Columnist – Supervisor Friend

Storm Damage: Valencia and More Seeing Repairs

Storm Damage: Valencia and More Seeing Repairs

By Zach Friend, Santa Cruz County Supervisor 2nd District The County recently topped $70 million in storm damage to public roads and infrastructure just in the unincorporated area. This number is expected to increase as there are still a number of sites that have reported damage but full engineering and cost estimates haven’t been completed […]






Storm Damage … And Our Next Steps

Storm Damage … And Our Next Steps

By Zach Friend The most recent storms have pushed damages in the County to over $30 million in damage to our local roads and infrastructure, causing some of the most significant challenges in recent memory. The Board of Supervisors declared a third emergency in as many months and has submitted requests to the state and […]






Reflections on my Fourth Year

Reflections on my Fourth Year

By Zach Friend, County Supervisor 2nd District As I begin each new year as your County Supervisor, I like to report back in this column on some of the things we’ve accomplished because of your partnership and communication of priorities. The beginning of 2017 marks the end of my first term in office (and the […]






Preparing for Winter Rains 

Preparing for Winter Rains 

By Zach Friend As we head into the rainy season it’s always good to do some advance preparations for your home or business. Wet winters, while always welcome news for our recent drought, do bring with it the possibility of flooding, mudslides and downed trees. What can you do to prepare and what is the County […]






Getting Appointed to State Commissions

Getting Appointed to State Commissions

By Zach Friend, County Supervisor 2nd District I recently invited Governor Brown’s top Appointments Secretary, Mona Pasquil Rogers, to host a workshop in Aptos on how to get appointed by the governor to state boards and commissions. A few months ago I spoke with the Secretary about what I believe to be a lack of […]






Vacation Rental Policy Changes

Vacation Rental Policy Changes

By Zach Friend, County Supervisor 2nd District Over the last few years the County has been working to address concerns surrounding vacation rentals. Complaints of noise, parking issues and even neighborhood character are to be balanced with the interest of providing rental stock for visitors to our area. With the growth of second home ownership […]






New Bike Jumps and Pump Track Come to Life

New Bike Jumps and Pump Track Come to Life

By Zach Friend, County Supervisor 2nd District One new bike pump track and one significant remodel are providing new bike options for our community. As our office works with the Parks Department and the local biking community to look for improved bike park options in our district (and countywide), the new pump track and bike […]






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