Santa Cruz Local is focusing on five local races: the Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Capitola and Scotts Valley city councils and the District 1 county supervisor runoff.
Scotts Valley City Council (Vote for three.)
Candidate responses to Santa Cruz Local’s written questionnaire
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Some key takeaways from the podcast episode
Affordable housing: Scotts Valley’s inclusionary law requires developers in larger projects to offer 15% of units to people with lower incomes. The law only applies to the Mount Hermon Road and Scotts Valley Drive corridors.
- Challenger John Lewis said he is open to increasing that requirement to 20%.
- Incumbent Jack Dilles said he’d like the law to apply to more parts of the city.
- Incumbent Donna Lind said it’s fine the way it is.
- So did Incumbent Randy Johnson. Johnson said he’d like to see more proposals for studios and 1- and 2-bedroom apartments.
Local business support:
- John Lewis: City leaders need to attract and retain more businesses.
- Jack Dilles: Keep outdoor restaurant seating and outdoor business on Scotts Valley Drive.
- Donna Lind: Talk to business owners and maintain years-long relationships.
- Randy Johnson: Advocate at higher levels of government for more local business support.
- John Lewis suggested a school bond measure. He, though, seemed to be unaware of a school bond measure on the current ballot.
- Donna Lind said the city can fund school facilities that the public can use, but that’s about it.
- Jack Dilles said the city council can’t do much more, except monitor potential COVID cases as schools reopen and be in contact with school district leaders.
- And Randy Johnson said he’s supportive of increasing property taxes to help pay for school expenses. However, he understands that’s not a city council decision.
Official candidate statements (* means incumbent)
Campaign finance totals, database (July 1 to Sept. 19)
Reported fundraising totals for the filing period July 1 to Sept. 19
Santa Cruz City Council
- Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson: $27,283
- Martine Watkins: $22,749
- Kayla Kumar: $22,217
- Sonja Brunner: $15,000
- Sandy Brown: $11,827
- Kelsey Hill: $11,817
- Maria Cadenas: $8,974
- Alicia Kuhl: $3,296
- Elizabeth Conlan: $2,434
Watsonville City Council
- Jimmy Dutra, District 6: $10,212
- Tony Gomez, District 6: $3,465
- Vanessa Quiroz-Carter, District 2: $1,699
- Aurelio Gonazlez, District 2: $1,597
- Eduardo Montesino, District 1: No filing available
Scotts Valley City Council
- Jack Dilles: $3,573
- Randy Johnson: $1,206
- Donna Lind: $897
- John Lewis: Did not file, according to Scotts Valley city clerk
Capitola City Council
- Kristen Petersen: $2,515
- Anthony Rovai: $2,099
- Margaux Keiser: $3,478
- Will Reising: Did not file, said Capitola city clerk
Santa Cruz County Supervisor, District 1
Santa Cruz Local’s searchable database
- Scroll right to see the candidates for Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Watsonville and Capitola city council and District 1 county supervisor. Each column lists the donors for each candidate for the filing period July 1 to Sept. 19. Click the magnifying glass in the top right to search by donor name or title.
(Database credit: Erin Malsbury — Santa Cruz Local)
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