Columnist – Supervisor McPherson

Fiscal Transparency

Fiscal Transparency

By Bruce McPherson Starting July 1, Santa Cruz County will enter a new fiscal year with a heightened sense of sophistication and transparency about our work on behalf of the public, and I’d like you to know how District 5 will benefit from our comprehensive planning initiatives. The County produced its inaugural two-year budget this […]

How We Spend Our Money

How We Spend Our Money

By Bruce McPherson How we spend our money is a direct reflection of our individual priorities and needs. That’s true for all of us — younger or older, married or single, with children or without. If we are fortunate to draw income through employment, retirement or other means — whether that income is fixed or […]

Hope On The Horizon for County Roads

Hope On The Horizon for County Roads

By Bruce McPherson Fixing our roads, whether it is from regular wear-and-tear or from storm damage, is a time-consuming, expensive and complicated process. It involves a great deal of planning and is often dependent on state or federal funding. But there is hope on the horizon that we will see much improvement in the years […]

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 […]

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