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My first year as Supervisor
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February 2014

Bruce McPherson
Your Supervisors First Year

My first year as Supervisor of the Fifth District has been busy, productive, and thoroughly enjoyable. It's been a year of listening and learning, and a time of growing appreciation of the Fifth District. I've been privileged to participate in many events that weave our community together and have enjoyed time with both new and old friends.

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Upcoming Town Hall Meetings

Boulder Creek:
Feb 26th, May 28th, 
Sept 24th (6 to 8pm)
Boulder Creek
Pizza and Pub
 
Felton:
April 2nd, June 25, 
Oct 22 (6 to 8pm)
Location To Be Determined


Ben Lomond:
April 23, Aug 27, 
Nov 12 (6 to 8pm)
Location To Be Determined
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Remembering Annette Marcum

Annette Marcum, founder of grassroots organization Valley Churches United Missions, pictured as she receives the Woman of the Year award from the San Lorenzo Valley Chamber of Commerce in December, a month before her passing.
 
Services for this valley legend will be held at 1p.m. Feb. 8th at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 13005 Pine St. in Boulder Creek. It would have been her 76th birthday.
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Highway 1 Soquel/Morrissey Auxiliary Lanes Complete

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to commemorate completion of the Highway 1 Soquel/Morrissey Auxiliary Lanes Project. The event was hosted by the construction managers, the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission, on the La Fonda Bridge overcrossing in Santa Cruz.
 
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Economic Vitality

As the County has adjusted to budget realities, my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors and I have turned our efforts towards a rigorous examination of how we can break the cycle of sustained cuts and instead begin a dialogue about how to diversify and expand our economic base. This economic vitality is essential in order to create fiscal sustainability for our local government and foster an economic climate for our community that will support a more prosperous future for us all.
 
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County's Annual Water Report

Santa Cruz County water agencies continue to experience major water supply challenges, a situation currently being exacerbated by record-low rainfall over the past year. Most of the groundwater basins are in a state of overdraft, meaning that more water is being pumped from the basins than is infiltrating into them. Most major water supply agencies do not have sufficient sustainable supplies to meet current and future demand.

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San Lorenzo River Alliance to Hold Public Meetings

The San Lorenzo River is vital to Santa Cruz County as a key drinking water supply, as critical fish and wildlife habitat, and as a place of recreation where residents and tourists can enjoy nature. Since the City of Santa Cruz’s last Urban River Committee meeting in December 2009, however, there has been little opportunity for the community to connect to the San Lorenzo River and shape its future. The Coastal Watershed Council formed the San Lorenzo River Alliance in December 2013 to lead a transformation of the San Lorenzo River.

Learn More About the San Lorenzo River Alliance

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