The next Council Meeting is on Tuesday, May 13th at 809 Center Street. At 7PM, the Council will consider redressing a decision to so greatly limit non-commercial activity downtown that we lost some beloved artists, including the Great Morgani. A proposal by Councilmembers Lane and Comstock will create markings on the sidewalk to welcome artists with a place where they are WELCOME to be and not just harassing them with a bewildering series of rules about where they cannot. Additionally, some of the spaces will be big enough to allow for displays of art and/or multi-player acts. Please consider reading the proposal at cityofsantacruz.com. Then give the council your feedback: citycouncil [at] cityofsantacruz.com
Also on the agenda is a modest plan to bring City Council pay back up to 2008 levels. Personally, this would bring my wage up from $12.00 an hour, to $13.00, which is close to the city’s official minimum livable wage. It would also have some incremental effect on encouraging people to run for City Council who are not independently wealthy. Tell the Council how you feel at citycouncil [at] cityofsantacruz.com
or come to the meeting starting at 2:30PM.
Hopefully you are following our efforts to limit campaign spending in City Council elections. If you are inclined to favor candidates who agree to limits, please register your opinion at santacruzelectionreform.org BEFORE the candidates decide whether or not to agree to the voluntary limit. For a long term, if incremental fix, Councilmember Lane and I have crafted a proposal to use a modest amount of public campaign financing for candidates who agreed to overall expenditure limits. We are also proposing to make current voluntary donation caps mandatory. Over 40 cities, including San Francisco, have similar policies. We will be bringing the proposal to the City Council on June 10th. Read the full proposal at santacruzelectionreform.org. Again, if you agree with this idea it is absolutely critical that you register your opinion at santacruzelectionreform.org. This kind of reform does not happen without grassroots participation.
If you are already convinced that local candidates should accept limits, we need your help talking to voters. Please join me in walking precincts and/or calling voters on May 28 and 29th and June 3rd and 4th from 5:30 to 8PM. Contact awesome intern Justin Burke to RSVP: jcburke [at] ucsc.edu
. It takes some work to change the status quo but I believe that most of the people of Santa Cruz agree that real democracy needs monetary limits.
As always, those of you who disagree with this proposal or others that I support continue to enjoy my full respect.
Thank you for your attention and your participation,
Santa Cruz City Council