Adverse Impacts of the California Community College Funding Formula

By admin | September 12, 2018 |

The President of Cabrillo College Matthew Wetstein spoke for the SCCBC Transportation and Government Affairs Committee about the new funding formula adopted by the California Community Colleges and the adverse effects it has had on some California Community Colleges, including Cabrillo. You can view the full presentation below:   SCCBCGovtAffairsCmte09-12-18

Library/Mixed Use Project Presentation

By admin | September 10, 2018 |

For those of you who were unable to attend last week’s Lunch and Learn with City Staff about the proposed Downtown Library/Mixed Use Project you can view the presentation below. Mixed Use Master Slides

The Next Chapter of Affordable Housing in Watsonville

By admin | August 14, 2018 |

What if I told you that Watsonville could develop a brand new, 150 unit mixed income housing project with 20 percent affordable housing in place of an automobile junkyard that has been polluting the local waterway for 60 years? Now what if I said that project would have essentially zero impact on traffic in the…

Soquel Creek Water District Draft EIR

By admin | August 1, 2018 |

The Soquel Creek Water District has released the draft EIR (Environmental Impact Report) for their Pure Water Soquel Project, this project has the following objectives: •Replenish the local groundwater basin •Prevent further seawater intrusion •Develop a sustainable water supply in a timely manner •Develop an affordable and reliable supplemental water source •Diversify and enhance resiliency…

Watsonville City Council Votes to Raise TOT Tax

By admin | July 26, 2018 |

Last week the City of Watsonville voted to place an increase in the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) from 11 percent to 12 percent on the November ballot. TOT Taxes, otherwise known as hotel taxes, are an additional charge levied on overnight guests staying within a given area based upon how much they are paying for…

Business Council Membership Unanimously Votes to Oppose Rent Control

By admin | July 23, 2018 |

Robert Singleton Executive Director Santa Cruz County Business Council (707) 569-4546 Business Council Membership Unanimously Votes to Oppose Rent Control The Santa Cruz County Business Council Membership in their vote chose to follow the recommendation of our Board of Directors to oppose the Rent Control and Just Cause Eviction Measure as well as the…

Strong Business, Better Community: My Time at the SCC Business Council

By admin | July 19, 2018 |

By: Sandra Parhami My name is Sandra Parhami, and for the last seven months I have served as the Policy and Programs Intern for the Santa Cruz County Business Council. As a recent college graduate from UCSC, I studied Economics and Cognitive Science— many would see this as a peculiar combination, but I thoroughly enjoyed…

High Tax Burden is Burning Out Local Cannabis Industry

By admin | July 2, 2018 |

By: Sandra Parhami After more than a century of prohibition on recreational Marijuana, constituents were hopeful that the passage of Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), approved by voters in 2016, would create state and federal tax revenue, as well as reduce the scope of the unregulated market, or ‘black market’, to…

Balancing Affordable Housing in Watsonville

By admin | June 5, 2018 |

Last week the City of Watsonville held a study session to review potential options for their inclusionary zoning ordinance. Now we’ve covered inclusionary zoning (IZ) extensively in other blog posts, but essentially IZ is when a jurisdiction requires a certain percentage of new housing to be deed restricted to only be available to those earning…

Homeless Services Center Presentation

By admin | May 29, 2018 |

At our May 2018 Board Meeting the Board heard from Susie O’Hara of the City of Santa Cruz regarding possible  temporary homeless encampment sites within Santa Cruz County. The Board also heard about action being taken by Homeless Services Center to aid homelessness in Santa Cruz through their programs as well as the current temporary…