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Mayor’s Update

February 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:

Meet the Mayor at Yogurtland

Join the Mayor for free yogurt and toppings at YOGURTLAND on Monday, February 8th from 4-7 p.m. located in Watsonville at the Target Shopping Center. Let’s celebrate Yogurtland’s 10th Anniversary and National Yogurt Day! Bring your family, friends, neighbors!

The $500 Community Project Initiative:  Do you have a creative idea that would help make Watsonville a more engaged, fun, beautiful and inspired place on $500 or less? If so, email your ideas to Mayor Felipe Hernandez at felipe.hernandez@cityofwatsonville.org. The $500 Project Initiative seeks to span the gap between ideas and action. It is all about facilitating idea implementation. There are no bad proposals.

Free Chihuahua Spay/Neuter During the Month of February

The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter (SCCAS) is celebrating National Spay/Neuter Month with an amazing offer for Santa Cruz County Chihuahua owners! Starting February 1, 2016, all Chihuahuas that reside in Santa Cruz County are eligible for a free spay/neuter surgery, rabies vaccination and microchip identification. This offer is limited to the first 100 Chihuahua owners that sign up, first come, first served. Funds to cover these services are provided thanks to the Alice & Emmy Fund, a generous gift from the Chihuahua Pride Day event. For more information, please visit scanimalshelter.org, call (831) 454-7200 or visit their booth at the Farmer’s Market in downtown Watsonville on Friday afternoons during the month of February only.

Engineers’ Week – Annual Egg Drop Competition

Join the City of Watsonville as we celebrate the 65th Anniversary of Engineers Week at the annual egg drop competition. The egg drop competition will be held on Thursday, February 25th at 4 p.m. Registration will be onsite and the event will be held in the alley between the Civic Plaza and the Post Office on Main Street. Visit our website for list of rules and the flyer: www.cityofwatsonville.org. For additional information call Public Works at 768-3100.

Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee

The City of Watsonville is looking for volunteers to serve on an advisory committee to review and make recommendations to the City Council on medical cannabis in the City.  In January, 2016, the City Council adopted an Ordinance that allows medical cannabis cultivation, however the Council also called for the creation of a committee to review all aspects of the medical cannabis industry, including testing, dispensaries, manufacturing, transporting and delivery, which were included in recently adopted state regulations.

If you are a local resident, own a business, provide services or work in Watsonville and are interested in participating as a member of the advisory committee on medical cannabis, please contact Suzi Merriam in the Community Development Department by February 28, 2016. Once all letters of interest are received they will be provided to the Mayor for selection based on the criteria listed on our website: http://cityofwatsonville.org/city-of-watsonville/medical-cannabis-advisory-committee-invitation.

Watsonville Police Department Receives Grant for Caminos Hacia el Exito Program

The Board of State and Community Corrections approved a proposal to give the Watsonville Police Department (WPD) a grant award of $900,000 to implement the Caminos Hacia el Éxito Program.  This program gives Watsonville youth between the ages of 10 to 17 years old who commit a first offense the opportunity to stay away from the juvenile legal system by redirecting them to evidence based treatments.

We plan to continue the success of this program and want to take this opportunity to thank our partners: Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance, Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Neighborhood Services Division, Santa Cruz County Probation Department and the community for their support.  For more information, please call (831) 768-3300 or visit our website at: http://cityofwatsonville.org/city-of-watsonville/watsonville-police-department-receives-grant-for-caminos-hacia-el-exito-program.

Keeping Up With Watsonville

World Wetlands DayCome and celebrate World Wetlands Day on Saturday, February 6th starting at 10 a.m. The events will be held at Upper Struve Slough (trail behind Nob Hill). There will be a variety of activities for everyone: planting; free activities for the kids; guided nature and bird walks; and free food and music.

Cesar E. Chavez Community Awards – Ceremony will be held on March 24, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Civic Plaza Community Rooms. Deadline to nominate someone is February 19th. Call 768-3240 for more information.

Reminder to Prepare for the Storm:  For additional information, call Customer Service at 768-3133.

  • Develop an emergency/evacuation plan
  • Keep storm drains working by cleaning leaves off of storm drains with rake or shovel, and place in trash
  • Help identify and report clogged storm drains or major flooding in your area.

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


Felipe Hernandez, Mayor