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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
Updated October 31st, 2017
The Santa Cruz County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAR) supports a comprehensive government affairs program designed to foster a political and legal environment in which members can operate their business successfully and the interests of their clients are protected.

SCCAR's government affairs program places focus on the following objectives:
  • Supporting candidates, who understand the concerns and needs of SCCAR members, in local government elections.
  • Supporting the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) in their efforts to pass legislation that is: REALTOR®-friendly, protects private property rights, supports homeownership, and promotes an economic environment in which businesses and the real estate industry can thrive (and to oppose legislation that does not accomplish these goals).
  • Keeping SCCAR members informed about pending real estate-related legislation and regulatory changes that impact their business.
  • Educating SCCAR members about how to become involved in the political process when it comes to critical legislative initiatives that affect SCCAR members and their clients.

CALLS TO ACTION
• REALTOR® Action Center - NAR


CURRENT NEWS

COUNTY
• Santa Cruz County Election Commission
• County of Santa Cruz - Climate Action Strategy
   • Vacation Rental Ordinance
   http://www.sccoplanning.com/PlanningHome/ZoningDevelopment/VacationRentals.aspx
• Possible Redesigns for Live Oak, Aptos, Soquel, with Denser Housing
   Santa Cruz County leaders are looking at increasing density in several happening areas.

CITY OF SANTA CRUZ
• Put affordable housing bond on Santa Cruz County ballot, says Fred Keeley
   Fred Keeley, a former county supervisor and state assemblyman, made his intention public Wednesday night to 100 people at the "Housing 101" panel discussion sponsored by the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership at Santa Cruz's Museum of Art & History.
• Santa Cruz to vote on law limiting city’s Airbnbs, vacation rentals
   If approved, all existing tax-paying short-term vacation rental landlords and new applicants will be required to register anew with the city planning department, pay an approximately $65 fee and obtain a non-transferrable short-term rental permit that will lapse after two years of non-use.

CAPITOLA
• Vacation Rental Ordinance

WATSONVILLE
• Watsonville Transit Center Beautification Project
   The Watsonville Parks and Community Services Department has begun a beautification project that includes tree planting.
• Watsonville, Santa Cruz receive funds for pedestrian safety projects
    The cities of Watsonville and Santa Cruz will receive more than $1.5 million for pedestrian and bicycle safety projects, following approval Wednesday by the California Transportation Commission.


LOCAL GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE
LGR focuses on real estate-related issues and concerns affecting the real estate industry. The committee offers input on legislative matters, environmental and community issues that are of concern to property owners and REALTORS® with primary emphasis on local issues. This group also develops and maintains close relationships with legislators representing Santa Cruz County through frequent meetings and correspondence.

For information about joining this committee please email gad@mysccar.org.