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Mayor’s Update

May 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:

Bike to Workday in Watsonville – Breakfast Site

Ride your bike to work and you can stop off at Second Street Cafe for a free breakfast! Join us on Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 6:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. at the Second Street Café located at 28 Second Street.  Cal Giant will be serving up fresh strawberries and offering free basic bike maintenance. Participate to win a Blix Electric Bike! For local (Watsonville) information contact Maria Esther at 768-3100. To find out information on all the Bike to Work Day sites, visit Ecology Action’s website at http://ecoactbike.org/.

International Migratory Bird Day

The City of Watsonville’s Nature Center is celebrating International Migratory Bird Day by providing bird walks and fun and games for the entire family on Saturday, May 14, 2016:

  • Bird Walk from 8:00-10:00 a.m. – Bird walk around the East Struve Slough Trail head at the back of the West Marine Parking Lot, 500 Westridge Dr. Bring binoculars and water.
  • Bird Walk from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Bird walk starting from the Fitz Wetlands Education Resource Center, upper back of the Pajaro Valley High School. 500 Harkins Slough Rd. Bring binoculars and water.
  • Family Fun and Games from 1:00-4:00 p.m. – Fun and games for the entire family at the Watsonville Nature Center, 30 Harkins Slough Rd. Come make bird masks, play some bird theme games, and experience what a bird’s migration journey is like! Call the Nature Center at 768-1622 for additional information.

Food Trucks on the Field

The Food Trucks on the Field event will take place on Sunday, May 15th from 2-7 p.m. on the Sotomayor Soccer field at Ramsay Park. The event will feature food trucks, live entertainment, soccer demonstrations, activities, and vendors. This free event is open to the public and will serve as both a celebration of soccer in the community and the beginning of a campaign to raise money to fund the renovation of the soccer field.

New Skate Park Grand Opening

Please save the date for the Ramsay Park Grand Opening event scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 2-6 p.m. It will be an afternoon of fun with a ribbon cutting ceremony, food, music, and skateboarding giveaways provided by local skate shops, business and community members. Thank you to everyone who took part in the planning of the new skate park and the grand opening ceremony! For more information call 768-3240.

Senior Scam Stopper Seminar

Did you know that 1 out of 5 seniors has been a victim of fraud? Join us and learn how to protect yourself! Seniors, their families, and caregivers are welcome to attend this FREE seminar. The seminar will be held on Friday, May 27, 2016 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Watsonville Senior Center located at 114 East Fifth Street. For more information and/or to RSVP, please contact Senator Monning’s office at 831-425-0401.

Sign-up to Receive Nixle Alerts

If you see something, say something! Sometimes it’s the small things that matter most. You can make a difference in our community. Visit our website at: http://cityofwatsonville.org/police-department/nixle to sign-up to receive Nixle alerts.

 Summer Fun for Everyone – Parks and Community Services

The City’s Public Works & Utilities, Parks & Community Services and the Public Library are offering an array of fun summer activities for the entire family! Visit our website at: http://cityofwatsonville.org/city-of-watsonville/summer-fun-for-everyone-2 to learn all about the summer activities we have planned.

What Are My Water Rates Paying For?

Every day we pump, treat, test and deliver nearly 7 million gallons of water from our local groundwater wells and creeks! You get clean potable water on-demand for less than a penny per gallon. Aging water pipelines and new State drinking water regulations are presenting big challenges to our community’s water system. More than half of the City’s water pipes are over 50 years old and are coming to the end of their expected lifespan. The cost to maintain our pipes and wells continues to rise as the cost of materials and electricity increase. It takes a combination of grants, loans and your water bill to maintain our city’s water system. We take pride in nearly a century of high quality water service. Dedicated staff and an elaborate water system deliver 2.5 billion gallons of safe drinking water to your homes and businesses each year.

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


Felipe Hernandez, Mayor