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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: January 16, 2020

Father & Daughter Sweetheart Dance

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Come and dance the night away with your daughter and enjoy an evening of music, food and games at the Father & Daughter Sweetheart Dance!

Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 6 pm - 9 pm

G.H.W.R. Youth Center | 30 Maple Avenue

All Fathers and Daughters Ages 4- 13

$25/person

The event will feature a taco bar, dessert table and an open dance floor. This is the perfect opportunity to spend time with y...

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Posted on: January 6, 2020

Request for Proposals for Porter Building - Deadline Extended

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The City of Watsonville is seeking proposals from qualified parties for the opportunity to purchase or lease the historic Porter Building, in the heart of Watsonville’s downtown commercial core area.

The City of Watsonville is seeking proposals from qualified parties for the opportunity to purchase or lease the historic Porter Building, owned by the City and located in the heart of Watsonville’s downtown commercial core area. The property lo...

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Posted on: November 8, 2019

LOCAL HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN

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Have you ever wondered how prepared are you for a natural disaster?

The City of Watsonville has recently embarked on developing a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan to identify potential natural disasters in our community.    

Remember to attend one of our upcoming community planning meetings.

Your input is impo...

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Posted on: December 13, 2019

ARE YOU PREPARED TO WEATHER THE STORM?

Are You Prepared To Weather The Storm?

In case of a wet winter, here are some tips and resources to help you and your family prepare and stay safe.

ARE YOU PREPARED TO WEATHER THE STORM?

In case of a wet winter, here are some tips and resources to help you and your family prepare and stay safe.

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Posted on: December 9, 2019

Everyone in Watsonville Counts!

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The Census is so much more than just a head count. It helps determine how much money communities receive for the critical resources that children and families will depend on for the next 10 years.

It is important to count all children, but those under the age of five (5) are often missed, particularly when they don’t live in the same home as both parents. When newborn babies and young children are not included in the census, support for p...

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Posted on: December 4, 2019

Public Art Grant Program

ART GRANT PROGRAM

In an effort to increase the creation of public art displays within the City, we are proud to announce the release of the grant guidelines and application to fund four (4) Public Art Projects.

The purpose of the grant program is to provide artists an opportunity for personal and community reflection, promote the City’s attributes and enhance its image for the enjoyment and benefit of the community. 

The City of Watsonville is ...

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Posted on: December 3, 2019

Moveable Murals Ribbon Cutting & Public Art Announcement

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Movable Murals, a collaborative project of Pajaro Valley Arts and the City, provides a venue for artists and community groups to showcase large-scale paintings to be enjoyed by all.

Movable Murals, a collaborative project of Pajaro Valley Arts and the City of Watsonville, provides a venue for artists and community groups to showcase large-scale paintings in a public setting, visible to and enjoyed by all who pass through Watsonville....

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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: 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: 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: January 3, 2020

Winter Reading Challenge

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We're challenging local youth (0 - 17 yrs old) to light up your mind this winter and read three books.

We're challenging  local youth (0 - 17 yrs old) to light up your mind this winter and read three books. 

The challenge runs from Friday, December 20th - Friday, January 31st. 

Participants can sign up through their phones with the...

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Posted on: December 13, 2019

Library Survey
Help Shape the Future of the Library

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The Library is initiating a survey asking for input. We want to hear your thoughts and vision for the future of the Watsonville Library. Please take a few minutes to complete our survey, either online or on paper – in English or Spanish.

The Library is initiating a survey asking for input. We want to hear your thoughts and vision for the future of the Watsonville Library. Please take a few minutes to complete our survey, either online or on paper – in English or Spanish.

With your particip...

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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: December 4, 2019

Public Art Grant Program

ART GRANT PROGRAM

In an effort to increase the creation of public art displays within the City, we are proud to announce the release of the grant guidelines and application to fund four (4) Public Art Projects.

The purpose of the grant program is to provide artists an opportunity for personal and community reflection, promote the City’s attributes and enhance its image for the enjoyment and benefit of the community. 

The City of Watsonville is ...

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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: 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: 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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Posted on: November 19, 2019

Officers track down & return tricycle stolen from disabled elderly man

WATSONVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT (1)

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
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...

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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: 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: December 13, 2019

ARE YOU PREPARED TO WEATHER THE STORM?

Are You Prepared To Weather The Storm?

In case of a wet winter, here are some tips and resources to help you and your family prepare and stay safe.

ARE YOU PREPARED TO WEATHER THE STORM?

In case of a wet winter, here are some tips and resources to help you and your family prepare and stay safe.

Learn more...

Public Works
Posted on: November 8, 2019

LOCAL HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN

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Have you ever wondered how prepared are you for a natural disaster?

The City of Watsonville has recently embarked on developing a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan to identify potential natural disasters in our community.    

Remember to attend one of our upcoming community planning meetings.

Your input is impo...

Read on...

Public Works
Posted on: November 8, 2019

LOCAL HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN SURVEY

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ARE YOU PREPARED FOR THE NEXT NATURAL DISASTER?

We are working on a plan to help you be better prepared in case of natural disasters. Please join us at one of our Local Hazard Mitigation Planning meetings to share your ideas with us.

We have recently embarked on developing our first Local Hazard Mitigation Plan.  The purpose of the survey is to help our staff understand the community’s awareness of Watsonville's risk from all-natural disasters, including flooding, earthquakes...

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