Re-Evaluation of the Santa Cruz 115 kV Reinforcement Project

The folks at NOPOC have some good news to share: PG&E has announced that it will be requesting that CAISO (California Independent System Operator) re-evaluate the need for the Santa Cruz 115 kV Reinforcement Project at this time. While this does appear to be good news, NOPOC cautions that it is far too early to […]

NOPOC’s Drawing to Raise Funds

The grassroots Aptos organization Neighbors Organized to Protect our Community (NOPOC) is working to raise funds to support their fight against PG&E’s plans to install a series of massive steel power poles through one of the most scenic areas of Santa Cruz County. As part of that effort, they are having a drawing for a […]

Santa Cruz 115kV Reinforcement Project

Santa Cruz County residents and concerned citizens have joined collectively in a new grassroots group, Neighbors Organized to Protect Our Community (NOPOC), to voice their issues concerning a proposed power line project. The neighborhood alliance believes the Santa Cruz 115kV Reinforcement Project as proposed by PG&E will have an adverse effect on the surrounding hills, wildlife, livestock, agriculture, […]

New Park coming to Seacliff

The Santa Cruz Parks Department is planning to build a new county park on the parcel at McGregor Drive and Sea Ridge Road – it’s a plan that has been in the works for years, but is now apparently coming close to becoming reality. According to the Parks Department, they plan to break ground on […]

Aptos Blue Apartments Officially Open

The controversial Aptos Blue housing project celebrated its grand opening this past Wednesday.  The 2-acre project provides 40 studio, 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom apartments for low- and very-low income families and individuals, with five units being reserved by the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency for MHSA (Mental Health Services Act) tenants.  The project is […]

Aquifer Overdraft Not So Bad

According to a new article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, the Soquel Creek aquifer overdraft is apparently not as bad as has been previously reported. As a result of the district’s declaration of a groundwater emergency, a peer reviewed study was prepared by Todd Groundwater in Alameda, a consulting firm specializing in the planning, development, […]

Aptos Gas Pipeline Test Starts Monday

Just in time for school, PG&E will begin a six-week project to test a gas pipeline on Wallace Avenue in Aptos. The test begins on Monday – also known as the first day of school for nearby Aptos Junior High. Work is to commence at 8:30 AM, with trucks, backhoes, and excavators; classes also start […]

Aptos Library is to Receive $8.2 million enhancement

Under a plan being devised by the Santa Cruz Library trustees, the Aptos branch of the Santa Cruz Public Library system is to receive a $8.2 million enhancement. The enhancement will come in the form of a 25% expansion of size and a renovation. The goal of the project would be to serve a more […]

Alternatives to Passenger Rail Service in Santa Cruz

Last week, I posted about the trouble with passenger rail service in Santa Cruz. This week, I’m going to talk about a few alternatives to passenger rail service in Santa Cruz which would be more cost effective and achieve better results for the county. Much to their credit, the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission […]

The Trouble with Santa Cruz Passenger Rail

I wanted to share with you all what I feel is the trouble with Santa Cruz Passenger Rail. When Santa Cruz county was able to purchase the Santa Cruz Branch rail line back in 2012, I was all for it. Finally something would be done with the rail line, which had lain dormant for years, […]