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Mayor’s Update

September 2015

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:

Storm Preparedness Community Workshop

With predictions of a wet winter, we hope you can join us for a Storm Preparedness Community Workshop on Monday, October 5th at 6 p.m. in the Civic Plaza Community Room located at 275 Main Street, 4th floor. Come and find out what you should do before, during and after a flood. Get tips and resources to help you and your family prepare and stay safe. Staff from the City of Watsonville Public Works, Fire, and Police Departments, along with staff from Santa Cruz County, will be presenting and available for questions.

Street Sweeping

Street sweeping signs are being posted on various streets in the community as part of the Street Sweeping Program. Garbage and debris must be kept out of the storm drains as part of the Clean Water Act. The next phase of street sweeping signs will be on Brewington Avenue, East Fifth Street, Orchard, Palm Avenue, California Street, Monte Vista Avenue and Roosevelt Street. The goal is to have street sweeping consistent throughout the City of Watsonville. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

September is Library Sign-Up Month

During the month of September we would like to thank all Watsonville residents for their support of our library. Visit the Watsonville or Freedom Branch libraries anytime in the month of September to check out a book or get a library card and we will enter you into a raffle. Visit your local library or our website for more information:

Traffic Safety Tips

Children have now started the new school year and we wish them success in their studies. The first step to success is arriving to school and going home safely. The Watsonville Police Department and the California Office of Traffic Safety wants to encourage our residents to prepare for the increased back-to-school and back-to-work traffic with the following tips on traffic safety:

Hear the Beep Where You Sleep!

Location matters when it comes to your smoke alarm. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep”. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm! Click on the link for some important safety tips:

Measure G

The Watsonville Fire Department has hired six new firefighters. They have completed their training and are ready for full duty! In addition to six new firefighters, the Watsonville Fire Department will also be receiving keys to their new Dodge 2500 pickup truck that will be used as a Quick Response Vehicle (QRV). The QRV is currently being outfitted with all necessary equipment and it is expected to be in service by October of this year. All of this was made possible with Measure G funds! Visit our website for more information:

Keeping Up With Watsonville

International Day of Climate Action: Join us at the Nature Center on October 24, 2015 and learn what you can do about climate change. For more information call the Nature Center at 768-1622.

Lose Your Lawn Workshop: Come learn how to create a beautiful drought tolerant garden, on Sunday, October 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Participants should meet at the Nature Center, 30 Harkins Slough Rd. For more information call 768-3100.

Family Days Birding Festival: September 26th & 27thAre you looking for something the whole family can enjoy together? If you have ever wondered what birdwatching was all about, now is your chance! As part of the Monterey Bay Birding Festival, the City′s Wetlands of Watsonville Nature Center in Ramsay Park invites you and your children to the free, bilingual “Family Days” on Sept. 26th and 27th, 2015. Join us for a bird watching adventure along our City trails, or enjoy children′s activities at the Nature Center. For information regarding Family Days call the Nature Center at 768-1622.

Feathered fun includes:

  • Family bird watching outings
  • Arts and crafts & Science activities
  • Books, games, and puppet shows

I love to hear from our community, so please feel free to email me directly at:


Dr. Nancy Bilicich