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My Email to the Watsonville City Council

Starting meetings one hour earlier, at 5:30 p.m., doesn't work for Watsonville residents.

, and I've emailed my concerns. I'd like to share it here in case anyone would like to get involved and add their name (please feel free to cut, paste, or plagiarize any part of this letter). The most important thing is to make your voice heard.

"I am writing to voice my opposition to Mr. Palacios' recommendation to approve an Ordinance to amend and update provisions of Section 2-1.101 of the Municipal Code regarding the regular meeting time of the City Council. The entire City Council should be encouraging public attendance at council meetings and that requires that meetings be held at times that are reasonably convenient for most city residents. Normal work hours for the majority of the public are 8-5 or 9-6, I personally know no one who can make it to a 5:30pm meeting. Changing the meeting times makes it appear that an already unpopular and distrusted Watsonville City Council is trying yet again to silence the voices of city residents. You may not want to hear what the community has to say but you were elected to listen, and whether you agree or not, the people have a right to have their opinions and concerns heard in person. You were elected by city residents to keep the lines of communication open and transparent. Perhaps one way to assure that meetings end by a decent hour is to limit the chatter by City Council members themselves.   Please put the needs of the community first, keep the meeting times consistent and as they are. Thank you for your time."

Cathy Perez

Resident, District 6

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Jennifer Squires May 08, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Good points, itsmecissy! As someone who sits through almost all the council meetings, I agree that things could be trimmed up.
Cathy P. May 08, 2012 at 04:38 PM
I don't know how you do it Jennifer ;-D
Cathy P. May 08, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Then maybe Mayor Montesino should step down so that the people who elected him can have their say. Everyone on the City Council -well, the elected ones anyway- are there to serve US, district residents. If you can't put in the time required, then step down so someone else can. Nothing personal, I'd say that about any CC person who was in the same position.
Jennifer Squires May 09, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Two others sent this letter to Carlos: Patricia Solano and Sandra Niizawa. Follow Patch on Twitter (@WatsonvillPatch -- no "e" in there) for live tweets of the meeting.
Cathy P. May 09, 2012 at 07:19 PM
wetlandswatchdog - check your blog profile for messages when you have a chance.

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