Mayor's Update

Dear Residents,

The City of Watsonville strives to provide excellent customer service. We are committed to providing programs and services that will create a safe, healthy and environmentally friendly community.

Here is a short list of the many exciting things happening in Watsonville:

Middle School Valentine’s Dance: Every year the Gene Hoularis and Waldo Rodriguez Youth Center celebrates Valentine’s Day by offering a valentine’s dance where middle school teens can get together outside of school and socialize with their friends, make new ones, and reunite with old ones. The Youth Center Valentine’s Dance has grown in popularity over the years with up to 100 local youth coming out each year to have a good time while dancing to their favorite music and playing party games throughout the night. The Youth Center staff takes great care in creating a fun and safe environment for these youth and everyone enjoys their experience overall. The dance is for ages 11-14 and the price is $6 at the door. For more information call 768-3248.

City’s 150th Birthday Cake Celebration: Please join us on March 30th at 5:30 p.m. in the historic Watsonville City Plaza to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of our City. This celebration will feature music, food, entertainment and a giant cake. Don’t miss it!

Plan Line Project Community Meeting: Join us on Tuesday, February 20th from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Civic Center Community Room located at 275 Main Street, 4th Floor for a community meeting. Help us decide how to improve Freedom Blvd. between Green Valley Road and Buena Vista Drive. The City is preparing a plan line document to guide future improvements to the road and sidewalk on this portion of Freedom Blvd. Participants can review design alternatives and indicate which they support. City staff will be available to receive comments and answer questions. Please contact Murray Fontes, Principal Engineer at (831) 768-3117 or via email at with any questions.

Watsonville Sesquicentennial Website:   As part of the celebration of the City’s 150th celebration, we have created a commemorative website ( to feature historical photos, stories and videos. You can help us by sharing your photos, stories and experiences on what it was like growing up in Watsonville. If you have photos or stories you would like to share please email them to:

Cooking Club: Explore Culture through Food: The Cooking Club will meet on the 4th Thursday of every month at the Main Library, January - October, and on the 2nd Thursday in November and December, from 5:30 - 7:30pm. The purpose of this club is to meet new people, try new foods, learn about other cultures, and to have fun! There will be a few guest speakers throughout the year who will share their adventures in the food world, dates to be announced. For more information, please call Dolores Wiemers at 768-3419.

Celebrate Engineers Week: Join us to celebrate Engineers’ Week by participating in the 15th Annual Egg Drop on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm. The event will take place between the alley of the Civic Plaza Building and the Post Office. For more information call (831) 768-3117.

16th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Community Awards:  There is still time to nominate an individual for the annual Cesar E. Chavez awards. Every year seven community members are recognized for their work in promoting the values of community involvement, volunteerism, and non-violent conflict. To nominate an individual, submit a nomination form and a photo of the nominee by Friday, February 23, 2018. Please visit our website at or pick up an application at the Parks & Community Services office located at 231 Union Street. For more information, please contact Imelda Negrete at (831) 728-6084.

I love to hear from our community, so please feel free to email me directly by clicking here.

Lowell Hurst, Mayor          
Hurst 2018