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Rich soil, wet winters, and mild summers in the Pajaro Valley have made Watsonville a center for farming and food processing, but construction and manufacturing companies have also found fertile ground there. And natural wetlands make the area worth of its Spanish name, serving as habitat for more than 200 species of birds.

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Council split on city’s deal for Measure U extension, asks for own measure

WATSONVILLE—In a special meeting as unpredictable as it was tense, Watsonville City Council could not come to a consensus on a deal that would have made a minor alteration to a critical ballot measure for the Nov. 8 election. The …

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Council Pay Increase Sparks Discussion About Participation

WATSONVILLE—Near the tail end of a largely uneventful first read-through of the proposed budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year on June 14, Watsonville City Council members gave themselves a nominal pay increase that sparked a discussion about how their compensation …

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Watsonville Council Approves Hillcrest Estates Development Agreement

Future residents of Hillcrest Estates—a 144-unit development set to be built in Watsonville—will need to pay fees to maintain and improve a pit of contaminated soil, after the Watsonville City Council approved an unusual development agreement.

(April 27, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
Irwin Ortiz Appointed Watsonville City Clerk

Lifelong Watsonville resident Irwin Ortiz is Watsonville’s newest city clerk, after city councilmembers unanimously voted for his appointment. Ortiz worked under Beatriz Flores, who held the clerk position before she retired in March.

(March 23, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report

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Urban Forest Management Plan

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November 8, 2022 Election

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City Council Meeting
Tuesday July 12 2022   4:30 PM

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