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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: 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.

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

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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 12, 2019

We Need Your Feedback!

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Help us determine what is needed and missing - fill out our online survey!

The Parks and Community Services Department has been working with Verde Design to lead a community input process to develop the Department's Strategic Plan and park master plans for the City Plaza and Ramsay Park.

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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 29, 2019

Extra WPD officers looking for distracted drivers during statewide campaign

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First-time offenders face a $162 fine.

It’s a potentially deadly distraction on the rise and law enforcement agencies statewide are taking action to stop drivers on their phones.

During the month of April, Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Watsonville Police Department will have extra off...

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Posted on: March 14, 2019

Earth Day/Day of the Child

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"This year Watsonville’s Earth Day will bring awareness to the “Plastic-Free Campaign” that the City is promoting.This is a worldwide movement to create consciousness about plastic pollution on our planet. Join us to learn more!"

Families are invited to the 17th annual festival with over 70 spectacular booths of recreation, crafts and learning. Our motto this year is #OurPlanetOurChildren   #NuestroPlanetaNuestrosHijos as Earth Day is all about protecting our environment ...

Don't miss this annual event!

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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: March 11, 2019

WPD arrests 15 people during statewide operation; hundreds others fined

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69 agencies, including WPD, took part in the pre-holiday “Shoulder Tap” operation

A statewide undercover operation has left hundreds of people facing misdemeanor charges and a fine of up to $1,000 for buying alcohol for minors.

Sixty-nine agencies, including the Watsonville Police Department, took part in the pre-holiday “Shou...

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Posted on: March 4, 2019

Officers celebrate Read Across America

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Officers pulled out some of their favorite childhood books & read to Freedom Elementary students

WPD Officers pulled out some of their favorite childhood books and read to Freedom Elementary kindergarten students during the annual celebration Read Across America.

K9 Axel also made a special guest appearance, wowing many of the 5-year-olds.

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Posted on: March 1, 2019

Police & Fire present cancer research center a check for $9,116

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All funds will be used to help Watsonville families affected by breast cancer!

The Watsonville Police and Fire Department presented the Katz Cancer Resource Center at Dominican Hospital a $9,116 check during Tuesday’s (02/26/19) city council meeting. All funds will be used to help Watsonville families affected by breast cancer!

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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 13, 2019

Watsonville PAL set to roll out new toddler program

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Provides early childhood education through a structured circle time

Watsonville PAL is rolling out a new toddler program starting February 21. It will be held on Thursdays at the PAL Gym.

- 130 Rodriguez St

- 10:30 - 11:30 AM.

More than just a playgroup, Learn & Play is offered as a free resource to provide early childho...

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Posted on: February 11, 2019

The WPD family keeps growing!

WPD welcomes two new officers

WPD welcomes two new police officers

The WPD family keeps growing!

We welcomed two new officers who graduated from the police academy on February 8, 2019.

Watch a video clip of Officers Dominic Changco and Jay Garcia getting sworn-in shortly after their graduation: https://www.youtube...

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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 31, 2019

WPD officers surprise boy during his 5th birthday party

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Birthday celebrations are always special but more memorable when officers attend

Birthday celebrations are always special but much more memorable when officers show up to your 5th birthday party to wish you a happy birthday!

Matthew was so surprised and excited when officers stopped by his police-themed party on Saturday, January 26th....

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Posted on: January 24, 2019

WPD cracks down on underage tobacco sales

WPD cracks down on underage tobacco sales

Several people arrested during a recent operation

The Watsonville Police Department is cracking down on underage tobacco sales at licensed establishments across the city.

Officers arrested several people during the first “Minor Decoy” and “Shoulder Tap” operations of 2019.

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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: January 16, 2019

FLYERS Afterschool Program New Location

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FUN afterschool program for 1st through 5th grade is now at CALLAGHAN PARK!

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: 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

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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

 

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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.

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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: 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: 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: April 3, 2018

Downtown Watsonville Complete Streets Plan

Complete Streets Plan Project Area 1 and 2 Map

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 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: 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: 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. 

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

Utility User’s Tax Exemption Form &...

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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: April 14, 2019

National Poetry Month

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April is National Poetry Month and we're celebrating all month long - drop by the Main Library to read entries from our Library Poetry Contest, , browse 811.54 at either library to discover a new poet, or attend our Poets' Circle on April 18th at 6pm.

It's National Poetry Month!

We're celebrating poetry all month long.  

1. Drop by the Main library anytime during April to read submissions for the Library Poetry Contest or just to read some poetry 

2. Browse 811.54 at either library and f...

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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: September 11, 2018

Homework Help

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Homework help is available at the Main Library for students in grades K - 8 starting on Monday, August 20th, 2018.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 3 - 6pm
Wednesdays: 2 - 6pm

Homework help is available at the Main Library for students in grades K - 8 starting on Monday, August 20th, 2018. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday:  3 - 6pmWednesdays: 2:30 - 6:30pm 

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Posted on: April 12, 2019

We Need Your Feedback!

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Help us determine what is needed and missing - fill out our online survey!

The Parks and Community Services Department has been working with Verde Design to lead a community input process to develop the Department's Strategic Plan and park master plans for the City Plaza and Ramsay Park.

 We would love to hear your feedb...

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Posted on: January 15, 2019

FLYERS Afterschool Program New Location

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FUN afterschool program for 1st through 5th grade is now at CALLAGHAN PARK!

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: 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.

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Posted on: March 29, 2019

Extra WPD officers looking for distracted drivers during statewide campaign

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It’s a potentially deadly distraction on the rise and law enforcement agencies statewide are taking action to stop drivers on their phones.

During the month of April, Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Watsonville Police Department will have...

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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: March 11, 2019

WPD arrests 15 people during statewide operation; hundreds others fined

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A statewide undercover operation has left hundreds of people facing misdemeanor charges and a fine of up to $1,000 for buying alcohol for minors.

69 agencies, including the Watsonville Police Department, took part in the pre-holiday “Shoulder Tap...

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Posted on: March 4, 2019

Officers celebrate Read Across America

Officers celebrate read across america

WPD Officers pulled out some of their favorite childhood books and read to Freedom Elementary kindergarten students during the annual celebration Read Across America.

K9 Axel also made a special guest appearance, wowing many of the 5-year-olds.

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Posted on: March 1, 2019

Police & Fire present cancer research center a check for $9,116

Watsonville Police Fire present cancer research center check

The Watsonville Police and Fire Department presented the Katz Cancer Resource Center at Dominican Hospital a $9,116 check during Tuesday’s (02/26/19) city council meeting. All funds will be used to help Watsonville families affected by breast cancer!

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Posted on: February 13, 2019

Watsonville PAL set to roll out new toddler program

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Watsonville PAL is rolling out a new toddler program starting February 21. It will be held on Thursdays at the PAL Gym.

- 130 Rodriguez St

- 10:30 - 11:30 AM.

More than just a playgroup, Learn & Play is offered as a free resource to provide early childho...

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Posted on: February 11, 2019

The WPD family keeps growing!

WPD welcomes two new officers

The WPD family keeps growing!

We welcomed two new officers who graduated from the police academy on February 8, 2019.

Watch a video clip of Officers Dominic Changco and Jay Garcia getting sworn-in shortly after their graduation: https://www.youtube...

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Posted on: January 31, 2019

WPD officers surprise boy during his 5th birthday party

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Birthday celebrations are always special but much more memorable when officers show up to your 5th birthday party to wish you a happy birthday!

Matthew was so surprised and excited when officers stopped by his police-themed party on Saturday, January 26th....

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Posted on: January 24, 2019

WPD cracks down on underage tobacco sales

WPD cracks down on underage tobacco sales

The Watsonville Police Department is cracking down on underage tobacco sales at licensed establishments across the city.

Officers arrested several people during the first “Minor Decoy” and “Shoulder Tap” operations of 2019.

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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: October 12, 2018

Officers strengthen bond with field workers through “Agua con la Chota” program

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You’ve probably heard of “Coffee with a Cop” but what about “Agua Con la Chota”?

That’s “Water with a Cop” and it is a program we’re bringing back this season with th...

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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: March 4, 2019

Officers celebrate Read Across America

Officers celebrate read across america

Officers pulled out some of their favorite childhood books & read to Freedom Elementary students

“Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.”

-Dr. Seuss

WPD Officers pulled out some of their favorite childhood books and read to Freedom Elementary kindergarten students during the annual celebration Read Across America.

K9 Axel also made a sp...

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Posted on: March 14, 2019

Earth Day/Day of the Child

participants of the 2018 Earth Day/Day of the Child + information on 2019 event

Families are invited to the 17th annual festival with over 70 spectacular booths of recreation, crafts and learning. Our motto this year is #OurPlanetOurChildren   #NuestroPlanetaNuestrosHijos as Earth Day is all about protecting our environment ...

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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: April 3, 2018

Downtown Watsonville Complete Streets Plan

Complete Streets Plan Project Area 1 and 2 Map

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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