Everyone Is Invited to the Watsonville Party

NOTE: This is an archived site. EVERYTHING here is very dated. Articles — all — are written now and then for highly select readers, for particular purposes. Not knowing proper context can be puzzling or misleading, even off-putting. So… please not read anything here which has not been recommended to you. What’s below is UNEDITED This was written for select individuals in decision-making capacities living and working in Watsonville. And the author prays that readers will keep in mind the significance of the fact that the proposal below does not require any funds at any juncture. Also, note that none of this will make much sense unless the reader acknowledges that we are under serious pressure to meet deadlines with regard to many issues, that there are matters that demand attention in Watsonville which rise above the attention required to deal with the obvious economic needs and various local crises. Again, this is unedited.

Everyone Is Invited to the Watsonville Party
by Ox

“Why on earth do you think that the people of Watsonville will take you up on your offer to donate a one-of-a-kind library of two thousand volumes, provide ESL instruction and general assistance, set up exchange programs with Europeans, conduct arts-centered and other workshops, bring in a Trader Joe’s or New Leaf branch… when the the powers that be in Salinas showed no interest, Papi?” – the author’s eleven-year-old son (with words somewhat tweaked)

“I don’t know, ‘Cello, perhaps there’s someone in Watsonville with… imagination, vision.”
– the author, in response to the above question

There are many misconceptions about Watsonville’s core competency. If you ask people what Watsonville is good at - the answer about 90% of residents of Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito County give is agriculture related. While in the recent past (maybe 20-30 years ago) ag and food processing was the primary industry in Watsonville - a lot has changed. Its biggest employer makes high tech shocks for everything from cars to bicycles. They have over 30 companies that build products using carbon fiber, and there are over 400 Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) milling machines in Watsonville - nearly as many as in San Jose. They have 10 companies engaged in some kind of material sciences. In addition, they can boast having 11 companies which formulate and manufacture dietary supplements or pharmaceuticals. Over 80% of the jobs in Watsonville are in fields that have nothing at all to do with agriculture - and even the ag based jobs are shifting to a greener, more high tech bent.

I got the above information from someone who is in a position to know the status quo. So… where does one go from there, if the aim is to increase revenues for Watsonville, improve public education, encourage the average citizen to self-educate and get involved in community issues, reduce gang-related challenges, increase literacy, motivation/self-esteem and opportunities for youth and young adults, generate tourism, and establish an ongoing positive image regionally, statewide and beyond?

I submit that one possible approach — just one, among a number I have in mind — would be to put together a coalition with the umbrella name of Watsonville Party. It would be comprised of twelve citizens who represented the entire political spectrum — differences in positions on issues not being important initially — with the idea of stopping our collective (horrid) momentum. The citizens, for the purpose of 2014’s gubernatorial campaign — would be unaffiliated, and, more importantly, would not be career politicians, none of them. The reason for choosing the number twelve is something that I look forward to sharing with interested parties in confidence, in person. For now, I am simply sound biting a proposal for action which I have been working on for about three years.

The basic premise of the Watsonville Party, which would be an unregistered party (with the Secretary of State’s office) by the way, is that we need to dramatically transform California. It embraces the notion that many crucial issues cannot be addressed locally exclusively, that many important matters must involve movement in solidarity with others regionally, statewide and even nationally. In addition, the starting point is that — for all practical purposes — mainstream career politicans from either of the two major parties cannot be trusted or relied upon, AND that representatives of third parties are permanently marginalized. It also is based on the notion that we have deadlines with regard to certain issues, that there is a great sense of urgency to do something special sooner rather than later, something fresh. It assumes that only obsolete paradigms for change and improvement are being employed at present in Watsonville (and other locations), and that to compete with other communities and to contribute to the health of society in general an unprecedented model for action must be embraced, tried.

It would take no money, cost absolutely nothing whatsoever to set up a tentative list such as what is below. And it would require a ZERO budget to conduct a write-in gubernatorial campaign… which could create a watershed in history even in a loss. For if the Watsonville-based gubernatorial coalition (which could, and should, accommodate citizens who do not reside in Watsonville) secured only a million votes in a losing effort that would represent double what all third parties ever collected in history for a given gubernatorial contest. AND THAT ACCOMPLISHMENT WOULD PROVIDE A DESIRABLE ONGOING SPOTLIGHT FOR THE COMMUNITY, ENCOURAGING INVESTMENT AND MUCH MORE ALONG POSITIVE LINES.

I could guarantee a million votes. But HOW and many other reasonable matters I will wait to address until I am invited to meet with one or more readers in the community.

The Proposed Tentative Composition:

1. Someone from the High Tech Shocks realm.
2. Someone from the Carbon Fiber realm.
3. A gang-related member.
4. A member of Watsonville High School’s ECHO program.
5. An agricultural worker.
6. A government employee.
7. A housewife or single mother. Or a law enforcement officer.
8. A male on public assistance. Or a fireman.
9. A member of a local church, or some religious group. Or a painter.
10. A worker for one of the companies which manufacture dietary or pharmaceuticals.
11. An owner of a company featuring organics of some kind. Or a community activist.
12. A local musician. Or dancer, or singer.

Heck, there could very well be a window of opportunity for there to be twenty-four on the ticket, not just twelve… to serve on an equal basis, if elected. Just as long as there was a lone figurehead citizen running as the write-in candidate who people would vote for. An individual with an easy name for write-in purposes. [Pause.] Could be half a dozen on the ticket.

Thanks for your kind consideration,
Riccardo
aptosnews@gmail.com

P.S. O bailan todos o no baile nadie.

All communities in the U.S. are affected by what is impacting on others elsewhere both in and outside of our country. More than ever in history. In Watsonville the figures cited below are germane to any discussion of how to improve life locally.

The stakes are high. According to the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL), 46% of Mexicans, or 52 million people, live in poverty, with 14 million in extreme poverty. 28 million Mexicans cannot cover their daily nutritional needs while 7 million young people are without work or education. Mexico is Latin America’s second largest economy.

When the local youth strive to improve themselves it is often — understandably — through formal educational channels. However, that won’t cut the mustard for most these days. [I'll be glad to elaborate on that upon request, as a former academic of forty years.] As an alternative, Wastsonville could set up — at virtually no cost — a Watsonville University of sorts, catering not to everyone, but certainly offering up a viable option for a huge demographic. With or without a Watsonville Party in gear. I have lots of ideas to discuss that I know would be fun and profitable.