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Aaron Hinde


San Lorenzo Valley Scotts Valley

Who do you support for Supervisor in the 5th District in the upcoming November election and why?

I support Bruce McPherson for 5th district supervisor. In a time of an ever increasing partisanship, Bruce is a candidate that brings people together on all sides of the political spectrum with his leadership, mutual respect, and vision for our community.

What are the biggest issues right now for the 5th District?

The biggest issues for the 5th district right now are jobs, roads, and the planning department.

What is your vision for the future of the 5th District and Santa Cruz County?

My wish list for the district are as follows:

1) Fixing the overdue road maintenance, especially Felton Empire, Alba, and Jamison Creek.

2) Simplifying and implementing a reasonable fee structure from county planning so people that were born in this county can afford to stay here. Return to a common sense approach similar to other counties in this state in regards to regulations, time frames, costs, etc.

3) Eco friendly clearing of some of the trees in San Lorenzo Valley that are causing excessive duff formation and a significant fire hazard.


Tom Andersen

Who do you support for Supervisor in the 5th District in the upcoming November election and why?

I support Bruce McPherson because I believe he is free from the trappings of county politics such as favoritism towards agencies and others that would support his reelection in order to expect favors in return. I also believe he can “hit the ground running”. He doesn’t need to spend months figuring out how to make the system work for us.

What are the biggest issues right now for the 5th District?

The biggest issues in our district in my opinion are: Supporting local businesses by removing barriers to their ability to prosper. Repairing and improving our infrastructure. Providing real and reasonable assistance to our struggling community members as directly as possible. I think a big problem in our district is the continuation of policies and programs which spend hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars to do very little.

What is your vision for the future of the 5th District?

I envision a district empowered by policies which support local business and encourage entrepreneurial spirit. I envision a district in which land owners are encouraged and educated to be good stewards of their land. And I envision a district where we help each other as neighbors and fellow community members and not through the threat of having our resources taken from us and then used at the discretion of those far less capable.

Bill Smallman

Who do you support for Supervisor in the 5th District in the upcoming November election and why?

I’m supporting Bruce McPherson. I’ve been telling people to vote, especially for a non-partisan office, as if the person you are electing is going to take the top managerial position for a company that you own. I weighed all of the positives and negatives of both candidates. In my opinion, Bruce will do a better job, his experience definitely played a major role, but I could write a long essay on this topic, as I am very engaged in it being a former candidate. I think Eric would be very similar to Mark Stone. Not that I don’t like Mark Stone, I just felt that more could be done with the County.

What are the biggest issues right now for the 5th District?

1. Fixing roads, and a reason why is not only is it inconvenient, it would cost even more if we don’t fix them know. There are also the issues of safety, fire and police access and tourism.

2. Making the County more efficient and the economy: I think this is big. I still believe in my “Board of Economic Development” idea, but I think voters were turned off by it thinking I wanted to expand government. Leopold was the main driver to hire full time people in charge of economic development, but this costs way, way more. A board would cost tax payers only about 10K a year, and I think would be more effective. Definitely a big issue is to make the planning department more efficient issuing permits. This is combining two important things – A. Making the county more efficient and user friendly, and B. Improving the economy.

3. Water: I am working on an alternative plan to the desal plant in Santa Cruz, and it does involve District 5. I’m planning on having this on my website soon. I want to build water storage reservoirs at both the Olympia and Hanson sand quarries. These areas would also serve as open space recreational areas. Water from high storm flow would be captured and pumped to these facilities. This water would naturally help recharge the groundwater, but would also be piped to treatment plants for domestic water use. What this will do, hopefully, is eliminate overdraft during dry months at the inflatable dam, and will restore fish habitat.

4. Pollution: I think SLV need to look at building advanced septic systems. During heavy rains the river really is diluted sewer. Might be about 30K per house, but I think it would be very cool to have your own recycled water to water plants, wash cars etc., which would conserve a bunch of water and end pollution. And, the air pollution issue which is tough, because I love wood stoves and yard burns. I don’t like the new rules which are coming out, and think there is a better way.

5. Sprawl: I think we need to end the fear of increased development destroying the main reason why we live here, by improving the General Plan which I look at as a “work in progress”, and there is a lot of work to do.

What is your vision for the future of the 5th District?

Basically, implementing some of the things I mentioned above like ending pollution, urban sprawl, the water modifications and economy. We can expand and improve access to open space and recreational areas which will boost tourism. We can also make our schools the best, and provide more educational activities. And more bike paths within reason, and improvements around our small towns, like better parking, sidewalks, lighting etc. In general improve and clean up, preserve open space with easier access, and try to bring back the San Lorenzo River to more pristine conditions. And, I had another recent thought about the farmer’s market which everybody loves. I remember visiting my sister in Michigan and they had this community square with a huge roof structure, and that is where they had their farmer’s market. It was much nicer than using a parking lot.

Jill Hitchman

Who do you support for Supervisor in the upcoming 5th District Supervisor election and why?

As a lifelong Democrat, an environmentalist, a single mother with children in local schools, and definitely part of the 99%, I am wholeheartedly supporting Bruce McPherson for Fifth District Supervisor. The Fifth District needs a Supervisor who will listen to all constituents and represent us with a strong voice. Bruce McPherson has demonstrated his ability in the political arena to work collaboratively with people to achieve positive results.

What are the biggest issues right now for the 5th District?

The Fifth District is comprised of several distinct communities, each with its own set of needs, and all equally important. The common needs of those communities includes public safety, the economy, roads, water, environmental issues, planning/building considerations, education and youth issues, and the best use of fiscal resources. As these issues are largely interrelated and there are limited financial resources to fund all these things, there will need to be a very strategic plan to maximize efficiencies and resources and achieve results. Bruce McPherson is by far the superior candidate to understand and implement such a comprehensive strategic plan.

What is your vision for the future of the 5th District?

My personal vision for the Fifth District is one that includes a better environment for local business to grow and thrive, roads that are maintained, opportunities for local youth to learn job and life skills through community programs or activities, and homeowners who are able to make permitted improvements to their homes in a reasonable way, balanced with environmental considerations. Given the limited resources for emergency services (including public safety), the unincorporated area of the Fifth District does exceptionally well at providing services. They are at a bare minimum for resources, though, and my vision for the Fifth District would include additional funding in this area.