Majority Report April 9-15, 2019

Santa Cruz City Council Strategic Planning? Not Yet The new council is entering its fifth month and still no Strategic Plan in site. It has been a “Waiting for Godot” chess match with the current city manager, Martin Bernal, when and if a council strategic planning session will be held. This council-manager form of government can be tricky. I believe …

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Majority Report April 2-8, 2019

“A Taking?” I missed last week’s city council meeting, but I am including the Cliff Notes version summary here. In “closed” then “open” session the city council voted to acquire by eminent domain part of the property where Central Home Supply now has its business. The idea is to widen the Highway 1 and 9 intersection, which …

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Majority Report March 25, 2019

BrattonNote… instead of running Chris Krohn’s weekly Majority Report I asked him if we could re-“print” a letter that originally ran in the Santa Cruz Sentinel’s editorial page. He agreed. This letter is signed by some of the most active women in our community and gives a very deserving and needed approach all the recent …

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Majority Report November 24, 2018

Vote-Counting Continues at 701 Ocean Street There is relative quiet for now in Room 310, the Santa Cruz County Clerk’s office and official place of ballot counting. Unlike Florida’s Broward County’s embattled clerk, our clerk Gail Pellerin, is calm, efficient, on-task, and appears determined to get this vote count right even if her staff has …

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Majority Report July 23, 2018

What’s At Stake in the Next City Council Election? Neighborhood Integrity, Truly Affordable Housing, Protecting the Natural Environment Voter Issues Redux If you remember last week I started a list of issues that progressive candidates might run on, or pay close attention to during the upcoming November, “off-year” election. The issues discussed last week, (which …

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Majority Report June 20, 2018

No More Parking Garages! Death of the Great American Parking Lot (and Garage) We are in a pitched battle locally. Did you know parking spaces are in search of library books? Will meter attendants unite with public internet users inside one monstrous structure? Can sheltered automobiles really coexist alongside sheltered humans in a public space …

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Majority Report

Making Inroads Breaking News: Organizing Neighbors Works This week I want to acknowledge a few of the people-initiated actions that led to some city hall power brokers having to change policy courses, rethink their priorities, and actually have to deal with the needs and wants of voters. We often dwell on the times that these …

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