1. first time home buyer forum

    First Time Home Buyers Forum

    Join us on Wednesday, August 22nd from 6-8 p.m. for a First Time Home Buyers Forum. Learn more about the process of buying a home and local programs that can assist you. Read on...
  2. coastalcleanup

    Watsonville's Coastal Cleanup 2018 - Harnessing the Power of People for Environmental Protection

    Annual Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday, September 15th from 9AM - Noon. Read on...
  3. water quality

    Wanted - Water Quality Watchdogs

    August is National Water Quality Month and the City of Watsonville is requesting help reporting crimes committed against our watershed. Vigilant residents can make a difference when it comes to preventing the pollution of local creeks. Read on...
  4. National Night Out

    National Night Out Event Join “America’s Night Out Against Crime”

    On August 7th the Watsonville Police Department’s Neighborhood Services Division will be celebrating National Night Out and neighborhood unity against crime. Read on...
  5. Grinding to replace water main

    How Your Utility Bill Payments are Being Invested

    The Department of Public Works & Utilities works diligently to keep our town flowing, flushing and clean!



    Water, Sewer, Solid Waste...
  6. pinto lake (1)

    Progress for Pinto - The City Reports on Successful Lake Restoration

    The City of Watsonville is proud to celebrate a banner accomplishment in the trajectory toward improved environmental quality for Watsonville; the completion of the Pinto Lake Restoration Project, a multi-year collaborative funded by the Clean Water Act. Read on...
  7. beat the heat

    Main Library Cooling Center - Beat the Heat!

    Our Main Street Library location is also a cooling center, which is very important for hot weather spells like this one. Read on...
  8. public library

    Watsonville Public Library Receives California Humanities Grant

    Watsonville Public Library was selected as one of twelve libraries to receive $5,000 each to participate in the Library Innovation Lab grant program. Read on...
  9. strawberryfestival

    Watsonville Strawberry Festival

    Join us for a weekend of family fun, food crafts and entertainment on August 4th and 5th at 10am-7pm in Downtown Watsonville ! Read on...
  10. music in the plaza

    Music in the Plaza

    Join us for our second year of Music in the Plaza summer concerts Read on...
  11. Parks and recs month

    July is Parks & Rec Month

    This July, the City of Watsonville is celebrating Parks and Rec Month with a variety of fun activities planned for residents of all ages and abilities. Read on...
  12. Watsonville Police Give Back 2

    Watsonville Police Gives Back to the Community

    Rudy always dreamt of having his very own BMX bike (they’re pricey). But he never imagined that Watsonville police officers would be the ones buying it for him! Read on...
  13. notice

    Pajaro Levee Repair Work Begins - Be Mindful of Closures

    The Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Watsonville kindly ask for the support of Watsonville residents during vital levee repair. Please obey all posted signs and do not pass construction barriers. Read on...
  14. happy fourth of july

    Happy Fourth of July - City Offices Closed today!

    City offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4th in observance of Fourth of July. We will open for business as usual on Thursday, July 5th. Read on...
  15. Pick up the pieces

    Celebrate Independence from Pollution - Cleanup on July 5th

    Join the City of Watsonville and Save Our Shores for a Star Spangled Cleanup on July 5th at Palm Beach State Park from 9AM - 11AM. Read on...
  16. monterey bay community power (2)

    Your electricity service is about to get a lot greener!

    Monterey Bay Community Power is your official electricity provider, bringing you carbon-free electricity at rates lower than PG&E. You will see no change or interruption in your service. Learn more about the change and your options below: Read on...
  17. plastic free july shrink waste size

    Plastic Free July: A Tale of Two Cities

    Watsonville and Santa Cruz launch Plastic Free July Challenge, encourage residents to reduce waste size. Read on...
  18. fourth of July

    4th ofJuly Illegal Fireworks Enforcement - Celebrate Responsibly!

    The Watsonville Police Department will be doubling enforcement efforts to address illegal fireworks this year. Violators will now face criminal citations with fines up to $1,000 or one month in prison. Read on...
  19. coral

    Public Works Profiles - A Splash of Coral

    Coral Plascencia, Solid Waste Aid 1 in our Public Works Department, is a sunshine daydream come true. She works hard every day to protect our community and environment, and when our team needs a dose of positive morale, we turn to Coral. Read on...
  20. trees

    Go Climb a Tree! OASIS Wins Best Youth Tree Photo

    Taking the winning prize in one of our five #watsonvilleurbanforest Photo Sharing Contest categories, OASIS Outdoor Autism and Special Issues School is voted favorite for our Best Youth Tree Photo. Read on...
  21. COASTA SANA

    2,000 Watsonville Youth Explore the Coast!

    The City of Watsonville's Public Works Conservation Academy provided more than 2,000 local students and 200 adults trips to our Monterey Bay coast in partnership with the California Coastal Conservancy. Read on...
  22. emma

    Public Works Profiles - She's Emmazing

    We feel safer splashing about in our waterways and oceans knowing Emma Kluzniok, our Environmental Projects Analyst, is in this world, minding our watershed's p's and q's (pints and quarts). Read on...
  23. FIRE IN THE SKY

    Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July Parade & Fire in the Sky

    Celebrate the 4th of July with us! The Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July Parade starts at 12 pm on Main Street. Then don't miss our 2nd Annual Fire In the Sky Open House at the Airport the doors open at 5 pm. Read on...
  24. Music in the Plaza_web

    Music in the Plaza Summer Concert Series

    Summer is here and we have an amazing line-up of bands for you to enjoy during our Music in the Plaza summer concert series. The concerts will run on Thursdays from 6 pm-8 pm from June 21st-September 20th in the Plaza. Read on...
  25. Boy holding a glass of water

    The Quality of Water

    The City of Watsonville is proud to provide safe drinking water to our customers at the lowest rates in the region.







  26. flush

    Are You Flushing Your Money Away?

    Check your toilet and see... Read on...
  27. textingdriving

    It can happen in a second - One distraction can be fatal

    Watsonville Police & Public Works Departments are implementing traffic safety measures.
    Read on...
  28. FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL

    Family Fun Festival

    Please join Ecology Action for a Family Fun Festival on Saturday, June 9th at the Plaza from 11-3 pm. Bring your bikes, scooters ,& skateboards! There will be bike obstacle courses, helmet fittings, arts/crafts, music & other family activities. Read on...
  29. rtc rail line agreement (3)

    RTC Meeting - Santa Cruz Rail Line Operating Agreement

    The RTC will consider the Draft Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line Operating Agreement in public session at its next meeting on June 14, 9 am at the Watsonville City Council Chambers, 275 Main Street, 4th floor. Read on...
  30. GREEN SIDE

    Join the Green Side - Celebrating Two New Green Businesses

    Two newly certified businesses recently joined the green side, the Watsonville Green Business Program. Congratulations and thank you to Revolution Gym and Wellness, and Totlcom Data Solutions for their hard work and commitment to people and planet! Read on...
  31. iloveyouso (1) (1)

    Public Works Profiles - Being Fab in the Lab

    The verdict is in. Angie Avidano, Public Works Water Quality Lab Technician, is just fabulous both in and out of the City of Watsonville's Water Lab and everyone knows it, even the ducks. Read on...
  32. Public Works Water Superheroes

    Public Works Profiles - Water Heroes Make the World Go 'Round

    When scientists search other planets for life, water is the signal. Water makes earth unique and habitable and is crucial for human survival. Wherever water goes and flows, life is sure to follow. Meet our Water Heroes responsible for this vital resource. Read on...
  33. irene

    Public Works Profiles - Adulting is Easy with Irene!

    Being a grown up is hard, and dealing with your finances can be even harder. It's a rare individual that can brighten up a task that gives many of us anxiety. If you are in need of a helping hand, or an extra comforting word of wisdom, Irene is queen. Read on...
  34. ROSE

    Public Works Profiles - Rosemarie is Royalty

    Forget the royal wedding, and meet Public Works royalty, Rosemarie Dow. We are woman crushing on Rose, our Construction Inspector in our Engineering division, who will celebrate 34 years with the City of Watsonville this September. Read on...
  35. EVERYBODY (2)

    Public Works Profiles - Everybody Loves Ray Martin

    No, not Raymond, yes Ray Martin! We are kicking off National Public Works Week by celebrating Ray's commitment and service to our Watsonville community and his irreplaceable role working for the public good. Read on...
  36. open streets

    Open Streets Watsonville

    Don't miss Open Streets in Watsonville on Sunday, June 3rd from 11 am-4 pm. Come out and enjoy this free pop-up street park with no cars! There will be free raffles, games, music and community groups! Read on...
  37. affordable housing (1)

    Affordable Housing Development Fee Public Meeting

    Please join us for a public meeting to discuss Affordable Housing Development Fees on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 5:30 pm in the Civic Plaza Community Room. Your input will assist the City in determining how to meet its affordable housing needs! Read on...
  38. PVUSD Internship program (4)

    Summer in the City Internship Program

    Are you an incoming junior or senior enrolled in a Pajaro Valley Unified School District High School? If so, we have the perfect internship program for you! Gain career readiness skills, leadership skills, earn elective credits & receive a $500 stipend! Read on...
  39. strategic plan goals

    City Council Strategic Plan Goals

    The City Council is currently in the process of creating its next Strategic Plan goals for 2018-2020 and we want to hear from you. Read on...
  40. earthday_dayofthechild_web

    Celebrate the 16th Annual Watsonville Day of the Child & Earth Day Festival!

    Join us on Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 12 pm - 4 pm in our Historic Watsonville City Plaza for our 16th Annual Day of the Child and Earth Day Celebration. Read on...
  41. Community Development Block Grant 2018 Action Plan

    Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Action Plan Meeting

    We invite the community to join us on Monday, April 16th at 5:30 p.m. in the former Council Chambers at 250 Main Street to provide input on the City's CDBG Action Plan for 2018. Read on...
  42. art walk

    Wine, Beer & Art Walk

    Join us for the Wine, Beer and Art walk on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Downtown businesses will provide great samplings of locally produced wines, craft beers, local art and delicious treats. Read on...
  43. spirit of watsonville

    4th of July Parade - Volunteers Needed!

    The Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July Parade is a huge part of our community. As we prepare to celebrate this year we need community members to join forces with us to continue this beloved tradition in an enjoyable and safe manner. Read on...
  44. smoke alarms_

    Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!

    Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. Remember that having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly is important. Read on...
  45. Complete Streets Plan Project Area 1 and 2 Map

    Downtown Watsonville Complete Streets Plan

    The City will be hosting community workshops over the next year to obtain feedback from the community on desired improvements on two identified areas of downtown. Learn more about this project.
  46. CesarChavezDay

    City Offices Closed March 30, 2018

    Please note that most City offices will be closed on Friday, March 30, 2018 in observance of César Chávez day. Read on...
  47. 150Club_news

    Will You be One of Only 150?

    In commemoration of the City’s 150th Birthday, we invite you to be part of the Watsonville Sesquicentennial 150 Club. The 150 Club allows individuals & families to become a part of history. Read on...
  48. Facebook 150th Birthday_

    150th Birthday Celebration

    On March 30th at 5:30 p.m., we will be having a celebration at the historic Watsonville City Plaza for the 150th Anniversary of the incorporation of our City. We invite you all to join us! Read on...
  49. virtual kidnapping

    Virtual Kidnapping

    Recently, there have been three reported “Virtual Kidnappings” by victims in Watsonville. Virtual Kidnapping is an extortion scheme and has been around for decades. There are steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim. Read on...
  50. more traffic and safety improvements

    More Traffic and Safety Improvements are Underway!

    The City of Watsonville’s Engineering Division is excited to begin improvements on Airport Boulevard as part of a larger vision for traffic, bike, and pedestrian safety. Read on...
  51. compost time_

    It’s compost time!

    The City now has a composting program for residents who want to compost at home. Read on...
  52. Town Hall Meeting

    Town Hall Meeting

    Please join us for a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the Civic Plaza Community Room. Read on...
  53. Special Municipal Election_Web

    Special Municipal Election

    The City of Watsonville will be holding a Special Municipal Election on June 5, 2018. The nomination period will open on March 7, 2018, and close on March 14, 2018, to fill the vacancy in District 2. Read on...
  54. 150 things to do and see

    150 Things to Do and See in Watsonville

    Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out the "150 Things to Do and See" brochure that the Register Pajaronian put together in commemoration of the City's 150th Anniversary! Read on...
  55. youth soccer_web

    Spring 2018 Youth Soccer

    Stop by our Parks and Recreation Department at 231 Union Street to register for youth soccer (ages 6-12). For more information call 768-3240. Read on...
  56. plaza 1920s

    Watsonville City Plaza in 1920's

    The Watsonville City Plaza was partially donated by Sebastian Rodriguez in 1860. The land was overgrown with bushes, trees and had cattle grazing. Read on...
  57. Cesar Chavez Community Awards

    Annual Cesar E. Chavez Community Awards

    The City of Watsonville Parks and Community Services Department is currently accepting nominations for the 16th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Community Awards. Read on...
  58. Martin-Luther-King-Jr.-Inspirational-Quotes-For-MLK-Day

    City Offices Closed Monday, January 15, 2018

    Please note that City offices will be closed Monday, January 15, 2018 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Read on...
  59. RISE Art Classes

    RISE Community Art Classes

    Registration for the RISE Community Art Classes is open until January 22nd. Classes are available for ages 11-22 years old and are $40. Classes offered include: Acoustic Guitar; Expressive Painting; Community Theater; Hip Hop Dance; and African Drumming. Read on...
  60. holiday closure

    Holiday Closure

    Happy Holidays! Please note that most City offices will be closed over the holidays. City offices will reopen on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Except for public safety and other essential services. Your garbage and recycling services will operate as usual. Read on...
  61. flowers-for-sale

    City of Watsonville Temporary Flower Sales Deadline Approaching

    City of Watsonville Temporary Flower Sales Deadline Approaching/Se aproxima la fecha límite para solicitar permisos de ventas temporales de flores en la Ciudad de Watsonville Read on...
  62. logo 150

    Watsonville 150th Anniversary Website is Live

    Throughout 2018 the City of Watsonville will be celebrating its 150th Anniversary! Information on upcoming events, historical photos and ways to share your memories will be available on the website at www.watsonville150.org. Read on...
  63. community bike ride

    Watsonville Community Bike Repair & Group Ride

    Join the Watsonville Bike Shack, Bike Santa Cruz County, and Bike Friendly Watsonville for free bike repairs and a community bike ride on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Watsonville Bike Shack located at 555 Main Street. Read on...
  64. rain barrel

    Catch the Rain: Using a Rain Barrel to Harvest Valuable Water

    Take advantage of the generous rain barrel rebate provided by Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency. Residents in Watsonville & unincorporated areas of the Pajaro Valley are eligible to receive up to a $750.00 rebate on a catchment barrel. Read on...
  65. Pink Patch  Watsonville PD

    The Watsonville Police Pink Patch Project was a Huge Success!

    The Watsonville Police Department raised $5,427 to help bring awareness about breast cancer and support those organizations that help those afflicted. Read on...
  66. Traffic Safety Education Starlight Elementary School

    Office of Traffic Safety Grant Program

    Part of the grant is to focus on education and our first school was Starlight Elementary School. Our traffic officers spent the day with kids and school staff to talk about and practice traffic safety. Read on...
  67. Watsonville_Awakening_web

    "Watsonville Awakening" featured in Monterey Bay Edibles

    There is a vibrant movement happening in Watsonville and folks are starting to recognize the shift! Read on...
  68. 150_logo_Final- web

    Watsonville is Celebrating 150 Years

    The City Council and community leaders are gearing up to commemorate an important City milestone – the sesquicentennial celebration. Read on...
  69. code enforcement

    Watsonville Code Enforcement Division has increased enforcement activities

    Please note that the City of Watsonville Code Enforcement Division has increased enforcement activities throughout the City. Read More...
  70. city Logo

    City of Watsonville Announces New Website & Refreshed Logo

    We're excited to announce that big changes are coming as we work on revamping our communication efforts and rebranding our City image... Read More...
  71. KUWW

    Keeping Up With Watsonville

    Stay up to date with upcoming events happening in Watsonville...


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  72. Paint

    Recycle Your Used Motor Oil and Paint

    It’s more convenient than ever to recycle responsibly in Watsonville!
    In-store take-back programs are free for residents.
    Read More
  73. PIntoLake

    Pinto Lake City Park

    The City of Watsonville is saddened to learn of the passing of Patricia McQuade ...


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  74. Measure D

    Council Approves Transportation Projects to Be Funded by Measure D

    The City Council approved an expenditure plan that included seven transportation projects to be funded by Measure D...
    Read More...
  75. TAx

    Senior’s/Care Utility User’s Tax Exemption

    Senior’s and Care customers living in the City of Watsonville are eligible for tax breaks on some of their utility bills.

    Read More...
  76. Home_With_Solar_Panels

    HERO: Home Energy Renovation Opportunity Program

    The HERO program is now available to Watsonville homeowners.

    Read More...
  77. Water

    Water Line Replacement Project
    Crescent Dr., Melrose Ave., & Allston Way

    The water line replacement project has started in various streets of Watsonville!

    Read More
  78. Cruz511

    Cruz511 In Your Neighborhood Coming to Watsonville

    Cruz511 In Your Neighborhood is a program designed to connect with people who are interested in leaving their car at home... Read on...
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