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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.
Ana Hernandez March 17, 2014 at 01:25 PM
We are truly blessed every day. The Sandoval family is such an amazing, united, loving family, it Read Morewas my pleasure to have taken part in such a wonderful event. Thank you to the Spartans for coming together with us! ONE Community! To my Jr. Catz family... I love you all so much! I wouldn't be who I am now without the love and support from all the families, players and cheerleaders that have come through our program all these years. I am truly blessed to have experienced so many wonderful memories with you all!! Let's keep it going and make more! Remember ONE selfless act of kindness can make a world of difference! HUSTLE~HIT~NEVER QUIT!!
Central Coast Spartans Pop Warner March 17, 2014 at 01:41 PM
These past few weeks have been a lesson in the bond that holds a community together. If woven inRead Moregoo d intentions anything is possible on Saturday, this in fact was proven. When one of us is in need together we answer the call! We continue to pray for the Sandoval family! Trevor will forever live in our hearts. There is something to be said for unity. Jr Catz, it has been a pleasure! "Spartans Prepare for Glory!"
veronica rodriguez March 17, 2014 at 01:54 PM
This is an example of what community is all about, unitedly working together, organizing an eventRead Moreto help others. The 2 groups worked together on this event, but there were other folks involved that worked just as hard. Many thanks to Carmona's , Djofdachain Marquez and all the businesses that donated items for the raffle. SPARTANS PREPARE FOR GLORY! !!
sweetcakes March 13, 2014 at 09:58 PM
I remember the bowling alley on Beach St (used to be 3rd street) and also the Japanese store nextRead Moreto it run by Mr. Kurimoto. The old Woolwoorth with the candy aisle and wood floors, the Miramar restaurant, the Resetar hotel and bar where they had hot free appetizers every day etc. Was Mr. Honeycutt any relation to Bambi Honecutt? Watsonville used to be so well run and thriving but sure isn't now. It's so sad that the city has fallen on bad times and bad management.
gailand simmons March 13, 2014 at 11:32 PM
Unfortunately, the marriage didn't last long enough for me to get to know the Honeycutt family. IRead Morekn ow his mother lived outside of Watsonville in the country. I know he had a son and a daughter from a previous marriage. They would be in their late sixties or early seventies now. I don't think his mother's last name was Honeycutt. Do you remember any details about the lunch counter in the bowling alley? I believe the Miramar Restaurant or was it Café was right around the corner and a few shops down from the bowling alley on Main Street. Do you remember the booths inside the restaurant? I seem to remember they were made of a dark wood with almost high back partitions between them. Does that sound right to you? It seems like it was a long narrow area inside with a long row of booths down the left wall of the restaurant. Do you recall in what years Mr. Kurimoto ran the Japanese store? And what kind of merchandize did he sell? Can you give me some more details about Woolworths? Do you remember where it was located on Main Street? Was the store on a corner? I think I remember walking into the store to large bins of things, but I'm not sure I'm correct. Was the candy aisle an area of glass cases where you could look at the candy on display? What more can you share with me about the Resetar Hotel? It seems to me it was a very nice hotel. If I recall, Kim Novak stayed there in the late 50's. Has it always been located at the same address? I'm sure my questions sound silly, but I very much appreciate your sharing anything you remember.
sweetcakes March 14, 2014 at 10:22 AM
The big restaurand around the corner was the Royal Grill which we used to hang out at when we wereRead Moret eens. It was run by Eddie Lew. They had the best fried rice and booths with little juke boxes at each booth. The candy at Woolworths was in glass display cases that we would drool over while making our choices. We used to have movies at the Fox in the summer that you could get in to for 3 7UP bottle caps on the weekend. All the kids in town would gather caps and go to the movies (going to Woolworths first for our candy). The Resetar was a very nice hotel back in the 50's and a few movie stars did stay there. The restaurant was very high end and I remember eating prime rib there quite often. By the way, if you go on Facebook, there is a page that is all about "I remember Watsonville". You should look into it. I also remember Tomaso's shoe repair shop on Van Ness Street (which is now called Rodriguez). My parents always had our leather shoes fixed there.
Cathy P. March 08, 2014 at 06:34 PM
How coincidental, I received the same email response to my letter of opposition to the entireRead MoreCommit tee (including Alejo), as well as two Consultants -one of them Ms. Mapp above- and the Committee Secretary, Ms. Dixie Petty.
Martin W. Bailey March 13, 2014 at 11:33 AM
Interesting. Suppose you'd have received the same response had your letter/email been in support of Read MoreAB1795? IMO? I doubt it.
sweetcakes March 14, 2014 at 10:24 AM
They want hard copies so i guess faxing is the best idea.
David H. Perez March 05, 2014 at 07:57 PM
You are correct, sweetcakes. But I think you agree that we need to stop Alejo from trying to create Read Morehis own government and from spreading his poison all over California.
sweetcakes March 06, 2014 at 10:38 AM
I totally agree with you. This is why I have sent letters to more newspapers and also the GovernorRead Moreo r California. I also notified some politicians about Alejo's bill not supporting voters rights but trying to take away rights. Alejo is a very slimy man with a limited agenda that focuses on only issues related to Latinos. He has tunnel vision which is not good for the community (kind of like the majority on the city council).
David H. Perez March 06, 2014 at 12:24 PM
It is amazing to me that a racist hater like Alejo is allowed to hold public office. If he wereRead MoreWhit e rather than Latino, he would have been crucified by now.
Cathy P. March 04, 2014 at 04:49 PM
It's a world gone mad Sylvia.
sweetcakes March 05, 2014 at 05:28 PM
I read the article also and I'm wondering why the schools would even allow a Mexican independenceRead Morece lebration if a problem could be caused (sic) by other students wearing shirts that featured an American flag. It doesn't seem right that a celebration of another countries independence trumps wearing a t shirt with our American flag. No one has protested kids wearing Mexican flag colors or flags at graduations. I guess some people are more proud of the country they came from rather than the country that is giving them a free education and better life. Go figure.
sweetcakes March 02, 2014 at 02:02 PM
I did more research and the article was in the SJ Mercury, SC Sentinel and the Monterey Herald. IRead Moregu ess who ever spoke to the Santa Cruz paper (a M. Freeland was quoted) got them to publish the article and the other papers picked up the article. I read that When Alejo quit early he appointed O. Rios who then quit early and appointed Alejo's wifey. That whole thing smells of conflict of interest and crooked to boot.
roynsann1 March 02, 2014 at 05:28 PM
I am surprised that the article isn't in the San Benito paper. Alejo has been stomping over there. Read More My DIL went to one of his "workshops" on how to start business. She said that all he talked about was how good he is and he had more bills passed than any others. Nothing about how to start a business.
P. W. March 04, 2014 at 12:41 PM
To all of you who work so hard and diligently, I applaud you! Alejo's tactics and antics are beingRead Mored isplayed for all to see and his true self and agenda is finally being shown to the outside. Please let's continue to work together and bring this person down with persistence and information. David P.- Thank you for not being angry with my comment and for being a true gentlemen. I continue to appreciate your offerings to this cause and district.
Carl Petersen III February 24, 2014 at 07:19 PM
A response to a comment that is misquoted. One of the quotes that I focus on in this week's blog:Read Moreht tp://goo.gl/L5mPCw
Komfort February 25, 2014 at 07:13 PM
Want to avoid Carl's tracking link? Try this:Read Morehttp://lamesa.patch.com/groups/carl-petersen-iiis-blog /p/sound-bites
Let the People Vote January 28, 2014 at 04:58 PM
Congratulations to all the Proponents and volunteers! Now get ready for some real opposition fromRead Moreth e City Council who will try anything to block your way.
beviej January 29, 2014 at 09:36 AM
Hurray and good job. Can't wait to see what happens
Let the People Vote January 29, 2014 at 10:36 AM
Just remember to vote in June beviej ;)
Denise January 28, 2014 at 04:05 PM
It's terrible by all three of the big high schools at start and end times.
Cathy P. January 28, 2014 at 04:52 PM
I 100% agree Denise. We make it a point every week day to not be near either campus betweenRead More2:30-4pm . It's truly a traffic nightmare. And stay away from Yogurtland when PVH lets out too, it's really ugly!
Denise January 29, 2014 at 10:15 AM
That's the way I do it as well, Cathy. Works for me!
David H. Perez January 03, 2014 at 11:25 AM
What a great petition drive this has been! The registered voters of Watsonville have spoken. TheyRead Morear e sick of the corruption and are ready for some major changes in the way our city council conducts business. As I have previously stated, if we ever want to see Watsonville prosper and reach its full potential, we first have to do away with divisive politics. We can do great things if we work together and treat each other with fairness. I look forward to the campaign for the three initiatives!
Denise February 11, 2014 at 01:57 PM
Oh, you're right Cathy. I didn't even notice. Too bad, I was really interested in this idea. My 80Read Morep ound girl would be a lot easier to was with the right equiptment!
SBW February 11, 2014 at 06:49 PM
Hello fellow patch friends.....Life has been really busy, sorry for not responding sooner! I have a Read Morehuge heart for four legged animals! My goal is to open up a self service dog wash in the Watsonville area. I have a great spot in mind. I have all these amazing ideas I want to make a reality. Your kind comments and support are what is keeping me going on my venture. To answer some of your questions, roynsann1- that is very sweet to hear that you have a go-to-gal for your grooming needs! Denise-The price range will be determined on the type of breed dog you might have. Starting with small breeds for ex. Shih-Tzu, Chihuahuas, Terriers, anything weighing under 15lbs will be $14. Medium Breeds which include for example, Australian Shepard, Shiba Inu, Bull terrier, weighing 16-22 lbs will be $16. Larger breeds, for example, Great Dane or Mastiff will be $18. Everything will be provided, which include drying towels, shampoo&conditioner, brushes/combs, ear/eye wipes, just to name a few. Anything you might need to get your furry friend clean, we will provide. We will have a professional groomer on site, which most likely will be me! If you need a simple nail trim we can also provide that, or teeth brushing! There will be RAISED tubs with RAMPS! Easy on your back and safe for your pet. And yes, definitely looking into the recycled water idea! Every furry friend will go home with a dog treat! I have all these amazing ideas, just waiting on funding options! =)
Denise February 11, 2014 at 07:26 PM
Ok, NOW I'm excited SWB! Did you see the comment by Kurt Overmeyer (before it was deleted) aboutRead Morepos sible city funding or financial help? Look into it! I'd bring my big girl there. What locations are you looking at?
robert larsen December 16, 2013 at 03:16 PM
I've started paying attention and I'm VERY angry. So how can I get in contact to get signatures?
Cathy P. December 17, 2013 at 01:00 PM
@robert : email me at itsmecissy@gmail.com and I'll bring the petitions to you to sign or callRead More831-6 85-7432 (or 831-685-RHEA) and leave a message and someone will get back to you. Thank you in advance for your support!
Cathy P. December 18, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Haven't heard from you yet robert...
Cathy P. November 22, 2013 at 04:32 PM
@beviej: Martin is correct. You must be registered to vote in the city of Watsonville to sign theRead Morepe titions. If you know anyone within the city who hasn't signed the petitions, please send them our way on Sunday. I know how you feel though, my Mother-in-law lives in Corralitos and it makes her fume that she has no voice in what the clowns do either.
sweetcakes November 22, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Cathy, how many more signatures do you need?
Cathy P. November 22, 2013 at 07:48 PM
@sweetcakes: I don't have a current tally in front of me at the moment but we can always use someRead Morehe lp walking the various Districts. I can also give you any amount of petitions if you'd like to at least do your own neighborhood, family, friends, etc.. Every signature will help. Email me at itsmecissy@gmail.com or come by our house on Sunday, we'll be out on the driveway with other volunteers ;)
Denise November 22, 2013 at 12:11 PM
Wasn't able to attend and have no idea what happened. :(
Jim November 22, 2013 at 03:57 PM
What a joke this is! We need to make some changes.
Cathy P. November 26, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Hey Jim, how about gathering some signatures for us? Come by the house anytime and I'll give you aRead Morec ouple.