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Cathy P. April 09, 2014 at 11:24 AM
I still cannot believe how many people I see driving with their cell phone glued to their ears andRead Moreh ands. Put the phone down and drive! The only way this is going to stop is to hit drivers hard in the wallet. No first or second time warnings, bang, $1,000 for a first offense, gradually increasing from there - like getting caught driving in the carpool lanes. Money talks and that's the only way people will learn. Harsh, yes, but how many lives will it save? Just my two cents...
David H. Perez April 11, 2014 at 04:37 PM
Maybe they should create a 12-step program for these people, since like other types of addicts they Read Moreare willing to put lives at risk for their addiction. Perhaps drivers caught texting should be given the same consequences as for DUI.
Isaac April 11, 2014 at 10:21 PM
I actually agree with you two.. cheers.. :)
Cathy P. April 09, 2014 at 11:27 AM
I sure hope Props can remain open, it's a great place for locals to gather. Plus watching theRead Moreplanes fly in and out is always fun.
Jim April 10, 2014 at 12:20 AM
Did the city forgive the back rent so they can stay open ?
Debora Norz April 16, 2014 at 09:39 AM
Why should the city forgive back rent? We all pay our mortgages or rent.
P. W. April 09, 2014 at 10:43 AM
Ok, I have read this thread in full and now have decided to weigh in. I have a question. To Isaac,Read Mored o you honestly feel that the people have a say in the mayoral process when they voice their opinions to their district reps? In the end, the district rep makes the decision and by doing so, he/she needs to choose a mayor based on many different opinions in his/her own district. Therefore, he/she has to choose between these different opinions along with his/her own. I, personally, do not feel that this is a thorough representation of the people's opinion. It still comes down to one person from each district deciding upon who shall be named. A true democratic society allows for all to be heard and to decide. This archaic representation does not allow for ALL people to decide, although it does allow, as you say, for people to be heard if they are pro-active. I am not here to bash you or to make you feel that your belief system is wrong, but is it not possible that these people might have a better system to offer to the public than the one that is being currently used? To not truly take this system into account and genuinely consider that it would represent all people of Watsonville's opinion and give each person a hands on part in the process, is folly. I am not asking you to be railroaded into accepting something that you obviously are so against, but I would ask that you take a very educated approach to the situation and truly give it contemplation. I don't know you (I don't think), but if you are sincerely about the people of Watsonville, and by that ALL people of Watsoville, then it might benefit you to weigh the pros and cons of both systems. I have done so and I do believe that the "Let the People Vote" group is on to something. It takes cronyism, favoritism, and racism out of play and puts into effect a fair, democratic solution for ALL people. I honestly cannot see how this would take away your voice. I believe it could only add to it, along with other constituents together united.
Let the People Vote April 09, 2014 at 11:05 AM
Also, it's vote Yes on H, I and J to "Let the People Vote." Not vote No to let theRead Morepeopl e vote, Isaac is confused. This has really been bugging me. Vote Yes on H, I and J to "Let the People Vote!" Simple as that.
Roberto P April 09, 2014 at 03:27 PM
The "garden" that was put in on Loma Vista without public knowledge, is not doing great.Read MoreI t looks like a dump with a sprawling ability that is moving into parts of the slough it is not supposed to be in. It is too close to the slough. Period. End of story. The land in question was owned by the homeowners of Seaview Ranch and was stupidly given to the city by Bruno Kaiser and other ill informed board members. The members of Seaview Ranch were not even told it was being given away. The development was built with the slough in mind. No cars are allowed to park on the slough side to protect the slough. The garden went through because the money needed to create it was desperately needed by the city. It was a piggy back grant that was spearheaded by the "garden". The city was not supposed to build or participate in any way with the building of the garden and yet city workers and trucks ( I took photographs in time lapse photography) built the " garden". Not many local people use it and most people have to drive over to use it. To really serve the community it should have been built in the downtown where most people live in apartments and dont have yards and could have walked to it. It would have been such a blessing for those folks. But no they built it for the few rich people who belong to the Watsonville Wetlands so they would not have to travel to the "scary" downtown. Hmmm how long will it take for an op ed piece to be done by the Sentinel telling us how Wonderful this toxic garden is? I guess maybe 2 weeks!
Let the People Vote April 03, 2014 at 11:28 AM
I want one! Will send you my email address - are you still itsmecissy@gmail.com?
David H. Perez April 03, 2014 at 12:58 PM
All indications are that Measures H, I and J will win in a landslide! Let's get our yard signsRead Moredispl ayed and campaign for fairness, democracy and civic participation in our local government - in other words, the American way! Don't let the naysayers who have nothing to play but the race card convince you that the strangle-hold they have on Watsonville government is what's best for the community. They are only in it for themselves, their special agenda and their personal advancement in the political arena. They are an embarassment to the Latino community, and by opposing these measures they are actually advocating to prevent the Latino community from having a voice. The passage of these measures will give EVERYONE a voice, including the 80+ percent of Latinos who make up our community. It's time for the people of Watsonville to take back their local government from this group of haters! JOIN ME IN VOTING YES ON MEASURES H, I and J.
Cathy P. April 09, 2014 at 11:19 AM
Vote Yes to "Let the People Vote!" Thanks everyone for your support.
mr.niner April 04, 2014 at 12:05 PM
I appreciate the feed back from you all. I got to agree with Cathy a drive in will not be theRead Moreanswer to our revenue problem it can't be its not big enough to make such a impact. But it will help with the lack of things to do here. The noise in no way will be in any way as loud as Friday races. I would just like to see something be put in this city to entertain people. I thought hey a drive in is a great idea. No matter whereu cone from we all like movies and hate spending so much to watch them. Also a family with kids can now par take in this.Well as before it may be near impossible to take small children to watch a movie inside a theatre.It would bring some entertainment to this city which is in need of some. But once again thank you all for your comments. P.s. a couple more ideas one The Fox can be a club that brings in bands and artist from all genres or a arcade next to carmonas just ideas :)
sweetcakes April 04, 2014 at 12:56 PM
The old Gottchalks building could be a craft gallery for local craftsmen. There are so many people Read Morethat have cottage industries at home (check out Open Studios as an example of local art next season) and a craft gallery where local craftsmen could have a small space to market their local goods might be a good idea. I am a local craftswoman who makes fine soaps and I send all my wares back east to sell in craft fairs and also sell in Santa Cruz and Carmel. It would be nice to reach local shoppers and increase local sales tax. Antique sellers could also have a small space in the building. Just a thought (along with a couple of Medican pharmacies) for local patients.
Cathy P. April 09, 2014 at 11:32 AM
I like the idea of a craft gallery and still think we need an "anchor" store in theRead MoreGottsc halks building. Not trying to spark a big debate all over again but I don't see much other business coming into downtown without a major draw, brand name store. There are other empty, single-story store fronts that would be perfect as a craft gallery. I do a few craft items I'd love to showcase and have the opportunity to sell also...just my two cents.
sweetcakes March 26, 2014 at 11:04 AM
Wow, thank you Cathy for the update. I was worried about this bill. I guess it does pay to keepRead Moretrac k of bills introduced by our legislators. Thet column in the Sentinel yesterday about the three measures (claiming racism) by D. Jones is interesting. There were a lot of comments about the measures. People are starting to get nervous about these three issues.
Cathy P. March 26, 2014 at 01:15 PM
I saw the article too and I thought the reporter did a pretty good job stating the facts from theRead Morepr oponents view for once. As for the opposition playing the race card, someone else commented that when that happens, the opposition knows they've already lost. Regardless, none of these initiatives had anything to do with race (or gender, or age, or political affiliaton for that matter) and as a proponent myself for the Mayoral rotation initiative it is simply about giving the registered voters in Watsonville a voice and a chance to participate more fully in how we are governed. The opposition can tell as many untruths as they like, all three Measures are going to pass and it's going to be a landslide!
Cathy P. April 19, 2014 at 05:11 PM
Just received word that AB1795 will be heard in early May. Will let anyone interested know how itRead Morego es.
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