Santa Cruz Good Times

Sunday
Dec 28th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Santa Cruz Mayor Hilary Bryant

hilary bryantLooking at the year ahead of us, what issues do you expect to be at the forefront for the city, and how do you plan to address them?

It is an honor and a great privilege to be Mayor of Santa Cruz. We have a strong city council and staff and are prepared to work hard during 2013 to ensure that our city government moves forward with policies and programs that enable our community to thrive. For my part, I intend to focus my efforts in three areas:

One is economic development. Growing our economy is essential to solving so many of the challenges that this city faces every day. In the near-term, we must work to create jobs in Santa Cruz and keep existing jobs in town.

A strong business climate will bring more tourist revenue to our city. A healthy economy will mean that Santa Cruz will be able to afford to better maintain our recreational fields and parks, our roads and infrastructure. We will be able to support our existing public arts programs and to provide additional City Hall hours. A new expenditure will no longer mean a budget reduction in another area.

This year, city staff launched our Code for America “Open Counter” program, streamlining the process for opening a new business by creating an online portal. City council will expand its Business Retention and Recruitment program, by increasing the number of business visits and expanding staff participation.

We hope to begin a broader regional development conversation with measurable objectives and outcomes by engaging our partners: local business leaders, the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce, the Conference and Visitors Council, UC Santa Cruz, and the Business Council.

Second, we will continue our focus on community safety, an immediate and critical need. We must keep Santa Cruz citizens safe and ensure that our residents and visitors are able to enjoy our community without feeling threatened.

We want all who reside in our community to have proper and affordable housing, and to be given opportunities to live in safe conditions.

Santa Cruz is a beach town, and most of us live here because of our amazing natural resources. We all want to protect our beaches, parks, and open spaces and are committed to keeping them clean now and for future generations.

Third, we must focus on the youth of our community. In 2012, we were able to fully fund our Santa Cruz Teen Center, and we invited local high school students into the governmental process during our first Teen Town Hall. This coming year, I hope that we will expand the Teen Town Hall Program, with the ultimate goal of making it permanent. Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders. Many Santa Cruz young people are working together to make a difference. We should honor their interest in government and social services by providing jobs and volunteer opportunities for local teens. It is through these hands-on educational experiences that strong citizens are made.

I ask everyone to join our efforts for 2013. A city is not only those in government. Our task as councilmembers and city staff is to reflect the interests that you have, to try to engage you in giving us sound advice, and to encourage and support the many of you who already volunteer your time and work to improve our wonderful city. We want to be there for you, and to help make Santa Cruz a better place for all of us to live.  

Comments (2)Add Comment
City Council has failed Santa Cruz
written by John E. Colby, January 09, 2013
The City Council only promotes the retail and tourism industries which provide low paying jobs, not living wage jobs for struggling locals. The City Council refuses to partner seriously with UCSC, a major research university, to promote light manufacturing and high tech industries for a local sustainable jobs base. They have failed us.
...
written by rio david maggiore, January 09, 2013
So Ms Bryant, why has the city driven Dave's Albacore out of Santa Cruz an encumbered him with plethora of city red tape. does this action via the so called planning dept. the goals you are expounding. as a third generation Santa Cruzan, born in 1945, I'd love to see the walk follow the talk. ciao!

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Dancing In the Rain

District Attorney Bob Lee’s death in October stunned the Santa Cruz community, but he had battled cancer fiercely—and privately—for more than a decade. Now one of his closest friends reveals the remarkable inside story

 

Our Gifts - Fiery Sacrificial Lights to One Another

Wednesday is Christmas Eve, Hanukkah ends and the Moon is in Aquarius, calling for the new world to take shape at midnight. Thursday morning, the sun, at the Tropic of Capricorn, begins moving northward. The desire currents are stilled. A great benediction of spiritual force (Capricorn’s Rays 1, 3, 7) streams into Earth. Temple bells ring out. The heavens bend low; the Earth is lifted up to the Light. Angels and Archangels chant, “On Earth, peace, goodwill to all.” As these forces stream into the Earth they assume long swirling lines of light, in the likeness of the Madonna and Child. The holy child is born. Let our hearts be “impressed” with and hold this picture, especially because Christmas may be difficult this year. Christmas Day is void of course moon (v/c moon), which means we may feel somewhat disconnected from one another. It’s difficult to connect in a v/c moon. Try anyway. Mercury joins Pluto in Capricorn. Uh oh … we don’t bring up the past containing any dark and difficult issues. We are to attempt new ways of communicating—expressing aspirations and love for one another, replacing wounding, sadness, lostness, and hurts of the past. Play soothing music, pray together, have the intention for peace, harmony and goodwill. Don’t be surprised if things feel out of control and/or arguments arise. We remember, before a new harmony emerges, chaos and crisis come first to clear the air. We are to be the harmonizers. Christmas evening is more harmonious, less difficult, more of what Christmas should be— radiations of love, sharing, kindness, compassion and care. Sunday, Feast Day of the Holy Family, is surprising. Wednesday is New Year’s Eve, the last day of 2014. Taurus moon, a stabilizing energy, ushers in the New Year. Happy New Year, everyone! Peace to everyone. Let us realize we are gifts radiating diamond light to one another. Living sacrificial flames!

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Let My People Go

There’s a lot to like in Ridley Scott’s maligned ‘Exodus’
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Best Bites of 2014

A look back at the year in good taste

 

What downtown business is good for both one-stop shopping and last-minute gifts?

The Homeless Garden Project store. Because it is a community effort and has really useful and beautiful things, and allows you to connect with a lot of folks who are doing great work in Santa Cruz. Miriam Greenberg, Santa Cruz, UCSC Professor

 

Vino Tabi Winery

One of Santa Cruz’s most happening areas to go wine tasting is in the westside’s Swift Street Courtyard complex. Ever since a group of about a dozen wineries got together and formed Surf City Vintners (SCV), the place has been a hive of activity, and a wine-tasting mecca. Adding to the mix is the lively Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing beer company—making Swift Street Courtyard a perfect spot for a glass of wine or a pitcher of ale.

 

Betty’s Eat Inn

Yes, she’s a real person; no, this isn’t her