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March 1, 2010 

 

Dear Watsonville Residents,

 

I just wanted to invite to attend our monthly city council meetings, which are held every second and fourth Tuesday of each month.  The evening meetings usually begin at 6:30pm and the meetings are held at our beautiful city council chamber located at the 4th Floor of the Civic Center (above the Watsonville Public Library).  You can view the agendas at:http://www.ci.watsonville.ca.us/agendas/agendas.html.

 

Your voices are important and help the city council make good decisions for our city.  I hope you will attend future meetings.  If you cannot attend in person, our meetings are also shown live on Charter Cable Channel 70 and could view the meeting from home as well. 

 

If you have any concerns, you can also e-mail the city council members at our e-mails, which are listed here: http://www.ci.watsonville.ca.us/departments/council/council.html.

 

Thank you and look forward to seeing you at one of our future meetings. 

 

 

Sincerely, 

 

LUIS ALEJO

Mayor, City of Watsonville

  

 

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December 8, 2009

 

Re: WISHING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

Dear Watsonville Residents,

 

I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all the residents of District 2 and our entire city for allowing me to serve as your city councilmember for the last year and now as your mayor.

 

We face some challenges ahead in our city, but I will work hard to get our city back on its feet again.  I understand that I cannot do it alone, but with your support we will make good progress this next year.

 

May God bless you and your family, and I wish you Happy Holidays.  I look forward to working together next year.

 

Sincerely,

 

LUIS ALEJO

Mayor, City of Watsonville

District 2 

 

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November 14, 2009

 

YOU'RE INVITED TO THE NOVEMBER 17TH CITY COUNCIL MEETING

 

Dear Community Members,

 

At this coming Tuesday's city council meeting, the Watsonville City Council will be voting on a new mayor and vice-mayor for our city.  I wanted to invite you to come and attend this meeting which starts at 6:30pm at the Civic Plaza Building on the 4th Floor at 275 Main Street.

 

You can also watch the meeting on Community Television which is broadcasted live on Charter Cable Channel 70.

 

Thank you and hope to see you there!

 

Sincerely,

 

LUIS A. ALEJO

Watsonville Mayor Pro Tem

District 2

 

 

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October 9, 2009 

 

Join Me for a Special Presentation on the 20th Anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake at Our Next City Council Meeting!

 

LOCAL HISTORIAN SANDY LYDON WILL BE GIVING A PRESENTATION DURING THE WATSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF THE UPCOMING SYMPOSIUM ON "OUR EARTHQUAKE - LOMA PRIETA: WHERE WERE YOU AT 5:04?"  (COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 275 MAIN STREET, 4TH FLOOR) ON OCTOBER 13, 2009, AT 6:30 P.M.

 

Sandy Lydon is historian emeritus at Cabrillo College where has has taught history for 40 years.  An award-winning author and lecturer, Mr. Lydon is highly recognized as “the” Santa Cruz County historian and over the decades he has lectured to and inspired thousands of people. He is also a published author, some of his best known works include: Chinese Gold – the Chinese in the Monterey Bay Region, and The Japanese in the Monterey Bay Region, which have been important contributions to understanding the diverse cultural history of our county and its inhabitants. 

Mr. Lydon has written widely on the subject of the region’s earthquake history, and has visited the site of the largest modern natural disaster, the Great Tangshan Earthquake in China that killed an estimated 400,000 people on July 28, 1976. He makes an annual personal pilgrimage to the Loma Prieta epicenter every year in October.  His home is 1.8 miles southwest of the earthquake’s epicenter.  Sandy is also co-authoring a book on the natural disaster history of Santa Cruz County, in an effort to help all of us understand the natural forces and processes that control our lives in this region and how communities have been damaged by past events and what we must think about to reduce future damage.

For more information on Sandy Lydon's upcoming symposium "Our Earthquake - Loma Prieta: Where were you at 5:04?", see: http://www.sandylydon.com/html/cla.html

The public may view the City Council meeting live on Charter Cable Communications Channel 70.

 

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September 7, 2009

 

Re: Honoring Workers During This Labor Day Weekend!

 

 During this Labor Day weekend, I just wanted take some time to thank and honor all our local workers and their families for all their significant contributions to our local communities.  These workers continue to be the backbone of our local and state economy.

 

 The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882 and several years later Congress approved it as a national holiday.  Although this day honors workers throughout our country, many unfortunately will not have the day off and will be working on this day.    

 

As a grandson and child of former migrant farmworkers, I did want to recognize and honor all the workers throughout the Monterey Bay area, and all our local labor unions for continuing to improve the lives of our local working families.   

 

Have a wonderful Labor Day!

  


Luis A. Alejo

Sincerely, 

 

LUIS ALEJO 

Watsonville Mayor Pro Tem

 

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August 6, 2009

 

Re: HOUSING FORECLOSURE WORKSHOP ON AUGUST 15TH IN WATSONVILLE (10am-1pm)! 

Local government and non profit agencies are sponsoring a free event providing information for local homeowners who are facing foreclosure or who are at-risk of foreclosure.  This is a local response to the foreclosure crisis affecting homeowners in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.

 

This free event is sponsored by the City of Watsonville and will provide information about:
·   Foreclosure Options for Homeowners
·   Free and Low-Cost Resources for Homeowners
·   Reporting Fraud and Avoiding “Rescue” Scams
·   Finding Resources for HUD-Certified Housing Counseling, Debt Counseling, Bankruptcy, and Credit Counseling
·   Harsh Realities and Emotional Support. 
 
This event will be held Saturday, August 15th, 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., at the Watsonville Civic Plaza Community Room, 275 Main St., 4th Floor, Watsonville, CA 95076.  Parking is free.  Spanish translation will be provided.
           
This event is put on by a partnership of the City of Watsonville, Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office, Monterey County District Attorney’s Office, Office of U.S. Congressman Sam Farr, The Self-Help Center of the Superior Court of Santa Cruz County, Law Offices of Simmons & Purdy, California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA), SurePath Financial Solutions, COPA, Santa Cruz Community Credit Union, and the Watsonville Law Center.
 
Free Legal Advice for Homeowners is available By Appointment Only on the day of the event.  Low to moderate income residents of Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties may contact the Watsonville Law Center at (831) 722-2845 to request an appointment for free legal advice about foreclosure, foreclosure rescue scams, and related issues.  Appointments for legal services must be made before Saturday, August 15th.  No legal services can be provided on Saturday without a prior appointment.
 
Solicitors are not welcome at this event and will be asked to leave.
    
The Watsonville Law Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing low-income individuals equal access to the law by helping them understand, exercise and enforce their rights.  For more information call (831) 722-2845 or visit our website at www.watsonvillelawcenter.org.

 

 

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August 5, 2009

 

Re:  THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT TO SUPPORT NATIONAL NIGHT OUT ON AUGUST 4TH!

 

Dear Neighbors,

 

I wanted to thank everyone who organized National Night Out celebrations against crime in their neighborhoods in Watsonville on Tuesday, August 4, 2009.  I was able to attend the two events held in District 2 at River Park (on East Front Street) and Elm Street, which were very successful and dozens of neighbors came together.  I also attended the celebrations at the Mona Lisa and Carey neighborhoods. 

 

I want to especially thank Watsonville Police Department Lt. Ed Gluhan for attending the events with me and City Councilmember Manuel Bersamin who also came out to support our events.

 

These National Night Out celebrations, which have taken place in Watsonville for the last 11 years, brought dozens of neighbors together to help improve their neighborhoods and reduce crime.   Thanks to all those who made the events a huge success, and let's keep working together throughout the year to empower our neighborhoods and keep the peace in our streets!

 

Sincerely,

 

LUIS A. ALEJO

Watsonville Mayor Pro Tem

 

 

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June 2009

 

Re:  WE REACHED A BALANCED CITY BUDGET IN JUNE!

 

Dear Neighbors,

 

Just wanted to report that our city approved a balanced budget during our last meeting in June, and we were able to minimize the impact of the fiscal crisis facing our state my keeping essential services and minimizing the layoffs of dedicated city workers as best we could.  I wanted to personally thank all our city employees who have sacrificed so that our city could have a balanced budget, and thanks to all Watsonville residents who are doing their part to help our city during these difficult financial times.  As a city council, we are also working hard to prevent the state from taking additional funding from our city budget, which impacts the services we provide to local residents.

 

As you may have heard, our city will soon be closing certain city offices every Friday starting on July 17th. For more information, see: http://www.ci.watsonville.ca.us/.

 

I want to thank the neighbors who have recently met with me and shared concerns about our city and neighborhoods.  Your voice is important and I look forward to continue working together on making our community a better place to live.

 

Lastly, we are getting ready to host a National Night Out event on Tuesday, August 4th from 5-8pm where neighbors come together to work against violence and crime in our neighborhoods.  Stay tuned for more details and look forward to seeing you then. 


Sincerely,

 

LUIS A. ALEJO

Mayor Pro Tem

 

 

 

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April 3, 2009

 

RE:  DISTRICT 2 NEIGHBORHOODS MEETING A SUCCESS!

 

Dear Neighbors,

 

  

I wanted to thank all those persons who made time to come out to our District 2 Neighborhoods Meeting.  We had over 3 dozen local residents show up and share their concerns about issues going on in our neighborhoods.  We will use this information to prioritize our work to address these issues of concern to you.

    

We also had reports by the Watsonville Police Department's Lt. McCartney, Neighborhood Services Program Director Mariaelena Tantalo, and the CIy Finance Director Mark Pimental on the current city budget situation.

   

I hope that you will stay in touch with me so we can continue working together on making good changes in our neighborhoods.

 

   

LUIS ALEJO

Mayor Pro Tempore

 

 

 

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 March 15, 2009

   

Dear Neighbors,

  

I wanted to invite you to our upcoming District 2 Neighorhoods Meeting on Thursday, April 2, 2009 at 7pm at the OLD Watsonville City Council Chambers (next the Police Station).

   

©   An opportunity to meet your Council member, Luis Alejo. 

©   Receive an update about the City’s budget and goals.

 ©   Police officers and other City personnel will be present.

 ©   Come give your input on issues going on in your neighborhood. 

 

LET’S WORK TOGETHER TO IMPROVE OUR NEIGHBORHOODS AND CITY

DURING THESE CHALLENGING ECONOMIC TIMES!

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

LUIS ALEJO

 

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Estimados Vecinos,

 

Le quero invitar a nuestra Junta Vencindario Del Distrito 2 el dia jueves, 2 de Abril, 2009 at last 7 de la tarde el salon VIEJO del Concilio Municipal de Watsonville (junto la estacion de policia). 

 

 ©      Una oportunidad para conocer a su concejal, Luis Alejo.

©      Infórmese acerca del presupuesto y metas municipales.

©      Agentes de policía y otro personal de la ciudad estarán presentes.

©      Vengan a dar su opinión sobre asuntos que están ocurriendo en su vecindario. 

Trabajemos juntos para mejorar nuestros vecindarios  y

la ciudad durante estos tiempos económicos difíciles.

 

 

Atentamente,

 

      

LUIS ALEJO 

Watsonville City Councilmember

 

 

                           

        

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11/5/2008 

 

       

Dear Neighbors,

 

                      

 I thank you for all your support of my campaign.  As a result of your backing, I have won my race with 77 percent of the vote in my Watsonville City Council race for District 2.  I recognize that I could not have done it without you.  Thanks to everyone who voted for me, who allowed me to put up a yard sign, or who encouraged your neighbors to support me.  There will be some major challenges ahead in our city, but I look forward to working hard for District 2, and to make good improvements throughout our city & to strengthen our local economy.

                      

In the early part of next year, we will start holding neighborhood meetings to discuss issues of concern in your neighborhoods, to obtain your input, and to start establishing neighborhood leaders in each street in our district.  This will be an effective way to start working together to address the issues that you most care about.  I understand that I cannot do it without you, and I hope that we will work together to make our city a great one.

                                                                                                                       

Sincerely,

Luis Alejo

 

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8/1/2008 

 

Dear Neighbors, 

        

I have decided to run for city council to continue building a strong and vibrant community.  Born and raised in Watsonville, I recognize the many challenges confronting our City.  As your representative on the city council, I will work to improve our local schools, bring good paying jobs to Watsonville, support the rehabilitation and construction of affordable housing units, improve traffic conditions in our neighborhoods, and reduce crime.  I have a long history of serving Watsonville residents as a public interest attorney, advocate, and active community member.
 
 
STRONG EDUCATION BACKGROUND:

 
EXPERIENCE: 
 
COMMUNITY SERVICE:

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PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

  • NAACP of Santa Cruz County
  • Santa Cruz County Bar Association
  • Monterey County Bar Association
  • La Raza Lawyers Association of Santa Cruz County
  • La Raza Lawyers Association of Monterey County
  • Salinas Valley LULAC

 


SERVICE AWARDS:  

My work has been recognized through numerous awards including :

 

With my educational background and experience, I hope to serve you as your city council member, and to continue working hard to make good changes in the Pajaro Valley.  But I cannot do it without you, and I respectfully ask for your support on November 4th.

Sincerely,

Luis Alejo