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Mayor’s Update

November 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:

Shop Local and Don’t Miss the Watsonville Holiday Factory Sales

As we set out to find the perfect gift for a family member or a special holiday treat, let’s remember to shop locally. Watsonville offers a wide array of products and services and shopping locally translates into a direct investment in our community. The Watsonville Holiday Factory Sale is a perfect opportunity to shop local and will take place on Saturday, December 3rd from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sales tax makes up to 19.4% of the General Fund Revenue in Watsonville. The General Fund is used to pay for services such as police, fire, library, park maintenance, and recreation programs. Sales tax also supports public transportation and road repair. The success of local businesses not only helps the community directly in the form of sales tax, but also provides jobs to local residents. For a complete listing of the Holiday Factory Sales and map visit: www.watsonvillefactorysale.com.

Why is Pinto Lake Sick?

Pinto Lake has been experiencing an increase in harmful blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) blooms due to years of fertilizer runoff and leaky septic systems. These nutrients feed the algae that release dangerous toxins into the water, making the lake unsafe. Alum treatment will begin in 2017 to trap the nutrients embedded at the bottom of the lake that are feeding the algae. These treatments will not end the problem, but reduce it significantly. Ongoing monitoring will continue to measure changes over time. For more information, please contact Environmental Projects Manager, Jackie McCloud (831) 768-3172 or visit our website at http://cityofwatsonville.org/city-of-watsonville/why-is-pinto-lake-sick.

Main Street Lighting

Throughout November, a lighting contractor will be replacing the old, worn out lights hanging on the street trees along Main St. with new commercial-grade LED lights.  The lighting will be installed just in time for the holiday season on the trees from E. Lake Ave. to City Hall, providing a stunning display that lasts many years. As additional funding is identified, we intend to replace the lights on the remaining trees from E. Lake towards Freedom Blvd.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Bike Ride

Join Bike Friendly Watsonville and Mayor Hernandez on Saturday, December 17th at 10:00am for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Bike Ride at Second Street Cafe (parking lot) 28 Second Street in Watsonville. Check your closet and pull out your ugly Christmas sweater. If you don’t have an ugly sweater you can still join us just bring your festive holiday spirit. Bring your family, bring your friends, bring yourself, bring your kids and bring a helmet! This is a free community event open to all ages and experience levels!

Keeping Up with Watsonville

 Multicultural Celebration & Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony – The Multicultural Celebration is scheduled from 1:00-4:30 p.m. Come out and enjoy the cultural activities, live performances, and food booths. There will also be a visit from Santa Claus at 4:30 p.m. The Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and youth choirs are scheduled from 5 – 6 pm on Sunday, December 4th at the City Plaza. Come rediscover downtown Watsonville!

Adaptive Traffic Signal Grant – The City was recently awarded $364,000 from Monterey Bay Air Resources District for an adaptive traffic signal system on Green Valley Road from Harkins Slough Road to Carnation Dr. This project design could begin as early as summer 2017. For more information call 768-3100.

211 Real People, Real Answers, Real Help – 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember telephone number that provides callers with information on local health and human services and disaster response information. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at no charge. The information is also available online at www.211santacruzcounty.org.

Sincerely,

Felipe Hernandez, Mayor