Mayor's Update

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:

Movie Night – Disney’s Big Hero 6: The Watsonville Police Department’s Neighborhood Services Division is excited to kick-off the long awaited summer movie night season by featuring Big Hero 6 on Friday, June 29th at the City Plaza. The movie will start about 15 min after sunset. Bring your family, blanket, lawn chairs and enjoy the movie on our giant inflatable screen.

Fire in the Sky & Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July Parade: Join us for our traditional Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July Parade starting at 12 pm on Main Street and then end the night at our 2nd annual Fire In the Sky Open House at the Airport doors open at 5 pm. There will be great music, food, and an amazing fireworks display to close the night’s festivities.

Music in the Plaza: Summer is here and we have an amazing line-up of bands for you to enjoy during our Music in the Plaza summer concert series. The concerts will run every Thursday from 6 pm-8 pm June 21st-September 20th in the Plaza.

June 21st:  Tributo a Selena Impacto 5 & Selena Singers Brianna, Sahira & Yemi

August 23rd: Back to the 70's/Disco - Heart and Soul Band

July 12th: Latin Rock - Chicano All Stars and Guest Band

September 6th: Motown, R&B, Oldies - Backyard Blues Band (ft. Mario Valens)

July 26th: Latin Tropical/Salsa - Aktual Cumbia Tropical

September 20th: Banda - La Renovada Banda Guerreros (from Mexico)

August 9th: Jazz Night/Rhythms and Blues - 7th Street Big Band

Your Electricity Service is about to get a lot greener! Starting July 1, 2018, Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) will be your official electricity provider, bringing you 100% carbon-free electricity. PG&E will continue to deliver the electricity from the grid to your home or business, maintain the power lines, read your meter, and send you a single, consolidated bill. The only change is an opportunity to choose between different energy options. If your home or business is in Monterey, San Benito or Santa Cruz County, you are automatically enrolled. You can choose to opt out and return to PG&E “bundled service” during the enrollment period by calling (888) 909-6227 or at There is no fee to opt out before enrollment or within 60 days after MBCP service starts.

Parks and Community Services Recreation Activity Guide: Our Summer/Fall Recreation Activity Guide is out now! The Guide is jam packed with fun programs and activities for the whole family. Visit our website at to view the guide for more information on all of our upcoming activities.

The Quality of Water:  The City of Watsonville is proud to provide safe drinking water to our customers at the lowest rates in the region. You are paying less than a penny per gallon of clean potable water. Our water is regulated by the State and Federal government to ensure that your potable water meets all the standards for drinking water safety. You can request a water quality report by calling (831) 768-3133 or by email

Terrific Tuesdays Summer Program:  The Nature Center’s Terrific Tuesday Summer Program begins on July 10th! The Nature Center is located at 30 Harkins Slough Road (behind Ramsay Park). The program is free and no registration is required. Every Tuesday from 1-3 pm beginning July 10th-August 7th:

July 10th: Wetland Trail Adventures

July 17th: Geocache Treasure

July 24th: Science Workshop

July 31st: All You Can do in Nature

August 7th: Recycled Art

Are you Flushing Your Money Away?  Check your toilet, if it’s pre-1992 or uses more than 1.6 gallons per flush then you can apply for a free toilet replacement. Visit our website at for more information.

Summer Reading Program – Reading Takes You Everywhere: Our annual Summer Reading Program will run from: June 9th - July 31st, 2018. Come into the library or sign up online at any time to participate in this year's Summer Reading Program. Sign-ups begin on Saturday, June 9th. Visit our website for all the amazing activities lined-up for the summer at .

Watsonville Public Library Receives California Humanities Grant:  Our library was one of 12 in California chosen to receive support from California Humanities as part of their Library Innovation Lab program. The program is designed to explore new ways of engaging immigrant communities through public humanities programming.  Please visit the library's website to take a short survey and provide feedback that will help them develop services and programming ideas to engage local immigrants.

It can happen in a second - One distraction can be fatal: The Watsonville Police & Public Works Departments are implementing traffic safety measures to keep our community safe. You can help! Do your part, pay attention and be safe: please don’t text and drive; obey traffic signals and use crosswalks. We have several traffic safety measures in place such as: special enforcements on speeding and distracted driving; a public education campaign, and we’re also working on updating our crosswalks. Visit our website to learn more about our traffic safety measures such as: Vision Zero, Complete Streets Plan and the Neighborhood Traffic Plans.

Join the 150 Club
: Join us in supporting the 150th celebrations! Fundraising efforts are underway including the “150 Club”, that provides an opportunity for community members and families to donate $150 dollars to help fund the festivities. The funds raised through this campaign will be used to fund the birthday celebration, the time capsule and special homecoming concert by Andy Vargas - the lead vocalist for the Legendary Rock Band Santana. Community members who wish to participate in the “150 Club” will have their family portrait placed in a commemorative book that will be placed in the time capsule and will receive a limited edition commemorative sesquicentennial coin.  For more information, please call us at 831-768-3010 or email us at:

I love to hear from our community, so please feel free to email me directly by clicking here.

Lowell Hurst, Mayor  

Hurst 2018