Vacation Rentals in Santa Cruz

Vacation rentals have been a hot topic in Santa Cruz as of late. Earlier this year the County adopted a cap on the number of homes that could be rented out as vacation rentals in specific locations. One of these locations was Seacliff in Aptos, and the issue became bitterly divisive amongst property owners in […]

Regulating Granny Units in Santa Cruz: Housing or Vacation?

Last Tuesday the Santa Cruz City Council continued to consider changes to the city’s Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance, which regulates smaller on-site units, sometimes referred to as “granny units,” within the city limits. City leaders and staff began this process in earnest last year, when they amended ADU design and setback requirements, making it […]

The Aptos Village Appeal

The Aptos Village Appeal

Today the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors will be hearing a citizens appeal about the proposed Aptos Village Project, a mixed use development project slated to be built along the Soquel Avenue Corridor in central Aptos, across the street from the Safeway shopping center. The project was originally approved by the Board of Supervisors […]

Voting Roundup: Bernie Sanders, California Climate and Water, and Oakland Housing

We now know that that Hillary Clinton will have to overcome at least one primary opponent on the road to the White House: last Thursday Bernie Sanders, the outspokenly liberal Senator from Vermont, declared his campaign for the presidency. Indicating that his priority will be creating, “an economy that works for all of our people, […]

One-Way to the Beach on Pacific Ave?

One-Way to the Beach on Pacific Ave?

The question of traffic flow on Pacific Ave is once again under consideration. This time the Downtown Commission is considering making Pacific Ave one-way going towards the beach by reversing the one-way North section from Church to Cathcart to be one-way South. This has the added advantage of providing an alternative to crowded Ocean St for visitors […]

The Bay Area’s Dog Debate

  Bay Area dog enthusiasts are up in arms (paws?) over a plan that would greatly reduce the number of sites in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area where their pets could roam leash free. The National Park Service is set to issue draft rules in the Spring that would allow dogs to be off […]

Santa Cruz County Reverses Progressive Commercial Medical Marijuana Legislation

Santa Cruz County Reverses Progressive Commercial Medical Marijuana Legislation

Last week Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors considered new legislation on commercial marijuana grow operations in unincorporated areas of Santa Cruz County, due to a 42% increase in illegal grow operations in the last two years. On March 24th, the Board of Supervisors Chambers overflowed with financial stakeholders in the extremely profitable marijuana industry, […]

Update on the Coast Dairies National Monument Campaign

Update on the Coast Dairies National Monument Campaign

Last week brought together a regular who’s who of local elected leaders and conservation champions to begin the campaign to make the Coast Dairies Property off north Highway 1 a National Monument. What was easily thousands of people crammed into Kaiser Permanente Arena in downtown Santa Cruz to hear from Fred Keeley, a former Speaker […]