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Reject the Aptos Safeway Mega-Expansion
by Petition
Saturday Sep 7th, 2013 10:06 PM
Reject the Aptos Safeway Mega-Expansion
This petition will be delivered to: Santa Cruz County Supervisors Zach Friend, Greg Caput, Bruce McPherson, John Leopold, and Neal Coonerty.

Reject the Aptos Safeway Mega-Expansion
Petition by Aptos Local Economies

We, the residents of Aptos, and surrounding communities, cannot accept the mega-expansion proposed by Safeway in Rancho Del Mar Shopping Center. Most, if not all of the existing merchants will be forced to close their doors due to two years of construction and the recently raised rents that many of the merchants cannot afford.

Safeway is proposing to expand the existing footprint of their grocery store from approximately 35,000 square feet to 59,000 square feet, raze much of the Center for new construction and reconfigure the gas station. It is common sense that the only businesses that could survive this demolition and construction, while paying higher rents, will be national chain stores. It is proven that a dollar spent at a local business multiplies itself exponentially. Our local merchants, with our loyal patronage keep our hard earned cash here, where it belongs.

Everyone suffers the traffic congestion along Soquel Drive and connecting streets. The roadways are narrow and not built to accommodate even the current traffic demands. Adding more traffic lights will not mitigate the nightmare coming our way during the proposed construction and future traffic generated by larger stores. This increased traffic will harm Aptos, its people and its health.

Aptos is a beautiful and unique area of Santa Cruz County. Such abundance brings responsibility. Therefore, we promise each other, and our local merchants, that we will not allow a multi-national corporation dictate the shape of our future.


Zach Friend, Santa Cruz County Supervisor
Greg Caput, Santa Cruz County Supervisor
Bruce McPherson, Santa Cruz County Supervisor
John Leopold, Santa Cruz County Supervisor
Neal Coonerty, Santa Cruz County Supervisor

We, the undersigned, demand that the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors reject the Aptos Safeway expansion. It will cause intolerable traffic and force out many of our valued local businesses. We encourage Safeway to provide better access under rules of ADA, and improve the quality of their store within the existing footprint.

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