Mayor's Update, March 2019

Help us Redefine Your Parks: Join us for an interactive workshop as we work together to develop the Parks Strategic Plan and master plans for the City Plaza and Ramsay Park. The Plaza Master Plan will incorporate renovations to address current and future uses, while reflecting community character and the Plaza’s historical significance and features. The Ramsay Park Master Plan will consider current and future uses and amenities, placement of amenities, overall character of the park and its significance as a community asset. Visit our website at for more information. Translation and free child care available. Come engage with us! The next community workshops are:

• Saturday, March 2, noon-2 p.m.: Community Room, 275 Main St., fourth floor

• Thursday, March 7, 6-8 p.m.: Ramsay Park

Watsonville Police Department Offers a Free Workshop for Businesses: The Watsonville Police Department has teamed up with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to bring businesses with alcohol licenses a free workshop to help make our community safer. The training, set for March 12 from noon to 4 p.m., gives business owners and employees insight on alcohol-related laws while stressing the importance of preventing sales to minors and intoxicated individuals. Spanish interpretation will be available. Visit our website at for workshop and registration details.

Do You Know Edith (Exit Drills in the Home): EDITH can help you and your family prepare for an emergency. Most everyone has done a fire drill at school or work and they know where the exits are, where to go, and what to do in an emergency. But do you know how to escape from your home during a fire? Most home fires occur at night when people are the least prepared. Visit our website at for tips on designing your family’s escape plan. If you plan and prepare, when an emergency strikes, it will not be as scary because you will know what to do. For questions or concerns, please contact our Fire Prevention office at 768-3200.

Wine, Beer and Art Walk: The City of Watsonville and the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture are pleased to partner together to present our second annual Wine, Beer and Art walk on Saturday, May 11 from 1-5 p.m. The early bird ticket price is $30. Event-goers will receive a wine glass, a tote bag and passport book featuring all downtown locations for one tasting at each site. Eighteen locations in all. Get your tickets today on Eventbrite at

Adult Sports – Spring 2019: Registration is now open for the following adult sports: co-ed dodgeball; men’s softball; co-ed softball. Visit our website at or call 768-3240 for more information.

Recreational Youth Soccer: Registration is now open for our youth soccer league. Geared towards youth ages 5-12 years old, the spirit of the game is emphasized over competition. League begins April 6. Visit to register or call 768-3240.

Yard Waste News: Free yard waste collection services are available. Order your bin today! Call our Customer Service department at 768-3133 for more information.

Compost Bins Now Available: Learn how to recycle your food scraps. We offer a free workshop every Saturday from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Nature Center (behind Ramsay Park) located at 30 Harkins Slough Road. Please note that bins are for residents with garbage service only.

Do You Need a Reading Buddy? Come to the library for fun reading time with reading mentors. Students meet with their reading buddies once a week for six weeks to improve their literacy skills. For students in first through fifth grades. It is held Thursdays through March 28 from 4-5 p.m. at the Main Library Meeting Room.

Tapas on Top: Join us for Tapas on Top on Friday, April 5 from 6-9 p.m. for live entertainment, great views and delicious foods from Ella’s at the Airport, California Grill and Real Colima. For more information, call Israel Tirado at 768-3247.

I love to hear from our community, so please feel free to email me directly at [email protected]


Francisco “Paco” Estrada is the mayor of Watsonville. His opinions are his own and not necessarily those of the Register-Pajaronian.


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