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Yearlong effort nets 43 arrests

Yearlong effort nets 43 arrests

Tuesday May 11, 2010

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The Watsonville Police Department on Monday announced the arrests of 43 gang members in a yearlong crackdown that targeted the largest faction of the city’s Sureño criminal street gangs.

Police launched the operation, dubbed “Operation Groundhog,” one year ago after noticing an increase in violent crime and drug activity by the gang, known as Poorside Watsonville, or PSW. It was the biggest investigation to date into the activities of that particular gang. Police are still searching for two individuals.

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Watsonville Mayor Luis Alejo commended the law enforcement personnel for their work.

“We all know the guns before us represent lives saved because they are off the street,” he said. “We want to convey the message that we are behind law enforcement.”

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Bicyclist wins annual commuter race

Bicyclist wins annual commuter race

Tuesday May 11, 2010

Gray skies and a cold drizzle did little to dampen the spirits of three hearty souls who set off Monday afternoon on a 3-mile race designed to show that alternative forms of transportation are preferable to driving a gas-powered vehicle.


The event pitted a bicycle against an electric ZAP car and a traditional car. Each participant was tasked with picking up a puzzle piece at three businesses in the city. The contestants were told to complete the tasks just as they would for an everyday errand.

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Second place was taken the electric car, driven by Watsonville mayor Luis Alejo.

"It's good to educate the community about transportation alternatives," Alejo said.

Alejo pointed to an increasing demand in South County for bike lanes as commuters facing rising gas prices look to ditch their cars.

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Yearlong investigation roots out 42 suspected gang members in Watsonville

Yearlong investigation roots out 42 suspected gang members in Watsonville

Monday May 10, 2010

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WATSONVILLLE — Forty-two suspected gang members have been arrested following a year-long investigation into a violent Sureño street gang in Watsonville, police there reported.


"Operation Groundhog" rooted out the Poorside gang, an organization police responsible for a growing number of drive-by shootings, stabbings, robberies and other attacks in the city, according to Watsonville Deputy Police Chief Rudy Escalante.

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Watsonville Mayor Luis Alejo commended the Police Department for its work.


"It's targeting the source, these folks who are out on the street," Alejo said. "I think it's a great accomplishment. It's a message to these person in Watsonville: our police are onto you."

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Six vie for 28th Assembly District seat

Six vie for 28th Assembly District seat

Monday April 26, 2010

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Watsonville Mayor Luis Alejo's top three priorities are job creation and preservation, education and neighborhood safety.

Getting local families working again and supporting local businesses will improve the state's economy while targeting dropouts and making college more affordable to high school graduates will turn around the state's educational system, Alejo said. The Democratic candidate also aims to keep neighborhoods safe by supporting police and focusing on prevention and intervention programs to "keep youth on the right track."

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Alejo endorsed by law enforcement

Alejo endorsed by law enforcement

Saturday April 24, 2010

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Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak and former Watsonville Police Chief Terry Medina are supporting Watsonville Mayor Luis Alejo in the race for the 28th Assembly District.

Alejo also has been endorsed by the Watsonville Police Officers Association, the Santa Cruz County Deputy Sheriffs Association, Marina Police Chief Eddie Rodriguez, former Santa Cruz County sheriffs Steve Robbins and Mark Tracy, and Lt. Amy Christie of the county Sheriff's Office.

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WATSONVILLE CELEBRATES NEWEST DOWNTOWN PARK

WATSONVILLE CELEBRATES NEWEST DOWNTOWN PARK

Friday April 23, 2010

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Transforming the lot, vacant since the 1989 earthquake, into a temporary park until it can be developed is part of an effort to beautify and revitalize the downtown.

"It shows our, the city's commitment to doing some great things in the downtown and hopefully it will bring businesses downtown," said Mayor Luis Alejo.

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Salinas-area Assembly  candidates to gather for  Hartnell College forum

Salinas-area Assembly candidates to gather for Hartnell College forum

Thursday April 15, 2010

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The following five candidates are running for 
California Assembly District 28, which covers the 
Salinas Valley, San Benito County, and parts of Santa 
Cruz and Santa Clara counties.

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Watsonville needs to keep court services here

Watsonville needs to keep court services here

Monday April 05, 2010

The City of Watsonville adamantly opposes the court consolidation plan being proposed.

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The proposed plan will undermine the work that went into making the new courthouse a reality and disregards the impact this will have on both the incorporated and unincorporated people of south Santa Cruz County. Traffic and a lack of adequate parking have long plagued the 701 Ocean St. location. Moving felony cases and traffic proceedings back to overcrowded Santa Cruz courtrooms will only make conditions worse, not better.

 

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Santa Cruz courts make massive shift in consolidation plan

Santa Cruz courts make massive shift in consolidation plan

Tuesday March 30, 2010

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SANTA CRUZ - Beginning July 1 all criminal matters, except for juvenile matters, will be handled in Santa Cruz as part of a massive consolidation announced Tuesday by county court officials.

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Watsonville Mayor Luis Alejo said "the process was rushed" and he was "deeply disappointed" with the outcome.

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ALEJO WINS NODS FROM DEM CLUBS

ALEJO WINS NODS FROM DEM CLUBS

Sunday March 28, 2010

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Mayor Luis Alejo has won the recommendation of local Democrats for the state party's nomination in the 28th Assembly District race.

Alejo won the recommendation with 84 percent of the voting delegates at a pre-endorsement meeting held March 20 in Salinas. The recommendation now goes for a final vote at the California Democratic Party Convention, which will be April 16-18 in Los Angeles.

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