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Posted on: January 25, 2023

President Biden's Visit to Watsonville Muni

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President Joe Biden visited Santa Cruz County on Thursday, January 19th, where he toured recent storm damage, spoke with first responders and delivered remarks. President Biden landed at Moffett Federal Airfield in Santa Clara County before being...

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Posted on: October 31, 2022

Advisory Committee requests Compliance

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In accordance with the Federal Preemption on Airspace regulation (49 U.S.C. 40101), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has exclusive authority in regulating airspace over the United States and prescribes air traffic regulations on the flight of air...

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Posted on: June 8, 2022

Historical Aircraft Display

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Watsonville Municipal Airport hosts a Historical Aircraft Display every second Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to show and admire these historical aircraft. 

Pilots displaying their aircraft can top off ...

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Posted on: June 8, 2022

Kids Fly Free

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The Young Eagles Program has been developed by the EAA Aviation Foundation to welcome young people into the world of aviation. Aviation is exciting and vital to our nation's future. They will experience a safe and enjoy...

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Posted on: February 2, 2023

CA Paid Family Leave Program Employer Toolkit

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The EDD is pleased to announce the launch of a new informational toolkit for employers, which provides tools and resources they can use to help educate their employees about the Paid Family Leave (PFL).

California PFL – The first stop for PFL inf...

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Posted on: February 2, 2023

Get Green Business Certified by Earth Day 2023

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Get Green Business Certified by Earth Day 2023

The California Green Business Network is pleased to present a Sustainable Business Challenge to Watsonville Businesses! This three-month challenge officially kicks off on February 1, and aims to help Watsonvil...

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Posted on: February 2, 2023

Business Recovery Center in Capitola to Help Businesses Impacted by Winter Storms

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The U.S. Small Business Administration and the California Small Business Development Center has opened an SBA Business Recovery Center in Capitola to provide a wide range of services to businesses impacted by the severe winter storms, flooding, landslides...

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Posted on: November 16, 2022

Our Business Spotlight segment is back!

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Our Business Spotlight segment is back! 

We kick off our first episode with Studio Judy G, a local business that brings artists from all over the world to Watsonville and teaches art to people with special needs. 

If you have businesses lo...

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Posted on: January 22, 2023

Poets' Circle in February

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Tune into our Poets’ Circle and open mic ~ hosted by Magdalena Montagne, our virtual program will feature Writers of Color - Santa Cruz County. This program will take place on Thursday, February 9 from 5-7pm. You may attend this program in-perso...

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Posted on: January 21, 2023

Art Academy: Haring

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Explore modern art during our Art Academy program on Wednesday, February 8 from 5:30-6:30pm that will take place at the Main Library. Our featured artist for the month will be: Keith Haring. Participants are encouraged to recreate a specific work of the f...

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Posted on: December 20, 2022

Monthly 3D Printing Workshop in 2023

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Design. Create. 3D Print. 

Have you ever been interested in using a 3D printer? Join us for our monthly 3D printing workshops which will feature projects for beginners. Printed projects will be available for pick-up at the following session.&n...

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Posted on: January 21, 2023

Creative Cafe Workshop: Valentine Shaker Cards

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Bring along a loved one and create a Valentine's Day card from the heart ~ using paper, washi tape and sparkles! This workshop will take place at our Freedom Library, Meeting Room on Tuesday, February 7 at 6:00pm.

This program is for Teens & A...

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Posted on: January 20, 2023

Family Science Night

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Create, experiment, and engineer! Join us for Science Night each week starting on Thursday, February 2 through Thursday, March 9 for interactive science activities.

This program is intended for families.

Science Night themes are as follows: 

Week 1:...

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Posted on: January 23, 2023

Library Lego® Club

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Be a Master Builder at our Library Lego® Club! Join us on the first Tuesday of the month from 4-5pm, and get creative with a provided theme or build whatever you want with the library’s collection of bricks. Bring the whole family along ...

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Posted on: January 26, 2023

Cpl. Rodriguez nominated for 2023 RISE Award, vote for him to win!

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Watsonville Police Corporal Isaak Rodriguez has been named a top nominee nationwide for an Axon 2023 RISE Award. Just before the holidays, he and several good samaritans lifted a stolen car to save an elderly man pinned underneath. 

This unique pr...

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Posted on: January 25, 2023

Watsonville Police announces new promotions

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Leadership is their strong suit, and they sure look good in it! 

Sergeant Joseph Perez and Captain Donny Thul reached a huge career milestone and a new job title following their recent hard-earned promotion. 

“Their promotion com...

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Posted on: January 18, 2023

Local transportation company donates to Watsonville Police youth programs

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Thank you for your continued generosity, A&I Transport!

The Watsonville-based transportation company recently donated $11,000 to support several of our youth programs, such as the Watsonville Police Activities League and the Watsonville Police Cadet Pr...

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Posted on: December 27, 2022

Sandbags available at Fire Station 1

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There are free sandbags available at Fire Station 1 (115 2nd St.). 

Residents may access the self-service station from the entrance gate on Rodriguez St. across from the library building parking lot.

Please come prepared to fill your bags or take p...

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Posted on: December 19, 2022

WPD awarded grants to increase road, bicycle, and pedestrian safety

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The Watsonville Police Department has been awarded two grants totaling $118,895 to help increase road, bicycle, and pedestrian safety. 

A $75,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety will allow the department to increase patrols thro...

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Posted on: December 13, 2022

WPD presents Katz Cancer Resource Center with check for more than $19,000

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The Watsonville Police Department presented the Katz Cancer Resource Center with a check for $19,088.25 from their 2022 Watsonville Police Pink Patch Project campaign. 

The official check presentation took place during the December 13, 2022, City ...

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Posted on: December 2, 2022

How to prevent car break-ins

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With holiday shopping in full swing, it’s extremely important to protect yourself from opportunistic thieves!

Here are some good reminders to keep in mind:

SECURE YOUR VEHICLE 

Roll your car windows up all the way and engage the car alarm.

KEEP YOUR ...

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2022 - Police
Posted on: November 30, 2022

Tips for driving in wet weather conditions

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Expect wet weather in Watsonville for the next few days! 

Please make sure to slow down, buckle up, and be extra cautious when behind the wheel.

Here are some more wet-weather driving tips to remember while on the road.  

  • Slow your roll

Redu...

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Posted on: November 29, 2022

Officers combating underage tobacco use

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Watsonville Police Officers have been working hard to combat underage tobacco use.

During a minor decoy operation this week, underage volunteers visited nearly a dozen local businesses in an attempt to purchase tobacco. Of the 11 businesses visited, one cl...

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Posted on: November 18, 2022

Ofc. Mendoza completes months-long leadership development program

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A big round of applause for Watsonville Police Officer Tony Mendoza for completing the Inner Perspectives Leadership Development Program this week! 

The four-month development program touches on some of the most difficult challenges in the workpla...

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Posted on: November 15, 2022

2022 WPD Pink Patch Project campaign raises more than $18,000

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We are so excited to announce that our Watsonville Police Pink Patch Project campaign raised more than $18,000 this year! 

Every penny will go to the Katz Cancer Resource Center to support Watsonville families impacted by breast cancer. Our campai...

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Posted on: November 10, 2022

WPD hosts first annual Day of the Dead celebration

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Our first annual Day of the Dead celebration at the Youth Center on Maple Ave. earlier this month was a huge success! 

We want to thank all the community members and local organizations that made this event possible. 

Next year’s celebrati...

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Posted on: August 17, 2022

WPD family continues to grow

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Today, our Chief of Police Jorge Zamora swore in two new officers. Both are Watsonville natives, and alumni of Pajaro Valley and Watsonville High schools.

Officers Gutierrez and Ramirez’s next step is to complete the field-training program beginn...

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Posted on: February 3, 2023

Winter storm survivors eligible for property tax relief

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Property owners with homes or property impacted by the 2022-23 winter storms may be eligible for calamity property tax relief. This relief includes a temporary reduction in assessed values and an exclusion from reassessment when the property is repaired o...

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Posted on: February 3, 2023

Disaster Recovery Center in Watsonville to remain open through February 10

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Officials have announced that the Disaster Recovery Centers in Watsonville and Felton will remain open through February 10. 

Both centers will continue operating between 9AM-5PM to assist community members impacted by the recent winter storms. To ...

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Posted on: February 2, 2023

Senior Center Valentine's Day Dance

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Join us February 14 from 2-5 PM for the Senior Center Valentine's Day Dance. Free to Senior Center Gold Members ($20 annual fee) or $10/person. Sign-up by calling 831.768.3279 or at the Watsonville Senior Center (114 E. 5th Street. Join us for some sweet ...

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Posted on: February 1, 2023

Hoops for Health

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In collaboration with our community partners, we'll be co-hosting Hoops for Health, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for local adults and teens. This event will celebrate healthy activity, involve local youth, build community, and support Watsonville Commun...

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Posted on: February 1, 2023

Community Special Events Sponsorship Program

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The City of Watsonville is excited to announce we are now accepting Community Special Event Sponsorship Program applications for events scheduled between July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024. To be considered for sponsorship, event organizers must meet a...

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Posted on: February 1, 2023

Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza

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Hop on over to Pinto Lake Park for a FREE family-friendly Egg Hunt  Eggstravaganza. Enjoy a fun-filled day with arts & crafts, games, live performances, food trucks, and so much more. And don't forget to snap a picture with the Easter Bunny. ...

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Posted on: January 31, 2023

New City of Watsonville Administrative Services Director Appointed

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Watsonville City Manager René Méndez has appointed Marissa Duran as the City’s new Administrative Services Director. 

Duran has been a longstanding City of Watsonville employee and began her career in the Finance Department in 1996 as a Financial ...

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Posted on: January 27, 2023

City of Watsonville holds annual Legislative Breakfast to discuss pressing issues

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This morning, we held our annual Legislative Breakfast in the community room, where city and county officials met with state and federal legislators to discuss some of the topics that matter most to our community. 

Our presentation centered around...

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Posted on: January 23, 2023

Disaster Recovery Center is Open

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A Disaster Recovery Center opened January 21, 2023 to help residents impacted by the storms and flooding in our region.Residents can access information and resources needed for recovery, regardless of the type of damage suffered, location of impacted resi...

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Posted on: December 27, 2022

Sandbags available at Fire Station 1

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There are free sandbags available at Fire Station 1 (115 2nd St.). 

Residents may access the self-service station from the entrance gate on Rodriguez St. across from the library building parking lot.

Please come prepared to fill your bags or take p...

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Posted on: December 19, 2022

Watsonville Public Library is Looking for a Strategic Plan Facilitator

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The Watsonville Public Library (WPL) is requesting proposals from qualified strategic planning consultants to conduct a far-reaching and inclusive process that will actively engage our organization and community in thinking abou...

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Posted on: December 15, 2022

Three newly-elected and one reelected council member sworn in

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Three newly-elected and one re elected council member were sworn in during December 13, 2022 city council meeting. 

Casey Clark now represents the city’s 5th District, Maria Orozco will serve the 3rd District, and Kristal Salcido will re...

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Posted on: November 16, 2022

Our Business Spotlight segment is back!

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Our Business Spotlight segment is back! 

We kick off our first episode with Studio Judy G, a local business that brings artists from all over the world to Watsonville and teaches art to people with special needs. 

If you have a business lo...

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Posted on: October 14, 2022

City of Watsonville establishes Sister City partnership with Velas in Portugal

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The City of Watsonville has added a new Sister City to its running list of partnerships worldwide. 

We recently welcomed a delegation from Portugal and signed an official agreement establishing a Sister City partnership between us, the City of Wat...

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Posted on: September 15, 2022

Watsonville COVID Memorial Stories

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Now that the COVID-19 Commemorative Monarch Butterfly Sculpture has been officially unveiled, community members can begin to submit a story and photos of loved ones they lost to COVID-19. 

The stories will be shared on a community blog to honor an...

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Posted on: September 7, 2022

Omicron booster now available

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The omicron booster is now available!

The Pfizer or Moderna bivalent boosters are recommended two months after the primary series or the last booster dose. These bivalent boosters provide superior, up-to-date protection against the original strain of COVID...

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Posted on: August 22, 2022

COVID vaccines available for children six months and older

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COVID-19 vaccines are available for children six months and older.

 Make an appointment with your child’s doctor. They will ensure your child is up to date on all their shots! If your child’s doctor does not offer the vaccine, ...

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Posted on: October 11, 2022

Winter-Spring Fun Guide NOW Available!

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Check out our new FREE Passport to Fun all-access pass, youth basketball winter league, tennis and pickleball instruction, beginner winter swim lessons, special events, and so much more! 

Register directly by clicking on activities in our new digi...

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Posted on: February 2, 2023

Senior Center Valentine's Day Dance

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SAY YES to the Senior Center Valentine's Day Dance!

Join us February 14 from 2-5 PM for the Senior Center Valentine's Day Dance. Free to Senior Center Gold Members ($20 annual fee) or $10/person. Sign-up by calling 831.768.3279 or at the Watsonville Senior Center (114 E. 5th Street. Join us for some sweet ...

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Posted on: February 1, 2023

Hoops for Health

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Put together a team to participate in the first ever Hoops for Health!

In collaboration with our community partners, we'll be co-hosting Hoops for Health, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for local adults and teens. This event will celebrate healthy activity, involve local youth, build community, and support Watsonville Commun...

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Additional Info... Parks & Community Services
Posted on: February 1, 2023

Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza

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Join us for an Egg-citing family-friendly event!

Hop on over to Pinto Lake Park for a FREE family-friendly Egg Hunt  Eggstravaganza. Enjoy a fun-filled day with arts & crafts, games, live performances, food trucks, and so much more. And don't forget to snap a picture with the Easter Bunny. ...

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Additional Info... Parks & Community Services
Posted on: February 1, 2023

Community Special Events Sponsorship Program

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Now Accepting Applications!

The City of Watsonville is excited to announce we are now accepting Community Special Event Sponsorship Program applications for events scheduled between July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024. To be considered for sponsorship, event organizers must meet a...

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Our Town is Taking Bold Steps & Committing to Climate Action

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On October 26, the City Council unanimously approved the 2030 Climate Action & Adaptation Plan....

Our Town is Taking Bold Steps and Committing to Climate Action

On October 26, the City Council unanimously approved the 2030 Climate Action & Adaptation Plan. Thank you to all who came out to show their support!  With this, we have co...

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