News from Santa Cruz County Supervisor Ryan Coonerty
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Approving Affordable Housing & Health Clinics
I was proud to join my colleagues in unanimously approving a new 57-unit affordable housing project in mid-county. Along with affordable housing, the development includes new clinics for Santa Cruz Community Health Centers and Dientes Community Dental Care. This project, which is close to schools, parks, and the County pool, will be great for our community.

Nurse-Family Partnership: Our First Graduation
We are celebrating the first graduates of the County’s Nurse-Family Partnership ProgramNurse-Family Partnership empowers first-time moms to transform their lives and create better futures for themselves and their babies. The County sends specially-trained nurses to regularly visit low-income first-time moms, starting early in the pregnancy, and continuing until the child’s second birthday. 
This program has existed for more than four decades in other communities and studies have consistently proven that Nurse-Family Partnership succeeds at its most important goals: keeping children healthy and safe, and improving the lives of moms and babies.
I pushed to establish a Nurse Family Partnership program in Santa Cruz County and I’m thrilled that we’ve reached this milestone and that these moms, babies, and our community will have a brighter future.
Protecting Renters
At my urging, the Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a moratorium on no-fault tenant evictions until Assembly Bill 1482, the Tenant Protection Act of 2019, goes into effect January 1, 2020. AB 1482 is a statewide law that limits annual rent increases and also requires landlords to have and state a just cause in order to evict tenants who have occupied the premises for more than one year. There are reports of some landlords evicting long-term, lower-income tenants, without cause, in order to raise rents and attract wealthier tenants before the law goes into effect. 
I brought this issue to the Board because we all know how challenging it is for working families to find housing in our community. It is important that we protect them until this state legislation goes into effect.

Pushing to Transform PG&E
Ahead of PG&E’s bankruptcy court review, a group of California leaders and I sent a letter to the California Public Utilities Commission—urging them to explore a transformation of the investor-owned company to a new model. As a customer-owned utility, PG&E could better rebuild the public trust, and get greater access to capital markets needed for infrastructure investment critically required to restore safe and reliable service.  Read more here.
Addressing Challenges: HOPES Update
The County’s HOPES Team engages high-risk homeless individuals, linking them to services that stabilize the client’s medical and behavioral health needs. A recent evaluation indicates that these services and stabilization efforts are having an impact. After enrollment in the program, clients’ law enforcement citations and arrests dropped significantly. In addition, HOPES is successfully helping clients enter sober living environments, residential treatment facilities, and helping some individuals return to their home communities. You can read the latest HOPES report here.
There is much more work to be done, but this program is a step in the right direction for our County residents- both the housed and unhoused. 

Opportunities to Get Involved
Would you or someone you know like to serve on a County Commission? The Commissions advise the Board of Supervisors on important matters affecting local residents and work on a variety of interesting efforts. There are 3rd District openings on these important County Commissions: 

Women’s Commission
Latino Affairs Commission 
Substance Use Disorder Commission

To apply, please fill out the online form here.

The Santa Cruz Police Department (SCPD) is also seeking volunteers. The Volunteers in Policing Services program is designed to allow community members to assist the SCPD and supplement public safety and crime prevention efforts, freeing up officers and staff for higher priority duties by placing volunteers in rewarding activities which utilize their experience and talents. 

If you are interested in joining the SCPD Volunteer Program, please email or call (831) 420-5916
Supporting the Holiday Food Drive 
Let’s fight hunger this holiday season! Every $1 donated to Second Harvest Food Bank provides 4 healthy meals. Second Harvest Food Bank serves 55,000 people each month- that’s children, seniors, veterans, working poor and more. Let’s give them all the support we can! Click here to donate.  

Next Board of Supervisors Meeting:
December 10, 9:00 a.m.
701 Ocean Street, 5th Floor

Board of Supervisors Meeting Schedule
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Ryan Coonerty

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