A bluff breadth for the Nov. 6 acclamation in Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Capitola, Watsonville and the canton at large.
In the June primary, Canton Supervisor Greg Caput won 32 percent of the vote, and he will already afresh face Councilmember Jimmy Dutra. Caput hadn’t originally planned to run again, accepting advocated for a two-term absolute for lath seats, but he says he was affected by his supporters. If re-elected, he says he’ll abide committed to the Pajaro River flood aegis project, and that he wants to added access affordable apartment and bounded veterans services. “Even admitting I am on the abbreviate end of votes 4-1 on the board, it’s important accession speaks up and represents added opinions,” Caput says. “Because a boyhood assessment today ability be the majority assessment afterwards in the future.”
Watsonville Burghal Councilmember Jimmy Dutra ran for this bench in the 2014 June primary, aback he absent to Caput and Terry Medina. Afterwards admission from USC’s academy of accessible activity and confined about four years on the council, Dutra says he’s added accessible than ever. “People accept had above alleyway issues, and there has been no absorption brought to that,” he says. Dutra is the aboriginal aboveboard gay Watsonville councilmember. If elected, he’d like to see added acquirement activity to Watsonville and added South Canton areas, adage that admitting Watsonville is home to Driscoll’s, Granite Construction, West Marine and Martinelli’s, there isn’t a commensurable acknowledgment of tax dollars to South County. “It’s absolutely sad that a lot of that acquirement doesn’t arise aback to us,” Dutra says.
After accident to Jimmy Panetta for a aldermanic bench two years ago, Digby absitively to go added bounded in 2018. “I got a lot added absolute accordance from my association than I anticipation I would in that race, so aback this aeon came about for Burghal Council, I absitively to run,” he says. A Navy adept and ironworker, Digby is a no-party-preference candidate, and prefers to yze as a backer reformer. He would like to see assets for homelessness absent to added canton priorities, and accept Capitola focus on acknowledging the average class, disturbing families and the elderly. He originally against Greenway’s Admeasurement L activity to anticipate rerouting the Monterey Bay Altar Scenic Aisle off the railroad tracks. He has aback antipodal his position afterwards accomplishing added research, and now supports the measure, arguing that a alternation base wouldn’t be advancing to Capitola any time in the a future, anyway.
Former Capitola Ambassador Storey ran for appointment as a applicant applicant in 2016 and absent by alone seven votes. “I accept my name on the acclamation this time, which is good,” Storey says. “The voters will be able to see my name and hopefully I’ll accept a bigger adventitious at prevailing.” Storey, who’s additionally an attorney, would like to see the new Capitola Mall developers focus on dining, ball and the assuming arts, rather than retail. He pictures a amplitude with a array of uses and bounded businesses, as able-bodied as a activity agnate to that of Capitola Village. Storey supports Greenway’s Admeasurement L initiative, adage that Capitola needs a safe avenue for pedestrians and cyclists. A adherent of the Admeasurement H apartment bond, he would like to see Capitola be a affable abode for everyone, behindhand of assets level.
Brooks managed the 2016 attack for Martine Watkins, who is currently carnality ambassador of Santa Cruz—now she’s active her own. Brooks says she brings a angle not currently represented on the council—that of mothers, new homeowners and adolescent alive families. Brooks works at the Santa Cruz Canton Appointment of Education. She supports Admeasurement J, the brief control tax measure, which would hardly accession money for children’s aboriginal apprenticeship programs from taxes on auberge apartment and concise rentals. “If we advance aboriginal in children, we will get the bigger acknowledgment in the future,” she says. “I appetite to accomplish families a priority, and put families first.”
In active for re-election, Councilmember Bertrand says he wants to accomplish a aberration in residents’ lives in actual ways, like ensuring abiding abutment for the Capitola Junior Lifeguards Affairs and establishing a plan to sustain and clean the wharf. “Since elected, I’ve animated association captivation in decisions—both abaft the scenes and up front—to accomplish abiding bodies accept a articulation in the decisions that affect their lives,” Bertrand says. He supports Admeasurement L, arguing that it will accord association added of a articulation in approaching accommodation making. He additionally supports allotment apartment for the homeless, abacus that it’s an important basic of acclamation the crisis.
Aguilar, who’s served on the Scotts Valley Burghal Lath aback 1998, has aggregate a continued résumé—having served as admiral of the League of California Cities and the Association of Monterey Bay Breadth Governments. A 48-year resident, Aguilar says her acquaintance alive on bounded efforts and statewide activity has apparent her how commutual California’s communities are. Although she about supports the long-discussed Boondocks Center plan, she has voted abnormally than her colleagues on the direction, suggesting that the mixed-use apartment activity needs added retail than has been planned appropriately far. “We charge a acceptable antithesis of those elements,” she says.
Mayor Reed knows article about bounded government, and not aloof from his 11 years on the Scotts Valley Burghal Council. Reed, a constant Republican, is additionally the arch of agents for San Jose Ambassador Sam Liccardo, a constant Democrat. Reed says he agrees with 90 percent of what Liccardo does, abundantly because of how Liccardo does it. “Oftentimes, one of the atomic important things you do on the lath is vote on the dais,” he says of bounded government. “A far added important aspect is how you engage.” A adherent of the council’s administering on the Boondocks Center project, he wants to see the boondocks abound in a amenable way that’s constant with Scotts Valley’s character.
Timm knows abounding able-bodied that he’s in a chase with two abiding incumbents in this year’s Burghal Lath race. The timing ability accomplish things arise tough. “The botheration in Scotts Valley, in general, is we don’t accept appellation limits. There’s apparently never a acceptable time, because you’re aloof cat-and-mouse for accession to retire out. Sometimes it’s acceptable to accompany in beginning energy,” says Timm, who has becoming an endorsement from Ambassador Reed. Timm, a Scotts Valley planning commissioner, aboriginal got civically complex in 2010, aback he started Save Our Schools. He led a acknowledged bandage admeasurement attack in 2012, and he’s arch accession one this year with Admeasurement K. One of his strengths, he says, is his accomplishment as a communicator—bringing bodies calm to altercate the issues and allowance them break informed.
Once a week, Seabright citizen Concannon is a day ambassador for the St. Francis Catholic Soup Kitchen. Concannon, who formed for 10 years as a chef at Santa Cruz Canton Juvenile Hall, says the burghal needs to able bottomward on acreage abomination and alpha administering its “criminal homeless” citizenry added aggressively. She says she does feel for transients who are mentally ill or aloof bottomward on their luck. “But again you accept these guys who absolutely accomplish it adamantine for everybody else,” she says. As for ytic the problem, she says, “it’s a lot of little things, but all those little things are abacus up to what the problems are.”
Attorney Crawford has been politically complex for decades over the hill, breadth he accomplished at San Jose Burghal College. Crawford aboriginal started accepting complex locally aftermost year, aback he and his adolescent neighbors from the Friends of West Cliff accumulation began ytic the adjustment of Santa Cruz’s littoral Jump Bike docks. On accessible safety, Crawford says he would like to see the badge do added community-oriented policing, aback cops go the added mile to get to apperceive association on their beats. He believes the burghal should get a bigger allocation of brainy bloom funding, as well. “We should be accepting our lion’s share, and I don’t anticipate we are, from what I apprehend from the ambassador and others,” Crawford says.
Foremost on Justin Cummings’ apperception is the charge for hire stabilization to assure tenants. “We charge it now,” says Cummings, one of two Burghal Lath candidates to abutment the Admeasurement M rent-control ordinance. He says that abounding attack issues arise aback to the economy. If bodies cannot acquisition acceptable jobs, that exacerbates problems in both apartment and accessible safety, explains Cummings, who trains adolescent bodies to be ecology admiral via a UCSC attention program. The son of a bent aegis attorney, Cummings acclimated to bulb association breadth throughout low-income neighborhoods and at the Cook Canton bastille in Chicago, breadth he grew up. He opposes the burghal parking garage/library project, arguing that the burghal should focus on abbreviation car trips instead.
Psychotherapist Cynthia Hawthorne hopes she’ll anon accept the befalling to admonition advance on brainy bloom issues that affect the accomplished county. If California’s Proposition 2 passes, the bandage will accommodate a brace of billion dollars against architecture affordable apartment with on-site amusing and medical services. “We will accept a pot of money, for the aboriginal time in a generation, that we could use to accomplish a big difference,” she says. Hawthorne hopes to stop the revolving aperture for those adversity from brainy bloom issues, including the association that association see on the streets of burghal everyday. The city, she says, additionally needs to body added apartment downtown. A baton of the Santa Cruz’s Women’s March, Hawthorne has been aggressive to see women get added complex in politics.
Activist Drew Glover accomplished aloof 500 votes shy of earning a bench on the Burghal Lath aback he ran two years ago, afterwards a ancestors emergency pulled him abroad from Santa Cruz in the final amplitude of the campaign. This time, he chock-full adopting money already he accomplished about $10,000, as he was afflictive with the bulk of banknote that pours into campaigns and the bulk of cardboard that gets befuddled out in the anatomy of mailers from candidates. “It’s so wasteful. My absolute kitchen table is covered, actually plastered, appropriate now,” says Glover, the alone applicant added than Cummings to abutment Admeasurement M. He’s focused his activity on talking to voters. Glover says there’s decay in the burghal government, which he feels needs to bigger accent amusing services.
Retired UCSC accountant Lane is active on his acquaintance acclaim out banking decay at the university. Aback GT batten to him in June, Lane said the Santa Cruz Badge Department was overfunded, and he against high-density affordable housing. “We aloof don’t accept the baptize and resources. And we don’t accept the allowance on the streets. I anticipate they appetite to about-face Santa Cruz into San Jose South,” he said. Lane has aback added to that, adage it would be bigger to body apartment alfresco the burghal limits—and, later, that affordable units should acquire subsidies or tax breaks, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Lane didn’t acknowledgment calls gluttonous animadversion for this guide. According to burghal records, he afresh donated $80 to his attack to book out 800 fliers.
Former Los Gatos Burghal Ambassador Larson says he’s active for Burghal Lath because Santa Cruz is in charge of acclimatized leadership. “I’ve been a botheration solver beyond 30 cities,” says Larson, who additionally formed for the cities of Santa Cruz, San Jose and Milpitas, and now works as a consultant. Santa Cruz, he says, is adverse advancing crises in apartment and adjacency safety. He wants to accede hiring new badge admiral and would like to attending at offsetting the costs in the budget, which is already beggared due to accretion alimony obligations. Larson says he wants to see the burghal embrace the San Lorenzo River, rather than axis its aback and alleviative the riparian aisle like it’s a aback alley.
Environmental adviser Meyers wants to accompany her acquaintance in accord and accepting bare allotment to the Burghal Council. She serves on the Parks and Recreation Commission—where she’s helped to baby-sit the Parks Master Plan—as able-bodied as the lath for the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, which has developed during her years as lath president. Meyers, additionally the founding ambassador for the Littoral Watershed Council, says the burghal can ster the bounded abridgement through partnerships to actualize new jobs. “There’s still a lot of charge to authoritative Santa Cruz a abode for all the bodies who are actuality adopting their families,” says Meyers. Concerned about apartment affordability, she’s a able adherent of Admeasurement H, the affordable apartment bond.
The alone bounden in the Santa Cruz Burghal Lath race, Noroyan has congenital her attack abundantly about the abridgement and accessible safety, issues she campaigned on in accomplished years. Aback actuality elected, she has served on the Homelessness Coordinating Committee, which drafted recommendations that the burghal is implementing. Aback she knocks on doors, the one catechism that Noroyan says voters ask the best is what she thinks of Admeasurement M, which she opposes. Noroyan says that she would abutment added addressee protections, like outlawing absonant hire increases, abacus that anybody should assignment calm on apartment solutions. “Among landlords and acreage managers, no one is adage aggregate is accomplished the way it is,” she says. “No one has said that to me, no amount if they’re addressee or a acreage ambassador or a landlord.”
Scontriano envisions a Santa Cruz that’s added “customer-friendly” to bounded businesses. “I don’t anticipate it would be a big hurdle for our government to change in that way,” she says. “It’s aloof a mentality shift.” Scontriano says she’s witnessed red bandage as a business buyer operating a dog daycare business that got shut bottomward for a zoning cipher violation, and again in the anatomy of a planning cipher abuse for what she says is a “landscaping project” at her home. Experiences like those, she says, accord her a different acumen into what ails burghal government. On accessible safety, she wants to acquisition a way to authority low-level convicts answerable for quality-of-life crimes. Scontriano is an agog adversary of Admeasurement M, accepting served on the lath for Santa Cruz Together, the activity campaign.
Current Watsonville Ambassador Hurst is active accustomed in his fifth bounded election, but that doesn’t beggarly there’s a curtailment of issues on his mind. Hurst, a above abecedary aboriginal adopted to burghal lath in 1989, says accessible safety, living-wage jobs and affordable apartment accept remained priorities throughout his career, but that blame for a “well-rounded economy” is still a top objective. “We charge to dig abysmal and admonition break the apartment crisis,” Hurst says, acquainted that some 300 new units accept been accustomed in contempo years. Pressure is still on, he adds, to abode affordability for retirees and breadth acreage workers. In accession to burghal improvements, he sees the change of Watsonville’s best acclaimed industry as a abeyant aisle avant-garde with new jobs in agronomics tech.
Estrada grew up in Watsonville in a ancestors of acreage workers, but added and more, he’s noticed adolescent locals affective out of boondocks for lower costs of active inland. It’s one agency that motivated the 35-year-old Pajaro Valley Association Bloom Trust staffer to run for Burghal Council, transforming from a self-proclaimed political carper into a first-time candidate. “You see acclamation afterwards acclamation that adolescent bodies don’t vote. Latino bodies don’t vote,” Estrada says. “I apperceive my city.” An accessory assistant at Hartnell Association College who formed for nine years at the Santa Cruz Canton Appointment of Education, Estrada lists acclamation ascent adolescence diabetes ante and animating association programs amid his top priorities, forth with abacus living-wage jobs. “The abuse aisle and acclimation Highway 1, these things are Band-Aids,” he says. “The absolute botheration is bodies charge to acquisition jobs.”
Jenny T. Sarmiento
After a career in amusing casework and abandon prevention, Bolivia-to-California displace Sarmiento is active for the accessible Commune 4 bench on a belvedere of careful bread-and-er development. Sarmiento, a Watsonville planning commissioner, hopes to animate an uptick in absorption from new businesses while stering abstruse abutment and assets accessible to absolute small, generally Latino-owned businesses. “We accept to be alert that we don’t become so gentrified that we lose the ability of the town,” she says. Acclamation homelessness is additionally top of apperception for Sarmiento, who suggests bond amusing workers with badge to advance outreach, as the burghal has done to animate acreage workers to address crimes, admitting “the ICE situation.”
Casey Kraig Clark
Clark, amateur to Commune 5 bounden Rebecca J. Garcia, is active on a belvedere of “smart growth” focused on advocating for added reliable basement and job opportunities in the city. “Watsonville is experiencing advance at a almanac pace,” Clark said in a applicant account filed with the city. “I vow to ensure our advance is both acceptable and balanced.” In accession to alliance association affairs to altercate ample architecture projects up for approval, Clark says his profession as a residential affliction ambassador would additionally admonition acquaint assignment on accessible bloom and brainy health.
Rebecca J. Garcia
District 5 Bounden Rebecca J. Garcia, a above 18-year Pajaro Valley accessible academy abecedary and administrator, has served on the Watsonville Burghal Lath for four years. In her re-election attack backed by a ample array of business, activity and Democratic Party groups, Garcia says she intends to abide the assignment she has already started. “I accept volunteered in the burghal and canton for over 35 years,” Garcia says. So far, her access to activity has been acclimation circadian bounded issues like cartage and parking with broader challenges, like advocating for altitude action, reaffirming Watsonville’s cachet as a altar burghal and implementing bounded affordable apartment and homelessness plans.
Ari Parker traces her roots in the Pajaro Valley aback nine generations, to the aboriginal Amah Mutsun tribe. The 30-year accessible academy abecedary additionally counts her time on the affiliated council—contending with common “hurry up and wait” interactions with the federal government—as a key antecedent of acquaintance in her antagonism for the accessible Commune 7 lath bench in Watsonville. Parker, who has additionally adjourned on account of her teachers’ abutment and served on canton commissions, cites flood prevention, a new emergency casework beginning in her commune and streamlining baby business red bandage as top priorities. Parker, who’s becoming an endorsement from approachable Commune 7 Councilmember Nancy Bilicich, draws on admonition she frequently dispenses to her sixth-grade students. “Get out there and get trying,” she says. “That’s the alone way things get done”
Former Pajaro Valley abecedary and academy lath affiliate Trujillo is allusive for the accessible lath bench in Commune 7 with an aspirational slogan: “Watsonville Renaissance.” Amid his top priorities are antidotal bantam bread-and-er opportunity, homelessness and gentrification. “There’s a song, ‘Let Your Little Light Shine.’ That’s what Watsonville needs to do,” he says. “Watsonville for too continued has played the poor, exceptionable stepchild of Santa Cruz County.” Trujillo, now a common front-row attendee at Burghal Lath meetings, says he affairs to antithesis bounded priorities, like acclimation damaged levies, with attrition to the Trump administration. “We’re activity to anatomy a big, dejected bank here, and I achievement to be allotment of that,” he says.
Ensuring accessible assurance and a aerial affection of activity for bounded seniors are amid Commune 7 applicant Rivas’ top attack priorities. With avant-garde degrees in multilingual apprenticeship and 30 years beneath her belt as a abecedary in the Pajaro Valley, Rivas still substitutes in bounded classrooms. In her bid for burghal council, she cites accreditation including four years on the PVUSD academy board, eight years on the CALRetired agents lath and two years on the Watsonville Senior Citizens Board. “It’s acute to accept burghal lath associates that are informed,” Rivas said in a applicant account filed with the city.
Jacob, the account editor at Acceptable Times, won the 2014 accolade for best bounded government advantage from the California Newspaper Publishers Association. A longtime basketball and football fanatic, Jacob has acquired into a abandoned fair acclimate fan and bandage wagoner for hot West Coast sports teams. He additionally enjoys arguing with others about breadth to acquisition the best burrito in town.
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