Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors 8/7/18

– Good morning, everybody.
– Good morning. – We’d like to call to
order the August 7th meeting of the Board of Supervisors. If we could begin with a roll call please. – Supervisor Leopold.
– Here. – Coonerty.
– Here. – Caput.
– Here. – McPherson.
– Here. – Chair Friend.
– Here, and if you could all join us in a moment, a brief moment of silence
and Pledge of Allegiance. And Supervisor Coonerty, you wanted to address something briefly. – Yes, during our moment of silence. I hope you’ll keep in the thoughts, keep in your thoughts the Zoccoli family. Bob Zoccoli, a tremendous
local businessman, and just wonderful person
passed away in July, and we just want to send
our thoughts and prayers to the family. – Thank you, if you’ll join us. – [All] I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. – Good morning and welcome back. Mr. Palacios, do we have any revisions or corrections to today’s agenda? – Yes, we do on, the regular
agenda item number four, there’s additional materials. There’s a revised memo
which is packet page 14, and then item 10, this
was moved to item 3.1, and item 11 was moved to item 3.2. Regarding the closed session, item 13, staff requests the deletion of sub item B, conference with legal counsel significant exposure to litigation. And then on the consent agenda
item 35 there’s a revision. Deleted attachment A, packet
pages 616 through 623. That’s all, thank you.
– Thank You Mr. Palacios. We’re gonna begin with the action on the consent agenda, or do we begin with the public comment? Just so I can make sure I’m clear. – Public comment.
– Public comment. – Okay.
– Which includes both. – Alright, so this is we’re
doing things differently. The Board has adopted a new
policy for public comment. This will be an opportunity
for members of the community to address us on any item
that is not on today’s agenda, but also any item on consent. If you are unable to stay for any of the items
of the regular agenda, you can also make a
comment during this time, but either way you’ll
be allowed three minutes for any item that’s not on today’s agenda or any items on consent. I know the majority of you are here for the affordable housing issue. There will be an opportunity to speak to that during that time, but if there’s an item that
is not on today’s agenda, or an item that’s on consent, now is your opportunity to address us. Good morning.
– Good morning. My name is Robin Baroon. I am a member of the Valley Women’s Club
Environmental Committee, and I’d like to address the Board on a matter that is not on the agenda. We are concerned about fire
safety in our community, and we would like to speak about PG&E’s A New Community Wildfire Safety Program. They’re passing out brochures. I have a little packet to give the Board, at conclusion of my remarks, but according to their brochure, their Wildfire Safety Program, PG&E intends to cut a swath
of trees and other vegetation in the zone of 15 feet on
either side of any power line, and high fire threat zones. Most of Santa Cruz County is
in a high fire threat zone, according to the CPUC Fire-Threat Map, and that is for utility
associated wildfires. That’s what high threat
zone tier three zone is. We’re in zone for utility
associated wildfires. So, we do not believe the answer
is to cut 15 feet of trees on either side of all of our power lines. That will have a decimating
impact on our view shed, Graham Hill Road, Highway 9, and in many of our beautiful
rural neighborhoods. In addition to beauty, trees provide, prevent erosion and landslides, they mitigate open wind quarters, they mitigate temperature, energy use, and climate change. Trees are efficient sound barriers. There’s lots and lots of
reasons we wanna keep our trees. We do understand the importance
of mitigating fire risk, but we think that PG&E’s
program is very short-sighted and not really effective. And, we would like to make
the following requests of the Board of Supervisors. One, we’d like some pushback
on the PG&E program. We would ask that you direct legal counsel to research the PG&E program, how it’s gonna impact
our local ordinances, on riparian corridors, scenic byways, other aspects of our general plan. It’s all potentially
gonna clash with those. We would also like that
the Board of Supervisors work with PG&E to ensure
that they have meetings regionally throughout the county before there’s any
implementation of this program to address a lot of questions. For example, why are they
choosing this 15 feet? By their own brochure only
four feet is required, but they’re extending up to 15. We have some research that we’ve done in the letter that we’re submitting, but also where is it gonna, how’s it gonna impact
each individual homeowner? What recourse do they have to kind of share
information and communicate? We think that’s very necessary. – Thank you.
(timer buzzing) Thank you for coming.
(light applauding) – That was three minutes?
(people laughing) – Yes. Good morning, welcome back. – Good morning Mr. Friend. Some of you know me. I’m Kathryn Rockwood from
Watsonville Hospital. Mr. Caput has met me
personally in the nursery. I’m here to just celebrate
Worldwide Breastfeeding Week, and it goes on through the whole month. I wanted to share it with
you that Watsonville Hospital became designated as a
Baby-Friendly Hospital. It took us seven years
with the help of WIC. We would not have been able to do it, Women and Infant Care, and all that means, people
are probably saying, what’s Baby-Friendly? Aren’t you people baby friendly? You take care of babies. It’s 10 steps to ensure that parents get the kind of information they need to be successful in feeding their babies. It goes from the CEO, all the way down to the cleaning people. We all speak the same language, and I invite you to come
out Friday and walk with us, 3:00 to 6:00 in the Watsonville Plaza. Bring your wives, bring your kids, bring your babies, bring your dogs. Thank you.
– Thank you. Thank you for your work.
– I just want to thank you on behalf of my wife. When we were at Watsonville
Hospital and Dominican, thank you very much.
– Well, and here’s the plaque. – Alright.
(people laughing) – Good morning and welcome. – Good morning, my name is Nora Urena. I reside in Watsonville, this is my baby. This is baby number four, heh heh heh, all born here in this county. She’s very cute, I wanted to come … (audience laughing) I came just to speak on the importance of the Baby-Friendly Initiative where, (giggles) before when we have staff in the hospital who were not educated well enough in the importance of breastfeeding and giving babies their
right to breastfeed, it became difficult for friends of mine, who were experiencing a NICU stay or a longer hospital
stay after giving birth. because there is a
discrepancy in training. So, we had some nurses
who were like Catherine, and were like, okay, this is what you do to ensure successful breastfeeding. Stop that, baby.
(audience laughing) And then, other nurses who hadn’t been trained well enough. And so, mothers were
getting really frustrated. With this Baby-Friendly Initiative, all the years that it took, means that more babies like this one, have a better chance at having a strong successful
breastfeeding relationship with their mommas. (laughing) I’m a local doula, so I help support mothers
during childbirth, but I’m also the new co-coordinator of the Nursing Mother’s Council, which has been around for
more than 60 years here, and the Bay area, and
in Santa Cruz County. And so, we are a volunteer organization, going through helping mothers succeed at their breastfeeding goals. So, I wanna thank Catherine and Dana, and their incredible hard work, and thank you for giving our babies the opportunity to thrive, thank you. – Thank you, if you could, we
could keep her for a while. (everyone laughing)
– She’s really into people, so she could probably go around dancing. – She’s gorgeous, thank
you for bringing her in. Good morning, welcome,
thank you for waiting. – Oh, my pleasure, good morning. Dana Wagner, Community Bridges WIC program in Santa Cruz County
Breastfeeding Coalition, and I have a little poem. Our breastfeeding Coalition
is here to be heard to thank this Board and to spread the word that Santa Cruz County
ranked first in the state for our hospitals exclusive
breastfeeding rates. All of our hospitals
have been put to the test and have shown that their
breastfeeding help is the best. Each Hospital did extensive preparation to earn the prestigious
Baby-Friendly designation. And all of our members from
Watsonville to the north worked tirelessly to provide
mothers and babies support. WIC, Birth Network, PAMF,
Salud, and Alliance, helped moms to breastfeed
with ease and confidence. So, we thank you today
for your recognition, of our work and for signing
our breastfeeding proclamation. So, join us in celebrating
all that we share at this August 10th
Breastfeeding Health Fair. – Alright, thank you.
(audience applauding) – I just wanted to add we
just heard the word this week. Community Bridges WIC program was awarded a USDA National
Award of Excellence for its breastfeeding support. (audience applauding) So, thank you for your support, and please join us on the 10th. – Thank you.
– Alright. – Good morning and welcome back. – Good morning, Kevin Collins. I live at a Felton address. I’m also here to speak
about the PG&E wildfire, Community Wildfire Plan, and the way I approached it was to prepare a formal complaint to the Public Utilities Commission. I had to do this without legal assistance, so I have no idea whether the Commission is gonna put this on their
docket or not, but it is, I discovered a great deal of information during the weeks of research
I did on this topic. Those of you who don’t
live in the mountains, in other words living
in ordinary subdivisions in heavily developed areas, you don’t see this downed
wire issue like I do. Many times, I lived in a
place for three decades, and I frequently see downed arcing wires flash arcing to Earth at 12,000 volts. It, you know, this is
a major safety issue, but the problem is not the forest itself. The problem is that the
utility equipment itself is what is igniting these fires, is what set off the fires
north of San Francisco in the October 2017 firestorm of event, and it’s generally
speaking the main problem. And, it’s in my research
I discovered that finally electrical engineers
have resolved this issue. Equipment is now available which can detect a parted conductor, in other words a broken wire, and shut off current to that wire before it even touches the Earth. This equipment is for sale by several international companies, Switzerland, Canada, in the United States, and it’s being installed by
San Diego Gas and Electric, so this is not deep science. This is something that’s already underway. What the problem is that PG&E doesn’t like spending money
on its infrastructure. And, to make that really obvious, a Public Utilities
Commission investigation discovered that nearly a
billion dollars in funds that were set aside for undergrounding, which is another way of
mitigating the problem, erasing the problem of the
utility caused a wild fires. A billion dollars was
unspent in this program. It could have been used in
the most fire prone locations to solve this. So, I’m gonna pass out this. I’m not, it but, by the time it has all those attachments to it, it’ll probably 200 pages long, because there’s so many
engineering reports and so forth I need to include too, as
supporting documentation, but the real point is that
PG&E has an obligation to upgrade its circuits to standards that where they are not igniting the fires. These fires are not ignited just because there’s a forest up there. They’re ignited because
their equipment is fragile, uninsulated, made up of old wires, failing splices, et cetera.
(timer buzzing) – Thank you.
– And to what extent the county can help us with this we would much appreciate it.
– Thank you. Welcome back.
– Hello, Board members. Mary Jo Walker, I’m staying along with the theme of the PG&E, along with the theme of PG&E. Kevin mentioned that he sees
downed wires frequently. In front of our house, my house, two times a wire has gone down. One time it was about five years ago, and it was down on the
ground sparking for two days, more than 48 hours. It was during a big
storm, PG&E was very busy. The fire chief had to come
out in the pouring rain to you know, set up barriers, and the second time was
just about a year ago, and it came down and it was
the whole street was lit, sparking wires for a long way, and there was a young woman
coming up driving her car, just about ready to go over that wire. She probably would have been electrocuted, if it weren’t for my
husband shouting at her, stop, stop, stop, and she
thought that they were flares that somebody had set up and she was about ready to
drive over it, very scary. Okay, but the real purpose
I’d like to talk about is Senate Bill 1088, 1-0-8-8. You may have heard about it. It was authored by Senator Dodd from Napa, which burned of course, is known as the Utility
Infrastructure Safety Reliability and Accountability Act. It has been amended significantly since it was introduced earlier this year. It passed the Senate already and is currently making its
way through the Assembly. It has many whereas-es in
it, about 30 whereas-es, including statements like the investment in reducing
the risk of wildflower fires has proven cost has a proven cost savings ratio of three to one, but the PUC has failed to
establish adequate standards to reduce the risk caused by
a utility company equipment. Another statement, the PUC should require gas and electric companies
to harden their systems. The PUC should require
gas and electric companies to evaluate incorporate
technological solutions. The new law would require the Office of Emergency Services, OES, to establish standards for
investor owned utilities, like PG&E to increase their safety and reliability resilience. The utilities would then
be required to pass a plan that would include things like protocols for disabling disclosures, actions that would harden their system, vegetation management,
and so on and so forth. I can’t, I don’t have
time to list them all. There has been some
opposition to the bill, because there is language
near the end of the bill that leads some people to believe that it would allow two
gas and electric companies who have prepared these plans to pass the costs on to the ratepayers. I don’t know if it’s a good bill, but I would like to ask
your Board to direct staff to look at the adequacy,
to look at the bill, and determine whether it’s
adequate to require PG&E to update their equipment
to be more accountability, and it will not allow PG&E–
– Thank you. – To pass the cost along to us. – Thank you, thank you for coming in. Good morning, welcome
back, thanks for waiting. – Good morning, thanks I’m
Kimberly McDaniel Kieth, and I’m here to say thank you for passing the August 2018 World
Breastfeeding month proclamation. Isn’t it nice to have something
that’s not controversial. I’m guessing it took you two
minutes to agree to this. It’s such good public health. Breastfeeding is so important for mothers, for children, and for communities, and Santa Cruz is the
rockstar in breastfeeding. You already know we were
rated number one in the state for exclusive breastfeeding, the hospital. That’s the first time
we’ve been number one. We’ve been number two and number three, but now we’re number one. Watsonville Hospital is our
third of three hospitals to become Baby-Friendly. And if you don’t know what that means, I can tell you we all have PTSD from going through that process. It’s a very grueling process, but in the end it’s the best
thing for mothers and babies. And Watsonville Hospital, we are so glad, has now achieved that status, also in addition to Dominican and Sutter. And then this latest news, Community Bridges WIC
getting a national award, it’s so amazing and they
have been path breakers in breastfeeding support in
the country for WIC programs. So, there’s a lot to
celebrate in our community. I thank you for your proclamation. I wanna make a personal invitation to you to have another feel good moment to come Friday 3:00 to
6:00, Watsonville Plaza for the WIC Breastfeeding Walk. You’ll be so glad you did, to see our community come together on something that really lifts us all up. Thank you again.
– Thank you. Morning, welcome.
– Morning, I’m Sally Williams and I’m appearing on behalf
of Margaret Ann Kuroda and Paul Kuroda on item number 12. – Okay.
– And I just wanna let you know that we’ve reached a settlement with the county, and the item may be removed. The appeal is being rescinded. – Thank you so, this is
on the public hearing to consider the petition for rescission of the March 2017 tax sale, the assessor’s parcel
number 04109109, correct? – Correct.
– Dated within Aptos. You’re asking that that item be withdrawn, because you’ve reached a settlement? – [Sally] That’s correct, Your Honor. – Thank you, so we will withdraw item 12 when the time comes. We appreciate you coming in to let us know about the settlement. – Thank you very much.
– Thank you. Good morning and welcome. – Good morning. Chairman, (babbling) let me start again. Good morning, Chairman Friend, and the entire Board of Supervisors. My name is Steven Matzie, and I am a 60Plus Senior
Program coordinator for the Diversity Center
of Santa Cruz County. I am honored to speak
before you this morning about a group of people that
I’m very passionate about, and that is our LGBTQ older
adults, and to identify to you how your support through core funding has enabled us to provide opportunities for them to enrich their lives, bring them empowerment,
and celebrate who they are, but first a few key statistics I would like to share with you. Imagine growing up during a time where it was illegal to be who you are. You fear losing your job, or being committed to a
mental health facility, simply because you’re LGBTQ. It wasn’t until 1973 when
homosexuality was removed from the DSM of psychiatric disorders. This is the lived experience for many of our county’s
LGBTQ older adults. This lifetime of stigma and discrimination has led to apprehension in
accessing mainstream services. They are more likely to age alone. They are often estranged from
their biological families. They are twice as likely to be single in comparison to their
heterosexual elders. They are three times more
likely to have no children. This diminished support can lead to increased social isolation, which has been well documented
to have adverse effects on their physical and
emotional well-being. But now the great news. Through your support,
through core funding, you have helped the
Diversity Center hire me as a part-time program coordinator. During this past fiscal year, we have served 743
duplicated LGBTQ seniors through a variety of activities, including the five bimonthly
all senior luncheons, and 12 to senior women and men’s social event gatherings. We have also provided two sessions so far of the wellness-based Wellness Initiative for Senior Education evidence-based curriculum, but there is more work to be done. More outreach is necessary
to identify and connect more LGBTQ elders to the
60Plus Senior Program, especially those who identify as Latinx, and in our south county. Our elders have expressed desire for LGBTQ-specific support groups, and we need to continue
to bring more visibility to these resilient and diverse members of Santa Cruz County, and awareness to our
mainstream community partners about their unique needs. So in closing, I stand here in gratitude, and thank you for the support
you have shown myself, the Diversity Center, and
our amazing LGBTQ seniors through core funding, and look forward to our
ongoing partnership. Thank you so much for your time today. – Thank you, thank you for your work. – Thank you.
(audience applauding) – Good morning, welcome.
– Good morning. My name is Karen Astra, and I’ve been in the county for 40 years. I’m a member of the Diversity Center, and one of the first people that attended the Pride Program, which was really great because, you know during my career, I retired maybe a couple years ago. I would had to work out of the county to support myself here
and my property, ha, to pay the taxes and such, and I kind of lost
touch with my community, and old friends, and everything. And anyway, through the program, I really have gained a lot, in terms of reconnecting with people, and reconnecting and going
to the social events, and the luncheons, and
it’s been really great, and I really, I just wanna say thank you. I really appreciate your support. – Thank you.
– Thank you. Morning welcome. Good morning ladies and gentlemen. Appreciate this opportunity
to come and speak to you. My name is Enrique Ortiz Viegas. I’m 75 years old, people
say I don’t look like it, but I don’t act like it either. (audience laughing) I’m here to speak about how
Steven Matzie’s program, the 60Plus has affected my life. As an artist now for 51 years, much of my time has been spent in, well, I said I’d say, much of my time is spent
in doing my artwork, so I’m alone a lot. Sometimes I’ve even thought, who even knows I’m here in my work space. I’ve been involved with
the gay community here mostly on the fringes until Steven Matzie came along. I was a member of the first
gay men’s support group that he brought to us and from that I met a fellow participant who had the same voice teachers
I did, Michelle Rivard, the best voice teacher at
Cabrillo College now retired. Together we put together a
song presentation of hits from Mae West, Kay Starr, Rosemary Clooney, and Connie Francis, as an entertainment for
the 60Plus luncheons that Steven has brought
us all together for. His work with us has really brought me
out of my reclusiveness to help in forwarding our
goals as a gay community, and also helping me to develop further in my community involvement.
(timer buzzing) I wish that there were more time to say how much I enjoy his support. I appreciate his passion
and concern and high regard for seniors, engaged seniors
here in Santa Cruz County. Without that, I would
still be in my work space doing my artwork. I think I said really
what I wanted to say, and my support for Steven. I applaud his work and even this morning I got an email from him
asking for Spanish speakers to come on help at Pride in Watsonville. I volunteered this morning. Alright, so again I’m
really grateful to Steven. I’m really grateful for the development of the Diversity Center
here in Santa Cruz County. I moved away twice, came back twice. Second time I declared myself
(timer buzzing) a permanent resident of
Santa Cruz, thank you. – Thank you.
(audience applauding) Thank you for sharing that story. Good morning, welcome,
thank you for waiting. – Hi, I’m David Crane. I’m recovering from a hip replacement, so I’m a little unsteady on my feet. I’m a member of the 60Plus
Diversity Center group. And, we’ve all been in this together. I had to learn to live around
the edges as a young man. I fought for my rights. I became successful in life, and because we were aging I
don’t want to see us go back into living around the edges
again because of isolation, because of lack of services, and that’s why I’m here to
support the Diversity Center. I thank them so much. Through Stephen’s work, I
recovered from a hip surgery, and I’ve now become president of the Residents Association
at Garfield Park Village, and I thank you all, for all your help that
you’ve done, thank you. – Thank you.
– Thank you. (audience applauding) Morning and welcome. – Morning, my name is Bob Pittman. I’m a member of the Diversity Center also, and I wanted to share
with you a little bit about the impact that the Diversity Center has made on my life and
that of my husband David. We lived up in Vancouver, Washington for a number of years and
we were losing our housing, and we finally got onto the list that got us into Garfield Park Village, but it was Steven Matzie’s leadership at the Diversity Center that not just helped us get down here, but helped make the move something that made sense to us. When we got down here
and we were welcomed, we found homes, we found friends. We were taught how to get around, and we were invited to gatherings, and for the first time in 23
years that we’ve been together, we have got lots of friends, we are accepted, we’re welcomed, and that’s not just of
course the Diversity Center, but it’s the welcoming spirit
of Santa Cruz as a whole, and this community, the broader community, has been a wonderful place
for us to land and thrive, and it’s the help through
the Diversity Center that has given us a chance to be centered, and to put down roots, and for that we’ve really appreciated our association with it, and look forward to additional support from all of you, thank you. – Thank you.
– Thank you. (audience applauding) – Thank you Stephen and
the Diversity Center for this great programming. It’s great to get the testimony, but I know how successful the program is. I’m glad Santa Cruz County
is part of funding it. – Thank you, good morning, welcome back. – Good morning and welcome back to you. I hope you had a nice vacation. My name is Becky Steinbruner. I live in the mountains of Aptos. And first of all I wanna register protests that you have now combined public comment on items not on the agenda with consent agenda comment. That effectively reduces the total amount of public input time, and I don’t think it’s fair. I also wanna register protest that now members of the public are no longer able to pull
items from the consent agenda for better public discussion. We are at your mercy to do so. I registered that protest now, and do not think it’s in keeping with his strategic Santa Cruz plan for better government transparency. As a mountain resident, I also wanna second the comments that you’ve heard this morning, about the PG&E swathes of tree removal. I live in a mountain area. I live on a privately maintained road. This kind of action will
cause severe erosion in all of the watershed areas, and for roadways in the county, so I urge you to follow the advice that these speakers
before me have suggested. I also wanna say that
I would like your Board to establish a Youth Commission that includes members of
all local high schools, alternative high schools included, and I want to see more involvement from the youth in our community with your decisions and discussions on public policy changes, policy making, impacts of things that
will affect their lives here in the county into the future. That will need to be evening meetings. And so, then I would ask now that you hold one evening meeting a week, a month that could then include a commission of youth
from our area schools. We need to involve the
youth in our community and in our government policy making, and I urge you to do so. On the consent agenda, I want to just say hurray for the Pinto Lake bike pump track. That’s really good news
that that’s going in, something for the youth to
do that’s free and healthy, and I really applaud the county’s efforts doing those kinds of things. I want to comment on item 39, an additional $825,000 dollars being spent on the Valencia Road
emergency culvert repair. That big project now totals
over $6.2 million dollars, and I want to ask that County Public Works do regular inspections of
culverts throughout the county. That one failed, and that
very expensive expenditure may have been averted, had there been some pre-emptive work or earlier inspections to alert
needed to be repairs there. And, finally ’cause I’ve got one second, I just wanna say that the CAO said, the effectiveness of
the reduction of consent will be there will be
fewer consent polled. – Thank you.
– Thank you. Good morning, welcome,
thank you for waiting. – Good morning, Chairman Friend and Board. I’m Bob Langseth, the executive director in Boys and Girls Clubs
of Santa Cruz County, and I’m here today to thank you for your support through core programming. We now have three sites in the county. We are serving in well
in excess of 400 kids every day this summer, but more importantly I’m here to thank Jeff Gaffney and County
Parks for their partnership and helping us put on the
very first Live Oak Fun Run for the community. On September 22nd, we will
be co-hosting a run of 3K, and you’re welcome.
(audience laughs) 3K, 5K and 10K distances, so we invite you to join us at Simpkins. where the start and finish line and after party will all happen. It’s a great event and
it’s really exciting to partner with the County Parks to put on something like this for the Live Oak community, thank you. – [Friend] Thank you, Bob, for your work. – Thank you, Supervisor Leopold has been training very
heavily for that race. And so, we’re anticipating
him to take the gold. – If you wanna see me in
shorts that’s the day to come. (audience laughing) – Good morning, welcome. – Good morning Board of Supervisors, I’m Robbie Gonzalez-Dow, with Community Bridges WIC program, and I thank you so much
for proclaiming August as breastfeeding Awareness Month. And you heard from my
colleagues and friends, all the good news in Santa
Cruz is number one in the state for exclusive breastfeeding
rates in the hospital. Unfortunately at three months, that drops to about 44 percent. And one of the main reasons is because parents return to work, and they’re not getting the
support in the workplace to continue to breastfeed
without a private space, free from inclusion. Laws require, federal
and state laws require that employers provide a private space and time for parents to pump at work. And so, we’re asking you for your support to help encourage employers
to follow those laws with I’m able to help
employers free of cost. That’s part of my job
at Community Bridges, to offer technical assistance with workplace policy
training to help employers to implement lactation
support in the workplace. We have some standout
employers in our county. One is Writer Berry Farms. I’ve helped, assisted them, and they support women
who work in the fields to pump while they’re at work, and I also ask the county to be one of those standout workplaces, with a workplace policy, and ensuring that all
employees in the county know about the policy and have support in the workplace to continue to breastfeed. So, thank you very much. – Thank you.
– Thank you. Good morning, welcome. – Good morning. Welcome back from your break. My name is Paul D Summa,
I’m a Live Oak resident. The issue I am concerned with is the Verizon 5G rollout
of the infrastructure for the small cell antennas that is aggressively being
pushed on communities, not just in Santa Cruz,
but in the entire Bay Area. You may or may not be aware
that the city of Santa Rosa in July has placed a
pause on any new approval of applications for these installations for a number of reasons. One being that they felt Verizon was not being a fair partner in communication with the municipality, and aggressively pushing their agenda. It’s obvious that the Board is
interested in public health, evidenced by so many
approving speakers today, so the one issue is definitely health. There’s lots of evidence available to make your own decision about whether this technology
is dangerous or not. There’s you know, and you can make your
own decision about that. That’s not really my biggest issue. My biggest issue is that it’s
being forced on neighborhoods, and in the potential that it’s harmful, it should be well considered
the distances from residences and homes and such. There’s I know that I’ve been told that there’s little that the
municipality can do to oppose this. I have, I would really
like to hear three minutes from somebody or any of you on this Board as to why you may think it’s a good idea to follow through with the
plan as proposed by Verizon. This I wanna submit this to public record, is a letter from a law firm hired by the EMF Safety Network in Sebastopol. It’s from a law firm that outlines what municipalities can do in opposition or at least
you know to not oppose, but just to work with the telecom industry on what they can do, so
I’ll get that to you. John, we’re gonna see you
at the constituent meetings and hopefully talk a
little bit more about this, and I thank you very much. – Thank you.
– Thank you. Good morning, welcome back.
– Thank You. I’m Marilyn Garrett, part of
wireless radiation network. The damage of microwave
radiation, it was substantiated. And since I’ve been coming here, since I retired from teaching in 2000, you have all been supplied with the substantiate health impacts. This is a very sad time for me, because in 1945 August 6th and August 9th, the US dropped nuclear
weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and killing
over 100,000 each time, and the US continues to
develop nuclear weapons, and we are … Nuclear disaster is on the horizon and it’s not stopped. Now, I’ve read about nuclear … By the way, let me say
this before I forget. Part of PG&E’s clear-cut plans seem to be to clear the
trees out of the way for this 5g wireless microwave technology from satellites as well as on the ground. I’ve read about nuclear bombs on poles. There’s an article by Amy Worthington called the Radiation Poisoning of America. In it, there’s a letter from … She opens up talking
about these fire lookouts, at likely mountain overlooking Shasta, and these two women who became quite ill with radiation burns, turns out there was it’s
cell tower right there. Their jewelry burned on their skins, and left blood abnormalities. One of them lost a third
of her body weight, radiation anorexia. Now, part of that article, I’m just gonna read a little
bit ’til I run out of time. Painful conditions endured by the families of Garcia and Jason. I’m gonna give you one
of their statements, are identical to those
suffered by Japanese victims of gamma wave radiation
after nuclear explosions at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Five decades of studies confirmed that non ionizing communications radiation in the radiofrequency microwave spectrum has the same effect on human health as ionizing gamma wave radiation. I think my tremors are totally
related to this exposure. And they, quoting an expert, Dr. Heo Iko, who’s German Medical Association state, the symptoms that result
from radioactive radiation are identical to the effects
of electromagnetic radiation. – Thank you.
– The damages are so similar that they are hard to be differentiated.
– Thank you Ms. Garrett. – We need you to protect the
public from this onslaught. Thank you.
– Thank you, Ms. Garrett. Good morning, welcome,
thank you for waiting. – Good morning my name
is Aileen Clark Nakaoka, and I’m a resident of Watsonville, and I’m a member of Regeneration, which is a local to Watsonville
Climate Action Group. We seek to work on the
problem of climate change through local initiatives, and we, I’m just here to tell you about a survey. We did our community survey. We surveyed 350 people
and we were really happy that we were able to get a
cross-section of Watsonville proportionate to the demographics there, so which was our goal, and I just wanted to
let you know about it, and what our major findings where. It was conducted by community volunteers in January and February. And so, our major findings were that a large majority
of agricultural workers find that their work both themselves and their family members has been, has had, has been highly impacted by extreme weather both
heat and extreme weight, rain, long, long periods of rain, because of the loss of
work and also health, that the health impacts they
have during high heat times. Another was pesticides
were a huge concern. That was a second, a major finding, and the third was that people really want better access to local
organic agriculture. So, just here to let you know about that, and we’re very proud that we
were able to complete the, complete the survey was we got advice and training from Dr. Shishir Mathur, who was dean of research at San Jose State University
Social Science Department. And then also I wanted to
invite you to come to the local, to the Global Climate Action Summit. You may have heard about this already. It’ll be taking place in San Francisco, September 12th to the 14th and lots of local officials from all
over the state will be there, and I’ll leave the flyer
here for you about it. So, should be a very positive
and powerful gathering, and I hope you’ll all make it. Can I leave this with someone? Thank you.
– Thank you. Thanks for coming in. Good morning, welcome back, Miss Roberts. – Good morning, Chair and Board. Thank you for listening to all of us. I’ll be brief. I just wanted to thank you, Supervisor McPherson and Coonerty, regarding item number
23 on the consent agenda about the resolution to
oppose Proposition 6, which is the repeal of the gas tax. We think that SB-1 and the
funds that it provides, as I’m sorry Kate Roberts, president of the Monterey
Bay Economic Partnership, that transportation is
such an important issue that we have taken on just
recently as an organization and this funding would be very
important to carry forward as many, many projects here specific to Santa Cruz County, as well as the other two
counties that M DEP is covering Monterey County and San Bernardino County, but specific to Santa Cruz County, it’s over a $115 million
dollars in funding that would not come to this
county to do road repairs, expanding and widening of roads, bike lanes, bridge repairs, all sorts of projects that
are actually identified that would not happen if this
money were to be repealed, so I just wanted to thank
you for your leadership in putting that resolution forth, and we’re very supportive of that, and hope to see that Prop 6 get defeated come November. Secondly on the housing bond, I won’t say anything now. I know there’s gonna be a
separate discussion for that, but MBEP has been on the sidelines supporting that effort for a long time, and I have some staff here
that’ll speak later to that, but we’re looking forward to
seeing that get on the ballot. So, thank you.
– Thank you. Good morning and welcome. – Good morning Chair
Friend, members the Board. I’m Ellen Timberlake, the director of the Human
Services Department, and I am very pleased this
morning to introduce you to our new director of our Employment and Benefit Services Division, Kimberly Peterson. As you all know, the Division serves one in
three residents in our county, and we couldn’t be any more thrilled to have this division under
Kimberly’s leadership. She’s been with the county for 13 years, started as an eligibility worker, has been a program coordinator, analyst, and most recently our program manager at our Watsonville Service Center. So, it is really my pleasure to introduce her to you and the public, and I just wanted to take
this opportunity, so. – Thank you.
– Thank you. – Congratulations.
– Congratulations Ms Peterson. Thank you for your work, in general. Is there anybody else
that’d like to address this during public comment? Okay, seeing none we’ll
bring it to the Board to go through the consent agenda, these items 14 through, a number of higher than 14 somewhere that I cannot see
immediately on my agenda, but either way this is the consent agenda. We’ll start with Supervisor Caput. There any comments you’d like to make or any items you’d like to
pull from the consent agenda, items 14 to 47? – No, but I would like a clarification on, maybe it’s just an error
or something, on number 19 of the Public Defenders
Offices in Watsonville. It does say on page 156 that janitorial services
are included in the price for the leasing. And then on page 158 it says that, the lessor can then submit to the county to pay for janitorial services. So, what is it? Who is paying for the janitorial services? That’s not a big deal,
but it is, it is money. – Please, Mr. Potts, yes?
– Yeah, I don’t, I don’t know the answer to that. We can get to you that
answer to see if somebody … Oh, here’s one of our analysts who can answer the question, Sven. – My name is Sven Stafford. I’m an analyst in the County
Administrative Office. The costs of the janitorial service are included as part of the lease, but as they’re charged every month, they’re remitted to the county for payment through the lease. – Okay, is it included in the
amounts that we’re voting on in the consent agenda? Or is it an unknown amount
each month that they submit? – It should be a standard
amount every month, and it’ll be included in the lease, but in the event that there
are extra services provided, we would also cover those. – Okay, thank you. And then item number 20, that’s the response from the Santa Cruz from the Board of
Supervisors Health Services concerning mental health crisis integrated response to the grand jury. I agree with some of the
responses to the grand jury, but I don’t agree with a number of them and I don’t wanna get into
too big a detail here, but so I’m gonna vote no
on that, item number 20. Item 25 is related to 19, I
think that was answered well, and then item 34, looking
forward to the pumptrack at Penna Lake coming in,
looks like around October, and it’s a good program. I’m wondering do we know the
exact total cost on that? There was some money coming in, some money coming out. I know we got a grant for
$10,000 dollars going towards it. And so, do you have an answer on that? I don’t want to make it a big deal. – Is the question what the
contract amount is for? Or what the net county cost is? Because, the contract
amount is for $108,500, $108,500 dollars is the
total contract amount. – But then there were added
expenses is that correct? – Director Gaffney, if you
wanna provide clarification. Thank you for being here this
morning, Director Gaffney. – Thank you, Chair Friend. We are still working on the numbers, and when we’re finalizing the contract we’ll have a set amount, but we did have to add
an additional $20,000. The bids came in about, actually $30,000 over what we anticipated, so that’s kind of the
going process lately. – It would be about $128-130,000? – Well, we added another
$10,000 from the grant, and then we also have
another grant coming in, so the numbers won’t be finalized until the actual construction is done. It’s kind of a process as they go through as change orders come
in, that sort of thing. So yeah. – So the current contract does $108,500 that the Board is actually adopting, but at the end we will ratify any changes that needed to come in. – Exactly.
– That’d be fine. – Thank you for that.
– Thanks. Looking forward to the grand opening. – Yes, we all are, it’s exciting. – Thank you.
– Absolutely. – Thank you Supervisor Caput. Good morning Supervisor McPherson. – Yeah, on … I’d like to address item number 23, a resolution that I co-signed
with Supervisor Coonerty, opposing Proposition 6
on their November ballot. This would if it does pass, it would eliminate about
$115 million dollars coming to Santa Cruz County, about $15 million of that
in the unincorporated area, plus about $65 million
dollars over the next 10 years to our four cities. Already we’ve in my district, we’ve seen some improvements
that are being made. I think that general public has too with the so-called Senate
SB-1, Senate Bill 1 funding in remote areas like Bear Creek Road, Long Pico Road and Jamison Creek Road. We just can’t take care of
our county and the needs, especially from the storm damages of the recent years that we’ve had. Do it alone, it’s gonna take a long time. It’s absolutely necessary
that we keep this, and I think it’s important to know that state voters overwhelmingly in June passed a state proposition
that guarantees that funds identified for
transportation purposes will stay for that purpose. The state has had a bad record of kind of stealing from
transportation funds to put it in other areas
of the state budget, but that will no longer happen. So, it’s reassuring to see that that money would stay for road, and bridge, bikeways, all kinds of transportation purposes critically needed in our county. If we wanna get our roads fixed, this is going to be a huge
step for us to accomplish that in a reduced number of years for sure. And then on number item 38 Glenwood Drive storm damage repair, the reason, Caltrans is helping make
repairs on Glenwood Drive which was damaged in a storm of 2011, and that’s how long it takes sometimes to repair these roads
without state or federal help that we’re getting from this Senate Bill 1 that I just mentioned. And I know of residents up there appreciated the work that’s getting done, and I wanna thank Public Works for getting this item for us today. It’s very much appreciated,
very much needed, so thank you very much. – Thank you, Supervisor McPherson. Good morning, Supervisor Connerty. – Good morning, Mr. Chair,
members of our community. Just a couple items to comment on as supervisor McPherson
mentioned, and Kay Roberts from the Monterey Bay Economic
Partnership mentioned, we are encouraging voters to make sure they stay educated and vote no on Proposition Six. This gas tax repeal would
have a tremendous impacts on our infrastructure, and I think the most
important thing is that by eliminating this funding source, it eliminates preventative efforts to protect our infrastructure against the ravages of climate change, which means we all end
up spending more money in the long term and our being, and having our roads
impacted in this short term while we drive, while we try
to get across the county. On item number 35, and I know many people in the audience are here to support affordable housing, and I appreciate you all taking time to be here this morning. And, item 35, I’m proud that
the county has partnered with Habitat for Humanity
to develop a vacant parcel on Harper street and
get 11 affordable units for families in our community, and that project is moving forward. And then finally on item number 37, the Swanton Bridge replacement, this has been a long time in the making of getting that bridge repaired. It’s important for
people to maintain access and also for public safety access, and I wanna commend Public
Works for moving this, moving that, this repair forward. – [Friend] Thank you, good
morning, Supervisor Leopold. – Good morning, Chair,
just a couple things. On the minutes from
our meeting on June 26, which is item G 15 G. It was about the changes
in our policy procedures There are five different things on here. I think number two should be struck, Number three says we
adopted the Rosenberg rules. Number four is approve the consent items requirement about Board members, and consent communication
being together and returning, and the last, five, is directing
to come back in six month. That’s was what we actually voted on, and there were some confusion as evidence and stays having to move around the agenda about number two, so I’m just
asking that it be struck. On item number 28 I want to appreciate our interim
director of Health Services and her work and trying
to work with Janice to help them identify
additional sources of funds. They’re an important program. We’ve heard from those who work there about the need for additional pay, and county working with
our nonprofit partners to find out how to leverage more money is really helpful to
them and helpful to us, and I really appreciate
the work that you did to make that happen. On item number 33, I just want
to express my appreciation to the Human Services Department for the renewal of this Prop 39 Pre-Apprenticeship Training
Implementation Grant. In reading about the grant, get people into these
pre-apprenticeship training program and move them into jobs has proven to be a very successful, and I appreciate the
work of Human Services to make sure that we
continue this program. On item 42, I want to also thank the, our Parks Department for
their continued work on getting the Heart of SoCal
Linear Parkway project completed. There’s a lot of different parts to it, but I appreciate your doggedness, in terms of making this
happen, so thank you. And lastly, I will
invite all my colleagues and members of the public on September 22nd to the
Live Oak Family Fun Run. It’s gonna be a good time and we’re really glad
to see that in Live Oak. And thanks to the Parks Department for making that happen with
the Boys and Girls Club, – Thank you, Supervisor Leopold. So note that there’s a
propose for an amendment on Item 15G. I have no additional comments beyond my colleagues comments on
Prop 6 Habitat for Humanity and Pinto Lake, so I’ll just
ask that one of my colleagues now make a motion in regards
to the Consent Agenda. – I move the Consent Agenda as amended.
– Seconded. – They have a motion
from Supervisor Leopold and a second from Supervisor Coonerty. We have Supervisor Caput registering a no vote on Item 20. All those in favor?
– Aye. – Opposed, it passes unanimously, with that one no vote on Item 20. We’ll now move into the Regular Agenda. The first item on the
Regular Agenda is Item 4, to consider report and
resolution to provide for the submission of a
proposition incurring bonded debt of a maximum of 140
million for the purpose of financing affordable housing
projects and programs to the qualified voters,
the County of Santa Cruz, at the general election to
be held on November 6, 2018, to take related actions as outlined in the Memorandum of Supervisors
Friend and Coonerty, we have a resolution and
order calling election for the bond measure. Good morning, Miss Reno. Thank you for kicking this item off. – Good morning, Chair Friend
and members of the board. At your direction, in June and July, the County Administrative Office convened the Interjurisdictional Housing Task Force to develop affordable housing options that can be created using
funding opportunities in the form of bonds recommended by the Affordable Housing Santa Cruz Group, which was led by Fred Keeley and Don Lane. The committee met five times to refine the original program proposed and to develop the affordable
housing recommendations presented today in your Board memo. So this is just a quick snapshot
of those in our community that are impacted by high housing costs and may face housing insecurity. It affects all levels of income including moderate income
families in our community. Most housing guidelines recommend that housing costs be a
standard of 30 percent of income to be spent on housing. The more households spend on housing, the less they have for other necessities, such as food, clothing,
transportation, healthcare. In addition, there are
fewer discretionary dollars that can be spent at local businesses. However, in Santa Cruz County, we see a major housing affordability gap, and that’s the change between the market rates housing
cost and affordable housing. These charts show that the
gap at various income levels based on our median income of $77,613. So we have a median home price here now over $900,000, and the average rent here
for a two-bedroom apartment is about $3,200. So you can see at the various levels of area median income what the gap is, and that’s that little red
band there in the chart, for meeting housing needs. You can see that for those in
the lower-income households, meeting any kind of housing needs here is almost an impossibility. A monthly rental cost of
$3,200 is almost 55 percent of the monthly median income for the area and for a lone income household, that same rent would constitute nearly 62 percent of their income. A solution that has been proposed by the local housing advocates. the housing advocacy group, is to generate funding
through a local bond measure. This funding could be used to create more affordable housing
and homeless facilities and could also be leveraged to help local jurisdictions
become more competitive for state and federal funding dollars. This solution has been used successfully in other jurisdictions
throughout the United States. The recommendations before you today are for a housing bond
measure of $140 million with a $119 million to be dedicated to creating more affordable housing units allocated amongst the jurisdictions and $21 million to be dedicated to funding needed facilities for homelessness and that is to be allocated
as one regional sum. The interjurisdictional housing
task force determined that the funding should be
allocated to and controlled by each individual jurisdiction
in order to meet the specific needs of that community. Funding allocations for
jurisdictions were calculated using the combined equally weighted
statistics of population, regional housing needs, poverty levels, and total assessed value. These numbers would be
updated prior to the issuance of each bond series for the
most up-to-date calculation. And this slide shows you about what the total allocation would
be for each jurisdiction. The affordable housing
bonds would be financed through a property tax
assessment not to exceed $16.77 per $100,000 of assessed value over a period not to exceed 40 years. The bonds would be issued
in two separate series with the 30-year payback for each series. The first series would be for 100 million and issued somewhere in 2019 or 2020. And the second series
would be for 40 million and we estimated that it
would be issued in 2027, that we could push that out. The chart indicates this
payback schedule for the bonds. For the first series, the
annual payback would be about 7.8 million or approximately $16.32 per $100,000 assessed value. And once the second series was issued, the annual payback would increase to 8.6 million or a maximum of 16.7, $16.77 per $100,000 of assessed value. And then of course the
payback amount drops as the series are, a
bond series are paid off. This chart shows the estimated payments for $100,000 assessed value over the life of the two series of bonds, with a peak amount of $16.77 and then declining over time. The regional housing needs assessment projects a need of about 1,214 units for the low and very
low area median income, and about 1,768 units if
you also include the area, the moderate area median income group through the year 2023. It is estimated based
on potential projects in each jurisdiction that
an estimated 1,041 units could be produced using these bond funds. That’s the conclusion of the presentation and I’m happy to answer any
questions that you have. – Thank you for that wonderful
concise presentation. It’s very helpful. Are there any questions from board members before we open this up for
public comment on this item? – Sure.
– Supervisor Caput. – Yeah, question, yeah you
said not to exceed 40 years? – That’s correct, it would depend on when the second series of bonds is issued. So if we issue the bonds in seven years, then it would be 37 total
years of bond payments. If we issued it 10 years from the time of the first issuance, then that would be 40 years. – Right, and then the other would be, we’re going by assessed
value of the property rather than the market rate at the time of the taxing. – [Miss Reno] It’s
assessed value, correct. – Okay, assessed value. I guess the only concern I have is that we have senior citizens
that are on a fixed income, maybe they paid for their house and or their home and then their property tax would be based on their purchase price maybe
20 or some years earlier. – Well, assessed value is always typically much lower than the market rate value. – Yeah, because that would
be under Prop 13, right? Okay and then it’s $16.77 per $100,000 on assessed value of property,
just trying to clarify it. – [Miss Reno] It’s correct. – We’re voting to put whether or not to put this on the ballot and letting the people vote in the county. And the last question
just make it clear too is it would require the
60, it’s the specific tax, it’s not for something else
that the general fund can take and use for something else? – No, there would be a special fund set up for allocating these
dollars and they could, the bonds restrict the way
you can use the funding, so it couldn’t be used for anything other than capital
investments for housing. – And requires about 67 percent to pass. – [Miss Reno] It’s two-thirds
at the vote, at the polls. Two-thirds vote, yes. – Thank you very much.
– Thank you. Supervisor Coonerty. – Sure, I just want to take
a moment before we begin to thank Don Lane and Fred Keeley and all the people
involved in creating this, bringing this forward,
and then the county staff to be able to take what
is essentially a concept and figure out how to divide
it across five jurisdictions and the variety of housing needs we have in the community. I think this is an exciting opportunity to address a real crisis in our community that’s impacting virtually
every aspect of our, of our, of our County, and the fact that we’ve
built in and understand that there’s no one solution
to our housing problems, it requires a multi-pronged approach, requires supporting seniors, it requires supporting
our homeless community, creating ADUs, creating
affordable developments. It takes a multi-pronged
approach and that with this, we’ll have funds that we can leverage, hopefully against state
funds, against federal funds, against other affordable
housing funds that we collect in order to get some projects going and help provide some relief to especially working families who are struggling to make it in this community. And so I don’t want to, it, it’s you know, when it comes neatly
packaged in a PowerPoint, everyone feels good about it, but I want to acknowledge all the people who put in the effort
to get us to this point that we can put something
hopefully before the voters that can help address the
crisis in our community. – Thank you, Supervisor Coonerty. I know that board members will probably have additional comments, but I think the most
important thing is having an opportunity for the
community now to address us. Would now like to open it
up to the community, now. Just so I have a sense how many people plan to speak to us
today, just so I can see how many minutes I should allocate here. Okay, so we’ll have it at a two minute per speaker, good morning, welcome back, Mayor Emeritus council
member for life, Don Lane. – Good morning, Supervisors,
my name is Don Lane and I’m here representing Affordable Housing Santa Cruz County. I’m joined today by our group’s
other co-chair Fred Keeley and this is the place in my comments where I’m supposed to make
a joke at Fred’s expense about why he’s not
standing here next to me, but I’ll share that with
you offline another time. (audience laughing)
– I’m curious. – However, I will repeat
something Fred said to me and I agreed with him when he said it. This could be the broadest
countywide coalition created around a community issue in recent Santa Cruz County in memory. Perhaps it’s not really a surprise though, that we’ve been able to
build such a broad coalition. Everyone is touched by the
housing crisis in Santa Cruz, teachers, first responders,
health care workers, farmworkers, service workers, and so many other members of our community are struggling with housing,
with the housing crisis. Employers in retail,
agriculture, hospitality, tech, health care, see the housing crisis as they seek to find and
retain employers, employees. People in the human services sector and the health care sector
deal with individual people experiencing that
housing crisis every single day. Renters line up for hours
and search for months to find any place to live. Young families have set aside their dreams of homeownership. Seniors struggle every
day with rising rents and people without shelter
struggle for survival every day. And at the same time, those that build truly affordable housing are poised to move ahead, but are held back by a lack of funding. So we have been able to
build a broad coalition and we have a few
representatives of that coalition who are here to speak with you. Before I step aside for them, I want to just say a
couple of things briefly. First I’d like to invite everyone here today who came to
support the housing bond to either stand or raise your hand. We are very proud of
the folk, all the folks, from every sector in every district who stepped up to help
create this solution. And second we’d like to thank
the County Staff members who stepped up over the last few months and to the staff from the local cities that collaborated with
them to put together some of the key pieces that you saw today. Thank you so much for that help. And finally we want to thank the board, members of the board who’ve played key roles in
helping us get to this moment. We are here today to respectfully ask that you adopt the proposal before you. Please give the voters of
our County an opportunity to turn what started as a broad community conversation
about the housing crisis into a specific and concrete solution to address that crisis,
thank you very much. – Thank you.
– And we have a couple members of our coalition would also like to–
– Perfect. Thank you, Mr. Lane. We’ll call that a Santa
Cruz two minutes for you. Morning, welcome, Miss Palmer,
thank you for being here. – Hi, I’m Barbara Palmer, I’m
a realtor, but I am not here representing the California
Association of Realtors. I am chairing their legislative committee. And I am not representing
the local Association because we haven’t voted yet. But first of all I want to
thank this board for doing what, everything you can to
fix our housing problem and still protecting
private property rights. You’re to be commended for that. Number Two, is there any
way you can build into this some means-testing, which
means can you take a look, we do have people that have
been living in these homes for 40 years, they’re on Social Security. Adding layers of property tax, even though this one is
affordable to most of us, but adding those taxes
and layering them on is a concern for me and
a concern for the people that maybe it would be a burden, not this one tax, but
as you layer them on. In my area we have Cabrillo College taxes. so just please keep
that in mind, thank you. – Thank you. Good morning, and welcome,
thank you for waiting. – Good morning, members of the board. My name is Jeffrey Smedberg,
I was a county worker for a quarter of a century,
an active member of SEIU. My strong union afforded
me a generous living wage and helped me purchase small
a small home in Santa Cruz and guaranteed me some retirement security so I didn’t have to move to Los Banos when I leaving my County job. I still have time to be active
in Union Affairs and I am vice-president of the Monterey
Bay Central Labor Council on whose behalf I’m speaking
to you this morning. The Monterey Bay Central Labor Council is a regional union of
80 labor unions which represents 38,000 working women and men in the Central Coast region. The functioning of our communities depends on local workers
including teachers, health care workers, service workers, farmworkers and many others. Most of our seniors,
people with disabilities, and those without permanent shelter also at one time were part
of our active workforce. Many of these workers are union members even though union workers on average earn 20 percent more
than non-union workers, their circumstances are not
all as favorable as mine. You are all aware of the huge
disparity in our community between housing costs and earnings. All working people and their families, as well as former workers,
need affordable housing here, not in Los Banos, you know,
there are county workers who live in Los Banos now and
waste a lot of their time, adding on the road,
adding to the congestion. Construction of affordable rental units and first-time homebuyer assistance leveraged by the housing solutions bond will be a good start in
tackling our housing crises. The Monterey Bay Central Labor Council urges you to support the
housing services bond and place it on the
November ballot, thank you. – Thank you. Good morning, welcome,
thank you for waiting. – Hi, my name is Carmen Burnell. In May, one of you were
asked whether or not this bond was something that
you would consider passing. And that particular Board
of Supervisors said, I don’t know, because
it may impact seniors that are on, or anyone
that’s on a fixed income. So I really want you to consider this because it will impact seniors. One of my neighbors pays $10,000 in property taxes and of that property tax, she’s paying over $1,700
towards bonds measures, and for our area, a library facility. Depending upon where you
live, like in Capitola, there are nine bonds and measures and library facilities that you pay for. In Santa Cruz, there are 10. We just keep on adding more and more. At one point, at what point is it enough? Sorry, I can’t read this
I printed it too low. Too small. Why was the housing bond established as a bond instead of a
measure, which could have exempted seniors at the age of 65? How long is this bond for,
well you did explain it here, but I was shocked at the duration. I’m not against housing. Mr. Friend, you received an email from me and you got my background, so you know that I’m not against housing. I myself purchased a home
through Measure J years ago. Thank God for that program. But I just learned that
in the last two years, the county has allowed a
developer’s choice to pay fees rather than requiring
affordable housing units being as part of the
county’s new housing project. So much for affordable housing. – Thank you, please finish up.
(timer buzzing) – Sorry, that’s that’s pretty much it. I just wanted to let you
know my opposition to it. I mean, when is enough enough? Thank you.
– Thank you. Thank you for sharing.
(people applauding) Good morning, Councillor Garcia, welcome. – Good morning, Chair and Board. My name is Rebecca Garcia and I’m a native of Watsonville and I happened to sit on
the Watsonville City Council and on the Latino Affairs Commission. Watsonville first began addressing the serious need of
affordable housing in 1991 when the city adopted its
inclusionary ordinance. Today August 7th, 2018, the
community of Watsonville that includes service workers,
teachers, farmworkers, seniors, homeless, and
people with disabilities are saying it’s enough, we want affordable housing
for all our residents. In Watsonville, we have
two to three families living in single households because they cannot afford the rent. Some families have to live
in substandard housing and in garages. So we are proposing to you,
our County Supervisors, that you place on the
November ballot an initiative to provide affordable housing. Watsonville has three
programs that provide support for affordable housing to middle-income and low-income residents, however it’s not enough to
meet all the housing needs. The proposed bond will
provide more funding for more people needing
affordable housing in Watsonville. The first program is the
inclusionary ordinance which provides 15 to 20
percent affordable units. Our second is the Downpayment
Assistance Program, and the third program is the First Time Homebuyers Program. These latter two programs are available to low and very low income residents. I support the passage of the bond because it will help
the city of Watsonville support those individuals and families who struggle to meet
their housing payments. And I hope you, as Supervisors, also want to support them, thank you. – Don’t sit down yet.
– Thank you. Good morning and welcome,
Councilmember Harlan. – Good morning, Supervisors,
it’s a pleasure to be here. I don’t come here very often,
but it’s very interesting. Affordable housing. I’ve been part of the
coalition since the beginning and it’s been a very interesting
group, very broad-based. What I really like about it
is that every city can do whatever they want with the money, whatever meets their needs. As you know, Capitola is
pretty much built out, so we’re not gonna be building very much unless we can do something with the mall, and they’re not really interested
in doing that right now. Because we have so many
second homes in town, we have a huge decrease
in the amount of homes that can be available for rentals. We have almost 50 percent of our R1 areas that are second homes, Depot
Hill and the Jewel Box. It’s very shocking. We have many opportunities
to help though, we can buy, there’s a couple of apartment
complexes that I know of, that I would love to buy to
keep in affordable housing and to turn into affordable
housing, we have one that used to be mostly Section 8
and a new owner bought it, but I would like to buy that
back from them and help them. We gave, we gave Loma
Vista Mobile Home Park almost a million dollars to
buy themselves to keep it low and moderate-income housing. We gave Wharf Road Manor
about four or $500,000 dollars to keep that in low and
moderate-income housing. We can do, we can continue to do that. As a tourist destination
and a very small town, 1.6 square miles and 10,000 people, we need housing for the people that work and, and are able to,
can’t live in our town. I’m very concerned about over-developing Santa Cruz County. It looks like we’ve already done that, when you look at the traffic that we have, but I think we’re working on that and I encourage all of
us to be very mindful about development in the future, that we don’t continue to
create problems for ourselves and the future of Capitola, Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Scotts Valley, and the unincorporated part of the county. Thank you very much. – Thank you, Councilmember Harlan. Good morning, and welcome. – Morning, thank you, I’m Kathy Sarto. I’m a member of Peace
United Church of Christ up by the University which is one of 29 institutional members
of COPA, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization
of dues-paying members like congregations, schools,
nonprofits, and unions. 18 of the COPA member institutions that are located in Santa Cruz County, are located in Santa Cruz County and about 20 of us are here today. They have wrangled me
to be the sole speaker, so I’m speaking for all of us. (chuckles) Many of our institutions have been at the forefront of seeking to make our communities
better places for decades. COPA has been vocal about the need to create workforce housing. We helped move the county to pass its first housing
element in 20 years. We’ve helped build senior
housing at St. Stephen’s and we’ve been conducting
and continue to conduct civic academies on housing to inform constituents
about these complex issues and also to address resistance. The housing crisis affects
each of us in a number of ways. It affects me personally in
that I have five children who will never be able to
buy a home in this county. My eldest is a nurse who works
for hospice of Santa Cruz. One of my sons works at
our mental health facility across from Harbor High,
my other son has an MBA. I have two daughters still in college. These are Santa Cruz’s own kids, kids who did everything we asked. We asked them to get an education and contribute and give back to society. Our congregations are
losing members and clergy. Our schools can’t recruit teachers. Our health institutions
can’t recruit doctors and nurses, et cetera. Now our COPA Convention on September 30th, we hope to see you all there, will be a housing, housing will be a large part of our agenda and about a thousand
people will be present to hear about this opportunity, so we would like to ask you
to accept this recommendation to put this on the ballot, thank you. – Thank you, thank you
for sharing that story. Good morning, welcome back. – Chair, Supervisors, good morning. I represent, I’m the chair of the Santa Cruz
Coalition on Homelessness. I direct the Warming Center
Program in Santa Cruz. I’ve toured the West Coast
and I’ve seen 40 cities and seen what’s happening
out there at homelessness. Money is coming, and
finally, it’s really good and I’d like to talk
about design concepts. It doesn’t matter how much money comes into this community
if the design is poor. We’ve already been
spending all of the money on virtually no positive affect when you look at the
homelessness on the street. It’s mushrooming in every city. We could, with no money,
with better design, do much more with less. That’s what I want to have
you thinking about through, through November, doing more with less. In fact, no matter how
much money we spend, are we still gonna see elderly women in walkers and wheelchairs
sleeping in our doorways? Are we gonna have people in the crevices and under the Felton
Bridge and everywhere else? So what I encourage, and with the Warming Center Program, we spend very little money and we are scalable to
infinity, not one person has to sleep outside on
the very coldest nights. We get zero funding for
the city of Santa Cruz, a little bit of County funding
for Watsonville for that. We also now, a program,
we’re in our third month called the Day and Night Storage Program. It’s scalable to infinity,
we make sure that nobody has to carry
around their belongings. We get zero funding from
government for that, but I want to see, say,
you can already see the impact on the street. Let’s build programs, let’s
actually make a commitment countywide that every single
person who sleeps outside can get the shelter that they need by any means necessary. And it’s not about money,
it’s about perfect design. We don’t want to spend more
money and years later realize that we haven’t amounted anything. The new shelter concept
is the navigation center, but go to San Francisco and really see what the
bang for the buck is. What was the bang for the buck for Smart Solutions to Homelessness? Smart solution to homelessness, thank you. – Thank you. Good morning, welcome. – Good morning. My name is Kate Arrieta, I’m 70 years old. I have a modest home in
Capitola, it’s 800 square feet. My property taxes are $4,242 a year. 28 percent of that amount goes to bonds. My Social Security
monthly payment is $730. I pay 48.3 percent of
my Social Security money into property taxes. Let me say that again. I pay 48.3 percent of my monthly Social Security payments
in property taxes. 28 percent of those
property taxes go to bonds. I would hope that affordable housing would not further my burden on my property taxes, thank you. – Thank you. Good morning, welcome.
– Morning, everyone. I’m Tom Broz, I’m a organic
farmer in Watsonville, and currently also president of the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau and sat on the broad
coalition of this bond measure and I think it’s really
important to point out that agriculture is facing farmworker, farmworker housing crisis and amidst a labor shortage as well. And I think it’s really
important to recognize through the farmworker housing study that was just released in
Monterey and Santa Cruz that we have an overcrowded
situation among farmworker, and that 70 percent of
the farmworkers today are living amongst us in our community and it is really important
that we have permanent affordable housing for
farmworkers in the sense that we can have an agricultural
industry that can thrive, that can, you know,
support our community here and so I’m really hopeful that we can, with the county also already prioritizing farmworker housing to
continue working with everyone and see this bond be put on the ballot. Thank you very much. – Thank you. Good morning. – Good morning, my name
is Joel Devalcourt, and I was born and raised in Santa Cruz and I personally cannot
afford to live in Santa Cruz with my wife and my son
even though I actually work in the field of developing
affordable housing. I have been working for about seven years to support and create affordable homes in the greater Bay Area region
and right now is a really, really exciting time for
affordable housing despite what is happening at the national level. We have a lot of local governments, counties in particular,
who are stepping up and really investing in their
people, in their economy, in their environment, and
San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Alameda counties all
did it successfully in 2016. They raised a considerable amount of money for affordable housing and
now it has done so much to invest and infuse capital into what is a really challenging federal
disinvestment in housing. And we can do it as locals,
we can do it as a community, and I believe very firmly
that this will have an exceptional positive
impact on Santa Cruz County, for residents, for people
who are vulnerable, as well as families who
are struggling to afford. So thank you very much. I look forward to your
support for the bond. – Thank you. Morning, thank you for waiting. – Morning, members of the board, members of the community. My name is Matt Nathanson. I am the regional vice
president for SEIU Local 521 and I’m a county employee
here on my own time and I’m here to speak in
favor of the motion before you to put this bond measure on
the ballot before the voters. Affordable housing from the perspective of the members we represent,
who are county workers, city workers, nonprofit workers,
school district workers, is critical, is you know, we struggle with you
at the bargaining table to fight for an affordable wage and then it all gets wiped out and more in the cost of housing. More and more our members are living further and further away from their jobs. Many of them are county workers who actually need to be available
during crisis situations. You know, if you think
about the floods last year, when you needed road workers coming in and the remarkable work people did, they need to be close enough
to be able to do that, Child Protective Services
workers, et cetera. This will not, we know that this will not solve the whole problem,
affordable housing is going to take many different solutions, but this is an option available to you and we need to start
working on the solutions. It’s paired well with,
there’s a state bond measure before us, Proposition One this year, I think this will help us
leverage money from that, assuming that that passes. And then it’s really my last
comment is after November and these votes have happened, we want to continue to
work with the county on other solutions including things like looking at issues like workforce housing. I think that’s a way that
the county can make us a unique contribution to developing more affordable housing in our community. So we look forward to
this being on the ballot so that we can discuss it and formally take a position
to support it, thank you. – Thank you. Good morning and welcome. – Good morning. Good morning, my name
is Erica Padilla Chavez, a native of Watsonville and the director of Pajaro Valley Prevention
and Student Assistance and I’m here this
morning to share with you the connection between housing and the behavioral health of our children in the Pajaro Valley. In our agency we provide behavioral health or mental health services and
substance abuse services to over 7,000 children and their
families in the Pajaro Valley. As was previously mentioned
the housing conditions that many our families are
living in, in South County, are requiring families to share
two to three-bedroom house between a family of four to five families. Every individual should
have the opportunity to live in a housing environment that provides some sense
of security and peace. It’s a sanctuary, a home is a sanctuary, and for those of us in the
mental health community, we have a mantra, hamato,
that housing is first, that we can’t address the
mental health conditions of our children and our
families without first ensuring that their housing needs are met. We don’t have that access right now. By putting this on the ballot, you’re providing an equitable opportunity for these children to live
a very prosperous life. So I thank you for
considering the many children and families that do need this opportunity so that they can live a
prosperous life, thank you. – Thank you, and thank you
for the outstanding work your organization does for the community. Good morning and welcome back. – Okay, real quick, I do not believe that you can make housing more affordable by making it more expensive. Currently, we already pay 500 percent more in property taxes than they
do in the state of Hawaii. If you add on top of that all the various bonds that we have, the average person moves
every four or five years, so the average price is $900,000, that’s $9,000 a month a
year in property taxes. With bonds, you’re looking at $1,000 month just to pay for taxes and bonds. The average house is 3600, that’s a thousand of it right there just to pay for more taxes. So I urge you guys, there
are things that we can do that won’t cost $140 million
that can improve housing. The state has passed
numerous laws considering the zoning, we right here
can take responsibility for our own zoning. The state has passed laws we can have multiple houses per parcel, we could have multiple ADUs,
we can have junior ADUs, we can have kitchenettes, all in a house. Look at the map up there. We live in one of the least dense counties in the entire state. I personally own three acres. I have seven neighbors
that touch my property, five of them are one acre or less. I go downstairs and I say, hey I’d like to rezone my
property or divide it up to the same size of my neighbors. Guess what they say, no. I said, hey I’d like
to have a couple ADUs. The state passed a law says
we can have multiple ADUs. They say, oh that’s interesting. No, that’s too politically
difficult to do. We don’t want to do that. And they said, all it
can pass a general plan. I spoke to the Sacramento, the California Department
of Housing, and the people, Senator Wieckowski who
passed the bill on the ADUs, they said it doesn’t constitute a change in the general plan. Heck, our even own
representative Senator Stone voted for a law that
got it out of committee that’s going in front of the assembly now that would allow multiple ADUs per parcel. If our own Stone who has a wonderful approval rate around here can support that, why can’t we? So let’s get that discussion
going as far as moving forward and that’ll make that 140
million go a lot farther if we change the zoning.
– Thank you. Good morning, welcome back. – Good morning, we’ll see. I’m Nora Hochman. I’m with the Movement For
Housing Justice, specifically the campaign for rent control
in the city of Santa Cruz. We have not taken a position
on this bond measure. Many of us have very
different thoughts about it, but I want to say this on
behalf of 20,000 renters in the city of Santa Cruz, none of this helps them a bit. They are dying on the vine,
they cannot afford to live here. They are the people who provide a wide variety of services
that you’ve heard about. If your board took a position to support the campaign for rent control in the city of Santa Cruz, 20,000 tenants would
be cheering your action on behalf of stabilizing their housing. This is very long-term stuff. All of those people, they will be gone by the time any of this is realized. So thinking long term, that’s great, but my daughter and her family
who already live in Merced are not gonna benefit from any of this. I’ll probably be 85 or 90 years old by the time any of it comes to pass. So I’m begging you on
behalf of those tenants, you should all be endorsing
the campaign for rent control. Thank you. – Thank you, Miss Hochman. Good morning, welcome,
thank you for waiting. – Good morning, thank
you my name is Dori Rose and I’m here on behalf
of Salud Para La Gente. Salud Para La Gente
supports the bond measure and serves about 30,000 community members, mostly in the Pajaro Valley and we do that with a commitment to ensuring
access to health care and improving and working
towards a healthy community, and a very high contributor
to poor health is housing. Santa Cruz Community Ventures who will speak behind me, following me, has a survey that they did in Watsonville and found that our community
spends, two thirds of it spends over a third of
their income on housing, which sounds like a lot, but I think when you
consider in our community, what that really means is they’re spending more than a third on their housing in overcrowded and substandard conditions, it becomes something very significant and affects people’s health. In addition about 65 percent are about a month away from homelessness, one paycheck.
(timer buzzing) Oh no, really?
– Still have another minute. – I have more to say.
– You have another minute to go, please.
– Okay, great. I just want to put a
picture to what it means to have health conditions
that are result of housing. We have families, their
children that come in with rat bites, with asthma
from mold and mildew, pest infestations, and this is really the
kind of substandard housing that many families are
living in within Watsonville. And we support the bond measure both to create more affordable
housing, new housing, and especially rehabilitated housing, which is an essential part. We also encourage that as
its implemented that there be local jurisdiction based committees made up of community members to make sure that the
implementation of it, assuming that it passes is really focused on the equity of the community in which it’s being built out. Thank you so much. – Thank you, and thank
you for Salud’s work, it’s remarkable. Good morning and welcome
back, thanks for being here. – Good morning, Chair and Board. My name is Maria Cadenas,
I’m the executive director of Santa Cruz Community Ventures. We work to create
compassionate and equitable local economies here in
the county of Santa Cruz. Two years ago, we did a study about the affordability and access for housing which Dori from Salud just mentioned. The truth is that the
affordability housing gap is real in the county, people are spending over 50 percent of their
income into housing, eating away from their opportunity to save and actually create assets
and move out of poverty or create economic mobility. Our interest in this, asking you the board to support placing this bond measure on the ballot for November and to consider other
housing possibilities that have more short-term
impact to our communities as well as taking an account and including the communities voices and decision makings
on planning and design and dancing conversations,
dense conversations around how development happens. Thank you again for your time. – Thank you. Good morning, welcome back.
– Good morning, Laura Segunda, Executive Director of Monarch Services. We’ve been in the community for 41 years working with victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual assault. I am a Watsonville
resident, I’m a taxpayer, and I’m also a homeowner, and I am happy to support this bond. Housing is a human right this bond will provide more
housing including funding for those who are facing homelessness. As funding gets rolled
out, I really encourage that we’re really intentional
about the policies we develop to ensure that policies
are based on equity. And a couple things,
that developments don’t displace families that, and
we’re continuing to see that in the Watsonville community, that’s also called
racialized displacement, that also we implement and
take a really close look at local reference policies
that are that are put in place so that people who are
living in our communities have access, first access
and priority access, to the affordable units. So I’m really looking forward
to working with the committee and supporting this measure. Thank you.
– Thank you. Good morning, welcome. – Good morning, my name is Alina Harway and I come to you today wearing two hats. The first is as a Santa
Cruz County resident. I live just north of Scotts
Valley in District 5. When my husband and I purchased our home, we declared it our forever home. We simply love our community
and loving this community means taking seriously a shared commitment to helping our community thrive. Right now I’m concerned. I’m worried about my friends and peers. I’m worried about families
and hardworking people who are pushed to the
brink of homelessness because of the cost of housing. I worry into the future about the fate of my young son and his generation and if they’ll be able to stay here. I know my concerns are
not exclusively mine. The other hat I wear today is that of Communications
Director for NPH, the nonprofit housing association
of Northern California. Recent NPH polling found that nine out of 10 Santa Cruz County residents have those same fears that I do. They’re concerned about local workers, low-income residents and
disadvantaged families being able to find an
affordable place to live. These concerns aren’t
someone else’s problems. When we’re concerned about the community, it’s the responsibility of the
community to find a solution, to come together to find that. The proposal in front of you today is that opportunity to address our problem by creating more
affordable housing options and opportunities for
Santa Cruz County families and hardworking individuals. NPH has been proud to work with the exploratory committee steered by Don Lane and Fred Keeley. We’ve attended stakeholder
meetings, conducted research and shared the technical
expertise we’ve accrued by helping other local
communities in Northern California pursue and pass similar policies. As an affordable housing
professional, I can tell you that this measure is
well modeled for success, feasibility, and that we work
with nonprofit home builders who are more than ready to
create affordable homes, but need local and state funds
to bring those opportunities to our Santa Cruz County community. As a local resident, I can tell
you that I live in a county filled with friends, family, and neighbors who are concerned about our housing crisis and want to take action to address it, but need your vote today to put this opportunity in front of them. I hope you will pass this resolution today and allow these opportunities to come before our community. Thank you for your time and consideration. – Thank you. Good morning and welcome, thank you. – Hi, good morning. Good morning, members of the Board. My name is Carmen Herrera-Mansir. I’m a resident and homeowner
in Watsonville, California. I’m also the executive director for Pajaro Community
Development Corporation. In our organization,
we promote equal access to economic opportunity and,
by assisting entrepreneurs who create jobs and
wealth in our community. However, these entrepreneurs often cannot afford to stay
and live in our area, here in Santa Cruz County or Watsonville. In fact, last year one of our
entrepreneurs went homeless when she lost the lease to
the home where her children, she had to go and put
children in different houses of people that she knew until, it took her months to find housing. So for this reason, I’m
here to support the bond and I just also want to request that in issuing and doing
the guidelines for that bond, we think about doing that,
assuring that there’s equitable community development lands in doing that and make sure that we are also inclusive, fair, and that
we give local preference for housing access. So thanks very much for the opportunity. I also want to ask, I’m gonna use this opportunity to ask you to support our work that we do in terms of economic development and creating jobs and businesses in this community. So I’m gonna leave this I’m here for you to attend an event that we have. – Thank you.
– Thank you. – Good morning, welcome back. – Good morning, chair,
members of the board. Matt Huerta, program manager, Housing Program Manager with Monterey Bay Economic Partnership. I’m also a board member with Non-Profit Housing Association
of Northern California you heard from Alina Harway earlier and it’s just, that’s the
kind of representation that I think you’re
gonna hear a lot more of, that you already heard today. And it’s just really absolutely critical that this move forward to the voters under your leadership. This is about trying to do the fair share for this community, not only to honor the needs
of local community here, but to share in the really critical issue that we have in affordable housing and housing overall
across the entire region. And you know, candidly we’re
just, we’re not gonna see very much if all, at all
any affordable housing if this doesn’t move forward because without subsidized grants and long term interest loans
that this will make possible, affordable housing doesn’t get done. That’s absolutely critical
to underwrite the rents and to also provide
assistance for down payments for moderate income
homebuyers in our community. So this is a critical resource. And again, the other piece to remember is the $4 billion dollar housing bond act that’s pulling really well. It looks like it’s going to
move forward at the state level. We will not see our share, our fair share here in our region, if leaders such as yourself
don’t move courageously to make sure that we have
local matching sources. Thank you very much for your leadership. – Thank you, Mr. Huerta. Good morning, Mayor Reed. Thank you for being here this morning. – Thank you Chair and Board. You’ve heard a lot of really
eloquent testimony this morning on the need and the scope of the problem and I want to go back
for a second to something that former Mayor Lane indicated,
talking about the breadth of the coalition that
we’re looking at here that’s getting behind this
concept, it’s one thing to have affordable housing and homeless advocates who are before you championing a solution, but when you’ve got business leaders from all across the county, when you’ve got small businesses
like we have in my city who realized that we have
to do something about this, when you’ve got working professionals, when you’ve got parents,
soccer moms, soccer dads, who understand that it would
be nice if there was a way that they were gonna be able to spend time with their kids and their
grandkids once they got older and instead of moving with
them to Oregon or to Texas or to New Mexico or Arizona or Nevada, if they can find a place
for them to be here. So I think you’ve got
a unique moment in time where we can mobilize the people necessary to ensure there’s a majority, a two-thirds majority that’ll pass this. Secondly, I think we all know this is public policy that’s
been done the right way. The outreach that’s gone
into crafting this measure led by Fred Keeley and Don Lane, it’s been done over years, not weeks. It’s involved not handfuls of people, but hundreds of people. You’ve got a really well
thought-out solution, a rational response to
a very critical problem. Third issue, even if some
of you might have questions about the cost or some of
the issues in this bond, I think we can all agree just
on a basic philosophical level this is the most pressing issue that people in Santa
Cruz County face today and when a well-crafted
solution comes forward, it just almost seems there’s an obligation to put this directly before the voters and let the voters have their say. And the last thing I would say, you know, we are living in a time when, depending on what metric you use, there is greater prosperity
in this country right now than there has ever been in the lifetimes of anybody in this room. At the same time, we are living in a time where there is unprecedented
fear and uncertainty about our political climate and about whether government can work. Virtually the only thing that people on both sides of the political
spectrum can agree on is that government is working
for them, whoever them is. It’s not looking out for themselves. Here’s a solution that addresses the most pressing problem that people have in a very thoughtful way, thank you for your time.
– Thank you for those comments.
(people applauding) Good morning, welcome,
thank you for waiting. – Good morning, Board, and thank you for your time and attention. My name is Caitlin
Brune and I serve as CEO of the Pajaro Valley
Community Health Trust and I’m here to speak
in favor of the bond. I think that each of you
is aware that there’s data that strongly indicates
that improved housing and neighborhood
environments could lead to significant reductions
in the health disparities that we experience north to south county. I want to echo Mayor Reed in saying that this is a model approach
to crafting a solution that spans the issue of homelessness and housing affordability
for our community. I want to speak to my
colleague Rebecca Garcia, city councilmember in Watsonville, saying that we have local solutions that have been demonstrated to address the problem effectively that are simply lacking for the resources needed to implement them. And I want to echo Tom
Broz, organic farmer, to indicate that there’s a desperate housing affordability crisis facing our farmworker population which is the key constituent
served by my organization. And here we have a wonderful opportunity to put this before the
voters and do the right thing in terms of creating
better access to housing for low income, low wage workers, including farmworkers and
our healthcare workforce. So thank you for your attention. – Thank you, I thank for your work. Morning, welcome back. – Good morning, Chair Friend
and the Supervisors Board. Thank you for being here
and you’re listening. If we can get the screen
you had up on the Board, that would be really great, the one with the info you
had and I’ll continue. So, sorry I get nervous,
I’m sure everyone else does. But it seems like what you’re doing is, you are adding a tax onto people’s homes and then they are paying for
other people to have homes and then what that is it’s kind of like a reverse Robin Hood. You’re taking from
homeowners to make more homes and then their rent prices
are gonna go up because they’ll have to charge more
to get the parcel taxes. And the caveat is if people cannot pay for their parcel taxes, and you’ve heard the other people speak, if they cannot pay for all
these taxes on their homes, they run the threat of losing their homes. And affordable housing is
a great conceptual idea and I acknowledge you guys
for tackling this concept of how do we provide more
housing for Santa Cruz and how do we provide
more housing for people, but by using taxing of homeowners to buy property and create rents for other homeowners or renters shall I say, the questions I have is,
where does the money go? Because then it would be like,
is this going to the state? Is all the money going to
more government funding? Is it going to, whose
pockets are this going? And really what I’d like to
put in place is, how can we really empower the local citizens
of Santa Cruz, California, like maybe make it easier for them to build on their own property, ’cause if they can build
on their own property, they can provide more housing, if they can provide more housing, they can have more money in their pocket, so if they have more
money in their pocket, a greater contribution
to this community here that we have that’s so dear. And the more gets outsourced
to people that aren’t locals, the more we lose its authenticity. And lastly I wanted to say on the summary, you have 21 for regional homeless needs, I think you mean 21 million,
that’s a big difference. – Thank you, good morning, welcome back. – Hi, good morning. Paulina Moreno with
Community Action Board. Our work at CAB focuses
on working with serving the most vulnerable and
marginalized in our community, that is low-income
families, immigrants, youth, the reentry community and
the homeless, among others. Every two years a month, every two years, CAB leads community poverty conversations to identify the greatest impacts of poverty in our county. Last year in 2017, the second top need identified by people
living in Santa Cruz County was rent burden and housing insecurity, with jobs and higher wages
as the number-one need. The community is hungry for solutions and this affordable housing
bond is one of those solutions. So we thank you for your
work and we strongly urge you to support it and place it
before voters in November. Thank you. – Thank you, thank you for your work. Good morning, welcome back. – Good morning, Commissioners. I’m Derek Timm. I’m a small business
owner here in the county and I have to say, usually
you won’t have me up here asking you to support more
taxes, but in this case, this is a really
well-thought-through proposal and one of the most pressing concerns as a small business owner
is retaining our employees and I’ve seen it time and time again, small businesses, myself and other owners, losing employees to the cost
of housing in our county. We need solutions and this is
one part of a larger solution. Hats off to Don Lane
and Fred Keeley who have brought together a broad
coalition to support this. I think they’ve scaled back from what was a more ambitious proposal. They’ve reduced it by
over $100 million dollars to something that’s more
digestible, I think, to the voters in this county. I think it behooves you as a commission to put this on the ballot so
the voters can vote on it. And I think there’s a lot of small business owners out there, like myself, I’ll tell you a
story of a employee of mine who was able to successfully get into an affordable housing unit. She’s been able to stay in this county, unlike a lot of workers
here, and if we can provide that kind of solution to our employees, my business can keep on surviving, as can other businesses in our county. So please let the voters decide on this and thank you for your
time, appreciate it. – Thank you. Morning, Mr. Cancino, welcome back. – Morning, Ray Cancino,
CEO Community Bridges. On behalf of the board, the
co-workers that I work with, the families we serve, and the 20,000 people
we provide service to, we’re in support of this measure. We’ve been in support of this
measure for many reasons. UCSC found the study, 70 percent of our
community is rent-burdened. We know we have the second largest percentage of poverty in our community. HCAS did a research study also and found 2/3 of our employees are using some sort of
services in our community in order to maintain their
living standards here. The reality is it’s impacting everybody. Through this process, we’ve been a part of helping craft this
and we scaled it back. We talked to community members and the original envisioned
number was a lot higher. I look forward to
spending the 120 you know, dollars a year in addition to help support other community members, me and my wife, I shouldn’t say just me, to help support to make sure that we
have affordable housing for everybody including nonprofit workers and those that we serve in our community. So thank you, hopefully, for your support. – Thank you Mr. Cancino,
welcome back Mr. Willoughby. – Good morning, Tim Willoughby speaking for Affordable Housing Now! Affordable housing requires three things, land, money, and political will, and today, you can tackle two of those. You can move this on to
the voters to provide a significant amount of
money to solve this problem and you can put the
political will behind it. A unanimous vote today
would be a good note for the community to note, take notice of, that you support this,
so we hope that you will unanimously pass this on
to the voters, thank you. – Thank you, and thank you for your work. Good morning, welcome. – Morning, members of the Board. My name is Lou Mora and
I’m a resident of Aptos and I’m a former director
of the State Department of Housing Community Development and I also served as a program director for the state’s Housing Finance Agency. I’d like to emphasize the critical nature of these housing zones at play and accessing these state funds. The funds are, these
applications come from a critical need that is supply for affordable housing for this county. Applications for these
funds from around the state are highly competitive and state administrators in Sacramento look to the funds that are
supplied by local housing. I have seen a great number of housing programs around the state fail to reach their housing goals because of absence of local money. In the fall, there will be two affordable housing related bonds and I can speak from experience that once those bonds, if they pass, the administrators in Sacramento
will move very quickly to access those funds and
look to local governments and their financing
commitments to go forward. I really do encourage
you to support this bond. It’ll make a big difference, I think, for the residents of this County. Thank you very much.
– Thank you. Thank you for your service. Good morning, welcome,
thank you for waiting. – My name is Rosalinda Moreno. I’ve been a resident of
Santa Cruz County or city for the last 50 years. I am, this bond it’s not gonna help me, but it will help other generations. I am a renter and I just
received in the mail last week a $600 month
raise in my apartment and I am 80 years old and I definitely want everyone
to vote for the rent control in the city of Santa Cruz so
that it doesn’t happen to them, and I might become homeless as a disabled 80 year
old in Santa Cruz County. So I’m just urging
everyone to vote for this which is in the future. I don’t know what I’m gonna do. I have called around there is no, open for senior affordable
housing right now in Santa Cruz. So I have to take it one day at a time and hopefully something
will come up, thank you. – Thank you, thanks
for sharing your story. Good morning, Mr. Kramer. welcome back. – Morning, good morning, Chair Friend and members of the Board. My name is Phil Kramer, executive director of the Homeless Services
Center in Santa Cruz. We have 200 people living
in emergency shelter and transitional housing
on our campus in Santa Cruz and we support another 260 people throughout the county of Santa Cruz. HSC is an enthusiastic
supporter of the housing bond and hopefully you are too and we’ll see it on the
on the ballot in November. One of the biggest impediments and challenges we have roadblocks we have to housing more individuals, veterans, and families that are
experiencing homelessness is a sufficient inventory and
supply of affordable housing. So that’s one piece of
the bond that I think will be a big help and
help us house more people that find themselves in
the crisis of homelessness. Another piece, 15 percent part of the bond that will go towards homeless services such as more shelter and
transitional housing, we’re also really excited about that. We know that shelter as a
pathway to housing works. Last year we helped house over 249 people so we know that shelter as
a pathway to housing works. So we’re really excited
about that and hopefully we’ll be able to apply that funding to new infrastructure developments, shelter and transitional housing programs in the coming years, so thanks so much for everything that you do and look forward to your support. – Thank you. Good morning, welcome. – Good morning. My name is Candice Elliott and I wear a lot of different
hats in this community. I’m the human resources manager for the Glass Jar
Restaurant Group and we have 150 staff that work in
Santa Cruz and Capitola and they live in every
district in the county. And I’m also a member of the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs and a board member for the Santa Cruz Downtown Association where we’re all focused on creating a thriving downtown space and housing is a major part of that. Until recently I was the president
of the Board of Directors at Pajaro Valley Loaves & Fishes which serves Watsonville
with nutritious food. I’m a fifth generation Californian and my mom and my sister
live here in Santa Cruz. My great grandmother Ruth Noren used to come here on vacation from Fresno, like years and years and years ago. And I’m a ceramic artist and I work with locally-sourced materials. I’ve been a part of this
coalition for the past nine months and I’m very excited that
we’ve come to this point and I’d like to encourage you to put this measure before the voters so that they can decide what’s
best for this community. Thank you.
– Thank you. Good morning and welcome back. – Hello, my name is Evan Zerke and I’m with Santa Cruz EMB and we’re here to support
the affordable housing bond and just further tax reform and bonds of this sort because you know, while we support housing
creation at market rate, we realize that the
market rate housing alone may not impact the lowest income of our population and so, but furthermore we do also echo some concerns here and advocate that you make these affordable
housing funds go further by advancing some other things like up zoning and allowing for more you know, density
bonuses and you know, more opportunities to be
more efficient with the land and also streamlining the permitting and also the fee structure so that you aren’t charging affordable housing especially perhaps as much fees and making it just easy to get through a process, not
taking a very long time. And so, thank you. – Thank you. Good morning and welcome back. – Good morning, I’m Bruce
Holloway from Boulder Creek. Fred and Don and I have
had parallel careers. I went to sister high school from where Fred went, I went
to Homestead High School. I think Fred and I
overlapped for a little bit at DeAnza College in 1972 then I went to UC Santa Barbara. I know Don went to UC Santa Cruz. If I recall correctly,
they studied politics and I studied economics. You can’t make housing more affordable by putting a tax on housing. That’s the fundamental
problem with this proposal. It’s not gonna work, and when
I say it’s not gonna work, I mean that the negative consequences will outweigh the benefits over time. The chart over there says a thousand units could be built over like 30 or 40 years and if like 2.75 people live
in each one of these units, that’s about 2,800 people. That’s about one percent of the current population
of Santa Cruz County. So I get the proposal is to
tax everyone in the county for 30 or 40 years to help one percent, to somewhat help them you’re
not gonna fully help them. I think this is a drop in the bucket. And I think that the lack of
affordable housing around here is largely a self-inflicted wound. It’s because local
jurisdictions have been pursuing no growth or low growth policies for more than 40 years here. The barriers to development
have been erected so high, now maybe it’s improving
now for the county at least, but the the backlog of that 40 years worth of negative
development policies is what has caused this problem largely. State matching funds, the proposal on the ballot
in November, I think, is 3.1 billion, there’s
another billion for veterans or something, 3.1
billion, our share of that would only be $21 million.
– Thank you. – This is far outside of what we need for state matching funds.
– Thank you. Good morning and welcome back. – Good morning, Chair, Supervisors. My name is Robert Singleton,
I’m the executive director of the Santa Cruz County Business Council. We represent around the 80 or so largest employers in the county. Every year we poll our
members about the issues that are most important to them and the issues that are
affecting their business and every year that I’ve
been at the Business Council, which is six years now, housing has been by far and
away the number one issue. Just cutting right down to it, because of the high cost of
housing, it’s really hard to attract and retain talented employees, it’s really hard to
maintain service workers here in Santa Cruz County
to support our industries that are you know,
agriculture and hospitality, our two biggest industries. So we need to do something to address the housing affordability crisis. And while this is a tax on
housing, it’s a progressive tax that would go towards
those, the larger houses, to help fund those who are most in need. And the business community recognizes that that’s important and that’s why we’re supporting
these kinds of issues and that’s why we’ve been
involved in the planning of this ballot initiatives
since the beginning with Fred and Don and
so I just want to say we urge you to put this on the ballot. Thank you for your time. – Thank You, Mr. Singleton. Good morning, welcome, I
appreciate you waiting. – Good morning, my name is Alex Wheskey. I’m a program manager with
Hope Services in Santa Cruz. We support individuals with
developmental disabilities. There are approximately 1,000 adults with developmental
disabilities in this county, approximately 600 of which still
live in their family homes. This is often not by choice. Affordable housing is a
major barrier to these people leading happy and, and fulfilling lives,
it’s also a barrier to us finding and maintaining a team of direct service professionals that can afford to live in this county. So I just want to say that
we are in support of this, this bond, thank you. – Thank you for your work
and we did receive a letter from your executive director
in support as well, thank you. Morning, Mr. Foster, welcome back. – Good morning, Chair Friend
and members of the Board. I’m David Foster, executive director with Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay. I’d like to be on record
in support of the, on behalf of my board in
support of the bond measure. Habitat does its part in, its small part, in building affordable
homes here in the county. Using local volunteers, we’re currently building home ownership homes in Live Oak with support from the county
and our next two homes will be reserved for a family
with a mobility disability and a veteran’s family. Since the loss of the
Redevelopment Agency in 2011, the availability of local
housing funds has plummeted. Affordable housing programs
simply cannot survive without the local funding sources needed to be competitive
for state, federal, and tax credit housing funds. Please let’s make this a unanimous vote. Thank you very much. – Thank you for your work, Mr. Foster. Good morning, thank you for waiting. – Good morning, Mike Pisano, Live Oak. I’ve been very lucky to be part of Measure O unit up on the campus and now Measure J in Live Oak and I urge an aye vote to
help retain workers local and also keep our
families local, thank you. – Thank you. Morning, welcome back, Miss Garrett. – Marilyn Garrett, I want you
to visualize this cartoon. I’m gonna get you a copy of it. There it’s a, a man in like doctors garb and he has his clipboard,
says, are you feeling sad and depressed, you may be suffering from capitalism. Symptoms include homelessness, unemployment, hunger, anxiety, fear. We’re talking about a system problem of capitalism that’s based upon greed and I appreciate Bruce Holloway’s comments on economics, here’s some
other economics on this. Over half of our tax dollars go to the military budget and the Congress just
approved $717 billion dollars for more military money. I heard someone else say we suffer from a lack of local funds. These funds are being siphoned out of this community and other communities to go to dangerous inappropriate priorities for profit, for the military and big business and big developers. This does not solve the problem. It’s a system problem and I have reported to this board before and I’ll say this again, I saw real affordable housing when I visited the former
Soviet Union, relatives of mine, in 1966 after the war. They had, my mother’s cousin paid about a five percent– – Thank you.
– Of her income for rent. – Thank you, Miss Garrett.
– Thank you. – Good morning, welcome back, Mr. Darling. Thanks for waiting. – Darrell Darling, retired
pastor, currently participating in a congregation, Methodist congregation, that’s seriously considering building affordable housing on a lot here in Santa Cruz or in Live Oak area, one of several congregations who are also looking at means by which we can build on church lot, church property. I strongly encourage your support of this measure. I also, the bond measure. I also appreciate your putting it before the community for citizens vote and I encourage other congregations to consider whatever means by which we can encourage, enhance the living conditions of people in our community, including the possibility of tiny homes, tiny houses, thank you very much. – Thank you, is there anybody else who’d like to address us? Miss Barr, welcome back. – Thank you very much.
– Good morning. – Jane Barr, Eden Housing. I urge your unanimous support
for this housing bond. Eden has approximately 1,300
families on our waitlist of the seven rental
apartment complexes we own in Santa Cruz County, despite the fact that these
waitlists have been closed on all but one of the
properties since 2014 and 2015. Nevertheless we receive inquiries daily. The staff estimate of 987
affordable rental units, including ADUs will be
will not be hard to meet in a fairly short period of time. During the exploratory phase of the bond. the pipeline projection was put together, which estimated that 1400 units of only new affordable rental housing could be developed over 10 years. Our waitlist alone could
fill the proposed units funded by this bond one-and-a-half times. Hopefully the dollars we stretch to build much more housing than this estimate. Each drop in the bucket
helps and more supply should help slow down rent increases. Finally the importance of this local bond cannot be underestimated. Anticipating approval of
the State Housing bond, Santa Cruz County will be best positioned to compete for the state funds if jurisdictions have local funds to commit as a local match. Thank you.
– Thank you. Welcome back, Mr. Keeley. – Thank you, Mr. Chair,
Mr. Chair, members, thank you very much,
My name is Fred Keeley, resident of Santa Cruz
County and the city. I wanted to clarify one
issue, the issue of seniors and the affordability of
the property tax system. You probably know that
this bond does not need to have a specific provision exempting low-income seniors, and so on. There is a state statute
which allows seniors at a certain low income level to defer their property taxes and it automatically applies to any tax that is adopted by the
voters, property tax based. So I wanted to say, people have said, gee this doesn’t have it in it. It doesn’t need to be in
it because the state law covers any tax related to property. Thank you. – Thank you, Mr. Keeley. Is anybody else like to address us? (people applauding) Okay, seeing none, we’ll bring it back to the Board for consideration and action. Supervisor McPherson? – Yeah, I’d like to thank
especially Fred Keeley, Don Lane, Affordable Housing Now! Melanie, I know that she
put a lot of work into this in this last month to make it all fit for those to put this measure together. I know it’s taken many months and there’s been many representatives here and I haven’t seen, this group reminds me of
what we did with Measure D in the transportation sector
when we got a real concern, a conglomerate of folks together to see how we can
address the housing needs of this county and the
affordable housing need here in this region, in this county, is not unlike every other
county in California and much of the United States as well. And I think we should
let the voters decide if they want to invest
more in affordable housing. I do appreciate that the matter before us is $140 million dollars
which strikes a balance that was for being an
overburdensome challenge to the property owners today. I mean, it was first thought
to be $250 million dollars. That would have been a real, real hurdle for people,
some people to get over, but I think if this passes in November, I would like to see something
in an implementing ordinance from the CEO that addresses how we can, in our planning department, which has been overburdened
with various challenges and that it has to put forth before us, but I would like to see that in terms of the permitting process that this give special attention. I mean. it’s one thing to approve this, but historically our planning department and I don’t think it’s
been in recent years, but it hasn’t been you know,
on put it in the high gear to get something done
as far as housing goes. If we’re gonna do this
and we’re going to address building affordable
housing, I would like to see somehow we develop in
the Planning Department a format for what is needed to quantify, qualify for this
affordable housing measure. And so, when somebody comes in to the Planning Department, they can get some quick
attention, predictable attention, to get something done. In essence, I don’t want to see these estimated 1,041 units
take 20 years to build. I’d like to see if we’re gonna do this, let’s see, let’s get a program and a procedure in the planning department so we can move forward
as quickly as possible. I don’t know what that is and
it could be very complicated, but I think if we’re
really serious about this, we don’t have a history of
building a lot of units per year in the unincorporated
area of Santa Cruz County. I want to make sure that we
focus on getting the job done that what the people,
should they approve this, say they want to do, that we’re gonna build
more affordable housing in the shortest amount of time possible. – Thank you, Supervisor McPherson. Supervisor Caput? – Oh we’re voting on
putting it on the ballot, letting people vote on whether
or not they want this tax and I will move for approval. – Thank you, Supervisor Caput,
there is not a motion yet, but Supervisor Coonerty? – Yeah, I’m obviously supportive and I appreciate everyone taking the time to come out today in order
to get discussions started. I’ll move approval of
the recommended action. – Motion from Coonerty. And a second from McPherson. Let’s continue conversations,
Supervisor Coonerty, do you have additional information to add? – No, I already–
– Okay. Supervisor Leopold? – It’s hard to keep track what’s a, where the emotions are being made. First of all I want to thank everyone for, for coming down here, they talked with us. I appreciate all the
work that has been done in the community to put something together that has broad support. It’s very clear that affordable housing is at a crisis level here in Santa Cruz and we have to do, we have to look at all
sorts of creative ways. This board has worked
to make things easier for building things like ADUs. We have thought about our
development future differently and not all be single-family homes and we need resources
to be able to do that. The state law was sets a very high bar to pass measures, tax measures, and it’s important to be
able to go out to the public and ask what they want to invest in and through that process we, we can be fairly sure that we’re doing what the public wants. And so, I hear people complain
sometimes about taxes, but those were all passed by the people, most of them on at a two-thirds level. This has a high bar to pass and
it will require lots of work by everybody here in this room and lots of other people in the community in order to be successful, but I believe that this
coalition is strong and effective and reaches out into the community that it can be successful. I believe it’s important
to ask people if they, if they’ve identified affordable housing as a number-one issue that we provide an opportunity for people to weigh in and provide resources to
help address the issue. So I support the motion. – Thank you, Supervisor Leopold. I’d just like to also add my thanks not just to Mr. Lane and Mr. Keeley, but the work internally of staff that happened behind the scenes, Mr. Reno, Ms. Coburn,
Ms. McRae, Mr. Palacios. There were a lot of county staff that worked with all the cities on trying to put something together that
could come before us today that would be legal and also actionable, so I appreciate the work on that. And to me, I think that the question that’s really before the Board and before the community at large is, when will we fundamentally
turn the page on the impacts of affordability
so that the next generation does not face what this
current generation faces, and when will we also turn the page on the immediate impacts of affordability, on homelessness, on working families, on seniors, on veterans, on teachers, on Public Safety, so that
they too can have relief from impacts that are
forcing people to make very difficult decisions
within our community. And to the argument that
this may take a while to provide some relief, I would say that it’s incumbent upon
policy makers to make decisions so that future generations
don’t face the challenges that we face today. It’d be like saying that I’m not gonna eat vegetables today because I might, it’ll only gonna impact
heart disease in 20 years. I think that you eat vegetables
today for a lot of reasons and you make long-term investments in not just a community, but in yourself, and our board and those that
have been involved in this brought together by the
way a coalition of people who have not just historically
not been together, but haven’t been together on this issue, that’s very telling. The people that have
come before this board over the last two years to advocate for improved housing access especially affordable housing access have historically not been at the table and in fact been against
housing expansion. If that isn’t a clue to
the greater community and the state at large that we’re beyond a tipping point on this. I don’t know what is, and one element that helps
address it is financing. And I do believe that
what’s before us today can help turn that page for
those future generations. So I’m supportive of it and I appreciate the work
of the community on this. We have a motion, we have a
second, all those in favor? – Aye.
– Opposed? It passes unanimously. (people applauding and cheering) We’re gonna take a, the Board will take a very
brief 10-minute break. We’ll come back at
11:35 for our next item, give an opportunity to clear the room and also take a brief
break, so 10 minutes. (people chattering at once) – That would be for Park
Capital Improvements. It’s important to note that
the Critical Unmet Needs that were identified
by the department heads align perfectly with a strategic plan which the Board adopted on June 26. They fit in perfectly with the goals that were set at that time. So let’s talk about the
ongoing operational needs. They’re divided into
three main categories. The first two are regarding
mainly our homeless population. The Focused Deterrence Initiative offers programming that would pair public safety personnel, deputy sheriffs, with behavioral health personnel to form small teams that would go out and offer services to that
small subset of the population that is resistant to receiving
treatment and services. Some of these individuals are resistant to services and
engaging in criminal conduct. This program would be something, is something that the sheriff and our Health Services Agency have both talked about during budget hearings and they are here in the audience to talk further about that
during public comments. In addition, we want to
fund the operational costs of a year-round 24-hour
Homeless Navigation Center, one in Santa Cruz and one
in the city of Watsonville. Right now, we offer emergency
shelter during the winter, but we don’t offer very much in terms of day services and we only, and we close down the winter
shelter during the summer. This Navigation Center
would offer year-round, 365 days, 24-hour services in both Watsonville and
Santa Cruz, it would house, provide services to about
40 adults in Watsonville and about 150 in the city of Santa Cruz. And then we have needs
to maintain our parks and provide more recreational activities both for youth and seniors. And so, this proposal would
also provide new staffing to our Parks Department
both to maintain our parks, and to offer new recreation services. The other main category of needs that we are presenting to you today involve parks and critical
capital improvement projects. This is a list of the parks
in which there we have plans, but we do not have funding,
let me just highlight a few. Chanticleer Park which
would include LEO’s Haven, which would be the county’s first all-inclusive playground for
children of all abilities. (people applauding) And this will include numerous accessible structures and features. There’s been over two million
dollars raised privately for this project and now the
county needs to do its part and meet, match those funds to help make this park a reality. Simpkins Swim Center is another need. This is a deferred maintenance issue where the aging pool infrastructure including pumps, heaters, and the deck need to be replaced. There’s also the opportunity to provide lighting at the pool, which would allow
nighttime use of the pool. That would be a very
important project for us. And then you can see that
the Felton Nature Park is also something that’s planned in conjunction with the Felton Library. It would provide an outdoor learning space for environmental literacy programming, interactive nature discovery zones, and an interpretive nature loop trail. There has been grant funding
secured for this project, but we need to find the county match. And then there’s also
funding for an Aptos, for improvements at
the Aptos Village Park, and for a possible new park
in South County as well. So, the challenge before the Board is how do we find the
funds that are needed to fund these critical
unmet needs that also align with the goals set by the
Board in our strategic plan? So, we looked at two main options. One is a Sales Tax or
Transactions and Use Tax, and the other is the hotel tax, or also called the
Transient Occupancy Tax. The Sales Tax currently in
Capitola and Scotts Valley is at nine percent in Watsonville, and Santa Cruz it’s 9.25 percent, and the unincorporated area
of the county is 8.5 percent, so we now have the lowest
sales tax in the county. A quarter cent sales tax would bring in $2.8 million dollars. A half cent would bring
in $5.7 million dollars, and this would be in
the unincorporated area. The hotel tax or the
Transient Occupancy Tax is currently at 11 percent in Capitola, Santa Cruz, Watsonville, and the County. Scotts Valley is at 10 percent,
it was last raised in 2012. I know that there are proposals
to increase this hotel tax in Scotts Valley and Capitola, and I believe there will be
one in Watsonville as well. This would bring in, a one
percent increase in the hotel tax would bring in about $762,000. So, staff is recommending
after reviewing these options and the critical unmet needs
that we have before you to place a half cent
Transactions and Use Tax or Sales Tax on the November 6th ballot. This would be a tax in the
unincorporated area only, even though the entire, voters in the entire
county would vote on it, because they are, would
also benefit from the tax. It would be for a 12-year period, and it would be subject to annual audits, and independent citizens oversight. The process would be that if the Board chooses today
to place it on the ballot, it would go in the ballot in November. If it’s approved, it would be in effect probably in the last
quarter of this fiscal year, so March through June, so we would get about a
quarter of the proceeds, if we put in a half cent. So, that would be about
$1.4 million dollars in this fiscal year 2018-’19. So, we would have next year in ’19-’20, you would have the full $5.7 million. This year you’d have only
$1.4 million dollars. Here’s how we would
propose that the budget, the Board budget it, if it
is approved by the voters. We would recommend that about a little more than $400,000 dollars be used for the ongoing operating costs of the Focused Deterrence Initiative. This is where the sheriff, deputies, and the behavioral health would offer services for those individuals who are resistant to enter into treatment, and then we’d also fund the
Homeless Navigation Centers both in Watsonville and in Santa Cruz, and then we’d also fund the
park’s maintenance workers and recreation staff. So, that would be for partial year funding for these programs. And then we would recommend
trying to find the funds to fund all of these projects, which total $4.3 million dollars. We think there’s a way to do
it, we’ve come up with it. Here’s the recommendation
we will be making to the Board if the Sales Tax is approved. We would recommend using a million dollars of the sales tax and
this year Prop 68 funds, which are state funds of
half a million dollars. We believe there’s going to
be about a million dollars in budget savings from
this last fiscal year, and we also were notified
that we are going to be reimbursed for SB 90 Mandate money, and we propose using about
$1.9 million dollars of that. So, the combination of those
four sources of funding would allow us to fund
all of these projects, every one of them, which would be a great
benefit to the community. So, in conclusion that’s
our recommendation, and that concludes my staff report. Thank you very much. – Thank you, Supervisor Caput. – Just to, for the sake of transparency, the tax we’re talking about, it’s a 12-year tax.
– That is correct. – Okay, it’s not a 30-year
tax, a 12-year tax. 50 cents, uh 50 percent
plus one vote to pass it. – [Greg] And that is correct. – Okay, to assure that it’s going to what we’re voting for
putting it on the ballot. I mean that that’s separate,
but people voting for it. How can they be assured that it’s gonna go to what we intend it to go to? – Well, we put on a
resolution which the Board, on today’s agenda, to accompany placing the measure on the ballot which would set out these
budget priorities for the Board. And so, you would be on record approving these budget priorities. – Okay, and then I’m gonna just read, South County Parks to
provide matching funds to unlock other resources, and
I’ll skip over a little bit, to increase Park Safety,
deferred maintenance, and establish new or
expanded park facilities. That means we could actually purchase land and add acreage to South County parks. – That is correct.
– Right. I like the wording on that. And just, I’ll make a quick commentary, but I’m ready to vote on this. You know it’s a sad commentary on society today when you drive around, and you look at what we
used to use schools for, parks and rec, our kids just going
down there to the school to shoot baskets or to play catch or to kick the soccer ball around. If you look around there are
fences that have gone up. I’ve noticed schools, a lot of schools are
starting to look like prisons and it’s a sad commentary. Something bad happens somewhere else and I really hate to see that and I’ve been arguing
that at least on weekends gates should be unlocked. People should be able to use those schools for recreation and the schools are not doing that. A lot of, a lot of them,
they’re locked up 24/7 or whatever on weekends. And so, what I’m getting at is, I don’t want us to, if we’re
gonna expand facilities and we’re gonna actually do maintenance, I don’t want to see walls go up all around the facility
and locking them out. I want to see access, people able, you know,
able to go down there. So, I mean walls do not solve problems. They just defer problems and they put them off somewhere else. So anyway, I just want to make sure that our parks are accessible and I would like to see schools making their land accessible for people to use, also their playgrounds for the kids that we see here, that they’re able to go
down there and use them. Taxpayers are paying for all this and to have them locked out during reasonable hours, it’s
not fair to the taxpayer. They’re paying for it, they
should have access to it. Their kids and family should
have access to it also. And let’s see, just refer,
that’s basically it. So thank you. – Thank you, a brief question
from a Supervisor Leopold. I know we want to get to
the community as well. (people murmuring) – Okay, thank you, Chair. I just wanted to ask. Although this will be a tax that’s only charged in
the unincorporated area, the services that are
gonna be provided here are really county-wide, the
Focused Deterrent Initiative is really to work with all of our incorporated cities as well? The Simpkin Swim Center is obviously a regional park facility. The LEO’s Haven is gonna be the only all-accessible park for handicapped children throughout
all Santa Cruz County. So this, so everybody’s gonna
get a chance to vote on this, but everybody will also get a
chance to benefit from this. Is that right?
– That is correct. – Okay, thank you. – Thank you, appreciate
everybody’s patience. Now’s an opportunity for
members of the community to address us on this item, please feel free to step forward. Can I get a sense of how many people are interested in
addressing us on this item? Just to know how long testimony will be. Okay, we’ll offer three
minutes for each person. Thank you, Miss Roberts. Yes, three minutes, I know. – You don’t have to take it all. – This is true, watch
out, you want to come? Okay, I actually wrote
something down today, because it’s a very wonderful
celebratory day for our team. My name is Mariah Roberts, director of Chanticleer
Park Neighbors Vecinos. (speaking in a foreign language) And I’m here to say thank you for showing your commitment to the private-public partnership that is LEO’s Haven at Chanticleer Park. Thank you for prioritizing
parks in your funding decisions and working with us to
care for these spaces that we all hold dear. Through these years of work, you have shown us that a partnership with the county of Santa
Cruz is not only possible, it can lead to something
greater than its parts. Prioritizing healthy public spaces opens a free and accessible
path for all of us to take charge of our own health, to find community, to connect with nature, and to strengthen our families. Yeah, yeah, he won’t, hang on. We have a comment. – Hi. – What’s your name? – My name is Sergio, I am five years old. – Anything else about the park? – And I want a park here.
– All right. – All right, back to the
boring, the boring comment. LEO’s Haven and Chanticleer
Park has supporters from every district in this
county, from service clubs, chambers of commerce, community groups, businesses, medical providers, educators. I cannot thank each of,
thank each of them enough. Today, I really want to
give a shout out, however, to the El Patio de Me Casa
Bilingual Family Support Group from Live Oak Community Resources. For years since we first
organized these families have met every week out at the undeveloped
park site, no bathroom, led by their teacher
Yolanda Provoste-Fuentes who I wanna grow up and become. She is here. They have raised their children,
planting and harvesting in the interim community gardens. They have found health,
community, and support from each other under that
giant beautiful live oak. Whenever I’m weary of this fundraising and all of the hoops we all jump through, I go join the families in the park. I’m filled back up with nature, I’m nourished by the
food from their harvest. I’m soothed by conversation,
Yolanda’s guitar, and the sound of kids playing. I hope you’ll join me
in thanking them today for exemplifying what a
public-private space can offer. So, I want to say thank you
to the El Patio families. (people applauding) And thank you for seeing that value, and for following through
on our shared commitment to build LEO’s Haven at
Chanticleer Park, thank you. – Thank you. (speaking in foreign language) – Do you need a translator?
– No. (speaking in foreign language) – (babbling) No!
(people applauding) – Okay, so you need
interpretation or you understood? – We may have had staff
here that was here earlier, but they had to– – Okay, well maybe. I know what she said. It’s very important to have a park in the community,
we’re the community, these children are going to
meet for many years there. Park is fun, family, it’s
community, it’s diversity, it’s everything and the
children is our future. You know, I’m 76 year old. I’m committed to do the work for them, because they’re going to
be here for a long time, and I hope that all of you do the same. Thank you very much, and thank you Mariah, and thanks to all the mothers here. You can raise, and we
use the park every week, and we have a beautiful garden. If you need kale, go there. Thank you.
– Thank you for your work, Yolanda.
– My pleasure. (speaking in foreign language) – I’m going to do a better job now, because before I didn’t
interpret like I thought. She said that she wants
empowering the children, and she goes to the garden, because it’s a place to grow
the children in a safe place. Okay. – Thank you. (laughing)
– You’re welcome. – Okay, okay, good job, guys. (audience applauding) – [Boy] Bye. – Thank you for your patience
for being here so long. – Good morning, members of the Board. My name is Will Forest. I am a resident of the city of Santa Cruz, an employee of the County of Santa Cruz, and the president of this
Santa Cruz County Employees chapter of SEIU, and
nowhere near as charming, or entertaining or organized
as the families who just spoke, but one thing I wanna say is any time you’re thinking
about proposing a tax, there’s, naturally,
there’s some resistance and there’s some concern
potentially on your part that it might fail, that it
might look bad, and so on. And so, I cannot, because there is no
ballot proposition as yet, the SEIU has not taken a position on it. And so, I can’t speak as to that, but what I can tell you
is that I have spoken with some of our members and our leaders, and that we’re enthusiastic
about the prospect of this proposition being
approved by your Board, so that it can go to
the people of the county to make an informed decision. And I think anytime that
you are proposing something where you’re putting it out
to the voters to say hey, do you want to spend money on this thing, then the voters are getting
to make the final choice, and so I, we fully support that. And I know that there
are not very many ways in which the County has the
ready ability to raise money and the analysis by the CEO is, or my staff shows that
this is one of the few ways that you can go ahead and do that and the purposes for which it
is targeted, in particular, the combination of Health
Services cooperation with law enforcement to
reduce both kinds of issues, we think is an
extraordinarily good choice, so I want to urge you all
to vote yes on this, thanks. – Thank you.
– Thank you. Thank you for waiting, Sheriff Hart. – Good afternoon, I
think, yeah afternoon now. Chair Friend, Board of Supervisors, Jim Hart, Sheriff-Coroner,
and I’m here just to express my support of the
Board to adopt this resolution to place the half cent sales
tax on the November ballot. I talked to you a little
bit at our budget hearing about the focused initiative,
Focused Deterrence Initiative and that, something I didn’t say is that in my 30 years in law enforcement, I have never seen the level
of mental health calls and substance use disorder calls that our patrol staff
receives every single day. We’re responding over 10 times a day to people who are in serious
mental health crisis, and that’s just in the
unincorporated area of the county. I’m sure the City of Santa Cruz
and the City of Watsonville are experiencing similar numbers, and that’s placing a tremendous
burden on our patrol staff. And all they’re able to do
is really place a bandaid on that call in that moment. And what this program would do would, it would allow us to
partner sheriff’s deputies with mental health professionals to work with the district
attorney, the public defender, the courts, the Probation Department, to focus on people who are
causing harm in our community who won’t accept and don’t want help. And so, using resources
that we have access to, particularly the county jail,
along with other resources, I feel like we can convince these people that getting help, getting off the street and stop causing harm in our community in our open spaces,
our parks, our beaches, and our business districts, it will do nothing but help our community. In the 5th District, I think the most, the most picturesque park in this county is the Covered Bridge
Park in the 5th district and that park is
tremendously underutilized, because of the number of people who are drinking and doing
drugs and acting out, and you just don’t see that
many families in that park the way they should be using it, and unless I place a deputy
there during the day hours, it just doesn’t get used. And so, I think having a team like this, that could really focus on those people for some long-term solutions will have tremendous
benefit to the county. So, thank you for your time, and I encourage you to vote
yes on this resolution. Thank you. – Thank you for your leadership, Sheriff Hart, on that issue. Good afternoon, thank you for waiting. – Good afternoon, thanks for having me. My name is Karen Gosling, and as a citizen of Santa Cruz County, I’m extremely enthused by this measure as it’s very exciting to see the energy going to something that is
so critically important. I’m also here as part of Santa
Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club, and we along with many other Rotary clubs have been very big
supporters of LEO’s Haven, and I’m here with the
crew that was with us, behind us to really support this measure to make sure we get this park built. As a health care professional and a rehabilitation therapist, I know the essential part of play has for children’s development, and the consequences of not having that. And, this park is really
gonna go a long way to ensuring the continued development for all of our children. And, we have to have it soon. as part of Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary, we’ve been involved in
many public fundraisers or private fundraisers to
help put money towards this, and we have our final one coming up at the end of September. It’s John and Ken’s most
excellent adventure, and we have over 75 people who are training and
raising money for this, ’cause they really believe in this park, and we’re hoping that this
could be the final push to get that groundbreaking
done on October 13th. So, as a Rotary member, as
a health care professional, and as a citizen of this community, I want to thank all of you so much for your continued support of the parks, and especially LEO’s Haven, and thank you for your creativity and finding ways to make
this happen, thank you. – And thank you, Karen, for the
leadership, your leadership, and the leadership of Sunrise
Rotary for the project. I know that you’ve already
raised a lot of funds, and to hear another one scheduled, hopefully will be the last one is great. So, thank you for your leadership. – [Karen] You’re welcome, thank you. – Good afternoon, Miss Corwin. – Good afternoon, I’m Terry Corwin. Some of you might remember
me from my previous career as CEO and president of Land
Trust of Santa Cruz County. I’m enjoying retirement now over a year, but I haven’t lost my
passion for this community, its parks and its environment. My kids live here, I have grandkids here, and I’m currently serving as
treasurer of the Santa Cruz, Friends of Santa Cruz County Parks. There, I’m new. Despite my best efforts
and those are some others over the last 10 years,
and much to my chagrin, Santa Cruz County still
does not have sufficient dedicated funding to steward
its parks and open spaces. Our current County Parks Department, ably led by a Director Gaffney, remains at risk of drastic cuts in the next inevitable recession. We all remember when
the last recession hit, and the Parks Department was radically cut and
rolled under Public Works. Because of this lack of
sufficient dedicated funding, Santa Cruz County does not
have a strong public agency such as an open space district, or a stably-funded Parks Department that can leverage and
partner with nonprofits, such as the Land Trust and or Friends of Santa Cruz
County Parks, or others. Nonprofits working in conservation and recreation in Santa Cruz County are at a disadvantage to
their Bay Area brethren when it comes to competing
for federal and state funds that require local matching funds. Thank goodness for our local
philanthropic community that partially fills that void. I was honored to serve on the County Park Strategic Planning Working Group. I helped to facilitate at all
five of the community meetings that were convened to
receive input on priorities. The community has spoken through the strategic planning process, and they love their parks, and they want to see it stick around. The ballot measure before you presents an opportunity
to provide some funding. It does not solve the
problem of dedicated funding, but it sure is a good start
and I applaud you for it, considering it. I plan on, if it passes, if you pass it, in working hard to make
it pass with voters. So thank you very much. – Thank you, Miss Corwin. Good morning, Miss Hall, welcome back. – Good morning, Chair Friend, honorable Board of Supervisors. Mimi Hall, interim director
of the Health Services Agency, I’m here just to speak
about the importance of reminding the Board
of the gaps that we have in the behavioral health system. We enjoy great partnerships with Human Services Department,
with our Sheriff’s Office, and with our local police
departments, but as I, as I told the Board during
my budget presentation, there are so many complexities
to the work that we do and we have some serious gaps that are difficult to address under the funding systems
and mechanisms that we have, and I really appreciate the work of not only the CIO’s office,
but also Sheriff Hart and Chief Wilson in working with us back from seems like the
week that I got here in April on this Focused Deterrence Initiative. And, just wanted to express
my gratitude, thank you. – Thank you, thanks for your work. Welcome back, Ms. Minott. – Good morning, Supervisor Friend. My name is Kate Minott, I live in Aptos, I’m the 2nd District Representative on the County Parks Commission. The Parks Commission met
last night in Watsonville. where Supervisor Caput was. We weren’t able to review today’s measure, but we took an informal poll, and we know we’re gonna
have a formal presentation, make a formal recommendation to you. As a single person, I urge you to approve this motion today. Thank you.
– Thank you. – And thank you for your
work at the Parks Commission. Yeah, thank you. Mr. Holloway. – I’m Bruce Holloway from Boulder Creek. I’m a lot less worried
about this tax measure than the last one. You know, this is more
in the classic sense of put a tax and provide services. It’s not trying to, you
know, the other one, I don’t think it’s gonna work. Parks and libraries. I think that’s the fun
part of local government. Those are the good services we get. I was in the first class of
docents at Quail Hollow Park almost 30 years ago. I did that for a couple of summers. So I do support parks, but what I want to point out is
that the elephant in the room as far as the county is concerned, is the unfunded liabilities for CalPERS. The city of Santa Cruz just
passed a half cent sales tax, and about a week after that
passed, Marcus Pimente, the finance director of the city, made an $8 million dollar prepayment towards the unfunded liability
of the city of Santa Cruz and he described it, I
think he described it as this isn’t really $8 million dollars, this is $15 million dollars, because we would have been paying interest on this money for so
many years in the future if we did not make this prepayment. So, every jurisdiction that
has an unfunded liability with CalPERS is paying seven percent. They’re paying about
seven percent interest on that unfunded liability
and the unfunded liability for this county is about
$500 million dollars. So, that’s really the
elephant in the room here. That’s, and I want to point out that for the city of Santa Cruz,
that’s their first priority. As soon as they get
more sales tax revenue, that’s what they’re gonna do it, that’s what they did with it. Same thing for the city of Scotts Valley. City Manager at the city of Scotts Valley has looked at their
finances, and by the way, every local jurisdiction, if you look at their CalPERS reports for all of their pension plans and you look at the projections for the next six or seven years, everybody’s payments gonna double, everybody’s payments
gonna double to CalPERS. The city, you know, all
of our water districts, we’re all in the same
boat, but it impresses me that the City of Santa
Cruz Finance Director, and the City of Scotts Valley City Manager recognized this problem, and they put that as their first priority. And they’re, City of Scotts Valley, is also planning to
extend their sales tax. So, I just want to remind you about this elephant in the room. And another observation I
want to make about this, you know gosh, I think it
was more than 15 years ago, I was here and Bob Sir of Scotts Valley was in the back of the room. He was about 90 years
old I think, and he was, at the time the county was paying about nine percent towards CalPERS, and I think it’s over 20 percent today, and he was like a voice in
the wilderness you know, warning, warning the
Board of Supervisors then that this CalPERS problem
is is gonna eat us up. And you know, so the
county’s paying 20 percent towards CalPERS every year. That means that 20 percent of the money that ought to be fixing our roads– – Thank you.
– Is getting spent on, it’s just isn’t going where it needs to. – Thank you. Is there
anybody else that’d like to address us on this item? Okay, seeing none, we’ll
close public testimony and bring it back to the Board. Supervisor Leopold. – Thank you, Chair. Thanks for everyone who
waited to speak to this item. You know, our County
Administrative officer pointed out during budget hearings that
the County of Santa Cruz isn’t like every other County. There’s lots of ways in
which we could define that, but one of the things that
the County of Santa Cruz is required to do is
act like a municipality. Because so many people live
in the unincorporated area, we provide so many services of a city, even though we don’t have the same funding structure as a city. I was grateful several years ago, when Assemblymember Mark Stone worked a path legislation to allow counties to have some of the
same tools that cities have to raise funds to help pay
for those municipal services. We also heard during budget hearings a great presentation from Sheriff Hart about work that could be done to address a pressing
community problem around those suffering with the mental health disorder and substance use disorder, and a new way in which we might be able to attack the problem and really improve, not only
lives the people in the, in that program, but the quality of life in Santa Cruz County. Likewise, we have seen
an incredible amount of community support for our parks. When our… When we had a small funding
measure on the ballot. it received over 76 percent of the vote. Mariah Roberts who was
here today has helped lead a fundraising campaign in which nearly $2 million dollars has been raised to support a value that we all
care, which is inclusivity, and ensuring that we have
the first all-inclusive park in Santa Cruz County. They have done that by
building a broad array of supporters from little
kids selling cookies on the street corner, to
service clubs, to foundation. This park however, will be
available to all children in Santa Cruz County and it
will be a well-loved park. And so, it seems appropriate
to ask the entire county to help be part of that
fundraising effort in order to, to help make that a
reality, we want to do, we want to start
construction by next summer. We also have other critical
parks in our system. Lastly we know that as we heard in our last measure, having resources to be able to address the issues facing people experiencing homelessness
in Santa Cruz County is critical, it’s important
for our community, and we have to do everything we can, given that there are close to 3,000 people who were without shelter this evening. So, I’m an enthusiastic
supporter, and we’ll work hard to pass this measure, and I would approve, I would make the motion for
all the recommended actions to put this sales tax
measure on the ballot. – [Greg] I’ll second that. – We have a motion from
Supervisor Leopold, a second from Supervisor Caput. Are there additional comments? Supervisor McPherson. – Yeah, much of the
same, I just think this, I see this measure as a sign of strong fiscal management in the County over the last decade or so. We hit a big recession. We had to cut back on sheriff’s deputies, so we had to put the Parks Department within the Public Works Department as has been mentioned, but now we’re on, we’re on good standing and there’s no question, as was mentioned, the pension issue obligation
is over, it’s looming over us like every other government agency in the state of California, but I think we’re really
doing the right thing in focusing on this public health sheriff’s cooperation
issue as well as parks under the circumstances. As Sheriff Hart said,
having deputies respond to 10 calls with people that are in a, in a personal crisis
of one type of another is not something that we look,
we realized 10 years ago. There’s new challenges, and it’s gonna take a cooperative effort. And I think we’re, this is
the right way to address that, and as well with our parks. We have, we have a tremendous director in Jeffery Gaffney, who’s
done more with what he has than most people could imagine, and this whole Parks Department, but now providing this this asset, and I really see parks as
a tremendous County asset so people can enjoy their leisure time. And, LEO’s Haven is
just a star in the sky. It’s a tremendous asset for
the County of Santa Cruz. So, I think we’re filling
a void when we had to make cutbacks during the Great Recession and there’s a tremendous
need and a different need in that sheriff or Public
Safety Health Services Agency. and there’s always been
a need for more parks in our growing county population. So, I think we are focusing
on the right things to do with this proposed sales tax
and I’ll support this measure. – Thank you, Supervisor Coonerty. – Yeah, I just want to
echo some of the comments, which is that I really appreciate the leadership of this Board and the Boards previous, and County staff from top to bottom that have really made sure
our fiscal house is in order, that we have high bond ratings
who are able to refinance and save taxpayers millions of dollars so that we’re doing more
with fewer employees than we had almost a decade ago. And by getting our house in order, I think we’ve been able to you know, provide solid services to our residents, in addition to starting to do
some preventative programs, trying to do some innovative programs. What I see this measure doing in almost every aspect is
spending more on deterrence by having a Focused Deterrence Initiative. And I appreciate the
sheriff’s leadership on this. That’s gonna save not only citizens’ time and discomfort,
and insurance charges, but then the revolving doors of the jails, the revolving doors of
the emergency rooms, by focusing on a few people who cause a disproportionate
impact to our community, by having a Navigation Center that it gets people stabilized sooner, and get some attached to resources sooner. It also reduces impacts
on community and costs. And finally, by having
parks that are accessible across this county to all children, is a, is really the most preventative, ’cause you’re talking about
a generational investment we’re giving people and families and kids somewhere positive to go, and to build relationships and health and quality of life. And so, I’m excited
about this possibility, and I’m excited about
bringing a forward initiative that really benefits not
only the community now, but could benefit the community
for generations to come. – Thank you, Supervisor Caput. – To clarify something to make
it clear to the public too, the, when we’re talking
about voting on this tax for the parks, the sales
tax in the four cities will not go up.
– That is correct. – Okay, then one legal
question, it would be about half or more of the voters on this, they won’t be taxed, but
it is a legal question, they can vote on a tax
for somebody else to pay? – The entire county will vote on the tax, because they will be benefiting from it, but it won’t be, the tax will not be in
place within the city limits of the four jurisdictions in the county. – Okay, would that be
the legal opinion also? – [Woman On Left] City
residents will pay the tax when they’re shopping in
the unincorporated area. The tax will not be
imposed within city limits. – Okay, so Watsonville’s sales tax will stay at 9.25? – That is correct.
– Thank you. – Okay well we have a motion and a second. All those in favor?
– Aye. – Opposed, it passes unanimously. Like to thank all of you
(audience applauding) who came out for this item. I’d like to ask the Board. We have a couple more
regular agenda items. I believe will be pretty quick. Are we comfortable with
just going through them? All right, so move on to Item 6, which is a public hearing
to consider resolution appointing the County Road Commissioner as outlined a memo the deputy CIO and the Director of Public
Works have a resolution on the road commissioner appointment. We know that this is
just a standard process, but we have to have a
public hearing on it. I don’t believe there needs
to be any presentation, unless were there any questions from board members on this? Seeing none, I’ll now open
up the public hearing. Are there any questions or comments from the community on Item 6? Seeing none, I’ll close
the public hearing. Bring back for action– – I move approval of the recommended action.
– Seconded. – We have a motion from
Leopold, a second from Coonerty. All those in favor?
– Aye. – Opposed, passes unanimously. We now move on to Item
7, also a public hearing to consider the proposed issuance of bonds by the California Statewide Communities Development Authority, for the benefit of Monte Vista Christian school, in the amount not to
exceed $6 million dollars and take related actions
as recommended by the CIO. We do have a brief presentation on this. – Very brief, very brief. Good morning, members of the Board, Cristina Mallory, the
county budget manager. So, briefly on June 26, your
board set a TEFRA hearing, which is a Tax Equity and
Financial Responsibility Act hearing for today to authorize the proposed issuance of the bonds in an amount not to
exceed $6 million dollars by the California Statewide Community Development Authority CSCDA for the benefit of the Monte
Vista Christian School. Proceeds of the bonds will be used for the construction of a new 60,600 square foot multi-purpose building. Pursuant to the IRS Code, an elected body within the
territorial limits of the project must hold the hearing to
allow for public comment on a proposed issuance of bonds. The county has no liability
for the repayment of the bonds. The proper 14-day notice for the hearing has been provided as required. There are representatives
here from the financing team are available to answer
any questions you may have. Jon Penkower from CSCDA
and Mitchell Salerno, I hopefully I didn’t butcher that, the headmaster from Monte
Vista Christian School. So, it’s recommended your
board open the public hearing, hear any public comment, close the hearing and adopt the resolution. – Thank you. Are there any questions
from board members? And I appreciate that you were here today. I know that it’s been quite a long wait. Seeing none, we’ll now
open up the public hearing. Are there any comments or
questions from the community on this item, Item 7,
regarding this public hearing for the Monte Vista
Christian School bonds? Seeing none, we’ll bring
it back to the Board. For action. – Second.
– We have a motion from Supervisor McPherson, and a second from Supervisor Coonerty. All those in favor?
– Aye. – Opposed, it passes unanimously. Again, thank you all
for waiting back there. Number 8 is to consider
a final reappointment of various at-large representatives to the Workforce Development Board for terms that expire June 30th of 2022. We had nominations accepted
at our late June meeting, and we have previous agenda materials. Are there any questions or
comments from board members before we open it up to
the community on this? I’ll open up the community
any questions or comments on the at-large representatives the Workforce Development Board. – I move approval of
the recommended actions. – Second.
– A motion from Leopold and a second from Coonerty. All those in favor?
– Aye. – Opposed, it passes unanimously. Now an Item 9 is to consider
an ordinance amending Santa Cruz County Code Section 2.14050, relating to the authority to
approve contract change orders and direct the clerk of the
Board to place the ordinance on the next available
agenda for final adoption as outlined in the memo the deputy CIO and director of Public Works. We have the ordinance, the
strike out, an underlined, and the clean copy. Mr. Machado, welcome
thank you for waiting. – Yeah, thank you, Chairman Friend, members of the Board, the item before you is an amendment ordinance 2.14050 contract change orders. Section, this section of the county code provides authority to the
Director of Public Works to approve and execute
contract change orders. This update to the county
code is to make it consistent with the California Public Contract Code. The Public Contract Code
sections also provide specific limits for which
a public works director may approve contract change orders, change orders above the limits require approval by the Board Supervisors. Those limits are listed
in the Board letter. I’m here to answer any
questions you may have. The recommended action
is to approve in concept this ordinance amendment
of the County Code Authority to approve
contract change orders, and to direct the clerk of the Board to place the ordinance amendment on the next available
agenda for final adoption. – I think I have no questions. Any questions from Board members? Anybody in the community
like to address us on Item 9 regarding this? Okay, we’ll bring it back
to the Board for action. – I’m glad to see this moving forward. I move approval of the
recommended actions. – We have a motion from Leopold, a second from Supervisor Coonerty. It’s always good to see Mr.
Wiesner in a suit and tie, didn’t know what it took and now we know, it brings Item 9 forward,
so, all those in favor? – Aye.
– Opposed? It passes unanimously. As a reminder, Item 12 was
withdrawn by the appellant that was the item on the
public hearing for petition for rescission, so we don’t have Item 12. Regarding closed session, Is there anything reportable planned? – There is.
– Is there anybody from the community that
would like to address us on the items in closed session before we convene into closed session? Okay, seeing none, the Board will recess into closed session, or
adjourn into closed session. And if there’s something reportable, as we believe there will be, we’ll report it at the
end of closed session. Thank you all for being here,
and thank you for Community TV for being here today and reporting on it.

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