Land Use Report
Carmel Meets The Public Records Act08/18/14
Friday, August 22, 2014 I am in favor of citizen self-government, and it seems obvious that if the people are going to be in charge of their government, the people need to know what their government is doing. The California Constitution says this...
Rebels With A Cause
Thursday, August 21, 2014 The “unhidden agenda” of this weekday Land Use Report is to stimulate your personal participation in the land use decision-making process. Land use policy and project decisions can have major impacts on our future. The...
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Monterey Downs is a proposed 550-acre, 1,000-home, 500-apartment development in the Parker Flats areaof the former Fort Ord, which is located about one-half mile from Cal State Monterey Bay. The proposed development would...
Prescriptive Rights / Martins Beach
Prescriptive Rights / Martins Beach Tuesday, August 19, 2014 KUSP listeners may have been reading about a struggle over beach access at Martins Beach, located just north of Santa Cruz County, along the San Mateo County coast. Historically, Martins...
Scrapping The Affordable Housing Mandate
Monday, August 18, 2014 Measure J is a comprehensive growth management ordinance adopted by Santa Cruz County voters in 1978. It includes this requirement: “It shall be the policy of Santa Cruz County that at least 15 percent of those housing units...
A Fracking Workshop (In Sacramento)
Friday, August 15, 2014 Let me share an email I recently received: The California Department of Conservation is sending you this email on behalf of the California Air Resources Board (ARB) because [of] your interest in the regulation of oil and gas...
Coastal #2 – Monterey Bay Shores Resort
Thursday, August 14, 2014 As reported yesterday, the California Coastal Commission willbe addressing issues in the Central Coast Region during its meeting in San Diego tomorrow. There are some rather noncontroversial items on the agenda, but there is...
Coastal Items Coming Up
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 The California Coastal Commission has a four-day meeting this month. The Commission began meetingon Tuesday, in San Diego; it meets today, and it will meet again tomorrow, and Friday. Asusual,interested persons can actually...
Water Conservation In The Context Of Ag
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 The Soquel Creek Water District has a meeting tonight, at 7:00 p.m., at the New Brighton Middle School, to discuss the District’s new “Conservation Plus” program. The Agriculture Water Quality Alliance, orAWQA, is holding a...
Soquel Creek And Conservation+
Monday, August 11, 2014 The Soquel Creek Water District is reporting that it pumped 18% less water out of the ground last month than it pumped in July 2013. That is good news! Because the Soquel Creek Water District relies on groundwater, rather than...
What Does WSAC Stand For?
Friday, August 8, 2014 Ideally, land use planning should be connected up with transportation planning, and withwater planning. Typically, though, water planning and land use planning have operated out of different “silos,” even when a single public...
The RTC Is Meeting In Scotts Valley
Thursday, August 7, 2014 I would like listeners to be aware of the meeting, today, of the Board of Directors of the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission, or SCCRTC. TheSCCRTC does transportation planning for Santa Cruz County. It...
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 The La Bahia is an historic structure located at 215 Beach Street in Santa Cruz. The owners of the Beach Boardwalk also own LaBahia, which currently provides rental housing for mostly lower income persons. The owners of...
Welcome Back, Supervisors!
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 I don’t know how many listeners have been missing the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, or have even noticed that they have been gone, but the Board has been “on vacation” during the entire month of July. No meetings!...
A Meeting Of The Marina Coast Board
Monday, August 4, 2014 Land use policy making is almost always paired with policy decisions made in the areas of transportation and water. When we consider what the proper “use” of our land resources should be, whether that consideration is at a...
Subsidizing Hotel Developers
Friday, August 1, 2014 It is not untypical for our government to give away public money and property to private developers, to stimulate behavior that our elected officials think might have public benefit. Remember the history of the railroads. This...
Ideas And Strategies For Our Water Future
Thursday, July 31, 2014 The Santa Cruz County Grand Jury has issued a special report on “Desalination and Alternatives – Water for a Thirsty County.” There is a link in today’s transcript. The Grand Jury seems to believe that a desalination plant is...
LAFCO And The San Lorenzo Valley
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 I have a fond feeling for LAFCOs, the Local Agency Formation Commissions that exist in every California county, and that are responsible, under state law, for trying to make our local government agencies more effective and...
Affordable Housing In Santa Cruz County
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Santa Cruz County has commissioned a study on its affordable housing program. As I am sure you all know, affordable housing is hard to come by in our Central Coast Region. The so-called “law” of supply and demand is largely...
Monterey County: Important EIRs
Monday, July 28, 2014 Under state law, every public agency must prepare an Environmental Impact Report, or EIR, for any proposed action by the governmental agency that “might” have an adverse impact on the natural environment. Required EIR procedures...
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