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Defiant marchers globally challenge Trump agenda

Posted: Monday, Jan 23rd, 2017
SANTA CRUZ -- As many as 8,000 people marched in downtown Santa Cruz Saturday, the day after the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump.
The Women's March Santa Cruz County, according to organizers, was an all-inclusive, non-partisan march for women, men and children to stand together for the protection of human rights, safety and the importance of diverse communities. The

Women’s March reaches Watsonville

Posted: Monday, Jan 23rd, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- Across the nation on Saturday, millions of Americans took to the streets in protest of the recent inauguration of President Donald Trump. While most protests were held in major cities and capitals, small towns participated as well.
Watsonville was one of them. While many Santa Cruz County residents headed directly to the march in downtown Santa Cruz,

Tackling the issue of human trafficking

Posted: Monday, Jan 23rd, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- In May 2016, police arrested a man at a Watsonville motel for charges of prostitution.
During their investigation, officers also found a 16-year-old girl in the motel room, and thanks to their training, were able to identify her as a victim of human trafficking, said Deborah Pembrook, chair of the Coalition to End Human Trafficking in

A giant falls: Advocate Tree stood for 10 centuries

Posted: Monday, Jan 23rd, 2017
APTOS -- When the Advocate Tree in Nisene Marks State Park was a sapling, the Anasazi people were thriving in villages carved out of sandstone in the Southwest, and the Viking Leif Eriksson had just raided North America.
Some 200 years later, the tree was a relative teenager as Genghis Khan invaded China and Pope Gregory IX battled heresy

Students boycott inauguration

Posted: Sunday, Jan 22nd, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- More than 100 students walked out of class Friday, leaving the Watsonville High School campus to protest some of President Donald Trump's stances on the day of his inauguration.
As the movement swelled, they were rewarded for their efforts when a gaggle of students joined their ranks. Each student had a reason to be there: undocumented family members,

Locals optimistic about new president

Posted: Sunday, Jan 22nd, 2017

Republicans see promise in Trump's policies

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- While protesters ramped up in Santa Cruz County and nationwide to decry President Donald Trump's inauguration, there were also significant groups of people who see the incoming administration as a positive step in U.S. history.
Many local Republicans were reluctant Friday to speak on the record.

Watsonville to maintain sanctuary city status

Posted: Sunday, Jan 22nd, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- While on the campaign trail, Donald Trump vowed to deport the 11 million undocumented immigrants who live in the United States.
But while his stance softened slightly after he was elected in November, there are still families who fear what approach the new administration will have toward immigration.
To help alleviate concerns for Watsonville residents, the

Monster surf will hammer coast today

Posted: Sunday, Jan 22nd, 2017

Rain to soak the weekend

WATSONVILLE -- Following a brief dry spell, hard rains trounced back into the region over the past few days, driving water levels to scary levels in area waterways.
Particularly heavy rain Thursday night triggered numerous mudslides around Santa Cruz County, toppled trees, flooded roads and whipped power and other utility lines

Inauguration spurs Hands Around the Plaza event

Posted: Sunday, Jan 22nd, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- About 200 people gathered in Watsonville Plaza Thursday at sunset in a peaceful demonstration to foster community solidarity on the eve of the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.
"There's a lot of scared people in our community," said Ray Cancino, executive director of Community Bridges. "These people do not need to stay in a shadow. I am

Former Watsonville High teacher Norman Haney dies

Modified: Wednesday, Jan 18th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- Years ago, former Watsonville High School teacher Norm Haney was on his way to a gathering in Tres Pinos when he was stopped by police for a minor traffic violation, and given a written warning.
Haney, who served as the school's driving instructor, recognized the irony in receiving the ticket. He showed the warning to his friends,

A clear solution

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 18th, 2017

Treatment on Pinto Lake to begin in April

WATSONVILLE -- Within three months, the City of Watsonville will begin a treatment of Pinto Lake that experts say will clear the water and make it safer for recreational use.
The ailing lake has been listed as one of the most polluted in the U.S. because of high concentrations

Officials tour levee repairs

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 18th, 2017

More rain on the way

WATSONVILLE -- City, county and state officials gathered in Watsonville Tuesday to discuss the impact the recent storm had on the Pajaro River watershed.
Due to heavy rains early last week, the water level in the Pajaro River came within two feet of brimming over the levee, said Watsonville Public Works

The 'people's tradition'

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017

Decades-old chocolate shop begins preparations for Valentine's Day

SANTA CRUZ -- With just enough time to replenish the depleted-from-Christmas inventory, the owners of Mackenzies Chocolates have already begun thinking ahead to Valentine's Day.
The chocolate company, opened by Colin and Thelma Mackenzie in 1984, is now managed by their son Ian and his wife Mary Rose. It is

Hundreds honor King

Modified: Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017
SEASIDE -- Khalil Williams has been a community activist and organizer for most of his life, and so his participation in the annual Martin Luther King march in Seaside Monday was never in question.
"I'm here because I'm always here," he said just before the parade got underway. "It's a time to remember the great Dr. King and

Kaiser Permanente opens its doors

Modified: Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017
New medical office arrives in Watsonville
WATSONVILLE -- Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation's largest nonprofit health care providers, celebrated the grand opening of its new medical center in Watsonville on Thursday.
"It's been a long time coming," said Senior Vice President and Area Manager Irene Chavez.
In March 2016, a large section of Crossroads Shopping Center in

Awards dinner nearly sold out

Posted: Monday, Jan 16th, 2017

PV Chamber to honor individuals on Jan. 28

WATSONVILLE -- The Pajaro Valley may just be a "little bit" country, but it has a lot of people devoted to community service.
The Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture will honor those individuals and organizations during its annual awards dinner, themed "The Pajaro Valley: We're a Little

The march of history

Posted: Monday, Jan 16th, 2017

Santa Cruz event one of hundreds across globe on Jan. 21

SANTA CRUZ -- Later this month, political organizers across the world are planning to meet the changing political landscape with demonstrations across the world.
The epicenter of these will be the Women's March on Washington, which is expected to draw thousands to the nation's capitol.

Driver escapes in police pursuit

Posted: Monday, Jan 16th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- A man is at large after he reportedly fled from police in a car and then on foot late Saturday.
Watsonville Police Sgt. Mike Ridgway said that around 10:40 p.m., Officer Bryan Fuentez attempted to contact two people in the parking lot of the Rodeway Inn at 1620 West Beach St. As Fuentez approached the car, the

FedEx shows off new facility

Modified: Friday, Jan 13th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- Nearly 100 people gathered in the new FedEx facility Thursday to celebrate the company's vast 194,000-square-foot facility, a project more than 10 years in the making.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony drew city and county officials, along with business people and county residents.
The ground shipment facility is a warren of overhead conveyor belts and chutes, all

Dry spell erases flood warning

Posted: Friday, Jan 13th, 2017

Next rain possible Wednesday

PAJARO -- A flood warning was lifted by the National Weather Service Thursday evening for the community of Pajaro.
Due to recent heavy rains, the water level in the Pajaro River came up as high as four feet from brimming over the levee. That level has since started to recede, officials said.

National monument named in north SC County

Posted: Friday, Jan 13th, 2017
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- President Barack Obama expanded the California Coastal National Monument by adding the Cotoni-Coast Dairies property, north of Santa Cruz, on Thursday.
  "The national monument designation is a smart, effective way to ensure the Cotoni-Coast Dairies land is protected in perpetuity and gets the resources and attention it deserves," said Sara Barth, executive director of

Fire destroys prominent Pajaro building

Posted: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
PAJARO -- An early-morning fire in Pajaro that destroyed two businesses, damaged two others and displaced the residents of two apartments was caused by faulty wiring, North Monterey County Fire Division Chief Joe Pastore said Thursday.
The building at 8 Porter Drive just over the Pajaro Bridge housed Val TV Radio VCR Service and Tamara's Hair Salon, and was

State of emergency declared

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 11th, 2017

Supervisors throw support behind undocumented immigrants

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- The Board of Supervisors addressed two late additions to their agenda Tuesday to declare a local emergency and establish their position on immigration enforcement.
The first step in order to receive potential State and Federal assistance for the county, the declaration is in response to flooding, road closures

Emergency levee repairs underway

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 11th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- Construction crews labored through the night Tuesday and into Wednesday to strengthen a section of the Pajaro River levee. With bulging water levels, and more rain in the works, the county enlisted the help of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, California Department of Water Resources and Graniterock and commenced emergency repairs to address the river "boils."

Begonia Festival to end after 65 years

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 11th, 2017

Last event set for Sept. 1-4

CAPITOLA -- The Capitola Begonia Festival will return for its 65th annual event from Sept. 1-4, but it will also be its last.
The festival's committee made the announcement Tuesday.
Golden State Bulb Growers, which grows the begonia blossoms in Marina, is retiring from the business of growing begonias,

Council delays marijuana manufacturing decision

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 11th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville City Council shelved its decision Tuesday to allow the manufacturing of medical marijuana in the city, with some members citing issues with the drafted ordinance.
The council voted 5-2 to bring the ordinance back at a future date with modifications, with Councilmen Felipe Hernandez and Lowell Hurst voting no.
According to Acting Community

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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