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Mayor’s Update

June 2015

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:

Citywide Graffiti Clean-up Day

The Watsonville Police Department is partnering with local businesses and community members to help curb the graffiti problem within our City.  We will be hosting a community cleanup event on Sunday, June 28th, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., and are asking for volunteers to aid in the removal process.  The City of Watsonville will provide the materials and training necessary to participate.  Pre-registration is required to participate in this event, so please contact Bryan Rodriguez at with the subject “I’d like to help with graffiti cleanup.”  The deadline to pre-register is Friday, June 19, 2015. Help us take down the writing on the walls and reclaim our City. Click here for more information.

 Governor’s Mandate to Reduce Water Use

After four years of severe drought, California’s governor issued new water restrictions with potential fines of up to $500 per infraction. The State also mandated a water reduction goal for each city. Most cities must cut water use by 25% in 2015, as compared to 2013. The City of Watsonville is mandated to cut water use by 20%.

Last year, City residents and businesses did an incredible job and cut water use by 12%.  We need to maintain that 2014 reduction AND cut another 8% to meet the 20% requirement this year.

Sprinkler watering is allowed for up to 15 minutes, only 2 days per week:

  • Odd numbered houses water on Wednesday and Saturday
  • Even numbered houses water on Thursday and Sunday

Sprinklers may only run before 9am or after 5pm. Drip irrigation and hand watering with a shut-off hose nozzle are permitted anytime .There are ways to have a beautiful landscape and cut outdoor water use by half or more. The City offers two programs to help residents and businesses. Click here for more information.

Building Permits & Business Licenses

The Community Development Department is the place to call or visit when you are considering making repairs or alterations to your home. They are responsible for the review of development and building activity to ensure that they are safe and comply with zoning and building codes, general plan policies, the California Environmental Quality Act, and community values. The Community Development Department has over-the-counter hours on Wednesday mornings from 7:30-11:00 a.m. in which small projects such as those listed below can be reviewed and approved by Planning, Building, and Fire at the same time.  Please note that the City requires signed authorization by the property owner before we can issue any permits for construction.  Some of the projects that require permits are outlined below:

  • Water Heaters/Furnaces:  A building permit is required for the installation or replacement of water heaters and/or furnaces.
  • Small Plumbing Projects:  A building permit is required when you are changing any plumbing under your sink, or changing the plumbing in your shower.  A permit is not required to replace a toilet.
  • Small Electrical Projects:  A building permit is required when you are installing or moving lights, or installing or moving electrical outlets in your home.
  • Roofing:   A building permit is required when replacing or fixing a roof.
  • Additions:  A building permit and plans are required for any additions that add square footage or significantly alter the interior of the residence.

For more information on permit requirements, contact the Community Development Department at 831-768-3050 or click here for more information.

Keeping Up With Watsonville

Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July Parade – Don’t forget to save your space down Main Street for the Annual Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July Parade. This year Gina Castañeda will lead the 2015 Spirit of Watsonville Fourth of July Parade as its Grand Marshal. For additional information contact Parks & Community Services at 768-3240.

Is your home in need of repairs? – Help is available through the City of Watsonville’s Housing Rehabilitation Program for homeowners with low income or homeowners who rent to low-income tenants. Eligible repairs include work to address code violations, structural deficiencies, the needs of disabled access and replacement of failing building components. For additional information on this program, contact Laurie Blackwood at 768-3099 (English) or Fabian Guzman at 768-3105 (Spanish).

Are you interested in purchasing a home? Financial assistance is available through the City of Watsonville’s Homebuyer Assistance Program to help low income buyers purchase a home. To be eligible for assistance, you must not have owned a home within the last three years. For more information on this program contact Laurie Blackwood at 768-3099 (English) or Karina Murillo at 768-3094 (Spanish.)

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


Dr. Nancy Bilicich