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Recruitment begins for Leadership Santa Cruz County Program

Applications are now being accepted for the Leadership Santa Cruz County 2023-24 program. 

This will mark the organization’s 37th year with over 1,600 alumni, and is a great opportunity to learn about the many facets of the county’s cultures and institutions. Participants are introduced to a broad array of community and civic experiences, including topics on housing, education, criminal justice, healthcare, agriculture, tourism and the arts.

Class members have the opportunity to meet many decision makers in business, government and nonprofit organizations. The program runs from September 2023 through June 2024 with an orientation in August 2023.

To learn more and apply, visit the LSCC website

Comments on schools study due June 30

Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) has released the draft San Lorenzo Valley Schools Circulation and Access Study for review and public comments, which are due by 12 p.m. on June 30.

The Study seeks to improve access to the San Lorenzo Valley High School, Middle School and Elementary School (SLV Schools Complex), and traffic safety and operations along Highway 9.

In spring 2022, a collaboration between the RTC, Caltrans, San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District (SLVUSD), the County of Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz METRO was initiated in an effort to identify improvements to multimodal access to and within the SLV Schools Complex in Felton. 

The team utilized funding from Measure D-leveraged grants and the SLVUSD to prepare preliminary engineering, a traffic analysis and a feasibility and needs assessment for enhancing safety and multimodal system performance within the project area, which stretches along Highway 9 from the Graham Hill Road intersection in Felton to the southern intersection of Glen Arbor Road as well as circulation within the school campuses.

The draft Study is available for review at Comments from stakeholders and the public can be submitted to [email protected] for consideration by the project team in the final draft, which will be presented to the Commission at its Aug. 3 meeting.

Superior Court announces judicial appointment

Santa Cruz County Superior Court has announced the judicial appointment of Leila Sayar, who will take the oath of office and commence her assignment as a judge in late June.

Sayar has been a sole practitioner since 2016, and was an attorney at Biggam, Christensen & Minsloff from 2012-16. She also previously served as a deputy public defender at the Riverside County Public Defender’s Office and was an attorney at New York County Defender Services. 

Sayar earned a Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge John Gallagher.

Artists sought for public art project

Santa Cruz County Parks has issued a Call to Artists for site-specific public art at the Ben Lomond Transfer Station in Santa Cruz County.

The 30-year-old Transfer Station facility is in need of repairs and renovations to maintain safety, manage stormwater and provide improved service. The renovation project includes installing a larger metal canopy over the hazardous household waste area, installing a new canopy over the recycling area, upgrades to the electrical systems, and installing an overhead directional sign at the scale house.

The budget for the project is $103,000. A “Call to Artists,” which includes detailed information about the RFP process, a project map and sample contract are available on the County Parks website at

The deadline for submitting a proposal is July 14.

Site-specific public art is being sought at the Ben Lomond Transfer Station. (Contributed)
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