Posted on: April 20, 2017

Business Spotlight

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The City of Watsonville features local businesses in a bimonthly Business Spotlight on the City website. Are you interested in having your business featured?


The City of Watsonville features local businesses in a bimonthly Business Spotlight on the City website. Featured businesses are those that have chosen Watsonville as their home and whose story highlights the benefits of locating in Watsonville. ...

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Posted on: April 20, 2017

Search for Properties

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If you're looking for a home for your next start-up business or relocating, Watsonville has the real estate you need. Discover Watsonville, you'll be glad you did!


Watsonville has Opportunities for your business

Watsonville has the space you need for your business.  From Downtown Retail to large industrial sites, we have you covered.  Watsonville also offers fast permitting and a one-stop shop for a...

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Posted on: April 20, 2017

3rd Healthiest, Happiest City in America

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Santa Cruz-Watsonville was selected as the 3rd Healthiest, Happiest City in America! According to the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being 2016.


We're excited to share that Santa Cruz-Watsonville was voted the 3rd Healthiest, Happiest City in America by the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being 2016 Community Rankings. The report measures how residents of 189 United States cities...

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Posted on: February 20, 2018

150 Things to Do and See in Watsonville

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Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out the "150 Things to Do and See" brochure that the Register Pajaronian put together in commemoration of the City's 150th Anniversary!

There is something for everyone in the family in this brochure! 

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Posted on: February 7, 2018

Abandoned Shopping Carts: Who Ya Gonna Call??

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Customer Service! The City of Watsonville is encouraging residents to report abandoned shopping carts by calling Customer Service at 831-768-3133. Carts are mobile and can roll into streets and wetlands, becoming a hazard to our community.

Abandoned Shopping Carts: Who Ya Gonna Call?? Customer Service

Our residents appreciate a clean and safe community. Efforts to reduce abandoned shopping carts in our streets, alleys, blocking sidewalks, and dumped in local wetlands require that we all join...

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Posted on: February 7, 2018

Spring 2018 Youth Soccer

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Stop by our Parks and Recreation Department at 231 Union Street to register for youth soccer (ages 6-12). For more information call 768-3240.

The price is $90 resident and $96 for non-residents. Games are played on Saturdays from April 7th-June16th.

Recreation Leagues: Boys & Girls Division Ages

  • U6-(2011-2012)
  • U8-(2009-2010)
  • U10-(2007-2008)
  • U12-(2005-2006

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Posted on: February 7, 2018

15th Annual Egg Drop Contest

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Engineers' Week is February 18-24! Join us at the Annual Egg Drop Contest scheduled for Thursday, February 22nd.



Egg Drop Contest

If you want to join the contest, start thinking of how your egg will survive the drop from the highest floor of the City's Civic Plaza Building. Be sure to read the rules before you start creating your speggtacular egg container! ...

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Posted on: January 23, 2018

Watsonville City Plaza in 1920's

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The Watsonville City Plaza was partially donated by Sebastian Rodriguez in 1860. The land was overgrown with bushes, trees and had cattle grazing.

In 1873 a hitching rail was added to the plaza so people were able to tie down their horses.

At about this time, the Board of trustees for the City of Watsonville wanted to beautify the plaza and decided to buy a piece of land on Union Street for the pric...

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Posted on: January 22, 2018

Vision Zero

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The Watsonville City Council approved developing a plan aimed at eliminating deaths and serious injuries on the city’s roads by the year 2030.

The Watsonville City Council approved developing a plan aimed at eliminating deaths and serious injuries on the city’s roads by the year 2030.  The decision to become the first public agency in Santa Cruz County to implement Vision Zero was made ...

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Posted on: January 18, 2018

Annual Cesar E. Chavez Community Awards

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The City of Watsonville Parks and Community Services Department is currently accepting nominations for the 16th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Community Awards.

The City of Watsonville Parks and Community Services Department is currently accepting nominations for the 16th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Community Awards scheduled for Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m. at the Civic Plaza Community Room, 27...

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Posted on: January 12, 2018

City Offices Closed Monday, January 15, 2018

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Please note that City offices will be closed Monday, January 15, 2018 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


City offices will reopen for business on Tuesday, January 16th. t

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Posted on: January 9, 2018

RISE Community Art Classes

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Registration for the RISE Community Art Classes is open until January 22nd. Classes are available for ages 11-22 years old and are $40. Classes offered include: Acoustic Guitar; Expressive Painting; Community Theater; Hip Hop Dance; and African Drumming.

Registration for the RISE Community Art Classes is now open and will be open until January 22nd. Classes are available for youth and adults from 11-22 years old and are $40 for 8 week sessions. The classes will be held at Muzzio Park Community Center.

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Posted on: January 3, 2018

The Rain is Here - Keep your Storm Drains Clear

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The City of Watsonville is encouraging residents to continue preparing for this rain by adopting their drain. Natural debris like dead leaves and dried grasses, and littered items like single-use plastics, can clog storm drains and prevent water flow.

Prepare for the Rain - Adopt a Drain

The rainy season requires some extra care for the health of our watershed. Dedicated community members can adopt their neighborhood storm drain and take all necessary precautions on their properties to help prevent floo...

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Posted on: December 26, 2017

Holiday Closure

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Happy Holidays! Please note that most City offices will be closed over the holidays. City offices will reopen on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Except for public safety and other essential services. Your garbage and recycling services will operate as usual.

Starting January 8, 2018-January 12, 2018 you can place your Christmas trees on the curbside next to your garbage bin on your regularly scheduled pick-up day. Please make sure to remove the stand, lights, tinsel and all other ornaments. You can also drop-...

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Posted on: December 21, 2017

City of Watsonville Temporary Flower Sales Deadline Approaching

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City of Watsonville Temporary Flower Sales Deadline Approaching/Se aproxima la fecha límite para solicitar permisos de ventas temporales de flores en la Ciudad de
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The City of Watsonville has policies to regulate seasonal transient flower sales within City limits.  Under the policy, there is an annual cap of ten (10) Temporary Use Permits for seasonal flower sales within City Limits.  If more than ...

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Posted on: December 13, 2017

Watsonville 150th Anniversary Website is Live

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Throughout 2018 the City of Watsonville will be celebrating its 150th Anniversary! Information on upcoming events, historical photos and ways to share your memories will be available on the website at www.watsonville150.org.

We have a series of spirited sesquicentennial events planned throughout the year that will give our community an opportunity to come together to celebrate all the history and cultures that have created the fabric of our community. Information about all up...

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Posted on: December 7, 2017

Vision Santa Cruz County

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The County of Santa Cruz is developing their first ever strategic plan and they want to hear from you! Please take a minute to fill out the survey and provide your input.

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Posted on: December 7, 2017

Watsonville Community Bike Repair & Group Ride

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Join the Watsonville Bike Shack, Bike Santa Cruz County, and Bike Friendly Watsonville for free bike repairs and a community bike ride on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Watsonville Bike Shack located at 555 Main Street.

Watsonville Community Bike Repair Day & Group Ride

Join the Watsonville Bike Shack, Bike Santa Cruz County, and Bike Friendly Watsonville for free bike repairs and a community bike ride! The event will take place on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 11 a...

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Posted on: December 5, 2017

Holiday Cooking Safety

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The holiday season is the peak time for fires and Watsonville Fire Chief, Pablo Barreto, wants to share some safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe.

The holiday season brings family and friends together and what better way to enjoy this time than with a home cooked meal? While cooking can be fun and relaxing it is alsothe number one cause of home fires due to unattended cooking. The holiday season is ...

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Posted on: November 22, 2017

Catch the Rain: Using a Rain Barrel to Harvest Valuable Water

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Take advantage of the generous rain barrel rebate provided by Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency. Residents in Watsonville & unincorporated areas of the Pajaro Valley are eligible to receive up to a $750.00 rebate on a catchment barrel.

Public Works’ environmental communications staff are encouraging our residents to take advantage of the generous rain barrel rebate provided by our partner, Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency. Residents in Watsonville and unincorpora...

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Posted on: November 22, 2017

The Watsonville Police Pink Patch Project was a Huge Success!

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The Watsonville Police Department raised $5,427 to help bring awareness about breast cancer and support those organizations that help those afflicted.

The Watsonville Police Department sold out most of their Pink Patch badges within the first couple weeks and had to order more. They raised $5427.00 to help bring awareness about breast cancer and also support those organizations that help those afflicted...

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Posted on: November 22, 2017

Office of Traffic Safety Grant Program

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Part of the grant is to focus on education and our first school was Starlight Elementary School. Our traffic officers spent the day with kids and school staff to talk about and practice traffic safety.

October was the first month of our Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) Grant program.  Part of the grant is to focus on education and our first school was Starlight Elementary School, our traffic officers spent the day with kids and school st...

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Posted on: November 6, 2017

Senior's/Care Utility Users Tax Exemption

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Senior's and Care customers living in the City of Watsonville are eligible for tax breaks on some of their utility bills.

To apply for the exemption:*Download the short application form, linked below*Complete the form*Mail or deliver the form and a copy of recent P.G. & E bill to the City Finance Department at 250 Main Street, Watsonville, CA 95076.&...

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Posted on: October 16, 2017

Neighborhood Services Expansion

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The Watsonville Police Department is proud to announce their continued expansion of community service programs through the incorporation of the existing Neighborhood Services Division.

The division works to promote civic awareness and participation in order to address neighborhood needs which in turn support and create healthy communities. We are excited to begin our new partnership with our Neighborhood Services staff, and continue to ...

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Posted on: October 14, 2017

"Watsonville Awakening" featured in Monterey Bay Edibles

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There is a vibrant movement happening in Watsonville and folks are starting to recognize the shift!

This hard-working community is shifting and new businesses are thriving! Those of us who live here know the beauty, dedication, love and community spirit this city boasts, but now others are recognizing the movement too! Check out the great article "...

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Posted on: September 5, 2017

Watsonville is Celebrating 150 Years

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The City Council and community leaders are gearing up to commemorate an important City milestone – the sesquicentennial celebration.

On March 30, 1868, the California State Legislature approved a request to incorporate RanchoBolsa del Pajaro into the Town of Watsonville. Now, nearly 150 years after its incorporation, City Council and community leaders are gearing up to commemorate an i...

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Posted on: May 3, 2017

Watsonville Code Enforcement Division has increased enforcement activities

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Please note that the City of Watsonville Code Enforcement Division has increased enforcement activities throughout the City.

Please note that the City of Watsonville Code Enforcement Division has increased enforcement activities throughout the City, both for residential and commercial code violations. 

It is the mission of the Code Enforcement Division to work in partne...

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Posted on: May 2, 2017

City of Watsonville Announces New Website & Refreshed Logo

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We're excited to announce that big changes are coming as we work on revamping our communication efforts and rebranding our City image...

The City of Watsonville is excited to announce that big changes are coming as we work on revamping our communication efforts and rebranding our City image, including a new website, community newsletter, City logo and branding campaign.The City’s...

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Posted on: April 20, 2017

Keeping Up With Watsonville

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Stay up to date with upcoming events happening in Watsonville...


 Earth Day/Day of the Child – Sunday, April 23, 2017: Join us for the 15th Annual Earth Day/Day of the Child Festival! The event is moving downtown to the City Plaza. Over 50 organizations and community services will join together to cel...

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Posted on: October 28, 2011

Recycle Your Used Motor Oil and Paint

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It’s more convenient than ever to recycle responsibly in Watsonville!
In-store take-back programs are free for residents.

It’s more convenient than ever to recycle responsibly in Watsonville! In-store take-back programs are free for residents. They help you return products like used motor oil and unwanted paint for reuse or recycling. These two products are considered househ...

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Posted on: April 21, 2017

Pinto Lake City Park

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The City of Watsonville is saddened to learn of the passing of Patricia McQuade ...


The City of Watsonville is saddened to learn of the passing of Patricia McQuade, the concessionaire at Pinto Lake Park, and offers its condolences to the family of Ms. McQuade.

The City of Watsonville is temporarily overseeing the operations at Pinto Lake ...

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Posted on: April 21, 2017

Council Approves Transportation Projects to Be Funded by Measure D

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The City Council approved an expenditure plan that included seven transportation projects to be funded by Measure D...

Measure D will provide the City with $750,000 per year for the next 30 years.  This funding will be managed and spent in Watsonville and cannot be taken away by the State for other projects. 

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Posted on: April 21, 2017

Senior’s/Care Utility User’s Tax Exemption

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Senior’s and Care customers living in the City of Watsonville are eligible for tax breaks on some of their utility bills.

  • Download the application form
  • Mail or deliver the form with a copy of a State/Federal issued identification and one recent utility bill to the City Finance Department at 250 Main Street, Watsonville, CA 95076

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Posted on: April 20, 2017

HERO: Home Energy Renovation Opportunity Program

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The HERO program is now available to Watsonville homeowners.

The HERO program is now available to Watsonville homeowners.  HERO, which stands for Home Energy Renovation Opportunity, provides a unique financing option for homeowners who want to install energy efficiency upgrades in their home.  The...

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Posted on: October 28, 2011

Water Line Replacement Project
Crescent Dr., Melrose Ave., & Allston Way

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The water line replacement project has started in various streets of Watsonville!

The following streets will be affected this project: 

  • Crescent Drive
  • Melrose Avenue
  • Allston Way

The project will consist of the installation of:

  • New water mains
  • Isolation Valves
  • Hydrants
  • Domestic Services

The project will begin on April 10, 2017 and the e...

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Posted on: April 20, 2017

Cruz511 In Your Neighborhood Coming to Watsonville

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Cruz511 In Your Neighborhood is a program designed to connect with people who are interested in leaving their car at home...

What is Cruz 511?

Cruz511 In Your Neighborhood is a program designed to connect with people who are interested in leaving their car at home and making changes in their travel behavior.  The Cruz511 In Your Neighborhood Team will provide customized...

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Posted on: April 20, 2017

Winning Entry in the 2017 Watsonville Strawberry Festival Poster Contest

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Watsonville's Parks & Community Services Dpt. is pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 Watsonville Strawberry Festival...

Local artist Priscilla Martinez has been selected as the contest winner for her art submission entitled, Strawberry Fiestas.This is the fifth consecutive year that Pricilla has won the poster contest. The winning entry will serve as the official poster fo...

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Posted on: May 2, 2017

Red Curb Parking Enforcement

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Red curb painting has been installed adjacent to fire hydrants, curb ramps, and crosswalks in congested areas throughout the City to improve public safety. Please be advised that curbs painted in red indicate no stopping, standing or parking under any cir...

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Posted on: April 20, 2017

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Posted on: April 20, 2017

Message from Watsonville Police Chief

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Dear Community of Watsonville,

Several weeks ago I attended the Community Immigration Forum held at the Watsonville High School to help address concerns and calm fears surrounding the recent presidential elections. With the upcoming Presidential Inaugurati...

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Posted on: February 7, 2018

15th Annual Egg Drop Contest

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Egg Drop Contest

If you want to join the contest, start thinking of how your egg will survive the drop from the highest floor of the City's Civic Plaza Building. Be sure to read the rules before you start creating your speggtacular egg container! ...

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Posted on: January 22, 2018

Vision Zero

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The Watsonville City Council approved developing a plan aimed at eliminating deaths and serious injuries on the city’s roads by the year 2030.  The decision to become the first public agency in Santa Cruz County to implement Vision Zero...

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Posted on: January 10, 2018

Freedom Blvd. Plan Line Project Community Meeting

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Help the City of Watsonville decide how to improve Freedom Blvd. between Green Valley road and Buena Vista Drive. the City is preparing a plan line document to guide future improvements to the road and sidewalk on this portion of Freedom Blvd.

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Posted on: July 20, 2017

City of Watsonville Request for Qualifications: Renewable Energy Project Development

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The City of Watsonville endeavors to offset 100% of municipal power needs and create a surplus of renewable power that can be sold back to the grid. In order to achieve this bold sustainability goal, the City has developed a Request For Qualifications.

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