Columnist – Supervisor Friend

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 […]

Finishing LEO’s Haven

Finishing LEO’s Haven

By Zach Friend In late June, the Board of Supervisors was taking testimony on the proposed County budget when two children walked up to the microphone. One was 8-year-old Oliver Potts, who often uses a wheelchair to get around. The other was Cleo Roberts, age 10. They came to talk about LEO’s Haven, a proposed […]

A Summer of Fun in County Parks

A Summer of Fun in County Parks

By Zach Friend Santa Cruz County offers a number of free and low cost summer events, programs and activities in our local parks. These family friendly options include everything from free movie nights, to picnic locations with ocean views, short and easy hikes in the redwoods and even free family swim days. Events and Activities […]

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 […]

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