Government Affairs
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. Both at the government level and at the local community level, SCCAR participates in analyzing the potential impact of legislation on our members. Advocacy extends to the regulatory arena, making sure that local and state government-imposed mandates and regulations are rational, cost effective, and don't involve "point of sale". SCCAR keeps members up to date on all of the issues affecting them and encourages active member involvement in the political process.

The Santa Cruz County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAR) 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
• Legislative Day 2014 - April 30th
   Join your fellow industry professionals in helping to shape policy at the state- and local-levels.
• Local Homeowners Struggle with Flood Policy Changes
   Article published 3/27/14 - Santa Cruz Sentinel
• County of Santa Cruz - Economic Vitality Strategy
• Soquel Creek Water District - Exploratory Discussions on Back-Up Supplemental Supply Options
• City of Santa Cruz - 2014 Drought Resources
• City of Santa Cruz - Residential Rental Inspection Program
   The Planning Commission will be discussing amendments to the zoning code on monthly-basis. Next hearing 4/3/14.
• PG&E's proposed Santa Cruz 115kV Reinforcement Project
   Environmental Impact Review (EIR) in progress. Estimated completion by late June 2014. Updates to follow.
• County of Santa Cruz - Transit Corridors Plan for Sustainable Communities

Resources
• Point of Sale Educational Resources
   Education tools to determine the effectiveness of, and alternatives to, point of sale ordinances.
• Foreclosure Resources and Fraud Prevention Resources
• Septic System Policy/Resource - County of Santa Cruz
• Local Vacation Rental Ordinance Information
• Sign Ordinances
• California Association of REALTORS®
• California Association of REALTORS® - Legislative Program 2013-2014
• REALTORS® Action Fund
• National Association of REALTORS® - Government Affairs

Local Government Relations Committee
• Local Government Officials - Contact Information
   Find contact information for local elected officials by jurisdiction.
• Current Local Government Relations (LGR) Committee Members
   The LGR Committee serves as SCCAR's representation on governmental issues affecting the Santa Cruz County real estate industry. Committee members maintain strong working relationships with local public officials and meet with them on a regular basis. Serving as SCCAR's public policy clearinghouse, the LGR Committee frequently recommends policy positions and advocates accordingly on behalf of our members.

Current LGR Committee Chair and Vice Chair: Dietrich Brandt, Dietrich Realty and Carol VanAusdal, Keller Williams SC.
Government Affairs Director: Joe Foster [LinkedIn]