Government Affairs
The Santa Cruz County Association of REALTORSŪ (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 REALTORSŪ (C.A.R.) and the National Association of REALTORSŪ (NAR) in their efforts to pass legislation that is: REALTORŪ-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
• REALTORŪ Action Center - NAR

Current News
Updated 12/8/14
• County considering changes to vacation rental ordinance. Applying LODA to Seacliff/Aptos
   On November 12th, Planning Commission voted to continue more study and public outreach on the matter. County staff will begin public outreach efforts in early 2015.
• County of SC mulling changes to affordable housing program policy
   Planning Commission approved on Nov. 12th. Board of Supervisors to discuss on Dec. 9th.
• SC County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) - Passenger Rail Survey and Workshop
   Survey results completed on August 26th.
• Soquel Creek Water District (SCWD): New framework for their Water Demand Offset (WDO) program
• County of Santa Cruz - Sustainable Santa Cruz County Plan
   Plan was approved by the Board of Supervisors on 10/28. Specific policies to be discussed throughout 2015.
• County of Santa Cruz - Economic Vitality Strategy (EVS)
   The EVS was approved by the Board of Supervisors on November 18th.
• City of Santa Cruz - Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Ordinance
   City Council has approved all changes recommended by the Planning Commission except for changes to parking requirements.
• PG&E's proposed Santa Cruz 115kV Reinforcement Project
   Environmental Impact Review (EIR) in progress. Estimated completion by late fall 2014. Updates to follow.

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
• City of Santa Cruz - 2014 Drought Resources
• Septic System Policy/Resource - County of Santa Cruz
• Local Vacation Rental Ordinance Information
• Sign Ordinances
• California Association of REALTORSŪ
• California Association of REALTORSŪ - Legislative Program 2013-2014
• REALTORSŪ 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]