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Posted on: December 15, 2021

Watsonville awarded top honors for financial reporting

BUDGET AWARD 2021

We are proud to announce that our final budget report for the 2021-2023 fiscal years has received the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting. 

Following a thorough examination by a panel of independent reviewers, the Government Fina...

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Posted on: January 21, 2022

The City of Watsonville is seeking a highly skilled City Clerk

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The City of Watsonville is seeking a highly skilled City Clerk.

The City of Watsonville is seeking a highly skilled  City Clerk to manage and oversee the day-to-day functional operations of agenda management,  electronic records management, administering  oaths, respond to Public Records Act...
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Posted on: January 21, 2022

Watsonville Senior Center helping residents order free COVID-19 test kits

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Staff from the Watsonville Senior Center are helping residents with limited or no internet access place an order for their free COVID-19 testing kits from the government. 

If you need assistance placing your order, please call 831-768-3279.&nb...

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Posted on: January 18, 2022

Community Special Event Sponsorship Program

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The City of Watsonville recognizes the value of partnering with other agencies and organizations in providing services that benefit the community and its residents. In an effort to provide support for organizations providing community special events, spec...

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Posted on: January 18, 2022

Federal government sending free at-home COVID-19 tests

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Order your free at-home COVID-19 tests!

The Federal Government is sending four free at-home COVID-19 tests to every home in the U.S. that orders them. Tests are completely free.

Their website went live Tuesday morning and ordering is now available at:&n...

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Posted on: January 7, 2022

2022 DRAFT ACTION PLAN

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A Remote/Teleconference public meeting will be held by the Community Development Department, Housing Division of the City of Watsonville, on Thursday, January 26, at the 6:00 p.m.

2022 DRAFT ACTION PLAN 

FY 2022-2023

(July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023)

A Remote/Teleconference public meeting will be held by the Community Development Department, Housing Division of the City of Watsonville

Wednesday, January 26, at the 6:00 p.m.&nbs...

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Posted on: January 13, 2022

County Office of Education opens COVID-19 Drive-Thru testing site at fairgrounds

Santa Cruz County Office of Education opens COVID-19 Drive-Thru testing site at fairgrounds

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education has launched a COVID-19 Drive-Thru testing site for anyone in our community at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. Appointments are not required, but you are highly encouraged to register ahead of time. 

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Posted on: January 12, 2022

Watsonville's Nature Center to be Demolished, Paving Way for a Bigger Dream

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Over the last 17 years the little building in the back of Ramsay Park that we’ve all come to know as Watsonville’s Nature Center has been serving as a space where community members of all ages and backgrounds can engage in environmenta...

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Posted on: January 11, 2022

Jorge Zamora sworn-in as Chief of Police of Watsonville

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Longtime Watsonville police veteran Jorge Zamora was sworn in as Chief of Police on January 10, 2022.  

Zamora officially became the 16th police chief for the City of Watsonville and the first, first-generation Mexican-American to hold this role.

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Posted on: January 10, 2022

City Manager Recruitment Community Forum

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Watsonville City Council seeks community input.

Come and share your thoughts on the most important qualities and skills for the next Watsonville City Manager.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 5:30 pm

Watsonville Civic Plaza Community Room

275 Main Street, 4th Floor

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Posted on: January 10, 2022

Recycling Organic Material a 2022 Mandate for California

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Your food scraps will no longer be allowed in the garbage.

It’s January 2022 and a State regulation has just gone into effect to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated from landfills known as Senate Bill 1383.  The legislation requires all cities and other public agencies to take significant actions t...

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Posted on: January 7, 2022

City Manager Recruitment Now Open

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The City Council seeks a new City Manager.

To view the full City Manager Brochure click on the image or click Here. 

The City Council seeks an authentic leader, a good communicator who is open to different perspectives, and a good listener and one who can work effectively with the City Coun...

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Posted on: January 6, 2022

Come Plant With Us!

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Celebrate World Wetlands Day on Saturday, February 5, 2022 from 10am-12pm

Come plant trees and native plants, and learn about free trees for residents and many other conservation programs. Music, giveaways, food, and tools will be provided.

Celebrate World Wetlands Day on Saturday, February 5, 2022 from 10am-12pm.  We&a...

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Posted on: January 6, 2022

Free Tree Planting and Composting Workshop

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Join us on Saturday, January 22nd at 2 pm at Muzzio Park.

Free-Tree Planting & Backyard Home Composting Workshop

 

Come to our workshop on how to plant a tree and how to make compost at home. Save the date: Saturday, January 22nd at 2pm at Muzzio Park on 26 W Front Street. To learn more about this pro...

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Posted on: December 16, 2021

Acting Assistant Chief of Police Jorge Zamora selected to serve as Watsonville’s new Police Chief

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Longtime Watsonville officer and Acting Assistant Chief of Police Jorge Zamora has been selected to serve as Watsonville’s new Chief of Police. 

The confirmation of Zamora comes after an extensive and highly visible recruitment process, ...

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Posted on: December 15, 2021

Watsonville awarded top honors for financial reporting

BUDGET AWARD 2021

We are proud to announce that our final budget report for the 2021-2023 fiscal years has received the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting. 

Following a thorough examination by a panel of independent reviewers, the Government Fina...

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Posted on: November 30, 2021

Rebates & incentives available for Watsonville residents who purchase or lease electric vehicles

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Thanks to regional, state, and federal rebates and incentives, there’s never been a better time to purchase or lease a new or used electric vehicle!

Residential, commercial, public agencies, and agricultural Central Coast Community Energy (CCCE) ...

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Posted on: November 26, 2021

Council recommends appointing Tamara Vides as Interim City Manager

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The City Council has recommended Tamara Vides to serve as the Interim City Manager, upon Matt Huffaker’s departure and until a permanent replacement can be found. The appointment will come before the Council on November 30th. 

Vides has worked for...

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Posted on: November 22, 2021

Scammer claims to be Watsonville Chief of Police and requests donations

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During this time of the year, we can expect scammers to be out in full force!

 

Unfortunately, the latest phone scam to hit our area has already proven to be effective, leaving a local business out hundreds of dollars.

 

The phone scam invol...

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Posted on: November 15, 2021

Watsonville police officers complete 80-hour advanced leadership course

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The course focused on leadership principles

Several Watsonville officers recently completed an 80-hour advanced course focused on leadership principles and providing them the tools needed to make a positive impact within our police department and community. 

Officers and deputies from nearl...

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Posted on: November 10, 2021

Food scrap collection reinstated across Watsonville schools

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The City’s Green Schools Program has reinstated its food scrap collection at schools across Watsonville. 

City staff train personnel from each school and build student-led “Green Teams.” 

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Posted on: October 28, 2021

Our Town is Taking Bold Steps & Committing to Climate Action

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On October 26, the City Council unanimously approved the 2030 Climate Action & Adaptation Plan....

Our Town is Taking Bold Steps and Committing to Climate Action

On October 26, the City Council unanimously approved the 2030 Climate Action & Adaptation Plan. Thank you to all who came out to show their support!  With this, we have co...

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Posted on: September 13, 2021

Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report

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Report Available Now

Click here to see the Report - Haga clic aquí para ver el informe

https://www.cityofwatsonville.org/DocumentCenter/View/17222/2020-CAPER-final-draft-for-public-commenting

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Posted on: August 19, 2021

Ramsay Park - Watsonville Slough Connector Trail Project

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Construction begins Monday, August 23, 2021!

The City of Watsonville, with Granite Construction, Inc., will begin construction of the Watsonville Slough Connector Trail at Ramsay Park on Monday, August 23. Construction is anticipated to occur through the end of February 2022.

Construction will take p...

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Posted on: January 22, 2022

Poets' Circle in February

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Tune into our Poets’ Circle and open mic ~ hosted by Magdalena Montagne, our virtual program will feature Watsonville Poet Laureate, Bob Gómez.

Tune into our Poets’ Circle and open mic ~ hosted by Magdalena Montagne, our virtual program will feature Watsonville Poet Laureate, Bob Gómez, and will take place on Thursday, February 3 from 5-7 pm.

No registration is required for this live Zoom program....

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Posted on: January 18, 2022

Love and Friendship Craft Night for Families

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Join us for our Love and Friendship Craft Night ~ create beautiful cards for loved ones and snap some photos at our heart-themed selfie station.

Spread love, kindness, and positivity this February! Join us for our Love and Friendship Craft Night ~ create beautiful cards for loved ones and snap some photos at our heart-themed selfie station.

This program will take place at our Main Library, Children...

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Posted on: January 15, 2022

Newspaper Archive Now Accessible

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Watsonville Public Library now has access to Newspaper Archive, which has a variety of newspapers from 1607- 2020 - all you need is your library card to access.

Watsonville Public Library offers patrons access to the Newspaper Archive, a great resource for general research or exploring family history. Access from within the library or access remotely with your library card and create an account.

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Posted on: January 14, 2022

Triple P StoryWalk® at the Main Library

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Join us for a StoryWalk® in celebration of Positive Parenting Awareness Month at the Watsonville Public Library and be entered in a raffle!

Join us for a StoryWalk® in celebration of Positive Parenting Awareness Month at the Watsonville Public Library and be entered in a raffle! 

StoryWalk® is a fun, educational activity that places bilingual pages from the children&am...

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Posted on: December 8, 2021

Winter Reading Program

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Participate in the virtual Winter Reading Challenge, “Read for a Better World".

Read your way through the Winter ~ Participate in Beanstack’s virtual Winter Reading Challenge, “Read for a Better World”  from Monday, December 6th through Monday, January 31st.

We challenge our patrons to read at le...

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Posted on: December 21, 2021

Animation Creation Club for Kids

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Know a kid that is curious about animation?

Know someone that is curious about animation? Learn how to make and share creative short videos using paper, lego bricks, clay and toys! Our Animation Creation Club will be meeting every second Tuesday of the month starting on January 11 from 3:30-4:30pm ...

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Posted on: November 9, 2021

Monterey Bay Aquarium Passes Return

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The Shelf to Shore program will resume at the Watsonville Libraries starting Monday, November 8th.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium remains committed to providing free access for those who reside in Monterey or Santa Cruz counties and cannot afford to visit. The Shelf to Shore program will resume at the Watsonville Libraries starting Monday, November 8th.&...

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Posted on: November 14, 2021

Monthly PJ Storytimes

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Get Cozy with monthly PJ Storytimes

Grab your favorite stuffed animals and slippers! Come to our Pajama Storytime on the third Tuesday of every month dressed in your favorite pajamas, and have fun with stories and songs.

Our first Pajama Storytime will take place at our Main Library, Storyti...

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Posted on: November 15, 2021

In Person Storytimes Return February 2022

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Stay tuned! Our in-person storytimes will return in February 2022.

Attention storytime attendees ~ Our virtual Bilingual Baby Laptime that occurs on Wednesday mornings will be going on a break while we prepare to bring back in-person storytimes in the New Year. 

Stay tuned! Our in-person storytimes will return in...

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Posted on: December 6, 2021

Teen Take Home Kits

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Did you know that we have monthly take-home kits available for Watsonville teens (ages 13 & up)?

Did you know that we have monthly take-home kits available for Watsonville teens (ages 13 & up)? Our cozy December kit comes with fun activities for you to do at home.

Kits will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and can be picked up at o...

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Posted on: November 10, 2021

Virtual Classes & Learning for Older Adults

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Know an older adult (50+) who is looking for learning experiences from the comfort of their home?

Know an older adult (50+) who is looking for learning experiences from the comfort of their home? GetSetUp is an online platform and community that helps older adults enjoy more fulfilling, independent, and socially connect lives through learning.&nbs...

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Posted on: December 8, 2021

City of Watsonville Receives $3.5 Million State Grant to Revitalize City Plaza

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The City of Watsonville has been awarded a $3.5 million California State Parks Statewide Park Program grant to revitalize the downtown City Plaza. 

The grant funds will allow the City to integrate new recreational features and upgrade the park&...

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Posted on: August 19, 2021

Ramsay Park - Watsonville Slough Connector Trail Project

Construction begins Monday, August 23, 2021!

The City of Watsonville, with Granite Construction, Inc., will begin construction of the Watsonville Slough Connector Trail at Ramsay Park on Monday, August 23. Construction is anticipated to occur through the end of February 2022.

Construction will take p...

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Posted on: July 26, 2021

FLYERS Afterschool Program

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Parents looking for a safe, educational and fun experience outside of the classroom should look no further than our FLYERS (Fun Loving Youth En Route to Success) program. Students receive homework help, arts, crafts, games, sports and a delicious snack. W...

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Posted on: January 11, 2022

Jorge Zamora sworn-in as Chief of Police of Watsonville

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Longtime Watsonville police veteran Jorge Zamora was sworn in as Chief of Police on January 10, 2022.  

Zamora officially became the 16th police chief for the City of Watsonville and the first, first-generation Mexican-American to hold this role.

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Posted on: January 10, 2022

Watsonville Police Officers recover teen’s stolen bike

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Fourteen-year-old Mateo is all smiles after Watsonville police officers recovered his stolen bike! 

The teen had taken all the necessary steps to safeguard his bike while at the Overlook Shopping Center on Main Street. Unfortunately, a thief still...

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Posted on: December 16, 2021

Acting Assistant Chief of Police Jorge Zamora selected to serve as Watsonville’s new Police Chief

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Longtime Watsonville officer and Acting Assistant Chief of Police Jorge Zamora has been selected to serve as Watsonville’s new Chief of Police. 

The confirmation of Zamora comes after an extensive and highly visible recruitment process, ...

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Posted on: November 22, 2021

Scammer claims to be Watsonville Chief of Police and requests donations

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During this time of the year, we can expect scammers to be out in full force!

 

Unfortunately, the latest phone scam to hit our area has already proven to be effective, leaving a local business out hundreds of dollars.

 

The phone scam invol...

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Posted on: November 15, 2021

Watsonville police officers complete 80-hour advanced leadership course

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Several Watsonville officers recently completed an 80-hour advanced course focused on leadership principles and providing them the tools needed to make a positive impact within our police department and community. 

Officers and deputies from nearl...

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Posted on: November 10, 2021

2021 Pink Patch Project campaign raises more than $21,000 for families affected by breast cancer

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The Watsonville Police Department’s 2021 Pink Patch Project campaign has come to an end with more than $21,000 raised for the Katz Cancer Resource Center!

This is the most the department has raised since starting the project in 2017. 

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Posted on: October 28, 2021

Students sell otter pops to help WPD Pink Patch Project campaign

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We’d like to thank Good Shepherd Catholic School and its student leadership council for donating more than $300 to our Pink Patch Project campaign!

The students put in a lot of effort and sold otter pops to raise funds for local families affected...

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Posted on: April 20, 2021

WPD CARE Team working to help individuals & families affected by mental illness

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We’re living in stressful times and it’s absolutely normal for many of us to feel anxious, sad, or even overwhelmed. 

The good news is there is help. Our Crisis Assessment Response and Engagement (CARE) Team continues to provid...

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Posted on: October 22, 2021

WPD awarded $125,800 in grants to increase road, bicycle, and pedestrian safety

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The grants will prioritize the safety of our drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians

The Watsonville Police Department has been awarded two grants totaling $125,800 that will prioritize the safety of our drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. 

An $80,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety will allow us to provide ne...

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Posted on: November 10, 2021

Food scrap collection reinstated across Watsonville schools

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City staff train personnel from each school

The City’s Green Schools Program has reinstated its food scrap collection at schools across Watsonville. 

City staff train personnel from each school and build student-led “Green Teams.” 

The City and schools from the Pajaro Valley Unified...

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Posted on: October 28, 2021

Our Town is Taking Bold Steps & Committing to Climate Action

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On October 26, the City Council unanimously approved the 2030 Climate Action & Adaptation Plan....

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On October 26, the City Council unanimously approved the 2030 Climate Action & Adaptation Plan. Thank you to all who came out to show their support!  With this, we have co...

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