Columnist – Supervisor Friend

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 […]

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 […]

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