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Neighborhood Services Division announces new downtown target area

Posted: Friday, Apr 5th, 2013

Adriana Moreno, senior administrative analyst for Watsonville's Neighborhood Services, talks about efforts to build a safer and healthier neighborhood for a new target area downtown. (Photo by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — Downtown Watsonville boasts numerous businesses, non-profit organizations, schools and residences, which when combined offers the best, and the worst, of Watsonville.

With years of history dating back to the mid-1800s, the city has been forged by the hands of numerous cultures that have left in their wake a vibrant city and a people whose civic pride still is still evident in lively civic debate.

But recent census studies have also shown the area to be the most wracked by crime, and populated by many for whom the social services, government offices and other opportunities available are either unknown or out of reach.

It is for those residents that the city’s Neighborhood Services Division has created its latest Target Neighborhood. The department held a launch Friday afternoon at the Watsonville Gene Hoularis & Waldo Rodriguez Youth Center on Maple Avenue.

For the complete article see the 04-06-2013 issue.

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