Capitola City Council Election Guide
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The Capitola City Council election has six candidates vying for three open seats. Two incumbents and four challengers are on the ballot.
Stephanie Harlan, a registered nurse, has served on the Capitola City Council on and off for 24 years and on the Planning Commission for four years. Her priorities include protecting the environment, avoiding overdevelopment by preserving neighborhoods, and building a strong economic base to provide sufficient community services. In 2004, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation named Harlan the Volunteer of the Year because of her support for water quality monitoring and for the Urban Watch program. She does not support Measure M, a ballot measure to raise tax on hotel rooms and vacation rentals. She has received endorsements from the Santa Cruz County Democratic Central Committee and Councilmember Cynthia Matthews.
Laurie Hill has been a resident of Capitola since 2001. She has worked in local government for 35 years including 10 years with Santa Cruz County. She currently serves on the Art and Cultural Commission. Hill, President of the Begonia Festival, developed sustainable fundraising techniques for the organization. The Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce named Hill the Volunteer of the Year in 2008. She believes in protecting Capitola character by updating the zoning ordinance and implementing the new General Plan, which includes policies that promote sustainability and economic development. She has not taken a position on Measure M.
Michael Termini has served eight years on the Capitola City Council and six years as Planning Commissioner. He has owned a small business in Santa Cruz for over 40 years. Termini’s priority is development of alternative water supplies and efficient management of the water system. Councilman Termini voted for Measure M to be on the ballot as a means of obtaining funds for the City without raising taxes on its residents. He does not want commercial development to compromise Capitola neighborhoods. His endorsements include the Capitola Police Officers Association , Santa Cruz Democratic Committee, Councilmember Cynthia Matthews, and Supervisor Zach Friend.
Jacques Bertrand, a semiconductor process engineer, was City Treasurer from 2008 to 2012. This is his third attempt for City Council. He has a Master’s in Public Policy from CSU Monterey Bay and the Panetta Institute, a Master’s in Physics, and a Master’s in Business Administration. He believes that economic development should be a top priority. During his 2012 run for City Council, he advocated fiscal responsibility and Village parking issues. Bertrand supports affordable housing and was a member of the General Plan Advisory Committee (2011-2013), developing a 20-year blueprint for Capitola’s future. Bertrand supports Measure M. Endorsements include the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
Joe Clarke, a sergeant with the Sheriff’s Office, has lived in Capitola for 23 years and has 27 years in law enforcement. He was also Director of Police Services at Cabrillo College. Clarke surfs or paddleboards daily and supports improving water quality at Capitola Beach. Youth and public safety are also among Clarke’s priorities. He supports improvement efforts for the 41st Avenue corridor and Capitola Mall, and he advocates a focus on attracting sustainable businesses. He positions himself as a voice for business owners and opposes Measure M. Endorsements include Santa Cruz County Supervisors John Leopold and Zach Friend, and former Capitola Mayor Gayle Ortiz.
Richard Fitzpatrick, a transplant from New York to Capitola in 1972, now retired, has a Bachelor’s in Sociology and Master’s in Social Work Administration. He is also a former bonded and licensed real estate broker. Fitzpatrick believes he gained valuable experience through his education and travels, and as an owner of two small businesses he started. Beach access, Village parking, and water supply are among his interests. Fitzpatrick supports Measure M. He views himself as an independent and did not seek party affiliation or endorsement.