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Cathy P. July 23, 2014 at 06:54 PM
The Mayor uses 21 (?) Carr Street.
Cathy P. July 23, 2014 at 06:58 PM
The Mayor uses a rental house on Carr Street. Address is 21 or 22, I forget which.
David H. Perez July 23, 2014 at 07:10 PM
Funny how I never see her or hubby at the local grocery store!
Cathy P. July 19, 2014 at 05:20 PM
On July 15th, Jimmy Dutra filed nomination papers for city council against Montesino (District 4);Read MoreR ebecca Garcia has filed against Dodge (District 5); Hurst (District 3) and Billicich (Distrit 7) are so far unopposed. Here's the SCS article link: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/News/ci_26162140/Former-supervisor-candidate-runs-for-Watsonville-council
David H. Perez July 21, 2014 at 12:39 PM
Come on folks, we need some smart business people to come out of the woodwork and run against theRead Moreth ree idiots. I am delighted to hear that Jimmy Dutra will run against Montesino - I doubt that Montesino, with his ten-word vocabulary and horse laugh, has any chance against an educated businessman like Dutra. As far as Dodge, who has done so much damage to this town, we should jump at any chance to defeat him, though unfortunately I don't know that Rebecca Garcia would be any better as she is also an Alejo-ite. Now we need someone to step up and run against Lowell Hurst, whose words and actions during the signature drive for Measures H, I and J proved that he opposes voters' rights. I would run for CC myself except that the term for the councilperson in my district (6) is not up until 2016.
Let the People Vote July 21, 2014 at 12:57 PM
I'm sure by 2016, residents in District 6 will be ready to get rid of "do nothing, changeRead Morenothi ng" Coffman-Gomez. She hasn't done anything for the residents in District 6 (has she?) Hernandez and Cervantez' seats will also be up for re-election, sure hope they don't run unopposed again.
roynsann1 July 04, 2014 at 11:10 AM
Alejo represents himself. He is a ME man
P. W. July 07, 2014 at 04:58 PM
Oh how I am probably going to regret saying this on a public forum..... For starters, I amRead Morecurrently not sure where I stand on raising the minimum wage as of yet, but I am sure of the consequences. I have spoken with a few local business owners and the answer is the same across the board, they will raise their prices for their service or product. So, for every person receiving a pay increase or not, the result is higher spending for their needs. For those who do not qualify for a pay increase, we just get to pay MORE. Frankly, I am not interested in higher expenditures, as I am currently paying more for most items in my household than I was last year. One young cashier at a local store, who would "benefit" from this increase actually told me that she hoped it wouldn't pass as she was informed by her employer what the implications were going to be for everyone who shops there. She maintained that her employer did not use it as a scare tactic by any means, considering that the employer is a fair person who believes in the democratic process. But he did want to make his employees aware of the choices he would now face. This is an all to common scenario. I was personally told by three other business owners what the result of higher minimum wage would mean to the public. It is a great concept that a higher wage will equate to more available money for the average Joe, but what seems to be the case, at least locally, is the average Joe and everyone else from below average to above will just be spending more. I can't believe I am saying this, but I am personally glad that Alejo abstained from the vote. Yes, I know you want to send daggers through the computer at me by now! What needs to be addressed at a local level are the needs of the employers to run their businesses adequately and profitably, without pushing their fees for service/product beyond the general population's threshold. Lower income earners definitely need to have an income that allows them to have a better quality of life, but not at the expense of us all, including them. Not only are we all looking at higher costs for our daily needs, but you will see jobs disappear or simply not be created. How will this stabilize our local economy? And for those who can afford the increases, think about this. You will still be able to frequent your favorite restaurant, store, or local hang out, but there will be many more who will have to now choose what is most important to them. In return for a few more dollars, businesses could potentially lose daily customers due the costs now being prohibitive. Frankly, I can't see how this is "good business". So, until issues are addressed that work for everyone, I believe that Alejo may have done some good for once. Please don't hurt me.
Ce Ce Watson July 23, 2014 at 04:34 PM
alejo had a bill in the ASSembly regarding raising the minimum wage. He didn't specify just howRead Moremuch and if he did he obviously wasn't going to back it up. By abstaining from the increase, he thinks he will look like a good guy because he didn't say 'no' to it. It is really difficult to pinpoint alejo on anything because he is out to impress the 'big' money people while he tries to make noises like he is really working for the minorities. If they had as much money to back his campaigns, they might just win his votes instead.
Cathy P. June 29, 2014 at 06:45 PM
Roynsann: I think it's called pandering...follow the money...always (rofl).
roynsann1 June 29, 2014 at 07:20 PM
So true .. And did you read the latest on the Martin Beach that Alejo abstained from (misspelledRead Moreabs tained). Great article.
David H. Perez June 30, 2014 at 12:55 PM
Gee, I'm surprised Louie Alejo is now against raising the minimum wage, considering the fact that a Read Morehigher minimum wage would benefit illegals.
gadfly July 01, 2014 at 03:51 PM
Since all the sitting council except for one voted for this toxic permit they all need to be votedRead Moreo ut of office. On July 4th I think you submit to run for Watsonville city council. All the incumbents will be running again. Lets give them someone to run against! It takes under 1,000 votes to get a seat on city council. If you actually run a campaign you can win.
WatsonvilleRes July 03, 2014 at 01:40 AM
The Ghetto
Ce Ce Watson July 23, 2014 at 04:56 PM
Time to clean house in Watsonville. Start with the city council members who have abused the systemRead Moref or too long. They have all forgotten who they are supposed to be representing and it is not themselves!
sweetcakes June 25, 2014 at 06:49 PM
Good idea. I didn't vote for Alejo (even though I'm a life long Democrat also. I noticed that heRead Moredid n't get as many votes as his last election.
sweetcakes June 25, 2014 at 06:59 PM
Cathy, check out another of Alejo's bills AB280. I think it also would stop any changes to votingRead Moref or our council members if they quit. It does apply to cities. He is using the voting rights act to quash our measure (I think).Check it out and see what you think about it.
Cathy P. June 26, 2014 at 01:58 PM
Unfortunately it appears this is exactly what Alejo is trying to do. We really need to get himRead Morevoted of of office come this November. Here is a link to the text of the Bill if anyone else is interested http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB280&search_keywords=
sweetcakes June 25, 2014 at 06:50 PM
What AB (bill number is that)?
gadfly June 26, 2014 at 01:16 PM
It did not give the bill number but I put the link to the article in my post above. Luis Alejo isRead Morewo rking overtime to push his agenda, meantime city suffers so he can move ahead.
Cathy P. June 26, 2014 at 02:19 PM
Here is a link to the text of AB1383 http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billStatusClient.xhtml
Cathy P. June 07, 2014 at 12:18 PM
@sweetcakes: the press release was sent to the Capitol Press Corps and the legislature, maybe theRead MoreBe e hasn't gotten it yet. Please distribute to any local media sites you are a member of or visit. This info has to go viral. Anyone see the DeCinzo cartoon in the SCS this morning? I highly recommend you see it.
Henry Acosta June 09, 2014 at 10:22 AM
Very good article by Kathleen Morgan Martinez.
gadfly June 25, 2014 at 02:54 PM
The supervisors also voted 4-0 to back state legislation authored by Assemblyman Luis Alejo,Read MoreD-Salin as, aimed at establishing a state pre-clearance requirement for all proposed changes to voting-related laws, regulations or policies. The legislation is seen as a response to a U.S. Supreme Court decision ruling unconstitutional certain federal voting preclearance provisions of the Voting Rights Act, including those affecting Monterey County. Supervisor Lou Calcagno abstained from voting on the issue.
David H. Perez June 04, 2014 at 03:29 PM
This victory is huge for all citizens of Watsonville! Time for some REAL change and to take backRead Moreour representation from a group that only cares about their own special interests. Thank you voters, the voices of the majority of you have rung in the community! Now let the people vote!
sweetcakes June 04, 2014 at 09:33 AM
Well PW, Measures H,I and J passed, tra la la! Now, I wonder when Dr. Bilicich will be mayor.Read MoreActual ly, the mayor and the council are the city managers boss so I wonder when they will require (again) that the city manager to provide financial expenditure information for the council to verify prior to approval. If you read Emilio's Fishing Report you will find out that the city manager just decided to stop providing this much needed information to the council. Not having financial approval of expenditures is like leaving your house wide open for who ever wants to steal from you. As far as Terry Medina's retirement, he makes more in retirement than the governor of Calif makes in salary which is a crime. Medina will NOT get my vote in the run off for supervisor. Just say no to Medina the over paid public retiree.
P. W. June 04, 2014 at 03:27 PM
Sweetcakes- I am overjoyed by the results! Not only did people demand accountability andRead Moretransparenc y, but Alejo and his supporters can see that Watsonville, being primarily Latino, has spoken loudly! They cannot continue to consciously promote their cause by claiming racism, one would think. Now it is just a matter of keeping Medina from making a whopping salary of $336,000 if he wins his seat in November against Greg Caput. I believe his current pension of almost $200,000 should suffice to keep him living up to his standards. Since Medina and Alejo are such good co-horts, let's remember this in the November election. Caput has done a fabulous job in office, as well as donating his own pay to several local charities when he fell short of his campaign promise to cut Supervisor's salaries. This is integrity with a capital "I"! The road repairs alone were major improvements and enough to make me vote yes in favor of Caput! He gets projects through the bureaucracy and follows it to completion. Effectiveness and integrity. What else could you want in a representative? The fact that he spent his time pounding the pavement to bring his message to the district, instead of fundraising, was refreshing. His campaign cash collected was only a fourth of that of Medina's, yet he was able to come in first place this election. This shows me where his values lay, and it is with the people. Remember this folks in November!
sweetcakes June 04, 2014 at 08:58 PM
I also commend Greg Caput for getting the Pajaro River cleaned up. Hopefully the seniors willRead Moreconsid er what he has done to protect their homes in Bay Village when they vote in November. I plan to vote for him and I also hope on Friday the published final count on Measure G will be a NO.
Marie Norstrom June 30, 2014 at 04:37 PM
Now really - is anyone actually surprised at this - once he got his foot in the door - suddenlyRead Morehe's out for number 1. Good luck - getting him out won't be easy (or cheap)
roynsann1 July 03, 2014 at 02:30 PM
Marie.. he has been out for number 1 for a long time. Organizing the brown berets he was out forRead Morenu mber 1. Running for council #1... etc. Actucally (going back to old school) I think he is #2
sweetcakes July 03, 2014 at 05:40 PM
Read the article I posted about him not voting to raise the minimum wage salary. It is another lieRead Moref rom him. He also has created legislation that could kill the Measures H,I and J that were passed by hard working Watsonville Voters. Big Louie is out for him self and a select few others, but against people that work for a living and also want to vote for who represents them. To hurt all the people who are working for minimum wages is sick.
Cathy P. June 01, 2014 at 01:57 PM
Cheaters never prosper. Vote YES on H, I, and J and "Let the People Vote!"
Let the People Vote June 01, 2014 at 04:30 PM
LIES are all they have Sylvia. If you tell a lie that's big enough, and you tell it often enough,Read Morepe ople will believe you are telling the truth, even when what you are saying is total crap. Even Adolf Hitler knew that. The expression "The Big Lie"was coined by him when he dictated his 1925 book Mein Kampf, about the use of a lie so "colossal" that no one would believe that someone "could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously." The Alejo club is really good at LIES.
sweetcakes June 02, 2014 at 07:39 PM
LULAC's letter to the editor in Saturday's paper looked just like Alejo's in the Sentinel. Be sureRead Moret o vote Yes on H,I and J.
Jim May 27, 2014 at 09:51 PM
alego. Needs to go, vote him out.
Jim May 28, 2014 at 01:13 PM
alejo Needs to go, vote him out.
David H. Perez May 28, 2014 at 03:44 PM
It is so simple to avoid being shot by the police - don't be a criminal, and when the police sayRead More&qu ot;freeze", follow their instructions. It's a no-brainer. Maybe this is the message Alejo should be putting out to his favored group of constituents.
P. W. May 20, 2014 at 02:07 PM
I am so sick of reading people's comments that are either subtly racist or blatantly so. These same Read Morepeople claim that the minority in this town, e.g., Anglo, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Middle Eastern, are racists with the Anglo people being the primary target. People of this descent are lumped together and made to take blame for situations that, I am sure, occurred years ago. We are held accountable for actions that we did not create and perpetuate. Frankly, I am sick of it. Do you not see yourselves, Alejo and his supporters, that by only looking out for the interest of your "own" people, as has been claimed, that you are no better than the people in our town history who had their own racist beliefs? Just because I choose to believe in a more Democratic way of choosing a mayor/city council does not determine that I am a racist. Nor does it deem me a racist because I believe that the City Plaza stay true to it's original name. I have no problem with a new park being named after someone who is Latino either. I live in a town that I drive down the roads (many named after Spanish words), where I see many businesses that have Latino names, and where there are many Latino people who I congregate among. I could have my child at Aptos, but I choose to have my child at Watsonville instead, because I am informed enough to know that Watsonville has an excellent program geared towards kids who choose to take the reigns and run with it. Even with this, I am still labeled by many people on this forum, a racist. To the aforementioned person, Videll Gonzales, I say this, the only racist I see right now perpetuating and creating divisiveness instead of helping to bring a town together, is you. It is this type of attitude, "Watsonville is 80 percent Latino and it is time for some people to accept it", that alienates people and continues to place road blocks between us all. There is nothing to accept. Watsonville is 80% Latino and frankly, I could care less if it was 80% green aliens, as long as we were all trying to live together in a cohesive manner that works to look out for the best interest of "ALL" the people in this town, not just one entitled group. Find the strength to move past resentment that is harbored from wrongs of the past to your people and set an example to ALL people. Alejo and his group only continue to prove that racism is alive and well, and that it is exemplified by his choices and words and those among his group of supporters. By the way, racism is capable of being promoted by any race, ethnicity and socio-economic class. Don't label it just Anglo, because I can guarantee that is not the case anymore.
David H. Perez May 23, 2014 at 03:42 PM
If these people who oppose Measures H, I and J really respected "diversity" (a word theyRead Moreo ften like to drop), they would welcome the passing of these measures, which would help to give EVERYBODY in the community a voice. Unfortunately, some folks in our community misuse the term "diversity" when they really mean "Latinos only."
Cathy P. May 25, 2014 at 12:46 PM
Who wants to turn the clock back 25 years? Quit believing the LIES Videll. Measures H, I, and JRead MorePROT ECT all the "beautiful" people's constitutional right to vote on these issues, yours AND mine. Stop playing the race card and "Let the People Vote!"
Cathy P. May 10, 2014 at 07:26 PM
"...city staff might be running the planning commission with what's commonly described asRead Moremushr oom management -- keeping them in the dark and feeding them dung." -------------------------------------------------------------------- Ya think??? Excellent article and a blast from the past Steve. Proves that some things never change...
Cesar Chavez May 10, 2014 at 08:19 PM
Not mentioned in the article was the fact that the Romos somehow got to purchase the hugeRead Morecommercial lot on Rodriruez and Second street for only $25,000. It wasn't through a bidding process which would have allowed anyone to bid on it. Kinda reminds me of the down payment loan a close female friend of a high ranking city official received that was 50% of the home value (out of redev. funds). More stink emanating from city hall.
David H. Perez May 10, 2014 at 12:19 PM
Makes me think of Karma and the saying, "What goes around, comes around."
Cathy P. May 10, 2014 at 04:00 PM
Surely not in Watsonville???
Henry Acosta May 10, 2014 at 04:36 PM
Great article by Steven Bankhead in today's Register Pajaronian. Also another great article byRead MoreSandr a N. Thank you both for writing the truth about Measure H,I and J.
Ce Ce Watson May 07, 2014 at 11:11 PM
Time to get your pens and paper out and flood Gov. Brown's office and Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris toRead Morele t them know just what the people think of these high handed crooks led by alejo!
Cesar Chavez May 08, 2014 at 12:40 PM
I also listened to the verbal exchange during the committee hearing regarding Alejo's AB 1795.Read MorePeopl e that stand up in support of the various bills get unlimited time and aren't cut off from the mike. If you are there to voice a negative opinion of the bills it's a total different situation. The speakers that were voicing a negative opinion get totally cut off and are treated rudely. It's obvious that a behind the scenes agreement to support Alejo's bill was done before the committee even convened. I think the members of the committee make deals (I support your crazy bill if you support mine) prior to meeting. I have lost a lot of faith in the democratic process in our state of Calif. I hope the governor vetoes this bill if it comes across his desk. Hundreds of letters may help him decide.
David H. Perez May 09, 2014 at 10:17 AM
Oh, you can bet that little worm Alejo makes back room deals ahead of time - that's his m.o., andRead Morehe has trained his goons on the Watsonville City Clowncil to do the same. Ce Ce Watson is absolutely right - we cannot let up on writing letters and making calls so that we can get this stupid bill squashed. And why does Louie think he needs this bill anyway, since as Henry Acosta stated, under a fair system an outgoing city council member would be able to vote for their replacement in a district election anyway. We know Louie's REAL motivation.
gadfly May 07, 2014 at 08:37 PM
"I was watching last Monday’s (April 28th) Supervisorial Candidate Forum when you saidRead Moreth at building restrictions should be eliminated from the Manabe-Ow farmland property. Your comment left me wondering if you’re already making deals with George Ow because I’m surprised that you’re not aware that it’s almost next to impossible to build anything on the Manabe-Ow farmland. This is especially true knowing your close relationships with Santa Cruz Sentinel reporter Donna Jones and City Manager Carlos Palacios. Besides, if you are going to earn $1.6 million in a four year term ($195,000 pension & $136,000 in wages) as a Supervisor, you better get in the know real quick." Thanks Emilio for letting us know about this. I think Medina may be OK but the guy is way to old now and should just take his fat retirement and let some new blood handle things from now. I hear Phoenix is a nice place for old people. And who knows maybe he can go to work for them!
gadfly May 07, 2014 at 08:39 PM
PS Is this guys pension really $195,000 a year??? I cant believe that for just being a policeRead Moreoffice r in a two horse town like Watsonville. Sounds like San Francisco wages to me.
Henry Acosta May 08, 2014 at 09:47 AM
Just say NO to Medina. He is a member of the Alejo's political machine.
Henry Acosta May 06, 2014 at 07:29 PM
My bad. I also went back and found them. I should have looked first before whining about it. Sorry.
Cathy P. May 07, 2014 at 10:36 AM
;)
Ce Ce Watson May 07, 2014 at 11:18 PM
Terry was endorsed by alejo and both are against the measures. Big surprise! The city and alejoRead Moredon' t want to give up their power to the people! Another big surprise?
David H. Perez May 04, 2014 at 08:01 PM
Regretfully, I missed the festivities because I had to stay home and work in my vegetable and herbRead Moreg arden. Even though I live a couple of miles away from downtown, I heard the festivities like they were in my own back yard.
sweetcakes May 05, 2014 at 10:19 AM
These are the same dirty tricks that were played on the Measure T issue. How low can people go when Read Morethey know they are losing. Yes on H,I and J and NO on G.
David H. Perez May 05, 2014 at 01:36 PM
Update: a neighbor came by and told me they stole his "Yes on Measures H, I and J" signRead Morean d his "Dana Sales For Supervisor" sign right out of his front yard. Now that the opposition is resorting to crime, it shows how scared and desperate they are, and that they are nothing better than a bunch of street thugs - including their leader. We still have "Yes on H, I and J" yard signs and will be distributing more later. Stop by if you want one.
sweetcakes May 05, 2014 at 01:47 PM
I hope someone has a video of the thieves that are stealing the signs. Desperate people doRead Moredesperat e things. I don't think that all the petition signers are going to have their minds changed by these criminal actions. Yes on H,I and J.
David H. Perez May 06, 2014 at 12:40 AM
Sylvia, tomorrow I will drive all over town and make a list of all of the businesses I see (likeRead MoreSup er Tacqueria) that have no on HIJ signs. I will post a Speak Out by tomorrow afternoon, and anybody who sees any other business who is opposing our measures can add the names of the businesses. I am also PERMANANTLY boycotting any business that endorses Little Emperor Alejo.
sweetcakes May 06, 2014 at 04:34 PM
Thank you and I will boycott all the businesses who are on the list also.
Martin W. Bailey May 06, 2014 at 10:59 PM
Mr Alejo claims that Voting YES on Measures H, I, and J will 'strip the City Council of some of the Read Moreauthority it now holds" and will put the power back into the hands of the electorate (the people entitled to vote in an election). He also said Measures H I & J only need to be approved by a simple majority. He says that the council is "capable of selecting its own mayor". (Hmm, not 'the people's Mayor"?) Apparently the City Council has NOT been capable to select a Mayor. oh, they appoint someone to fill the office. But that someone, contrary to what Mr Alejo spouts off, has been someone with the LEAST amount of experience, and has resulted in people holding that office who haven't a clue on God's green Earth how to function there. No commitment to the people of the city, certainly no communication with them, unanswered question both here on the Patch (which you know they read, since they write for it-er duh.) and unanswered voicemails & emails, and NO real accountability. A rotation of council members into the office of Mayor is a good thing. Why? It will give EVERY council member a chance to serve in that capacity. Sure not everyone will like every Mayor, but one thing is for sure: it will be no worse than what we have had the past several years. Mr Alejo says "ELected officials must be given leeway to operate". Yes, IF they are elected by the people, and if they can prove they are able to handle that so-called 'leeway'. Our city council has proven just the opposite, with, once again, the exception of only one or maaaaaaybe two: Dr. Nancy Billicich being the one. Mr alejo claims that to let the people vote is micromanaging. (OK, now that I've calmed down and regained my composure from laughing hysterically at that one) Letting the PEOPLE vote is for the registered voter, nothing more and nothing less than allowing them to exercise their RIGHT to do so. That is the end of my Tuesday Night Ramble. Give the people back their right to vote in the City of Watsonville: by Voting YES on H, I, and J. VOTE YES YES YES!
Jim May 10, 2014 at 10:59 PM
I just turn in my vote. YES YES YES
Sylvia Lazo May 17, 2014 at 10:13 PM
Hey hey! We just saw a couple of folks walking the neighborhoods in support of Measures H, I, andRead MoreJ! Props to you two!!! Love the yellow TShirts!!!
sweetcakes May 18, 2014 at 06:00 PM
Alejo and his cronies were out yesterday stuffing political advertisements into door handle whichRead Morew ere full of lies. Don't believe their lies. Vote Yes on H, I and J.
sweetcakes May 02, 2014 at 05:46 PM
I couldn't care less if someone pasted any of my comments on a public page. Once you make yourRead Morecomme nt public, it's public. Since you requested that anyone wanting to use your letter make it their own, perhaps the person submitting the letter to the paper did exactly what you requested. By the way, that letter that you were upset about may change the outcome of the committee vote. Are you going to be upset about that.
Henry Acosta May 02, 2014 at 07:25 PM
I guess it's time for me to weigh in on this topic. I think Sweetcakes is right in mentioning thatRead Moret he most important thing is defeating AB 1795. I don't think whoever posted the letter to the Sacramento Bee did it for the glory of having their name in print. Cathy P did give permission to readers to use part of her letter and even used the language "make it your own" and she should be glad it's reaching so many readers that actually vote in the state legislature. Kudos to the person who submitted the letter!
Cathy P. May 02, 2014 at 07:35 PM
Sure you wouldn't care less "sweetcakes." And I do hope my letter changes the outcome ofRead Moret he Committee vote, why else would I have written it? Have a nice evening.
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