Santa Cruz Good Times

Friday
May 22nd
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Town Hall with Supervisor Bruce McPherson

Bruce McPhersonYou have been facilitating renewed looks at Town Plans in your district. What is the hope in taking a fresh look at these older plans, and what has come of the discussions so far?

The Town Plan meetings I have called throughout the San Lorenzo Valley have been a very successful start in getting a renewed focus on what the most important current issues are in the eyes of Valley residents.

The turnouts in Boulder Creek, Ben Lomond and Felton have been very satisfying, as was the first follow-up session in Felton  on May 23, where we formed advocacy groups to pinpoint the most important subjects to address. We had similar meetings in Ben Lomond on June 11 and Boulder Creek on June 6.

At each Town Plan meeting, much of the discussion has centered around revitalizing the downtowns of the Valley’s communities. The fact that Highway 9 runs through each of the central districts hampers our ability to take straightforward, independent action because the highway is under state jurisdiction. Nevertheless, we are looking forward to working with the state to address some common community concerns about increased lighting for pedestrians crossing Highway 9 in the evening, sidewalks, better signage and general efforts to revitalize economic bases of each of the towns.

Each community has some specific project they would like to see addressed, such as a library in Felton, the Ben Lomond Park along the San Lorenzo River and a town center in Boulder Creek.

As everyone acknowledges, the county alone doesn’t have the money to build these projects.  Along with the county, it’s going to require input and cooperation from community residents and other governmental agencies for us to reach our goals. From the response to date, I’m positive that we will achieve some of our wishes.

We’re off to a great start.

What other issues have you been focusing on in your first four months in office?

I have been working on a number of other issues in the Fifth District in addition to the Town Plans. [I have] successfully advocated for the restoration of weekend bus service to Big Basin State Park to allow visitors to experience our oldest state park without reliance on a car. Along with [County]Treasurer Fred Keeley, I supported a proposal for a property tax deferral program for low-income seniors and the disabled. I moved forward with plans to provide sewer service to replace failing septic systems in the Rolling Woods area off Graham Hill Road. I also assisted with efforts to develop a new entrance, parking, visitors’ center and other amenities at Castle Rock State Park, and initiated discussion with the Metro Transit District to enhance bus service in the San Lorenzo Valley, particularly for students. Lastly, I moved forward with Community Choice Aggregation to study whether it is appropriate for our region to purchase and generate our own power, which could have tremendous economic and environmental benefits. All four [incorporated] cities and the county are working together to do a feasibility study of this issue. In the next few months, I will focus on following up on the Town Hall meetings.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Gate Openers

Up-and-coming artists like Ryan Bingham are a great reason to show up early to the Santa Cruz American Music Festival

 

Gemini Sun, Pentecost, Shavuot—Enlightenment and Gladness

As the sun enters Gemini on Sunday, sign of speaking, communication, thinking, inter-relations, writing and understanding languages, the feast days of Pentecost & Shavuot (Catholic and Jewish festivals) occur. During Pentecost’s 50 days after Easter, tongues of fire appear above the heads of the disciples, providing them with the ability to understand all languages and all feelings hidden in the minds and hearts of humanity. It’s recorded that Pentecost began with a loud noise, which happened in an upper room (signifying the mind). The Christ (World Teacher) told his disciples (after his ascension) when encountering a man at a well carrying a water pot (signs for Age of Aquarius) to follow him to an upper room. There, the Holy Spirit (Ray 3 of Divine Intelligence) would overshadow them, expand their minds, give them courage and enable them to teach throughout the world, speaking all languages and thus able to minister to the true needs of a “seeking” humanity. Pentecost (50 days, pentagram, Ray 5, Venus, concrete and scientific knowledge, the Ray of Aquarius) sounds dramatic, impressive and scary: The loud noise, a thunderous rush of wind and then “tongues of fire” above the heads of each disciple (men and women). Fire has purpose. It purifies, disintegrates, purges, transforms and liberates (frees) us from the past. This was the Holy Spirit (Ray 3, love and wisdom) being received by the disciples, so they would teach in the world and inform humanity of the Messiah (Christ), who initiated the new age (Pisces) and gave humanity the new law (adding to the 10 Commandments of the Aries Age) to Love (Ray 2) one another. Note: Gemini is also Ray 2. Shavuot is the Jewish Festival of Gladness, the First Fruits Festival celebrating the giving of the 10 Commandments to Moses as the Aries Age was initiated. Thus, we have two developmental stages here, Jewish festival of the Old Testament. Pentecost of the New Testament. We have gladness, integrating both.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Off Her Meds

Kristin Wiig runs wild—and transcends her sketch comedy roots—as a truly strange character ‘Welcome to Me’
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Flats Bistro

Pizza with an artisan twist comes to Aptos Beach

 

What’s your take on Santa Cruz locals?

Santa Cruz locals are really friendly once you know them. I think a lot of them have a hard time leaving, and I would too. Ryan Carle, Santa Cruz, Biologist

 

Soquel Vineyards

If Soquel Vineyards partners Peter and Paul Bargetto and Jon Morgan were walking down the street wearing their winning wine competition medals, you’d hear them coming from a mile away. This year was particularly rewarding for the Bargettos and Morgan—they won two Double Gold Medals and five Gold Medals at January’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

 

Enlightened Flavors

Squash & Blossom’s artisanal alternative-flour delights, beet kvass from Cafe Ivéta, and the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival