Columnist – Supervisor McPherson

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 […]

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 […]

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