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Posted on: September 27, 2023

75 Years As Watsonville's Municipal Airport

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To commemorate 75 years since Naval Auxiliary Air Station Watsonville became Watsonville Municipal Airport, we are offering a serialized, limited edition challenge coin with the original airport logo on one side and 75th Anniversary with serial number on ...

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Posted on: July 17, 2023

Kids Fly Free

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EAA's Young Eagles program is designed to give the next generation of aviation enthusiasts the chance to ride the skies. EAA Chapter 119 has safely flown over 7000 kids since we started holding Young Eagle Rallies in 1992. The program co...

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Posted on: October 31, 2022

Advisory Committee requests Compliance

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In accordance with the Federal Preemption on Airspace regulation (49 U.S.C. 40101), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has exclusive authority in regulating airspace over the United States and prescribes air traffic regulations on the flight of air...

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Posted on: January 31, 2024

Watsonville Reads: Book Club Kits

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Did you know that Watsonville Public Library has book club kits available for check out at the Main Library? As part of Watsonville Reads, a new annual community read organized by Watsonville Public Library and Friends of Watsonville Library, we have book...

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Posted on: February 15, 2024

Writing about the Ville

Join us for “Writing about the Ville” ~ a series of poetry writing workshops. During these programs, you will have the opportunity to write a poem in English or Spanish. Explore writing about place, home, and community with poet Victor...

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Posted on: February 22, 2024

Pokemon Workshop

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Calling all Pomon enthusiasts! Join us for our Pokémon Workshop on Thursday, March 14 at 6:30pm at the Main Library. This will be an opportunity to understand Pokémon cards, learn how to build a deck, and how to play the card ...

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Posted on: February 9, 2024

Reading Buddies

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Looking for a way for your child to improve their literacy skills? Reading Buddies is a book club for youth in grades k-4th. With the guidance of volunteers, each small group (divided by reading levels) will read aloud a book. This drop-in program provide...

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Posted on: January 22, 2024

Library Tech Night: 3D Printing

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Join us for Library Tech Night ~ Learn about 3D printing utilizing 3D printers, doodle pens, and TinkercadThis program will take place on Monday, February 12 from 5:00-6:30pm at the Main Lib...

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Posted on: January 16, 2024

Coffee with a Professional

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Have you ever wanted to learn about the jobs that other people have? Our monthly Coffee with a Professional program will feature a special guest who will talk about their job, what it’s like on a day-to-day basis, and a discussion about a specif...

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Posted on: January 20, 2024

Teen Anime

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Looking for a community of people who appreciate anime? During our monthly Teen Anime Club programs we will explore and celebrate Japanese popular culture through cooking, cr...

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Posted on: February 2, 2024

Virtual Author Talks

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Enjoy live virtual author talks this February ~ each talk features the opportunity to participate in an author Q&A or pre-submit questions during registration. 

 

The first author talk will feature New York Times bestselling author of ...

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Posted on: January 20, 2024

Poets Circle

Youth Poet Laureates Rachel Huerta & Eva Sophia Martinez Rodriguez and Poet Laureate Bob Gomez

Tune into our Poets’ Circle and open mic hosted by Magdalena Montagne. Our February program will feature Watsonville Poet Laureate Bob GomezWatsonville Youth Poet Laureates Rachel Huerta and Eva Sophia Martinez Rodriguez, and ...

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Posted on: December 18, 2023

Family Movie Night

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Join us for a Family Movie Night at 5:30pm on the first Wednesday of each month at the Main Library in the Children’s Storytime Room. Movies will be rated G or PG. 

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Posted on: December 18, 2023

Pajama Storytime

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Grab your favorite stuffed animals and slippers! Come to our Pajama Storytime on the third Tuesday of every month dressed in your favorite pajamas, and have fun with stories and songs.

 

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Posted on: January 1, 2024

Lego® Club!

Be a Master Builder at our Library Lego® Club! Join us on the first Tuesday of the month from 4-5pm, and get creative with a provided theme or build whatever you want with the library’s collection of bricks. Bring the whole fami...

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Posted on: January 3, 2024

Crafternoons

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Looking for a fun and creative way to spend your Wednesday and Friday afternoons with your family? Join us for our Crafternoons on Wednesdays and Fridays at 2pm at our Main Library.&a...

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Posted on: January 8, 2024

Science Nights

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Create, experiment, and engineer! Join us for Science Night each Thursday at 6:30pm starting on Thursday, February 1 through Thursday, February 29 for interactive science activities. 

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Posted on: January 8, 2024

Universal YUM

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Young foodies! We invite you to our Universal Yums program where we will learn about a different country each month through delicious snacks and interactive activities. This recurring program will occur on the third Friday of every month at the F...

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Posted on: January 3, 2024

Bilingual Baby Laptime

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Join us for some fun while helping your child build socialization and early literacy skills ~ our Bilingual Baby Laptime will take place in-person at the Freedom Library, Meeting Room on Wednesdays at 10:30am, and at Main Library, Meetin...

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Posted on: January 29, 2024

Mothersong

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Join us for Mothersong every first Friday of the month ~ sing and dance with us at our Main Library, Meeting Room at 10:30am. 

 

The audience for this program is families. 

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Posted on: January 31, 2024

Toddler Tumble Time

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Get ready to tumble ~ Our Toddler Tumble Time program encourages toddlers to develop balance, coordination, and cooperation while participating in fun games, yoga, music, rhymes, and more! 

This program will take place at our Main Library, Meeting...

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Posted on: February 5, 2024

Family Game Nigt

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Meet new friends, families, & community members ~ learn how to play a new game or compete playing one you know and love at our Family Game Nights.  

 

This program will take place every Thursday during the month of April from ...

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Posted on: February 1, 2024

Bilingual Toddler Time

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Our Bilingual Toddler Storytime features fun songs, rhymes and books that foster early literacy ~ this program takes place in-person at the Freedom Branch, Meeting Room on Wednesdays at 11:30am, and at the Main Library, Storytime Room at 10:30am. ...

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Posted on: February 5, 2024

Paint Night

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Interested in learning how to paint? Join us for our monthly paint nights! Our upcoming paint night will feature Joel Silverman who will focus on watercolor painting. This program will take place on Monday, February 26 at 6:00pm at the M...

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Posted on: February 5, 2024

Celebration of Life Tribute to Mas Hashimoto

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Watsonville Public Library, Friends of the Watsonville Public Library and Watsonville-Santa Cruz Japanese American Citizens League invite you to the “Tribute to Mas Hashimoto” event. This special event will honor and commemorate the le...

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Posted on: February 23, 2024

WPD hosts first Coffee with a Cop of the year

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Our first Coffee with a Cop of the year was a success! 

We enjoyed seeing how the community came together to chat and get to know our Officers and staff. 

A special thank you to everyone who joined us last night and Cafecto for providing t...

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Posted on: February 22, 2024

WPD announces recent Sergeant promotions

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Exciting news! We are happy to announce the recent promotions of Tyler Wildey and Octavio Barocio to the rank of Sergeants!   

Tyler has been an Officer with the Watsonville Police Department for nine years, and Octavio brings 18 years of...

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Posted on: February 21, 2024

WPD escorts WHS student to the Girls Wrestling State Championship

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Watsonville High School makes it to the CIF State Wrestling Championship for the third consecutive year!  

17-year-old Joselyn Gutierrez is the only female wrestler from Watsonville High to qualify for the State Championship. Today, she is heading...

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Posted on: February 15, 2024

Join us for Coffee with a Cop

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This is the perfect weather for a warm drink, and what better way to enjoy a cup of coffee than with our community?   

Join us for Coffee with a Cop next week, in partnership by Cafecto, who will be serving delicious coffee.  

Thi...

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Posted on: February 13, 2024

Meet Edgar Larios one of our newest Officer

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He is new to our department but not new to Watsonville – Officer Edgar Larios is one of the most recent Officers to join the Watsonville Police Department.   

The Watsonville native is thrilled to serve the community he calls ho...

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Posted on: January 25, 2024

Avoid being a victim of a phone scam

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Don’t fall victim to scammers!   

Recently, we’ve received reports about phone scammers calling community members and pretending to be a Watsonville Police Officer. The caller explains that the person has a warrant for...

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Posted on: January 24, 2024 | Last Modified on: April 27, 2022

Stay up to date and download our mobile app

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Download the Watsonville Police Department Mobile App today!  

Get the latest updates, receive emergency alerts, find community resources, report issues, and more. Important notifications, such as emergency alerts, traffic delays, missing persons,...

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Posted on: January 4, 2024

WPD Officers Trained and equipped to use Narcan

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Warning: Some viewers may find the following video disturbing. In the past month, two men have died on the Pajaro River levee due to suspected opioid overdoses. The Santa Cruz County Coroner’s Office is still waiting on a toxicology rep...

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Posted on: December 29, 2023

Meet Watsonville Police Officer Ulises González

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At the young age of 14, he decided to join the Watsonville Police Cadet Program and, over the years, held several different positions within our department until reaching his ultimate goal of becoming a Police Officer.    

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Posted on: December 23, 2023

Shop with a Cop event brings together Officers and Watsonville families

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Just in time for Christmas!   

Our Officers shared an evening of laughter, love, and happiness with Watsonville families during our annual Shop with a Cop event.   

This year, we sponsored 11 deserving families with a tot...

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Posted on: December 22, 2023

Sergeant Ridgway retires after nearly three decades with WPD

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Watsonville Police Sergeant Michael Ridgway has retired after nearly three decades of dedication and countless memories.    

Mike was hired as a full-time Watsonville Police Officer in 1996, and since then, has been a great mentor for man...

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Posted on: December 18, 2023

Watsonville Police Department to hold DUI Checkpoint on Friday

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On Friday, December 22nd, the Watsonville Police Department will conduct a driving under the influence (DUI) Checkpoint from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. at an undisclosed location in the City Limits.   

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Posted on: December 15, 2023

Cadets’ end of the year summary

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As we get close to the end of the year, we want to look at our Cadets’ accomplishments during the last 12 months.   

The Cadets have worked hard to finish the year strong, and it hasn’t been easy. They have learned to work together as a t...

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Posted on: December 14, 2023

Additional patrols hitting the streets during the holiday season

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The holiday season can be a dangerous time for people on the roads. In December 2021 alone, 1,013 people were killed in the U.S. in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  

The Watsonvill...

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Posted on: December 13, 2023

WPD presents check to Katz Cancer Resource Center

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One of the best feelings ever is being able to help our residents and last night, we were able to do that.   

We were pleased to present a check for $19,062.59 to the Katz Cancer Resource Center from our 2023 Watsonville Police Pink Patch...

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Posted on: December 5, 2023

Born and Raised, featuring Corporal Naim Figueroa

Born and Raised, featuring Corporal Naim Figueroa

BORN & RAISED The strong work ethic instilled by his parents helped him overcome several obstacles on his journey to becoming a police officer.   

Meet Corporal Naim Figueroa, a 13-plus-year veteran of our department. With tw...

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Posted on: November 30, 2023

WPD Pink Patch Project continues to support local families

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We did it!  

We are happy to announce that the Watsonville Police Pink Patch Project raised more than $19,000 during this year’s campaign, bringing our total to nearly $109,000 since 2017.   

The money will be used to he...

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Posted on: November 27, 2023

Fake parking warning notices found

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Over the holiday weekend, we were made aware of fake parking warning notices placed on cars on Clifford Avenue.  

It’s important to note that our Parking Enforcement Officers do not issue the green notice seen on the top right of this ph...

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Posted on: November 24, 2023

Local businesses cited for selling alcohol to minors

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The Watsonville Police Department, along with agents of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), have cited four clerks for selling alcohol to minors on 11/17/2023. The actions were the result of a Minor Decoy operation in which mino...

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Posted on: November 20, 2023

Honoring Watsonville Police Officer Kraig Kliewer

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Some of our officers gathered to say their final goodbyes this past weekend at our beloved brother Kraig Kliewer’s memorial service in Nevada. Our officers who were on-duty, the day of his service, wore a unique memorial pin on their uniforms in his honor...

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Posted on: November 17, 2023

WPD awarded grant from the Office of Traffic Safety to improve safety on Watsonville roads

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The Watsonville Police Department was awarded $128,410.00 in grant funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). The funding will support our ongoing enforcement and education programs to help reduce the number of serious injuries and deaths...

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Posted on: November 14, 2023

Agua con la Chota program continues to thrive

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A program involving law enforcement and local farmworkers continues to break barriers and build strong relationships.    

Our Agua con la Chota, or “Water with a Cop” outreach program, established in 2017, provides loc...

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Posted on: October 23, 2023

WPD acquires new technology to help combat crime

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The Watsonville Police Department is the latest agency in the region to acquire a highly advanced tool to help officers combat crime and keep the community safe.   

Nearly two dozen automated license plate reading cameras were recently in...

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Posted on: October 10, 2023

Officer Uribe represents WPD at Police Officers Memorial Run

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Watsonville Police Officer Armando Uribe proudly represented our department during the 2023 Police Officers Memorial Run in Modesto.   

Armando completed a half marathon in full police gear in 2 hours, 58 minutes, and 49 seconds. &nbs...

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Posted on: September 27, 2023

WPD unveils “Copsicle” Cart

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It’s more than just a sweet treat- our Copsicle Cart is helping us connect and build positive relationships with our residents!   

Our custom-made and fully licensed popsicle cart made its debut at the Santa Cruz County Fair in ...

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Posted on: September 27, 2023

Nearly $10,000 raised during annual Watsonville PAL Golf Tournament

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We are incredibly grateful for all the support we received for our 13th Annual Watsonville Police Activities League Golf Tournament!  

Thank you to the players, sponsors, staff, and volunteers for their contributions on and off the greens. &nb...

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Posted on: August 25, 2023

Sgt. Ridgway graduates from Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute

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Join us in congratulating Sergeant Michael Ridgway on his latest accomplishment and commitment to his professional growth.  

Earlier this month, Michael graduated from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, an eight-month-long, nearly...

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Posted on: July 19, 2023

WPD Officers take part in annual Active Shooter Training

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Watsonville Police Officers came together with law enforcement agencies, fire departments, dispatchers, and medical staff from across the Central Coast to train to properly respond to critical incidents such as an active shooter with mass casualties.&...

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Posted on: June 6, 2023

County and 9-1-1 launch improved alert and warning system

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The County of Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz Regional 9-1-1 have launched CruzAware, an innovative and comprehensive community alert and warning system designed to keep residents informed and safe.   

CruzAware represents a significant upgrade...

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Posted on: May 12, 2023

New engagement tool to help bridge gap between WPD and residents

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The Watsonville Police Department is now one of many law enforcement agencies in the country using a new engagement tool to help bridge the gap between officers and the community.   

As of May 12, 2023, the My90 tool by Axon will automati...

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Posted on: November 15, 2023

Self-serve sandbag stations available to Watsonville residents

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With the rainy season already underway, the City of Watsonville is providing limited quantities of sandbags for free to Watsonville residents at the two self-serve locations below:

o    Joyce McKenzie Park, 500 Joyce Drive

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March 2024 Primary Election Schedule

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Early voting for the March 5TH Primary Election officially kicked off on Monday, February 5, 2024! 

Voters in Santa Cruz County can cast their vote here at the City Clerk’s office located on the top floor of the Civic Plaza, 275 Main Str...

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Posted on: January 3, 2024

One-lane traffic control planned for Hwy 129-Riverside Drive corridor

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Please plan for traffic delays beginning Monday, Jan. 8, 2024

WHEN: Beginning Monday, Jan. 8, 9 AM to 4 PM and 6 PM to 7 AMConstruction will not occur on weekends.

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Posted on: December 22, 2023

County Clerk Services coming to Watsonville

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Santa Cruz County Clerk services will soon be available at our City Administration offices!  

Residents will be able to book appointments through the County of Santa Cruz for an appointment here in Watsonville for passport services, marriage licen...

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Posted on: December 7, 2023

RFP - CLASSIFICATION & COMPENSATION STUDY

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The City of Watsonville is seeking proposals from qualified professional consultants to conduct a citywide classification and compensation study. The selected consultant will assist the City in reviewing and updating all job classifications and reviewing ...

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Posted on: September 27, 2023

Watsonville Airport Director Receives Prestigious Award

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The Association of California Airports recently named Watsonville Municipal Airport Director Rayvon Williams the 2023 Michael A. Shutt Award recipient. 

This prestigious award is designed to recognize the efforts of an individual or organization t...

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Posted on: June 6, 2023

County and 9-1-1 launch improved alert and warning system

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The County of Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz Regional 9-1-1 have launched CruzAware, an innovative and comprehensive community alert and warning system designed to keep residents informed and safe.   

CruzAware represents a significant upgrade...

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Posted on: January 12, 2024

New Waste-Separation Guidelines Brochure!

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Our Solid Waste Division is happy to introduce a new comprehensive waste-separation guide to show what goes in your trash, recycle, and organics bins.

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Posted on: January 30, 2024

Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza

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Save the Date for an Egg-citing family-friendly event!

Hop on over to Franich Park for a FREE family-friendly Egg Hunt  Eggstravaganza. Enjoy a fun-filled day with arts & crafts, games, live performances, food trucks, and so much more. And don't forget to snap a picture with the Easter B...

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Posted on: January 8, 2024

Camp WOW Spring Break

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Looking for ways to keep your child entertained during the school break?

Get ready to WOW your kids with an unforgettable school break at Camp WOW, April 1-5! Participants ages 5-12 will discover a world of creativity, games and exciting field trips. FREE for PVUSD students (except those attending Linscott, Ceiba, and Navigato...

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Posted on: October 5, 2023

Camp WOW Saturdays

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If you think Camp WOW is already awesome, check out these Saturdays packed with special activities and field trips!

If you think Camp WOW is already awesome, check out these Saturdays packed with special activities and field trips -- participants will experience new and enriching activities that they are sure to remember for a long time! 

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Our Town is Taking Bold Steps & Committing to Climate Action

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On October 26, the City Council unanimously approved the 2030 Climate Action & Adaptation Plan....

Our Town is Taking Bold Steps and Committing to Climate Action

On October 26, the City Council unanimously approved the 2030 Climate Action & Adaptation Plan. Thank you to all who came out to show their support!  With this, we have co...

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