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Mayor’s Update

September 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:

We want to hear from you! - Please take our quick 3 minute survey to let us know how we can improve our communication with you! The survey is available in both English & Spanish! Click on the link to get started: http://cityofwatsonville.org/city-of-watsonville/community-engagement-survey-we-want-to-hear-from-you.

Downtown Watsonville Revitalization – The 1st phase concepts for the Downtown Watsonville Revitalization are here!  We want your feedback on our plans for Downtown Watsonville. Our vision is to improve business activity by making the Downtown safer and more comfortable for everyone. Tell us what you think in the comments and don’t forget to share with your friends.   Visit our website for design concepts: http://cityofwatsonville.org/city-of-watsonville/downtown-watsonville-revitalization.

Opportunity to Read – Join the celebration! Literacy equals success! Visit our open house on Wednesday, September 24, from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at 275 Main Street, Suite 100 (outside entrance towards the Post Office on the south end of the building). Learn how to be a volunteer tutor or a learner at OTR. Share the wealth of reading. Help other adults change their lives and improve your own.  Learn more on our website: http://cityofwatsonville.org/city-of-watsonville/opportunity-to-read.

Second Ramsay Park Planning Meeting – On August 14, the Parks and Community Services Department hosted a second planning session for a new skate park at Ramsay Park. Over 65 individuals attended the workshop and were able to provide feedback on a preliminary park design to the landscape architect, Zach Wormhoudt. Mr. Wormhoudt will take the input gathered at the meeting and fine tune the design of the skate park. The PCS Department hopes to begin construction on the park early in 2015.  Visit our website for design concepts: http://cityofwatsonville.org/parks-community-services/second-ramsay-skate-park-planning-meeting.

Fire Chief Mark Bisbee Stepping Down - Fire Chief Mark Bisbee has stepped down in order to return to state service with Cal Fire. While Chief Bisbee’s departure was anticipated for the past few weeks and succession planning discussions have taken place, his departure became official Wednesday, September 4, 2014, with his confirmation of reinstatement back to Cal Fire. Prior to joining the Watsonville Fire Department back in 2000, Chief Bisbee has served nearly 15 years with the state agency.  Visit our website for the full story: http://cityofwatsonville.org/city-of-watsonville/watsonville-fire-chief-to-step-down-return-to-cal-fire.

Monterey Bay Birding Festival – The 10th annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival, headquartered in Watsonville, takes place September 25-28, 2014. September marks the peak of fall migration. There’s no better time to visit the Monterey Bay area, home to one of the premier birding destinations in North America. More Details at: www.montereybaybirding.org.

Temporary Outdoor Landscape Water Restrictions – Due to the ongoing drought and widespread long-term water deficits throughout California, on July 15, 2014, Governor Brown enacted emergency regulations that require specific water conservation practices.  The emergency regulations target water waste and the watering of lawns and other landscaping. The emergency regulations are in effect for 270 days unless extended or repealed.    Visit our website for more details: http://cityofwatsonville.org/city-of-watsonville/temporary-outdoor-watering-restrictions.

Keeping Up With Watsonville

  • Roundabout in the intersection of Clifford and Pennsylvania Ave. has been completed. Intersection is now open.
  • Skate Park at Ramsay Park – Public input meetings concluded. New park is being designed.  Thanks for your input!
  • Freedom Blvd. – Water main relocation completed.  New pavement of Freedom Blvd expected in early 2015.
  • Taxiway Charlie & General Aviation Apron Project – Completed
  • Arthur Rd., Clifford Ave., Sewer Lateral Relocation Project – Completed
  • Safe Routes To School Projects – Completed – Palm Avenue & Hill and Holm Road.
  • Signal Upgrades & Pedestrian Improvements- Coming up around the City. Bids opened on August 26th.

Visit our website for pictures of these exciting improvements: http://cityofwatsonville.org/city-of-watsonville/keeping-up-with-watsonville.      

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