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Special City Council Meeting

by Ashley

This past Tuesday, there was a special session of the Santa Cruz City Council to discuss among other things, the issue of rent control. The city recently made some clerical errors, which caused Santa Cruz Together, a group of local community members opposed to rent control, to miss a key deadline in submitting their argument for the “official” city handbook on the November ballot measures. In fairness to the group, and to everyone in the community, the city council voted unanimously to extend the deadline and allow both groups (favoring and opposing the ballot measure) to re-submit their arguments for and against, as well as submit rebuttals to each argument. It was the right thing to do since the city made the mistake. 

I spoke in front of the city council at the meeting. I spoke about the need for more affordable housing locally, but to develop solutions that won’t impact either side here financially. Housing is a complicated issue that requires us to come together as a community, not create divisive sides that fight each other over what they might perceive to be the best solution. 

I’ll be talking more about housing over the coming months. Stay tuned. 

Ashley Discusses Local Housing Issues on KSCO

by Ashley
Ashley Discusses Local Housing Issues on KSCO

This past Friday, I was on local radio station KSCO from 7-8PM to discuss the local housing crisis, as well as rent control. Robert Singleton joined me on the Mike Young Show.

You can check out a streaming version of the archived show here. It’s the August 3rd show. They have an audio player on that link so you don’t have to download anything to listen. I encourage anyone to listen to get a better understanding of our local housing issues, as well the rent control local ordinance and fall ballot measure.

Campaign Mentioned in Good Times

by Ashley

Hello everybody! We’re in full swing campaigning for my run for a seat on the Santa Cruz City Council. It’s been an eye opening experience so far, lots of hard work behind the scenes but I have a great team of volunteers helping me out. You’ll be hearing a lot more from me and the fresh ideas I would bring to the City Council over the next few months. I’m excited to get out in the community and share my ideas and be an advocate for everyone, not just one particular group, or party, or special interest. We need to come together to solve our problems and that’s my goal.

As news of my campaign has trickled out recently, I noticed a recent write up in the local online Good Times site. While I appreciate the mention and the name drop, the writer didn’t offer much perspective about me or what I offer as a candidate.

If you’re curious about my platform, and my position on the issues most impacting Santa Cruz, you can read more about it here. And I’ll hopefully be participating in a number of local, public candidate forums where I look forward to meeting many of you and hearing your concerns first hand. Stay tuned to this website and social media sites for more updates and information. You can also receive notifications about any updates by subscribing at the link in the footer.

Thanks for your support and let’s bring common sense back to the community!