Columnist – Supervisor Friend

Criminal Justice Council: Women and Gangs

Criminal Justice Council: Women and Gangs

By Supervisor Zach Friend The Criminal Justice Council of Santa Cruz County (CJC) was created over thirty years ago in an effort to provide increased coordination and cooperation between criminal justice partners — government, non-profit, educational and others — to reduce youth involvement in gangs. The CJC focuses discussions on prevention and intervention as well […]

Water Planning for Our Future

Water Planning for Our Future

By Zach Friend Having a sustainable water supply is essential for the future of our county and state. Recognizing the need to ensure long-term water sustainability throughout the state, the legislature passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in 2014. The Act requires local agencies to coordinate efforts to bring our groundwater basin into sustainability by […]

County Adopts Budget

County Adopts Budget

The County recently completed budget hearings for the upcoming fiscal year. The budget funds everything from public safety and parks to health and human service programs. Here are some highlights from what was adopted, what the County is doing to promote fiscal responsibility and some challenges facing the budget in future years. Highlights of the […]

Updates on Happenings in Mid-County

Updates on Happenings in Mid-County

By Zach Friend A number of exciting things have been going on lately in Aptos and mid-county in general. From new murals to new local businesses opening to some road repair here is a short overview: ••• Aptos Village The new Aptos Public Safety Service Center has opened at the Aptos Village (across the parking […]

Volunteering in Santa Cruz County

Volunteering in Santa Cruz County

By Zach Friend Recently, the Board of Supervisors recognized some of the remarkable volunteers in our county. Volunteers that dedicate thousands of hours to our local animal shelter, helping with forensics and vacation checks at the Sheriff’s Office, restoring native landscapes at our parks, working with disadvantaged youth and more. We all know volunteering is […]

Addressing Fireworks in our Neighborhoods and Beaches

Addressing Fireworks in our Neighborhoods and Beaches

By Zach Friend With Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer the number of complaints for fireworks begins to increase. Over the last few years our office, the Sheriff’s Office and State Parks, have received numerous complaints about fireworks — from concerns about the noise to fire and environmental concerns. The issue was raised […]

Addressing the Needs of our Local Seniors

Addressing the Needs of our Local Seniors

By Zach Friend It’s estimated that over the next 15-20 years our state’s senior population will nearly double. In Santa Cruz County, our senior population is growing at a similar rate and our seniors population faces a number of challenges — many of which will require renewed commitments budgetary and otherwise, to ensure we meet. […]

Updates on Common Road Questions

Updates on Common Road Questions

Request for road repairs are one of the most common requests that come in to our office. Some of the roads have long histories of challenges and others were damaged severely in the winter storms over the last few years. Recently, we’ve received multiple requests for updates on Buena Vista, Trout Gulch, Valencia and Hazel […]

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 […]

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