People's Democratic Club
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PDC General Meeting 10 June 2021

  Rick Longenotti spoke first on the proposed Parking Garage citing the 2015  $100,000 contracted parking study.  The study found that Santa Cruz needed  better management of it's current parking ,which was 30%empty.

-The new parking structure would not pay for itself in it's lifetime.

-higher parking rates would only drive away customers.

-Martine Bernal, City Manager, ignored the costly study and endorsed the large new parking structure.

-700sq' for each car could be used instead for 150 affordable housing units.  Which do we need most?

-Several groups are gathering signatures for a ballot measure to amend the General Plan and

remodel the current Library for $45 million( with $27million passed on Measure S). 

-The Farmer…

PDC MEMBERS - our June Membership Meeting is this Thursday!  We will have at least one speaker, and perhaps two.  The first is Rick Longinotti, well-known activist and thinker, speaking on the subjects of the Library-parking garage, and local highway expansion.  We have extended an invitation to Adam Scow so speak on the subject of Urban Growth Boundaries and opposing AB1322, recently sent to the State Senate for processing.  That bill is concerned with enabling local governmental agencies to ignore local ballot initiatives in favor of State law.

We will be voting on our officers for the next year:  Brian Murtha for one last year as Chairperson; Franco Picarella for Vice Chair; Sandra Nichols for Corresponding Secretary and Communication…

    On the 4th of July, PDC showed spirit and dedication by participating with the local Democrats.  The crowd was lovely and cheered for us. Pictured here from left:  Judy Geer, PDC president Brian Murtha, Sandra Nichols, Gail Jack, Denise Elerick and Ellen Murtha.  What great banners and smiles we have!

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