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Posted on: October 13, 2020

Community Visioning Survey

Share your ideas for the vision of Downtown!

Share your ideas for the vision of Downtown! Your input and feedback will help the City create a shared vision for the Downtown Specific Plan.

The Community Visioning Survey is an opportunity to share your thoughts about the future of Downtown Watsonville. Your input and feedback will help the City create a shared vision for the Downtown Specific Plan.

For more information about the project, visi...

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Posted on: September 1, 2020

Downtown Watsonville Specific Plan

Downtown Watsonville Specific Plan

The City of Watsonville initiated a Specific Plan for downtown Watsonville. This planning effort will build on the historic origins of the area while establishing a clear vision for the future of downtown Watsonville.

Project Underway

In July 2019, the City of Watsonville initiated a Specific Plan for downtown Watsonville.  This planning effort will build on the historic origins of the area while establishing a clear vision for the future of downtown Watsonvill...

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Posted on: June 7, 2020

Restaurants and Retail Businesses to use Outdoor Areas for Outdoor Dining and Display Areas

Downtown Watsonville

City allowing for restaurants and retail businesses to use outdoor areas for outdoor dining and display areas with approval of a Temporary COVID-19 Encroachment Agreement.

Watsonville City Manager, Matt Huffaker, signed Emergency Order 2020-01 on Friday, June 5, 2020, allowing for restaurants and retail businesses to use outdoor areas for outdoor dining and display areas with approval of a Temporary COVID-19 Encroachment Ag...

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Posted on: May 14, 2020

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPT WILL CONTINUE SERVICES ELECTRONICALLY

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Based on the May 1, 2020 Health Order, we will be issuing building and engineering permits for all types of construction projects.

Due to the Santa Cruz County Shelter in Place Order, the Community Development Department is providing development services remotely, as we care about our health and yours. 

On April 1st, the Community Development Department shifted its service de...

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Posted on: May 14, 2020

EL DEPARTAMENTO DE DESARROLLO URBANO CONTINUARÁ SERVICIOS AL PÚBLICO MEDIANTE MEDIOS ELECTRONICOS

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A base de la Orden de Salud del 1 de mayo de 2020, emitiremos permisos de construcción e ingeniería para todo tipo de proyectos de construccion.

Debido a la Orden de Refugio en el Hogar del Condado de Santa Cruz, el departamento de Desarrollo Urbano está proporcionando servicios de desarrollo de forma remota, ya que nos preocupamos por nuestra salud y la suya.

El 1 de abril, el departame...

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Community Development
Posted on: April 22, 2020

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) COVID-19

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The City of Watsonville has received additional CDBG funding to help communities deal with the impacts of COVID 19 and related shutdowns.

With the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act the City of Watsonville has received additional CDBG funding to help communities deal with the impacts of COVID 19 and related shutdowns.

For questions regarding this fundi...

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Posted on: September 22, 2020

Downtown Watsonville Specific Plan

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Help shape Downtown Watsonville!

Virtual Community Workshop

September 30, 2020

5:30 - 7:30 PM

In addition, live audio is available for listening only by dialing 1-669-900-9128

access code 946-1328-8758.

Questions and comments can be submitted via text message for those who participate by phon...

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Economic Development
Posted on: June 7, 2020

Watsonville is Open for Business - Guidelines to Help you Open Safely

Watsonville is Open for Business

Our goal is to help workers and businesses take responsible steps toward resuming work, serving customers and rebuilding our economy. Click here for state specific industry guidelines to help you reopen safely.

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve rapidly, the city is committed to keeping business owners informed, providing resources, and advocating for effective strategies to assist in the recovery. We stand with you, and we’re ...

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Posted on: November 23, 2020

Changes to Garbage Services - Holiday Schedule

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Our garbage collection services will be different this year. Please continue reading to see our 2020 Holiday Service Schedule.

We will not be providing garbage or recycling collection services on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s day. If your service day falls on one of these three holidays, services will be postponed by one day. Please see the calendar be...

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Posted on: November 23, 2020

Santa Claus Tour

Santa Tour

Be on the lookout for Santa and his helpers as they pass through your neighborhood beginning Wednesday Dec 9.

Este año, Santa conducirá por los vecindarios de Watsonville para difundir un poco de alegría navideña. Esté atento a él y a sus ayudantes mientras pasan por su vecindario a partir del miércoles 9 de diciembre.

This year, Santa will be driving through Wats...

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Posted on: November 17, 2020

Purple Widespread Tier

Santa Cruz County Moves to COVID-19 Purple tier

Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, Santa Cruz County has moved back into the purple tier.

Santa Cruz County has moved into the Purple Widespread Tier (effective 11/17/20)

Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases locally and throughout the state, Santa Cruz County will be moving back into the widespread purple tier effective immediately. Santa...

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Posted on: October 19, 2020

#WPLBookstagram Book Recommendations

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Do you have a book recommendation that you would like to share in a visually creative way?

Do you have a book recommendation that you would like to share in a visually creative way? Share your book recommendation among a variety of items that exemplify your reading choice, and make sure to use the #WPLBookstagram hashtag to make your submission...

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Posted on: November 16, 2020

Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Month Art Contest - Vote For Your Favorite

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Vote for your favorite artwork from the amazing submissions for our Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Month Art Contest

We are excited to share all of the amazing artwork and creative pieces that have been shared with us for our Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Month art contest. Check out the gallery of submissions and then vote for your favorite ~ 

Estamos emociona...

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Posted on: November 5, 2020

Tell us how you see Watsonville in 10 years. Take the Climate Survey!

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We need your vote to determine which strategies will have the most community support to protect and prepare us from the impacts of global warming.

We need your vote to determine which strategies will have the most community support to protect and prepare us from the impacts of global warming.  

You have the opportunity to weigh in on the climate strategies you most want the City to pursue to...

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Posted on: November 4, 2020

Main Library Reopens November 9th

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We are pleased to announce that the Main Library of the Watsonville Public Library will be opening for limited in-person services starting Monday, November 9th.

We are pleased to announce that the Main Library of the Watsonville Public Library will be opening for limited in-person services starting Monday, November 9th. Library open hours will be Monday through Friday from 2-6pm. In addition, we will be offering ...

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Posted on: October 28, 2020

Thank You Essential Workers - Social Media Campaign

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Do you know an essential worker that has kept our community moving forward during these hard times? If so, let us know who they are and we will recognize them on social media.

This campaign was made give a big THANK YOU and highlight the broad range of essential workers who have kept our community moving forward during these hard times.

Depending on the community response, we hope to feature at least 1 essential worker per day f...

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Posted on: October 19, 2020

Watsonville Academy - Deadline Extended

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The Watsonville Academy is a ten-week interactive program geared at giving participants an inside look at how local government operates.

Sessions will be held every other Thursday starting in January 2021. All applicants must be 21 years of age and must reside, or own a business in the city limits of the City of Watsonville. In order to gain a good understanding of how your local governmen...

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Posted on: October 13, 2020

Community Visioning Survey

Share your ideas for the vision of Downtown!

Share your ideas for the vision of Downtown! Your input and feedback will help the City create a shared vision for the Downtown Specific Plan.

The Community Visioning Survey is an opportunity to share your thoughts about the future of Downtown Watsonville. Your input and feedback will help the City create a shared vision for the Downtown Specific Plan.

For more information about the project, visi...

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Posted on: October 1, 2020

Rental Assistance Program / Programa de Asistencia al Inquilino

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Do you need rental assistance?
¿Necesita ayuda con su renta?

Bilingual Application / Aplicación Bilingüe: APPLY HERE:

English:

The City of Watsonville administers the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). This program is designed to assist Watsonville low and moderate income renters...

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Posted on: September 22, 2020

Downtown Watsonville Specific Plan

Virtual Community Workshop

Help shape Downtown Watsonville! Join us for a virtual Community Workshop on September 30th at 5:30 pm.

Virtual Community Workshop

September 30, 2020

5:30 - 7:30 PM

In addition, live audio is available for listening only by dialing 1-669-900-9128

access code 946-1328-8758.

Questions and comments can be submitted via text message for those who participate by phon...

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Posted on: September 1, 2020

Downtown Watsonville Specific Plan

Downtown Watsonville Specific Plan

This planning effort will build on the historic origins of the area while establishing a clear vision for the future of downtown Watsonville.

Project Underway

In July 2019, the City of Watsonville initiated a Specific Plan for downtown Watsonville.  This planning effort will build on the historic origins of the area while establishing a clear vision for the future of downtown Watsonvill...

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Posted on: September 1, 2020

California Blueprint for a Safer Economy

California Blueprint for a Safer Economy

Governor Newsom on Friday released a new framework for COVID-19 economic restrictions. The framework includes four colors, with Purple Tier 1 representing the highest level of restrictions.

Counties move through Red Tier 2, Orange Tier 3 and Yellow Tier 4 based on case and positivity rates, and metrics assessing data collection, testing access and contact tracing.

Santa Cruz County is currently placed in the Purple Tier, but expects to move t...

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Posted on: August 6, 2020

EMERGENCY MASK ORDER

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COVID-19 infection rates are going up in California and the United States.

The City of Watsonville has been educating our community on the importance of wearing a face covering when in public. Face coverings protect you and others and help slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Starting today, you can be ticketed for not wearing ...

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Posted on: August 3, 2020

Restaurants and Retail Businesses to use Outdoor Areas for Dining & Display Areas

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Restaurants and retail businesses are allowed to use outdoor areas for dining and display with approval of a Temporary COVID-19 Encroachment Agreement.

Watsonville City Manager, Matt Huffaker, signed Emergency Order 2020-01 on Friday, June 5, 2020, allowing for restaurants and retail businesses to use outdoor areas for outdoor dining and display areas with approval of a Temporary COVID-19 Encroachment Ag...

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Posted on: June 7, 2020

Restaurants and Retail Businesses to use Outdoor Areas for Outdoor Dining and Display Areas

Downtown Watsonville

City allowing for restaurants and retail businesses to use outdoor areas for outdoor dining and display areas with approval of a Temporary COVID-19 Encroachment Agreement.

Watsonville City Manager, Matt Huffaker, signed Emergency Order 2020-01 on Friday, June 5, 2020, allowing for restaurants and retail businesses to use outdoor areas for outdoor dining and display areas with approval of a Temporary COVID-19 Encroachment Ag...

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Home
Posted on: June 7, 2020

Watsonville is Open for Business - Guidelines to Help you Open Safely

Watsonville is Open for Business

Our goal is to help workers and businesses take responsible steps toward resuming work, serving customers and rebuilding our economy. Click here for state specific industry guidelines to help you reopen safely.

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve rapidly, the city is committed to keeping business owners informed, providing resources, and advocating for effective strategies to assist in the recovery. We stand with you, and we’re ...

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Posted on: May 6, 2020

Emergency Housing Assistance Program Guidelines

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This program is designed to assist Watsonville low and moderate income renters affected by the COVID-19 economic crisis with a grant of up to $1,500.

This program is a partnership between the City of Watsonville and Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County Inc. 

For more information please visit cabinc.org

APPLY HERE:

On March 27th, 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Econom...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Santa Cruz County Shelter In Place Order

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Santa Cruz County Shelter In Place Order - Community Update March 16, 2020By the City of Watsonville 

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VIDEO - Community Update on Shelter in Place Order 

VIDEO - Mensaje para la Comunidad Sobre la Orden de Refugiarse en el Hogar

Community Update - 03/16/2020

 Mensaje para la Comunidad - 03/16/2020

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Posted on: November 17, 2020

Poets Circle Virtual Program

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Our poets’ circle and open mic is virtual ~ hosted by Joan Rose Staffen, join us to hear poet Magdalena Montagne read from her new book “Earth My Witness”.

Our poets’ circle and open mic is virtual ~ hosted by Joan Rose Staffen, join us to hear poet Magdalena Montagne read from her new book “Earth My Witness”. This virtual program will be an opportunity to share your work and meet local poets.

This is a live ...

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Posted on: November 16, 2020

Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Month Art Contest - Vote For Your Favorite

Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Month Art Contest Voting is Open

Vote for your favorite artwork from the amazing submissions for our Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Month Art Contest

We are excited to share all of the amazing artwork and creative pieces that have been shared with us for our Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Month art contest. Check out the gallery of submissions and then vote for your favorite ~ 

Estamos emociona...

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Posted on: November 4, 2020

Main Library Reopens November 9th

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We are pleased to announce that the Main Library of the Watsonville Public Library will be opening for limited in-person services starting Monday, November 9th.

We are pleased to announce that the Main Library of the Watsonville Public Library will be opening for limited in-person services starting Monday, November 9th. Library open hours will be Monday through Friday from 2-6pm. In addition, we will be offering ...

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Posted on: October 19, 2020

#WPLBookstagram Book Recommendations

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Do you have a book recommendation that you would like to share in a visually creative way?

Do you have a book recommendation that you would like to share in a visually creative way? Share your book recommendation among a variety of items that exemplify your reading choice, and make sure to use the #WPLBookstagram hashtag to make your submission...

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Posted on: October 9, 2020

National Novel Writing Month Workshop for Teens

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Have a story you wish to tell? National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun annual challenge centered around creative writing. The challenge: write an entire novel in the span of one month! For ages 13-18

Have a story you wish to tell? National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun annual challenge centered around creative writing. The challenge: write an entire novel in the span of one month! 

Watsonville Public Library will be offering a serie...

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Posted on: October 7, 2020

Book Bundles

Book bundles - grab and go selections handpicked by a librarian

Do you need books for your kids but don’t know what to request? Book bundles will now be available for checkout at Watsonville Public Library during curbside hours.

Do you need books for your kids but don’t know what to request? Book bundles will now be available for checkout at Watsonville Public Library during curbside hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12-5pm and Tuesdays and Fridays from 12-7pm.&nbs...

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Posted on: October 6, 2020

My First Book Club for Students in Grade 1-5

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Know a virtual learner who would benefit from participating in an engaging book club? WPL’s “My First Bookclub” program will meet to read a picture book, have a discussion, and enjoy a fun activity. For Grades 1st-3rd and 4th-5th.

Reading is thinking ~ know a virtual learner who would benefit from participating in an engaging book club? WPL’s “My First Bookclub” program will meet online twice a month to read a picture book, have a discussion, and enjoy...

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Posted on: October 5, 2020

Remote Learning Classes - Basic Grammar & Basic Reading

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Know anyone who wants to improve their literacy skills from home? Opportunity to read is offering remote learning classes ~ Basic Reading & Basic Grammar.

Know anyone who wants to improve their literacy skills from home? Opportunity to read is offering remote learning classes ~ Basic Reading & Basic Grammar.

Know anyone who wants to improve their literacy skills from home? Opportunity to read is offering...

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Posted on: October 12, 2020

BrainFuse JobNow Service Available

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Looking for job help? JobNow offers one-on-one assistance in a wide variety of topics related to finding a job, writing a winning resume, and interview coaching.

Looking for job help? JobNow offers one-on-one assistance in a wide variety of topics related to finding a job, writing a winning resume, and interview coaching. Live tutors are available Monday through Sunday from 1-10pm. 

Access this library res...

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Posted on: October 8, 2020

BrainFuse Free Online Tutoring Service Available

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Know a virtual learner in need of some homework help? HelpNow by Brainfuse provides homework and live tutoring assistance, test prep services, and FAFSA help.

Know a virtual learner in need of some homework help? HelpNow by Brainfuse provides homework and live tutoring assistance, test prep services, and FAFSA help.

English and Spanish speaking tutors are available Monday through Sunday from 1-10pm for one-on-on...

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Posted on: August 28, 2020

Flipster Digital Magazines Now Available

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Missing your favorite magazines? You can check out and read magazines for free online through Flipster ~ just use your library card to get access.

Missing your favorite magazines? You can check out and read magazines for free online through Flipster ~ just use your library card to get access.

¿Extrañas tus revistas favoritas? Puedes leer revistas gratis en línea a tr...

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Posted on: August 20, 2020

Library Catalog Video Tutorials

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Want to learn how to use the online library catalog? We'll show you tips and tricks for searching as well as placing items on hold in these videos.

Want to learn how to use the online library catalog? We’ll show you tips and tricks for searching as well as placing items on hold in these videos. 

We will cover topics like title, author, keyword, and subjects searches, as well as how to request...

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Posted on: August 5, 2020

Live Virtual Storytimes

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Missing the interactive nature of storytime in person? We are now offering live virtual storytimes on Tuesday evenings, Wednesday mornings, and Thursday mornings.

Bilingual Baby Laptime

Bienvenidos/Welcome ~ Baby Laptime is now live 📺 Help your child (newborn - 2yrs) build early literacy skills as we have fun with songs and stories. Registration required (to get the access link).  

Bienvenidos/Welc...

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Posted on: May 21, 2020

~ Library Newsletter ~

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Want to keep up with what's going on at the library? We are excited to announce that you can now sign up to receive the library newsletter by email.

Want to keep up with what’s going on at the library? We are excited to announce that you can now sign up to receive the library newsletter by email ~ you can see the current one on our webpage  and follow the link on that page to sign u...

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Posted on: April 30, 2020

Storytime Kits

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Missing Storytime? You can now bring storytime home with our new storytime kits.

Missing Storytime? You can now bring storytime home with our new storytime kits (bilingual thematic books, songs, and a craft for ages 2-5) ~ available at curbside pickup at the Main Library from 12-4:45pm M-Fri, just drop by and pick one up, no appointme...

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Posted on: November 12, 2020

Library Closed
For Thanksgiving Holiday 11/26 & 11/27

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The Watsonville Public Library and the Freedom Branch Library will be closed 11-26-2020 & 11-27-2020 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. All library materials can be returned in the book drops during the closure. The virtual library is open 24/7.

The Main Library will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th. All library materials can be returned in the book drops during the closure. While the library may be closed, all of our online ...

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Posted on: November 12, 2020

Thankful Youth Art Contest

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Thankful Youth Art Contest

Showcase Your Creativity Through Your Artwork and Show us What You're Thankful for This Year

Deadline to Submit Your Artwork is November 23rd, 2020. Art Form of Any Type May Be Submitted. 

Prizes are available for winners in each age categ...

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Posted on: November 20, 2020

Governor Newsom issues new stay-at-home order

Commuity update

The Watsonville Police Department is aware of Governor Newsom’s most recent limited stay-at-home order, requiring counties in the purple tier to close all non-essential businesses and stop all non-essential activities from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. This...

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Posted on: October 19, 2020

WPD awarded more than $107,000 in grants to increase road, bicycle and pedestrian safety

OTS Grant 2020

The Watsonville Police Department has been awarded two grants totaling $107,500 to increase road, bicycle, and pedestrian safety. 

A $65,500 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety will assist us in our efforts to reduce deaths and inju...

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Posted on: November 19, 2019

Officers track down & return tricycle stolen from disabled elderly man

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It wasn’t easy but after days of investigating, our officers managed to track down a tricycle that was recently stolen from a disabled senior citizen.

Unfortunately, the trike was found in the slough in three pieces. So, several Watsonville Police officers...

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Posted on: November 23, 2020

Changes to Garbage Services - Holiday Schedule

Holiday garbage collection schedule

Our garbage collection services will be different this year. Please continue reading to see our 2020 Holiday Service Schedule.

We will not be providing garbage or recycling collection services on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s day. If your service day falls on one of these three holidays, services will be postponed by one day. Please see the calendar be...

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Public Works
Posted on: November 5, 2020

Tell us how you see Watsonville in 10 years. Take the Climate Survey!

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We need your vote to determine which strategies will have the most community support to protect and prepare us from the impacts of global warming.

We need your vote to determine which strategies will have the most community support to protect and prepare us from the impacts of global warming.  

You have the opportunity to weigh in on the climate strategies you most want the City to pursue to...

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