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02/14/2024
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The Watsonville City Council voted to end public comment via Zoom at its meetings, a decision spurred by two racist ‘zoom bomb’ calls on Oct. 24. Capitola had similar experiences around the same time.

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02/12/2024
Image for display with article titled Watsonville Officials, Residents Mull City’s General Plan

More than 100 people spent their Saturday morning in the community room of the Watsonville Civic building, where they joined the City Council and other officials in discussions about Watsonville’s General Plan.

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01/29/2024
One of Watsonville’s most recognizable and historic community hubs could be getting a new look as the city plans a comprehensive revitalization of its downtown City Plaza.

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01/19/2024
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For the third time, protestors attended a Watsonville City Council meeting calling on city leaders to pass a ceasefire resolution.

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12/27/2023
A draft of the city’s housing plans for the next eight years, which includes the construction of 2,053 new units, is available for the public to view at the Watsonville Public Library, Old City Hall and online.

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12/15/2023
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More than 100 people filled the Santa Cruz City Council chambers to call for a ceasefire resolution in the Israel-Hamas war. The same day, activists also attended a Watsonville City Council meeting and a Santa Cruz County Supervisors meeting.

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12/13/2023
For only the second time in Watsonville’s history, the City Council will be led by two women, and for the first time by two millennial Latina women: Vanessa Quiroz-Carter, 37, and Maria Orozco, 35.

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10/27/2023
Image for display with article titled Watsonville, Capitola Council Meetings Assailed by ‘Zoom Bombs’

The Watsonville City Council will stop allowing virtual comments during its public meetings for the rest of the year after it received two anonymous calls filled with racist language and expletives during the Oct. 24 meeting.

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10/25/2023
Image for display with article titled Watsonville to Loosen Cannabis Rules

The city looks toward the first update to its retail cannabis rules in four years, after complaints that the ordinances are stricter than those imposed by the state.

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10/19/2023
Image for display with article titled Watsonville to Consider Changes to Retail Cannabis Ordinance

The City Council considered 16 tweaks to the ordinance; proposed changes include allowing a new establishment and opening more of the city to new businesses.

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10/12/2023
Image for display with article titled Council Approves Plan to Transform Downtown Watsonville

Watsonville officials envision downtown as a vibrant place where commerce, mixed-use housing and a transit system intermingle and trees line a two-lane Main Street.

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10/06/2023
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Plus: Santa Cruz could require options to tip delivery drivers.

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10/03/2023
The Watsonville Municipal Airport could be looking at a greener future. The airport recently received $83,575 through the Federal Aviation Administration for a zero-emissions vehicle and infrastructure project.

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09/28/2023
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The Watsonville Police Department formally welcomed five new officers at a promotional badge pinning and awards ceremony.

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09/06/2023
Planning commissioners unanimously approved city staff's recommendation for the council to adopt the Downtown Watsonville Specific Plan.

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08/31/2023
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Unsanctioned campers along Corralitos Creek could see a repeat of an El Niño weather pattern that could bring heavy rains and flooding.

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07/21/2023
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Local high schoolers paint murals for Watsonville City Hall.

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06/16/2023
Early this year, a cross-county working group developed a plan to provide shelter for those living along the Pajaro River's bed.

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06/15/2023
Image for display with article titled Watsonville Hospital Nurses Decry Scheduling Changes

Roughly 100 nurses who work at Watsonville Community Hospital gathered Tuesday to call attention to a scheduling change they say affects the way they do their job.

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05/12/2023
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Residents who live near Ceiba College Preparatory Academy have filed a lawsuit against the school, the city of Watsonville and the company that owns the land.

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05/10/2023
As far back as the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, California has set a target date of 2030 to significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to those lower than they were prior to 1990. The legislation prompted other municipalities to adopt their own climate action plans, including Watsonville.

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05/09/2023
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Paula Hernandez (Watsonville City Councilman Felipe’s mom) and the women of the Watsonville frozen food plants strikes encouraged thousands to stand up against unfair conditions

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04/28/2023
Image for display with article titled Watsonville Residents’ Input Wanted on Housing Plans

Watsonville city leaders are seeking residents’ input on how the city should change. A May 3 meeting is expected to outline changes in land use, transportation, infrastructure and city services.

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04/13/2023
Image for display with article titled Watsonville City Council Hears From Flood-Stricken Residents

Tempers ran high at the Watsonville City Council meeting when residents of senior residential communities spoke about the ongoing fallout of the recent floods.

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04/03/2023
As Watsonville approaches a new Housing Element six-year cycle, a special meeting will be held Tuesday to review where things stand with the current cycle as the city presents its annual progress report.

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03/16/2023
Coming soon to a Watsonville City Council agenda near you: improvements to traffic on Green Valley Road as well as the city's striping and potholes program.

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02/28/2023
Image for display with article titled Ceiba School Granted Permanent Status

In a 4-3 vote, the Watsonville City Council took actions to allow Ceiba College Preparatory Academy to remain at its location in an industrial zone.

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