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All Parks and Trails Closed 4/9-4/15
Our parks and trails are currently closed, per direction from the County Health Officer. Please click here for more information. Click here to see the County Order.
Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the City of Watsonville is exploring several strategies to help businesses during this unprecedented time.
On April 1st, the Community Development Department shifted its service delivery approach to electronic means, due to the Santa Cruz County Shelter in Place Order.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT (CDD) WILL CONTINUE ALL SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC REMOTELY
CDD will be accepting electronic copies of plans remotely by appointment, and plan review services will continue to be conducted by staff remotely.&...
The ordinance is aimed at protecting tenants who are at risk of eviction due to financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ordinance is aimed at protecting tenants who are at risk of eviction...
To help assist the community in answering questions about the COVID-19 outbreak, the County of Santa Cruz has established a call center to help direct questions to the proper channels.
Santa Cruz County Health Officer, along with six other Public Health Officers from the Bay Area, issued a legal order asking residents to stay home, a unified step to slow the spread of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and preserve critical health care capaci...
The City Council will be holding a continuation of the special meeting held Friday to discuss an urgency ordinance to halt commercial & residential evictions.
This meeting will be streamed in English and Spanish via Facebook. The Watsonville Police Department’s Facebook page will stream the meeting in English, while the City of Watsonville will focus on our Spanish-speaking community.
If you have questions, please call (831) 454-4242 between the hours of 8 a.m.6 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Due to overwhelming call volume and in order to maintain the County’s ability to investigate and respond to the outbreak, members of the public ar...
Officers have investigated reports of price gouging
UPDATE 03/19/2020: The Santa Cruz County District’s Attorney’s Office will be handling price-gouging concerns in our community.
To file a report, call 831-454-2050 or fill out the form (access form HERE). The form can be emaile...
We are asking residents and business owners to follow this order so that we can keep officers from having to issue citations and to avoid any potential criminal charges or civil/administrative sanctions by the County.
And trust us, it’s the last thing we want to do during a public health emergency.
Our enforcement efforts begin with educating the community of what is expected of all of us; those efforts are already underway. Resid...
The Santa Cruz County Health Officer has issued a shelter-in-place order through April 7. We are posting these frequently asked questions to help residents, businesses and partners interpret these orders.
Given the shelter in place directive, the City will maintain essential services open (Police, Fire, water, sewer and garbage collection). Most city facilities are closed to the public, however the public may still contact certain city services remotely.
Today, Santa Cruz County Health Officer, along with six other public health officers from the Bay Area, issued a legal order asking residents to stay home, a unified step to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and preserve critical h...
Santa Cruz County Shelter In Place Order - Community Update March 16, 2020By the City of Watsonville
Español: Orden de Refugiarse en el Hogar del Condado de Santa Cruz - Mensaje para la comunidad del 16 de marzo de 2020 por la Ciudad de Watsonville
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
Price gouging during a state of emergency is not only illegal but also immoral.
Our officers have gone out to investigate reports of price gouging on essential items. If caught, these folks will face misdemeanor charges accompanied by steep fines.
Keep in m...
Visit one of the 18 designated locations here in Watsonville available to assist you with questions and concerns regarding the 2020 Census.
Link to Interactive Census Questionnaire Assistance Locations Map: http://bit.do/WatsonvilleQAKs
Find the nearest location near you:
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...
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...
One of the most powerful things you can do for your community isto participate in the Census.Starting on March 12, 2020, you can respond to the 2020 Census online.
Your participation helps ensure that Watsonville residents receive the funding we all deserve for important services and programs such as funding for schools, childcare programs, road maintenance projects, healthcare, housing, school lunches and social as...
Have you ever wondered how prepared are you for a natural disaster?
The City of Watsonville has recently embarked on developing a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan to identify potential natural disasters in our community.
Remember to attend one of our upcoming community planning meetings.
Your input is impo...
The Census is so much more than just a head count. It helps determine how much money communities receive for the critical resources that children and families will depend on for the next 10 years.
It is important to count all children, but those under the age of five (5) are often missed, particularly when they don’t live in the same home as both parents. When newborn babies and young children are not included in the census, support for p...
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...
It's part of “Agua con la Chota” or “Water with a Cop” program
Watsonville Police Officers are meeting face-to-face with some of the hardest working people in the community as part of an outreach program aimed at helping farmworkers.
The department’s “Agua con la Chota” or “Water with a Cop” program provides Ag worker...
They raised $3,500 for local kids with cancer.
Wow, our officers truly amaze us every day!
They raised $3,500 for local kids with cancer. The Watsonville Police Officers’ Association presented a check to Jacob’s Heart during their annual Kidrageous Carnival at the city plaza this past weekend...
The department suspended its “facial hair” policy for its annual fundraiser
For the fourth year in a row, dozens of Watsonville Police Officers are growing out their beards to support local children with cancer.
The department suspended its “facial hair” policy for its annual fundraiser to raise awareness about pediatric...
Una familia de la Costa Central vivió una verdadera pesadilla vacacionando en México
Una familia de la Costa Central vivió una verdadera pesadilla vacacionando en México y ahora esa familia está compartiendo su historia para evitar que otros caigan víctimas de una extorción que va en aumento.
Se trata de un secuestro virtual y el FBI conti...
A vacation in Mexico turned into a living nightmare for a Central Coast family
A vacation in Mexico turned into a living nightmare for a Central Coast family and now that family is sharing their story to keep others from becoming victims of an extortion that’s on the rise.
It’s called a virtual kidnapping and the FBI continues to war...
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 in certain areas of the city.
The first focus area is the Main St. corridor, which is one of the busiest roadways in Watsonville. Crews have lined the street with banners that provide roadway safety tips and reminders for community members. The area has officially been designated a sa...