Santa Cruz Online – Special Meeting October 29

City of Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz City Council SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING, Tuesday, October 29 at 4 pm at City Council Chambers, 809 Center Street in Santa Cruz. The agenda will be available HERE on Monday, October 29.

Questions to be considered, from Councilmember Chris Krohn:

1) Should the City Council enact the AB 1482 that the state legislature passed on just cause eviction and rent control, which LA just passed last week.

Here is the text of AB 1482:

2) 15% inclusionary: This is the culmination of the Hatch-Pomerantz lawsuit over Devcon’s 205 units at 208 Laurel St’s failure to include the 32 units of inclusionary housing. Lots of questions on this one…is 15% enough? Should negotiations with developers be up to Planning and Economic development, or the city council? What should the in-lieu fee be…20%? 30%? SF’s is 33%. The in-lieu fee should be high enough that would encourage more building of the affordable inclusionary units into the project.

3) Should Housing Authority units be covered by this ordinance as many Santa Cruzans are being put out of their homes before the state law kicks in?


County Emergency Medical Care Commission meeting location change

The venue for the County Emergency Medical Care Commission meeting on Monday is changed to Central Fire, 930 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, as below:

The County Emergency Medical Care Commission meets Monday, April 15 at 8:30 am at Central Fire, 930 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, Conference Room. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

  • Camp Ross update – Commissioners will discuss current situation at Camp Ross and impact on EMS response. Commissioners may take action.

Santa Cruz Online Updates

As I’ve worked on Santa Cruz Online, I’ve noticed that fairly frequently government meetings are canceled within the week before they are scheduled. This results in Santa Cruz Online Weekly Reviews being out of date with regard to meeting cancellations.

I will continue to update the Weekly Reviews as changes come in. You can review those changes at any time by going to and reading the most recent Weekly Review.

I will also start to include individual posts here for any meeting cancellations that come my way after the Weekly Review is published. You’ll get those in your mailbox as soon as I learn of them.

As always, you can send your comments and suggestions my way by clicking on Contact Us! (That’s me!) up there in the menu.

Michael Lewis, Santa Cruz Online Editor

Highway 9/San Lorenzo Valley Complete Streets Corridor Plan

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission has prepared a draft plan for Highway 9 and connecting county roads through San Lorenzo Valley (SLV). The plan will identify, prioritize, and enable implementation of the critical and cost effective transportation projects. This roadway serves the towns of Felton, Ben Lomond, Brookdale, and Boulder Creek. The plan will focus on safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists; access to schools, businesses, and bus stops; traffic operations, pavement conditions, drainage and other needs.

The RTC is seeking community input on the Draft Highway 9/SLV Plan. Written comments are due February 15, 2019.

  • Open Houses on draft plan:
    • January 31, 2019 from 6:00-7:30pm at the Felton Community Hall, 6191 Hwy 9, Felton
    • February 6, 2019 from 6:00-7:30pm at the Boulder Creek Elementary School, Multi-Purpose Room, 400 W. Lomond St., Boulder Creek
  • Presentation on draft plan at RTC board meeting February 7
  • Written comments can be submitted via an online comment form, or via email to: with the subject: “Hwy 9/SLV Plan Comments”, or by postal mail to the RTC office, 1523 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.
  • Community members are encouraged to stay involved in this project and sign up to receive periodic updates on the plan here:, by emailing, or calling 831-460-3200

Click HERE for more information.


County Commission, Committees & Advisory Bodies

The County’s Commissions, Committees & Advisory Bodies web page does not contain links to web pages for all of the 40 advisory bodies listed. 23 listings contain no information about membership, meetings, agendas or minutes.

I have polled all of the staff  for the unlisted bodies, asking for web sites and/or meeting information. Click HERE for the Santa Cruz Online Commissions, Committees & Advisory Bodies page where I am updating the listed bodies with website links and other information.

Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency

The Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency holds a Community Meeting on January 12 from 9 am to 1pm at Felton Community Hall, 6191 Highway 9,  in Felton.

The meeting is “to engage and inform all people who rely on the water supply from the Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin. The Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin is the major water source for communities in the San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley, the City of Santa Cruz and unincorporated areas of Santa Cruz County.

“This community meeting, ‘Land Use and Water: How Much Does Growth Matter?’ will provide information on land use planning and how it relates to the water supply and will include a keynote speaker; break-out sessions where participants can engage with each other, water management staff and elected leaders; informational displays; and an expert panel discussion.”