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Mayor’s Update

May 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:

Open Streets Watsonville

Open Streets Watsonville took place on Sunday, May 17, 2015. We hope you had a good time in Historic Downtown Watsonville and enjoyed the car-free pop-up street park. Check the “Open Streets Watsonville” website at: http://www.scopenstreets.org/open-streets-watsonville-2/ for a listing of the free activities and informational booths that were on hand. Please provide feedback as we plan for future events.

Notice of Commission Vacancies

The City Council is seeking applications for the City of Watsonville: Library Board District 4 and Personnel Commission Districts 1 and 6. Applicants must be qualified registered voters in the City of Watsonville. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until an appointment is made. Applications may be downloaded from the City’s website at http://cityofwatsonville.org/city-government/city-clerk, or picked up in the City Clerk’s Office, at 275 Main Street, Fourth Floor. Completed applications may then be mailed or dropped off at the City Clerk’s Office 275 Main Street, Suite 400, Watsonville, CA 95076, emailed to beatriz.flores@cityofwatsonville.org, or faxed to 831- 761-0736. You may also obtain information about all Commissions at http://cityofwatsonville.org/city-government/boards-commissions.  Please call 768-3040 to obtain an application and/or for further information.

Summer Fun for Everyone – Summer Reading Program

Do you enjoy reading?  Then the Watsonville and Freedom Libraries have the perfect activity for you. It’s this summer’s Reading Program, “Read to the Rhythm.” This year’s theme is musically motivated so whether you are modeling good reading habits to your children, or just interested in learning something new, there is no better time to gather, learn and celebrate at the Watsonville Public Library than this summer! Fun activities and opportunities to read great books and earn great prizes are waiting for you! Join us for the kickoff party on Saturday, June 6th from 1-3 at the Main Library. The summer reading program will be from June 6th through July 24th. For information call 768-3400.

Camp WOW Summer Day Camp/ Get Out, Get Fit Youth Camp

Camp WOW Summer Day Camp offers children ages 5 to 12 the opportunity to have fun, make friends and discover new adventures! Participants will enjoy a variety of games, crafts and field trips that will keep them engaged, learning and building positive relationships! If getting fit and learning to live a healthier lifestyle is for your child, then The Get Out, Get Fit Youth Camp for ages 10 to 15 is the activity for him/her. Sports, field trips and nutrition workshops are some of the activities they will participate in that will help them gain the confidence and knowledge to live a healthier lifestyle. For more information call 768-3240.

Wastewater Recycling Plant Tours

Come and tour the Watsonville Wastewater Recycling Plant and learn where your wastewater goes and how the City cleans and recycles it! Tours are limited to 15 participants, ages 8 and up. For dates or to register call 768-3107.

Street Sweeping – Phase 2

The next phase of street sweeping signs that we have planned will go from Lincoln to Union Streets and from Riverside to the 200 Block of Center Street. We expect to have this done by the end of May. The goal is to have street sweeping consistent throughout the City.

Customer Service

We do want to find a way to enhance customer service and know that you want the City Offices open 5 days a week. In 2008, with budget problems, the City chose to implement a 4 day work week. That occurred almost 7 years ago and the economy is now improving. We are hoping to find a way to have City services 5 days a week. You have been very tolerant and we appreciate your patience. We are working on a plan and hopefully will resolve this issue in the near future.

Panhandling Ordinance

Our City now has an ordinance to address your concerns when you are shopping. When you go out to your car and an individual approaches you, the police may now take action. Please contact officers for assistance and continue to support local businesses.

Keeping Up With Watsonville

National Trails Day: June 6. Bring family and friends to explore the Wetlands, do trail and wetland clean-ups and plant native plants. Call 768-1622.

PAL Program: Watsonville Police Activities League offers a variety of activities: Golf, Little Kickers, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Cadets Program, Girly-Girl Kickboxing, Judo, Self-Defense, Basketball and a Mentoring Program. Call 763-4146 for information.

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

Sincerely,

Dr. Nancy Bilicich

Mayor