Columnist – Supervisor Friend

Making it Easier to Build Accessory Dwelling Units

Making it Easier to Build Accessory Dwelling Units

By Zach Friend Throughout California there are discussions about how to address the significant affordable housing crisis. Recent academic and industry studies done on home affordability have shown that in some coastal communities less than a quarter of people earn enough income to be able to purchase a home in their community and many can’t […]

Santa Cruz County Budget Recap

Santa Cruz County Budget Recap

By Zach Friend The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors just concluded its annual budget process, and since it is often said that a budget is an expression of community values, I wanted to share some of the highlights of the budget for the coming year. Budget Standards First, we’ve been responsible with your money. […]

County Releases Proposed Budget

County Releases Proposed Budget

The County has released the proposed budget fort he 2018-2019 fiscal year. The Board of Supervisors will be voting on this budget in June and I wanted share with you the highlights and ensure you have a chance to provide feedback before its adopted. Over the last few years, the Board of Supervisors has made […]

Finalizing Commercial Cannabis Regulations

Finalizing Commercial Cannabis Regulations

By Zach Friend, County Supervisor 2nd District Over the last four years the Board of Supervisors has been working on policies around the dispensing and cultivation of medical cannabis. While work around cannabis in general will be evolving for quite some time, the Board is much closer to a final cultivation ordinance than we have […]

Navigating the New Aptos Village Traffic Improvements

Navigating the New Aptos Village Traffic Improvements

By Zach Friend, County Supervisor 2nd District One of the largest issues in the greater Aptos Village area is traffic flow and improving flow in that area has been a focus of your County’s traffic engineers. County traffic engineers made signalization (along with new turn lanes and bike, bus and pedestrian improvements) as the model […]

Partnering with Local Housing Organizations

Partnering with Local Housing Organizations

By Zach Friend, County Supervisor 2nd District Recent community meetings as part of the County’s Strategic Vision process has reinforced something many of us deal with every day – housing costs in our county are a significant challenge. While the Board of Supervisors has worked to improve the housing stock through regulatory changes to Accessory […]

County General Fund Budget Update

County General Fund Budget Update

By Zach Friend, Santa Cruz County Supervisor 2nd District At the most recent Board of Supervisors meeting the County Administrative Officer and Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector provided the most recent budget update — focusing on the County’s General Fund. The update provided a five-year General Fund forecast and an overall update on the fiscal position of the […]

Serving you on County and Regional Commissions

Serving you on County and Regional Commissions

By Zach Friend I have the pleasure 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. Oftentimes constituents need help on specialty issues that might be associated with these commissions so I wanted to […]

Addressing the Needs of our Local Seniors

Addressing the Needs of our Local Seniors

By Zach Friend, County Supervisor 2nd District Over the next two decades California’s senior population is expected to nearly double. In our County, our growing senior population faces a number of challenges – many of which will require renewed commitments budgetary and otherwise to ensure we meet them. A few months ago the Seniors Council […]

County Budget Update: January 2018

County Budget Update: January 2018

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. Over the last few years, the Board of Supervisors has made investments in public safety, parks, roads and […]

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