Columnist – Supervisor McPherson

County Budget Highlights

County Budget Highlights

By Bruce McPherson It’s often said that the highest expression of an organization’s values is how it spends its money. Santa Cruz County’s budget is a perfect example. While the $777 million budgeted for Fiscal Year 2018-19 largely keeps our spending in line with last year’s, we have invested more in human services, public safety […]

Fifth District News: June 2018

Fifth District News: June 2018

By Bruce McPherson, County Supervisor 5th District Thanks to the hard work and dedication of San Lorenzo Valley volunteers, business owners and other community leaders, there is a lot of exciting news to share as we head toward the beginning of summer. ••• Felton Library Nature Discovery Park First, a huge congratulations to all of […]

County Regulation Of Cannabis Cultivation And Manufacturing

County Regulation Of Cannabis Cultivation And Manufacturing

By Bruce McPherson, County Supervisor Fifth District I’m very pleased to report that the Board of the Supervisors has approved landmark rules to regulate cannabis cultivation and manufacturing, creating a regulated local cannabis industry while protecting our wildlife, neighborhoods, and environment. The set of ordinances is the culmination of three years of planning and compromise […]

County Employee Award Winners

County Employee Award Winners

By Bruce McPherson Santa Cruz County has long been the gold standard in innovative programs that have become models for the others. Our Probation Department and the Sheriff’s Office have been recognized time and again. That innovation starts with the County employees. The Board of Supervisors recently honored individual and teams of employees for exemplary […]

How do we shape a better California?

How do we shape a better California?

By Bruce McPherson In this election year, when Californians will be choosing a new governor and other key elected officials, the need for shared common facts and nonpartisan knowledge is more important than ever. As Santa Cruz County’s representative on the California State Association of Counties and a member of the Public Policy Institute of […]

What to look forward to in 2018

What to look forward to in 2018

By Bruce McPherson, County Supervisor 5th District Government, being government, moves slowly and, usually, surely. This year, a handful of big projects that have been moving forward, are actually “going live.” Here’s some of what to look forward to in 2018 in the Fifth District. Groundbreaking on the new $10 million Felton Library is anticipated […]

Library Open House

Library Open House

By Bruce McPherson, County Superintendent 5th District I want to invite you to an Open House regarding plans for the new Felton Library. We are now at the point of designing the interior of the building and will share the conceptual floor plans, lighting options and ideas for furniture and other materials. The floor plans […]

Community Energy On Its Way

Community Energy On Its Way

By Bruce McPherson, County Supervisor 5th District May 3 was a momentous day for our region when representatives of Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) met as the first tri-county Community Choice Energy (CCE) agency in California. MBCP will oversee the most impactful environmental strategy local governments can take to meet established state and regional climate […]

Sparing the Air in the Valley

Sparing the Air in the Valley

By Supervisor Bruce McPherson, for the SLV Air Quality Event Thousands of people live in a place called paradise – trees, great sense of community, etc. BUT we also live in a place where there’s a thing called “temperature inversion.” It’s all in the San Lorenzo Valley. With those facts, and with an abundance of […]

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