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October 25, 2021

Council consent agenda: Corralitos Coffeehouse adding downtown Watsonville location

WATSONVILLE — The owners of Corralitos Coffeehouse are expanding into downtown Watsonville.

The Watsonville City Council on Tuesday approved a six-year lease with Greg Bobeda and Lacey Dent for the City’s vacant 3 Second St. location at the ground level of the Civic Plaza.

Dent on Wednesday afternoon said the new business does not have a name yet, but that it will offer everything Corralitos Coffeehouse does along with an expanded menu, which will include salads and other healthy food options.

“We’re really looking forward to expanding what we’re able to do,” Dent said. “We love being able to serve fresh, homemade foods.”

The 1,509-square-foot location is not expected to be open for roughly a year and a half. The City will make an estimated $210,000 in improvements to the location, which will bring in $152,208 in revenue to the general fund over the six years.

Other items also approved in the consent agenda of Tuesday night’s meeting: 

  • The council OK’d a two-year contract for a supply of ferric chloride from Kemira Water Solutions Inc. in an amount not exceeding $448,839. Ferric chloride is used at the wastewater treatment plant as coagulants and/or flocculants for odor control, phosphorus removal and hydrogen sulfide minimization, which as gas has a rotten egg smell, is corrosive to concrete and metal and is potentially explosive in sufficient concentrations. The Monterey Bay Air Resources District regulates air quality per the Federal Clean Air Act and issues permits that specify the rules and regulations for the operations of specific pollution generating equipment. A condition of the Generator Permit to operate requires the City to maintain the concentration level of hydrogen sulfide in the anaerobic digester gas to an amount less than 300 milligrams per liter. To reduce the hydrogen sulfide content in the digester gas, liquid ferric chloride is added.
  • The council approved a $109,760 contract with Harris & Associates Inc. to prepare and file a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan, which would identify risks and vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters and develop long-term strategies to protect people from future hazards. The contract will be funded from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.
  • The council approved contracts with Pacific Crest Engineering Inc. and Butano Geotechnical Engineering Inc. for a special inspection, testing and geotechnical engineering services. The contracts must not exceed $250,000 per company.
  • Council authorized City Manager Matt Huffaker to approve a School Community Policing Officer Program agreement between the City of Watsonville and the Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD) for the 2019-20 school year at Pajaro Valley and Watsonville high schools. The PVUSD will reimburse the City $265,311 for the services.
  • Council approved a two-year contract with Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance (PVPSA) for the provision of case management services for $119,206. A full-time PVPSA case manager will be dedicated to the program and will work closely with Parks and Community Services teammates. Youth who come through the program will receive short-term (3-6 months) services. A case manager will work directly with staff to identify program participants. Once youth have been identified, youth and their families will be invited to participate in the voluntary program.
  • Council also ratified an agreement between the City and the International Association of Firefighters, Local 1272 — the union that represents Watsonville’s firefighters — for fiscal years 2017-21. 
  • Council authorized Huffaker or his designee to apply to the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program for the fiscal year 2019 local solicitation of $19,652 to fund crime analysis software. Watsonville Police Department hopes to use the grant funds to continue funding crime analysis software, now an essential tool in law enforcement efforts to enhance public safety, identify emerging trends, allocate resources and plan crime prevention strategies. 
  • Council also passed a resolution supporting the U.S. House Resolution 1384 and Senate Bill 1129, better known as the Medicare for All Act of 2019. 

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