Mayor Rios

Mayor’s Update

March 2017

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:

Immigration Preparedness Forum – Know Your Rights – Be Ready

Please join the City of Watsonville in collaboration with various non-profit agencies for an Immigration Preparedness Forum on Saturday, March 25th from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Watsonville High School Cafeteria located at 250 East Beach Street, Watsonville. Participants will receive information on their rights, how to create a family plan, how to deal with family finances, and learn how to talk about fear and anxiety with their children. There will be free child care offered for children ages 3-11 at Linscott Charter School located at 220 Elm Street, Watsonville. For more information, please call the City Manager’s office at 768-3010 or visit our website at:  

Santa Cruz-Watsonville Voted 3rd Happiest, Healthiest City in the United States

Did you know that you live in the 3rd Happiest, Healthiest City in the United States? Santa Cruz-Watsonville was ranked 3rd out of 189 communities in the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being series and is featured on the Today Show website. The report analyzes how well-being varies by community, as well as who leads and lags across the five elements of well-being—purpose, social, financial, community and physical. Visit our website at: for the full report.

Be a Solution to Pollution! Keep Watsonville Clean and Pick Up Your Pet’s Waste

Make an easy and smart commitment to the health of our community and your environment by picking up your pet waste. Watsonville is committed to a waste free community and has installed baggie stations throughout our parks, trails and levee, but we still need your help! Nobody wants poop on their shoe or in our waterways! Pet waste is not a fertilizer like cow manure, as it contains 10 times more fecal coliform, and a whole lot of other nasty stuff like e.coli, salmonella, and giardia. During the winter months, pet waste that is left behind is washed into the environment through storm drains where it poses a serious health risk to humans and wildlife. For example, the waste from 100 dogs could contaminate 10 miles of river or ocean in one single day! By picking up your dog waste, you can help eliminate the direct pollution of our environment, not to mention it’s the polite thing to do!

 City of Watsonville Housing Programs

The City of Watsonville has a variety of housing programs to assist you. City Council has recently reinstated the Down Payment Assistance Program as an alternative resource for those homebuyers unable to qualify for other forms of assistance.  The program may provide up to $60,000 to qualified low-above moderate income homebuyers to use toward the purchase of an affordable unit within the City.  The Down Payment Assistance Program is available until June 30, 2017.   For more information regarding these programs, call (831) 768-3080 or visit our website at

 Residents, Businesses Asked to Report Storm Damage

The County of Santa Cruz and local cities are asking residents who suffered significant damage to their home, business or property during recent storms to report the damage immediately. Doing so may help themselves and others across Santa Cruz County qualify for federal aid to help rebuild. Local governments have set up a simple, 10-question form for residents and business owners to report damages, which can be found at Individuals may also call 2-1-1 to report damage and have someone assist them with the form. Please visit our website for more information:

National Crafts Month

In celebration of National Crafts Month come and explore your creativity at the Library. Wednesday March 15, 2:00 pm, Freedom Branch Library or Thursday March 23, 6:00 pm, Main Library Children’s Room.

 Computer Classes

Learn computer basics, how to use the internet and email. Classes will be offered in both English and Spanish. Please visit our website for more information at or call the library 768-3400.

 Keeping Up With Watsonville

 Wheels@Watsonville Car Show: Saturday, April 29th 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free admission for the public and free registration for participants. Come and enjoy food from Saucey’z, and the sounds from “No Respect”. Check out the awesome cars as we do “Dyno Days” Old School vs. New School. For more information call 768-3575.

 Earth Day/Day of the Child – Sunday, April 23, 2017: Join us for the 15th Annual Earth Day/Day of the Child Festival! The event is moving downtown to the City Plaza. Over 50 organizations and community services will join together to celebrate youth and the environment with Watsonville families. For more information call 768-3107.

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


Oscar Rios, Mayor