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.

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

Current News
Updated 6/22/16
• County Updates Vacation Rental Ordinance, Creates New District for Davenport, Adopts New Restrictions
   On June 14th the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted to create an additional vacation rental district in Davenport that limits the total number of permits that can be issued. This issue will come back to the Board in a month.
• City of Santa Cruz Planning Commission Moves Forward with Corridor Planning Process
   The Corridors Plan, which outlines major development priorities for the City, will likely come before Council in September (click to learn more)
• SC County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) Votes to Adopt Expenditure Plan for November Ballot
   On June 16 the RTC adopted what is likely to be the final spending allocations for the Transportation Improvement Plan (TRIP), which will come before voters in November as a half cent sales tax measure
• June 7th Election Results Summary - Santa Cruz County
   Updated election results for Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
• Watsonville Approves Tax on Cannabis Cultivation, Will be Decided by Voters
   The Watsonville City Council recently agreed to place a ballot measure before voters that would tax all cannabis cultivation within the City limits $20/sqft and 2.5% of gross receipts
• FEMA Approves New Flood Control Zones, May Affect Coastal Property Owners
   The new flood control maps may affect coastal property owners flood insurance rates
• PG&E to Remove Trees Along Graham Hill Road to Preserve Pipeline Access and Safety
   Pacific Gas and Electric Company is proposing to remove close to 300 trees between Santa Cruz and Felton as a matter of preserving timely access to it's main gas pipeline, specifically in case of an emergency situation

Resources
• 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
• 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.