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Mayor’s Update

October 2016

Dear Residents,

The City of Watsonville strives to provide excellent customer service. We are committed to providing programs and services that will create a safe, healthy and environmentally friendly community.

Here is a short list of the many exciting things happening in Watsonville:

Measure D – Safety, Pothole Repair, Traffic Relief, Transit Improvement

Measure D is a county-wide ½ cent sales tax ballot measure that residents will be able to vote on in November. If Measure D passes, Watsonville would receive about 15% of the total county-wide funding annually. This means Watsonville’s funding allocation for road maintenance and street improvements would increase by approximately $750,000 each year.

If approved, Measure D would be used to:

  • Repair potholes and maintain local streets
  • Invest in bicycle and pedestrian pathways and trails
  • Continue to create safer routes to schools for local students
  • Ease congestion on major roadways
  • Maintain mobility, independence for seniors and those with disabilities
  • Invest in transportation projects that reduce pollution

For more information on Measure D click here or contact Maria Esther Rodriguez, Assistant Public Works Director/Engineer at (831) 768-3100.

Every Smoke Alarm has an Expiration Date: What’s Yours?

As of July 1, 2014, the State Fire Marshal requires smoke alarms be replaced at least every 10 years. To find out how old your smoke alarm is and its expiration date, simply look on the back of the alarm where the date of manufacture is marked. The smoke alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date (not the date of purchase). Smoke alarms should be tested monthly, and batteries should be replaced once a year or when they begin to chirp, signaling that they’re running low.

Freedom Blvd. Water Main Replacement Completed

Crews have removed a 1/2 mile of abandoned riveted steel water lines and installed a new 20″ water main. The work was done in the evening to lessen the inconvenience to our community and was completed in 8 working days. The City appreciates your patience throughout the Freedom Blvd. Reconstruction Project.

Free Youth Art Workshops

In partnership with Mariposa’s Art, the Gene Hoularis and Waldo Rodriguez Youth Center will be hosting a series of fabulous and free Youth Art Workshops that include, dance, painting, rap, theater and guitar. This is a pilot endeavor with the hopes of offering them more frequently.

  • Level: Intermediate to advance – Theater on Monday, October 10th from 6-8 p.m.
  • Level: Beginning to intermediate – Acoustic Guitar on Wednesday, October 12th from 6-8 p.m. Space is limited and anyone interested in enrolling can simply email: mariposasart@artscouncilsc.org to rsvp for a workshop.

Howl-O-Ween Dog Walk

Join us for the Howl-O-Ween Dog walk and dog costume contest on Saturday, October 29th at 11 a.m. at the Plaza in downtown Watsonville. Sponsors: Wishbone Pet Store, Yogurtland Animal Shelter. There will be free give-aways. All dogs must be on a leash and dog waste bags are required. For more information, call Mayor Felipe Hernandez at 707-4392 or email him at felipe.hernandez@cityofwatsonville.org. Find us on Facebook: WatsonvilleCommunityDogWalks.

Keeping Up with Watsonville

Toilet Retrofit Program – If you have a toilet that uses more than 3.5 gallons per flush (gpf), it’s time to change it out for FREE! Call Central Coast Energy Services at 1-888-728-3637 to make an appointment. To check if your toilet is eligible, look inside the tank lid or behind the tank for a date stamp. Only toilets manufactured before 1992 or toilets that use more than 3.5 gpf qualify! If you have questions, call Customer Service at 768-3133.

City Beautification Starts with Each of Us! – I am asking for your support to keep Watsonville clean and beautiful. If you see abandoned shopping carts and graffiti, please report it by emailing a picture to customerservice@cityofwatsonville.org or call 768-3133 and provide a location and description. Beautification starts with all of us and we need your assistance. Together we can all make a difference!

2016 Legislative Conference – Join the Pajaro River Watershed Flood Prevention Authority on October 26, 2016 at 1 p.m. in the Civic Plaza Community Room located at 275 Main Street, 4th Floor to discuss the Pajaro River Risk Reduction Project. The Mayor encourages anyone who lives in a flood zone to attend.

Wargin Wines Day of the Dead – Join Wargin Wines for their 4th Annual Day of the Dead Party on Sunday, October 30th from 12:00pm—5:00pm located at 11 Hangar Way. Specialty Food, & Wine Pairing and live music- $15.


Felipe Hernandez, Mayor