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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: September 13, 2019

Census 2020 Business Workshop

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Join us on Thursday, September 19th from 8-9 am to learn how your business can help achieve a complete count for Watsonville! Receive Census materials to display at your business.

  • Learn how your business can help achieve a complete count for Watsonville!  Receive Census materials to display at your business. 
  • An accurate Census is critical to the economy and the well-being of Watsonville residents.
  • The Census guides...
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Posted on: September 9, 2019

Free Erosion and Sediment Control Workshops

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WORKSHOPS: Tips for MS4s: How to review ESCPs and perform storm water compliance inspections & BMP 101: How to Control Erosion and Sedimentation at Construction Sites

When

Thursday, September 26, 20199:00 a.m.Tips for MS4s: How to Review Erosion and Sediment Control Plans and Perform Stormwater Compliance Inspections

10:00 a.m.BMP 101: How to Control Erosion and Sedimentation at Construction Sites

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Posted on: September 5, 2019

Coastal Cleanup Day

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Join us for the Annual Watsonville Coastal Cleanup Day. The bay's largest volunteer day. Come out, bring the entire family and have fun with us!

Watsonville Coastal Cleanup 

 

It's that time of the year. Coastal Cleanup time! 

Join and help us keep our neighborhoods and freshwater ways litter free.  We invite you all to attend one of our fun inland sites i...

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Posted on: September 5, 2019

Birding Festival Family Days

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Join us at this year's Birding Festival Family Days at the Watsonville Nature Center located at 30 Harkins Slough Road.

Birding Festival's Bilingual "Family Day's" Activities & Field Trips

Looking for something the whole family can enjoy together? If you have ever wondered what bird-watching was all about, here is your chance!

The City's Nature Center invites y...

Learn more...

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Posted on: August 14, 2019

Tapas on Top - Friday, September 27th

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Tapas on Top will feature dishes from five local businesses offering world-wide culinary delights. Local wines and craft brews will be available during the event. Live music will set the tone for an evening of fun and enjoyment.

The city is gearing up to offer a unique first time event titled Watsonville’s Tapas on Top! We would like you all to attend and enjoy the most spectacular views of the Pajaro Valley sunset from the top floor of the Civic Plaza parking garage.&a...

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Posted on: August 20, 2019

Your Utility Payments At Work

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Your utility bill payments fund and support critical infrastructure improvements that allow us to provide reliable water, garbage, and sewer services.

Our Public Works & Utilities team takes pride in
delivering high quality utility services. Dedicated staffoperate and maintain City infrastructure and provide
the essential services that 65,000 residents depend ondaily. Your utility bill payment...

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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...

Read on...

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Posted on: August 15, 2019

Roache Road Sanitary Sewer Replacement

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Potholing on Roache Road began August 22nd & trenching will follow September 1st.

Update - 9/13/19

The Roache Road project is underway. Initial potholing was completed and has exposed some unforeseen utility conflicts which has delayed the start of trenching work for the new sewer project. The Contractor plans to begin trench layout and...

Read on...

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Posted on: August 14, 2019

Watsonville Receives Grant for Slough Restoration Work

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The project will restore one acre of native habitat & enhance wetlands along Struve Slough.

California State Parks announced last week that Watsonville was one of 26 local projects that will receive grants totaling $4.1 million from the California Habitat Conservation Fund (HCF) Grant Program. The Watsonville project will restore one acre of nat...

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Article on the Grant by Register Pajaronian Home
Posted on: July 19, 2019

WPD Officers now equipped with body-worn cameras

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This is a project that has been in the works for about two years

The Watsonville Police Department has officially rolled out its body-worn camera program with about 95% of uniformed personnel trained.

All officers on patrol are equipped with Axon body-worn cameras.

“If an officer comes to see you for a call for service o...

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Posted on: July 17, 2019

Caltrans Seeking Input on Active Transportation Plan Survey

Survey info for Active Transportation Plan

The project is identifying existing bicycle and pedestrian facilities on the State Highway System and nearby locations where improvements are needed.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has initiated a project to develop Active Transportation Plans (ATP) for each of its twelve districts, covering the entire State of California. District 5 is the first in the state to start their ATP....

Give your input to Caltrans' Plan.

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Posted on: June 26, 2019

Roundabout Planned for Hwy 129 @ Lakeview Rd.

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Read about the plan to construct a Roundabout at Highway 129 at Lakeview Road.

Caltrans is planning to construct a roundabout on State Route 129 at Lakeview Road. The roundabout will make the intersection safer as there have been 23 collisions at this location in the past five years, including seven injuries and one fatalit...

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Posted on: June 25, 2019

City of Watsonville Roll Out Safety Campain

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The City of Watsonville and the Watsonville Police Department have joined forces to launch a campaign designed to improve safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists in certain areas of the city.

The first focus area is the Main St. corridor, which is one of the busiest roadways in Watsonville. Crews have lined the street with banners that provide roadway safety tips and reminders for community members. The area has officially been designated a sa...

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Posted on: June 25, 2019

Music in the Plaza

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June 20 - Sept. 19
Thursdays 6-8pm

Jun 20- Banda Zirys & Fiera Nortena

Jul 11- Tribute to Selena w/ Impacto 5

Jul 25- Beat Street Band

Aug 8- Motown, R&B, Oldies 70's

Aug 22- Zebop! Tribute to Santana

Sept 5- Latin Tropical & Salsa

Sept 19 - Santa Cruz Symphony

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Posted on: September 3, 2019

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

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September is Library Card Sign-up Month, the perfect time to explore all that the library has to offer.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, the perfect time to explore all that the library has to offer. 

Today’s libraries have programs and resources that go far beyond books. From story times, family craft days, cooking events, and pai...

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Posted on: August 26, 2019

Deanne Pernell Reading Buddies Program

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Do you have a student in 1st - 5th grade that needs help and support with their reading skills? The Deanne Pernell Reading Buddies Program will begin it's next session on October 18th.

We are excited to announce the Deanne Pernell Reading Program will begin its next session this Fall. 

This program is for students in 1st - 5th grade who need help or support with their reading and literacy skills. 

The reading buddies mee...

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Posted on: September 7, 2019

Chilton Database for Auto Repairs is Now Available

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The library now subscribes to the Chilton Automotive Database. Access FREE and reliable automotive help online 24/7 through Chilton Library, now available through Watsonville Library - whether inside the library or remotely from outside of the library.

Studies show consumers are keeping their cars longer. With more older cars on the road, repairs are on the rise. People in Watsonville interested in taking wrench into their own hands to save money, now have a resource to help. 

Chilton Library pr...

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Posted on: September 1, 2019

MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival

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The library will be screening short films from the "Manhattan Short" film festival at the Main Library on Saturday 9/28 at 1:00pm and also on Thursday 10/3 at 5:30 PM.

The library is excited to be a part of the MANHATTAN SHORT global film festival, showing short films at the  Main Library on Saturday 9/28 starting at 1:00pm and also on Thursday 10/3 starting at 5:30 PM. 

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Posted on: August 22, 2019

Pictures From the Field Photography Exhibition

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The Main Library will be hosting a photography exhibit, "Pictures from the Field," by Mimi Plumb with commentary by Miriam Pawel during September and October 2019. There will also be a film, "Adios Amor" shown on October 19th.

A glimpse of the farm worker movement in the Salinas Valley during the summer of 1975 as seen by a young photography student Mimi Plumb with commentary by Miriam Pawel. 

She rediscovered the photographs in 2015. 

Exhibition at the Watsonvi...

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Posted on: May 3, 2019

Census 2020

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We need your help to count everyone in Watsonville for the United States 2020 Census.

We need your help to count everyone in Watsonville for the 2020 census - the census determines how much funding the city will get (based on the number of citizens). This funding impacts public education, housing programs, other public resources, research,...

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Posted on: September 16, 2019

The Main Library is a Cooling Center

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The Main Library is a cooling center. We are located at 275 Main Street in Watsonville.

Come by and keep cool when we are open:
Monday - Thursday: 10-8pm
Friday: 10-6pm
Saturday: 12-4pm
Sunday: Closed

The Main Library is a cooling center. We are located at 275 Main Street in Watsonville.

Come by and keep cool when we are open:Monday - Thursday: 10-8pmFriday: 10-6pmSaturday: 12-4pmSunday: Closed

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Posted on: September 13, 2019

Youth Center 25th Anniversary Open House

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The Youth Center is 25 years old!

The Youth Center is 25 years old this year! 

Celebrate with us on Friday, September 27th from 4:00-7:00pm

Families are invited to attend our free Open House event to see what we have to offer the community. There will be performances fro...

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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...

Click here!

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Posted on: July 16, 2019

FLYERS Afterschool Program

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Registration is now open for the new school year!

The F.L.Y.E.R.S. (Fun Loving Youth En Route to Success) Afterschool Program creates a safe and fun environment where students are encouraged to succeed in school and build assets that will help them thrive. The program also supports working parents who ar...

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Posted on: April 26, 2019

Summer/Fall Fun Guide Edition is NOW AVAILABLE!

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Check your mailbox!

Join us this summer for swim lessons, sports camps, special events, and much more!

Our Summer/Fall Fun Guide is now available!  See what exciting programs and activities you and your family can participate this upcoming season.  

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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
Posted on: July 19, 2019

WPD Officers now equipped with body-worn cameras

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The Watsonville Police Department has officially rolled out its body-worn camera program with about 95% of uniformed personnel trained.

All officers on patrol are equipped with Axon body-worn cameras.

“If an officer comes to see you for a call for...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: July 15, 2019

WPD receives additional state funding to tackle underage drinking

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The Watsonville Police Department is receiving additional state funding to help keep alcohol out of the hands of minors.

This is the second consecutive year the WPD receives a state grant from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC).

The ABC awar...

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Posted on: June 5, 2019

Oficiales aumentan esfuerzos educativos y de divulgación para vendedores ambulantes

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El propósito de esta nota es informar/educar a todo tipo de vendedor ambulante sobre los diferentes permisos que están requeridos tener. De ninguna forma estamos tratando de perjudicar/acosar a estos comerciantes. Más bien...

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Posted on: June 4, 2019

WPD increasing educational & outreach efforts for street vendors

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Many Watsonville residents are expressing their growing concerns over street vendors operating illegally within the city.

While receiving numerous complaints, we realized that many of these merchants (door-to-door sales representatives, food truck vendors,...

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Posted on: May 17, 2019

WPD to ramp up patrol for 100 dangerous days of summer

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Watsonville residents will soon see more officers patrolling the streets. The department will be ramping up its patrol for the start of California’s 100 dangerous days of summer on roadways between Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends.

During this...

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Posted on: May 13, 2019

WPD officer reunites with toddler who suffered medical emergency

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They meet face-to-face for a second time. Watsonville Police Corporal Noé Rocha first met 2-year-old Benjamin and his mother Joyce after a big scare in February.   

“While on patrol, we heard fire and AMR responding to a house for a repor...

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Posted on: May 3, 2019

City of Watsonville & Watsonville Police rollout safety campaign

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The City of Watsonville and the Watsonville Police Department have joined forces to launch a campaign designed to improve safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists across the city.

The first focus area is the Main Street corridor, which is one of the bu...

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Posted on: April 15, 2019

WPD’s youth diversion program gaining statewide attention

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It’s a program aimed at giving teens a second chance while providing the resources and guidance needed to keep them out of trouble.

Watsonville Police Department’s  Youth Diversion Program Caminos Hacia el Éxito is g...

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Posted on: October 24, 2018

WPD launches online tools aimed to help residents & improve safety

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The Watsonville Police Department has launched two online tools that provide residents with the latest information of what’s happening in the city and direct access to a crime reporting system.

WPD is the only agency in Santa Cruz County and one of the ver...

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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

Chief Honda

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: September 9, 2019

Free Erosion and Sediment Control Workshops

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WORKSHOPS: Tips for MS4s: How to review ESCPs and perform storm water compliance inspections & BMP 101: How to Control Erosion and Sedimentation at Construction Sites

When

Thursday, September 26, 20199:00 a.m.Tips for MS4s: How to Review Erosion and Sediment Control Plans and Perform Stormwater Compliance Inspections

10:00 a.m.BMP 101: How to Control Erosion and Sedimentation at Construction Sites

Where

Aptos Village Park ...

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Public Works
Posted on: September 5, 2019

Birding Festival Family Days

birds flying

Join us at this year's Birding Festival Family Days at the Watsonville Nature Center located at 30 Harkins Slough Road.

Birding Festival's Bilingual "Family Day's" Activities & Field Trips

Looking for something the whole family can enjoy together? If you have ever wondered what bird-watching was all about, here is your chance!

The City's Nature Center invites y...

Learn more...

Public Works
Posted on: September 5, 2019

Coastal Cleanup Day

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Join us for the Annual Watsonville Coastal Cleanup Day. The bay's largest volunteer day. Come out, bring the entire family and have fun with us!

Watsonville Coastal Cleanup 

 

It's that time of the year. Coastal Cleanup time! 

Join and help us keep our neighborhoods and freshwater ways litter free.  We invite you all to attend one of our fun inland sites i...

Read on...

Additional Info... Public Works
Posted on: August 20, 2019

Your Utility Payments At Work

photos of public works staff doing work

Your utility bill payments fund and support critical infrastructure improvements that allow us to provide reliable water, garbage, and sewer services.

Our Public Works & Utilities team takes pride in
delivering high quality utility services. Dedicated staffoperate and maintain City infrastructure and provide
the essential services that 65,000 residents depend ondaily. Your utility bill payment...

Read on...

Public Works
Posted on: August 15, 2019

Roache Road Sanitary Sewer Replacement

map showing Roache Rd.

Potholing on Roache Road will begin on August 22, 2019 and trenching will follow on September 1st.

Update - 9/13/19

The Roache Road project is underway. Initial potholing was completed and has exposed some unforeseen utility conflicts which has delayed the start of trenching work for the new sewer project. The Contractor plans to begin trench layout and...

Learn more about the project on Roache Rd.

Public Works
Posted on: August 14, 2019

Watsonville Receives Grant for Slough Restoration Work

Photo of slough and a bird flying over the slough

The Watsonville project will restore one acre of native habitat and enhance wetlands along Struve Slough.

California State Parks announced last week that Watsonville was one of 26 local projects that will receive grants totaling $4.1 million from the California Habitat Conservation Fund (HCF) Grant Program. The Watsonville project will restore one acre of nat...

Read on...

Article on the Grant by Register Pajaronian Public Works
Posted on: August 14, 2019

Watsonville Receives Grant for Slough Restoration Work

Photo of slough and a bird flying over the slough

The Watsonville project will restore one acre of native habitat and enhance wetlands along Struve Slough.

California State Parks announced last week that Watsonville was one of 26 local projects that will receive grants totaling $4.1 million from the California Habitat Conservation Fund (HCF) Grant Program. The Watsonville project will restore one acre of nat...

Read on...

Article on the Grant by Register Pajaronian Public Works
Posted on: July 17, 2019

Caltrans Seeking Input on Active Transportation Plan Survey

Survey info for Active Transportation Plan

The project is identifying existing bicycle and pedestrian facilities on the State Highway System and nearby locations where improvements are needed.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has initiated a project to develop Active Transportation Plans (ATP) for each of its twelve districts, covering the entire State of California. District 5 is the first in the state to start their ATP....

Give your input to Caltrans' Plan.

Public Works
Posted on: July 29, 2019

#PLASTICFREEWATSONVILLE

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Become #plasticfreewatsonville. Learn how you can do this.

Join this global movement and the City's #plasticfreewatsonville campaign. To get started, visit us at the downtown Friday's Farmers Market and pick up your free reusable produce bag. During the weekends, come to the City's Nature Center to receive your f...

#plasticfreewatsonville

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Posted on: June 6, 2019

Ditch the Bottle & Refill with Watsonville Tap Water

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Why spend your hard earned money on single use plastic water bottles?

Why spend your hard earned money on single use plastic water bottles, when you can safely drink Watsonville's tap water for just pennies per gallon?

Every day the City of Watsonville pumps, treats, tests, and delivers nearly 7 million gallons of clean drin...

Check out our Water Quality Report...

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Posted on: June 26, 2019

Roundabout Planned for Hwy 129 at Lakeview Road

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Read about the plan to construct a Roundabout at Highway 129 at Lakeview Road.

Caltrans is planning to construct a roundabout on State Route 129 at Lakeview Road. The roundabout will make the intersection safer as there have been 23 collisions at this location in the past five years, including seven injuries and one fatalit...

Read all about it...

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