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:

4th of July Success

We had amazing turns out for our annual Spirit of Watsonville Parade and the Airport Open House-Fire in the Sky events. It was wonderful to see all the community gathering together for these great events. Thank you to all the volunteers, staff, and sponsors that made these events possible. 

Summer Lunch Program

The City of Watsonville Parks and Community Services Department is participating in the Summer Lunch Program again this year. The program is federally funded and administered by La Manzana Community Resources. The purpose of the program is to provide free nutritious lunches to youth under the age of 18 during the summer months. For more information about the Parks and Community Services summer lunch sites call 768-3240.

How Do I Address Traffic Issues on My Street? The City’s Neighborhood Traffic Plan approved in 2001 and updated this June 2017 was developed in an effort to address concerns expressed by residents regarding speeding and other traffic issues in their neighborhoods. The goal of this plan is to provide residents the opportunity to become actively involved in the improvement of their neighborhoods and to work with the City to improve traffic safety and our quality of life. To learn more about the plan visit our website at: or call Customer Service at 768-3133.

Curbside Collection of Yard Waste is FREE: Do you have a yard waste cart? Do you need one? IF you don’t have a yard waste cart and you have the need for one, call Customer Service at 768-3133. This service is free to all city residents. The cart size is 95 gallons and is picked up on curbside every other week. Call Customer Service at 768-3133 for more information.

Movies in the Park: Join us every Friday in July for free movies at Callaghan Park. There will be popcorn and refreshments! We have a great line-up of movies for the family! Popcorn and refreshments will be available. All movies begin half an hour after sunset. Callaghan Park is celebrating Parks and Recreation Month this July with free showings of the following blockbuster movies:

 Movies in the Park - Every Friday in July at Callaghan Park
 July 7th - Angry Birds
July 14th - Storks
July 21st - Secret Life of Pets
July 28th - Finding Dory

Summer Pet Safety: Make sure your pets have unlimited access to fresh water, and access to shade when outside. Keep your pet free of parasites that are more common during warm weather, such as fleas, ticks and heartworm.

  • Learn to recognize signs of heat stress: anxiousness; excessive panting; restlessness; excessive drooling; unsteadiness; abnormal gum and tongue color
  • Never leave a pet in the car, even in the shade or with windows cracked. Cars can overheat quickly, even when the weather isn’t severe.
  • Take walks, hikes or runs during the cooler hours of the day. Avoid hot surfaces, such as asphalt, that can burn your pet’s paws.
  • Make sure the plants in your garden and yard are safe for pets. Store lawn fertilizer and insecticides out of reach of your pets.
  • For a full list of tips visit our website at

    Keeping Up With Watsonville

    Music In the Plaza: Join us for a FREE concert series the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month up until September 14th from 6-8 p.m. in the Plaza in downtown Watsonville. July 13th – Tribute to Santana featuring the Chicano All Stars and a guest band and July 27th – 80’s and More featuring Beat Street and Victory Lane.

    Graffiti and Shopping Carts: Report abandoned shopping carts, graffiti and illegal dumping in city streets by emailing or by calling customer service at 768-3133. Do your share to keep Watsonville safe and clean.

    Watsonville Summer Activities and Programs: The Parks and Community Services Department offers a variety of fun activities for youth. Such as the popular summer aquatics program, Camp WOW, and the award winning Get Out, Get Fit summer camp. This is just a sample of all of the fun being served up this summer. For more information & to register visit their office at 231 Union Street, or call 768-3240 or visit

I love to hear from our community, so please feel free to email me directly at:


Oscar Rios, Mayor