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Posted on: July 8, 2020

CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE NOMINATION PERIOD

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NOTICE OF ELECTION

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a General Municipal Election will be held in the City of Watsonville, California, on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, for the following offices:

COUNCIL MEMBERS FOR DISTRICT 1, 2, AND 6 

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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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Community Development
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: 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: July 9, 2020

Business Reopening Toolkit

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The City of Watsonville has launched a Business Reopening Toolkit filled with best practices and industry-specific guidance, to help guide you through the reopening process safely and successfully.

Link to Business Toolkit

Subscribe to receive the latest news and resources available to businesses!

Our goal is to help businesses take responsible steps toward resuming work, serving customers and rebuilding our economy.  We are here to support y...

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Posted on: July 8, 2020

CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE NOMINATION PERIOD

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A General Municipal Election will be held in the City of Watsonville, California, on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, for the following offices:
COUNCIL MEMBERS FOR DISTRICT 1, 2, AND 6

Nomination period begins 7/13/20 and closes 8/7/20 at 5 p.m.

NOTICE OF ELECTION

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a General Municipal Election will be held in the City of Watsonville, California, on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, for the following offices:

COUNCIL MEMBERS FOR DISTRICT 1, 2, AND 6 

FO...

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Posted on: June 30, 2020

Water Quality Report

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Our 2019 Water Quality Report is now available. Click here to see it.

Click here to read our full 2019 Water Quality Report

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Posted on: June 23, 2020

Seeking 2 Zone 7 Non-Voting Members!

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The City of Watsonville is seeking 2 non-voting members that will serve in an advisory capacity on the Zone 7 Flood Control and Water Conservation District of Santa Cruz County.

The City of Watsonville is seeking 2 non-voting members that will serve in an advisory capacity on the Zone 7 Flood Control and Water Conservation District of Santa Cruz County.  The non-voting Board members can initiate and participate in Board ...

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Posted on: June 22, 2020

July Bike Month!

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Bike Month starts July 1st! Ecology Action is putting $2,500 back into our local bike shops by giving away $100 gift cards to five lucky winners every Friday in July!

Bike Month starts July 1st! Ecology Action is putting $2,500 back into our local bike shops by giving away $100 gift cards to five lucky winners every Friday in July!

Let’s share the #bikelovesc, Santa Cruz! It’s summer, and it&rsqu...

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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...

Read on...

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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 ...

Read on...

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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: April 22, 2020

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) COVID-19

CDBG COVID19

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: March 24, 2020

Temporary Moratorium on Evictions Frequently Asked Questions

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The ordinance is aimed at protecting tenants who are at risk of eviction due to financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Frequently Asked Questions - Temporary Moratorium on Evictions

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Eviction Moritorium Ordinance

Who does this ordinance apply to?

The ordinance is aimed at protecting tenants who are at risk of eviction...

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

COVID-19 Resources

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To help assist the community in answering questions about the COVID-19 outbreak, the County of Santa Cruz has established a call center to help direct questions to the proper channels.

Santa Cruz County Health Officer, along with six other Public Health Officers from the Bay Area, issued a legal order asking residents to stay home, a unified step to slow the spread of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and preserve critical health care capaci...

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Posted on: March 19, 2020

Community COVID-19 Resources

COMMUNITY COVID-19 RESOURCES (1)

To help assist the community in answering questions about the COVID-19 outbreak, the County of Santa Cruz has established a call center to help direct questions to the proper channels.

If you have questions, please call (831) 454-4242 between the hours of 8 a.m.6 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Due to overwhelming call volume and in order to maintain the County’s ability to investigate and respond to the outbreak, members of the public ar...

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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Message from Police Chief David Honda

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We are asking residents and business owners to follow this order so that we can keep officers from having to issue citations and to avoid any potential criminal charges or civil/administrative sanctions by the County.

 And trust us, it’s the last thing we want to do during a public health emergency.

 

Our enforcement efforts begin with educating the community of what is expected of all of us; those efforts are already underway.  Resid...

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Posted on: March 17, 2020

Shelter in Place: What Does it Mean?

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The Santa Cruz County Health Officer has issued a shelter-in-place order through April 7. We are posting these frequently asked questions to help residents, businesses and partners interpret these orders.

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The Santa Cruz County Health Officer has issued a shelter-in-place order through April 7. We are posting these frequently asked questions to help residents, businesses and partn...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

City List of Essential Services During Shelter in Place

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Given the shelter in place directive, the City will maintain essential services open (Police, Fire, water, sewer and garbage collection). Most city facilities are closed to the public, however the public may still contact certain city services remotely.

Today, Santa Cruz County Health Officer, along with six other public health officers from the Bay Area,  issued a legal order asking residents to stay home, a unified step to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and preserve critical h...

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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 

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Community Update - 03/16/2020

 Mensaje para la Comunidad - 03/16/2020

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Posted on: March 11, 2020

Questions Regarding the Census? We can help!

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Visit one of the 18 designated locations here in Watsonville available to assist you with questions and concerns regarding the 2020 Census.

Link to Interactive Census Questionnaire Assistance Locations Map: http://bit.do/WatsonvilleQAKs

Fill out your 2020 Census form at my2020census.gov beginning on March 12.

Find the nearest location near you:

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Posted on: March 10, 2020

Flipping the Lid to Help Residents with Recycling

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Every day, we throw away tons of garbage into the recycling bins. When this happens, the facility that processes Watsonville’s recycling has to bury it in their landfill, and charges us additional fees.

When this garbage, such as food scraps, diapers, plastic bags, wrappers, and old clothes is mixed with good recyclables it is impossible to recycle. When this happens, the facility that processes Watsonville’s recycling has to bury it in their l...

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Posted on: March 10, 2020

Maintaining Our Roads for Smooth Driving

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Our Public Works engineering staff are working to make sure that our roads are smooth, safe and in good conditions

How do they know where to start? We recently completed a survey of every city street to measure the extent of cracks and potholes. This information was used to calculate the most efficient use of our limited maintenance budget. When this inspection was fi...

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Posted on: March 4, 2020

2020 CENSUS RESOURCES AVAILABLE

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One of the most powerful things you can do for your community is
to participate in the Census.Starting on March 12, 2020, you can respond to the 2020 Census online.

Your participation helps ensure that Watsonville residents receive the funding we all deserve for important services and programs such as funding for schools, childcare programs, road maintenance projects, healthcare, housing, school lunches and social as...

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Posted on: November 19, 2019

Officers track down & return tricycle stolen from disabled elderly man

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Officers tracked down a tricycle that was recently stolen from a disabled senior citizen

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: October 28, 2019

Officers visit fields to provide farmworkers information and guidance

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It's part of “Agua con la Chota” or “Water with a Cop” program

Watsonville Police Officers are meeting face-to-face with some of the hardest working people in the community as part of an outreach program aimed at helping farmworkers.

The department’s “Agua con la Chota” or “Water with a Cop” program provides Ag worker...

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Posted on: September 30, 2019

Watsonville PD Officers raise $3,500 for local kids with cancer

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They raised $3,500 for local kids with cancer.

Wow, our officers truly amaze us every day! 

They raised $3,500 for local kids with cancer. The Watsonville Police Officers’ Association presented a check to Jacob’s Heart during their annual Kidrageous Carnival at the city plaza this past weekend...

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Posted on: September 23, 2019

Watsonville Police Officers grow beards to help children with cancer

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The department suspended its “facial hair” policy for its annual fundraiser

For the fourth year in a row, dozens of Watsonville Police Officers are growing out their beards to support local children with cancer.

 

The department suspended its “facial hair” policy for its annual fundraiser to raise awareness about pediatric...

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Posted on: August 26, 2019

Familia de la Costa Central cae víctima de secuestradores virtuales

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Una familia de la Costa Central vivió una verdadera pesadilla vacacionando en México

Una familia de la Costa Central vivió una verdadera pesadilla vacacionando en México y ahora esa familia está compartiendo su historia para evitar que otros caigan víctimas de una extorción que va en aumento.

Se trata de un secuestro virtual y el FBI conti...

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Posted on: August 26, 2019

Central Coast family falls victim to virtual kidnappers

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A vacation in Mexico turned into a living nightmare for a Central Coast family

A vacation in Mexico turned into a living nightmare for a Central Coast family and now that family is sharing their story to keep others from becoming victims of an extortion that’s on the rise.

It’s called a virtual kidnapping and the FBI continues to war...

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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: May 5, 2020

Ballet Folklorico Summer Workshop

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Have you ever wanted to learn to dance Folklorico? Graciela Vega will be offering a Ballet Folklorico Summer Workshop virtually to our community~

We are very excited to announce that Graciela Vega will be offering a Ballet Folklorico Summer Workshop virtually to our community.  Focusing on songs and dances from the state of Jalisco, which honor work, farming tools, and the farming environm...

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Posted on: April 14, 2020

Hold Pickups/Mailing Now Available

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We are now offering holds pickup/mailing ~ place a hold online or call the library at 831-768-3404 to place hold. The library will then contact you to schedule a pick up or mail the items to you.

We are now offering holds pickup/mailing ~ 

1. Place holds online or by calling 831-768-3404.  

2. We’ll contact you once they are ready to find out if you’d like to schedule a pick up of the items at the library or if ...
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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Library Closed Until Further Notice

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The Main Library and Freedom Branch will be closed until further notice. All library materials can be returned in the book drops during the closure.

The Main Library and Freedom Branch will be closed until further notice.  The virtual library remains available 24/7. 

Materials can still be requested for pick up by calling 768-3404. 

All library materials can be returned in the...

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Posted on: April 15, 2020

Digital Magazines Now Available

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Missing your favorite magazines? You can now check out and read magazines free online through RB Digital - just use your RB Digital account to sign in or sign up for one with your library card.

Missing your favorite magazines? You can now check out and read magazines free online through RB Digital - just use your RB Digital account to sign in or sign up for one with your library card.



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Posted on: July 1, 2020

Weekly Outdoor Yoga Classes at Franich Park

Watsonville Yoga in the park 2020 Summer

Safely and joyfully gather in the power of nature together at five weekly classes with experienced and uplifting local instructors.

Watsonville Yoga in the park 2020 Summer

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Posted on: May 12, 2020

YESS Program

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In partnership with PVPSA, the Youth Center has support services for youth and families.

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Posted on: August 26, 2019

Youth Action Council

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Looking for a way to get involved in the community?

"We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future" -Franklin D. Roosevelt

The G.H.W.R. Youth Center is seeking motivated young people who are interested in making a positive impact in our community. Being...

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Posted on: March 19, 2020

Community COVID-19 Resources

COMMUNITY COVID-19 RESOURCES (1)

If you have questions, please call (831) 454-4242 between the hours of 8 a.m.6 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Due to overwhelming call volume and in order to maintain the County’s ability to investigate and respond to the outbreak, members of the public ar...

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Police
Posted on: March 18, 2020

Message from Police Chief David Honda

Police Chief Message

 And trust us, it’s the last thing we want to do during a public health emergency.

 

Our enforcement efforts begin with educating the community of what is expected of all of us; those efforts are already underway.  Resid...

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Posted on: January 10, 2020

Shop with a Cop brings extra holiday cheer for 15 families

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Shop with a Cop was once again a hit, helping 15 families who needed a little extra holiday cheer this season.

 

The young participants were selected from local youth programs.

 

“It was really nice because I got to spend time with my family...

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Police
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...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: October 28, 2019

Officers visit fields to provide farmworkers information and guidance

Agua 2019

Watsonville Police Officers are meeting face-to-face with some of the hardest working people in the community as part of an outreach program aimed at helping farmworkers.

The department’s “Agua con la Chota” or “Wate...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: September 30, 2019

Watsonville PD Officers raise $3,500 for local kids with cancer

Jacobs heart CANVA

Wow, our officers truly amaze us every day! 

They raised $3,500 for local kids with cancer. The Watsonville Police Officers’ Association presented a check to Jacob’s Heart during their annual Kidrageous Carnival at the city pla...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: September 23, 2019

Watsonville Police Officers grow beards to help children with cancer

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For the fourth year in a row, dozens of Watsonville Police Officers are growing out their beards to support local children with cancer.

 

The department suspended its “facial hair” policy for its annual fundraiser to raise aware...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: August 26, 2019

Familia de la Costa Central cae víctima de secuestradores virtuales

SPN VK CASE

Una familia de la Costa Central vivió una verdadera pesadilla vacacionando en México y ahora esa familia está compartiendo su historia para evitar que otros caigan víctimas de una extorción que va en aumento.

Se trata de un secuestro virtual y el FBI conti...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: August 26, 2019

Central Coast family falls victim to virtual kidnappers

ENG VK CASE

A vacation in Mexico turned into a living nightmare for a Central Coast family and now that family is sharing their story to keep others from becoming victims of an extortion that’s on the rise.

It’s called a virtual kidnapping and the FBI continues to war...

Read on...

Police

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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Message from Police Chief David Honda

Police Chief Message

We are asking residents and business owners to follow this order so that we can keep officers from having to issue citations and to avoid any potential criminal charges or civil/administrative sanctions by the County.

 And trust us, it’s the last thing we want to do during a public health emergency.

 

Our enforcement efforts begin with educating the community of what is expected of all of us; those efforts are already underway.  Resid...

Read on...

Additional Info... Police Department

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Posted on: June 30, 2020

Water Quality Report

Water quality report

Our 2019 Water Quality Report is available now. Click here to see it.

Additional Info... Public Works
Posted on: June 23, 2020

Seeking 2 Zone 7 Non-Voting Members!

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The City of Watsonville is seeking 2 non-voting members that will serve in an advisory capacity on the Zone 7 Flood Control and Water Conservation District of Santa Cruz County.

The City of Watsonville is seeking 2 non-voting members that will serve in an advisory capacity on the Zone 7 Flood Control and Water Conservation District of Santa Cruz County.  The non-voting Board members can initiate and participate in Board ...

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Public Works
Posted on: June 22, 2020

July Bike Month!

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Bike Month starts July 1st! Ecology Action is putting $2,500 back into our local bike shops by giving away $100 gift cards to five lucky winners every Friday in July!

Bike Month starts July 1st! Ecology Action is putting $2,500 back into our local bike shops by giving away $100 gift cards to five lucky winners every Friday in July!

Let’s share the #bikelovesc, Santa Cruz! It’s summer, and it&rsqu...

Read on...

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