Santa Cruz County

California Backward?

April 21, 2009 | 0 Comments

By Andrea Sanchez, 4/21/2009 - Santa Cruz County Treasurer-Tax Collector Fred Keeley is at the helm of a movement to repeal Proposition 13 and the 2/3 voting supermajority required for tax increases. The mantra is crisis, crisis, crisis and the claim is that a new organization called "California Forward" can fix it. This use of crisis is meant to scare voters into agreeing to increased taxes.


Animal Services Out of Control

February 18, 2009 | 0 Comments

By Andrea Sanchez and Vern Westgate, 2/18/2009 - Residents of Santa Cruz County, California can rest assured that there are no holds barred when Animal Services encounter the ‘threat’ of domestic felines. One particular incident began when Fluffy, a shy, nervous, much loved pet of the Shaw family in Santa Cruz County, CA. became ill. Joanne, a member of Fluffy’s staff, (dogs have owners – cats have staff) was concerned. So Joanne contacted their longtime, trusted mobile veterinary team.


Two Steps Forward and One Step Back

September 11, 2008 | 0 Comments

By Michael Shaw, 9/11/2008 -

The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors is preparing to issue a water moratorium in South County on well drilling and new construction water hook ups. This action is a direct result of successful litigation that eliminated the Pajaro Valley’s illegal tax imposed on farmers for the water withdrawn from their own wells. The water agency now owes tens of millions in reimbursement that it cannot pay.


Santa Cruz “Wildlands Project” Fire

May 24, 2008 | 0 Comments


By Michael Shaw, 5/24/2008 - Santa Cruz mountain residents awoke May 22, 2008 to a fast moving inferno that quickly spread to 3800 acres with no relief in sight. Growing gale winds fueled the fire. Steep ridges and dense redwood tree vegetation have created a largely inaccessible terrain. More than a dozen homes have burned to the ground. More losses are expected.


Santa Cruz – The Gestapo of the West

April 24, 2008 | 0 Comments

By Ronald A. Zumbrun, 4/24/2008 -

Summary: Known as the bastion of progressive liberal thinking, Santa Cruz, California  has become totalitarian in its approach to land use planning and property rights.  Those who curry favor get permits and those don't get punished.


Transportation Fairy Wishes Away Your Car

October 24, 2006 | 0 Comments

By Citizen Sue, 10/24/2006 -

The "rehearsed" participants wanted to: regulate car drivers, raise gas taxes, increase parking costs and eliminate public parking. Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission facilitators leaned toward rail transit and away from cars.

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