San Juan Bautista is glad to join the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership as a member. The City is celebrating its 150 birthday this year and what a great time to come and visit for one of its many special events. The streets were clean and beautiful for the Sesquicentennial parade Sept. 7th. Fourth graders resumed their visits to the San Juan Bautista Mission. The State Historic Park has a new superintendent, and the park’s Pear Orchard on Third Street has been completely renovated. The fall season brings Dia De Las Muertos celebrations, December includes El Teatro Campesino’s “La Virgen Del Tepeyac” and many other holiday performances, and the Holiday Parade is Dec. 7.

The San Juan Committee, representing 138 businesses and property owners, continues to work hard at promoting the City of History and its 70 special and ongoing annual events. The City is advertising in VIA Magazine and has recently been featured in “thetravel.com” as the second-best “underrated” city on the West Coast.  

The City hired new City Manager Don Reynolds July 2, who left the City of Salinas after serving 16 years. He has initiated two key studies of the city’s water and wastewater systems. Code enforcement and street sweeping have also resumed. Maintaining history is an everyday chore, but pays off dividends as the number of regular visitors continues to increase. The Posada De San Juan and the Hacienda De Leal hotels are busier than ever!

The City hosted an MBEP Housing mixer Sept. 19, attracting 30 or so stakeholders from around the region. On Oct. 8, the City adopted its new Housing Element. The City is poised now to pursue three different state grants to help plan for the future of affordable housing, transportation and infrastructure needs.  

Come and enjoy the city’s rich history and participate in planning its future!

– Cesar Flores, Mayor, and Don Reynolds, City Manager