You Inspire Me
The COVID pandemic has been the most difficult and complex challenge to this community in my lifetime. Like you, every day I'm nearly overwhelmed by its impacts. What keeps me going is seeing how people are stepping up, professionally, personally, and creatively to help each other. Those thousands of small acts will get us through this crisis. Thank you for reminding me why I will always be a proud Santa Cruzan.
Santa Cruz COVID Update
Yesterday, Santa Cruz County Health Officer Dr. Gail Newel issued a new Health Order allowing certain activities to proceed. The order aligns Santa Cruz County to the state's reopening plans going forward. All businesses and operations must comply with social distancing protocols and the face covering order remains in effect.
Dr. Newel advises residents who are 65 years old or older, as well as those who are medically vulnerable, to continue sheltering in place. Please continue to check in on those in need.
In order to safely open up more sectors of our community (including dine-in restaurants), the State has established a number of conditions that must be met. The State's indicators include a low number of coronavirus cases, availability of supplies, testing availability, good contact tracing capabilities, hospital readiness, and protections for vulnerable communities. Santa Cruz County meets all State indicators and is now seeking a variance from the State. This variance will come to the Board of Supervisors at a special meeting on May 29.
While Santa Cruz County has a relatively low case count, the virus is still present in our community. Dr. Newel reminds us that gatherings of any kind outside your immediate household remain high-risk and should be avoided except as allowed by public health orders. Several new local coronavirus clusters in South County were linked family gatherings, including a Mother's Day party. Please do your part to prevent the spread.
You can always click here for the County COVID-19 dashboard, which provides up to date local information.
Save Lives Santa Cruz County
Save Lives Santa Cruz County is a partnership between the County of Santa Cruz and Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County designed to facilitate a community-based plan for moving forward. It is based on four principles: Slow the Spread, Adapt and Adjust, Vaccinate and Treat, and Elevate Readiness.
Testing is an important part of increasing our community's resiliency from COVID-19. You can click here for local COVID-19 testing sites.
Local businesses are the backbone of our economy, provide jobs and a high quality of life for our community. We are working to facilitate a safe, phased reopening of the local economy in partnership with the business community through the Economic Recovery Council.
Great Plates Update
Thanks for spreading the word! Hundreds of local seniors are now enrolled in Great Plates, a program that delivers three nutritious meals a day from local restaurants to seniors. Click here for eligibility and application details.
Santa Cruz County is up to a 64.4% census response rate. Nice work! This map shows response rates throughout the country. A complete count ensures our representations and millions of dollars in federal funding. Go to 2020census.gov to make sure you are counted.
Helping Homeless Families
To help local families struggling with homelessness, I pushed for the Housing Authority of Santa Cruz County to adopt a Section 8 voucher preference for families with minor children. We know that adverse childhood experiences can disrupt healthy brain development, creating lifelong negative impacts on learning, behavior, and health. I'm happy to report that the Housing Authority adopted this preference to speed help to these families and provide more low-income children with the opportunity to be happy, healthy, and to reach their full potential.
Join me (and the local Thriving Immigrants Collaborative) for a community conversation on immigrant advocacy on June 11 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. You can register for this zoom meeting here.
New Podcast Episode
I host “An Honorable Profession
” podcast. We profile state and local leaders who are making change and giving me (and hopefully you) hope for our country.
In our latest episode, we talked about how to mobilize 40 million people to help each other in an emergency with California's Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday. He has an inspiring vision for service. You can listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, Podtail or wherever podcasts are found.
*No taxpayer funds are used to make this podcast.*