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Community Meeting Regarding the Future of the Property at 7th Avenue and Brommer Street
Owned by the County’s former Redevelopment Agency, the 8.3 acre parcel at 7th Avenue and Brommer Street (in the Upper Harbor area) must be sold under state law.  Before that occurs, the County hopes to hear from the neighborhood.  Please join us for this opportunity and click here for more information.
 
Thursday, April 27
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Live Oak Elementary School Gymnasium
1916 Capitola Road
 
Supporting Our Immigrant Community
Our County has a vibrant and valuable immigrant community.  Due to toxic rhetoric and deeply troubling immigration enforcement actions, many in the immigrant community are fearful.  I am proud to stand with the Board of Supervisors in support of our immigrant community. 
 
At my urging, the Board of Supervisors has adopted a resolution to maintain trust and safety for local immigrants and to join other jurisdictions in challenging President Trump's Executive Order aimed at punishing “sanctuary jurisdictions.”
 
The County has also created an Immigration Resources website to provide residents with information that could be of assistance.  Please check it out and share it widely.
 
Taking Action to Support Renewable Energy: Monterey Bay Community Power
I am happy to report that the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to join Monterey Bay Community Power and embrace clean, locally managed power.  This effort, led by Supervisor McPherson, is a regional project among local government agencies that aims to provide electricity to residents and businesses throughout Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties through the new Community Choice Energy (CCE) model. The CCE model helps ensure local economic vitality because money from rates paid by local customers stays local.  Revenues that would normally flow to PG&E will stay in the community to help fund renewable energy projects, create jobs, and stimulate the economy.  Monterey Bay Community Power plans to begin delivering clean, renewable energy by Spring 2018.  Both a policy board and an operations board are being created.  I have been appointed by the Board of Supervisors as Supervisor McPherson’s alternate on the policy board.  For more information, click here
 
Take a Hike with Me!

On the morning of Wednesday, May 3rd, I'll be taking a hike on the Bureau of Land Management's beautiful Cotoni-Coast Dairies land.  BLM staff will lead the hike and up to 20 people are welcome to join me.  The hike will be 2-3 miles on varied, sometimes steep terrain. 

To reserve your spot on the hike, please e-mail Rachel Dann at rachel.dann@santacruzcounty.us.  In order to provide an opportunity for the most people, priority will be given to individuals who did not attend the Cotoni-Coast Dairies hike that I helped arrange last year.
 
Upcoming Public Meetings for County Parks

What do you want to see in your County Parks?  The Santa Cruz County Parks Department is in the process of developing a Strategic Plan.  The Plan will be developed with input from the community and is an opportunity to create a collaborative vision for the future of County parks, programs and facilities.  Please attend one of five public meetings to give input on County parks, programs and facilities. This is an opportunity to create a collaborative vision for the future!
 
Information about the meeting planned for the North Coast is below. For more information about the 4 other Parks meetings and for more on the strategic plan, click here. Childcare and Spanish translation services will be available at all public meetings.  
 
 
Can't make a meeting? Give your input by using our quick survey!
 
North Coast Meeting for County Parks      
Tuesday, May 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Pacific Elementary School
50 Ocean Street, Davenport (map)
 
Fighting Hunger in our Community: CalFresh
CalFresh, formerly known as food stamps, is a nutrition benefit program that helps struggling families pay for food year-round.  While many families in our community utilize CalFresh to help put food on the table, many more are eligible but don’t realize it.  In 2015, 18,865 Santa Cruz County residents were eligible for CalFresh but did not receive the benefit.  That’s a lot of families struggling to afford food who don’t need to be. 
 
CalFresh benefits can be used to purchase food from participating grocery stores and farmers markets. 
 
I am working with the County Human Services Department to make sure that all those who qualify are getting the help they need.  If you or someone you know  needs help putting food on the table, please apply! 
 
Apply online: www.GetCalFresh.org
By phone: 1-888-421-8080
In person: 1020 Emeline Avenue in Santa Cruz and 18 W. Beach Street in Watsonville
 
Survey: Transportation Improvement Projects in the Unincorporated (Non-City) Area
With the passage of Measure D (our local transportation funding measure) the County Public Works Department is asking for public input on transportation improvement projects.  Click here to give your input.

The County has over $100 million in recent storm damage.  In the Third District, repairing Swanton Road is a priority and I know that repairs are needed on Smith Grade and other North Coast roads as well.

Note to residents of Santa Cruz, Capitola, Watsonville and Scotts Valley: your cities will be receiving funds from Measure D for local transportation improvement projects as well.  Feel free to let your City leaders know what you’d like to see.

Vacancies on the County's Seniors Commission
Would you or someone you know like to serve on the Santa Cruz County Seniors Commission?  The Commission advises the Board of Supervisors on all matters affecting seniors, reviews the needs of seniors, monitors the various services made available to seniors and communicates with Federal and State agencies and commissions serving seniors.  I’m hoping to fill two 3rd District vacancies on the Commission.
 
To apply, please fill out the online form here
 
Apply to Serve on the Grand Jury
Each year, 19 citizens are selected to serve and study government functions.  If you would like to be considered, applications are being accepted until April 28th.  Learn more and apply here.
 
Check me out on NPR
NPR recorded a fun conversation I had with a new city council member in Texas. You can listen to it here.  Thanks to John Laird for the advice about frozen foods!  It is such an honor to serve.
North Coast View
Digital Nest members using equipment provided by Community TV. I was happy to push for increased access to digital media equipment for young people in our community.


Next Board of Supervisors Meeting:
May 16, 9:00 a.m.
701 Ocean Street, 5th Floor

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