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Job fairs set for Thursday

Posted: Monday, Mar 27th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- Two job fairs in Watsonville on Thursday will look to make a dent in Santa Cruz County's unemployment rate.
According to statistics released Friday by the California Employment Development Department, the county's unemployment rate in February was 8.5 percent, slightly lower than January's rate of 8.8 percent.
The rate is higher than the statewide average,

Sessions threatens sanctuary cities

Posted: Monday, Mar 27th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned Monday that any state, city or county declaring itself a "sanctuary" for undocumented immigrants risks losing federal funding.
In a brief press conference, Sessions said that U.S. immigration law requires federal authorities "to promptly remove aliens when they are convicted or detained of certain crimes."
The brief press conference was another

Watsonville boy arrested in Santa Cruz stabbing

Posted: Monday, Mar 27th, 2017
SANTA CRUZ -- Santa Cruz Police on Thursday arrested a 17-year-old Watsonville boy in connection with a March 22 stabbing in Santa Cruz.
A second juvenile has also been identified, and the Santa Cruz Police Department is working with officers throughout the county to locate him.
Watsonville Police officers assisted in the case, and arrested the juvenile, Santa

College experience inspires future students

Posted: Friday, Mar 24th, 2017
SANTA CRUZ -- Hundreds of seventh-grade students from throughout Santa Cruz County braved heavy rainfall Friday as they traipsed among the redwoods of the UC Santa Cruz campus, toured a dorm and a cafeteria and sat in on a mini-lecture.
The students -- 1,500 in all -- were part of the fourth annual Seventh-Grade College & Career Summit.

Volunteers recognized for efforts

Posted: Friday, Mar 24th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- Urging others to get involved and serve their community, 10 volunteers were recognized Thursday during the 15th annual Cesar E. Chavez Community Awards.
The volunteers were recognized for their community work and activism that exemplifies and promotes the values espoused by civil rights activist Cesar Chavez.
Put on by the Watsonville Parks and Community Services

Officials support Meals on Wheels as program faces cuts

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 22nd, 2017
LIVE OAK -- A team of volunteers packed their vehicles full of hot food at the Live Oak Senior Center Wednesday morning, preparing to bring it to hungry mid-county seniors.
For the Meals on Wheels volunteers, the trip was nothing new. Some come on a daily basis, while others do it once a week. For the seniors, the meals

City, school district hosting immigration forums

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 22nd, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- If federal immigration agents come knocking, they need a warrant to enter a residence. Once they are inside, residents should invoke their Fifth Amendment right to remain silent, and should not sign anything.
Those pieces of advice will be part of a forum on Saturday created to prepare families for the possibility that Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Sewer customers asked to complete survey

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 22nd, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- The Freedom County Sanitation District has thousands of feet of aging sewer lines in the rural areas of Watsonville, most of which need to be upgraded.
The district has plans to apply for state and federal funding in order to complete six projects, estimated at $13 million. But to do so, it needs to determine the

Report: Watsonville man shoots daughter, then himself

Modified: Tuesday, Mar 21st, 2017
CAPITOLA -- A 36-year-old Watsonville man and his 7-year-old daughter died Sunday outside the Capitola Mall in an apparent murder-suicide.
Capitola Police said they received a call at 3:15 p.m. from a woman that her husband might be attempting suicide in the mall's parking lot in back of Macy's on Clares Street. The woman said her husband was

PV High to introduce choir with performance

Posted: Monday, Mar 20th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- This year marks two firsts for Pajaro Valley High School.
The school has a choir for the first time since it opened in 2005, and the group will put on a free concert Wednesday night.
The creation of a choir is notable in Pajaro Valley Unified School District, which is slowly rebuilding its music programs district-wide

Rain moves in

Posted: Monday, Mar 20th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- After a lengthy dry spell, showers moved into the Monterey Bay Area on the first day of spring Monday. A dense layer of clouds dominated the skies Monday and by 2 p.m. sprinkles began falling while temperatures leveled off in the mid-60s.
By 4:30 p.m. those sprinkles gained in strength as umbrellas came out and motorists' wiper

State proposes rules for pesticides near schools

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017

Not strong enough, opponents say

WATSONVILLE -- The California Department of Pesticide Regulation on Thursday released a revised set of regulations for the use of agricultural pesticides near schools, a plan that drew scorn from pesticide activists even as DPR officials praised it as one of the country's best.
Under the proposal, most pesticides are banned from

Salvation Army plans moving forward

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017

Assessment identifies shelter, daily services as top needs

WATSONVILLE -- Plans by the Watsonville Salvation Army to revamp its downtown location moved forward Wednesday when the organization met to discuss a recent needs assessment.
During the six-month assessment survey, the organization talked to more than 100 city leaders, service providers, residents and others to get a sense

Rain may return

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- Meteorologists are predicting a dry weekend for the Monterey Bay region, while some rain could dampen areas north of San Francisco.
At the National Weather Service of Monterey, meteorologist Duane Dykema said this weekend will be cooler. He described a series of weak weather systems lining up to reach the Monterey Bay over the week.

A first EP; A huge night

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 9th, 2016

Local band Pan Dulce to play at Appleton Saturday

WATSONVILLE -- Right after hitting their one-year anniversary together, local music group Pan Dulce is preparing to drop their first EP as part of their performance at the Appleton Grill Saturday.
The group, which has six members, hails from all

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