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Watsonville working diligently toward revised General Plan

Watsonville working diligently toward revised General Plan

Sunday August 15, 2010

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The General Plan of a city is an important document that outlines the vision of a community for the next 25 years. Watsonville made a great effort to provide for an inclusive process to create the 2030 Watsonville General Plan and the update of the 2005 General Plan that is currently in effect.

The city began considering the update of the General Plan in the late '90s when Action Pajaro Valley APV was formed as a diverse group of stakeholders from the community that met for three years to debate and outline appropriate future growth areas and improvement policies for the Pajaro Valley. An incredible number of workshops and public meetings were held throughout the city to allow for the community to decide on a common vision for Watsonville's future.

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Jack Matsuoka Honored by City of Watsonville

Jack Matsuoka Honored by City of Watsonville

Sunday August 01, 2010

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The atmosphere was quite different on June 22, when Matsuoka — one of only a handful of Nisei professional cartoonists and one of the few Japanese Americans to have drawn a comic strip — was honored by the City of Watsonville for his accomplishments.

The proclamation was presented by Mayor Luis Alejo. Matsuoka was joined by his daughter, Emi Young, and granddaughter, Jennifer Young, as well as members of the Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL.

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Election victory no minor feat for Alejo

Election victory no minor feat for Alejo

Candidate values making a difference

Tuesday June 15, 2010

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Luis Alejo has had his fair share of trials and tribulations on his road to becoming a young politician and successful attorney. After his June 8 primary election victory, in which he won the Democratic nomination for the 28th state Assembly seat, he can look back on them with fond reflection.

If Alejo wins the general election in November, he will be the first Watsonville native to represent the city in the state Assembly. His journey to this point began inauspiciously.

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Alejo wins nomination for state Assembly

Alejo wins nomination for state Assembly

Thursday June 10, 2010

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Watsonville Mayor Luis Alejo will have a shot at making history in November after securing the Democratic nomination for the 28th District state Assembly seat by defeating rivals Janet Barnes and Francisco Dominguez. Should he win, Alejo would be the first state Assembly member to come from Watsonville in the past 30 years.

“This was the key race to win,” Alejo said Wednesday. “Now that we’ve won it, we have even more confidence in November. But we never take anything for granted.”

Though thousands of ballots had yet to be counted Wednesday evening, Alejo had 52 percent of the vote and Barnes had 35 percent, a margin that won’t be erased by the remaining votes.

Hundreds of supporters cheered, clapped and hugged Alejo Tuesday night at his election party.

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28th Assembly District: Alejo grabs early lead over Barnes

28th Assembly District: Alejo grabs early lead over Barnes

Wednesday June 09, 2010

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Watsonville Mayor Luis Alejo, after a bruising primary battle with Salinas City Councilwoman Janet Barnes, took an early lead across the four-county 28th Assembly District in Tuesday's Democratic primary.

Alejo, 36, who had the backing of the state Democratic Party, had six- to 11-point leads over Barnes, a Salinas elementary school teacher, in Monterey, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara and San Benito counties.

"We're feeling really good about the early results," Alejo said from an election night party in Salinas. "The voters didn't buy into the negative, smear attacks."

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Luis Alejo faces off against Robert Bernosky in November

Luis Alejo faces off against Robert Bernosky in November

Watsonville mayor wins primary by wide margins

Wednesday June 09, 2010

WATSONVILLE - After a winning a tough primary contest Tuesday, Watsonville Mayor Luis Alejo is confident he'll beat GOP victor Robert Bernosky for the 28th Assembly District seat in November.

But Bernosky, a Hollister resident who touts his experience in business finance, also likes his chances.

Alejo starts off with the advantage of a heavily Democratic district and a proven ability to generate campaign cash and enthusiastic volunteers.

"I think we're going to do even better in November," Alejo said. "We're going to work hard up to the last minute and keep our message positive and focus on the issues voters told us they care about the most."

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Alejo, Bernosky win state Assembly nominations

Alejo, Bernosky win state Assembly nominations

Wednesday June 09, 2010

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Republican Robert Bernosky and Democrat Luis Alejo will go head-to-head in November's general election for state Assembly District 28.

With ballots from 100 percent of the precincts counted, Bernosky, a financial officer in Hollister, had defeated businessman Allen Barker, also of Hollister, with 57.4 percent of the votes, according to the California Secretary of State. 

Alejo, mayor of Watsonville, garnered 52.3 percent against his Democratic counterparts, Salinas councilwoman Janet Barnes and Francisco Dominguez.Barnes had 35.3 percent, while Dominguez was a distant third with 12.4 percent of the votes.

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Alejo, Bernosky maintain leads in State Assembly District 28 primary races

Alejo, Bernosky maintain leads in State Assembly District 28 primary races

Tuesday June 08, 2010

With votes from 26 percent of the precincts in, Watsonville Mayor Luis Alejo and financial officer Robert Bernosky of Hollister are maintaining solid leads against their counterparts for the State Assembly District 28 race. 

 Alejo leads with 49.5 percent in the democratic primary race, according to the California Secretary of State.

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Watsonville Register-Pajaronian Endorses Luis Alejo

Watsonville Register-Pajaronian Endorses Luis Alejo

Thursday May 27, 2010

In the race for the Democratic Party's nomination to represent the 28th Assembly District of California, we support Luis Alejo. There should be nobody better than Alejo to represent Watsonville's interests in Sacramento, as he was born and raised here. Janet Barnes is a very formidable candidate and may be better at finding consensus and earning the trust of all parties involved, but we think Watsonville needs special attention by the state and we want Alejo to go to Sacramento and fight for it.

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MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY ENDORSES LUIS ALEJO FOR ASSEMBLY

MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY ENDORSES LUIS ALEJO FOR ASSEMBLY

Thursday May 27, 2010

Luis Alejo The Watsonville mayor has worked his way up from his family’s migrant worker roots. A former CRLA lawyer, he currently works as staff attorney for the Monterey County Superior Court in addition to his mayoral duties. His previous experience as a Sacramento

aide should stand him in good stead. His opponent, school teacher Janet Barnes, has been a competent Salinas city councilwoman for the past 12 years. We’d usually favor the countybased candidate, but Alejo, who has promised to make Salinas his home office, seems better suited to the job.

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