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Big Week For Land Use Policy

Land Use Report, KUSP 6/4/12

The local elections scheduled for tomorrow may have big impacts on land use policy. In Santa Cruz County, where two incumbents have chosen not to run for reelection, we know for certain that there will be two new members of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, starting next year. We may know exactly who those two new persons are going to be, by about midnight tomorrow.

In Monterey County, all currently serving members of the Board are running for reelection.* There are very spirited contests in three of the Supervisorial districts, however, so significant changes might be in the offing. Again, we will all know more by Wednesday morning.

Wednesday, by the way, is a big day in its own right. On Wednesday, the Santa Cruz County Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCO, is scheduled to consider the applications of the City of Santa Cruz and the University of California at Santa Cruz. The City and UCSC want LAFCO to approve an extension of the City’s highly stressed water supplies to the UCSC North Campus, to permit the construction of over 3,000,000 square feet of new buildings. Both the City and UCSC have threatened to sue LAFCO, if things don’t go just the way they want. I represent the Community Water Coalition, which is deeply involved in the controversy, so I do have a dog in this fight. You’re invited to come watch and participate. The LAFCO meeting begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday morning.

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