Why Say Yes to Housing: Featuring Senator Scott Wiener

By admin | April 10, 2019 |

On Friday, April 5th, the Santa Cruz County Business Council, Santa Cruz YIMBY, and the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership hosted Senator Scott Wiener at the Peace United Church to discuss housing at the state level. Senator Wiener, who represents San Francisco and San Mateo County, also gave an overview about his SB 50 bill (which we…

California Housing Legislative Highlights (So far…)

By admin | April 8, 2019 |

Business Council Position and Resources on Homelessness

By admin | March 27, 2019 |

On Thursday March 21st the Santa Cruz County Business Council Board of Directors voted unanimously to adopt a formal position on the issue of homelessness. This decision comes as the issue of homelessness is reaching a breaking point locally, with the number of people sleeping outside having increased in the latest Point In Time (PIT)…

SCC Business Council 2018 Annual Report!

By admin | March 27, 2019 |

Learn more about the Business Council’s accomplishments in 2018 in our recently published Annual Report. FINAL_SCCBC_AnnualReport_2018

Santa Cruz City Council Votes Down Councilmember Glover’s Homelessness Package

By admin | February 28, 2019 |

Late Tuesday night (or early Wednesday morning) the Santa Cruz City Council voted down a series of proposals introduced by Councilmember Drew Glover regarding homelessness, and in particular, the unsanctioned encampment that exists at Highway 1 and 9. The proposals that failed included having the City of Santa Cruz enter into a “state of emergency”…

SCCBC Endorses Senate Bill 50

By admin | February 27, 2019 |

The Santa Cruz County Business Council Board of Directors voted unanimously last Thursday to formally adopt a “support” position on Senate Bill 50 – Planning and Zoning, Housing Development: Equitable Communities Incentive. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the legislation, SB50 is this year’s iteration of Scott Weiner’s failed SB827, which would have…

State of State: SCC Business Council Breakdown

By admin | February 13, 2019 |

By: Keshav Kumar Yesterday California Governor Newsom was at the State Assembly giving his annual State of our State address. While the State of the State was generally as a low-key affair during Governor Brown’s administration, Governor Newsom used the address to highlight the work he has already begun, and the likely proposals he will…

Measure G Update: FIT Program

By admin | February 13, 2019 |

By: Robert Singleton The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors heard their first update of the year on the new Focused Intervention Team (FIT) program, which is a combination enforcement and social services effort, funded through Measure G, to address chronic recidivism. As you may recall, the Business Council Board of Directors voted overwhelmingly last…

HEAP: The Future of Homelessness in Santa Cruz County

By admin | February 13, 2019 |

By: Josephine Buchanan As part of a law signed in by our previous Governor Jerry Brown, Santa Cruz County is set to receive $20 million over the next two years in the form of a grant to address the homelessness crisis. This funding called HEAP (Homelessness Emergency Aid Program) is a $500 million block grant…

MBInterns Employer Workshop

By admin | January 30, 2019 |

The Santa Cruz County Business Council co-sponsored an Employer Workshop for MBInterns with Think Local First and Monterey Bay Economic Partnership. If you were unable to attend the event you can view the presentation below, or check out MBinterns for yourself.   MBI Employer Workshop