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831 Responsible Development

831 Responsible Development resident group is very supportive of building new housing in Santa Cruz. We just expect it to be done responsibly and respectfully. We don’t believe that the development project, as currently designed for 831 Water Street, is either responsible or respectful. Or even safe.

We welcome affordable housing, but the development proposed for 831 Water Street is neither safe, reasonable, responsible, nor respectful. Proposed is a 5-story building (essentially 6, counting the rooftop bar), 60 feet tall, with 151 units on less than an acre, built within 20 feet of single-story homes that will be shaded roughly half of the year, and whose privacy will be invaded year-round. In an attempt to quickly add affordable housing, Senate Bills 330 and 35 now severely hamper local control and drastically speed up the process. Coupled with the City Council’s inaction on developing current objective standards, we have quite a challenge ahead. This building will set a precedent for all other proposals along corridor streets. It’s easy to foresee blocks of 60-foot towers rising above Water St. and Soquel Avenue, all immediately adjacent to neighborhoods with single-story homes. We’re asking that the project be modified so that it still provides needed housing but safely and responsibly fits the site in scale and density.

“We want to express gratitude to Santa Cruz Neighbors for their experienced guidance through this process and for now stepping up to be the fiscal sponsor for our ongoing fundraising efforts.”

http://831responsibledevelopment.org

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Highland Firewise Neighborhood: Above High St Neighbors –“Goat” Fund Me!

The Highland Firewise neighborhood encompasses the below streets and all courtyards connecting them to: Highland, Spring, Laurent, Ross, Sheldon, Meadow and Ortalon. 

The Highland Firewise neighborhood is adjacent to three Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) areas including Evergreen Cemetery Ravine, Pogonip, and Harvey West Park.  Pogonip and Harvey West Park open areas are initiating their own campaign for goats and/or other wildfire mitigation plans.

Go to the Highland Firewise website: https://highlandfirewise.org  and get involved!

Reminder: Have a Plan!
Planning is key to everyone’s safety. These ideas can help you construct an effective safety plan for yourself, your loved ones, and your neighbors:

  • Have ‘Go Bags’ ready, each with a copy of the “Ready-Set-Go” flyer inside (flyer and recommended “Go Bag” items are on www.highlandfirewise.org/resources).
  • Have a neighborhood communication plan. Neighbors play a critical role in helping each other prepare for wildfires ahead of time and keeping each other informed of evacuation orders and updates. Make sure you have phone numbers for your closest neighbors and let each other know who is home, who has left, and where they have gone.
  • Identify neighbors who need help during a fire so you can offer assistance. 
  • Designate ONE POINT of CONTACT outside Santa Cruz that your family calls in case of an emergency evacuation, such as a relative or a family friend.
  • Determine 2 evacuation routes out of your neighborhood and make sure everyone in your house knows them.

Use evacuation alert mobile apps like Reverse 911, CODE Red. Download and register to get up-to-date information on nearby fire activity. More information on these apps is available at www.highlandfirewise.org/resources

Goats are an excellent and environmentally friendly way to clear large, steep areas of dried undergrowth, which is a significant forest wildfire risk.  

Save your home! Get Involved! Contribute TODAY!

All three WUI – open areas remain a wildfire threat into our neighborhood and to your home!
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Lee Street Neighbors – https://gofundme.com/f/lee-street-neighborhood

Our community is joining together in an effort to raise $4,000 to make our NEIGHBORHOOD SAFER and we would LOVE your HELP. More specifically, we are looking to put up our own custom Neighborhood Watch signs and paint a beautiful mural under the overpass and install cameras. Once these funds are collected, neighbors will have an integral part in the decision-making process.

After the homicide under the overpass, we’ve decided we need to take a stronger stance on our community’s safety and have agreed that there need to be video cameras looking underneath the overpass for any illicit activity. We’ve partnered with three SC police officers to do a walk-through with myself, Deborah from Santa Cruz Neighbors and Lisa Gates from Grant Street Neighbors and has helped us find good points of best camera use.

All of the money will be collected and distributed by Santa Cruz Neighbors a 501C Non-Profit.
Below are the specific items we are looking to use with the funds:

  • 20-30 Custom Neighborhood Watch signs that will be installed by the Public Works department. We have to pay for the signage, they will install it.
  • 4-6 Green Kid Alert signs and locks
  • 1k in Paint that neighbors have already agreed to paint beautiful murals on electrical boxes/underneath the overpass as long as CalTrans allows us.
  • 4-6 delayed motion sensors for residents that want more lighting on their street.
  • 2 high-quality cameras  We are looking for one more neighbor to install. Possibly next to Lee/Emeline on the corner.

We know what a privilege it is to live in Santa Cruz and your contribution to making our incredible neighborhood safer for all that reside here is most appreciated! 

Submitted by Aaron Elbert and I’m an honored member of the Lee Street Neighborhood here in beautiful Santa Cruz, CA

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