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      Capitola Mall Redevelopment is Starting
As I have shared in prior newsletters there is an increasing trend of new development and redevelopment in the mid-county, however not all of it in the unincorporated County. One of the biggest proposed redevelopment projects in the county is the Capitola Mall. A key part of the county over the last 40 years, the Mall has fallen victim to the rapid changes in retail shopping habits. Malls across the country are closing as more people buy online or look for different shopping experiences. The City of Capitola has been working with the primary owner of the Mall, Merlone Geier Partners, to undertake a significant change to what occurs on the 31 acres that they own (Target and Macy's are owned by their respective corporations).  Recently the owner has acquired the Sears building site and is starting the process of sharing what their development plans will be. Expected to include housing, new retail and entertainment, the developers want to create a village on the property. They have made presentations to both the Capitola Planning Commission and the City Council. They will be holding a public meeting on Tuesday, June 11 at 6:00 pm inside the old Sears building to share their ideas and solicit feedback on their initial plans. While the County does not have land use authority on this project, we will be looking very closely at the traffic study and the mitigations proposed to manage the impacts of this new development. I encourage you to come to the meeting to find out more about this project.
  Movie Night in Soquel and Live Oak
Last year my office helped produce the first Soquel Family Movie Nights at the Heart of Soquel Plaza Park. Lots of  people came out and enjoyed free movies under the stars with their family and friends. This year we are expanding to Live Oak on Fridays in June, July and August. The first Friday of each month, Soquel Movie Nights will start at dusk. We are partnering with Tortilla Flats for a special movie night in July highlighting Frida Khalo. Along with the movie No Manches Frida, Tortilla Flats will be hosting a Frida Kahlo look-a-like contest. On the third Friday of each month we are initiating Family Movie Nights at Felt Street Park in Live Oak. We have a wonderful lineup of films that the whole family can enjoy. Food will be available at each movie night and snacks and popcorn will be sold to support our local schools. Special thanks to Kaiser Permanente for being our presenting sponsor this year and to the County Parks staff for helping with the screenings. Bring your low-backed chair or beach blanket and come join the fun. See you at the movies!
                                              2019 Movie Schedule Fridays, 8:00 PM

Date                      Movie Title                                                     Location

June 7                    How to Train Your Dragon 2                           Heart of Soquel Plaza Park
June 21                  Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse                  Felt St. Park
July 5                     No Manches Frida  & Frida Look-Alike         Heart of Soquel Plaza Park
July 19                   Lego Movie 2                                                  Felt St. Park
Aug 2                     Incredibles 2                                                    Heart of Soquel Plaza Park
Aug 16                   Wonder Park                                                    Felt St. Park    
  County Moves to Two-Year Budget Process

There have been some major changes in the way in which the County prepares and analyzes its budget. Eighteen months ago, the County initiated a strategic planning process to set goals for County funding and programs. These new goals were set in consultation with the community and can be reviewed here . From these goals, County departments developed operational goals and metrics to measure achievement towards reaching the goals. You can read the Operational Plan here . The Operational Plan helps set metrics to measure whether we are advancing towards our goals and provides greater transparency for the public to see what the County is seeking to achieve with its investments. This also impacts the way we do our budgeting. For the first time, the County has published a two-year budget that will serve as our road map. This year we will look closely at the budget for the coming year and with an eye towards the following year. Next June, we will still review the budget but also look closely at our Operational Plan to measure whether we are making progress on the goals we set department by department. You can review the budget document here . I also encourage you to visit the Auditor's online budget tool here . You can see detailed budget information as pie charts which you may find to be an easier tool to understand the County's $827 million budget. Budget hearings start on June 17 .    
SC/SC Roundtable is Coming To Santa Cruz
The recently formed Santa Clara/Santa Cruz Roundtable is coming to hold its meeting in Santa Cruz on Wednesday, June 26 at 1:00 pm in the Board Chambers, 701 Ocean Street. The Roundtable was formed to provide regular and ongoing contact with the FAA regarding issues affecting our area from both the San Jose and San Francisco airports. With the FAA Technical Committee meeting in Washington at the beginning of the month, this upcoming Roundtable meeting may be the first we can hear about their progress. If you are still affected by the change in the jet path, this is a good opportunity to share your concerns with the Roundtable and the FAA.   
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