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Ceiba's new building taking shape

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- After seven years and five buildings, Ceiba College Preparatory Academy has a home of its own.
Workers are busy converting the former storage building for DHL Shipping and Fox Racing Shox on 260 West Riverside Drive into a school to prepare for the start of the academic year on Sept. 2.
Previously, Ceiba inhabited three
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Redman-Hirahara property sale in final stages

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The sale of the Redman-Hirahara property, which sits just off Highway One at the corner of Beach Street Lee Road, is in its final stages, realtor Chuck Allen confirmed Wednesday.
The sale could affect plans to restore the 117-year-old Redman-Hirahara house, which sits on the 14-acre property.
Allen declined to name the buyers, but said they have
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Hackers steal patient information

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A group of Chinese hackers has stolen the personal information of an estimated 4.5 million people, all patients of Tenn.-based Community Health Systems, Inc.
The corporation manages Watsonville Community Hospital, along with more than 200 hospitals in 29 states.
The hacker group is known for stealing intellectual property such as medical device and equipment development data, but
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County to consider host family ordinance

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- If a proposed ordinance is approved by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, it would allow local families to host children who come to the U.S. from Central America.
The supervisors unanimously agreed to allow county staff to explore the issue and return with a draft ordinance on Sept. 30.
Similar plans are also
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Capturing a personal feel of nature

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- A refreshing take on viewing nature is the topic of a new art show at the Santa Cruz County Building by Bonny Doon artist Kristen O'Neill.
Her 23 works, in oil on canvas, pen and pencil on paper and conte´ crayon are being exhibited on the fifth floor and run through Oct. 17.
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Farmers receive update on alternative fumigation process

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A non-chemical soil fumigation process is growing in popularity with strawberry farmers across the state since methyl bromide has been phased out.
Farm Fuel Inc. updated farmers and others on Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation, which has been available commercially since 2011, during a meeting at the Santa Cruz County UC Cooperative Extension in Watsonville Tuesday.
According
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Aromas Day returns Sunday

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
AROMAS -- Nearly the entire population of Aromas will celebrate living in the small town Sunday during the annual Aromas Day.
The day starts off with a pancake breakfast served in the Aromas Community Grange, 400 Rose Ave., from 7-11 a.m. During the breakfast, a number of items will be available in a silent auction that benefits the
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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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