Columnist – Supervisor Friend

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 […]

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 […]

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