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Annexation Proposal Gathers Required Signatures

Local media is reporting that the movement spearheaded by Councilman Daniel Dodge has enough support to go a public vote.

A controversial petition effort to annex 80 acres of actively farmed land on the outskirts of Watsonville appears to have enough signatures to be placed on a ballot in 2013.

Watsonville City Councilman Daniel Dodge and a volunteer staff that gathered the local support delivered 2,206 signatures of Watsonville registered voters to the City Clerk on Tuesday, according to the Register Pajaronian.

Dodge has said annexing what's known as the Sakata Kett parcel into the city's reserves could create a hub of economic activity. He envisions a commercial center with anchor stores such as Costco that could provide jobs and tax revenue.

The citizen-driven proposal to annex the land south of West Beach Street and east of Highway 1 began earlier this year but fell out of the public eye in the summer when organizers missed a deadline to turn in the required 1,500 signatures for the November ballot. 

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported that City Clerk Beatriz Flores will have 30 days to verify the signatures so the initiative can be placed on a ballot next year.

The county Farm Bureau has come out in opposition of the annexation proposal.

Dave N November 01, 2012 at 09:15 PM
"by selfish I meant people would rather have cheap prices" Brandon, Well - I'm happy for you that money is not an issue - that’s not the case for many of us. If we have to pay more for everything then we run out of money and have to go without, and I am talking about basic necessities. To me it sounds more like you are being selfish for proposing that others just bite the bullet of higher prices and give up our hope to live comfortably.
Andrew Bokariza November 01, 2012 at 09:24 PM
The trend that I see is that Watsonville is on a downwards spiral. I see the number of section eight rentals going up each year and more and more people living in storage rooms and garages. Before the 'nice' stores will move in the area incomes will have to go up, education will have to become important and the gangs will have to be smashed. I'm not holding my breath. I know it's easy for people like you to say these things as they live in places like you (LaSiva Beach) but the reality is that the quality of life in Watsonville will keep going down until there are major changes in the population demographics.
Cathy P. November 01, 2012 at 09:58 PM
@brandon: filling the empty buildings is ultimately the goal, especially downtown. Big businesses and small businesses do co-exist (and always have) and I don't see large corporations as necessarily evil but their "bottom line" does dictate what communities they will come to. Locally run businesses have their place as well but they aren't the end all and be all for most of us. I do like convenience and fair prices as well as variety, why can't we have both?
Me me me November 01, 2012 at 10:56 PM
How many Starbucks are there in the East side of town? All of the better stores are in the up in the north near the newer homes. Lower main is a war damaged free for all that most avoid.
brandon faria November 02, 2012 at 12:00 AM
I make 15 an hour working part-time and am a full time student. I've been homeless and gone without basic necessities more than most. I've never had money to blow. I work hard for every penny I have. But with the little money I do have I invest where it will have the most positive impact on our local economy. I don't want my money disappearing over seas where large corporations have their factories. And I especially don't want to buy something cheaper just to have it break and have to dispose of it. I invest in quality goods produced by quality businesses produced locally. If that means I have to live simply then I have no problem with that. One of the greatest powers we have, as individuals, is where we spend our money. Did life not exist before wal-mart and costco!? Support local growth and local economies! Keep your hard earned money local!

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