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Posted on: January 14, 2021

Complimentary Human Resources Hotline for Employers

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The Workforce Development Board of Santa Cruz County has partnered with the California Employers Association to provide local businesses with a no-cost Human Resources Hotline: 1-888-379-4846.

The Workforce Development Board of Santa Cruz County has partnered with the California Employers Association to provide local businesses with a no-cost Human Resources Hotline: 1-888-379-4846.  With your help, we hope to increase the awareness an...

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Posted on: January 14, 2021

Paycheck Protection Program - Reopened

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The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) started accepting applications for the Second Draw PPP Loans on January 13, 2021.

The U.S. SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): SBA, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for First Draw PPP Loans the week of January 11, 2021. 

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Posted on: January 14, 2021

How Do I Comply with the New SB 205 Business License Stormwater Requirements?

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As of January 1, 2020, certain industrial facilities in California must provide proof that they are enrolled in the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System before they can obtain or renew a business license.

As of January 1, 2020, certain industrial facilities in California must provide the City with proof that they are enrolled in the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) before they can obtain or renew a business license.  

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Posted on: January 14, 2021

Congratulation to our Four New Green Businesses

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The Green Business program recognizes businesses in Watsonville that are committed to making our communities and planet safer, cleaner, and sustainable for all.

The four Latina owned businesses are:

    • Taqueria La Fuente

    • Frutería Quetzal

    • Vicky’s Alteration

    • San Gabriel Arcángel

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Posted on: January 21, 2021

Poets' Circle Returns

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Join us to hear local poet and educator Victoria Bañales in February for our virtual event hosted by Magdalena Montagne.

Our poets’ circle and open mic is virtual ~ hosted by Magdalena Montagne, join us to hear local poet and educator Victoria Bañales.  This virtual program will be an opportunity to share your work and meet local poets.

This is a live Zoom event ~ N...

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Posted on: January 21, 2021

Policing & Social Equity Ad-Hoc Committee Meeting

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The Policing & Social Equity Ad Hoc Committee is scheduled to meet Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 5:30 pm.

Join ZoomGov Meeting https://cityofwatsonville-org.zoomgov.com/j/1618643471 

Meeting ID: 161 864 3471 

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Posted on: January 8, 2021

Help Shape the Future of Watsonville!

COMMUNITY SURVEY

The City of Watsonville is conducting a community wide survey starting on Friday, January 8 – February 5, 2021. Take the survey today!

If you are a resident of the City of Watsonville and you receive our phone call during the next two weeks, please take a few minutes of your time to help your community by contributing your ideas and thoughts about life in Watsonville.  Your inpu...
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Posted on: January 12, 2021

Santa Cruz County COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan

Santa Cruz County Vaccine Plan

The County of Santa Cruz is currently in Phase 1a of the distribution plan.

Until widely available, distribution of coronavirus vaccine is prioritized for frontline healthcare workers and vulnerable populations. Most will eventually receive vaccines from your health care provider, and the County will follow distribution guideline...

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Posted on: January 20, 2021

~ Sign Up for the Library Newsletter ~

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Want to keep up with what's going on at the library? We are excited to announce that you can now sign up to receive the library newsletter by email.

Want to keep up with what’s going on at the library? We are excited to announce that you can now sign up to receive the library newsletter by email ~ you can see the current one on our webpage  and follow the link on that page to sign up. &nb...

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Posted on: January 7, 2021

Waste & Recycle Drop-off Center - New Hours

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New Hours: Open Tuesday-Saturday from 9 am - 2:30 pm and closed on Mondays.

DROP-OFF CENTER

NEW HOURS 

 

Open: Tuesday - Saturday

9am-2:30pm 

 

Closed: Mondays

 

Household Hazardous Waste

Saturdays 9 am - 2 pm

320 Harvest Drive - 768-3133

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Posted on: January 11, 2021

STEAM Take Home Kits for Youth

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Wanting to STEAM from home? Our STEAM kits are available for pickup at the Main Library, during open hours. Limit one kit per household, while supplies last.

Wanting to STEAM from home? Our STEAM kits are available for pickup at the Main Library, during open hours. Limit one kit per household, while supplies last.

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Posted on: January 3, 2021

Califas: The Ancestral Journey Display at Main Library

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View the artwork banners from the Califas Legacy Project in the windows of the Main Library Starting January 2021

Attention art enthusiasts ~ Watsonville Public Library will display exhibition banners in celebration of the Califas: The Ancestral Journey / El Viaje Ancestral book in our lobby windows beginning on January 2021 through March 2021. Imag...

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Posted on: January 4, 2021

Winter Staycation Reading Challenge

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Our Winter Staycation challenge encourages kids aged 4-18 to read and complete fun activities to earn their way to a really cool prize.

Read. Scratch. Win. ~  Our Winter Staycation challenge encourages you to read and complete fun activities to earn your way to a really cool prize! Track your progress by picking up a Winter Staycation booklet at the Main Library. 

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Posted on: January 5, 2021

Fun On the Run: Craft Kits for Adults

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Fun on the Run for Adults: Watercolor Craft Kit

Fun on the Run for Adults: Watercolors Craft Kit 

Have you ever wanted to try out the wet on wet watercolor technique? Pick up one of our Fun on the Run craft kits for adults during library hours: Monday - Friday from 2-6 pm. Kits will include: pa...

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Posted on: December 10, 2020

Library Shifts Back to Curbside Service, M-F, 12-6pm

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Due to the increase of COVID cases throughout our community and county, Watsonville Public Library will be shifting back to Curbside Service.

Have you been stopping by the library to pick up library materials lately? Due to the increase of COVID cases throughout our community and county, Watsonville Public Library will be shifting back to Curbside Service. 

Effective, Wednesday, Decembe...

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Posted on: December 1, 2020

Get Ready to Catch The Rain

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We encourage Watsonville residents to prepare for the rainy season by purchasing a rain barrel. Take advantage of the rebate offered by Pajaro Valley Water and save money while saving water.

Collecting rainwater from roofs, gutters and other surfaces to save for later use is easy! While the harvested rainwater is not drinking water quality, it can be used to water your garden and landscape throughout the drier seasons of the year. Pajaro Vall...

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Posted on: January 21, 2021

Poets' Circle Returns

Poets circle reading series live virtual zoom event will be presented in english

Join us to hear local poet and educator Victoria Bañales in February for our virtual event hosted by Magdalena Montagne.

Our poets’ circle and open mic is virtual ~ hosted by Magdalena Montagne, join us to hear local poet and educator Victoria Bañales.  This virtual program will be an opportunity to share your work and meet local poets.

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Posted on: January 20, 2021

~ Sign Up for the Library Newsletter ~

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Want to keep up with what's going on at the library? We are excited to announce that you can now sign up to receive the library newsletter by email.

Want to keep up with what’s going on at the library? We are excited to announce that you can now sign up to receive the library newsletter by email ~ you can see the current one on our webpage  and follow the link on that page to sign up. &nb...

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Posted on: January 11, 2021

STEAM Take Home Kits for Youth

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Wanting to STEAM from home? Our STEAM kits are available for pickup at the Main Library, during open hours. Limit one kit per household, while supplies last.

Wanting to STEAM from home? Our STEAM kits are available for pickup at the Main Library, during open hours. Limit one kit per household, while supplies last.

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Posted on: January 3, 2021

Califas: The Ancestral Journey Display at Main Library

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View the artwork banners from the Califas Legacy Project in the windows of the Main Library Starting January 2021

Attention art enthusiasts ~ Watsonville Public Library will display exhibition banners in celebration of the Califas: The Ancestral Journey / El Viaje Ancestral book in our lobby windows beginning on January 2021 through March 2021. Imag...

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Posted on: January 4, 2021

Winter Staycation Reading Challenge

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Our Winter Staycation challenge encourages kids aged 4-18 to read and complete fun activities to earn their way to a really cool prize.

Read. Scratch. Win. ~  Our Winter Staycation challenge encourages you to read and complete fun activities to earn your way to a really cool prize! Track your progress by picking up a Winter Staycation booklet at the Main Library. 

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Posted on: January 5, 2021

Fun On the Run: Craft Kits for Adults

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Fun on the Run for Adults: Watercolor Craft Kit

Fun on the Run for Adults: Watercolors Craft Kit 

Have you ever wanted to try out the wet on wet watercolor technique? Pick up one of our Fun on the Run craft kits for adults during library hours: Monday - Friday from 2-6 pm. Kits will include: pa...

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Posted on: December 10, 2020

Library Shifts Back to Curbside Service, M-F, 12-6pm

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Due to the increase of COVID cases throughout our community and county, Watsonville Public Library will be shifting back to Curbside Service.

Have you been stopping by the library to pick up library materials lately? Due to the increase of COVID cases throughout our community and county, Watsonville Public Library will be shifting back to Curbside Service. 

Effective, Wednesday, Decembe...

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Posted on: October 19, 2020

#WPLBookstagram Book Recommendations

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Do you have a book recommendation that you would like to share in a visually creative way?

Do you have a book recommendation that you would like to share in a visually creative way? Share your book recommendation among a variety of items that exemplify your reading choice, and make sure to use the #WPLBookstagram hashtag to make your submission...

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Posted on: October 7, 2020

Book Bundles

Book bundles - grab and go selections handpicked by a librarian

Do you need books for your kids but don’t know what to request? Book bundles will now be available for checkout at Watsonville Public Library during curbside hours.

Do you need books for your kids but don’t know what to request? Book bundles will now be available for checkout at Watsonville Public Library during curbside hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12-5pm and Tuesdays and Fridays from 12-7pm.&nbs...

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Posted on: October 5, 2020

Remote Learning Classes - Basic Grammar & Basic Reading

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Know anyone who wants to improve their literacy skills from home? Opportunity to read is offering remote learning classes ~ Basic Reading & Basic Grammar.

Know anyone who wants to improve their literacy skills from home? Opportunity to read is offering remote learning classes ~ Basic Reading & Basic Grammar.

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Posted on: October 12, 2020

BrainFuse JobNow Service Available

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Looking for job help? JobNow offers one-on-one assistance in a wide variety of topics related to finding a job, writing a winning resume, and interview coaching.

Looking for job help? JobNow offers one-on-one assistance in a wide variety of topics related to finding a job, writing a winning resume, and interview coaching. Live tutors are available Monday through Sunday from 1-10pm. 

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Posted on: October 8, 2020

BrainFuse Free Online Tutoring Service Available

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Know a virtual learner in need of some homework help? HelpNow by Brainfuse provides homework and live tutoring assistance, test prep services, and FAFSA help.

Know a virtual learner in need of some homework help? HelpNow by Brainfuse provides homework and live tutoring assistance, test prep services, and FAFSA help.

English and Spanish speaking tutors are available Monday through Sunday from 1-10pm for one-on-on...

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Posted on: August 20, 2020

Library Catalog Video Tutorials

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Want to learn how to use the online library catalog? We'll show you tips and tricks for searching as well as placing items on hold in these videos.

Want to learn how to use the online library catalog? We’ll show you tips and tricks for searching as well as placing items on hold in these videos. 

We will cover topics like title, author, keyword, and subjects searches, as well as how to request...

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Posted on: August 5, 2020

Live Virtual Storytimes

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Missing the interactive nature of storytime in person? We are now offering live virtual storytimes on Tuesday evenings, Wednesday mornings, and Thursday mornings.

Bilingual Baby Laptime

Bienvenidos/Welcome ~ Baby Laptime is now live 📺 Help your child (newborn - 2yrs) build early literacy skills as we have fun with songs and stories. Registration required (to get the access link).  

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Posted on: April 30, 2020

Storytime Kits

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Missing Storytime? You can now bring storytime home with our new storytime kits.

Missing Storytime? You can now bring storytime home with our new storytime kits (bilingual thematic books, songs, and a craft for ages 2-5) ~ available at curbside pickup at the Main Library from 12-4:45pm M-Fri, just drop by and pick one up, no appointme...

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Posted on: January 20, 2021

Excel In Place Out-of-School Program

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We are excited to announce the "Excel In Place" out-of-school program for youth ages 5-12!
Program Hours:
Full Day Option - 8:00am-5:30pm, Monday-Friday
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Posted on: January 14, 2021

New lobby hours starting January 19

New PD Lobby hours 2021

Starting January 19, we will be modifying the hours the police lobby is open to the public.  

Our new lobby hours are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3  p.m. 

We’d like to remind the community that there are alterna...

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Posted on: January 13, 2021

Local kids spend a month raising funds for families affected by breast cancer

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What a sweet gesture! 

Rubi and Eli spent an entire month raising funds for our 2020 Pink Patch Project campaign, which helps local families affected by breast cancer.

The duo managed to raise $240 just in time for our official check presentation t...

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Posted on: January 7, 2021

WPD campaign raises more than $13,600 for families affected by breast cancer

Thank you, Watsonville PPP

More than $13,600 was raised during the Watsonville Police Department’s 2020 Pink Patch Project campaign.

Every year in October, the campaign aims to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer and support research organizations in combati...

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Posted on: December 29, 2020

WPD welcomes Officer Mercurio

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Welcome to Watsonville, Officer Dominic Mercurio!

Dominic is the latest officer to join our department.  He was born and raised on the Central Coast and comes to Watsonville with nearly 5 years of law enforcement experience.

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Posted on: December 29, 2020

Shop with a Cop sponsors 11 families for the holidays

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It fills our hearts with joy to know that several local families will have the Christmas they wished for.

This holiday season, our Shop with a Cop program sponsored 11 deserving families from our youth programs. Thanks to our community partners, local busi...

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Posted on: October 19, 2020

WPD awarded more than $107,000 in grants to increase road, bicycle and pedestrian safety

OTS Grant 2020

The Watsonville Police Department has been awarded two grants totaling $107,500 to increase road, bicycle, and pedestrian safety. 

A $65,500 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety will assist us in our efforts to reduce deaths and inju...

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Posted on: December 1, 2020

Get Ready to Catch The Rain

Get ready to catch the rain

We encourage Watsonville residents to prepare for the rainy season by purchasing a rain barrel. Take advantage of the rebate offered by Pajaro Valley Water and save money while saving water.

Collecting rainwater from roofs, gutters and other surfaces to save for later use is easy! While the harvested rainwater is not drinking water quality, it can be used to water your garden and landscape throughout the drier seasons of the year. Pajaro Vall...

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