The Twin Lakes Beachfront Project has Broken Ground!
Planning for the Reuse of the Cemex Property on the North Coast
On September 15, we broke ground on the Twin Lakes Beachfront Improvement Project! This project will improve beach access and public safety on East Cliff Drive from the harbor to 7th
Avenue by adding a safe pedestrian path, bike lanes, organized parking and a ramp to the beach. It will be an amazing addition to the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail.
Despite many obstacles, my dad, former County Supervisor Neal Coonerty, worked tirelessly with the community to move this project forward. Community support for this project has been strong and dozens of residents were on hand to help celebrate the groundbreaking.
The County, working with the Port Commission and California State Parks, had several funding partners for this project and we are deeply grateful to them all: the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways, the California Coastal Conservancy, the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission and the Monterey Bay Air Resources District. California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird was very helpful in securing additional funding for the project.
Construction is expected to take 10 months to complete. Harbor businesses will be open during construction (so go visit them if you have the chance!), and signage and traffic management will be provided. You can read updates on the Twin Lakes Beachfront Improvement blog
The County has hired consultants to help create a Coastal Restoration & Reuse Plan and local coastal program amendments for the Davenport Cement Plant site. There is a lot of interest in the future of this site. A strong collaborative effort between the property owner, Davenport community members, the Coastal Commission, nonprofit agencies, local residents, land planners and designers and decision-makers will ensure that this is a successful process. There will be a public meeting later this fall on a date still to be determined. If you would like to be notified when this meeting is scheduled, please send an email with your name and contact information to Rachel.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay tuned for more information about this exciting project.
County Commissioners - Serving our Community
Photo: The Third District appointees to Santa Cruz County Women’s Commission, Marissa Fullum-Campbell and Carole McPherson, recently met with me to discuss their work on the commission.
Did you know that the Board of Supervisors appoints residents of Santa Cruz County to positions on more than 40 advisory bodies established to provide advice and recommendations to the Board in a variety of subject areas? While some of these entities are mandated by State law, most were established by the Board to facilitate citizen involvement in government and to assist the Board in its decision-making process.
All of the 3rd District commission positions are currently filled, but there are some at-large commission vacancies you can see here.
Thank you to all my commissioners who do great and important work!
Addressing North Coast Issues
The North Coast of Santa Cruz County is an extraordinarily beautiful place and there are many dedicated people, such as the late County Supervisor Mardi Wormhoudt, who worked hard to protect it from development. This summer many North Coast residents contacted my office with concerns about trash on the beaches and illegal behavior on the North Coast.
I've been working hard to address trash and other issues on the beautiful North Coast. My office pushed for the County to contract with Save Our Shores (SOS) to conduct regular beach clean-ups. My staff and I have helped clean Davenport and other beaches on the North Coast several times this year. Doing this helps me get a first-hand look at the problems and provides an opportunity for me to hear from locals. More needs to be done to keep our beaches clean and I am in regular contact with SOS to see how we can improve this service. My office also worked to make sure that dumpsters were placed at Davenport Landing, Davenport Beach and Bonny Doon Beach because the previous cans were overflowing.
We worked with the Sheriff to provide additional enforcement on the North Coast. Sheriff Hart and his team have worked hard to address North Coast issues like illegal RV and tent camping and late night beach partying. I know many North Coast residents join me in thanking him for the assistance he and his staff have provided. I’ve also reached out to State Parks, which manages a great deal of the North Coast, to talk about an increased State Parks presence and enforcement. Both Natural Resources Secretary John Laird and Assemblymember Mark Stone have been supportive of that effort and recognize that the North Coast needs more State Parks resources.
The North Coast is incredibly special and I will continue to protect and preserve this amazing area.
Central California Alliance for Health- Working to Improve Health Care Outcomes
I am proud to serve on the Board of the Central California Alliance for Health- the Medi-Cal HMO covering over 350,000 people in Santa Cruz, Monterey and Merced Counties. This is an exciting time in health care and the Alliance is actively working to improve health care systems and outcomes. I was pleased to support the Alliance’s recent grants to expand primary care, maternal child health services and mental health and substance use disorder services throughout Santa Cruz County. The grants are aimed at expanding access to high quality medical care for a growing Medi-Cal client base under the Affordable Care Act, particularly in the areas of behavioral health and substance use disorder services.
I was particularly pleased that the Alliance Board supported a grant to help establish Santa Cruz County’s Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program, which I have spearheaded at the Board of Supervisors. NFP is a model nurse home visitation program with more than 37 years of evidence of effectiveness. It has been shown to help break the cycle of poverty, strengthen communities and improve lives. I am working to secure the final funding for this program so that low-income first time moms and babies have the very best chance to succeed.
We are undergoing a fundamental change in how we provide healthcare in the United States. I’m proud that our local health plan is investing in proven prevention and health strategies rather than just sickness management. This investment will create a healthier community for decades to come.
Interested in Serving on a State Board or Commission?
Supervisor Zach Friend will be holding a community forum with Governor Jerry Brown’s top appointments secretary, Mona Pasquil, on Thursday, September 29, at 6:00 p.m, to help local residents learn more about serving on state Boards and Commissions.
Overall, the State of California has hundreds of Boards and Commissions overseeing topics that include agricultural and water policy, disability access, professional oversight, social services, environmental policy, education and much more. Governor Brown is tasked with making many of those appointments.
Some people believe our county has been underrepresented on these critical policymaking and advisory bodies. This is a good opportunity for our community to learn about how to get appointed. These boards and commissions can be a good way to serve the public and have a positive impact on people’s lives.
WHAT: Presentation on gubernatorial appointments
WHEN: September 29, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Sesnon House, Cabrillo College, 750 Soquel Dr., Aptos
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