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Mayor’s Update

March 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:

 City Is Using Cutting Edge Material

The Watsonville Public Works and Utilities Department is making great headway in replacing the City’s aging underground water mains. Fifty percent of Watsonville’s water system is over 50 years old and experiences frequent breaks and leaks. Currently, work is being done at College Road, from Cutter Drive to Lake View Road. As part of this work, the City is using new cutting edge material. An 1,800-foot stretch of zinc epoxy ductile iron pipe is being used for this project, replacing an older type of iron pipe installed using other methods. Despite great success in European countries and other regions of the U.S., this is the first time such a product has been used in California. This new pipe material is likely to last 100 years, about twice the life of the current pipes being replaced. This will create a more reliable water system and the City will receive significant cost savings by this preventive maintenance effort. Visit our website for more information: http://cityofwatsonville.org/city-of-watsonville/city-is-using-cutting-edge-material.

Climate Action Plan

A Climate Action Plan is a blueprint that shows how the City will address the challenges of climate change over the next 20 years. City staff have been working with a consultant team and a technical advisory committee to develop a Climate Action Plan and Carbon Fund for Watsonville. Both the Plan and the Carbon Fund were considered for adoption by the City Council on February 24. Visit our website for more information: http://cityofwatsonville.org/city-of-watsonville/city-to-develop-a-climate-action-plan-and-carbon-fund.

Neighborhood Watch ProgramCommunity involvement in minimizing crime is a critical component in the Watsonville Police Department’s mission.  During the past six months our residents have reported burglaries and vandalisms which directly led to arrests of the suspects. Motorists have called the police to report suspected drunk drivers, and people came to the aid of an officer who was fighting with a suspected gang member.  We have 25 neighborhoods organized in official Neighborhood Watch Programs.  To find out if your neighborhood is involved with Neighborhood Watch or you would like more information regarding the program, contact the Neighborhood Services Division at 763-5678. Visit our website for more information: http://cityofwatsonville.org/city-of-watsonville/neighborhood-watch.

Calling all Poets! -The library is seeking poetry submissions for a display in April to celebrate National Poetry Month. Please submit your poetry via email to eva.nottage@cityofwatsonville.org. Make sure to include the title of the poem, the actual poem, and the name of the writer.

California Competes Tax Credit - Join the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) for a free workshop on how to apply for the California Competes Tax Credit. Companies large and small that are adding jobs in the State are encouraged to apply for tax credits to help expand their business. GO-Biz evaluates the most competitive applications based on the factors required by statute, including total jobs created, total investment, average wage, economic impact, strategic importance and more. Applications are accepted online through a free and interactive website at www.calcompetes.ca.gov.

Get Out, Get Fit Youth Camp Spring Season - Join the Get Out, Get Fit Youth Camp to get started on the road to a healthier lifestyle! This award winning program will provide you with the support, encouragement, knowledge and skills necessary to live a healthy lifestyle!  The camp will meet starting March 24th to April 24th every Tuesday through Friday from 4-6 p.m. at the G.H.W.R. Youth Center. Field trips will be held on Saturdays. Call (831)768-3247 for more details. Registration ends on March 19, 2015!

Keeping Up With Watsonville

The new watering schedule established by the State and adopted by the City allows sprinkler watering up to 15 minutes, 2 days per week: Residents and businesses with odd-numbered addresses may water on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Those with even-numbered addresses may water on Thursdays and Sundays.  Sprinkler watering is allowed only before 9:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. on your permitted days. Drip irrigation and hand-watering with a shut-off hose nozzle directed at plant roots are permitted any time and any day. Visit our website for more information: http://cityofwatsonville.org/city-of-watsonville/keeping-up-with-watsonville-3.

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