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Mayor’s Update

June 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:

Measure G

On June 3rd, Measure G was approved by two-thirds of Watsonville voters. Measure G is a Public Safety tax that by law dedicated for Police, Fire and Youth Violence Prevention Programs. Measure G will provide secure funding for our Police and Fire Departments and will help make Watsonville a safer community. Measure G includes a requirement for an Independent Citizen Oversight Committee, annual financial audits and regular reports to the community to ensure that all funds are spent in the manner promised. For more information call 768-3010.

Public Safety Career Day

The Watsonville Police Department and the Watsonville Fire Department will be hosting a Public Safety Career Day on Saturday, August 9, 2014. The Watsonville Police Department has already confirmed participation of 100 police applicants who are scheduled to participate in an all-day speed hiring process. The Watsonville Fire Department would like to extend an invitation to anyone interested in becoming a Watsonville firefighter. Guests will hear about the fire department’s hiring qualifications and testing process. The event will be held on August 9th at 8:30 a.m. in the Watsonville Civic Plaza Community Room located at 275 Main Street, 4th Floor (6th floor of the parking garage). This Public Safety Career Day is made possible by the supporters of Measure G, the half-cent sales tax that successfully passed in the June 3 primary election.

Roundabout Update

Construction of the roundabout at the intersection of Pennsylvania Drive and Clifford Avenue continues on schedule.  This past week, the contractor, Graniterock, finished installing curb, gutter and drainage inlets at all of the corners, constructed some sidewalk and driveways and began work on the center island. If you have any questions, please contact Murray Fontes, Principle Engineer and Project Manager at 831-768-3117.

Taxi Way Charlie Getting a Makeover

Taxiway Charlie (“C”) and the General Aviation Apron parallel the Municipal Airport’s crossway wind Runway 9-27 and provide access to this crucial runway. Originally constructed as part of the World War II configuration, the taxiway and apron surfaces have deteriorated over time. Critical habitat designation at the airport has delayed repair and reconstruction projects over the last ten years. Environmental approval has now been obtained, and federal funding has been secured to remove and replace the failed taxiway surface and associated pavement. If you have any questions regarding the project, you can contact Rayvon Williams, Airport Manager at 831-768-3575.

City Receives $225,500 in Grant Funds for Wetlands Trails & Greenway Projects

The City of Watsonville received $225,500 in grant funds for City wetlands trails and greenway projects.  This funding comes from the California Strategic Growth Council’s Urban Greening for Sustainable Communities Grant Program.  In partnership with the Watsonville Wetlands Watch, the City will be improving pedestrian trails and landscaping at Hazelwood Park, and restoring special habitat along the Upper Struve Slough Trail near Main Street. For additional information contact Murray Fontes, Principle Engineer for the City of Watsonville at 768-3117 or Jonathan Pilch, Restoration Director of Watsonville Wetlands Watch at 831-728-4106. You may also visit our website at www.cityofwatsonville.org.

Monterey Bay Birding Festival

The tenth 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.

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

Sincerely,

Mayor Karina Cervantez