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Supporting Solar Incentives
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is considering dramatically reducing payments for energy produced by solar installations at the urging of the utility companies. 

I think it is critical that we support green jobs and encourage rooftop solar installations.  Santa Cruz County's Climate Action Strategy calls for increasing renewable energy generation and the State of California has very ambitious renewable energy goals.  A strong solar industry will be vital to meeting those renewable energy goals. 

Supervisor McPherson and I brought this issue to the Board of Supervisors on November 10, and received unanimous support to let the CPUC know we strongly support continued solar incentives.  

If you would like to share your views with the CPUC on this issue, you may send an e-mail to: public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov
 
New Take-Back Ordinance for Drugs and Sharps
At the urging of Supervisor Leopold and myself, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve an ordinance that requires manufacturers of prescription and non-prescription drugs and sharps (needles) to develop, implement and fund safe and convenient programs for the disposal of their products at the end of their useful lives.  To view the Board Letter on this issue, click here

This program will keep tons of pharmaceutical waste out of our waterways, reduce inappropriate access to drugs, reduce needles in our public spaces, and protect residents and workers. 

The County has operated a voluntary county-funded take-back program since 2008 and it is time for the manufacturers to take responsibility. If you have pharmaceutical or sharps waste, click here to find a list of current drop off locations.

Second Harvest Food Bank's Holiday Food Drive
In Santa Cruz County, hunger affects 1 in 4 children every day, but Second Harvest Food Bank is working hard to end hunger and malnutrition. 

Second Harvest Food Bank's Holiday Food Drive is going on right now.  With Second Harvest's ability to purchase food in bulk, financial contributions go the farthest to help Second Harvest meet the need for food in our community.  Every $1 donated provides 4 healthy meals.

Please join me in donating to Second Harvest Food Bank.  Click here to donate. 

Preparing for El Niño 
With public safety in mind, the County has created a guide that can help you prepare for and deal with the aftermath of winter storms.

Click here to visit Santa Cruz County's webpage that contains useful information about El Niño.

Supporting Planned Parenthood
On October 20, I was proud to stand with our community in support of Planned Parenthood.  Supervisor Greg Caput had proposed that the Board of Supervisors ask the California Joint Legislative Audit Committee to audit Planned Parenthood due to accusations that Planned Parenthood sold fetal tissue. 

Planned Parenthood provides critical health care access to many residents in our community and across the nation, and requesting an unnecessary, costly audit is an unacceptable waste of time, money and energy.  Planned Parenthood is already regularly audited by federal, state and medical professionals.  Planned Parenthood does an amazing job despite a group of people consistently lying about and distorting what they do. 

Dozens of residents attended the Board meeting and the vast majority spoke about the important health services Planned Parenthood provides in our community. 

I made a motion urging the federal government to increase funding for Planned Parenthood and I am happy to report that this motion passed with a vote of 4 to 1.

"Thank YOU, Ryan, for leading such a great outcome at the board meeting. You all are sending a wonderful message. May other counties follow Santa Cruz's outstanding example!"
-Linda Williams, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte.
North Coast View
Supervisor Coonerty (above) had the honor of presenting a proclamation to Roberta Smith, a Davenport resident who has made a huge contribution to the community.  
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Don't forget to vote on local school Measures O and P!  Ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, Nov. 17, or turned in at the ballot drop box at the County Building (701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz).
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Next Board of Supervisors Meeting:
December 8, 9:00 a.m.
701 Ocean Street, 5th Floor

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