SHEBREH KALANTARI-JOHNSON: Well, I have a 100% voting yes record in my time at city council. That’s not to say that there isn’t going to be a project that I don’t think is a fit for our community. I think we need to think holistically. We need to think about how we make these land use decisions will affect the climate and culture of our community.
And in that, I mean, if we don’t say yes now, again, we will be slapped by the state. And we will be looking at high-rise boxes. So that really influences my thinking.
There is a narrative out there that “she hasn’t seen a project that she doesn’t like.” I know that that narrative’s out there. That’s not the reality. When I see a project, I take into consideration the needs of the entire community and our needs in the next 20 years. Right. I’ll work with developers. I’ll work with city staff, I’ll work with community groups to see where we can make adjustments so that it is a fit for how we want to grow as a city of Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz County.
KMG: Just to clarify, your 100% vote. You mean that except for that one vote on 831 Water, that initial vote, you’ve approved every project that you’ve that has come before [the council]?
SHEBREH KALANTARI-JOHNSON: And I’ll say this to you, Kara, you know, by the time it comes to us at the city council, there has been a long process that’s already taken place. Right? It goes to the planning commission, it goes to the city staff, it goes back and forth. Right. So I also have to do my homework. Absolutely. But also trust in the process that’s taking place before it comes across my desk, so to speak.