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Mayor’s Update

April 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:

Improving Permit Review & Approval of Small Solar Systems

Great news for Watsonville home owners who are considering going solar! The City of Watsonville has adopted an ordinance for the installation of small Solar Photovoltaics energy systems. There is a Solar Permitting checklist on our website and if your solar project meets all the criteria it will be eligible for the expedited plan check. Click here for more information.

Installation of “No Parking” Signs – Street Sweeping

City staff members are installing “No Parking” signs on several streets in the City. Parking will NOT be allowed during the days and times specified on the list of the document mailed to residents being affected.  Click here for the full schedule.

Construction of New Skate Park Almost Complete

Construction of the new skate park at Ramsay Park is almost complete. The skate park should be open by mid-spring, weather permitting. Staff and members of the community have been meeting to plan the grand opening ceremony, which is tentatively scheduled for May 21, 2016. Thank you to all of the community members who took part in the planning of the new skate park and are currently planning the grand opening ceremony! For more information call 768-3240 or click here.

Second Saturdays

The Watsonville Municipal Airport hosts a Historical Aircraft Display every second Saturday from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Admission is free and everyone is welcome to show and admire these historical aircraft. The pilots displaying their aircraft can top off at our self-service island at the lowest fuel prices from 0800 Saturday morning until 0800 Sunday morning! Click here for more information.

New Safe Crosswalks Began 3/29/16

As part of the Safe Routes to School Project, striping of “school crossing,” “stop” and “cross walks” began on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 around various schools in Watsonville. Click here for all of the schools on the list.

Oakridge & Kralj Dr. Water Main Replacement Project

Public Works, Water Services Crews are hard at work completing Phase-1 of the Oakridge & Kralj Drive water main replacement project. This phase consists of 1,000 ft. of 10″inch zinc-epoxy ductile iron. The second phase of the project will consist of another 1,000 ft. section of 10″inch water main and started on Monday, March 21, 2016. If you have questions regarding this project call Steve Hernandez, Water Operations Supervisor at 768-3194.

Graffiti and Abandoned Shopping Carts

I am asking for your support and cooperation to keep Watsonville clean and beautiful. If you see abandoned shopping carts and graffiti, please call our Customer Service department at 768-3133 and provide a location and description. Together, we can make a big difference!

Keeping Up With Watsonville

Time for Spring Cleaning!Drop off your extra garbage for a fee at the Waste & Recycling Drop-off Center located at 320 Harvest Dr., Gate 4 our hours are Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Household Hazardous Waste is accepted on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and on the 2nd Saturday of each month. For city residents only!  Call 768-3133.

Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2016 Cesar E. Chavez Awards: Congratulations to Yesenia Abundis; Lilian Constanza; Olga Yesenia Fuentes; Ramona Linan; Atalo Paniagua; Abel Sanchez; Cleotilde Sanchez; Marisa Upson; and Daniela Valenzuela the recipients of the 2016 Cesar E. Chavez awards.

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


Felipe Hernandez, Mayor