6:30pm, Tuesday, December 6
Louden Nelson Center - 301 Center Street
Community Meeting to Strategize and Mobilize
Initiated by Beyond Bernie folks, the evening's intent is to gather together all the progressive people and groups we could identify in Santa Cruz, to join in a discussion of what we should and can do in our new political reality. We want to identify our priorities and figure out how we can best stand with our vulnerable communities and work together to protect social, racial, environmental and economic justice for all.
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Meeting called to order by Gail Jack at 6:33 pm. 23 members present. Moment of silence for Wolfgang Rosenberg
Good News shared:
- S.C. City Council Election new members: Chris Krohn and Sandy Brown
- S.V. City Council Election new member: Jack Dilles
- Central Fire District: all labor union candidates elected
- AZ: Sheriff Arpaio is out
- Measure Z (banning fracking) passed in Monterey Co.
- Jim Hensen lawsuit affirmed in court
Introductions by members and expression of feelings re Election 2016 with "What now" suggestions.
- Brian Murtha: Congressional candidates for 2018, identify Republicans who are vulnerable.
- David Sweet: Get behind Keith Ellison as new Democratic chair
- Nancy Abbey: adding to David's suggestion: progressives need to take a greater interest in the loca…
Downtown Metro Project --still in planning stage; will have 100 affordable units.
Habitat is building 1 house with an ADU on Frederick St.
Water St. Project -- still in development phase; developer negotiating with Encompass re their property and State Farm owner re his property. Will be coming before the Council on March 22 for approval of additional funding and April 26 for approval of an Action Plan. Builder's held public meetings with neighbors - next public meeting to be determined.
414 Jessie Street planned for 31 units, 100% affordable, maybe some units for veterans and probably 14 units for psychologically disabled who already live on property.. Has been a slow process. HOME funds have been allocated.Mid-Pen is developing.
How would this PDC partnership be accomplished?
The PDC will establish a working group to include, but not be limited to, PDC members, to formulate a rent stabilization program. Recruitment will reach out to other tenants' advocates to join the working group.
What Impact could be expected?
Some form of rent stabilization agreed on by diverse members of the Santa Cruz community and implemented by the City Council would establish a limit on the escalation of some rents. It would help to alleviate the lack of affordable rental housing available to low and middle income families, affording more opportunities to current residents to continue to live in …