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Mayor Lane Releases History of Community Contacts
by Don Lane (posted by Norse)
Wednesday Feb 22nd, 2012 6:47 PM
On Sunday February 19, Mayor Don Lane e-mailed me the following list of meetings he had with groups and individuals in the community in his capacity is Mayor. This is a new and important effort by Lane to make his regime more transparent. Whatever differences I have with Lane (and they are legion), I commend him for doing what no other Mayor of Santa Cruz has done. Admittedly specific names aren't always mentioned, which is important. It sounds like he may not have recorded names when the meetings were held--something that should be done with regularity by all elected officials and by the highly paid department heads as well. Specifically, it would be interesting for Council Member Coonerty and his Council majority to reveal the lobbyist meetings they've had.
From: dlane [at]
To: rnorse3 [at]
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2012 22:04:03 -0800
Subject: RE: Following Up More


Here is my calendar from the week I began my term as mayor up until February 19, 2012.

I think this a correct representation of the scheduled meetings and events I attended in connection with my role as mayor.  I did not include personal social events or events that I went to on my own (as opposed to events I was invited to in my capacity as mayor)

This also does not include casual conversations at events or in the hall near my office or on the street… nor does it include phone calls, which don’t make it into my calendar.

I also did not include the Project Homeless Connect classes I participated in almost every Monday and Wednesday night in January and February.  I do not teach these classes as a city council member—they stem from my volunteer role with Project Homeless Connect.

Monday 12/12
Met with a council colleague to discuss a couple of agenda items
Budget committee meeting
Public Safety committee meeting
Tuesday 12/13
Met with some Occupy folks at the courthouse
Council meeting
Weds 12/14
Met with Mark Primack to discuss process for moving the Homeless Garden Project to the Pogonip site
Thurs 12/15
Visited the senior meal program at Louden Nelson Center
Went to holiday party at Wave Crest
Visited retirement party of Fire Chief Ron Oliver
Monday 12/19
Met Bruce McPherson for coffee
Met with water advocacy group
Met with Nicholas Whitehead about homeless programs
Met with Occupy folks at courthouse
Tuesday 12/20
Met with trainees at the Homeless Garden Project
Participated at memorial event for homeless community members
Met with Homeless Action Partnership members in Watsonville
Met with Laurie McCann to discuss ideas for improving the discourse on the desal issue
Weds 12/21
Spent much of the day at the Catalyst for the Chris Rene broadcast
Interview at community TV
[Not much happening for a while with Christmas/New Years holidays]
Tues 1/3
Met with Watsonville Mayor Eduardo Montesino about the idea of a joint council meeting
Met with Councilmember Madrigal about various council items
Weds 1/4
Met with city staff on plans for Jan 10 council meeting agenda
LAFCO meeting
Met with County officials about the Homeless Action Partnership
Met with Lawrence to discuss the needs of a homeless man downtown
Met with JM Brown of the Sentinel for an interview on a variety of issues
Thurs 1/5
Regional Transportation Commission meeting
Met with Tamara from HGP on her ideas on homelessness policy
Met with Doug Deitch on water and desal issues
Interview with Robert Norse on radio program
Friday 1/6
Met with Saskia Lucas and Micah about an idea for a new bicycle event in Santa Cruz
Met with Doug Engfer on water issues
Saturday 1/7
Attended Bert Muhly memorial
Mon 1/9
KION TV interview
Met with Katherine Beiers and Andy Schiffrin to discuss council agenda items
Met with Sister Cities group to plan Nicaragua trip
Tues 1/10
Met with Teen Center committee to discuss fundraising plans
Met with Vice Mayor Bryant on coordination of Mayor / Vice Mayor duties
Council meeting
Wednesday 1/11
Attended two meeting of committees of the Homeless Action Partnership
Met with new chair of the Board of the Homeless Services Center
Filmed a video piece for Santa Cruz Next
Met with other mayors and community leaders on Food Bank award event
Thurs 1/12 (my birthday)
Regional Transportation Commission
Attended event to launch remodel of the Vets Hall
Conference call with Assemblymember Monning on redevelopment legislation
Met with Michael Becker to discuss the public works commission
Met with business manager in Harvey West Park to discuss planning/permit issues for his business
Friday 1/13
Spoke to the Santa Cruz Rotary Club
Met with UCSC student to discuss water issues
Community TV interview
Met with UCSC student applying for an internship in my office
Saturday 1/14
Cut a ribbon at a new downtown business
Sunday 1/15 to Sunday 1/22
Sister city visit to Nicaragua
Monday 1/23
Met with reps from Mercy Housing about their plans to remodel the Neary Lagoon complex
Tuesday 1/24
Council meeting
Weds 1/25
Met with Fred Keeley on a variety of local political issues
Attended meeting of the Mayors’ Selection Committee (mayors from 4 local cities)
Met with Council Revenue Task Force to consider approaches to increasing city revenue
Thurs 1/26
Met with group supporting proposed housing project on Ocean Street
Met with reps of Barrios Unidos and the SCPD to discuss improved communication
Friday 1/27
Met with faith leaders on the Charter of Compassion
Met with teacher and student to discuss student's ideas for working on homelessness
Met with my new intern
Sat 1/28
Attended Nexties Awards event
Sun 1/29
Attended Chris Rene event at the Civic and read proclamation
Mon 1/30
Met with reps from Palo Alto Medical Foundation about their plans for a new building on Mission Street
Met with Supervisor Coonerty to discuss the successor agencies to the city and county redevelopment agencies
Tues 1/31
Attended event in Watsonville about new community needs mapping project
Met with city staff on arts projects
Met with City on a Hill reporter about water issues
Weds 2/1
Met with a representative of a local charitable foundation to discuss community needs
Participated in press conference launching the city’s Code for America project
Attended meeting of Homeless Action Partnership
Attended ribbon cutting ceremony for new business downtown
Thurs 2/2
Regional Transportation Commission meeting in Watsonville
Attended meeting of Association of Faith Communities
Presented key to the city at Martin Luther King Convocation
Friday 2/3
Met with City on a Hill reporter
Attended Project Homeless Connect meeting
Met with LAFCO staff on UCSC/City service extension application
Attended anniversary event for SC Patch
Attended event at Cruzio celebrating their expansion
Saturday 2/4
Attended fundraising dinner for high school service projects
Monday 2/6
Met with David Terrazas about water issues and a handful of other city issues
Met with a group of citizens working on water issues
Tuesday 2/7
Met with city staff to plan council meeting agenda for 2/14
Met with citizen about possible council resolution on federal legislation effecting basic civil liberties
Met with city council revenue task force
Weds 2/8
Met with Micah Posner about a variety of city issues
Met with Chip of DTA to discuss a special event idea
Thurs 2/9
Met with Bill Tysseling about the issues facing the revenue task force
Met with County Clerk Gail Pellerin about countywide substance abuse issues
Attended meeting of countywide Criminal Justice Council
Friday 2/10
Attended “State of the Valley” conference in San Jose
Met wit CALPIRG reps about the proposed plastic bag ordinance
Saturday 2/11
Met with Roosevelt Terrace neighbors about Ocean Street housing project
(I can’t find it in my calendar, but I met with a group supporting this project some time in late January.)
Monday 2/13
Visited St. Francis soup kitchen
Met with staff of City on a Hill to discuss improved communication between city and UC students
Tuesday 2/14
Council meeting
Weds 2/15
Met with a group of citizens concerned about the proposed new Pogonip bike trail
Attended meeting of the Desalination Task Force
Thursday 2/16
Regional Transportation Commission meeting
Visited office of California Certified Organic Farmers on the Westside
Friday 2/17
Attended Project Homeless Connect steering committee meeting
Saturday 2/18
Spoke with KSBW TV about new Apple ad that features Santa Cruz
Attended event launching signature gathering drive related to labeling of GMO’s
Don Lane
City of Santa Cruz
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Lane Interview ArchivedRobert NorseMonday Feb 27th, 2012 3:01 AM
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