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Mayor’s Update

July 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:

Friday Night Movies in the Park

July is Parks & Recreation month! Celebrate it with us every Friday night with a free movie at Callaghan Park located at 227 Sudden Street. There will be popcorn and refreshments sold. The movies will begin ½ hour after sunset. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and blankets. For more information call 768-3240 or visit our website at http://cityofwatsonville.org/events/friday-night-movies-in-the-park for a list of movies.

 Mayor Felipe Hernandez Will Hold Open Office Hours

Mayor Felipe Hernandez will begin keeping regular office hours on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from 3:30-5 p.m. This is an opportunity for interested citizens to meet with the Mayor and discuss issues that impact the City of Watsonville and its community. The meetings will be held in the Mayor’s Office located at 275 Main Street, Suite 400 (4th floor). No appointment is necessary. Please feel free to contact the Mayor’s office at 831-768-3008 for additional information.

City of Watsonville’s First State of the City Address

City Manager Charles Montoya and Police Chief David Honda will deliver the City of Watsonville’s First “State of the City” address, which will highlight the progress made in the City of Watsonville and provide a vision for 2016 and beyond. This event is co-sponsored by the City and the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and will be held on August 10, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in the Civic Plaza Council Chambers located at 275 Main Street, 4th floor. This event is free and open to the public. There will be a reception to follow in the Community Room.

New Street Lights on Freedom Boulevard

Installation of 18 new street lights on Freedom Boulevard between High Street and Miles Lane is complete.  The installation was done as part of the ongoing utility undergrounding project being done. Visit our website for more information: http://cityofwatsonville.org/city-of-watsonville/new-street-lights-on-freedom-boulevard.

Watsonville Endorses Sales Tax Measure for Transportation Improvements

The Watsonville City Council voted 7-0 to approve a resolution endorsing a proposed 30-year half cent sales tax measure that would raise an estimated $500 million to local transportation improvements, including widening Highway 1.  Visit our website for more information: http://cityofwatsonville.org/city-of-watsonville/watsonville-endorses-sales-tax-measure-for-transportation-improvements.

1st Annual Report from the Revenue Measure Oversight Committee

The City of Watsonville Revenue Measure Oversight Committee provides a second independent verification that all expenditures are pursuant to the guidelines and promises made to the Watsonville community. You can read the 2015-2016 Revenue Measure Oversight Committee’s 1st annual report on our website at: http://cityofwatsonville.org/download/Public%20Works/outreach(2)/Measure-G-Report-English-proof-1.pdf.

Watsonville Has a Newly Formed Special Response Unit

The Watsonville Police Department is proud to announce the mobilization of the Special Response Unit (SRU).  It has taken approximately four years to bring this project to fruition. Members of SRU volunteer for this assignment and do not receive pay incentives. The unit has been established to provide specialized support in handling critical field operations where negotiations, rescue, and/or special tactical deployment methods are needed.

Turf Rebate Program Continues and so Does the Drought

Over 70 homes in Watsonville have taken advantage of the Turf Rebate Program, be one of them! Cut your water use by replacing high water lawns with drought tolerant, permeable landscaping. The City offers rebates up to $500 for residential customers and $1000 for multi-family, commercial, and institutional customers. To schedule a FREE visit from the water experts to start your lawn replacement process call 768-3133. Visit our website for more information: http://cityofwatsonville.org/city-of-watsonville/turf-rebate-program-continues-and-so-does-the-drought-2.

Keeping Up With Watsonville

  • Installation of NO PARKING Street Sweeping Signs: No parking street sweeping signs are being installed throughout various streets in Watsonville. To see the current list of where signs will be installed, visit Public Works’ web page, watsonvilleutilities.org. If you have questions, call 768-3133.
  • National Night Out: National Night Out will be held on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. For more information call 763-5678.
  • Strawberry Festival: The 22nd Annual Watsonville Strawberry Festival will take place August 6th & 7th, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Historic Downtown Watsonville. Admission is free. For more information call 768-3240 or visit the Watsonville Strawberry Festival Website.

I love to hear from our community, so please feel free to email me directly at: felipe.hernandez@cityofwatsonville.org.

 Sincerely,

Felipe Hernandez, Mayor