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PURPOSE OF OUR GROUP

reImagine Santa Cruz would like to supplement the platform of the progressive candidates, Brown, Kumar, Hill, and Kuhl, with a community-driven vision of Santa Cruz with affordable housing, common areas downtown, safe streets for pedestrians and cyclists, water neutral development, and a transparent City Council whose decisions are made for the people and not for the developers. Our group is strongly opposed to the library/garage project and plans to fight it publicly until the elections, with the message that our four candidates oppose the structure as well and will fight it when elected into the City Council.

My name is Erica Aitken and I am the founder of reImagine Santa Cruz.   

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IMAGINE A FUTURE FOR SANTA CRUZ FOR YOU, FOR THE WHOLE COMMUNITY, TO LIVE, WORK AND PLAY.

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Beautiful song - SOUL OF AMERICA - universal sentiment so well expressed by local Santa Cruz artists Ariel Thiermann, Tammi Brown, and Jeffery David Ringold. Music, lyrics and arrangement by Jeffrey David Ringold.

Courtesy of the Campaign for Sustainable Transportation, this scorecard clearly positions each candidate on the major issues of our city. Please share this and, for more detailed information, visit their excellent website here.

 
 

Steven DeCinzo's vision of the future of Santa Cruz

Let's make sure this doesn't happen!

Here's the place to state your opinion about the library/garage project, the destruction of our current library, the loss of our farmer's market, and the underhanded way the project was passed by City Council in July 2020. Send your video, statement with photo, or statement alone to reImagineSantaCruz@gmail.com. We'll post it for you. Thank you.

 
 

INTRODUCING FOUR EXCELLENT CANDIDATES TO CITY COUNCIL

Sandy Brown, Kayla Kumar, Alicia Kuhl, and Kelsey Hill, besides possessing a strong love for our town, are just the right candidates and are ready to begin working on Day one. Sandy Brown is a current City Council member and is running again to continue working for Santa Cruz and the people who live here. You are probably familiar with her awesome record which is detailed more below. Kayla Kumar, Alicia Kuhl, and Kelsey Hill are newcomers, and not without impressive political experience! All four are facing one of the toughest political races in our city’s history.

 

SANDY BROWN, INCUMBENT

Sandy is a Progressive’s progressive. Supported by labor, students, renters and environmentalists in 2016, she has been a Councilmember who gets things done. She initiated a 20% affordable housing inclusionary ordinance (passed); supported bus passes for all downtown workers (passed); and shepherded through funding for tenant legal services and other community programs (passed). Perhaps most significantly, she stood up for neighborhood preservation by opposing the “Corridors Plan” to concentrate high end, high density housing on the Eastside. More recently Councilmember Brown voted NOT to put the library in a garage atop the downtown Farmer’s Market. She wants a revitalized and remodeled library where it currently sits at 224 Church Street and other City owned property to be used for community benefit including affordable housing and public spaces. Sandy is a UCSC graduate and holds a doctorate degree in Geography from UC Berkeley. She teaches in the American Studies Department at San Jose State University.

Councilmember Brown says the dueling crises of health and housing affordability put the city at a significant crossroads. That’s part of why she’s running again. “We need to think about how we can protect renters. Mortgage holders and landlords are also suffering. So we need to talk about how we can leverage resources to support them,” she says. 
—Santa Cruz Good Times, July 2020

 
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