Breaking Down Measure T

Watsonville voters will decide on the annexation issue June 4.

Watsonville voters will decide in June if they want annex two plots of agriculture land into the city reserves, a contentious issue that pits farmers against those pushing for economic development.

Here are the basics about the election, courtesy of the Watsonville City Clerk's Office.

... voters will vote on the following ballot question: Should the City of Watsonville amend its Urban Limit Line to allow for the possible annexation of approximately 95 acres of agricultural land to the City limits for future economic development and jobs?”  

The property that is proposed to be added to the City of Watsonville Urban Limit Line is about 80 acres (Subarea 2) on the corner of Riverside Drive (Highway 129) and Highway 1, known as the Sakata Kett property. It would also include the 15 acre parcel across Highway 1, known as Greenfarm (Subarea 3) where the Redman house is located.

Check out the map above to see exactly where these parcels are located.

For all of Patch's coverage of Measure T—including the letters to the editor and blogs readers have submitted—click here.

Proponents, led by Watsonville City Councilman Daniel Dodge, say the land could provide a economic boon to the city if developed as shopping centers, like those along Highway 101 in Gilroy. That would create jobs and provide sales tax revenue to the city.

The "No on Measure T" camp, including farmers and the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, are against paving over valuable farmland. They
would like to see infill within the current city limits.

Election Day is June 4 but voting will be at the City Clerk’s Office 275 Main St., Suite 400, 4th floor of Civic Plaza beginning Monday, May 6.


  • Mon to Thurs, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Weekend of June 1-2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Election Day, June 4, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Have an opinion about the proposed annexation? Comment below, post a blog or email your statement to Patch Editor Jacob Bourne.

Cathy P. May 07, 2013 at 11:04 PM
What jobs, name the stores! Is not minimum wage "crap pay" as well? Speaking of explotation, low-skilled, low-paying jobs is swaping one slave owner for another don't you think? Definitely NO on T.
David H. Perez May 08, 2013 at 12:53 AM
So, Adam D., we pave over everything, OK. Where do you propose we grow our food, on the moon? And doesn't retail pay the same "crap" wages as picking crops?
sweetcakes May 08, 2013 at 03:22 PM
Clean the city up first. I took a walk downtown on Monday and the downtown area smelled like beer and barf. The buildings look dirty, the sidewalks are filthy and I don't see pride of ownership anywhere. There also was garbage everywhere. Take the old Ford's building and make it into a local farmers mercantile with all local produce, products and other local made items. Showcase our town and more people would shop. The Plaza Vigil building was supposed to be a helper to new business to get them established and then they were supposed to find their own building space after a couple of years. Why are some of the businesses that were there at the beginning still there and not renting a regular business space like other businesses do. You would have fewer vacant building if the long term businesses had to move out of the Plaza Vigil so other new startups could then have a chance to start up at a lower business rent. Vote NO on T. We can't start paving over our valuable farm land. We already have water shortages and saltwater intrusion. Watsonville has many forclosed buildings and homes. We do not need more low income or affordable housing. Low income rental housing costs a lot of money to build and don't pay back in property taxes. Why on earth would the city want to build housing that isn't going to give back in property taxes. Low income equals more crime, gang activity and doesn't pay for itself. The city council just doesn't seem to be able to look at the big picture.
Cathy P. May 12, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Since no one can gives us any of the names of the stores that are going to save Watsonville, a friend sent me the link to the Yes on Measure T facebook page. Here's an interesting list of stores they came up with: "This is the first step in creating such things as: In-N-Out, Costco, Olive Garden, Kohls, Trader Joe's, Burlington Coat Factory, Red Robin, TJ Maxx, Cracker Barrel, Marshalls, Golden Corral, J.C. Penney, Cabela's." Really?
BACK DOOR INSINORATOR May 12, 2013 at 06:23 PM
no on T, 'Deeeeead give away"....ahhhh ha


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