Bustichi to make bid for supervisor
by Joe Shreve
Sep 01, 2011 | 3933 views | 9 9 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Scotts Valley Mayor Dene Bustichi is likely to throw his hat into the ring to run for a seat on the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors. Which district he will run in, however, remains a question that may take some time to answer.

Due to a county redistricting proposal under consideration, Bustichi may have to wait until Sept. 20 to determine if his home on Sunset Terrace, off of Navarra Drive, will remain in the 5th District — which now encompasses all of Scotts Valley and the San Lorenzo Valley — or will become part of the First District, which would join a fraction of Scotts Valley with Live Oak.

Bustichi, a lifelong Scotts Valley resident and owner of BCI Builders, has served two terms on the Scotts Valley City Council and is serving his second yearlong stint as mayor.

He said he has been considering a run for four years and would hope to give a stronger voice to his neighbors in the 5th District.

“I’ve always felt, in the 5th District, as if the city did not have representation in the 5th District,” he said. “Not only do you represent the unincorporated areas, but you also represent the cities and the people in them.”

“The Scotts Valley community is something that’s always been close to my heart,” added Bustichi, who describes himself politically as “fiscally conservative and more socially liberal.”

As far the possibility of representing the less-cosmopolitan San Lorenzo Valley, Bustichi said he thinks he would prove an effective representative for the communities along Highway 9, as well, with a goal of encouraging business.

“I think there’s a common interest, and I think I do have an understanding of the inner workings of the San Lorenzo Valley and some of the other issues that need to be addressed,” he said. “Economically, the community is not going to survive long term without economic growth.”

Bustichi said that if he runs for supervisor, it will not matter which district he is in, saying the county is broken and he can fix it.

Civic activity is nothing new to Bustichi, who has also served with the Scotts Valley Fire Protection District, the Santa Cruz Metro board of directors and the Santa Cruz Regional Transportation Commission, or to his family.

“My father was always involved with public service,” he said.

Harvey Bustichi was a Scotts Valley planning commissioner in the 1970s.

For now, Dene Bustichi is lobbying the Board of Supervisors to preserve the 5th District’s borders, due to the geographic separation of the northern end of Santa Cruz County from the rest of the county.

“The thing that’s universal with the north county is that you have these different valleys,” Bustichi said. “While we’re all different and unique, there are things we have common interest in. That’s why the 5th District should be kept whole.”

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ohwow
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September 20, 2011
Nice...attacking the messenger. I wouldn't be so proud to push coming from a 5 month record at the Transportation Authority. 5 months...yea, there's LOTS to say. You show your bias, and overplay your hand. He's carrying on like it's the end of the world, all he has to do is move across the street to keep his job. How about just focusing on doing the work of the city with more fairness. The way you treat your opponents doesn't go un noticed. Having your friends threaten critics is just another point on the map of the kind of poor communication the city thinks is fine. How about it, is it ok for Valerie to "no matter who" it? There are a lot of things to focus on that can still build good will, but I'm not holding my breath.
Valerie Nguyen
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September 08, 2011
Oh wow. It's starting. Paint the candidate you oppose as a Tea Party Republican and put apply policy points to him that don't exist.

Be very careful, imagine what could be said about Bustichi's opponent, no matter which one it is.
What will He be?
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September 07, 2011
A republican that opposes all health care for the first responders on 9/11? Will he ignore the health issues suffered by them to save a few dollars more for himself? Will he instead give it to the local wannabes that wave the flag for themselves? Will he follow Tea Party ideals to cut government bureaucracy that perpetuates itself? I wonder/
Just the facts
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September 07, 2011
For the record, Harvey Bustichi is Dene's uncle and was not on the planning commission. Dene's father Gene did.
anonymous
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September 05, 2011


“The thing that’s universal with the north county is that you have these different valleys,” Bustichi said. “While we’re all different and unique, there are things we have common interest in. That’s why the 5th District should be kept whole.”

No, the SLV vallies deserve separate representation as they RAID their communities of their educational/Library resources. SHAME.
Lack of record
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September 05, 2011
When he is an expert in construction and didn't build out the Town Center, how long should he be enabled to take the money? How many times should he use the lack of it to be promoted? Showing a lack of creativity, the city remains divided as he allows the spending of millions that should be used to bring the middle school up to par. Failure to recognize and underestimate key ideas that are important to us is a pattern we could do without. Dene should step down. I think he doesn't deserve any kind of promotion in the public arena. Patting your buddies on the back and marginalizing the critics is poor public service. We need contractors, but we need vision and leadership more. And before you point to the Library, what does it say when you allow raids into the other communities and take their library dollar? If volunteering is good enough for them, it's good enough for us. "Good for the entire city"is his mantra, but it reality he only means whats good for his interests. What vision is there? What is the answer for vision?
Grammar Martha
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September 02, 2011
Coherence please?
Fire Protection Vary
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September 02, 2011
in valley cities? Do you support all paid, like SV, volunteer, or Cal-fire? Would SV paid full time employees model bankrupt SLV? Oakland hills fell back to local volunteers with hoses, etc. to improve protection within cost constraints.
How would you keep
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September 02, 2011
the 5th district whole? Suggestions for meeting redistricting committee?


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