• Former Rep. Tom Campbell urges Santa Cruz to support a 1/2 cent transportation Sale Tax

    SANTA CRUZ >> One theme of former congressman and current Chapman University professor Tom Campbell’s talk a Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce lunch on Wednesday was optimism. Widely recognized as a national expert in economics and as a moderate Republican, he described some of the possible fall election outcomes and discussed their effects on key issues facing the country, the state and local communities. He proposed that now is the time for governments to address unfunded pension obligations by borrowing when bond interest rates are at historic lows. http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/business/20160518/former-rep-tom-campbell-speaks-at-santa-cruz-chamber-lunch

  • Save the Date: Santa Cruz County Business Council Economic Forum

    Please join our host, UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal, Business Council members and our community leaders in a lively discussion on the economic climate in the county. We have a great program keynoted by:  Beacon Economics’ Dr. Robert Kleinhenz, former Chief Economist of the Kyser Center at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. Dr. Kleinhenz is one of California’s leading economists and well known for his deep expertise in the state’s economy. Scott Brandt, Vice Chancellor for Research, will discuss the research economy, innovation and entrepreneurship and how the UC and UCSC make it easier to spin off companies. The Read More »


    Regional Plan Would Provide Consumer Choice, Increase Renewable Energy and Stimulate the Local Economy SANTA CRUZ, CA — May 3, 2016 — Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP), a regional project among local government agencies to provide electricity to residents and businesses throughout Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties, announced today the completion of a feasibility study that validates the suitability of creating a new regional power agency which would provide renewable energy and create green jobs. Empowered by California’s 2002 Community Choice Energy (CCE) law AB 117, a public committee comprised of representatives from Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Counties has Read More »

  • RTC Transportation Plan Endorsed by City Councils in Santa Cruz and Watsonville

    CITY COUNCILS JOIN ENVIRONMENTAL, BUSINESS AND LABOR ORGANIZATIONS IN SUPPORT OF 30-YEAR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PLAN  SANTA CRUZ – APRIL 27, 2016 – The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission today announced that its 30-year Transportation Improvement Plan (TRIP) was endorsed by the Santa Cruz and Watsonville City Councils in near-unanimous votes taken simultaneously on Tuesday evening. In voting to support the TRIP, the city councils join the Capitola City Council and the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, as well as a broad range of local organizations that have endorsed the plan, some of which include: United Way/Go For Health Dominican Hospital/Dignity Read More »

  • Community Choice Aggregation

    The following is a memo drafted by SCCBC Intern Katerina Schreck. It provides an overview of the new policy tool “Community Choice Aggregation”, which allows local jurisdictions the ability to create a public power authority to compete alongside private power distributors, like PG&E. In 2002, the California State Assembly Bill 117 (AB 117) was passed into law. AB 117 set out the framework for the formation and operation of Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). State Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act, was signed into law in 2006 and directed public agencies in California to support the statewide target of reducing greenhouse Read More »

  • New Intern At SCCBC, Courtesy of MBInterns.org

    The Santa Cruz County Business Council would like to welcome our new administrative assistant intern Katerina Schreck. Currently Katerina is a 4th year student at UC Santa Cruz double majoring in Politics and Legal Studies. Previously, Ms. Schreck was a legal research intern for Rising International, a nonprofit organization focused on ending world poverty as well as an assistant for a criminal defense attorney in Oakland, California. In 2012 Ms. Schreck received her Associate in Science, Biology and in 2013 her Associate in Science, Natural Sciences from Diablo Valley College (DVC). During her tenure at Diablo Valley College she served as the President of the Associated Read More »

  • SCCBC Sponsors Cruz Cares: A Pitch Contest for Social Change

    The Santa Cruz County Business Council is proud to sponsor the second annual Cruz Cares: A Pitch Contest for Social Change, which challenges 6 local social or environmentally focused startups and/or nonprofits to pitch their new ideas for cash and prizes. When/Where/Who: April 6, 2016 ​Cruz Cares: Pitch Contest for Social Ventures 6:00 – 9:00pm Del Mar Theater RSVP HERE Facebook Page   Pitch Contestants Announced! The following startups have been selected for Round 2 of the Cruz Cares selection process.    There will also be a moderated panel to discuss the importance of using innovative methods to make real and lasting impact for our Read More »

  • Congratulations to Watsonville Coast Produce

    Congratulations to Business Council member Watsonville Coast Produce on winning $100,000 to makeover their warehouse! “Erica Manfre, Watsonville Coast Produce sales and marketing manager, said he’s glad the cat is out of the bag. Months ago, she applied for the contest, which was inspired by TV show surprise home makeovers. As part of contest rules, both the application and the news of the win were kept confidential from all but a few employees.” To read more, click here.

  • Download the 2015 Annual Report

    The Santa Cruz County Business Council is proud to release our 2015 Annual Report, which you can download here or view below. The report details an overview of our legislative work for the year, as well as listing our guest speakers and special projects. SCCBC – 2015 Annual Report from Robert Singleton  


    The Santa Cruz County Business Council has voted to formally endorse the half cent transportation sales tax measure being considered by the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission. February 5th (Santa Cruz, CA) The Santa Cruz County Business Council (SCCBC) took a formal vote to endorse the expenditure plan that was adopted by the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) for a countywide half cent sales tax measure that would be used to fund local transportation projects. The expenditure (investment) plan outlines five core project areas: Neighborhood Projects, Highway Corridors, Mobility Access, Rail Corridor, and Coastal Rail Trail. With Read More »

  • Transportation Sales Tax Measure Draft Expenditure Plan Dec. 2015

    The following are the most recently adopted spending priorities by the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission, which is pursuing a half-cent sales tax measure in 2016. The sales tax measure is expected to generate close to $450 million over 30 years before it sunsets automatically. Currently Sana Cruz County is one of only 10 Counties in California that does not have a similar measure in place. These so called “self-help” Counties have both more local money to spend, and are also much more competitive in seeking additional state and federal transportation funding. Neighborhood Projects 30% (~$135 Million) – Funding to Read More »

  • Resources on Housing

    The following are three sets of materials taken from separate education “tours” of housing within the City limits of Santa Cruz, compared to the City’s finalized Housing Element, which guides all development over the next seven years. The first item is a copy of the presentation that was given by representatives of UC Santa Cruz to a series of local elected officials and representatives from the real estate and building industries. This presentation is a comprehensive overview of everything related to housing at UCSC, including the number and type of beds, the larger plans and frameworks for providing housing in Read More »

  • Welcome New Member Lakeside Organic Gardens!

    The Santa Cruz County Business Council is proud to welcome new member Lakeside Organic Gardens. Located in Watsonville, Lakeside Organics is a nationally recognized, 100% organic, family owned and operated company with long time roots in South Santa Cruz County. Having switched over to being completely organic in 1996, they have since grown their distribution from serving just cities locally and in the Bay Area, to areas as far away as Western Canada. Their growing operation operates 365 days a year and produces over 45 types of organic vegetables. To learn more about Lakeside Organic Gardens Visit their website here.

  • Welcome New Member Triad Electric!

    The Business Council would like to welcome our newest member company Triad Electric. Triad Electric is a local company with over 30 years of experience operating in the area. Their mission: “To be recognized as the highest quality electrical and audio video contractor that services premier clients who appreciate the value of superior products and service.” Given their reputation and their commitment to the community as a local business, we look forward to working with them to promote economic vitality in Santa Cruz County. To learn more about the company you can visit their website here. 

  • Recap on the MBEP State of Region Conference

    Last week over 250 elected representatives, government staff, and business leaders from all over the Monterey Bay gathered at the Chaminade Resort and Spa to hear a series of panel discussions and speakers covering a wide variety of issues affecting the region. Santa Cruz County Business Council Executive Director Casey Beyer led the panel discussion on local housing, which dealt with the issues of funding and regulatory barriers. Given the limited amount of available land in the tri-county area, and the ever present housing crisis, business and community leaders are going to have to develop new approaches and strategies to Read More »

  • Local Congratulations!

    Business Council Board Member Shadowbrook Restaurant was recently awarded Business of the Year by the Santa Cruz Area Chamber of Commerce. Represented on the Council by owner Ted Burke, the Shadowbrook restaurant is a cornerstone of the Capitola visitor experience, as well as a much frequented stop by locals. Congratulations Ted! May the Shadowbrook continue to thrive in Santa Cruz County for many years to come!

  • Save the Date: MBEP State of the Region Conference

    The Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP), a regional economic development organization that represents Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties will be hosting a State of the Region conference on November 4th, 2015 at the Chaminade Resort and Spa. Business Council members are encouraged to attend to learn more about the present state of our region’s most prominent industries, build relationships that span the entirety of the Monterey Bay Area, and hear from Keynote Speaker Gavin Newsom. To learn more about the event visit the event page on the MBEP website here, and/or download the agenda embedded below. To reserve Read More »

  • Casey Beyer: Driving Toward a Sustainable Future

    The following is an Op-ed piece by Business Council Executive Director Casey Beyer regarding transportation funding in Santa Cruz County. The original letter was posted here in the Santa Cruz Sentinel and appeared on October 3rd, 2015. The Santa Cruz County Business Council is the voice of the business community. Our member companies support economic and community vitality throughout our county by openly engaging with public sector leaders and key community stakeholders through a collaborative process. Local businesses know that our underperforming transportation system results directly in a loss of economic activity. Our roads are some of the most poorly Read More »

  • Lessons Learned from the Community Leadership Visit

    Two weeks ago roughly 40 community leaders from Santa Cruz visited the communities of Seattle, WA and Victoria, BC (in Canada) to learn about new strategies and approaches to a wide range of issues. The issues of principle focus for this trip were economic development and housing, with a majority of the stops being focused on growing new businesses and development policy. The trip also provided a great opportunity for Santa Cruzans of all walks of life to meet with each other and better understand how our own community works. Beyond the packed itinerary, the trip’s roster boasted 5 of Read More »

  • WSAC To Host Open House on Santa Cruz Water Supply Options

    The City of Santa Cruz Water Supply Advisory Committee will be hosting an Open House detailing the water supply options and portfolios being considered for their recommendations. The Open House is being held in Louden Nelson Auditorium on Wednesday September 9th, from 5-7:30pm. The address for the Auditorium is 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060. Business Council members are encouraged to attend the meeting to get an in depth understand of exactly what these committee members have been considering for the past year and a half. This forum will both be a learning experience and an input opportunity. The Read More »

  • Overview of PG&E’s new LNG Project in Felton

    Last week Business Council staff and members were invited to tour one of the largest Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) projects ever to be developed. Located in Felton, the project is being developed by PG&E, a Business Council Board Member. Embedded below is the presentation from the facility tour. To learn more about the project you can contact PG&E’s Business Council representative Joe Foster at J4FU@pge.com. Felton LNG Tour Presentation (PG&E) from Robert Singleton

  • Comerica Bank Economic Outlook Event

    Comerica Bank and the Santa Cruz County Business Council are partnering with the Community Foundation to present Chief Economist and Comerica Vice President Robert Dye, who will be providing an overview of current economic conditions. This is a luncheon event so save the date and RSVP using this link: http://www.comericabankecon2015.eventbrite.com/

  • The Debate Over Passenger Rails Continues

    Over the course of the past month the discussion over potential passenger rail service in Santa Cruz has reached a head, with multiple individuals representing local stakeholder groups weighing in publicly over a series of Op-ed pieces. The debate centers around the recently released feasibility study, published by the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (SCCRTC), and whether or not such service can ever be economically competitive with other modes of transit. No one denies that greater transportation options are needed, but rather at what cost. The first Op-ed, written by Bud Colligan, CEO of South Swell Ventures (a Business Read More »

  • County and City Release Draft Housing Elements in Wake of Crisis

    Housing has been a hot topic in Santa Cruz as of late, and with good reason. Both the City of Santa Cruz and the County have released their draft housing elements, which outline how these entities will be accommodating the expected population increase over the next 7 years. Housing elements are a significant part of each local government’s General Plan, but are required to be updated more frequently and also certified by the State. They provide recommendations for increasing specific types of housing and are usually accompanied by zoning changes to facilitate new development. In addition to having to meet Read More »


    The long time senior executive has worked in multiple Congressional offices as the Chief of Staff, has served as Chief Assistant to the California Secretary of State, and most recently as the Senior Advisor to the President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. July 16, 2015 — The Santa Cruz County Business Council (SCCBC) has hired senior Silicon Valley Executive and long time public policy leader Casey Beyer as their new Executive Director. Mr. Beyer, who has served in leadership positions under numerous elected officials and private companies for over 30 years, joins the Business Council on the Read More »

  • Business Council Partnering to Host California Business Assistance Forum

    To RSVP, please contact Leslie Villegas at leslie.villegas@sen.ca.gov or (831) 425-0401

  • Rick Longinotti of Desal Alternatives Presents at Business Council Board Meeting

    The following is the slideshow presentation presented by Rick Longinotti of Desal Alternatives during the May Board meeting of the Santa Cruz County Business Council. Mr. Longinotti serves as a member of the City of Santa Cruz Water Supply Advisory Committee (WSAC). Business Council Vice Chair and Board Member, Sid Slatter, also sits on the WSAC as a representative of the Business Council.  

  • Letter in Favor of Aptos Village – Update

    The Santa Cruz County Business Council approved and submitted the following letter to the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors supporting the mixed-use Aptos Village Project on May 1st, 2015. The Board voted unanimously to continue moving forward with the project. To learn more about the project click here. To read the latest update about the project status click here. Dear Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, The Santa Cruz County Business Council has had strong input from our membership, who include most of the large employers in our area urging you to approve the most recent set of modifications, Read More »

  • Annual Member Meeting Recap and Annual Report

    Download the full Annual Report Here On Thursday March 5th the SCCBC met for its Annual Membership Meeting, and played host to County Administrative Officer Susan Mauriello as a guest speaker. The meeting started off with a cordial greeting and introduction from Executive Director Gary Merrill, followed by a few words from our Chair, Peggy Dolgenos, introducing our guest. Susan Mauriello gave an illuminating presentation on the current economic status of Santa Cruz County, focusing on how the city has changed due to the businesses in the area. Highlights include decreased crime rates, current sites of development and the County Read More »