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City to update graffiti ordinance

Modified: Friday, Jan 6th, 2017




WATSONVILLE — The Watsonville City Council will consider streamlining the city’s graffiti removal program Tuesday in hopes of encouraging property owners to clean up the tags in a more timely manner.

According to a report by Public Works Director Steve Palmisano, the city’s current ordinance, which was adopted in 2009, has proven to be “too complex to implement effectively.” For the first three incidents, one full-time and one part-time city staff member remove the graffiti and provide a notice to the property owner.

On the fourth incident, property owners are required to remove the graffiti in 48 hours, or face a fine of $100, which increases to $500 after two more incidents.

In a proposal outlined in the report, the new ordinance would remove the three warning citations and graffiti removals by city staff. Instead, property owners would be asked to remove the graffiti within 48 hours or face a $100 fine per incident, eliminating the progressive fines.

Also during Tuesday’s meeting, the Council will consider allowing medical marijuana manufacturing in the city, about a year after it allowed cultivation.

According to a report by Acting Community Development Director Suzi Merriam, city staff recommend an initial cap of 12 manufacturing sites within the city, which would be located in industrial districts.

On consent agenda, the Council is expected to appoint a number of residents to city commissions. Former City Councilman Eduardo Montesino and Matthew Jones have applied for the Planning Commission, while Jenny Sarmiento will be reappointed. Jenni Veitch-Olson and Ana V. Hurtado-Aldana are expected to be appointed to the Parks and Recreation Commission. Barbara Corrigan and Amalia Espinoza are looking to join the Library Commission, and Patricia Fohrman is expected to be reappointed to the Personnel Commission.

The Watsonville City Council will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 275 Main St., fourth floor. The agenda can be viewed at tinyurl.com/h83ctyy.

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