Serving on County and Regional Commissions

Serving on County and Regional Commissions

By Zach Friend, County Supervisor 2nd District

Commissions Times Publishing Group Inc tpgonlinedaily.comFor the last year I’ve had the privilege of serving our community as the Chair of the Board of Supervisors. However, I also serve on your behalf in a number of other capacities on local and regional commissions.

Sometimes you may need help on specialty issues that are associated with these commissions so I wanted to give you an overview of the other commissions I serve on, my role and their functions.

Criminal Justice Council: Chair

Including members from the cities and county, school districts, law enforcement and local judiciary the Criminal Justice Council works on collaborative efforts to address countywide gang prevention and intervention.

Flood Control and Water Conservation District/Zone 7: Chair

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Pajaro River

Zone 7 was formed for the primary purpose of improving the flood carrying capacity of the Pajaro River, Salsipuedes and Corralitos Creek system within the Pajaro Valley floodplain. Zone 7 capital projects are intended to limit the potential for flooding within the floodplain area. Much of the focus is on protecting (and rebuilding) the current levee system.

Library Financing Authority: Chair

Including members from the cities and county, this joint powers authority exists for the purpose of financing the acquisition, construction and improvement of public library facilities.

Monterey Bay Air Resources District: Board Member

The Air District is responsible for air monitoring, permitting, enforcement, long-range air quality planning and education related to air pollution as required by the California Clean Air Act and Federal Clean Air Act. The District also provides rebates for fireplace conversions (to cleaner burning options) and electric vehicle lease or purchases.

Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO): Board Member

Commissions Times Publishing Group Inc tpgonlinedaily.comState law created LAFCO in 1963 to regulate the boundaries of cities and special districts. LAFCO’s objectives are: encourage efficient service areas for services provided by cities, counties and special districts, to guide urban development away from prime agricultural lands and open space resources and to discourage urban sprawl.

Regional Transportation Commission: Board Member

The RTC sets priorities for improvements to the transportation infrastructure and network of services including highways, major roads, bus and paratransit and the rail corridor. The RTC pursues and allocates funding for all of these transportation elements and adopts policies to improve mobility, access and air quality.

Santa Cruz County Consolidated Redevelopment Successor Agency Oversight Board: Alternate

The Santa Cruz County Consolidated Redevelopment Successor Agency Oversight Board oversees the activities of the five-redevelopment successor agencies in Santa Cruz County. The purpose of this Board is to oversee and direct the Redevelopment Successor Agencies in the process of dissolving the former redevelopment agencies of Santa Cruz County.

Santa Cruz Mid-County Water Agency: Board Member

The MGA is an 11-member board that oversees the groundwater management activities of the Mid-County Basin Area in Santa Cruz County. The basin management goals are: ensure water supply reliability for current and future beneficial uses, maintain water quality to meet current and future beneficial uses and prevent adverse environmental impacts.

Santa Cruz County Sanitation District Board Member

The Sanitation District is responsible for the collection of wastewater within the district’s boundaries and environmental compliance.

California Film Commission Board Member

Governor Brown to the California Film Commission appointed me in 2017. The Commission serves as a liaison between film, television and commercial productions and government, administers the state’s Film and Television Tax Credit Program and provides location and production assistance including for productions in Santa Cruz County. The Commission is one of several economic development departments within the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development working to attract, retain and expand business opportunities in California.

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As always, I appreciate hearing your thoughts. If I can be of any help on these commissions or in my capacity on the Board of Supervisors please don’t hesitate to contact me at (831) 454-2200.

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