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Survey of Local Business Climate Set for Wednesday

The third annual Watsonville Business Walk will send teams door-to-door to see how business has been.

The best information comes from asking people in the trenches, which is why city staff and business leaders will be walking door-to-door in Watsonville on Wednesday to survey local businesses.

The third annual Watsonville Business Walk will take the economic pulse of the city with one-on-one conversations at the city's biggest and smallest businesses.

Put on by the city and the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, the Business Walk sends teams of three out to ask each business questions that will help understand the overall state of the economy. The questions also helps leaders identify businesses that are struggling and how they can be helped.

Last fall, the Business Walk findings indicated that businesses outside of the downtown area were experiencing some growth while those in the city center still faced hard times.

Volunteers meet in the Civic Center Community Room, 275 Main Street, 4th Floor at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast and an overview of the project. They'll spend two hours walking a Watsonville business district, then reconvene to share their findings. To volunteer, contact Kurt Overmeyer, Economic Development Manager, at kovermeyer@ci.watsonville.ca.us or Shaz Lint, Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, at Shaz@pajarovalleychamber.com.

Watzon McWats September 25, 2012 at 09:30 PM
The city center faces hard times because the city council and business owners have shaped it in such a way that it tailors only to one very specific group of people. On top of that, there are too many simmilar businesses. It's not rocket science.
David H. Perez September 26, 2012 at 05:30 AM
Hi Watzon. You are right. And I guess we can expect more of the same excrement - even when the new unopposed city council is "appointed" in November. Nothing ever changes around here. So, how many bets do we have on Felipe Hernandez (a co-founder of the Watsonville Brown Berets) as the next mayoral "appointee"? Cervantes is a possibility too, but that might be too obvious as it might be considered a conflict of interest because of the office her beau holds. But then again, that group has demonstrated over and over that they have no shame, so who knows? Just my humble opinion. Nancy Billicich is clearly the most qualified to be mayor, but she is not of the "proper" demographics.
HizDesign September 26, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Just wonderin'.......if the current city council, and the one that will likely be appointed (elected? hmmm maybe), is unsatisfactory, which is most definitely IS, to put it mildly) what is the answer? Are there any of us willing to step up and run for council seat?

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