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Youth council to hold ribbon cutting, public meeting

Posted: Friday, Apr 12th, 2013




WATSONVILLE — The Watsonville Youth City Council will hold its third public meeting on Monday, but before that, the councilmembers will take part in a ribbon cutting ceremony at Second Street Café to commemorate the opening of "Youth Safety Photo Exhibit: Our Reality."

The exhibit was created by Renaissance High School’s Regional Occupational Program (ROP) photography students under the direction of ROP teacher, Karen Lemon, and Martha Vega of the Watsonville Police Department.

Youth City Council Mayor Alvaro Zamora, a senior at Pajaro Valley High School, will cut the ribbon at 4:30 p.m. to open the photo exhibit. Renaissance High School photographers and Youth City Council members will offer tours of the photo exhibit to guests.

Immediately following the ribbon cutting ceremony, the Youth City Council will take their positions in the City Council Chambers at 5 p.m. for a public meeting to discuss some of the issues facing youth in Watsonville. The Watsonville Youth City Council recently worked with youth from the city of Santa Cruz for the Youth Safety Summit, a collaboration of North and South Santa Cruz County youth to discuss safety issues youth face in the community. Youth councilmembers will report their findings from the Youth Safety Summit and will be joined by members of the newly-formed Santa Cruz Youth City Council.

In addition to reports on the Youth Safety Summit, the Youth City Council will discuss their findings about Pinto Lake contamination and plans for youth involvement in its restoration. The youth will also report about what they are learning from the Watsonville Planning Commission and city staff about how businesses decide to come to Watsonville.

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The ribbon cutting will be held at Second Street Café, 28 Second St., Watsonville, on Monday at 4:15 p.m. The youth council will meet in the Watsonville City Council Chambers, 275 Main St., fourth floor, at 5 p.m. All are encouraged to attend both events.

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