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Watsonville puts vicious dogs on short leash

Watsonville puts vicious dogs on short leash

Wednesday October 28, 2009

WATSONVILLE -- Owning a vicious dog in Watsonville just got more expensive.

Under new regulations, approved by the City Council on Tuesday, owners of vicious canines will be required to micro-chip their dogs, buy $100,000 of liability insurance and pay a premium for a pet license.

Owners who don't follow the rules and whose dog injures a person or animal could be found guilty of a misdemeanor and land in jail for up to six month.

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Councilman Luis Alejo said he didn't want to wait to act until a serious incident occurred. 

"The main thing is to make sure our neighborhoods are safe," Alejo said.

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Alejo appointed to dropout prevention task force

Alejo appointed to dropout prevention task force

Thursday October 15, 2009

The council approved a coastal permit application to install an 8-acre solar power project on a portion of the city's landfill on San Andreas Road, voted to authorize the city to sell the state's impending debt of $872,000 to the city to creditors, and named City Council member Luis Alejo to represent the city in an upcoming countywide task force aimed at reducing high school dropout rates. ... 

Alejo's appointment to the dropout prevention task force was no surprise either as he had been stumping for such a task force for at least a year. The Intergovernmental Relations Committee - comprised of representatives from the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, the Santa Cruz County Office of Education and the City of Watsonville - has been planning for the task force to hold a dropout prevention summit during the 2009-10 school year. 

"All the research shows this is a major crisis," Alejo said. "This is what we need to do to get the community on board and tackle this issue."

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Political Briefs: Ex-justice endorses Alejo for Assembly seat

Political Briefs: Ex-justice endorses Alejo for Assembly seat

Monday September 28, 2009

Former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso has endorsed Monterey County attorney and Watsonville Mayor Pro Tem Luis Alejo in his bid to represent the 28th Assembly District.


Alejo currently works as a staff attorney for the Monterey County Superior Court. He is seeking to replace Assemblywoman Anna Caballero, who is running for the 12th Senate District next year.

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Assemblyman Bill Monning endorses Alejo for 28th Assembly District

Assemblyman Bill Monning endorses Alejo for 28th Assembly District

Thursday September 10, 2009

Assemblyman Bill Monning of the 27th District has endorsed Watsonville City Council member Luis Alejo for the 28th Assembly District seat.


 "Luis Alejo earned a degree in education from Harvard, yet he came home to teach our most troubled high school students," Monning stated in a press release. "Now, Luis is putting his University of California law degree to work in our superior court helping abused women and children."

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Alejo kicks off State Assembly campaign

Alejo kicks off State Assembly campaign

Council member raising money for run

Saturday August 15, 2009

"He's our Obama. He's on his way to higher drama," sang Bernie Feldman at Luis Alejo's campaign kickoff event held at Jalisco Restaurant in Watsonville Thursday evening.

Alejo, born and raised in Watsonville , is running for state Assembly for the 28th District, an oddly shaped district stretching from south San Jose all the way down to King City.

And Feldman wasn't the only one singing the young City Council member's praises. More than 50 people - not only from Watsonville, but from all over the tri-county region - were at the event to hear what Alejo had to say.

"Luis is one of the most intelligent , hardworking young men I've met in years," said Todd McFarren, a former Watsonville mayor. "He's got fire in his belly."

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National Night Out unites communities against crime

National Night Out unites communities against crime

Thursday August 06, 2009

The chain-link fence surrounding Muzzio Park in the Mona Lisa neighborhood was festooned with streamers and balloons Tuesday night as dozens of neighbors gathered for the National Night Out.

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Watsonville Mayor Pro Tem Luis Alejo, who attended the event, said he helped organize the city’s first event in 1998, before Muzzio Park had been built. 

“It’s good to see the changes in the neighborhood,” he said. “It’s not perfect, but it’s a dramatic improvement.”

Alejo was referring to the dramatic upgrade in 2007 of Riverside Mobile Home Park, an area once known for ramshackle dwellings and high crime. It now boasts a row of gleaming, well-maintained mobile homes. 

“It shows how collaboration between police, community members and neighbors can help,” he said.

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Boxer pledges support for new Pajaro River levee

Boxer pledges support for new Pajaro River levee

Senator holds short press conference in Watsonville

Tuesday August 04, 2009

Sen. Barbara Boxer was in Watsonville on Saturday to pledge her support for a new Pajaro Valley River levee while announcing the inclusion of $425,000 in the Senate Energy and Water appropriations bill passed last week on an 85-9 vote.

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   Supervisors Tony Campos and Ellen Pirie talked about the valley's importance to the nation's agriculture, state Assemblymember Anna Cabellero talked about the $5 million in funding the levee project received from the state on Tuesday , and Watsonville city councilmembers were on hand to support the points made.

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   "Our community is economically disadvantaged and we don't have the resources to do what needs to be done," Councilmember Luis Alejo said.

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King City to get court self-help services

King City to get court self-help services

Thursday June 25, 2009

The Monterey County Superior Court will be expanding its Self-Help Center services to the King City courthouse on the second Friday starting on July 10. Currently, the Self-Help Center services are only located at the Monterey courthouse.

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"It takes someone over one hour to drive to the Monterey Courthouse from King City or Greenfield, and an hour to return," said Luis Alejo, staff attorney of the Self-Help Center. "This expansion will make it much easier for south county residents to obtain access to the courts."

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Monterey County attorney reappointed to California civil rights panel

Monterey County attorney reappointed to California civil rights panel

Friday June 19, 2009

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has appointed 18 people to its California Advisory Committee, including Monterey County attorney Luis Alejo.

Luis Alejo is a staff attorney with the Monterey County Superior Court at the Monterey Courthouse. He has served on the California Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights since 2004. He was nominated by former Commission Vice-Chairman and Former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso.

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LUIS ALEJO HONORED FOR LEGAL WORK

LUIS ALEJO HONORED FOR LEGAL WORK

Saturday June 13, 2009

Luis Alejo, Watsonville's mayor pro tem, was honored Wednesday with a 2009 Award of Merit from the Legal Aid Association of California and the California Commission on Access to Justice. He received his award at the California Endowment center in Los Angeles.

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