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Mayor’s Update

October 2014

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:

50th Anniversary Fly-in & Airshow

Come and support the 50th Anniversary Fly-in & Airshow October 11th & 12th with the Kidz Fly-in & Airshow on Friday the 10th. There will be activities for the entire family:

  • The Disney Movie ‘PLANES’ will be showing on Friday, October 10th
  • Bounce Houses
  • Tether Balloon Rides
  • Food Booths
  • Helicopter Rides
  • Rapid Strike Simulator (Air Force)
  • Live Music

Visit our website for more information:

2015 Watsonville Strawberry Festival Poster Contest

The City of Watsonville Parks and Community Services Department is currently accepting applications for the 2015 Watsonville Strawberry Festival Poster Contest. Entries must:

  • Be 16 inches wide by 20 inches high.
  • Reflect the strawberry crop, Watsonville and the Pajaro Valley.
  • Include the following information: 21st Annual Watsonville Strawberry Festival, Historic Downtown Watsonville, August 1st and 2nd
  • Be all original art created by the artist. Entries with clip art will not be considered.
  • Be adaptable for print and electronic format.
  • Include the name, address, phone number and email address of the artist.

The winning artist will be awarded $1,000. All entries must be submitted by November 20, 2014 at 5 p.m. Contact Israel Tirado at 768-3240 or via email at for more information.

Halloween at Neighborhood Services and the G.H.W.R. Youth Center

The Neighborhood Services Division and the Gene Hoularis and Waldo Rodriguez Youth Center are teaming up to celebrate Halloween on Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The event features a costume and pumpkin carving contests. For those who are brave, the inside of the Youth Center, which is located at 30 Maple Ave., will be transformed into a Maze of Horror. Pizza and refreshments will be served. Parents and children of all ages are invited to celebrate Halloween at this admission free event. Please visit our website for more information:

Take the Pledge to Save Water

Making a commitment to conserve water means you understand that water is a precious resource, and that we can’t take a single drop of it for granted. It also means that you are willing to do something about it. By incorporating simple water saving tips in and outside of your home and workplace, you are helping to save water in a big way. Visit our website to take the pledge and find out how many gallons of water people in our community have pledged to save:

Lawn Replacement Rebate Program

To help residents conserve water, the City launched a Lawn Replacement Rebate Program. This rebate reimburses customers $.75 per square foot for qualifying lawn replacement projects (maximum rebate of $500 for residential and $1,000 for commercial). Before applying to this program, we recommend that you research landscape design options and costs. To receive a rebate, interested customers must first draft a landscape plan and fill out an application, then schedule a site visit to get project approved. For more information or to schedule your site visit the Lawn Replacement Rebate Program page or call Michael Johnson at (831) 325-3376.

November Election Schedule

It’s that time! Make your vote count! The City Clerk’s office is now offering early voting for the November 4, 2014 election! You can vote Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The last day to register to vote is October 20, 2014. Please contact the City Clerk’s office with any questions at 768.3040.

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