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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: June 7, 2019

Watsonville PAL offering FREE summer programs for kids

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we know many parents want to keep their kids busy during the next few months

Watsonville PAL offering several FREE summer programs for kids

Summer break is here and we know many parents want to keep their kids busy during the next few months.

So, we have some great news! Watsonville PAL is offering FREE summer programs like Skate Ca...

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Posted on: June 6, 2019

Take Action by Reporting Abandoned Shopping Carts

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Together we can keep Watsonville litter-free and achieve more with the help of your watchful eyes!

Your call will make a difference getting shopping carts off our streets. City staff makes sure all retail businesses shopping carts within City limits are labeled with a retrieval phone number. Join the effort and report any abandoned shopping carts you s...

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Posted on: June 5, 2019

Oficiales aumentan esfuerzos educativos y de divulgación para vendedores ambulantes

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El propósito de esta nota es informar/educar a todo tipo de vendedor ambulante

El propósito de esta nota es informar/educar a todo tipo de vendedor ambulante sobre los diferentes permisos que están requeridos tener. De ninguna forma estamos tratando de perjudicar/acosar a estos comerciantes. Más bien...

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Posted on: June 4, 2019

WPD increasing educational & outreach efforts for street vendors

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Residents are expressing their growing concerns over street vendors operating illegally within the city.

Many Watsonville residents are expressing their growing concerns over street vendors operating illegally within the city.

While receiving numerous complaints, we realized that many of these merchants (door-to-door sales representatives, food truck vendors,...

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Posted on: May 31, 2019

Building Safety Month

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The Community Development Department, Building Inspection Division has been actively promoting Building Safety Month all through the month of May.

Mayor Francisco Estrada issued a proclamation on  April  23rd, 2019 during a City Council Meeting in recognition of Building Safety Month. The Building Division staff partnered with Ace Hardware and Big Creek Lumber and offered informati...

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Posted on: May 17, 2019

WPD to ramp up patrol for 100 dangerous days of summer

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Watsonville residents will soon see more officers patrolling the streets

Watsonville residents will soon see more officers patrolling the streets. The department will be ramping up its patrol for the start of California’s 100 dangerous days of summer on roadways between Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends.

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Posted on: May 14, 2019

Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign starts May 20

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Extra officers on patrol will be looking for drivers & passengers who are not buckled up

It only takes two seconds to buckle up, just two seconds! And those two seconds could literally save your life. They will also keep you from getting a ticket and a fine.

The Watsonville Police Department and law enforcement agencies throughout California w...

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Posted on: May 13, 2019

WPD officer reunites with toddler who suffered medical emergency

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They meet face-to-face for a second time

They meet face-to-face for a second time. Watsonville Police Corporal Noé Rocha first met 2-year-old Benjamin and his mother Joyce after a big scare in February.   

“While on patrol, we heard fire and AMR responding to a house for a repor...

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Posted on: May 3, 2019

City of Watsonville & Watsonville Police rollout safety campaign

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It's designed to improve safety for drivers, pedestrians & cyclists

The City of Watsonville and the Watsonville Police Department have joined forces to launch a campaign designed to improve safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists across the city.

The first focus area is the Main Street corridor, which is one of the bu...

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Posted on: May 2, 2019

Pajaro Valley High Students Pledge to be Plastic Free

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Four hundred (400) students are pledging to go plastic free!

The City of Watsonville's Outreach Team teamed up with six Pajaro Valley High School teachers and Watsonville Wetlands Watch during "Earthweek". Students joined in presentations and fun activities related to "Trashy Tuesday" and "...

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Posted on: May 1, 2019

Watsonville Municipal Airport Closure of Primary & Crosswind Runways

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The closure will take place from May 9th-May 15th. The closure is being conducted to make various repairs.

Watsonville Municipal Airport (KWVI) is announcing the temporary closure of both the primary 4,501 foot Runway 2-20 and the crosswind 3,998 foot Runway 9-27 for six days as part of an eight day construction effort beginning Thursday, May 9, 2019, and is e...

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Posted on: March 11, 2019

Summer in the City Internship Program

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This unique program gives incoming juniors and seniors enrolled in a PVUSD high school an inside look of the inner-workings of local government, while preparing them to enter into the work force.

The Summer in the City program is a partnership between the City of Watsonville and the Pajaro Valley Unified School District to provide incoming high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to gain career ready skills, foster interest in leadership and...
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Posted on: April 26, 2019

Summer/Fall Fun Guide Edition is NOW AVAILABLE!

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Check your mailbox! Our Summer/Fall Fun Guide is now available!

Join us this summer for swim lessons, sports camps, special events, and much more!

Our Summer/Fall Fun Guide is now available!  See what exciting programs and activities you and your family can participate this upcoming season.

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Posted on: April 24, 2019

Watsonville PAL releases date for 10th Annual Golf Tournament

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It’s back, bigger and better than ever!

Hard to believe it’s almost time for the Watsonville Police Activities League Golf Tournament! 

It’s back, bigger and better than ever as they celebrate 10 years of fundraising! 

This year’s tournament will be held at Spring Hill Golf Cour...

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Posted on: April 17, 2019

Nearly 100 citations issued during special traffic enforcement operation

Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.

The operation was part of the BADGES program

More than a dozen motor officers from across Santa Cruz County made their way to Watsonville, where they handed out 91 citations during a special traffic enforcement operation on Wednesday, April 17.

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Posted on: April 15, 2019

WPD’s youth diversion program gaining statewide attention

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It’s a program aimed at giving teens a second chance

It’s a program aimed at giving teens a second chance while providing the resources and guidance needed to keep them out of trouble.

Watsonville Police Department’s  Youth Diversion Program Caminos Hacia el Éxito is gaining attention statewide, as ...

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Posted on: March 27, 2019

WPD equipping officers with body-worn cameras this summer

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The City Council approved the project on March 26, 2019

The Watsonville Police Department will be equipping officers with body-worn cameras this summer.

The City Council approved the project on March 26, 2019, after a group of officers spent months testing different body-worn cameras.

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Posted on: March 12, 2019

Community Development Block Grant - 2019 Action Plan

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Join us to review the Action Plan which proposes activities such as: low-interest housing rehab loans, recreation opportunities, job training, & more.

YOU ARE INVITED!

 

A public meeting will be held on Monday, March 26, 2019, at 5:30 p.m., in the former Council Chambers at Watsonville City Hall, 250 Main Street, to review and discuss the City of Watsonville’s Community Development Block Grant (C...

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Posted on: February 14, 2019

Wine, Beer and Art Walk

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Join us for the 2nd annual Wine, Beer and Art walk on Saturday, May 11th from 1:00-5:00 pm. Early bird tickets are now available!

The City of Watsonville and the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture are pleased to partner together to present our 2nd Annual Wine, Beer and Art walk.

Saturday, May 11th from 1:00 – 5:00 PM.

Early Bird Ticket Price: $30

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Posted on: February 14, 2019

EDITH stands for Exit Drills In The Home

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EDITH can help you and your family prepare for an emergency. Do you and your family know how to escape from your home during a fire?

Most everyone has probably done a fire drill at school or maybe at work and they know where the exits are, where to go and what to do in an emergency. But, do you know how to escape from your home during a fire? Do you and your family know where to meet t...

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Posted on: February 6, 2019

17th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Community Awards

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The 17th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Community Awards will be held on Thursday, March 28, 2019. Nominations are currently being accepted until February 28th.

The Watsonville Parks and Community Services Department in collaboration with the Friends of Parks and Community Services, will be hosting the 17th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Community Awards on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. at the Civic ...

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Posted on: January 20, 2019

City Offices Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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City offices will be closed Monday, January 21, 2019 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Posted on: December 30, 2018

City Offices Closed in Observance of New Years

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Happy New Year! Please note City offices will be closed Monday and Tuesday in observance of New Years!

Essential services such as Fire and Police will not be affected. Your garbage and recycling schedule will remain the same.

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Posted on: December 14, 2018

Holiday in the Plaza continues this Saturday!

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Join us for hot cocoa and cookies, popcorn and pictures with Santa! We will also be showing a holiday favorite, The Santa Clause!

Holiday in the Plaza continues this Saturday, December 15th from 5-7 pm in the City Plaza! Come celebrate with us and remember to shop, dine and stay local this holiday season. #watsonville #watsonville150 #pcs 

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Posted on: November 23, 2018

Holidays in the Plaza

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Join us in celebrating the Holidays in the Plaza. To end our year of 150th birthday events, we will be celebrating all month long with a number of fun activities for all ages.

Come and experience an outdoor holiday movie, musical performances and of course, Santa’s workshop. Also, be sure to catch a ride on the holiday train as it makes its way around the plaza on Saturday, December 8th from 4-6 pm and provides a grea...

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Posted on: November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving Closure

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Please note that City offices will be closed Thursday, Nov 22nd and Friday, Nov 23rd in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Essential services will not be impacted. 

  • Call 471-1151 for water turn-on or emergency service requests
  • Call 911 for health and safety emergencies

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Posted on: November 21, 2018

Shop Til You Drop at Watsonville's Science Workshop!

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The City of Watsonville's Environmental Science Workshop at 120 2nd Street is a stop along the Annual Holiday Factory Sale on Saturday, December 1st, from 9 AM - 4 PM. Support the workshop's free science programs by purchasing a student-crafted gift!

Once a year, special for the holiday season, the Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop opens its doors to both sell and celebrate student-made workshop projects that showcase Watsonville's up-and-coming, dynamic and creative forces, and to raise fund...

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Posted on: November 19, 2018

Watsonville Holiday Factory Sale

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Don't miss the Watsonville Annual Holiday Factory Sale on Saturday, December 1st. Shop high quality, locally crafted and produced gifts with special prices only available on this day!

Do all your holiday shopping and support your local businesses.

Website: www.watsonvillefactorysale.com Video: https://youtu.be/AVPHe0mRKPw

Participating Merchants:

La Selva Designs | Gifts and CollectiblesAddress: 125 Aviation Way

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Posted on: November 5, 2018

Watsonville at the Helm: O'Neill Sea Odyssey Provides a Rite of Passage

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City officials pause to appreciate a beneficial partnership with O'Neill Sea Odyssey that has spanned nearly two decades.

Where ocean access is a hard-fought right for many in Watsonville, the O'Neill Sea Odyssey program provides a gentle rite of passage for Watsonville youth. The City of Watsonville has been a long-term supporter and partner of the O'Neill Sea Odyssey (OSO)...

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Posted on: October 24, 2018

WPD launches online tools aimed to help residents & improve safety

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Two new online tools will provide residents with the latest information of what’s happening in the city & direct access to a crime reporting system.

The Watsonville Police Department has launched two online tools that provide residents with the latest information of what’s happening in the city and direct access to a crime reporting system.

WPD is the only agency in Santa Cruz County and one of the ver...

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Posted on: October 18, 2018

Climate Action Tree Planting at Muzzio Park

CLIMATE ACTION TREE PLANTING

There’s an old saying that “the best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago and the second best time is now." The City of Watsonville is pleased to kick off the fall tree planting season with an event dedicated to climate action. Local residents a...

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Posted on: October 12, 2018

Watsonville's Affordable Housing Programs

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Join us to talk about the process of buying a house on Tuesday, October 16th from 6 pm-7:30 pm at E.A. Hall Middle School.

Learn more about the local programs available to assist you.  A representative from Bailey Properties has been invited to speak about how to obtain a loan.

  • Spanish Translation will be available
  • Light refreshments
  • Childcare will be provided

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Posted on: October 1, 2018

Public Workshop for the Unified Corridor Investment Study

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Join the discussion on Tuesday, October 16th at 6pm about transportation options for our community's mobility needs now and into the future.

The Regional Transportation Commission is hosting public workshops to get your input on transportation options for our community based on the results of the Unified Corridor Investment Study (UCS) draft Step 2 scenario analysis. The UCS is investigating w...

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Posted on: September 12, 2018

Come & Celebrate Watsonville's 150th Anniversary at the Giants Game

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You're invited to join us on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 to celebrate the City's 150th anniversary at the San Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres baseball game.

Come & Celebrate Watsonville's 150th Anniversary at the San Francisco Giants AT&T Park

 

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 26, 2018

GAMETIME - 7:15PM

 

YOUR $65 TICKET WILL INCLUDE:

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Posted on: September 7, 2018

First Time Home Buyers Forum

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Join us on Wednesday, September 19th from 6-8 pm 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 Civic Plaza Community Room - 275 Main Street, 4th Floor.

Translation services and light refreshments will be provided.

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• MBEP (Monterey Bay Economic Partnership)

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Posted on: August 29, 2018

Support WPD & WFD's Pink Patch Project

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Watsonville police officers and firefighters are teaming up to help fight the battle against breast cancer and you can help!

Watsonville police officers and firefighters have teamed up to help fight the battle against breast cancer and to support breast cancer awareness.

During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, they will wear pink patches on their uniforms.

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Posted on: August 22, 2018

Grand Opening of Homeless Day Center in Watsonville

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Please join us for the grand opening of the Watsonville Day Center on Monday, August 27th at 12 p.m. located at 104 Grant Street in Watsonville.

The Day Center will serve as a hub for homeless and vulnerable individuals in our community and provide them with the services needed to transition out of homelessness and into stable housing, employment and treatment. The center offers a combination of D...

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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 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.

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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 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:

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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: 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: 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: 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. 

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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: June 4, 2019

It's Showtime @ Your Library This Summer

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It's time for our annual Summer Reading Program, and this year's theme is "It's Showtime at Your Library" where we celebrate art, creativity, and self expression.

It's time for our annual Summer Reading Program, and this year's theme is "It's Showtime at Your Library" where we celebrate art, creativity, and self expression. 

The program will run from Saturday, June 8th - Wednesday, August 13th.&am...

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Posted on: May 3, 2019

Census 2020

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We need your help to count everyone in Watsonville for the United States 2020 Census.

We need your help to count everyone in Watsonville for the 2020 census - the census determines how much funding the city will get (based on the number of citizens). This funding impacts public education, housing programs, other public resources, research,...

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Posted on: March 11, 2019

Library Account Text Messages

Announcement that library account texts are available

You can now opt in to receive text messages about your library account.

You can now opt in to receive text messages about your library account.

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Posted on: March 11, 2019

Pay Your Fines Online

Announcement that library fines can be paid online

You can now pay your fines online - a minimum amount of $5.00 is required.

You can now pay your library fines that are $5.00 or over online. 

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Posted on: February 6, 2019

The New York TImes is Now Available Online

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The New York Times is now available digitally online through the library. You can access it within the library or for 24 hours from outside of the library.

The New York Times is now available digitally online through the library. You can access it within the library or for 24 hours from outside of the library. 

The New York Times

  • To access the New York Times IN THE LIBRARY:  
  • 1. Connect to the...
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Posted on: January 2, 2019

Device & eBook Help at the Library

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Did you get a new device? Interested in learning how to use the device better? Help is available by drop in at the Main Library Computer Lab or by appointment with a librarian.

Did you get a new device over the Holidays? Interested in learning how to download eBooks and other eResources or just how to use the device better? Help is available by drop in at the Main Library Computer Lab or by appointment with a librarian. Call the...

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Posted on: April 26, 2019

Summer/Fall Fun Guide Edition is NOW AVAILABLE!

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Join us this summer for swim lessons, sports camps, special events, and much more!

Our Summer/Fall Fun Guide is now available!  See what exciting programs and activities you and your family can participate this upcoming season.  

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Posted on: June 7, 2019

Watsonville PAL offering several FREE summer programs for kids

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Watsonville PAL offering several FREE summer programs for kids

Summer break is here and we know many parents want to keep their kids busy during the next few months.

So, we have some great news! Watsonville PAL is offering FREE summer programs like Skate Ca...

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Posted on: June 5, 2019

Oficiales aumentan esfuerzos educativos y de divulgación para vendedores ambulantes

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El propósito de esta nota es informar/educar a todo tipo de vendedor ambulante sobre los diferentes permisos que están requeridos tener. De ninguna forma estamos tratando de perjudicar/acosar a estos comerciantes. Más bien...

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Posted on: June 4, 2019

WPD increasing educational & outreach efforts for street vendors

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Many Watsonville residents are expressing their growing concerns over street vendors operating illegally within the city.

While receiving numerous complaints, we realized that many of these merchants (door-to-door sales representatives, food truck vendors,...

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Posted on: May 17, 2019

WPD to ramp up patrol for 100 dangerous days of summer

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Watsonville residents will soon see more officers patrolling the streets. The department will be ramping up its patrol for the start of California’s 100 dangerous days of summer on roadways between Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends.

During this...

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Posted on: May 14, 2019

Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign starts May 20

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It only takes two seconds to buckle up, just two seconds! And those two seconds could literally save your life. They will also keep you from getting a ticket and a fine.

The Watsonville Police Department and law enforcement agencies throughout California w...

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Posted on: May 13, 2019

WPD officer reunites with toddler who suffered medical emergency

its more than a random act of kindness

They meet face-to-face for a second time. Watsonville Police Corporal Noé Rocha first met 2-year-old Benjamin and his mother Joyce after a big scare in February.   

“While on patrol, we heard fire and AMR responding to a house for a repor...

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Posted on: May 3, 2019

City of Watsonville & Watsonville Police rollout safety campaign

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The City of Watsonville and the Watsonville Police Department have joined forces to launch a campaign designed to improve safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists across the city.

The first focus area is the Main Street corridor, which is one of the bu...

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Posted on: April 24, 2019

Watsonville PAL releases date for 10th Annual Golf Tournament

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Hard to believe it’s almost time for the Watsonville Police Activities League Golf Tournament! 

It’s back, bigger and better than ever as they celebrate 10 years of fundraising! 

This year’s tournament will be...

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Posted on: April 17, 2019

Nearly 100 citations issued during special traffic enforcement operation

Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.

More than a dozen motor officers from across Santa Cruz County made their way to Watsonville, where they handed out 91 citations during a special traffic enforcement operation on Wednesday, April 17.

The operation was part of the BADGES (Before Aggressive ...

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Posted on: April 15, 2019

WPD’s youth diversion program gaining statewide attention

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It’s a program aimed at giving teens a second chance while providing the resources and guidance needed to keep them out of trouble.

Watsonville Police Department’s  Youth Diversion Program Caminos Hacia el Éxito is g...

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Posted on: March 27, 2019

WPD equipping officers with body-worn cameras this summer

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The Watsonville Police Department will be equipping officers with body-worn cameras this summer.

The City Council approved the project on March 26, 2019, after a group of officers spent months testing different body-worn cameras.

$451,152.18 from Measure G ...

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Posted on: October 24, 2018

WPD launches online tools aimed to help residents & improve safety

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The Watsonville Police Department has launched two online tools that provide residents with the latest information of what’s happening in the city and direct access to a crime reporting system.

WPD is the only agency in Santa Cruz County and one of the ver...

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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: 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

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Posted on: April 20, 2017

Message from Watsonville Police Chief

Chief Honda

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: June 6, 2019

Take Action by Reporting Abandoned Shopping Carts

Abandoned Shopping Carts

Your call will make a difference getting shopping carts off our streets. City staff makes sure all retail businesses shopping carts within City limits are labeled with a retrieval phone number. Join the effort and report any abandoned shopping carts you s...

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Posted on: May 2, 2019

Pajaro Valley High Students Pledge to be Plastic Free

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The City of Watsonville's Outreach Team teamed up with six Pajaro Valley High School teachers and Watsonville Wetlands Watch during "Earthweek". Students joined in presentations and fun activities related to "Trashy Tuesday" and "...

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