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Mayor’s Update

February 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:

Common Core, Science and Water Education Workshop for Teachers

Teaching to the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards can be achieved with the California Education and the Environment Initiative Curriculum (EEI) and Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) Curriculum and Activity Guide. Learn these skills at this engaging teacher workshop at the County Office of Education on February 21, 2015. Visit our website: http://cityofwatsonville.org/city-of-watsonville/water-education-workshop-for-teachers-2.

Spring Break Day Camp

The City of Watsonville’s Parks and Community Services Department is currently accepting registrations for Spring Break Day Camp. The Spring Break Day Camp is offered for children 5-12 years old and will be held Monday, April 6th through Friday, April 10th. Our professional recreation staff has planned a fun and safe Spring Break for your children. The camp fee is $140 for the week and partial weeks are available. To sign-up, visit our Customer Service Center located at 231 Union Street. Visit our website for more information: http://cityofwatsonville.org/city-of-watsonville/camp-w-o-w-spring-break-day-camp.

2015 Strawberry Festival Vendor Applications

Vendor applications for the 2015 Watsonville Strawberry Festival are now available. Vendor categories include arts and crafts, commercial, food, non-profit information only and non-profit strawberry lane. For additional information, please contact Israel Tirado at 768-3247.

Measure G

The Measure G sales tax is dedicated to the support of Police, Fire and Emergency Services. This measure provides a stable source of locally controlled funding that is entirely dedicated to keeping Watsonville residents safe.

Watsonville Police Department: Measure G funding has allowed the Watsonville Police Department to hire three police officers, a crime analyst and a police service specialist. The department is in the process of hiring an evidence technician and a recreation specialist who will focus on youth prevention and intervention programs. The hiring of this staff will further support Watsonville Police efforts in addressing crime in the community. Measure G has also allowed the department to purchase police vehicles and equipment that will support police personnel.

Watsonville Fire Department: Measure G funding provides for the hiring of six new firefighters. Two have been hired, and four more will be hired in time to attend the department’s fire academy being held in early March. Having the six new firefighters on staff will increase the department’s response capabilities to medical emergencies, fires, and non-emergency incidents. With Measure G funding, the department is also planning the purchase of a pickup style rescue and command vehicle that will hold medical and safety equipment. Visit our website for more information on Measure G: http://cityofwatsonville.org/measure-g.

 Keeping Up With Watsonville

College Rd. Water Main Replacement Project – Weather permitting, this project will be completed in March. To avoid frequent tearing up of roads for repairs, a new, specialized pipe is being used. Watsonville is the first City in California to use this new material.

School Crossing Upgrades – City will be upgrading 31 intersection locations adjacent to thirteen middle and elementary schools throughout the City. Bid openings took place on January 28th. For more information call 768-3116.

Grove Street Storm Drain Pump Station Emergency Power Project (project complete) This storm drain pump project included a new 230 kw diesel generator and a 400 amp automatic transfer switch. This ensures the storm drain pumps will continue working during power outages.

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

Sincerely,

Dr. Nancy Bilicich

Mayor