Supervisor Zach Friend was today’s special guest at the Aptos Chamber of Commerce. He was introduced by Jimmy Panetta (son of Leon), Deputy District Attorney for the county of Monterey, who is himself running to replace retiring U.S. Representative Sam Farr.
The Supervisor, who is currently running for re-election, spoke of his continuing resolve to work for progress on challenges he’s identified, such as affordability of housing, jobs, high-speed internet, water, and traffic among others. His remarks seemed well received by those in attendance, which included his wife Tina and young son Elliott.
He later took a few questions from the crowd, and provided an update on Rancho del Mar Shopping Center project. He replied that in a meeting with new ownership 1-2 months ago, the owners indicated they have no immediate plans to do anything with the property. He added that the new owners know it needs a remodel but do not feel like the larger scale project envisioned previously was appropriate.
See also: FriendForSupervisor.com