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Posted on: September 1, 2020

Downtown Watsonville Specific Plan

Downtown Watsonville Specific Plan

The City of Watsonville initiated a Specific Plan for downtown Watsonville. This planning effort will build on the historic origins of the area while establishing a clear vision for the future of downtown Watsonville.

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In July 2019, the City of Watsonville initiated a Specific Plan for downtown Watsonville.  This planning effort will build on the historic origins of the area while establishing a clear vision for the future of downtown Watsonvill...

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Posted on: June 7, 2020

Restaurants and Retail Businesses to use Outdoor Areas for Outdoor Dining and Display Areas

Downtown Watsonville

City allowing for restaurants and retail businesses to use outdoor areas for outdoor dining and display areas with approval of a Temporary COVID-19 Encroachment Agreement.

Watsonville City Manager, Matt Huffaker, signed Emergency Order 2020-01 on Friday, June 5, 2020, allowing for restaurants and retail businesses to use outdoor areas for outdoor dining and display areas with approval of a Temporary COVID-19 Encroachment Ag...

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Posted on: May 14, 2020

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPT WILL CONTINUE SERVICES ELECTRONICALLY

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Based on the May 1, 2020 Health Order, we will be issuing building and engineering permits for all types of construction projects.

Due to the Santa Cruz County Shelter in Place Order, the Community Development Department is providing development services remotely, as we care about our health and yours. 

On April 1st, the Community Development Department shifted its service de...

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Posted on: May 14, 2020

EL DEPARTAMENTO DE DESARROLLO URBANO CONTINUARÁ SERVICIOS AL PÚBLICO MEDIANTE MEDIOS ELECTRONICOS

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A base de la Orden de Salud del 1 de mayo de 2020, emitiremos permisos de construcción e ingeniería para todo tipo de proyectos de construccion.

Debido a la Orden de Refugio en el Hogar del Condado de Santa Cruz, el departamento de Desarrollo Urbano está proporcionando servicios de desarrollo de forma remota, ya que nos preocupamos por nuestra salud y la suya.

El 1 de abril, el departame...

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Posted on: April 22, 2020

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) COVID-19

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The City of Watsonville has received additional CDBG funding to help communities deal with the impacts of COVID 19 and related shutdowns.

With the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act the City of Watsonville has received additional CDBG funding to help communities deal with the impacts of COVID 19 and related shutdowns.

For questions regarding this fundi...

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Posted on: June 7, 2020

Watsonville is Open for Business - Guidelines to Help you Open Safely

Watsonville is Open for Business

Our goal is to help workers and businesses take responsible steps toward resuming work, serving customers and rebuilding our economy. Click here for state specific industry guidelines to help you reopen safely.

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve rapidly, the city is committed to keeping business owners informed, providing resources, and advocating for effective strategies to assist in the recovery. We stand with you, and we’re ...

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Posted on: September 11, 2020

Virtual Watsonville Academy Class

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The Watsonville Academy is a free, ten-week program designed to help Watsonville residents learn about their city government.

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Watsonville Academy Class will be held virtually starting Thursday, October 1, 2020. The City is working hard planning and developing an engaging and educational experience for our 2020 Watsonville Academy participants. The Watso...

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Posted on: September 9, 2020

Santa Cruz County Moves to Red Tier

Santa Cruz County Moves to Red Tier

Beginning September 8th, personal care services such as waxing, nails and massage, restaurants, places of worship, movie theaters, gyms and fitness centers, along with museums, zoos and aquariums will be able to open indoors with modifications.

 

Governor Newsom announced yesterday that Santa Cruz County has now moved to the Red Tier, lessening some economic restrictions. Beginning September 8, 2020, personal care services such as waxing, nails and massage, restaurants, places of worship...

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Posted on: September 3, 2020

Survey on George Washington Bust

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Complete our survey on the George Washington bust!

The City is seeking greater community input through a survey on the George Washington bust. The survey will be open through September 30. A series of Town Hall Meetings will be scheduled in October to share survey results and collect ideas from residents ...

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Posted on: September 1, 2020

Downtown Watsonville Specific Plan

Downtown Watsonville Specific Plan

This planning effort will build on the historic origins of the area while establishing a clear vision for the future of downtown Watsonville.

Project Underway

In July 2019, the City of Watsonville initiated a Specific Plan for downtown Watsonville.  This planning effort will build on the historic origins of the area while establishing a clear vision for the future of downtown Watsonvill...

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Posted on: September 1, 2020

California Blueprint for a Safer Economy

California Blueprint for a Safer Economy

Governor Newsom on Friday released a new framework for COVID-19 economic restrictions. The framework includes four colors, with Purple Tier 1 representing the highest level of restrictions.

Counties move through Red Tier 2, Orange Tier 3 and Yellow Tier 4 based on case and positivity rates, and metrics assessing data collection, testing access and contact tracing.

Santa Cruz County is currently placed in the Purple Tier, but expects to move t...

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Posted on: August 6, 2020

EMERGENCY MASK ORDER

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COVID-19 infection rates are going up in California and the United States.

The City of Watsonville has been educating our community on the importance of wearing a face covering when in public. Face coverings protect you and others and help slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Starting today, you can be ticketed for not wearing ...

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Posted on: August 3, 2020

Restaurants and Retail Businesses to use Outdoor Areas for Dining & Display Areas

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The City is allowing for restaurants and retail businesses to use outdoor areas for outdoor dining and display areas with approval of a Temporary COVID-19 Encroachment Agreement.

Watsonville City Manager, Matt Huffaker, signed Emergency Order 2020-01 on Friday, June 5, 2020, allowing for restaurants and retail businesses to use outdoor areas for outdoor dining and display areas with approval of a Temporary COVID-19 Encroachment Ag...

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Posted on: July 9, 2020

Business Reopening Toolkit

Watsonville Open for Business

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

Link to Business Toolkit

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

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

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Posted on: June 7, 2020

Restaurants and Retail Businesses to use Outdoor Areas for Outdoor Dining and Display Areas

Downtown Watsonville

City allowing for restaurants and retail businesses to use outdoor areas for outdoor dining and display areas with approval of a Temporary COVID-19 Encroachment Agreement.

Watsonville City Manager, Matt Huffaker, signed Emergency Order 2020-01 on Friday, June 5, 2020, allowing for restaurants and retail businesses to use outdoor areas for outdoor dining and display areas with approval of a Temporary COVID-19 Encroachment Ag...

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Posted on: June 7, 2020

Watsonville is Open for Business - Guidelines to Help you Open Safely

Watsonville is Open for Business

Our goal is to help workers and businesses take responsible steps toward resuming work, serving customers and rebuilding our economy. Click here for state specific industry guidelines to help you reopen safely.

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve rapidly, the city is committed to keeping business owners informed, providing resources, and advocating for effective strategies to assist in the recovery. We stand with you, and we’re ...

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Posted on: May 6, 2020

Emergency Housing Assistance Program Guidelines

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This program is designed to assist Watsonville low and moderate income renters affected by the COVID-19 economic crisis with a grant of up to $1,500.

This program is a partnership between the City of Watsonville and Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County Inc. 

For more information please visit cabinc.org

APPLY HERE:

On March 27th, 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Econom...

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Posted on: April 22, 2020

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) COVID-19

CDBG COVID19

The City of Watsonville has received additional CDBG funding to help communities deal with the impacts of COVID 19 and related shutdowns.

With the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act the City of Watsonville has received additional CDBG funding to help communities deal with the impacts of COVID 19 and related shutdowns.

For questions regarding this fundi...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Santa Cruz County Shelter In Place Order

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Santa Cruz County Shelter In Place Order - Community Update March 16, 2020By the City of Watsonville 

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VIDEO - Community Update on Shelter in Place Order 

VIDEO - Mensaje para la Comunidad Sobre la Orden de Refugiarse en el Hogar

Community Update - 03/16/2020

 Mensaje para la Comunidad - 03/16/2020

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Posted on: March 10, 2020

Flipping the Lid to Help Residents with Recycling

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

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

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Posted on: March 10, 2020

Maintaining Our Roads for Smooth Driving

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

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

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Posted on: 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: September 1, 2020

Library Card Sign Up Month

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There is nothing more empowering than signing up for your own library card. A library card gives students the tools to succeed in the classroom and provides people of all ages opportunities to pursue their dreams and passions.

There is nothing more empowering than signing up for your own library card. A library card gives students the tools to succeed in the classroom and provides people of all ages opportunities to pursue their dreams and passions.  Our library offers...

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Posted on: August 28, 2020

Flipster Digital Magazines Now Available

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Missing your favorite magazines? You can check out and read magazines for free online through Flipster ~ just use your library card to get access.

Missing your favorite magazines? You can check out and read magazines for free online through Flipster ~ just use your library card to get access.

¿Extrañas tus revistas favoritas? Puedes leer revistas gratis en línea a tr...

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Posted on: August 26, 2020

RBDigital merging with Overdrive

RBDigital ebooks and audiobooks now available in the libby app (and overdrive app)

On September 2nd RBDigital eBooks and eAudiobooks will merge with Overdrive. RBDigital content will no longer be available through the RBDigital website or app. To continue to access materials, you will need to use the Libby (or Overdrive) app.

On Wednesday, September 2nd RBDigital eBooks and eAudiobooks will merge with Overdrive. RBDigital eBooks and eAudiobook content will no longer be available through the RBDigital website or app. To continue to access materials, you will need to use the Ove...

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Posted on: August 18, 2020

All Library Materials are due August 31st

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All library items are due by August 31st ~ please return library materials at your earliest convenience to one of our book drops.

All library items are due by August 31st ~ please return library materials at your earliest convenience to one of our book drops.

Todos los artículos de la biblioteca se vencen el 31 de agosto ~ por favor regrese los artículos a bibli...

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Posted on: August 20, 2020

Library Catalog Video Tutorials

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Want to learn how to use the online library catalog? We'll show you tips and tricks for searching as well as placing items on hold in these videos.

Want to learn how to use the online library catalog? We’ll show you tips and tricks for searching as well as placing items on hold in these videos. 

We will cover topics like title, author, keyword, and subjects searches, as well as how ...

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Posted on: August 5, 2020

Live Virtual Storytimes

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Missing the interactive nature of storytime in person? We are now offering live virtual storytimes on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings.

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. Registration required (to get the access link). Need registration assistance? Call ...

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Posted on: August 10, 2020

Extended Curbside Hours

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We are excited to be extending our curbside hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-7pm.

We are excited to be extending our curbside hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-7pm.  If you haven’t been able to make it to our curbside service, we hope you can with these extended hours. Our hours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday ...

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Posted on: August 7, 2020

Remote Learning Classes - Basic Grammar & Basic Reading

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Know anyone who wants to improve their literacy skills from home? Opportunity to read is offering remote learning classes ~ Basic Reading & Basic Grammar.

Know anyone who wants to improve their literacy skills from home? Opportunity to read is offering remote learning classes ~ Basic Reading on Monday & Wednesdays (9-11am) and Basic Grammar on Tuesdays & Thursdays (9-11am). For more information or t...

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Posted on: August 8, 2020

Book Drops Are Open 24/7

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Can’t make it to our curbside hours to return your materials? No worries ~ the book drops are open 24/7 at both the Main Library and Freedom Branch

Can’t make it to our curbside hours to return your materials? No worries ~ the book drops are open 24/7 at both the Main Library and Freedom Branch

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Posted on: May 21, 2020

~ Library Newsletter ~

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Want to keep up with what's going on at the library? We are excited to announce that you can now sign up to receive the library newsletter by email.

Want to keep up with what’s going on at the library? We are excited to announce that you can now sign up to receive the library newsletter by email ~ you can see the current one on our webpage  and follow the link on that page to sign u...

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Posted on: April 30, 2020

Storytime Kits

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Missing Storytime? You can now bring storytime home with our new storytime kits.

Missing Storytime? You can now bring storytime home with our new storytime kits (bilingual thematic books, songs, and a craft for ages 2-5) ~ available at curbside pickup at the Main Library from 12-4:45pm M-Fri, just drop by and pick one up, no appointme...

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Posted on: May 5, 2020

Ballet Folklorico Summer Workshop

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

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

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Posted on: April 15, 2020

Digital Magazines Now Available

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

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



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Posted on: September 14, 2020

Call for Entries - Downtown Movable Murals

Entries are due 9/25!

Movable Murals is a joint project of Pajaro Valley Arts (PVA) and the City of Watsonville, which provides outdoor, semi-permanent hanging space for muralists and artists utilizing digital media and/or painting to create temporary installations. We want to...

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Posted on: September 3, 2020

Survey on George Washington Bust

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Complete our survey on the George Washington bust!

The City is seeking greater community input through a survey on the George Washington bust. The survey will be open through September 30. A series of Town Hall Meetings will be scheduled in October to share survey results and collect ideas from residents ...

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Posted on: November 19, 2019

Officers track down & return tricycle stolen from disabled elderly man

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It wasn’t easy but after days of investigating, our officers managed to track down a tricycle that was recently stolen from a disabled senior citizen.

Unfortunately, the trike was found in the slough in three pieces. So, several Watsonville Police officers...

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