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Town Hall With Supervisor Neal Coonerty

neal-coonertyNow that the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission has purchased the Union Pacific Rail line, what is the status of the rail trail project?

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is currently in full swing planning for the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network. This project merges plans for a bicycle/pedestrian trail along the rail line that will serve transportation, recreation and interpretive uses for walkers, joggers, bicyclists, families, locals, and visitors.  

The broad vision is for a Trail Network project that will span the coast of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary from the San Mateo/Santa Cruz County line to Pacific Grove, in Monterey County. The RTC is leading the planning effort for project development in Santa Cruz County and the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) is responsible for Monterey County projects. This approach will ensure that when construction of all trail segments are complete, that the planned bicycle/pedestrian network will provide connectivity throughout the county and into the Monterey Bay region, as well as tie in the larger California Coastal Trail and Pacific Coast Bicycle Trails.

The RTC has developed a draft plan that can be accessed on the RTC website, sccrtc.org. The Trail Network Draft Master Plan was released in October and identifies proposed trail alignments, and provides recommendations for design standards, project prioritization, implementation mechanisms, and ongoing maintenance. The 32 miles of proposed trail has been divided into segments so that the public can more easily weigh in on which segments they would like to be prioritized when funding becomes available for construction. The RTC has recently concluded a series of public meetings throughout the county to gather input from county residents in preparation for a Draft Environmental Impact Report, which is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2013. I attended the Nov. 27 meeting in Davenport, which was well attended by North Coast residents.  

Approximately $7 million of local and federal funds have already been secured for construction of initial segments. I plan to continue to aggressively seek funds for this project locally, at the state level, and with our Member of Congress, Sam Farr, who is also an avid supporter of the Trail Network, for additional federal funds. The RTC is still taking public comments on the Trail Network Draft Master Plan, so please consider reviewing the plan yourself and submit any input you might have to the SCCRTC.  

What can the county do to address concerns about garbage and toxic waste in public areas, especially beaches and parks?

I share the community’s concern about garbage and toxic waste being found in public areas. This is not acceptable. We should be able to go to our community’s wonderful parks and beaches without worrying about unsightly or dangerous garbage. I am committed to working with government agencies, community organizations and active community members to address this problem.

County Public Health officials have discussed this problem and assessed current needle exchange resources to determine if increased needle exchange services should be a part of the solution. I’ve met with them to identify a range of alternatives for responding to the problem.

I will be attending the City of Santa Cruz’s Public Safety Committee meeting on Dec. 17 to hear from others and to identify steps that we can take to deal with the waste that is left in our public areas. Representatives from County Public Health will also be participating in the Public Safety Committee’s meeting. This is a problem for the cities and the county and I will continue to cooperate with local officials to address these challenges in our community.

I know there is a lot of (understandable) frustration in the community about this issue. By working together and staying vigilant, we can improve the situation.

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We need to have the area under the bridge fenced off
written by Douglass Weymouth, The Clean Team, December 19, 2012
We need the Lost Boys Bridge to be fenced off like the supports for the bridges along the River levee have been. This is the area that holds up the East Cliff Drive curve as it goes in the Murray. It has become a latrine and shooting gallery. I have done a number of clean ups along the tracks and under the bridge and it keeps getting dirtier and dirtier although there is less trash than there was 4 weeks ago.
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written by Don Honda, December 18, 2012
Nice that you got all these funds for this project and will work aggressively for more, but how about fixing our local roads and finding money for them????

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“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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