Friday, November 2, 2012
The elections this year will have a big impact on land use. Land use decisions, remember, are made mostly at the local level. If you care about the future of Fort Ord, or about water policy in Monterey County, you should care about who gets elected to the Monterey County Board of Supervisors. In both the Fifth Supervisorial District (covering the Peninsula and Big Sur) and in the First Supervisorial District (centered in Salinas), long time incumbents are facing tough challenges. The choices made by the voters in these races will have a huge impact on the future land use policies of Monterey County. Elections in Seaside and Marina are going to be pretty important, too.
In Santa Cruz County, what the voters decide in the Fifth Supervisorial District will definitely impact Santa Cruz County land use policy. The Fifth District includes the San Lorenzo Valley, and a part of Scotts Valley, and a part of Santa Cruz. It’s an open seat. The choice is between a local, “born in the San Lorenzo Valley” candidate and someone who was elected multiple times to the State Legislature. Make no mistake; the choice will make a difference!
I have links to more information in today’s Land Use Report Blog, found at kusp.org/landuse. Sometimes, elections aren’t that important where land use policy is concerned. This election will be important, so get ready to vote!
Monterey County Board of Supervisors
Seaside Mayor’s Race
Marina Mayor’s Race
Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors