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Posted on: April 30, 2021

Community Redistricting Advisory Committee

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Every ten years upon the release of the decennial census data, the City of Watsonville must redraw its seven (7) City Council districts based on the new census data and criteria set forth in state law and the City Charter. Click here to learn more.

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Posted on: May 7, 2021

Share Your Ideas for Downtown Watsonville!

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Give us your feedback on design recommendations for public spaces, character areas, streetscape, and bike network in Downtown Watsonville.

We want to hear from you! Give us your feedback on design recommendations for public spaces, character areas, streetscape, and bike network in Downtown Watsonville.  These recommendations are based on input received from the community and Advisor...

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Posted on: May 5, 2021

Free Water Conservation Consultation - Preparing for the Drought

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Our knowledgeable Water Conservation Specialists will show you how you can easily conserve water, eliminate run-off, and save money on your water bill.

Free Water Conservation Consultation - Preparing for the Drought 

The City of Watsonville Public Works and Utilities Department offers free Water Conservation Consultations and rebates to replace high water-use lawns with drought-tolerant...

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Posted on: May 5, 2021

Paycheck Protection Program Extended

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The Paycheck Protection Program has been EXTENDED to May 31, 2021.

Paycheck Protection Program Extended

The Paycheck Protection Program has been EXTENDED an additional two months to May 31, 2021, and then providing an additional 30-day period for the SBA to process applications that are still pending. NEW Deadlin...

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Posted on: May 5, 2021

Restaurant Revitalization Fund

RESTAURANT REVITALIZATION FUND

Registration for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund will begin Friday, April 30, 2021 at 9am and the application period will start on Monday, May 3 at 12pm.

Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Registration for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund will begin Friday, April 30, 2021 at 9am and the application period will start on Monday, May 3 at 12pm ET. The online application will remain open to any ...

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Posted on: May 5, 2021

ABC Updates Renewal Fee Waiver Requirements and Guidelines

ABC License Update

Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a relief package that authorizes ABC to waive license renewal fees for eligible licensees

ABC Updates Renewal Fee Waiver Requirements and Guidelines to include Type 02,23 and 74 licenses

Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a relief package that authorizes ABC to waive license renewal fees for eligible licensees. Review the requirements an...

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Posted on: May 4, 2021

COVID Vaccine Appointments Available!

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If you or someone you know still needs the COVID-19 vaccine, we can help!
Register for an appointment by calling 931-768-3279.

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Posted on: May 4, 2021

REMINDER: Accepting Reusable Bags During COVID-19

Accepting Reusable Bags During COVID-19

Retail and grocery stores can now accept reusable bags from customers.

REMINDER: Accepting Reusable Bags During COVID-19

Retail and grocery stores can now accept reusable bags from customers. The  safety protocol for accepting reusable bags allows shoppers to bag their own groceries at checkout or outside of the stor...

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Posted on: May 3, 2021

FY 2021-2023 Social & Community Service Grants

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The City is currently accepting applications for Social and Community Service Grants. The deadline to apply is May 17, 2021 by 5 pm.

The City of Watsonville is now accepting applications for Social and Community Services grants for FY 2021-2023. To simply the process we created a Google Form Application - which you can access here: https://forms.gle/yfXvWrPDUY9YrwzT8
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Posted on: May 4, 2021

Self Care Kit for Teens

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Calling all teens~ Recharge yourself with our latest Self-Care Kit for Teens

Calling all teens ~ Recharge yourself with our latest Self-Care Kit for Teens. Stop by Watsonville Public Library, Main Branch and pick up a kit which includes supplies to make your own eye mask.

Our Self-Care Kits for Teens are available on a first-come, ...

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Posted on: May 1, 2021

Main Library Re-opening 2nd Floor

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The second floor of the Main Library will Reopen on May 3rd, 2021

Calling all Watsonville Public Library patrons ~ Starting Monday, May 3rd; the Main Library will reopen the 2nd floor of the library. Limited in-person Services will include browsing of teen and adult English and Spanish materials and access to computers ...

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Posted on: April 30, 2021

Community Redistricting Advisory Committee

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The Council will establish a seven-member Community Redistricting
Advisory Committee by resolution on May 25, 2021. The Committee
will receive public input and recommend new district boundaries to
the City Council. Applications are due May 14, 2021.

Every ten years upon the release of the decennial census data, the City of Watsonville must redraw its seven (7) City Council districts based on the new census data and criteria set forth in state law and the City Charter. Click here to learn more.

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Posted on: April 16, 2021

RFP for City Attorney Services

City Attorney RFP

The City of Watsonville (“City”) is soliciting proposals from qualified attorneys and/or law firms interested in providing City Attorney services. The selected attorney or law firm will be expected to provide a wide range of services t...

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Posted on: April 14, 2021

COMMUNITY RISK ASSESSMENT & STANDARDS OF COVER & SERVICE FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT RFP

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The City of Watsonville is accepting proposals from qualified consultants...

The City of Watsonville is accepting proposals from qualified consultants (Proposer) to research, write, and produce a Community Risk Assessment with Standards of Cover and Service for the Watsonville Fire Department (WFD) consistent with the guidelines s...

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Posted on: April 13, 2021

Fun On the Run: Craft Kits for Adults

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Fun on the Run for Adults: Origami Boxes

Explore the art of paper folding ~ learn how to make an origami box. Pick up one of our Fun on the Run craft kits for adults during library hours: Monday - Friday during open hours. Kits will include: origami paper and instructions.

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Posted on: April 9, 2021

Main Library Re-opening 1st Floor

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The first floor of the Main Library will Reopen on April 5th, 2021

Calling all Watsonville Public Library patrons ~ Starting Monday, April 5th; the Main Library will reopen the 1st floor of the library. Limited In-person Services will also include browsing of children's materials and early literacy learning computer use....

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Posted on: April 5, 2021

Public Hearing on Proposed Rate Adjustments for City Utility Services

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The Watsonville City Council will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 5:30 p.m to consider recommended adjustments to water, sewer, and garbage collection service rates.

Public Hearing on Proposed Rate Adjustments for City Utility Services – Water, Sanitary Sewer and Solid Waste

The Watsonville City Council will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 5:30 p.m to consider recommended adjustments to water, sewe...

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Posted on: April 1, 2021

Financial Literacy Month

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April is Financial Literacy Month ~ Learning resources are available for the whole family.

Did you know that the month of April is financial literacy month? Make learning about personal finance a family affair ~ explore our curated booklists to find materials that match your financial goals, join our online Beanstack challenge to track your pro...

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Posted on: March 8, 2021

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: February 1, 2021

Self Care Kit for Teens

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Calling all teens! Looking for a way to decompress and enjoy a delicious treat?

Calling all teens ~ Take a break and care for yourself with our Self-Care Kit for Teens. Stop by Watsonville Public Library, Main Branch and pick up our latest kit which includes: a home-made stress ball kit and handouts for meditation and stress manageme...

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Posted on: January 24, 2021

Mobile WiFi Hotspots Available for Checkout

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Need internet access at home? The library now offers mobile Wi-Fi hotspots for checkout.

Interested in checking out a mobile hotspot that will enable you to access the internet and browse the web? Hotspots are now available for check out at the Watsonville Public Library. Easily connect to the Internet using any WiFi enabled device such as a ...

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Posted on: January 20, 2021

~ Sign Up for the 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 up. &nb...

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Posted on: January 25, 2021

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Beanstack Challenge

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Help your child develop early reading skills with our 1000 Books before Kindergarten reading challenge in Beanstack.

Is your child ready for Kindergarten? Help your child develop early reading skills with our 1000 Books before Kindergarten reading challenge in Beanstack. This program encourages parents to read 1,000 books with their children before age...

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Posted on: January 11, 2021

STEAM Take Home Kits for Youth

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Wanting to STEAM from home? Our STEAM kits are available for pickup at the Main Library, during open hours. Limit one kit per household, while supplies last.

Wanting to STEAM from home? Our STEAM kits are available for pickup at the Main Library, during open hours. Limit one kit per household, while supplies last.

¿Quieres STEAM desde casa? Nuestros kits de STEAM están disponibles para recoger en la biblioteca ...

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Posted on: January 3, 2021

Califas: The Ancestral Journey Display at Main Library

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View the artwork banners from the Califas Legacy Project in the windows of the Main Library Starting January 2021

Attention art enthusiasts ~ Watsonville Public Library will display exhibition banners in celebration of the Califas: The Ancestral Journey / El Viaje Ancestral book in our lobby windows beginning on January 2021 through March 2021. Imag...

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Posted on: May 1, 2021

Main Library Re-opening 2nd Floor

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The second floor of the Main Library will Reopen on May 3rd, 2021

Calling all Watsonville Public Library patrons ~ Starting Monday, May 3rd; the Main Library will reopen the 2nd floor of the library. Limited in-person Services will include browsing of teen and adult English and Spanish materials and access to computers ...

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Posted on: January 24, 2021

Mobile WiFi Hotspots Available for Checkout

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Need internet access at home? The library now offers mobile Wi-Fi hotspots for checkout.

Interested in checking out a mobile hotspot that will enable you to access the internet and browse the web? Hotspots are now available for check out at the Watsonville Public Library. Easily connect to the Internet using any WiFi enabled device such as a ...

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Posted on: January 20, 2021

~ Sign Up for the 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 up. &nb...

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Posted on: March 9, 2021

Live Virtual Storytimes

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The library has virtual storytimes on Tuesday evenings, Wednesday mornings, and Thursday mornings live via Zoom.

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.   

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Posted on: April 1, 2021

Financial Literacy Month

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April is Financial Literacy Month ~ Learning resources are available for the whole family.

Did you know that the month of April is financial literacy month? Make learning about personal finance a family affair ~ explore our curated booklists to find materials that match your financial goals, join our online Beanstack challenge to track your pro...

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Posted on: May 4, 2021

Self Care Kit for Teens

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Calling all teens~ Recharge yourself with our latest Self-Care Kit for Teens

Calling all teens ~ Recharge yourself with our latest Self-Care Kit for Teens. Stop by Watsonville Public Library, Main Branch and pick up a kit which includes supplies to make your own eye mask.

Our Self-Care Kits for Teens are available on a first-come, ...

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Posted on: March 8, 2021

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: January 25, 2021

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Beanstack Challenge

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Help your child develop early reading skills with our 1000 Books before Kindergarten reading challenge in Beanstack.

Is your child ready for Kindergarten? Help your child develop early reading skills with our 1000 Books before Kindergarten reading challenge in Beanstack. This program encourages parents to read 1,000 books with their children before age...

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Posted on: January 11, 2021

STEAM Take Home Kits for Youth

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Wanting to STEAM from home? Our STEAM kits are available for pickup at the Main Library, during open hours. Limit one kit per household, while supplies last.

Wanting to STEAM from home? Our STEAM kits are available for pickup at the Main Library, during open hours. Limit one kit per household, while supplies last.

¿Quieres STEAM desde casa? Nuestros kits de STEAM están disponibles para recoger en la biblioteca ...

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Posted on: April 13, 2021

Fun On the Run: Craft Kits for Adults

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Fun on the Run for Adults: Origami Boxes

Explore the art of paper folding ~ learn how to make an origami box. Pick up one of our Fun on the Run craft kits for adults during library hours: Monday - Friday during open hours. Kits will include: origami paper and instructions.

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Posted on: March 26, 2021

Spanish Storytime on Hiatus

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Thursday Evening Spanish Storytime on Break till Fall 2021

Attention storytime attendees ~ Our Storytime in Spanish that occurs on Tuesday nights will be going on a break until the Fall of 2021. 

Still interested in attending virtual storytimes? We will continue to offer Bilingual Baby Laptime on Wednesda...

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Posted on: January 20, 2021

Excel In Place Out-of-School Program

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We are excited to announce the "Excel In Place" out-of-school program for youth ages 5-12!
Program Hours:
Full Day Option - 8:00am-5:30pm, Monday-Friday
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Posted on: May 6, 2021

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Check Twice for Motorcycles! 

It’s important for drivers to understand motorcycle rider behaviors and learn how to drive safely around riders.

Motorcycle riders are 28 times more likely to die in a crash than vehicle occupants. In 2019, t...

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Posted on: May 5, 2021

May is Bicycle Safety Month

May is Bicycle Safety Month

May is National Bicycle Safety Month, and the Watsonville Police Department is encouraging drivers to slow down when passing bicyclists, and asks bicyclists to be visible, predictable, and safe on the road. 
“Bicyclists are safest when t...
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Posted on: April 23, 2021

WPD Cadet accepted to master’s degree program

CADET MEYER

Congratulations are in order for Watsonville Police Cadet Captain Katelyn Meyer who was recently accepted to San Jose State University’s Research and Experimental Psychology Master’s Program!

 

She began her journey as a cadet i...

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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: April 8, 2021

Catalytic Converter Theft Prevention Tips

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Catalytic converter thefts are on the rise in Watsonville. Since the beginning of the year, we have received nearly a dozen reports. Every single one of these thefts occurred overnight.

Thieves target catalytic converters because they contain metals that a...

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Posted on: April 1, 2021

Watsonville Police Chief David Honda to retire

Chief Honda

Dear Community of Watsonville, 

It is with mixed emotions that I announce my retirement after more than 30 years in public service. It has been a privilege and honor to serve you, the City of Watsonville, with some of the finest men and women in l...

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Posted on: March 31, 2021

César Chávez Day of Service

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Today we honor the life and legacy of civil rights leader and labor movement activist César Chávez.

Chávez is best known for his efforts to gain better working conditions for the thousands of workers who labored on farms fo...

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Posted on: March 25, 2021

Watsonville Police Department releases annual report

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The intent of this report is to provide you with some insight into the organization of your department, highlight the major events of the previous year, and introduce new or innovative programs.  

As you read this report, we hope that reviewing th...

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Posted on: March 19, 2021

Watsonville Police welcome three new officers

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Say hello to the latest officers to join the Watsonville Police Department!

The trio—Chance Denecke, Angel Hernandez, and Marcos Rios—was sworn in by Chief Honda Thursday afternoon.

Officer Trainees Denecke, Hernandez, and Rios will start our 6-month Field ...

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Posted on: March 11, 2021

Monarch Services and WPD ongoing partnership

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Thank you, Monarch Services for providing our officers a refresher course on the resources your agency offers to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking.

Our department works hand-in-hand with Monarch Services to ensure servic...

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Posted on: February 4, 2021

WPD Sergeant graduates from prestigious leadership program

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We would like to congratulate Watsonville Police Sergeant Donny Thul who recently graduated from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute.
This leadership program is designed to stimulate personal growth, leadership, and ethical decision-making i...
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Posted on: January 14, 2021

New lobby hours starting January 19

New PD Lobby hours 2021

Starting January 19, we will be modifying the hours the police lobby is open to the public.  

Our new lobby hours are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3  p.m. 

We’d like to remind the community that there are alterna...

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Posted on: January 13, 2021

Local kids spend a month raising funds for families affected by breast cancer

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What a sweet gesture! 

Rubi and Eli spent an entire month raising funds for our 2020 Pink Patch Project campaign, which helps local families affected by breast cancer.

The duo managed to raise $240 just in time for our official check presentation t...

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Posted on: January 7, 2021

WPD campaign raises more than $13,600 for families affected by breast cancer

Thank you, Watsonville PPP

More than $13,600 was raised during the Watsonville Police Department’s 2020 Pink Patch Project campaign.

Every year in October, the campaign aims to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer and support research organizations in combati...

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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: March 25, 2021

Watsonville Police Department releases annual report

2020 Annual Report Cover

The intent of this report is to provide you with some insight into the organization of your department.

The intent of this report is to provide you with some insight into the organization of your department, highlight the major events of the previous year, and introduce new or innovative programs.  

As you read this report, we hope that reviewing th...

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Posted on: April 5, 2021

Public Hearing on Proposed Rate Adjustments for City Utility Services

Prop 218

The Watsonville City Council will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 5:30 p.m to consider recommended adjustments to water, sewer, and garbage collection service rates.

Public Hearing on Proposed Rate Adjustments for City Utility Services – Water, Sanitary Sewer and Solid Waste

The Watsonville City Council will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 5:30 p.m to consider recommended adjustments to w...

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