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Weekly Review May 26 – June 1

Santa Cruz County

The County Planning Commission meets Wednesday, May 29 at 9:00 am at the Board of Supervisors Chambers, 701 Ocean St # 500A in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

9:00 am – Oral Communications

  • Public hearing to consider an ordinance amending sections 13.10.312 (B), 13.10.332(B), 13.10.342(B), 13.10.650 and 13.10.700 of the Santa Cruz County Code, relating to regulations governing non-retail commercial cannabis uses. County Code Chapter 13.10 is a Local Coastal Program implementing ordinance.
  • Study Session to consider the proposed Capital Improvement Plan for Fiscal Year 2019-2020.

 

City of Santa Cruz

The SC City Council meets Tuesday May 28 at 1:30 pm at Santa Cruz City Council Chambers, 809 Center Street in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

2:30 pm – Consent Agenda

  • The Presiding Officer will provide councilmembers with the opportunity to update Council on any external Committee meetings that occurred since the last Council meeting.
  • Support for State Legislation on Cannabis – Motion to support Assembly Bill 153

Public Hearing

  • 2019-2020 Action Plan For The City’s Housing and Community Development Program and Amendment To The 2015-2016 Action Plans.

General Business

  • Downtown Association: Parking and Business Improvement Area Assessments for FY 2020 – Resolution of Intention to levy a Downtown Association Parking and Business Improvement Assessment for FY 2020 and schedule a public hearing for June 11, 2019, after the hour of 2:30 p.m., on the levy of the assessments for FY 2020.
  • Cannabis Ordinance Amendment – Tax Rates

7:00 pm

  • FY 2020 Proposed General Fund Budget Funding Solutions – Motions directing the City Manager and staff to move closer to fully funding the FY 2020 General Fund by affirming and approving: (1) the $428,000 proposed bundle of budget solutions pending from May 8, 2019; (2) the $1.11 million bundle of new budget solutions; (3) the $2.27 million in net additions; and (4) the $1.76 million bundle of baseline solutions generally supported on May 8, 2019.

 

City of Watsonville

The Watsonville City Council meets Tuesday, May 28 at 4:00 pm at City Council Chambers 275 Main Street, Top Floor in Watsonville. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

  • Final adoption of ordinance amending Article 1, Chapter 1 of title 8 of Watsonville Municipal Code setting forth procedures for expediting permitting processing for electric vehicle charging systems.

6:30 pm – Oral Communications

Public Hearings, Ordinances and Appeals

  • Consideration of text amendments to Watsonville Municipal Code Title 14(zoning) by amending Chapter 14-18 (definitions) and rescinding and adding a new Chapter 14-25 for the regulation of alcohol related businesses located within the city; adding a new Article 3-6.14 to establish a new alcohol sales education & regulatory fee to title 3; and setting same fee by resolution at $400 per yearwith annual consumer price index.
  • Consideration of resolution directing building official to abate the public nuisance at 21 Arthur road.

 

Other Organizations

The Lompico Assessment District Oversight Committee meets Tuesday, May 28 at 5:30 pm at the Operations Building, 13057 Hwy 9 in Boulder Creek. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

  • Draft Annual Report June 1, 2016 – June 30, 2019 – Discussion of format, design and content of financial report for annual reports June 1, 2016 – June 30, 2019.
  • Grand Jury Report – Discussion by the Committee regarding Grand Jury response by G. Nicholls, District Counsel.

The Elkhorn Slough Foundation Volunteer Land Stewards meet Wednesday, May 29 at 10:00 am at Elkhorn Slough Foundation, 1698 Elkhorn Rd, in Watsonville. New volunteers contact questionsforus@elkhornslough.org in advance to receive updated event information.

The Santa Cruz Port Commission meets Tuesday, May 28 at 7:00 pm at the Harbor Public Meeting Room, 365A Lake Avenue in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

7:00 pm – Oral Communications

Regular Agenda

  • Review and Acceptance of AB691 Sea Level Rise Assessment Report
  • Approval of Sixth Lease Amendment – 493 Lake Avenue (Johnny’s Harborside)
  • Award of Contract for 2019-20 Sediment Sampling and Analysis Plan Services

 

 

Weekly Environmental Review May 19 – 24

Santa Cruz County

The County Board of Supervisors meets Tuesday, May 21 at 9 am at the Board of Supervisors Chambers, 701 Ocean St # 500A, in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

9 am – Public Comment 

Consent Agenda

  • Approve plans and specifications (online and on file) for Felton Library Phase II Park Development project; direct General Services to advertise for bids, set bid opening for 3:00 PM on June 18, 2019, and direct staff to return on or before August 27, 2019, for recommendation of award; approve amendment to contract with BASE Landscape Architects in the amount of $15,000 for additional design services; adopt resolution accepting unanticipated revenue in the amount of , and take related actions, as recommended by the Director of General Services and the Director of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services.
  • Direct the County Administrative Office and County Counsel to review the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s proposal for oil and gas leasing and submit comments in strong opposition to opening new oil and gas leasing on public lands on the Central Coast, and direct the Chair of the Board to sign a letter of support for House of Representatives Bill (H.R.) 1941 to prohibit the DOI from oil and gas leasing in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf planning area and the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf planning area, as recommended by Supervisor Friend and Supervisor McPherson.
  • Defer to August 6, 2019 the continued public hearing to consider a resolution amending the General Plan/Local Coastal Program and an ordinance amending County Code Chapter 13.10 (Local Coastal Program Implementing Ordinances) to create the Permanent Room Housing (PRH) Combining Zone District, with CEQA Notice of Exemption, as outlined in the memorandum of the Planning Director (continued from April 23, 2019)
  • Schedule a public hearing on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, beginning at 9:00 AM or thereafter, to consider amendments to the General Plan/Local Coastal Program and County Code relating to Public Safety and Hazard Management, and take related actions, as recommended by the Planning Director.
  • Authorize filing a protest on behalf of the Board of Supervisors of decisions in the Bureau of Land Management’s Proposed Resource Management Plan Amendment and Final Environmental Impact Statement for Oil and Gas Leasing and Development in the Central Coast Field Office, as recommended by the Planning Director.

Regular Agenda

  • Consider ordinance repealing Chapters 7.89 and 7.114 of the Santa Cruz County Code and amending Chapter 5.60 related to the sale of tobacco products and the use of tobacco vending machines in the unincorporated area of Santa Cruz County, and schedule the ordinance for second reading and final adoption on June 11, 2019, as outlined in the memorandum of the Director of Health ServicesComment
  • Consider ordinance amending Chapter 7.130 of the Santa Cruz County Code relating to cannabis dispensary siting criteria, and schedule the ordinance for second reading and final adoption on June 11, 2019, as outlined in the memorandum of the County Administrative Officer.

The County Commission on the Environment meets Wednesday, May 22 at 5 pm at the Planning Department Conference, Room 400, County Government Center, 701 Ocean Street in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda.

City of Santa Cruz

The SC City Transportation and Public Works Commission meets Monday, May 20 at 7 pm at City Council Chambers, 809 Center Street, in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

  • Source Water Commitment and Tertiary Treatment Facility – Agreement between the City of Santa Cruz and Soquel Creek Water District

The Arana Gulch Adaptive Management Working Group meets Wednesday, May 22 at 9 am at Santa Cruz Bible Church Coffee Shop, 440 Frederick Street in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

  • Overview of Actions and Activities
  • Five years of vegetation assessments (2015-19)
  • Tarplant seeding and planting recommendations
  • Cattle grazing season

 

Other Organizations

Seymour Marine Discovery Center presents Science Sunday on Sunday, May 19 at Seymour Marine Discovery Center, La Feliz Room 100 McAllister Way, in Santa Cruz. Polar Bears and Climate Change, Living on Sea Ice in a Warming World, with Anthony Pagano, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Institute for Conservation Research, San Diego Zoo.

The Elkhorn Slough Foundation Volunteer Land Stewards meet Wednesday, May 22 at 10 am at Elkhorn Slough Foundation, 1698 Elkhorn Rd, in Watsonville. New volunteers contact questionsforus@elkhornslough.org in advance to receive updated event information.

The Sierra Club Conservation Committee meets Wednesday, May 22 at 6:30 pm at Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street in Santa Cruz. The agenda will be available HERE 72 hours before the meeting.

The Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency Board meets Wednesday, May 22 at 7 pm at Watsonville City Council Chambers, 275 Main St, in Watsonville. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

  • Conduct Public Hearing on Preliminary Budget, Fiscal Year 2019-2020

The Soquel Creek Water District Board meets Tuesday, May 21 at 5 pm at Capitola City Council Chambers, 420 Capitola Avenue in Capital. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

5 pm – Special Budget Workshop

  • Discuss Budget Formulation and Review FY 2019/20 Draft Budget Projections
  • Recap Changes to Draft Budget for Board Consideration at the June 4, 2019 Board Meeting.

7 pm – Regular Meeting

  • Authorize Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Progressive Design Build (PDB) Services for the Conveyance Project of the Pure Water Soquel Program and Authorize General Manager to Appoint a Review and Selection Committee to Evaluate and Rank Respondents.

The Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency Board meets Thursday, May 23 at 7 pm at the Santa Margarita Community Room, Scotts Valley Water District, 2 Civic Center Drive, in Scotts Valley. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

  • FY 2020 Proposed Budget
  • Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) Progress Update

Weekly Review May 12 -18

The County Board of Supervisors meets Tuesday, May 14 at 9 am at the Board of Supervisors Chambers, 701 Ocean St # 500A, in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

9 am – Public Comment

Consent Agenda

  • Accept and file proposed Santa Cruz County Operational Plan for Fiscal Years 2019-21, and direct the County Administrative Office to return on June 25, 2019 with the final plan for Board approval, as recommended by the County Administrative Officer.
  • Accept and file the 2019-21 County Proposed Budget to be considered during budget hearings, accept the tentative budget hearing schedule, order publication of required notices and set June 17, 2019, as the date the public hearings will begin, and take related actions, as recommended by the County Administrative Officer.

Regular Agenda

  • Public hearing to consider resolution confirming proposed Fiscal Year 2019-20 benefit assessment rate and service charge reports for County Service Areas (CSA) No. 53, No. 53N, and No. 53S for Mosquito Abatement and Disease Control, as outlined in the memorandum of the Agricultural Commissioner.
  • Jurisdictional hearing to consider an appeal of Commercial Development Permit Application number 171372, to construct a new roof mounted Wireless Communication Facility at an existing commercial building (Wilson’s Tire), as outlined in the memorandum of the Planning Director.

1:30 PM Scheduled item

  • Consider changes to Santa Cruz County Code Chapters 7.128 and 13.10 relating to non-retail commercial cannabis regulations, schedule a public hearing on June 11, 2019 beginning at 9:00 a.m. or thereafter to consider proposed amendments to the County Code, and take related actions, as outlined in the memorandum of the County Administrative Officer.

The SC City Council meets Tuesday, May 14 at 12:30 pm at Santa Cruz City Council Chambers, 809 Center Street in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

Consent Agenda

  • Newell Creek Dam Inlet/Outlet Replacement ProjectFinal Environmental Impact Report and Project Approval – Resolution certifying the Final Environmental Impact Report for the Newell Creek Dam Inlet/Outlet Replacement Project. Resolution adopting Findings of Fact and a Mitigation, Monitoring, and Reporting Program and approving the Newell Creek Dam Inlet/Outlet Replacement Project.

General Business

  • Small Cell Facilities in the Public Right of WayAmendment to Title 15 of the Santa Cruz Municipal Code (Streets and Sidewalks) Creating Chapter 15.38 Regarding Requirements for “Small Cell” Wireless Telecommunications Facilities in the Public Right of Way. 
  • 2nd Reading and Final Adoption of Ordinance No. 2019-06 Amending Title 24 of the Santa Cruz Municipal Code and the Local Coastal Implementation Plan Amending Section 24.12.1400 Regarding Requirements for “Small Cell” Wireless Telecommunications Facilities in the Public Right of Way. Continued to the June 11, 2019 meeting of the City Council.
  • 2nd Reading and Final Adoption of Ordinance No. 2019-07 Amending Part 14: Commercial Medical and Adult Use Cannabis Regulations to Address Changes in State Law Regarding Cannabis Delivery.
  • Amendment to Chapter 6.91 of the Santa Cruz Municipal Code – Cannabis Retailer Licenses to Revise the Definition of “Proprietor”.

Public Hearing

  • Amendments to General Plan and Local Coastal Program

General Business

  • Downtown Library Project – Motion to put on hold the decision to proceed with a Downtown Library Project and to convene a Council subcommitteecomposed of Councilmembers Cummings, Meyers, and Brown to investigate alternatives, in collaboration with Library staff and the interested community, and return with a recommendation no later than October 2019.

7 pm – Oral Communications

7:30 pm – Public Hearing

  • User Charges for Wastewater Services – Proposed Five-year Increase

SC City Zoning Administrator meets Wednesday, May 15 at 10 am at Santa Cruz City Council Chambers, 809 Center Street in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

Public Hearings

  • 415 Seabright Avenue – Administrative Use Permit to establish a low-risk alcohol outlet in an existing deli (Seabright Deli) on a parcel in the CN/CZ-O (Neighborhood Commercial/Coastal Zone Overlay) zone district. (Coastal Permit Exclusion) (Environmental Determination: Categorical Exemption)
  • 555 Meder Street – Boundary Lot Adjustment and Coastal Permit to transfer portions of four existing lots resulting in four lots with minimum lot areas of 1 acre in the RS1A/CZO (Single Family Residence/Coastal zone) district. (Environmental Determination: Categorical Exemption)

The Elkhorn Slough Foundation Volunteer Land Stewards meet Wednesday, May 15 at 10 am at Elkhorn Slough Foundation, 1698 Elkhorn Rd, in Watsonville. New volunteers contact questionsforus@elkhornslough.org in advance to receive updated event information.

The San Lorenzo Valley Water District Board of Directors meets Thursday, May 16 at 5:30 pm at the Operations Building, 13057 CA-9, in Boulder Creek. Click HERE for the agenda.

The SC City Planning Commission meets Thursday, May 16 at 7 pm at City Council Chambers, 809 Center Street in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

Consent Agenda

  • 155 River Street South – That the Planning Commission acknowledge the environmental determination and approve the Special Use Permit based on the attached Findings and Conditions of Approval in Exhibit “A”.
  • 2929 Mission Street – That the Planning Commission acknowledge the environmental determination and approve the Major Modification to a Special Use Permit based on the findings listed below and the Conditions of Approval listed in Exhibit “A”.

Public Hearings

  • 914/916 Seabright Avenue – That the Planning Commission recommend to the City Council acknowledgment of the environmental determination and approval of the Tentative Map, Design Permit and Residential Demolition Authorization Permit to demolish three residential units and construct a nine-unit townhouse development on a 21,237 square foot parcel located within the Multiple Residential – Low Density (R-L) zone district, based on the Findings listed in the attached Draft Resolution and the Conditions of Approval listed in Exhibit A.
  • 601 Branciforte Drive – That the Planning Commission acknowledge the environmental determination and approve the Lot Line Adjustment, Design Permit, Slope Variance, and Watercourse Development Permit based on the findings listed below and the Conditions of Approval listed in Exhibit “A”.

The Mid-County Groundwater Agency meets in a joint meeting with the Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) Advisory Committee on Thursday, May 16 at 7 pm at Simpkins Family Swim Center, 979 17th Avenue in Santa Cruz. The agenda will be available HERE 72 hours before the meeting.

Weekly Review May 5 – 11

The SC City Parks & Recreation Commission meets Monday, May 6 at 4 pm at City Council Chambers, 809 Center Street Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

  • Fuel Break at DeLaveaga Park – Fire Department staff to update the Parks & Recreation Commission on the multi-department collaborating to create the shaded fuel break at DeLaveaga Park.
  • Parks Master Plan: Mitigation of Negative Declaration – Review the legal update and briefing involved with the mitigated negative declaration and the draft Parks Master Plan 2030. Recommendation to pursue an environmental impact report (EIR) on the Parks Master Plan.

The Watsonville Parks and Recreation Commission meets Monday, May 6 at 6:30 pm at Watsonville City Council, 275 Main St #400, in Watsonville. Click HERE for the agenda.

The SC City Water Commission meets Monday, May 6 at 7 pm at City Council Chambers, 809 Center Street in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

  • Newell Creek Dam Inlet/Outlet Replacement Project Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Certification

The South County Bicycle and Pedestrian Work Group meets Tuesday, May 7 at 10:30 am at Watsonville Public Library, Larger Meeting Room, 2nd floor, 275 Main Street in Watsonville. Click HERE for the agenda.

The Soquel Creek Water District Board meets Tuesday, May 7 at 6 pm at Capitola City Hall, 420 Capitola Ave, in Capitola. Click HERE for the agenda.

The Live Oak Grange Business Meeting is Tuesday, May 7 at 7 pm at the Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave, in Santa Cruz.

The Elkhorn Slough Foundation Volunteer Land Stewards meet Wednesday, May 8 at 10 am at Elkhorn Slough Foundation, 1698 Elkhorn Rd, in Watsonville. New volunteers contact questionsforus@elkhornslough.org in advance to receive updated event information.

County Resource Conservation District Board meets Wednesday, May 8 at 6:30 pm at the RCD office, 820 Bay Avenue, Suite 136 Capitola, in Capitola. The agenda is not available online. Email info@rcdsantacruz.org for information.

The Sierra Club Executive Committee  meets Wednesday, May 8 at 6:30 pm at Branciforte Small Schools, 840 North Branciforte Avenue, in Santa Cruz. The agenda will be available HERE 72 hours before the meeting.

The Scotts Valley Water District Board of Directors meets Thursday, May 9 at 7 pm at Santa Margarita Community Room, 2 Civic Center Drive, in Scotts Valley. Click HERE for the agenda.

Weekly Review April 28 – May 4

The County Integrated Pest Management Departmental Advisory Committee meets Tuesday, April 30 at 10 am at Simpkins Family Swim Center, 979 17th Street in Santa Cruz. The group will discuss ecological alternatives to conventional pest control methods and work toward the long-term sustainability of pest management on County property and by County departments. For more information on the County’s Integrated Pest Management program, contact County IPM Coordinator Josh Reilly at 831-454-4820.

The Elkhorn Slough Foundation Volunteer Land Stewards meet Wednesday, May 1 at 10 am at Elkhorn Slough Foundation, 1698 Elkhorn Rd, in Watsonville. New volunteers contact questionsforus@elkhornslough.org in advance to receive updated event information.

The Grange Permaculture Guild Committee meets Wednesday, May 1. In lieu of a meeting, Guild members will meet on the lawn outside the Calvary Church in downtown Santa Cruz and then go to the Del Mar Theatre for the film screening of Stronger Together. Bring your dinner, or plan to purchase something from the farmers market before it closes at 6pm. The film starts at 7pm.

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission meets Thursday, May 2 at 9 am at City Council Chambers, 420 Capitola Ave, in Capitola. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

  • 9:30 A.M. PUBLIC HEARING: 2019 Unmet Paratransit and Transit Needs
  • Safe Authority for Freeway Emergencies (SAFE) on 17 Safety Corridor Program – 2018 Annual Report
  • Measure D: Five-Year Program of Projects for Regional Projects
  • Measure D: Community Bridges/ Lift Line Five-Year Plan
  • 2045 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and Environmental Impact Report

The San Lorenzo Valley Water District Board of Directors meets Thursday, May 2 at 5 pm at the Operations Building, 13057 CA-9, in Boulder Creek. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

Closed Session – Conference with Legal Counsel

  • Holloway v. Showcase Realty Agents, Inc. et al.
  • Vierra v. San Lorenzo Valley Water District, et al.

Regular Business

  • Vacancy in an Elective Office of the Board of Directors SLV Water District
  • Upper Zayante Stream Wood Enhancement Project Cooperative Agreement

The SC City Planning Commission meets Thursday, May 2 at 7 pm at City Council Chambers, 809 Center Street in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

  • Review of the 2018 Housing Element and General Plan Annual Reports as submitted to the State Department of Housing and Community Development, and consideration of when the General Plan corridor and Golf Club Drive Area Plan policies will be placed on a future Planning Commission agenda.

The County Fish and Wildlife Advisory Commission meets Thursday, May 2 at 7 pm at the Fifth Floor Conference Room, Room 520, 701 Ocean Street in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

  • Discuss idea of expanding Significant Tree Ordinance outside the Coastal Zone

The Environmental Committee (Valley Women’s Club) meets Saturday, May 4 at 10:30 am at the Meeting room in the Henry Cowell Park Nature Store. Call Nancy to reserve free parking. 338-6578 or (cell) 345-1555.

Weekly Environmental Review – April 21-27

Science Sunday meets Sunday, April 21 at 1:30 pm at Seymour Marine Discovery Center, La Feliz Room, 100 McAllister Way, in Santa Cruz. Anthony Pagano will speak about advancements in electronic devices, combined with research on wild and captive polar bears, that are helping scientists to understand how polar bears use sea ice.

The City Parks & Recreation Commission Special Meeting is Monday, April 22 at 4 pm at Santa Cruz City Council Chambers, 809 Center Street in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda. This meeting is to review the proposed fiscal year 2020 Parks & Recreation Department budget as submitted.

The County Planning Commission meets Wednesday, April 24 at 9 am at the Board of Supervisors Chambers, 701 Ocean St # 500A in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

  • 2606 Paul Minnie Ave., Santa CruzCommercial Development Permit, and acceptance of a Notice of Exemption from further environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act.
  • 5050 Wilder Dr. A, SequelTentative Map for a Minor Land Division, an Amendment to Residential Development Permits, determination that the proposal is exempt from the requirements of CEQA.

The Elkhorn Slough Foundation Volunteer Land Stewards meets Wednesday, April 24 at 10 am at Elkhorn Slough Foundation, 1698 Elkhorn Rd, in Watsonville. New volunteers contact questionsforus@elkhornslough.org in advance to receive updated event information.

The Pajaro Valley Water management Agency Projects & Facility Operations Committee meets Wednesday, April 24 at 3 pm at the Water Resources Center, 500 Clearwater Lane in Watsonville. Click HERE for the agenda.

The Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency Sustainability Plan Advisory Committee meets Wednesday, April 24 at 5 pm at Simpkins Family Swim Center, 979 17th Ave, in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda.

  • The Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency (MGA) will analyze groundwater sustainability questions and make policy recommendations to the MGA Board in our effort to achieve regional groundwater sustainability in the Santa Cruz Mid-County basin. 

The UCSC Arboretum Board of Directors meets Wednesday, April 24 at 5 pm at the UCSC Arboretum, Hort II, 1156 High Street in Santa Cruz. The agenda is not available online.

The Sierra Club Conservation Committee meets Wednesday, April 24 at 6:30 pm at Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St, in Santa Cruz. The agenda is not available online.

The Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency Board meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 25 is CANCELLED due to lack of agenda items.

The Santa Cruz Metro Board of Directors meets Friday, April 26 at 9 am at Scotts Valley City Council Chambers, 1 Civic Center Drive, in Scotts Valley.  The agenda will be available HERE 72 hours before the meeting.

The Grange Garden Exchange takes place Saturday, April 27 at 8 am at Santa Cruz Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Avenue in Santa Cruz.

The Cabrillo College Corcoran Lagoon Cleanup takes place Saturday, April 27 at 9:30 am at Corcoran Lagoon, 2300 Portola Road in Santa Cruz (Park on the street.) Please print and sign a waiver ahead of time at saveourshores.org/waiver and bring it to the cleanup.

The League of Women Voters of Santa Cruz County Community Water Forum is Saturday, April 27 at 10 am at City Council Chambers, 420 Capitola Avenue in Capitola. For information visit lwvscc.org, email league@lwvscc.org or call 831-325-4140.

Watsonville Wetlands Watch: Amphibians in Your Watershed is Saturday, April 27 at 7 pm at Patrick J. Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center, 500 Harkins Slough Road in Watsonville. Learn about the amphibians that live in the Watsonville Wetlands Watershed. Dawn Reis will lead a presentation to introduce you to the frogs, toads, newts and salamanders that live in Watsonville and the surrounding Pajaro Valley area. She will also discuss how you can best care for them in the wild.

Weekly Environmental Review April 14 – 21

The Watsonville Parks and Recreation Commission meets Monday, April 15 at 6:30 pm at Watsonville City Council Chambers, 275 Main St #400, in Watsonville. Click HERE for the agenda.

The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors meets Tuesday, April 16 at 9 am at the Board of Supervisors Chambers, 701 Ocean St # 500A, in Santa Cruz. Click HEREfor the agenda. Agenda items include:

Public Comment – 9 am

Consent Agenda

  • Adopt Ordinance amending Santa Cruz County Code Chapter 7.130 relating to cannabis dispensaries, and direct the Clerk of the Board to publish notice of adoption as required by Government Code Section 25124.
  • Direct the Chair of the Board to sign a letter of support for a $68 million funding augmentation for County Public Administrator, Public Guardian and Public Conservator programs statewide, as recommended by Supervisor Coonerty

Regular Agenda

  • Public hearing to consider a resolution and an ordinance amending County Code Chapters 13.10 and 13.20 (Local Coastal Program Implementing Ordinances) to create the Seascape Beach Estates (SBE) Combining Zone District, with Zoning Plan Amendment adding 152 parcels to the district, minor variation to PUD/Use Permit 4119-U, and CEQA Notice of Exemption, and take related actions, as outlined in the memorandum of the Planning Director.

Scheduled item – 10:45

  • Consider alternatives evaluated by the Santa Cruz Coastal Reuse Plan – Davenport Cement Plant, select a preferred alternative, direct staff to seek funding to complete the required environmental review of proposed Local Coastal Program amendments to implement the selected preferred alternative, and direct staff to revise permitting process section based on Coastal Commission comments, as outlined in the memorandum of the County Administrative Officer (continued from February 26, 2019).

The Soquel Creek Water District Board of Directors meets Tuesday, April 16 at 6 pm at Capitola City Council Chambers, 420 Capitola Avenue, in Capitola. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

  • Consider Approval and Direction of Preliminary Design of Treatment Facilities for Pure Water Soquel 

Closed Session

  • Conference with Legal Counsel – Existing Litigation Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(1); Santa Cruz County Superior Court Case No. 19 CV00181 (Steinbruner vs. Soquel Creek Water District)
  • Conference with Real Property Negotiators (Government Code Section 54956.8); Property: Santa Cruz Wastewater Treatment Facility (SCWWTF)
    Agency Negotiator: Ron Duncan, General Manager
    Negotiating Parties: Soquel Creek Water District and the City of Santa Cruz

Elkhorn Slough Foundation Volunteer Land Stewards meet Wednesday April 17 at 10 am at Elkhorn Slough Foundation, 1698 Elkhorn Rd, in Watsonville. New volunteers contact questionsforus@elkhornslough.org in advance to receive updated event information.

The Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz meets Wednesday, April 17 at 6 pm at Harvey West Scout House, 326 Evergreen St, in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for information.

The Scotts Creek Lagoon Restoration Project Community Presentation, Wednesday, April 17 at 6 pm at Swanton Pacific Ranch-Cal Poly, 305 Swanton Rd, north of Davenport. Click HERE for the agenda.

The Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency Board of Directors meets Wednesday, April 17 at 7 pm at Watsonville City Council Chambers, 275 Main Street in Watsonville. Click HERE for the agenda.

The Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency Drop-In Hours are Thursday, April 18 from 10 am to Noon at Community Foundation, 7807 Soquel Drive, in Aptos. Click HERE for information.

The San Lorenzo Valley Water District Board of Directors meets Thursday, April 18 at 5:30 pm at the Operations Building, 13057 CA-9, in Boulder Creek. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

  • Santa Cruz County Parks Use of Glyphosate – Discussion and possible action by the Board regarding the Santa Cruz County use of glyphosate in areas granted easement for the Felton Library by SLVWD.

The Monterey Bay Community Power Community Advisory Council meets Thursday, April 18 at 6 pm at Monterey Bay Community Power Board Room 70 Garden Court, Suite 300 in Monterey. Click HERE for information.

The Scotts Valley Parks & Recreation Commission meets Thursday, April 18 at 6 pm at Skypark Classroom, 361 Kings Village Road Scotts Valley. The agenda will be available HERE 72 hours before the meeting.

The San Lorenzo River Estuary Restoration Project meets Saturday, April 20 from 9 to 11 am at the East levee by Riverside Avenue Bridge (across from Canfield Avenue). Bring your gloves, sturdy shoes, hat & water.