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Project continues to grow

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- It took a crew of volunteers a little less than four hours Tuesday to transform a barren field into a community gathering space, where families will grow their own food and witness the seed-to-table evolution of their fruits and vegetables.
What now stands in the spot at 100 East Front St. is River Park Community Garden, which is
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Utility rate increase a possibility

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Faced with aging infrastructure and $65 million in capital improvements over the next five to 10 years, the city is looking at a utility rate increase that would help fund these projects.
Although the City Council approved a five-year rate increase in 2012, water conservation efforts by residents have caused revenues to fall short of expectations, said
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City adopts greenhouse gas emission plan

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville City Council approved a plan Tuesday that would reduce the city's greenhouse gas emissions while also increasing the use of renewable energy.
Called the Climate Action Plan, the plan sets goals to provide pedestrian and bicycle-friendly neighborhoods, increased transportation options, improved energy efficiency, reduced waste, increased recycling and protection of open space.
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Witnesses help police bag four taggers

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Watsonville Police are lauding vigilant community members for helping them make four graffiti arrests over the past week.
Two juveniles were caught tagging, as were Juan Romero and Javier Alvarado, both 24.
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Job Fair a huge draw

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- From engineering and cooking to tech or temporary work at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, a job fair hosted by Goodwill Tuesday had a lot to offer to more than 300 job seekers.
With a line out the door for much of the three-hour fair, representatives from 16 workplaces, including the Seaside Company, Plantronics, Fox Racing Shox,
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Fueled by love, peace and veggie grease

Posted: Monday, Feb 23rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Traveling in an RV fueled by waste vegetable oil, Angela Malson, her husband and four children rolled into Watsonville a month ago on a mission to educate people about sustainable living, alternative fuels and renewable energy. Their four-year journey has taken them to 35 states and they are currently staying at Pinto Lake City Park.
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Bill would allow police to freeze gangs’ assets

Posted: Monday, Feb 23rd, 2015
SACRAMENTO -- A new law proposed Monday by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, would provide another tool to law enforcement officials battling criminal street gangs.
If Assembly Bill 442 passes muster with lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown, it would allow prosecuting agencies to freeze the assets of transnational criminal organizations that operate in California.
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Bonsai workshops lead up to annual show

Posted: Monday, Feb 23rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Don White, retired Korean War veteran and practitioner of bonsai tree styling for more than 40 years, will lead two demonstration workshops Saturday and March 21 to encourage participants to stop by the Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai 27th Annual Bonsai Show at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz March 28-29.
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Dreaming of California

Posted: Monday, Feb 23rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- California has long been an artist's dream for its colorful landscapes, seascapes and skyscapes.
Five local artists look to capture the diversity of the state in "California Dreaming," a new exhibit presented by the Santa Cruz County Bank across its five branches.
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Man beaten with hammer

Posted: Monday, Feb 23rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- A Watsonville man was severely injured Monday when he was attacked by someone wielding a claw hammer.
Watsonville Police Sgt. David Rodriguez said Watsonville firefighters were initially dispatched to a report of a man with a head injury on the 100 block of Maple Street at 2:30 p.m.
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Quilt show begins Saturday at fairgrounds

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Quilts of all shapes, sizes, colors and fabrics crafted by men, women and children are filling three buildings at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday.
It's certainly not your grandmother's quilts, said Sandy Helin, publicity co-chair for the Pajaro Valley Quilt Association's annual Quilt Show.
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City looks for solutions to new water treatment regulations

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- When the state introduced new drinking water regulations in July 2014, eight of Watsonville's 12 wells would become out of compliance.
The issue at hand is chromium-6, a naturally occurring element that is found in groundwater and is known to cause adverse health effects.
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Local dog fetches high honors

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
ROYAL OAKS -- A Royal Oaks dog took home a best in breed award at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York over the weekend, an event considered by dog enthusiasts among the most important of the year.
Bourdain -- an Australian shepherd also called Copper Hills No Reservations -- beat out the rest of
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Radio station almost ready to go live

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- When a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck Japan in 2011 and a tsunami warning was issued in the Watsonville area, Joel Mijares Jr. noticed as he was driving that everyone was traveling in the opposite direction, trying to find higher ground.
Despite a quick Emergency Broadcast System warning playing on the radio, no DJs were talking about
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San Juan Road/Hwy 101 off-ramp opens

Posted: Friday, Feb 20th, 2015
AROMAS -- Caltrans and Granite Construction Company opened the new northbound San Juan Road Interchange off-ramp on Friday.
The opening will remove the need for left turns across U.S. Highway 101 at Dunbarton Road. Access to Dunbarton Road from both directions of Highway 101 will remain open, Caltrans said.
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Custom car company cruises in capital

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 18th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- A local car took home top prizes at the Sacramento Autorama over the weekend, a gleaming red 1968 SSRS Chevrolet Camaro with sinuous silver flames roiling down the sides.
The Camaro took home a first-place prize in its class and a special first-place prize for the paint job. The car also picked up first place for the interior,
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Gang conflicts have ‘evolved,’ police say

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 18th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Despite several high-profile cases in 2014, violent crime decreased slightly from 2013, which followed a decrease the year before.
That was part of a presentation Wednesday from Watsonville Police Chief Manny Solano to the Watsonville Rotary Club at the organization's weekly lunch meeting.
Solano, along with Watsonville Police Lt. Saul Gonzalez, was speaking to the Rotarians
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Volleyball coach arrested for contacting minor is sex offender

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 18th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- A local volleyball coach and registered sex offender was arrested Thursday after he allegedly attempted to have sex with a minor, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office announced.
Deputies began investigating Kjell Nilssen, 49, in January after he reportedly contacted a minor through social media and in person over a year-and-a-half. The teen's parents discovered the relationship
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West Africa meets Americana

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 18th, 2015
CORRALITOS -- Dubbed "Afromericana," Mamajowali is forging ahead with a new genre that is a blend of West African music and Americana.
Coming up with the Afromericana name helps create a concise description to brand the sound, said Joe Craven, who is joined in the three-member band by Mamadou Sidibe and Walter Strauss.
But like any genre,
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Pianist to be joined by poet

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 18th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- Ellen Bass is tasked to read her poems that will lead into the music of some of the most prominent composers of all time: Mozart, Brahms and Liszt, to name a few.
In addition, those composers' music will be performed by Inna Faliks, a world-renowned pianist from New York City.
It is certainly no
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Bike track leveled

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 18th, 2015
APTOS -- Following a brief protest, a bulldozer operator got to work Tuesday leveling the world-famous Aptos pump track as dozens of bicyclists mournfully looked on.
Photographer Rick Puckett said he visited the track Tuesday and learned that about 40 bicyclists slept on the track the previous night as a form of a fond farewell to a spot
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Sheriff’s Office announces plans to open 'recovery center'

Modified: Tuesday, Feb 17th, 2015
LIVE OAK -- For decades, people arrested for public intoxication and thought to be unable to care for themselves had little recourse other than several hours in the "sobering center."
Located in the Santa Cruz County Main Jail, the bleak, spartan cell features walls and floors, which are entirely white and padded with rubber. A metal sink and
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Famous bike tracks get the ax

Posted: Monday, Feb 16th, 2015
APTOS -- Bulldozers are scheduled to level the world-famous Aptos pump track today. Situated in the heart of Aptos Village, the dirt mounds that make up the track, also known as the Post Office Dirt Jumps, and the nearby Epicenter pump track, have been a popular draw for bicyclists for more than two decades.
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Strawberry acres decline as new varieties yield more fruit

Posted: Monday, Feb 16th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- California's strawberry acreage is expected to dwindle somewhat again this year. Weather and the amped up yield and quality of some varieties of strawberries are part of the reason, said California Strawberry Commission spokeswoman Carolyn O'Donnell.
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Watsonville Film Festival adds day, venues

Posted: Monday, Feb 16th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Now in its fourth year, the Watsonville Film Festival is adding a day to its schedule as well as new venues.
Beginning March 5, the festival will open at Green Valley Cinema, 1125 South Green Valley Road, with "The Storm that Swept Mexico," a PBS documentary narrated by Luis Valdez about the Mexican Revolution. The event includes live
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AHP looks to add living history farm

Posted: Monday, Feb 16th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- A visit to the Agricultural History Project at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds can offer among other things glimpses into the region's once rich apple harvests, a walk through a fleet of restored tractors and a picture of how the Pajaro Valley evolved over time from growing potatoes and wheat to strawberries and raspberries.
Since its 1986
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