Making Chronic Offenders Accountable

Making Chronic Offenders Accountable

Congratulations to the Bob Lee Community Partnership for Accountability, Connection and Treatment, (PACT) a collaboration of the County and City of Santa Cruz, for receiving the California State Association of Counties 2015 “Challenge Award.”   In the first year of the program, arrests and citations rates for PACT-intervened clients dropped by 70%, and ambulance rides to [...]

Working to Quiet the Sky

Working to Quiet the Sky

The FAA has responded to the noise impact complaints of the new NextGen flight paths with a work plan intended to demonstrate how seriously they are taking our local cry for relief. The FAA has agreed to investigate mitigations suggested by the local advocacy group, Save Our Skies, but has also made it clear that [...]

Community Energy Choices Ahead

Community Energy Choices Ahead

The Monterey Bay Community Power project that includes all 21 Counties and Cities in the region will reach a significant milestone by year’s end.  A feasibility study will be completed which will allow us to consider assuming responsibility for providing electrical power to customers in partnership with PG&E.  The County Board of Supervisors should be [...]

San Lorenzo Valley Traffic Update

San Lorenzo Valley Traffic Update

On the plus side, downtown Boulder Creek had new street lights installed this year. On the minus side, traffic on Graham Hill, Mount Hermon, and Highway 9 was terrible last summer.  Caltrans, the San Lorenzo Valley Water District, and PG&E were completing infrastructure projects at the same time, projects that – as beneficial as they [...]

Cannabis Cultivation Choices Committee

Cannabis Cultivation Choices Committee

A 13-member Cannabis Cultivation Choices Committee was appointed by the Board of Supervisors, with the goal of recommending a new marijuana cultivation law for the Board of Supervisors to consider. Known as C4, the committee has developed recommendations for protecting local control of cannabis cultivation and for licensing of micro cultivation sites. The committee has [...]