About Town, Week of June 24

June 17, 2019:

Tarmo Hannula: 

A vigil was held today for a fallen Sacramento police officer who was shot and killed in a lengthy shutout with a gunman June 19. Tara O’Sullivan, 26, who was just a few weeks on the job, was rushed to a hospital with gunshot wounds but later died. Police initially responded to a home to help a woman extract her belongings when a man showed up. Police then reported multiple shots fired from within the house. A lengthy procession unfolded Thursday morning to Bayside Church Adventure Campus in Roseville as part of the funeral services. More than 500 police vehicles took part in the 30-mile procession to a funeral home south of Sacramento.

One of the oldest and largest LGBT parades in the world, San Francisco Pride, will be held this weekend in San Francisco. Thousands are expected to show up to the 40th anniversary event. The celebration begins Saturday, with events from noon to 6 p.m. and the parade is Sunday at 10:30 a.m. It will run along Market Street from Embarcadero to the Civic Center. The theme this year is “Generations of Resistance."

Unseasonably cool conditions will persist over the region through Friday with periods of night and morning low clouds and breezy sea breezes, the National Weather Service said. A slight warming trend is then forecast for the weekend along with continued dry weather. Sunny and warm conditions are being predicted for the 4th of July.


ABOVE: These workers take a break from their duties in Watsonville Thursday under slightly cool but sunny skies. (Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

A Car Show and Fundraiser for Museum of Discovery will take place Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the East Lake Village Shopping Center, 954 East Lake Ave. in Watsonville. The show, open to all makes and models, will feature live bands, family fun, raffle prizes, awards and more.

June 26, 2019: 

Tarmo Hannula:

The first Democratic candidate debate, with 25 candidates vying for the presidential seat, takes place at 6 p.m. tonight in Miami. Thus far 20 candidates qualify for the debate. The first 10 will square off tonight, followed Thursday night with the second bunch of 10 candidates.

The Parks and Community Services Department Summer Aquatics Program, held at the Watsonville High School pool, is now under way. The program features swimming lessons and recreational open swim available to the public, for all ages and all levels of swimming skills. Instruction runs Monday-Thursday, and open swim is Monday-Friday at 1:15-2:55 p.m. The program goes through Aug.8. For a schedule of classes and times, visit cityofwatsonville.org and type in summer aquatics or call 768-3240.


(Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)


Three people are dead following a shooting at a Morgan Hill Ford dealership. On Tuesday evening at 6:03 p.m. the Morgan Hill Police Department received a report of multiple shots fired inside Morgan Hill Ford Store on Condit Road. Officers located a deceased man on the ground with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound and a handgun by his side, Morgan Hill Police posted on Facebook. Officers were then directed by Ford Store employees inside the building where two employees with apparent gun shot wounds were on the floor. Both victims were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Morgan Hill Police Department is the lead agency. The Sheriff’s Department, CHP, CalFire Police, and Morgan Hill Fire also responded.

“The City of Morgan Hill and the Morgan Hill Police Department offer our sincere condolences to the families of the victims in this tragic incident,” MHPD stated.

Chief of Police David Swing said Wednesday, “I was overwhelmed by the number of emergency vehicles there. The response was quick.” The two victims, both Ford employees, were identified by Swing as Xavier Souto, 38, and Brian Light, 59. The shooter has been identified as Steven Leet, 60, a parts counter worker who had been fired earlier in the workday Tuesday. He had no prior criminal history.

A growing scandal over unsanitary and unsafe conditions for children at a U.S. Border Patrol facility in Texas has led to resignations, replacements Tuesday as the Trump White House and Congress deal with the wave of illegal immigrant crossings at the U.S./Mexico border. Thus far, since September, six children have died after they were rounded up by border agents. John Sanders, acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said he will resign in the first week of July once it was revealed by the media and a team of lawyers that more than 300 children were being held in a Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas, without the proper amount of water, food, sanitation, medical aid, clothing and bedding.

Quote of the day: “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” –Pablo Picasso

June 25, 2019:

Tarmo Hannula:

Firework stands are being set up around town in preparation for 4th of July celebrations. This year 22 non-profit groups will be selling safe and sane fireworks at booths sprinkled around the city. Fireworks go on sale July 1 at 9 a.m.

Lingering fog continues to hold on around the coast. The marine layer is expected to deepen over the next few days as the cloud drift gets heavier this evening.

Come July 1 Californians will pay the highest gas tax in the country. Gas taxes will edge up 5.6 cents per gallon. The increase is the second chunk of increases approved by California voters, Senate Bill 1 (SB1), in 2017 to raise money for roads bridges and infrastructure. Currently, gas prices are typically going through summer changes. The national average, after prices recently dropped 11 cents, is $2.73 a gallon for unleaded (can you imagine?). In California the average is $3.94 and $3.87 on the Central Coast. On Saturday I paid $3.49 in Santa Cruz at one of those places that give a reduction if you pay in cash. The Valero on Freedom Blvd. was asking $3.79.

Sutter Walk In Care opened today in the Rancho Del Mar center in Aptos. The new branch is a part of a massive renovation at the popular center that also features Safeway, Rite Aid, Ace Hardware and Peet’s Coffee. Sutter is at 29 Rancho Del Mar and their phone is 800-972-5547. They will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. A detailed profile of their services will run in Friday’s RP.

The U.S. topped Spain 2-1 yesterday in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France. Sweden beat Canada 1-0. Italy stepped over China 2-1 today and The Netherlands stopped Japan, 2-1.

Quote of the day: “Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well. — Jack London

June 24, 2019:

Johanna Miller: For those who don’t know, my other job is with Cabrillo College’s Visual and Performing Arts Department. This weekend I worked at a special concert by the Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus. The show, “Africa Calls,” was a send-off for the choir’s upcoming tour in Africa. It is exciting to know that a musical group will be representing Santa Cruz County on the other side of the world.

Beginning at the theater on Thursday is the 2019 Cabrillo Stage Summer Musical season. “Beehive: The 60s Musical” features six women representing different female singers of the 1960s—from Tina Turner to Janis Joplin—and how their music paralleled the decade’s tumultuous history. I was lucky enough to chat with New York-based director Gary John La Rosa this morning. Look for my article in this week’s R-P!

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ABOVE: Cabrillo Stage’s “Beehive” opens Friday night. A preview show will be held Thursday. (Contributed image)

One of the deadliest shootings in San Jose’s history occurred last night near the Santa Clara County fairgrounds. Three women and one man were shot by a man who then killed himself, San Jose Police said. Police released this morning that the incident marked the city’s 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th homicides of the year. Details have yet to be released, and the incident is still under investigation.

The Watsonville Public Library has a long list of events coming up. In addition to their Summer Reading Program, the library will be hosting a Family Movie Time tonight, a concert of traditional Mexican music tomorrow and a special Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math workshop for kids 8-12 on Wednesday. Many events repeat through the summer and year—keep up with the schedule at cityofwatsonville.org or on the library’s Facebook page.

Beaches across the Monterey Bay area are getting full these days. Personally, I enjoy meeting and speaking with tourists from across the world who visit our region, but I know that more people ultimately leads to overcrowding (and plenty of litter). Thankfully, heading to a beach early in the morning can help with the crowd issues. I’ve had a couple of very enjoyable beach walks lately.


ABOVE: Beachgoers enjoy a stroll in the strip of sand between Rio Del Mar and Seacliff. (Photo by Johanna Miller/Register-Pajaronian)

The New York Times reported over the weekend that NASA’s Curiosity rover has led to the discovery of high amounts of methane on Mars. The gas is usually produced by living things, they said. Intrigued scientists will be conducting follow-up experiments in the coming week.

Quote of the day:  “I’m curious. It’s my only virtue.” —Anthony Bourdain

Tarmo Hannula: Widespread fog blanketed the Central Coast last night and into this morning. Meteorologists say we will see the marine layer deepen into the week bringing cooler temps due to a large low-pressure system from the Gulf of Alaska edging over Washington, Oregon and into California.

“We will continue to see this pattern through mid-week,” said Roger Gass, meteorologist at the National Weather Service of Monterey. “By mid-week expect a significant cool down with day time highs only in the mid to upper 60s. Inland, people will see a good 10-degree drop. Right now this looks it could stay in a cooler than normal pattern into the weekend. While folks inland may see some sunlight break through, it will be mostly foggy closer to the coast.”

Traffic signals are being tested around Watsonville. City officials ask the public to be aware that various signals around town will be tested through Friday. This means workers will put on flashing red lights for approximately 30-45 minutes at each intersection location.

Sheriff’s deputies rounded up 20 tons of processed marijuana and 350,000 plants near Santa Barbara in one of the state’s largest pot busts. It took authorities four days to fully seize all the cannabis. No arrests have been made in the town of Buellton, which is about 40 miles northwest of Santa Barbara. Meanwhile, federal authorities snared 17 tons of cocaine, with a street value of over $1 billion, at the Packer Marine Terminal in Philadelphia last week. They found the goods in shipping containers aboard a cargo ship on June 18.

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ABOVE: Peet’s Coffee opened in the Rancho Del Mar center in Aptos this morning. The chain business will offer the same full menu of coffee and teas, a host of cold beverages, pastries and other eats. (Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

Seven motorcyclists died in a bizarre crash in New Hampshire Friday night. The dead were members or supporters of the group, the Marine JarHeads, a New England motorcycle club that included Marines and family members, ages 42-62. A pickup towing a trailer collided with a group of 10 motorcyclists on Route 2, a country road near the small town of Randolph. The cyclists were on their way to an event at the American Legion when the crash took place. Three other people were injured.

Weekend scores in the ongoing 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup were: France 2, Brazil 1; Germany 3, Nigeria 0; Norway 4(P) Australia 1(P); England 3, Cameroon 0. Spain and the U.S. are on the field right now with the U.S. out front 2-1. Sweden and Canada will match up at noon and China and Italy square off Tuesday. The event is the eighth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, a quadrennial international football championship contested by 24 women's national teams. It is hosted by France between June 7 and July 7 with matches staged at nine French cities.

The 25th annual Woodies on the Wharf unfolded over the past several days in Santa Cruz. As many as 400 of the wood-sided cars lined a portion of the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf Sunday for public viewing. That afternoon they lined and paraded their showy cars around the city.

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ABOVE: A woody crises through downtown Santa Cruz Sunday following the 25th annual Woodies on the Wharf car show. (Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

For last week's About Town, visit https://register-pajaronian.com/article/about-town-week-of-june-17.


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