This is my dream place to work," Travers said.
Travers said he has wanted to be a police officer since he was 5.
"I want to be that person who puts the bad guys in jail and be
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Boardwalk unveils vintage kiddie ride

Posted: Friday, Aug 8th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk's newest ride is actually 65 years old.
Kiddie Cruzers made its debut on Aug. 1, a completely-restored small ride for the young ones that was built in 1949 by the Allan Herschell Company of New York.
The ride consists of six cast aluminum vehicles, which include a fire truck
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Students shine during summer solar class

Posted: Friday, Aug 8th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Working through their self-designed solar company, Pajaro Valley Unified School District high school students Fox Williams and Jailene Lazaro spent the past week designing an energy-saving solar project, complete with cost-savings estimates.
Their plans also included a comprehensive financing plan for the estimated $36,000 project, but it's unlikely it will be needed. The fictional assignment was the
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Breastfeeding awareness hit the streets

Posted: Friday, Aug 8th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The local chapter of Women, Infant & Children held their annual plaza rally and Breastfeeding Awareness March through downtown Friday.
Hundreds of people filled the plaza where information tables were set up in concert with the Watsonville Certified Farmers Market. Organizers handed out information at the eighth annual event, which was also the 40th birthday
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