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:

Wine, Beer and Art Walk: Join us for the first annual Wine, Beer and Art Walk on Saturday, May 12, 2018 in downtown Watsonville.  This inaugural event is organized by the City of Watsonville and the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. We will offer special tastings from many different local wineries, craft beers, hard cider and​ non-alcoholic beverages. ​Don't miss the amazing artwork displayed and available for sale by local artists and the remarkably talented local musicians performing along the walk. Tickets are available for sale on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-beer-and-art-walk-tickets-44646550033?aff=es2. For more information, visit our website or call 831-768-3010.

Community Development Block Grant - Public Input Meeting: We invite you to join us for a public meeting on Monday, April 16, 2018, at 5:30 p.m., in the former Council Chambers located at 250 Main Street, to review, discuss & provide input on the City's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Draft Action Plan for 2018. The plan proposes activities that will provide low & moderate-income residents with low-interest housing rehabilitation loans, expand youth recreation opportunities, improve City streets, provide job training, and enhance economic development efforts. You can view the draft action plan on our website at www.cityofwatsonville.org. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information, please call (831) 768-3080.

Volunteers Needed for the 4th of July Parade: For 150 years, in one shape or another, the Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July Parade has been part of our community. The parade displays thousands of participants; businesses, non-profits, youth groups, other associations and draws thousands of spectators lining Main Street. As we prepare to celebrate this year, we need community members to join forces with our Parks and Community Services Department to continue this tradition. We invite you to become a volunteer parade marshal. We need volunteers from 10 am to 2:30 pm. For more information you can call: Tony Roman at (831) 768-3266 or Customer Service at (831) 768-3240.

16th Annual Earth Day/Day of the Child:  Join us on Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 12 pm - 4 pm at the Historic Watsonville City Plaza for the 16th Annual Earth Day/Day of the Child event. Various organizations will offer free, fun activities for the whole family, games, prizes, and bilingual information about the variety of services available in Watsonville. Local children will perform music and dance live on stage; and high school students will educate residents on what we can all do to protect our environment. This event is possible thanks to the generous donations of local businesses. For more information call (831) 768-1622 or visit our website.

Downtown Watsonville Complete Streets Plan: The City of Watsonville is looking to complete streets plan for the downtown area to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and motorists of all ages and abilities. The City will be hosting community workshops over the next year to obtain feedback from the community on desired improvements. The City invites residents to give input at one or all of the outreach venues. Visit Public Works' website at: https://cityofwatsonville.org/590/Public-Works-Utilities to learn more about the Watsonville Complete Streets Plan and to keep current on the project.

City Council Strategic Plan – We Want to Hear from You! The City Council is currently in the process of creating its next Strategic Plan goals for 2018-2020 and we want to hear from you. This plan will help the City determine where to spend time and resources, which will increase productivity and move the development of the City in a purposeful manner. Please take our online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/18-20sp. Your opinions and perceptions are important to us!

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

Sincerely,
Lowell Hurst, Mayor        

Hurst 2018