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Posted on: July 12, 2019

Watsonville Academy: An inside look at how your local government works!

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We're excited to offer a virtual Watsonville Academy session. This free program is available to Watsonville residents 21 years and older. The deadline has been extended to Friday, October 8th. Apply today!

The City of Watsonville is excited to offer a virtual Watsonville Academy: An Inside look at how your local government works! The goal for this free academy is to provide “understanding through education” and give the public an inside ...

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Posted on: September 22, 2020

Downtown Watsonville Specific Plan

Virtual Community Workshop

Help shape Downtown Watsonville! Join us for a virtual Community Workshop on September 30th at 5:30 pm.

Virtual Community Workshop

September 30, 2020

5:30 - 7:30 PM

In addition, live audio is available for listening only by dialing 1-669-900-9128

access code 946-1328-8758.

Questions and comments can be submitted via text message for those who participate by phon...

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Posted on: September 9, 2020

Santa Cruz County Moves to Red Tier

Santa Cruz County Moves to Red Tier

Beginning September 8th, personal care services such as waxing, nails and massage, restaurants, places of worship, movie theaters, gyms and fitness centers, along with museums, zoos and aquariums will be able to open indoors with modifications.

 

Governor Newsom announced yesterday that Santa Cruz County has now moved to the Red Tier, lessening some economic restrictions. Beginning September 8, 2020, personal care services such as waxing, nails and massage, restaurants, places of worship...

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Posted on: September 1, 2020

Downtown Watsonville Specific Plan

Downtown Watsonville Specific Plan

This planning effort will build on the historic origins of the area while establishing a clear vision for the future of downtown Watsonville.

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In July 2019, the City of Watsonville initiated a Specific Plan for downtown Watsonville.  This planning effort will build on the historic origins of the area while establishing a clear vision for the future of downtown Watsonvill...

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Posted on: September 1, 2020

California Blueprint for a Safer Economy

California Blueprint for a Safer Economy

Governor Newsom on Friday released a new framework for COVID-19 economic restrictions. The framework includes four colors, with Purple Tier 1 representing the highest level of restrictions.

Counties move through Red Tier 2, Orange Tier 3 and Yellow Tier 4 based on case and positivity rates, and metrics assessing data collection, testing access and contact tracing.

Santa Cruz County is currently placed in the Purple Tier, but expects to move t...

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Posted on: August 6, 2020

EMERGENCY MASK ORDER

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COVID-19 infection rates are going up in California and the United States.

The City of Watsonville has been educating our community on the importance of wearing a face covering when in public. Face coverings protect you and others and help slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Starting today, you can be ticketed for not wearing ...

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Posted on: August 3, 2020

Restaurants and Retail Businesses to use Outdoor Areas for Dining & Display Areas

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The City is allowing for restaurants and retail businesses to use outdoor areas for outdoor dining and display areas with approval of a Temporary COVID-19 Encroachment Agreement.

Watsonville City Manager, Matt Huffaker, signed Emergency Order 2020-01 on Friday, June 5, 2020, allowing for restaurants and retail businesses to use outdoor areas for outdoor dining and display areas with approval of a Temporary COVID-19 Encroachment Ag...

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Posted on: July 9, 2020

Business Reopening Toolkit

Watsonville Open for Business

The City of Watsonville has launched a Business Reopening Toolkit filled with best practices and industry-specific guidance, to help guide you through the reopening process safely and successfully.

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Subscribe to receive the latest news and resources available to businesses!

Our goal is to help businesses take responsible steps toward resuming work, serving customers and rebuilding our economy.  We are here to support y...

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Posted on: June 7, 2020

Restaurants and Retail Businesses to use Outdoor Areas for Outdoor Dining and Display Areas

Downtown Watsonville

City allowing for restaurants and retail businesses to use outdoor areas for outdoor dining and display areas with approval of a Temporary COVID-19 Encroachment Agreement.

Watsonville City Manager, Matt Huffaker, signed Emergency Order 2020-01 on Friday, June 5, 2020, allowing for restaurants and retail businesses to use outdoor areas for outdoor dining and display areas with approval of a Temporary COVID-19 Encroachment Ag...

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Posted on: June 7, 2020

Watsonville is Open for Business - Guidelines to Help you Open Safely

Watsonville is Open for Business

Our goal is to help workers and businesses take responsible steps toward resuming work, serving customers and rebuilding our economy. Click here for state specific industry guidelines to help you reopen safely.

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve rapidly, the city is committed to keeping business owners informed, providing resources, and advocating for effective strategies to assist in the recovery. We stand with you, and we’re ...

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Posted on: May 6, 2020

Emergency Housing Assistance Program Guidelines

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This program is designed to assist Watsonville low and moderate income renters affected by the COVID-19 economic crisis with a grant of up to $1,500.

This program is a partnership between the City of Watsonville and Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County Inc. 

For more information please visit cabinc.org

APPLY HERE:

On March 27th, 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Econom...

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Posted on: April 22, 2020

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) COVID-19

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The City of Watsonville has received additional CDBG funding to help communities deal with the impacts of COVID 19 and related shutdowns.

With the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act the City of Watsonville has received additional CDBG funding to help communities deal with the impacts of COVID 19 and related shutdowns.

For questions regarding this fundi...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Santa Cruz County Shelter In Place Order

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Santa Cruz County Shelter In Place Order - Community Update March 16, 2020By the City of Watsonville 

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VIDEO - Community Update on Shelter in Place Order 

VIDEO - Mensaje para la Comunidad Sobre la Orden de Refugiarse en el Hogar

Community Update - 03/16/2020

 Mensaje para la Comunidad - 03/16/2020

Shelter In Place Order

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Posted on: March 10, 2020

Flipping the Lid to Help Residents with Recycling

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Every day, we throw away tons of garbage into the recycling bins. When this happens, the facility that processes Watsonville’s recycling has to bury it in their landfill, and charges us additional fees.

When this garbage, such as food scraps, diapers, plastic bags, wrappers, and old clothes is mixed with good recyclables it is impossible to recycle. When this happens, the facility that processes Watsonville’s recycling has to bury it in their l...

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Posted on: November 19, 2019

Officers track down & return tricycle stolen from disabled elderly man

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Officers tracked down a tricycle that was recently stolen from a disabled senior citizen

It wasn’t easy but after days of investigating, our officers managed to track down a tricycle that was recently stolen from a disabled senior citizen.

Unfortunately, the trike was found in the slough in three pieces. So, several Watsonville Police officers...

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Posted on: March 10, 2020

Maintaining Our Roads for Smooth Driving

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Our Public Works engineering staff are working to make sure that our roads are smooth, safe and in good conditions

How do they know where to start? We recently completed a survey of every city street to measure the extent of cracks and potholes. This information was used to calculate the most efficient use of our limited maintenance budget. When this inspection was fi...

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