Plastic bag ban: Its time has come for California
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August 2014

Plastic bag ban: Its time 
has come for California 
By Bruce McPherson


With more than 100 local jurisdictions in California that have banned single-use plastic bags, residents from all corners of our diverse state have spoken that they want to be part of an important global movement toward reusable bags.

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Moving Towards a Special County Wide Open Space District

Perhaps the most commonly shared value in our community is our love for the natural environment.  

Supervisor McPherson is interested in exploring the concept of an Santa Cruz Open Space District which will enhance and protect our rich open space and environmental treasures.

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Upcoming Meetings

During the past 18 months, hundreds of you have attended a town plan or town hall meeting that I  hosted. Together, we compiled and prioritized a long wish list for our San Lorenzo Valley community, and a number of projects are underway.
I plan now to shift to neighborhood meetings. I will be working with residents to hold a series of neighborhood “coffees” in the coming year. We will meet informally in private homes. If you would like to host a coffee, please contact my office at 454-2200.
Meanwhile, please take the previously scheduled town hall meeting dates off your calendars. We will let you know when a meeting is scheduled for your neighborhood.
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New Opportunities to Improve San Lorenzo Valley Air Quality 
By Bruce McPherson

Partnership with Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District

I’m pleased to report that air quality in the San Lorenzo Valley and public safety were addressed during recent budget deliberations, with favorable outcomes.

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Brookdale Lodge Plans: New Ownership and Re-Opening


By Jason Hoppin
Santa Cruz Sentinel

Tuesday, local hoteliers Pravin and Naina Patel announced they have purchased the iconic property, which includes the Bavarian-style Brook Room — which has a creek running through down the center of the dining hall — an indoor pool and rumors of a haunting.

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I appreciate your support and I look forward to working with you in the future.


Bruce McPherson
Supervisor Fifth District


Public Safety Addressed

The County budget approved last week also bolsters public safety with funding for Sheriff deputies and attorneys in the District Attorney’s office.Thank you for y Economic Development Opportunities and Concerns for the San Lorenzo Valley

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Economic Development Opportunities and Concerns for the San Lorenzo Valley

Ongoing outreach, discussions, and planning

Thank you for your thoughtful recommendations concerning the draft Economic Vitality Strategy. I share and have advocated for many of the same recommendations and have attached a copy of my comments on the draft document.

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