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Mayor’s Update

December 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:

Watsonville Factory Sale

Join us for the annual Watsonville Factory Sales on Saturday, December 6th from 9am to 4pm.  There are great deals on the many products grown, manufactured or produced right here in Watsonville! Visit our website for a list of vendors and a map:

Holiday Tree Lighting

All are invited to view the lighting of this magnificent tree on Sunday, December 7th at 5:00 p.m. After the holidays, the tree will be planted in a City park. Trees from the past two years were planted at Pinto Lake City Park. Thank you to the generous donor of the tree for continuing to give the gift of the holiday spirit to our community.  Visit our website for more information:

 Water Main Replacement Program

City Public Works Engineers and Water Services Division have been working hard to replace miles of aging water pipelines for our community. The Water Main Replacement Program is a preventative, pro-active plan to replace and improve our aging infrastructure before unexpected breaks or disruptions occur. By replacing sections of pipeline we will conserve water by reducing water leaks, and improve your water service and water quality. Visit our website for more information:

Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

The holiday season is upon us!  While anytime is a good time to think about personal safety and crime prevention, the Watsonville Police Department wants to share some holiday shopping safety tips to protect yourself against becoming a victim of crime.

Visit our website for safety tips:

Give The Gift Of Zumba!

Give the gift of Zumba this holiday season! Purchase a 4-class punch-card at 20% off! That’s only $20! This holiday promotion ends on December 18th, 2014. Visit our website for more information:

5th Annual Shop-With-A Cop

The Watsonville Police Activities league is hosting its 5th annual Shop-With-A Cop holiday event on December 16, 2014.  Shop-With-A-Cop started 5 years ago when the Watsonville Police Departments Detective Bureau teamed up with the Watsonville Police Activities League (PAL) to provide an at-need family with Christmas gifts, mostly donated directly from the Detectives.  PAL Coordinator Coresta Salas then expanded the program to present day, involving more police officers and more activities.  Shop-With-A-Cop 2014 year will provide a holiday dinner for 10 families where police officers will sit down and share a meal with the families.

After dinner, the families along with the police officers will go to Target and Shop With A Cop.  Each family member will be given gift cards to shop for Christmas gifts.  In collaboration with Targets Hero’s and Helpers program, Target will also provide hot chocolate, a gift wrapping station, a discount on items purchased, as well as an additional gift card so the families can buy and wrap gifts for each other to open on Christmas day.  Watsonville PAL will also stuff a stocking for the families with goodies from our sponsor partners  (PVPSA, parks and rec, teen peer court, Target, celebrations, turkey boat, second street cafe, Santa Cruz coffee roasting company, Watsonville older timer Angels Baseball, Cassidy’s pizza, Taqueria El Dandy ).

Keeping Up With Watsonville

Watsonville Fire Department Gene Friend Museum (105 Second St.) – Museum offers an up close and personal view of the apparatus and equipment used during the history of the Watsonville Fire Department. Visits are available by appointment (768-3202).

 Additional K9 Unit – As of November 5th, the Watsonville Police Assistance Fund has raised $3,095 of the $20,000 needed to buy an additional K9 unit. Officer Brian Fulgoni has been chosen to be its handler.

2015 Parking Permits – Available for purchase now at City Hall, 250 Main St.

Fowle Reservoir Turf Replacement Project (Freedom Blvd.) – The plants selected for the site are natives and will only be watered for the first summer. The end result will be a demonstration native no-summer-water landscape.

On December 9th, our new mayor will take hold of the gavel. She will continue to keep you updated on all of the great things happening in our city.  It’s been a great privilege to serve as your mayor.


Mayor Dr. Nancy A. Bilicich