Columnist – Supervisor Friend

Serving on County and Regional Commissions

Serving on County and Regional Commissions

By Zach Friend, County Supervisor 2nd District For the last year I’ve had the privilege of serving our community as the Chair of the Board of Supervisors. However, I also serve on your behalf in a number of other capacities on local and regional commissions. Sometimes you may need help on specialty issues that are […]

County Budget Update: January 2019

County Budget Update: January 2019

By Zach Friend, County Supervisor 2nd District The Board of Supervisors recently received a mid-year budget overview and I wanted to share with you what we learned and give you a general overview of the County budget including a preliminary budget forecast for Fiscal Years 2019-21. Annually, as part of the budget development cycle, the […]

Reporting Issues to the County From Your Smartphone

Reporting Issues to the County From Your Smartphone

By Zach Friend, County Supervisor 2nd District With the recent rains, roadway issues (including potholes) are starting to pop back up. Additionally, non-emergency tree trimming needs, sign damage and more become more common. Over the last few weeks, I’ve held a number of community meetings and generally questions arise about the best way to make […]

Supporting Local Businesses

Supporting Local Businesses

By Zach Friend As we head into the holiday season it’s always a good time to remember to support our small, locally owned businesses. In Santa Cruz County, 82 percent of local businesses have less than 9 employees. Many small, locally owned businesses rely on a strong holiday season to have a successful year. This […]

Board Eliminates Most County Fees on ADUs

Board Eliminates Most County Fees on ADUs

By Zach Friend, County Supervisor 2nd District County Housing Needs Growing Over the last few years the Board of Supervisors has worked to address the growing affordability challenge in our community. Santa Cruz County ranks as one of the least affordable places in the world according to a recent international affordable housing study. Only about […]

Addressing Homelessness in Santa Cruz County

Addressing Homelessness in Santa Cruz County

By Zach Friend, County Supervisor 2nd District As our local affordable housing crisis deepens, one related (and challenging) issue also has grown – the number of housing insecure and homeless individuals living in our community. Homelessness often seems like an intractable issue — from the fact that approximately one-quarter of the nation’s homeless are found […]

Measure D Update: September 2018

Measure D Update: September 2018

By Zach Friend When voters approved Measure D in the end of 2016 it was the first new infusion of road and transportation funds in the County in quite some time. The tax measure started collection and distribution in 2017 and enough funds have been collected for the first set of road repairs to be […]

Exploring Proposition 6: The Repeal of SB 1

Exploring Proposition 6: The Repeal of SB 1

By Zach Friend In the last issue I wrote an overview of some local and state ballot measures voters will see in November. I received some additional questions about Proposition 6, which would repeal SB 1, adopted by the legislature to address the nearly $140 billion backlog in statewide deferred road maintenance by raising the […]

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