Government Affairs
Updated May 1st, 2017
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
• City of Santa Cruz Short Term Rental SubCommittee Concludes Work
   LGR Member and Realtor Janiece Rodriguez served on the City SubCommittee
• County Looks to Regulate Owner Occupied Vacation Rentals
   New regulations would limit the number of days a person can rent a room out in their home and would require a permit.
• Updates on Pure Water Soquel
   At its March 7th meeting the District Board of Directors voted to remove from consideration the use of untreated (raw) wastewater as a potential source of water for this project, and to focus the environmental evaluation on purifying treated secondary or tertiary treated water from the City of Santa Cruz.
• 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

Resources
• Local Government Officials - Contact Information
   Find contact information for local elected officials by jurisdiction.
• 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 2016-2017
• REALTORS® Action Fund
• National Association of REALTORS® - Government Affairs

Local Government Relations Committee
• Most Recent LGR Minutes
   April 7th Meeting
LGR focuses on real estate-related issues and concerns affecting the real estate industry. The committee offers input on legislative matters, environmental and community issues that are of concern to property owners and REALTORS® with primary emphasis on local issues. This group also develops and maintains close relationships with legislators representing Santa Cruz County through frequent meetings and correspondence.

For information about joining this committee please email gad@mysccar.org.