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
Candidate slates set for local city council races
Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz, Watsonville and Capitola line ups come into focus
County of Santa Cruz - Sustainable Santa Cruz County Plan
Official public review period ended August 18, 2014, though comments will be taken through September.
County of Santa Cruz - Economic Vitality Strategy (EVS)
The EVS will be discussed by the Board of Supervisors on September 16th
County of SC mulling changes to affordable housing program policy
SC County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) - Passenger Rail Survey and Workshop
Soquel Creek Water District (SCWD): New framework for their Water Demand Offset (WDO) program
City of Santa Cruz - Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Ordinance
The Planning Commission deliberations to continue into early fall. Recommendations will then go to City Council
PG&E's proposed Santa Cruz 115kV Reinforcement Project
Environmental Impact Review (EIR) in progress. Estimated completion by late summer 2014. Updates to follow.
County of Santa Cruz - Point of Sale Educational Resources
Education tools to determine the effectiveness of, and alternatives to, point of sale ordinances.
Santa Cruz County Election Commission
County of Santa Cruz - Climate Action Strategy
City of Santa Cruz - 2014 Drought Resources
Foreclosure Resources and Fraud Prevention Resources
Septic System Policy/Resource - County of Santa Cruz
Local Vacation Rental Ordinance Information
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: Carol VanAusdal, Keller Williams SC.
Government Affairs Director: Joe Foster [LinkedIn]