Columnist – Supervisor McPherson

Community Energy On Its Way

Community Energy On Its Way

By Bruce McPherson, County Supervisor 5th District Tri-County CCE Coalition 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 […]






Planning for County’s Future

Planning for County’s Future

By Bruce McPherson, County Supervisor 5th District This has been a time of listening in the Fifth District as multiple Santa Cruz County departments have been seeking your opinions in an effort to “co-create” our community’s future. ••• Accessory Dwelling Units The County Planning Department recently engaged about 75 residents in a discussion of accessory […]






Storm Damage Recovery

Storm Damage Recovery

By Bruce McPherson With a week of sunshine, it’s tempting to forget about the winter’s deluge and the associated storm damage. Tempting, but not possible. As of Wednesday, March 29, the County has 187 damage sites on roads in the unincorporated area, with an estimated $97 million in damage. Dozens and dozens more private roads […]






Improving Our Community

Improving Our Community

By Bruce McPherson, County Supervisor 5th District Improved Mount Hermon Intersection This is a project that has been near the top of my wish list for years. As you know, all westbound traffic on Mount Hermon Road going towards Felton funnels into one through lane at Lockhart Gulch. That’s going to be improved significantly soon. […]






Loma Fire Efforts

Loma Fire Efforts

By Bruce McPherson, County Supervisor 5th District By the time you read this, hopefully the Loma Fire will be contained. As I write, however, smoke from the Loma Fire can be seen on the ridge. The vegetation fire has spread to 3,850 acres in steep, inaccessible terrain and drainages of Mount Loma Prieta, Mount Chual […]






How Could Summer Go By So Quickly?

How Could Summer Go By So Quickly?

By Bruce McPherson I would like to fill you in on a few issues that I have worked on during this all-too-fast summer, and some that I will be working on this fall. Safe Routes to School In Boulder Creek, construction is underway for a curb, gutter, sidewalk, retaining wall, and drainage improvements near Boulder […]






50th Anniversary Recollections

50th Anniversary Recollections

By Bruce McPherson I have some very fond memories of the way Scotts Valley was 50 to 60 years ago. My uncle and aunt, Lloyd and Alma Ragon, lived in Scotts Valley with their three children, Lloyd “Junior” Ragon, Pat and Ron Ragon. Lloyd Ragon was a “do-everything” auto mechanic. They had a Richfield gas […]






“When Will My Road Be Fixed?”

“When Will My Road Be Fixed?”

By Bruce McPherson, Santa Cruz County Supervisor 5th District I hear that question more than any other and I wish I had an answer. Funding for both our local roads and statewide transportation system continues to be a critical need. State and federal gas taxes haven’t increased in 20 years. Inflation, increased construction costs, improved […]






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