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Mayor’s Update

September 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:

The City of Watsonville strives to provide excellent customer service. Here is a short list of the many exciting things happening in Watsonville:

Mayor Attends Conference to Attract New Businesses

In an effort to attract new businesses to Watsonville, I attended the 2016 International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Western Conference in San Diego. I had an opportunity to connect with several potential businesses, some of which included Buffalo Wild Wings, Panera, Burlington Coat Factory and DSS Shoes. While none of these businesses made a commitment to come to Watsonville, it certainly helps to make that connection and let them know Watsonville is interested and willing to work with them. Visit our website for more information: http://cityofwatsonville.org/city-of-watsonville/mayor-hernandez-attends-conference-to-attract-new-businessess.

Watsonville Police Department Awarded Grant: 

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has awarded a $54,301 grant to the Watsonville Police Department for a period of one year.  The funds will be used for the reduction of alcohol-related issues in the City.  The Watsonville Police Department in partnership with ABC will use strategic approaches to eliminate the crime and public nuisance problems associated with alcoholic beverage outlets.

Safety, Pothole Repair, Traffic Relief, Transit Improvement – Measure D: Measure D is a county-wide ½ cent sales tax ballot measure that residents will be able to vote on in November. If Measure D passes, Watsonville would receive about 15% of the total county-wide funding annually. This would increase Watsonville’s annual allocation by approximately $750,000. This measure requires funds to be managed and spent in Watsonville. This funding cannot be taken away by the State for other projects. Visit our website for more information: http://cityofwatsonville.org/city-of-watsonville/safety-pothole-repair-traffic-relief-transit-improvement-measure-d.

Hablamos Juntos Watsonville Artwalk: Join Mayor Hernandez for the first Watsonville Art Walk happening in downtown Watsonville on Friday, September 16th from 4-6 p.m. and meet the artist by their banners. The self-guided tour takes you on an exploration of contemporary Latino art. Discover the beautiful banners located throughout Watsonville’s downtown corridor in the windows of your local businesses and organizations. The Art Walk will run from September 3-November 3, 2016.  It’s free and open to the public! Visit our website for a map and more information: http://cityofwatsonville.org/city-of-watsonville/hablamos-juntos-watsonville-art-walk.

 Coastal Cleanup Day: Join us on Saturday, September 17th from 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. for the annual Coastal Cleanup Day at the Watsonville Slough at the City’s Nature Center in the back of Ramsay Park (inland site). There will be delicious refreshments and lunch provided for volunteers at all three inland sites. Parking is free and cleanup materials will be provided. Visit our website for more information: http://cityofwatsonville.org/city-of-watsonville/coastal-cleanup-day-2016.

Fashion Cares: The 6th Annual Fashion Cares Event will take place on Saturday, September 10th at 6:30 p.m. at Queen’s Shoes located at 734 East Lake Avenue, Space 10. There will be a fashion show followed by shopping for a cause and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services.  Visit their page for more information:  https://www.facebook.com/Queensshoesboutique.

Watsonville Film Festival: The 5th Annual Watsonville Film Festival will take place September 29, 2016-October 2, 2016. This year the film festival will be held at the Historic Fox Theater located in Downtown Watsonville. Join Bike Friendly Watsonville for a Community Bike Ride with special guests on Saturday, October 1st. Please visit the Watsonville Film Festival website at: http://watsonvillefilmfest.org/home for more information.

4th Annual Family Fitness Fun Day: Join us for the 4th Annual Family Fun Day on Sunday, September 25th from 12-4 p.m. at Ramsay Park. Some of the activities available will be: a biking skills course, crossfit, kid fit obstacle course, football, soccer, Zumba and more! Visit http://familyfitnesschallengeday.weebly.com/ for more information.

City Beautification Starts with Each of Us!

I am asking for your support to keep Watsonville clean and beautiful. If you see abandoned shopping carts and graffiti, please report it by emailing a picture to customerservice@cityofwatsonville.org or call 768-3133 and provide a location and description. It is the responsibility of each resident to remove weeds in the sidewalks, gutters and streets in front of their properties. Beautification starts with all of us and we need your assistance.

Keeping Up With Watsonville

Watsonville Fire Department Museum Tour: Join us on October 15th from 12pm-3pm for a tour of the fire museum located at 105 Second Street.

Monterey Bay Birding Festival – September 23-25, 2016: Field trips, speakers and much more. Visit their website for additional details at www.montereybaybirding.org.

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



Felipe Hernandez, Mayor