Weekly Review June 16 – 22

Santa Cruz County

The Board of Supervisors meets meets Monday, June 17 through Thursday, June 20 at 9:00 am at the Board of Supervisors Chambers, 701 Ocean St # 500A, in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the detailed review of the Budget Hearings agendas.

The County Emergency Medical Care Commission meets Monday, June 17 at 8:30 am at the Watsonville Community Hospital, Sequoia Room, 75 Nielson Street in Watsonville. Click HERE for the agenda.

The County Seniors Commission meets Tuesday, June 18 at 12:30 pm at United Way of Santa Cruz, 4450 Capitola Road, Suite 106 in Capitola. Click HERE for the agenda.

The County Law Library Board of Trustees meets Tuesday, June 18 at 5 pm at the County Governmental Center, Room 070, 701 Ocean Street, in Santa Cruz. The agenda will be available HERE 72 hours before the meeting.

1st District Supervisor John Leopold Student Forum scheduled for Wednesday, June 19 is CANCELLED due to Budget Hearings.

2nd District Supervisor Zach Friend Constituent Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 19 is CANCELLED due to Budget Hearings.

4th District Supervisor Greg Caput Constituent Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 19 is CANCELLED due to Budget Hearings.

5th District Supervisor Bruce McPherson Constituent Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 19 is CANCELLED due to Budget Hearings.

The Regional Transportation Commission Transportation Policy Workshop scheduled for Thursday, June 20 is CANCELLED.

The County Mental Health Advisory Board meets Thursday, June 20 at 3:00 pm at the Senior Center of San Lorenzo Valley Highlands Park, 8500 Highway 9, in Ben Lomond. Click HERE for the agenda.

The County Women’s Commission meets Thursday, June 20 at 6:30 pm at Santa Cruz County Governmental Center, Coastlines Conference Room, 5th Floor, 701 Ocean Street in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda.

 

City of Santa Cruz

The Santa Cruz Transportation and Public Works Commission meeting scheduled for  Monday, June 17 is CANCELLED.

The City Zoning Administrator meets Wednesday, June 19 at 10 am at City Council Chambers, 809 Center Street in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

  • 119 Seabright AvenueCoastal Permit to construct decks on a single-family house listed on the City Historic Building Survey and located in the R-1-5 (Single-Family Residence)/CZ-O (Coastal Zone Overlay)/SP-O (Shoreline Protection Overlay) zone districts. (Environmental Determination: Categorical Exemption). This project requires a Coastal Permit which is appealable to the California Coastal Commission after all possible appeals are exhausted through the City.

The City Historic Preservation Commission meets Wednesday, June 19 at 7 PM at City Council Chambers, 809 Center Street, in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda. Agendaitems include:

  • 119 Seabright AvenueCoastal Permit to construct decks on a single-family house listed on the City Historic Building Survey and located in the R-1-5 (Single-Family Residence)/CZ-O (Coastal Zone Overlay)/SP-O (Shoreline Protection Overlay) zone districts. (Environmental Determination: Categorical Exemption). This project requires a Coastal Permit which is appealable to the California Coastal Commission after all possible appeals are exhausted through the City.

The City Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 20 is CANCELLED due to lack of agenda items.

 

City of Scotts Valley

The Scotts Valley City Council meets Wednesday, June 19 at 6:00 pm at City Council Chambers, 1 Civic Center Drive in Scotts Valley. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

Public Hearings

  • Pinewood Estates Landscape Maintenance Assessment District: Resolution No. 1213.33; Annual Engineer’s Report Pinewood Estates for FY 2019-20
  • Skypark Open Space Maintenance Assessment District No. 1: Resolution No. 1555-SP-31; Annual Engineer’s Report for FY 2019-20

The Scotts Valley Parks & Recreation Commission meets Thursday, June 20 at 6:00 pm at Skypark Classroom, 361 Kings Village Road in Scotts Valley. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

  • Shugart Park Schematic Plan

 

Other Organizations

The Groundwater Sustainability Plan Advisory Committee meets Wednesday, June 19 at 5:00 pm at Simpkins Family Swim Center, 979 17th Ave, Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda.

Mid-County Groundwater Agency Drop-In Hours are Thursday, June 20 from 10:00 am to Noon at Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, 7807 Soquel Drive in Aptos.

The San Lorenzo Valley Water District Board of Directors meets Thursday, June 20 at 5:30 pm at the Operations Building, 13057 CA-9 in Boulder Creek. The agenda will be available HERE 72 hours before the meeting.

The information on Santa Cruz Online is valid at the time of publication. Click HERE for additions, updates and corrections.

Happy New Year Santa Cruz!

Santa Cruz BioregionIt’s a New Year, whether you note its start on the Winter Solstice or the calendar date of January first. There’s lots coming up in both City and County government, and Santa Cruz Online will attempt to keep you up to date with what’s happening in Our Fair City and County.

City Council

The brand new City Council meets for its first meeting of the new year on January 8 at 9am in the City Council chambers. Council members Justin Cummings (Vice Mayor), Drew Glover and Donna Meyers will take their seats for their first full meeting. It should be an interesting start to a new year and a new City Council direction. Watch for the agenda review here on January 4!

Board of Supervisors

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Tuesday, January 15, at 9 am at the Board of Supervisors chambers, on the 5th floor, 701 Ocean Street. Watch for the agenda review here on Friday, January 11.

City and County Planning Departments

The Staff of our planning departments seem to have been imported from Silicon Valley, intent as they are on economic, population and verticality growth! With increasing public resistance to plans to change Santa Cruz to San Jose Light, expressed most eloquently in the new make-up of the City Council. Now if we could just recraft the Board of Supervisors!

Look for Planning Commission agenda reviews here on Santa Cruz Online as they come up.

Other Commissions and Advisory bodies

The Santa Cruz Public Library Joint Powers Authority Board meets January 10 at 9 am at the Downtown Branch Library. With the new City Council make-up, there is likely to be new discussions about the proposed Measure S funded relocation of the Downtown Branch Library into an as yet unenvisioned and unapproved multi-story parking garage. Watch here for the agenda review for this important library meeting.

The City Historic Preservation Commission meets Wednesday, January 16 at 7:00 pm, if they meet, which they seldom do, historic preservation being the bastard step child of Santa Cruz City government that it is.

The County Mobilehome and Manufactured Home Commission meets Thursday, January 17 at 9:30 am at Simpkins Swim and Community Center (not yet a library annex) to discuss the County’s affordable housing in mobile home parks. MMHC commissioners are there to answer your questions about the complex mix of state, county and city regulations affecting mobile and manufactured home owners in the county.

County Supervisors Constituents Meetings

One of the best ways to interact with your County supervisors is to attend their constituent meetings, if they offer them.

Supervisor Leopold meets with constituents on Wednesday, January 9 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at People’s Coffee, 1200 17th Ave – Live Oak; on Wednesday, January 16 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Loma Prieta School Forum, 23800 Summit Road; and on Wednesday, January 23 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Discover Hope Church, 4001 Granite Creek Road in Scotts Valley.

Supervisor Friend meets with constituents on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at the Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, located at 7807 Soquel Drive.

Supervisor McPherson meets with constituents on Wednesday, January 23 from 6pm – 8pm at San Lorenzo Valley Museum, 12547 Highway 9, in Boulder Creek.

Next Post on Santa Cruz Online – Week of January 6 agenda reviews and new events.

December 2018

Is it December already? How did that happen?

December started out with rains slopping over from November. We welcome the rains every rainy season, at least during the sunny bits between showers. The sky is crystal clear, with dazzling puffy clouds floating majestically by, washed clear of the smoke that drifted in from forest fire beyond yon horizon. And we’ll wind up December with the Winter Solstice, celebrating the return of the sun, (tho behind some clouds) and the beginning of a new solar year.

Two Parks Department meetings on Monday December 3rd. City Parks has a new director, Tony Elliot, who came to Santa Cruz from Indiana, where they have few open spaces and natural areas and little in the way of state environmental regulations. Welcome to Santa Cruz, Tony. Not only have you left the North American Plate for the Pacific Plate, you’re in a whole new regulatory environment. You’ll soon learn all about CEQA, the Coastal Commission and Santa Cruz politics, with it’s brand new environmentally friendly City Council!

If City Parks isn’t enough, the County’s Parks and Recreation Commission meets Monday evening at 7 PM at Simpkins Swim and Community Center. On the agenda, an unexpected resolution supporting walking and bicycling access to all County Parks. This resolution comes out of the blue with no apparent discussion at the October P&R Commission meeting, at least according to the meeting minutes. One wonders what prompted this resolution and how was it conceived without violating the Brown Act. Aren’t all County parks already accessible on foot or bicycle? What is threatening parks access that would necessitate this resolution? Inquiring pedestrians and bicyclists would like to know!

The Board of Supervisors meets on the 4th and 11th this month. On the Consent Agenda for the December 4th meeting:
18) Adopt ordinance amending the General Plan, Zoning Amendments, Affordable
Housing Requirements, Residential Density Bonus and Affordable Housing
Incentives, R-Combining District Regulations and including CEQA findings.

On the regular Agenda:
7) Public hearing to consider Transparent Review of Unjust Transfers and Holds
(TRUTH) Act regarding Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) access to
individuals and to receive and consider public comment, pursuant to Government
Code Sections 7283 and 7283.1, as outlined in the memorandum of the Sheriff-Coroner.

More fun and frolics in Santa Cruz City and County to come on Santa Cruz Online!

November 2018

Future Farmers Market
Art by Russell Brutsche

November is starting off with clear blue skies, cool air, puffy clouds scattered about for best effect. As we move into Fall holiday season, events around the County and city are ramping up.

Of course the big event this month is the November 6 midterm elections. There are many complicated ballot measures this year, all of them important for Santa Cruz residents, some of them requiring careful research and contemplation. If you haven’t already voted by mail, study up, check to make sure you’re registered to vote (https://sccounty01.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/ElectionSites/), find your polling place (http://www.votescount.com/Portals/16/nov18/polling%20place%20list%2011.18.pdf) and vote early and vote often (just kidding!).

The always thought provoking art work by Russell Brutsche will be featured at this month’s First Friday celebration at the Resource Center for Nonviolence, Friday, November 2, from 6 to 9 PM, where you can also peruse the “Arts and Poets from the Santa Cruz Main Jail” exhibit. Meet the artists and your neighbors. Russell will also have a performance at the RCNV on November 9, “Tunes for Troubled Times.” Don’t miss it if you can!

The City Council meets on the 13th and the 27th this month. Agendas will be available on the 11th and the 25th at http://www.cityofsantacruz.com/government/city-council/council-meetings , another opportunity to study up and prepare to take part in local government.

The County Board of Supervisors meets only once this month, on the 20th, with the agenda packet available on the 16th. Look for detailed reviews of City and County meetings in upcoming posts.