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Posted on: April 20, 2017

Business Spotlight

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The City of Watsonville features local businesses in a bimonthly Business Spotlight on the City website. Are you interested in having your business featured?


The City of Watsonville features local businesses in a bimonthly Business Spotlight on the City website. Featured businesses are those that have chosen Watsonville as their home and whose story highlights the benefits of locating in Watsonville. ...

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Posted on: April 20, 2017

Search for Properties

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If you're looking for a home for your next start-up business or relocating, Watsonville has the real estate you need. Discover Watsonville, you'll be glad you did!


Watsonville has Opportunities for your business

Watsonville has the space you need for your business.  From Downtown Retail to large industrial sites, we have you covered.  Watsonville also offers fast permitting and a one-stop shop for a...

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Posted on: April 20, 2017

3rd Healthiest, Happiest City in America

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Santa Cruz-Watsonville was selected as the 3rd Healthiest, Happiest City in America! According to the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being 2016.


We're excited to share that Santa Cruz-Watsonville was voted the 3rd Healthiest, Happiest City in America by the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being 2016 Community Rankings. The report measures how residents of 189 United States cities...

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Posted on: August 18, 2018

First Time Home Buyers Forum

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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.

The forum will be held in the Watsonville Public Library - Meeting Room 275 Main St #100 in Watsonville.

Translation services and light refreshments will be provided.

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Posted on: August 3, 2018

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

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Annual Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday, September 15th from 9AM - Noon.

Watsonville's Annual Coastal Cleanup Harnesses the Power of People to Protect the Planet

The City of Watsonville joins Save Our Shores, the California Coastal Commission, and the Ocean Conservancy in celebrating the 33rd anniversary of Annual Coas...

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Posted on: August 3, 2018

Wanted - Water Quality Watchdogs

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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.

Water Quality Watchdogs Wanted

August is National Water Quality Month in the United States, and the City of Watsonville is seeking the support of our Watsonville community members to ensure the health of our watershed. There are several ways to stay engage...

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Posted on: July 17, 2018

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

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On August 7th the Watsonville Police Department’s Neighborhood Services Division will be celebrating National Night Out and neighborhood unity against crime.

The goals of National Night Out are to increase crime and drug prevention awareness; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships.  It’s expected that 20 neighborhoods throughout the City will host this event.  Festiv...

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Posted on: July 26, 2018

How Your Utility Bill Payments are Being Invested

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



The Department of Public Works & Utilities works diligently to keep our town flowing, flushing and clean! Sixty-five thousand residents depend on us to provide reliable drinking water, sewer, and garbage services every day. Currently, City efforts are...

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Posted on: July 31, 2018

Progress for Pinto - The City Reports on Successful Lake Restoration

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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.

Progress for Pinto

Pinto Lake, a beloved water body in Watsonville's watershed, provides water-based recreational activities for thousands of visitors every year while supporting vital habitat for hundreds of native and migratory animal species. The City o...

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Posted on: July 25, 2018

Main Library Cooling Center - Beat the Heat!

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

Please stay safe, hydrated, wear sunscreen, and step into the library or another shady spot if you are feeling overheated!

Come beat the heat at the Main Library located at 275 Main Street in Watsonville.

Monday - Thursday: 10-8pmFriday: 10-6pmSaturday: 12-...

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Posted on: July 19, 2018

Watsonville Public Library Receives California Humanities Grant

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

California Humanities is a state wide nonprofit that connects Californians to ideas and one another in order to understand our shared heritage and diverse cultures, inspire civic participation, and shape our future.

This grant program will help build capac...

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Posted on: July 17, 2018

Watsonville Strawberry Festival

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

About the Watsonville Strawberry Festival

 

The Watsonville Strawberry Festival traces its roots to the Watsonville Strawberry Dessert Festival that was founded in 1995 to help downtown Watsonville recover from the Loma Prieta earthquake. The Festi...

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Posted on: July 17, 2018

Music in the Plaza

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Join us for our second year of Music in the Plaza summer concerts

July 26 - Latin Tropical/ Salsa

Aug. 9th - Jazz/ Rhythms & Blues

For more information call: (831)768-3240

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Posted on: July 17, 2018

July is Parks & Rec Month

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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.

Fireworks, lawn chairs, barbecues, and waves... Those are a few things that come to mind when we think of the month of July. But did you know that July is also Parks and Recreation Month? Parks and Recreation month is when we, "park and rec peeps&quo...

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Posted on: July 17, 2018

Watsonville Police Gives Back to the Community

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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!

Here’s how this happy story unfolded:

The 11-year-old was on his way to negotiate with a seller, who put up an online posting for a bike, when he ran into some familiar faces; Officers Javier Ayala, Fernando López and Paco Bribiesca.

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Posted on: July 13, 2018

Pajaro Levee Repair Work Begins - Be Mindful of Closures

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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.

Do Not Pass - Construction Barriers Protect Public Safety and Ensure Project Efficiency

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' $6.4 million project will repair 17 sites along the Salsipuedes Creek and Pajaro River levee systems, in an area bordered by Highway 1...

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Posted on: July 4, 2018

Happy Fourth of July - City Offices Closed today!

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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.

Essential services such as public safety and garbage and recycle will not be affected. We want to wish you and your family a Happy and safe Fourth of July! 

Don't forget to join us for these fun events today:

  • Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July Parad...
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Posted on: July 2, 2018

Celebrate Independence from Pollution - Cleanup on July 5th

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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.

The Fourth of July holiday is a time for celebration and festivity, yet there is an ugly side of the occasion that often goes unnoticed; the morning after. Every year, thousands of pounds of firework debris and beach party materials are left behind in par...

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Posted on: July 2, 2018

Your electricity service is about to get a lot greener!

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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:

A small change for you, a big impact for the community.• Customers see no change or interruption in normal service• MBCP’s rates match PG&E’s with no exception• You receive a rebate on the electricity gen...

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Posted on: June 28, 2018

Plastic Free July: A Tale of Two Cities

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Watsonville and Santa Cruz launch Plastic Free July Challenge, encourage residents to reduce waste size.

Get Beach-Ready and Join the 31-day Plastic Free July Cleanse

The cities of Watsonville and Santa Cruz are detoxifying, joining forces and embarking on a 31-day challenge for City staff and residents alike to reduce their combined plastic footprint. Cleans...

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Posted on: June 28, 2018

4th ofJuly Illegal Fireworks Enforcement - Celebrate Responsibly!

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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.

Watsonville Police Department Enforcement:

* As the 4th of July quickly approaches, the firework activity has been steadily increasing.  The Watsonville Police Department will be stepping up their enforcement efforts with additional police officer...

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Posted on: June 26, 2018

Public Works Profiles - A Splash of Coral

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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.

Public Works Profiles - A Splash of Coral

You ever have that urge to brighten everything up? Take a can of canary yellow paint and go wild or wear a vibrant outfit to break the daily routine? We're lucky here at the City because when we need a splash of co...

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Posted on: June 13, 2018

Go Climb a Tree! OASIS Wins Best Youth Tree Photo

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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.

Go Climb a Tree! OASIS Outdoor Autism and Special Issues School Wins Best Youth Tree Photo

The City of Watsonville kicked off 2018 with fabulous tree-planting fervor, rooting 105 trees at our local parks throughout the spring season, and launching our firs...

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Posted on: June 12, 2018

2,000 Watsonville Youth Explore the Coast!

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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.

Explore the Coast

In partnership with the California Coastal Conservancy and due to their generous grant support, the City's Public Works Conservation Academy was able to serve more than 2,000 students and 200 adults who've had the special opportunity to e...

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Posted on: June 11, 2018

Public Works Profiles - She's Emmazing

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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).

Public Works Profiles - Walking on Water

Here's to our Environmental Projects Analyst Emma, who is a total bad mamma jamma, often found walking on water like she does, that very same water that she works so hard every single day to protect.

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Posted on: June 7, 2018

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

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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.

Join us for our traditional Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July Parade starting at 12 pm on Main Street and then end the night at our 2nd annual Fire In the Sky Open House at the Airport doors open at 5 pm. There will be great music, food, and an amazing fi...

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Posted on: June 7, 2018

Music in the Plaza Summer Concert Series

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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.

Event Flyer - English & Spanish

Check out the amazing line-up we have scheduled for you to enjoy:

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Posted on: June 1, 2018

The Quality of Water

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







The City of Watsonville is proud to provide safe drinking water to our customers at the lowest rates in the region. You are paying less than a penny per gallon of clean potable water. Your tap water is tested every step of the way, from our groundwater we...

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Posted on: June 1, 2018

Are You Flushing Your Money Away?

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ARE YOU FLUSHING YOUR MONEY AWAY?

Check your toilet, if it's pre-1992 or uses more than 1.6 gallons per flush then...Apply for a FREE toilet replacement!

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Posted on: June 1, 2018

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

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Watsonville Police & Public Works Departments are implementing traffic safety measures.

DO YOUR PART - PAY ATTENTION AND BE SAFE!

  • Don't text and drive
  • Obey traffic signals
  • Use crosswalks and look before crossing

Watsonville Police and Public Works Departments are implementing traffic safety measures:

  • Special enforcement on speeding and distracted...
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Posted on: June 4, 2018

Family Fun Festival

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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.

Join us for a celebration of Active & Healthy Living! Participate to win a FREE helmet and other fun prizes.

  • Bring your bikes, scooters, skateboards and sneakers! Parent or guardian required for participation.

  • Bike obstacle courses, helmet fittings, and...

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Posted on: June 4, 2018

RTC Meeting - Santa Cruz Rail Line Operating Agreement

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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.

The draft agreement for a new rail service operator along the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line is now available for public review: https://sccrtc.org/projects/rail/draft-operating-agreement/ 

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Posted on: May 30, 2018

Join the Green Side - Celebrating Two New Green Businesses

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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!

Two Watsonville Businesses Join the Green Side

The City of Watsonville is proud to be both green business certified and a partner in the collaborative, Monterey Bay-wide Green Business Certification effort. The Monterey Bay Area Certified Green Business Pr...

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Posted on: May 29, 2018

Public Works Profiles - Being Fab in the Lab

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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.

Public Works Profiles - Being Fab in the Lab

Meet Angie Avidano. Angie is part of a team responsible for testing water both throughout Watsonville's watershed, and in the City's various facilities, including the wastewater treatment plant. She's part of a ...

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Posted on: May 25, 2018

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

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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.

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

“No bad days, even on the bad days," is a motivational motto that Martin Rojas plays on repeat with his colleagues during those days that are particularly challenging. And there c...

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Posted on: May 24, 2018

Public Works Profiles - Adulting is Easy with Irene!

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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.

Public Works Profiles - Adulting is Easy with Irene!

You know how hard you resist doing that one thing that will make your life easier? Like oh, yeah, I could do my laundry, but instead how about I reorganize my collection of umbrella cover sleeves. Anyone...

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Public Works Profiles - Rosemarie is Royalty

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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.

Public Works Profiles - Rosemarie is Royalty

Anyone who knows Rose knows that she hustles and it's no surprise she's in construction cause she's tough as nails. She started with the City of Watsonville as a Drafting Clerk, then became an Assistant Engineer...

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Public Works Profiles - Everybody Loves Ray Martin

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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.

Public Works Profiles - Everybody Loves Ray Martin

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On May 21st, 2018, we recognized the 31-year anniversary of Ray Martin with the City of Watsonville Public Works as our Integrated Waste Supervisor. An exemplary and inclusive leader, Ray ...

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Posted on: May 17, 2018

Open Streets Watsonville

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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!

This one day pop-up street park will take place on Union/Brennan Street from Callaghan Park to the City Plaza! 

Come play, dance, bike and stroll in the street with no cars! This event is perfect for kids and families. 

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Posted on: May 8, 2018

Affordable Housing Development Fee Public Meeting

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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!

The City of Watsonville’s current Affordable Housing Ordinance requires new developments provide affordable units and/or pay a fee.  The City has commissioned an economic consultant to prepare studies reflecting the current cost of prov...

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Posted on: April 5, 2018

Summer in the City Internship Program

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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!

We are excited to annouce that the internship program has recently been expanded to include all incoming juniors and seniors enrolled in PVUSD high schools an opportunity to apply and participate! The deadline is now Friday, May 18, 2018 by 5 p.m.

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Posted on: April 27, 2018

City Council Strategic Plan Goals

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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.

The City is committed to developing and implementing a Strategic Plan for Council and staff that reflects the community’s values and priorities. This plan will help the City determine where to spend time and resources, which will increase productivity and...

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Posted on: April 4, 2018

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

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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.

For sixteen years the Watsonville has been hosting two celebrations that fit perfectly together: the Day of the Child, a Latin American tradition honoring our young children, and Earth Day celebrated worldwide as a time to raise public awareness for envir...

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Posted on: April 4, 2018

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Action Plan Meeting

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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.

The 2018 Action Plan proposes activities that will provide low- and moderate-income residents with low-interest housing rehabilitation loans, expand youth recreation opportunities, improve City streets, provide job training, and enhance economic developme...

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Posted on: April 4, 2018

Wine, Beer & Art Walk

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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.

This inaugural event is organized by the City of Watsonville and the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. We will offer special tastings from many different local wineries, craft beer outlets, hard cider and non-alcoholic beverages. Don't mi...

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Posted on: April 4, 2018

4th of July Parade - Volunteers Needed!

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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.

For 150 years, in one shape or another, the Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July Parade has been part of our community. The powerful notion that on that day we celebrate the independence and freedom in the United States of America certainly, inspires people ...

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Posted on: April 4, 2018

Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!

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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.

Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke ala...

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Posted on: April 3, 2018

Downtown Watsonville Complete Streets Plan

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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.

The City of Watsonville is looking to prepare a complete streets plan for the downtown area to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and motorists of all ages and abilities. The City will be hosting community...

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Posted on: March 29, 2018

City Offices Closed March 30, 2018

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

Public Safety and other essential services will continue. Your garbage and recycling pick-up schedule will not change.

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Posted on: March 28, 2018

Will You be One of Only 150?

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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.

The 150 Club allows individuals and families to contribute to the Sesquicentennial celebrations and become a part of the town’s history.The 150 Club will be limited to 150 members. Proceeds will be used towards Sesquicentennial community events....

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Posted on: March 1, 2018

150th Birthday Celebration

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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!

This celebration will feature live music, activities for kids, and cupcakes.  Visit our commemorative website to view historical photos, stories and videos. Please help us build the content on our website by sharing your photos and stories. Email...

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Posted on: March 19, 2018

Virtual Kidnapping

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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.

One victim was on his way to transfer the money when he flagged down an officer. It was Identified as a scam by once the loved one was contacted.  One of the victims wired an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect in Mexico only to find her l...

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Posted on: March 15, 2018

More Traffic and Safety Improvements are Underway!

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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.

Most of the project costs will be covered by grants the City received through the Highway Safety Improvement Program and the State Transportation Improvement Program with the remaining portion paid by the City’s Gas Tax funds. Thanks to this fun...

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Posted on: March 12, 2018

It’s compost time!

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The City now has a composting program for residents who want to compost at home.

Residents can qualify for a compost bin by following these steps:

1. Attend a 15-minute drop-in workshop at the City’s Nature Center on any Saturday from 11:00am - 4:00pm to learn how to compost properly.2. Mail or drop-off your signed workshop voucher as ...

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Posted on: March 5, 2018

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.

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. The City is committed to developing and implementing a Strategic Plan for Council and staff that reflects the community’s va...

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Posted on: March 2, 2018

Special Municipal Election

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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.

Those interested in running need to be registered to vote in District 2 (see map). You may call the City Clerk’s Office to make an appointment to pull nomination papers on or after nomination period opens on March 7, 2018.

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Posted on: February 20, 2018

150 Things to Do and See in Watsonville

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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!

There is something for everyone in the family in this brochure! 

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Posted on: February 7, 2018

Spring 2018 Youth Soccer

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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.

The price is $90 resident and $96 for non-residents. Games are played on Saturdays from April 7th-June16th.

Recreation Leagues: Boys & Girls Division Ages

  • U6-(2011-2012)
  • U8-(2009-2010)
  • U10-(2007-2008)
  • U12-(2005-2006

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Posted on: January 23, 2018

Watsonville City Plaza in 1920's

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The Watsonville City Plaza was partially donated by Sebastian Rodriguez in 1860. The land was overgrown with bushes, trees and had cattle grazing.

In 1873 a hitching rail was added to the plaza so people were able to tie down their horses.

At about this time, the Board of trustees for the City of Watsonville wanted to beautify the plaza and decided to buy a piece of land on Union Street for the pric...

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Posted on: January 18, 2018

Annual Cesar E. Chavez Community Awards

Cesar 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.

The City of Watsonville Parks and Community Services Department is currently accepting nominations for the 16th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Community Awards scheduled for Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m. at the Civic Plaza Community Room, 27...

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Posted on: January 12, 2018

City Offices Closed Monday, January 15, 2018

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Please note that City offices will be closed Monday, January 15, 2018 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


City offices will reopen for business on Tuesday, January 16th. t

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Posted on: January 9, 2018

RISE Community Art Classes

RISE 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.

Registration for the RISE Community Art Classes is now open and will be open until January 22nd. Classes are available for youth and adults from 11-22 years old and are $40 for 8 week sessions. The classes will be held at Muzzio Park Community Center.

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Posted on: December 26, 2017

Holiday Closure

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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.

Starting January 8, 2018-January 12, 2018 you can place your Christmas trees on the curbside next to your garbage bin on your regularly scheduled pick-up day. Please make sure to remove the stand, lights, tinsel and all other ornaments. You can also drop-...

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Posted on: December 21, 2017

City of Watsonville Temporary Flower Sales Deadline Approaching

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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
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The City of Watsonville has policies to regulate seasonal transient flower sales within City limits.  Under the policy, there is an annual cap of ten (10) Temporary Use Permits for seasonal flower sales within City Limits.  If more than ...

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Posted on: December 13, 2017

Watsonville 150th Anniversary Website is Live

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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.

We have a series of spirited sesquicentennial events planned throughout the year that will give our community an opportunity to come together to celebrate all the history and cultures that have created the fabric of our community. Information about all up...

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Posted on: December 7, 2017

Watsonville Community Bike Repair & Group Ride

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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.

Watsonville Community Bike Repair Day & Group Ride

Join the Watsonville Bike Shack, Bike Santa Cruz County, and Bike Friendly Watsonville for free bike repairs and a community bike ride! The event will take place on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 11 a...

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Posted on: November 22, 2017

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

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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.

Public Works’ environmental communications staff are encouraging our residents to take advantage of the generous rain barrel rebate provided by our partner, Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency. Residents in Watsonville and unincorpora...

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Posted on: November 22, 2017

The Watsonville Police Pink Patch Project was a Huge Success!

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The Watsonville Police Department raised $5,427 to help bring awareness about breast cancer and support those organizations that help those afflicted.

The Watsonville Police Department sold out most of their Pink Patch badges within the first couple weeks and had to order more. They raised $5427.00 to help bring awareness about breast cancer and also support those organizations that help those afflicted...

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Posted on: November 22, 2017

Office of Traffic Safety Grant Program

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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.

October was the first month of our Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) 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 st...

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Posted on: October 14, 2017

"Watsonville Awakening" featured in Monterey Bay Edibles

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There is a vibrant movement happening in Watsonville and folks are starting to recognize the shift!

This hard-working community is shifting and new businesses are thriving! Those of us who live here know the beauty, dedication, love and community spirit this city boasts, but now others are recognizing the movement too! Check out the great article "...

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Posted on: September 5, 2017

Watsonville is Celebrating 150 Years

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The City Council and community leaders are gearing up to commemorate an important City milestone – the sesquicentennial celebration.

On March 30, 1868, the California State Legislature approved a request to incorporate RanchoBolsa del Pajaro into the Town of Watsonville. Now, nearly 150 years after its incorporation, City Council and community leaders are gearing up to commemorate an i...

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Posted on: May 3, 2017

Watsonville Code Enforcement Division has increased enforcement activities

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Please note that the City of Watsonville Code Enforcement Division has increased enforcement activities throughout the City.

Please note that the City of Watsonville Code Enforcement Division has increased enforcement activities throughout the City, both for residential and commercial code violations. 

It is the mission of the Code Enforcement Division to work in partne...

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Posted on: May 2, 2017

City of Watsonville Announces New Website & Refreshed Logo

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

The City of Watsonville is excited to announce that big changes are coming as we work on revamping our communication efforts and rebranding our City image, including a new website, community newsletter, City logo and branding campaign.The City’s...

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Posted on: April 20, 2017

Keeping Up With Watsonville

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


 Earth Day/Day of the Child – Sunday, April 23, 2017: Join us for the 15th Annual Earth Day/Day of the Child Festival! The event is moving downtown to the City Plaza. Over 50 organizations and community services will join together to cel...

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Posted on: October 28, 2011

Recycle Your Used Motor Oil and Paint

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

It’s more convenient than ever to recycle responsibly in Watsonville! In-store take-back programs are free for residents. They help you return products like used motor oil and unwanted paint for reuse or recycling. These two products are considered househ...

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Posted on: April 21, 2017

Pinto Lake City Park

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


The City of Watsonville is saddened to learn of the passing of Patricia McQuade, the concessionaire at Pinto Lake Park, and offers its condolences to the family of Ms. McQuade.

The City of Watsonville is temporarily overseeing the operations at Pinto Lake ...

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Posted on: April 21, 2017

Council Approves Transportation Projects to Be Funded by Measure D

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

Measure D will provide the City with $750,000 per year for the next 30 years.  This funding will be managed and spent in Watsonville and cannot be taken away by the State for other projects. 

The projects were identified through a survey ...

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Posted on: April 21, 2017

Senior’s/Care Utility User’s Tax Exemption

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

  • Download the application form
  • Mail or deliver the form with a copy of a State/Federal issued identification and one recent utility bill to the City Finance Department at 250 Main Street, Watsonville, CA 95076

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Posted on: April 20, 2017

HERO: Home Energy Renovation Opportunity Program

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The HERO program is now available to Watsonville homeowners.

The HERO program is now available to Watsonville homeowners.  HERO, which stands for Home Energy Renovation Opportunity, provides a unique financing option for homeowners who want to install energy efficiency upgrades in their home.  The...

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Posted on: October 28, 2011

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

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

The following streets will be affected this project: 

  • Crescent Drive
  • Melrose Avenue
  • Allston Way

The project will consist of the installation of:

  • New water mains
  • Isolation Valves
  • Hydrants
  • Domestic Services

The project will begin on April 10, 2017 and the e...

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Posted on: April 20, 2017

Cruz511 In Your Neighborhood Coming to Watsonville

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

What is Cruz 511?

Cruz511 In Your Neighborhood is a program designed to connect with people who are interested in leaving their car at home and making changes in their travel behavior.  The Cruz511 In Your Neighborhood Team will provide customized...

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Posted on: August 9, 2018

FLYERS Afterschool Program

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FUN afterschool program for 1st through 5th grade!

The FLYERS Afterschool Program services include transportation from school, homework help, recreational activities and an afternoon snack for 1st through 5th graders. For more information, call our Customer Service Center at 768-3240, or visit 231 Union S...

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Posted on: June 19, 2018

Summer/Fall Activity Guide

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Our Summer/Fall Activity Guide is here!

Check out all of the fun activities we offer for all ages!

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Posted on: June 7, 2018

Music in the Plaza Summer Concert Series

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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.

Event Flyer - English & Spanish

Check out the amazing line-up we have scheduled for you to enjoy:

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Posted on: August 21, 2018

We're Hiring!

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Trainees are required to submit a verification letter showing proof of a passing score of 48 or higher for the POST PELLET B Written Exam and a passing score for the WSTB Physical Agility Exam at the time of application.South Bay Regional Public Safety Tr...

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Posted on: August 16, 2018

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign

DUI CHECKPOINT

During the next few weeks, you’ll be seeing additional officers looking for drivers under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. We are also gearing up for a DUI checkpoint on Friday, August 17. This is all part the national enforcement campaign called “D...

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Posted on: May 2, 2017

Red Curb Parking Enforcement

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Red curb painting has been installed adjacent to fire hydrants, curb ramps, and crosswalks in congested areas throughout the City to improve public safety. Please be advised that curbs painted in red indicate no stopping, standing or parking under any cir...

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Posted on: April 20, 2017

Nixle Registration

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Posted on: April 20, 2017

Message from Watsonville Police Chief

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Dear Community of Watsonville,

Several weeks ago I attended the Community Immigration Forum held at the Watsonville High School to help address concerns and calm fears surrounding the recent presidential elections. With the upcoming Presidential Inaugurati...

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Posted on: July 26, 2018

How Your Utility Bill Payments are Being Invested

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The Department of Public Works & Utilities works diligently to keep our town flowing, flushing and clean! Sixty-five thousand residents depend on us to provide reliable drinking water, sewer, and garbage services every day. Currently, City efforts are...

Water, Sewer, Solid Waste...

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Posted on: July 16, 2018

Watsonville Students earn bikes through Measure D funds from Watsonville

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Several students from Watsonville middle and high schools recently participated in the Earn-A-Bike Program hosted by Bike Santa Cruz County and received bicycles, accessories and training in bike safety and maintenance.  The three day program too...

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Posted on: June 29, 2018

PG&E Pennsylvania Drive - Green Valley road Gas Line Replacement Project

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PG&E operates and maintains several gas transmission pipelines in the City of Watsonville. For the past seven years PG&E has been assessing the condition of the gas lines and developing a plan to improve the safety of the system. Ongoing construct...

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Posted on: June 25, 2018

Voters Approve Measure Protecting Transportation Funding

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California voters recently approved Proposition 69, which establishes strong constitutional protections for transportation funding, prohibits fuel taxes and fees from California’s Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (Senate Bill -SB1) fro...

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Posted on: June 12, 2018

2,000 Watsonville Youth Explore the Coast!

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Explore the Coast

In partnership with the California Coastal Conservancy and due to their generous grant support, the City's Public Works Conservation Academy was able to serve more than 2,000 students and 200 adults who've had the special opportunity to e...

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Posted on: June 13, 2018

Go Climb a Tree! OASIS Wins Best Youth Tree Photo

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Go Climb a Tree! OASIS Outdoor Autism and Special Issues School Wins Best Youth Tree Photo

The City of Watsonville kicked off 2018 with fabulous tree-planting fervor, rooting 105 trees at our local parks throughout the spring season, and launching our firs...

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Posted on: June 1, 2018

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

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DO YOUR PART - PAY ATTENTION AND BE SAFE!

  • Don't text and drive
  • Obey traffic signals
  • Use crosswalks and look before crossing

Watsonville Police and Public Works Departments are implementing traffic safety measures:

  • Special enforcement on speeding and distracted...
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Posted on: June 1, 2018

Are You Flushing Your Money Away?

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ARE YOU FLUSHING YOUR MONEY AWAY?

Check your toilet, if it's pre-1992 or uses more than 1.6 gallons per flush then...Apply for a FREE toilet replacement!

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Posted on: June 1, 2018

The Quality of Water

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The City of Watsonville is proud to provide safe drinking water to our customers at the lowest rates in the region. You are paying less than a penny per gallon of clean potable water. Your tap water is tested every step of the way, from our groundwater we...

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Posted on: April 3, 2018

Downtown Watsonville Complete Streets Plan

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The City of Watsonville is looking to prepare a complete streets plan for the downtown area to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and motorists of all ages and abilities. The City will be hosting community...

Learn more about this project.

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