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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 20, 2019

Update - Roache Road Sewer Replacement Project

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Progress continues on the Roache road Sewer Replacement Project. Read the complete update for this project.

Progress continues on the Roache Road Sewer Replacement project. The Contractor anticipates that trenching will be completed within the next few weeks, followed shortly thereafter by trench paving restoration to complete the project.

As a reminder, working...

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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: November 18, 2019

Proposals for the Porter Building located in Downtown Watsonville

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The City is seeking proposals to purchase or lease the historic Porter Building, located in the heart of downtown's commercial core area. Please note due to the holidays & interest, the RFP deadline has been extended.

UPDATE: Due to the holidays and interest in the Porter Building, the RFP deadline has been extended to Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 3 pm. The property located at 280 Main Street is adjacent to both the historic Fox Theater, as well as the City’...

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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: November 7, 2019

Vision Zero Action Plan 2019

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Review the most updated Vision Zero Action Plan and give us your feedback. Feedback/comments will be accepted until December 20, 2019.

Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy and equitable mobility for all. City Council approved the implementation of Vision Zero in the City of Watsonville at its January 16, 2018 me...

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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: August 30, 2019

Update - 10/28/19 - FULL ROAD CLOSURE

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Full road closure on Green Valley Road between Struve Slough & Carey Ave. 10/26/19 to 10/31/19

10/28/19 UPDATE

Green Valley Rd was closed to all traffic on Saturday. Crews worked through the night on Sunday to grind out the old pavement. They will be grading the roadbed on Monday and Tuesday, 10/28 & 10/29. The paving crew will be in on Wednesda...
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Posted on: October 18, 2019

Ask the Wizard

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Not sure how to properly dispose of something? Visit and use our new web application to find out if a material can be reused, recycled, composted or disposed.

The City of Watsonville Public Works and Utilities Department is proud to announce the release of their new recycling web-application, the Watsonville Waste Wizard.  This new digital tool will assist residents who currently receive garbage collec...

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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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