As we approach the end of the year and my final month as Mayor of Capitola, I wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on this year’s accomplishments. I am so proud to have been able to accomplish so much work as our community went through one of the most difficult years to date. This work could not have been done without the support of my fellow Council members; Vice Mayor Sam Storey, Councilor Kristen Petersen, Councilor Jaques Bertrand and Councilor Margeaux Kaiser, as well as our City Manager Jamie Goldstein, our amazing staff, our police department and our community. It has been an honor to serve on your behalf as Mayor and I look forward to another year on Capitola City Council.
Achievements of the city of Capitola in 2021
As mentioned, this year has been full of surprises. Many of us have been affected and still face the onslaught of the coronavirus, losing our homes to fires, job losses, financial hardship and child care shortages, but also, we have seen resilience. unimaginable. The staff at the City of Capitola have worked tirelessly to put our community first, make the streets safer, fund new programs and invest in our children. It would be remiss if I did not recognize the endless hours of our department heads and their willingness to be creative and innovative. Here are a few examples of this year’s accomplishments that I have had the privilege to support;
Capitola Police Department: This year, we welcome Andy Dally as the new Chief of Police.
â¢ Last year I had the opportunity to engage in conversations with incumbent Chief McManus about Capitola’s current policing policies. Accordingly, we have recognized the importance of ensuring transparency in policing practices and have participated with the Criminal Justice Council in reviewing local policing policies.
â¢ The town of Capitola received a smoking prevention grant and worked with the Soquel Union School District and the County Health Department to create a smoking prevention education program at New Brighton Middle School. , modeling a program I developed in high school called Teens Teaching. Teens. The city has awarded ten scholarships of $ 100 to participating students.
â¢ The Capitola Police Department began producing state-mandated Racial and Identity Profiling Act (RIPA) reports for the Department of Justice at an early stage. The CPD started reporting in July and it is not mandatory until 2022.
â¢ Updated training on new methods of defensive tactics, crisis response and de-escalation. Updated policies and equipment.
â¢ Permit approved to organize the BLM walk in Capitola.
â¢ Service calls 15,169, felony arrests 335, misdemeanors 574, citations 787.
Public works: Thanks to the hard work of our public works department, our staff and our donors, the City has inaugurated its new Capitola library.
â¢ The Capitola City Council approved the agreement to install the Adaptive Signaling Control System at Caltrans intersections. After direct communication from the mayor to Caltrans, the latter agreed to participate in the program. A contract has been awarded.
â¢ Completion of the sidewalk project on Avenue Capitola.
â¢ Obtaining all permits for the wharf rehabilitation project and construction of the first phase of repairs.
â¢ Complete repair of the canal and the jetty.
â¢ Joint project with PD to complete the engineering and traffic study for the main streets of the city.
â¢ Improved monitoring of streams with the installation of a new water level gauge connected to the Internet.
Recreation: Concluded the OST program for distance learning students and provided after school after returning to school full time.
â¢ Purchase of a new rescue tower for the city of Santa Cruz.
â¢ Brought back the Spring Adult Softball League, including a full squad of free agents.
â¢ Junior care and camp offered in accordance with COVID guidelines.
â¢ Offer a SUESD camp at Soquel Primary School to students enrolled in the summer school.
â¢ Hosted three food truck events at Monterey Park.
â¢ Return to adult and youth classes at the community center.
â¢ Offer an after-school recreation club and expand services to include elementary school students.
â¢ Halloween movie in Jade Street Park, two more movies at the Community Center in November and January.
Communautary development: Coastal Commission Certification of the zoning code of Capitola.
â¢ Update of the Inclusive Housing Ordinance and conduct of a Nexus study on affordable housing costs.
â¢ Providing CDBG Grants for COVID-19 Assistance to support our local non-profit organizations involved in catering services, mortgage assistance and economic development.
â¢ Processing of 77 planning permit applications and 368 building permit applications.
â¢ Initial planning and draft ordinance for a future permanent outdoor dining program.
â¢ Participation in discussions on workforce housing with community partners and the mayor.
Finance: The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting to the City of Capitola for its Complete Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30.
â¢ Maintaining a balanced budget thanks to COVID-19 and forecasting a balanced budget for the next five fiscal years.
â¢ Maintain a COVID-19 stabilization account of $ 600,000 to mitigate the tax impacts of COVID-19.
â¢ Maintaining all reserve funds at their target balances throughout COVID-19.
â¢ Implementation of an electronic invoicing and invoice payment program.
â¢ Completed a year-end financial audit as well as an International Union of Workers of North America (LIUNA) payroll audit and two Cal OES grant audits.
City Manager / Clerk’s Office: The city of Capitola welcomed Deborah Osterberg as curator of the Capitola Historical Museum.
â¢ The Historical Museum has installed an exhibition at the Capitola Library.
â¢ Launch and writing of a bi-weekly newsletter with more than 400 recipients.
â¢ Research and sourcing of a new agenda management system, preparation for the transition, staff training.
â¢ Revision / update of administrative policies of the clerk / city manager’s department of four more (proclamations, digital reader device, PRA request, use of city hall space, flags).
â¢ Switch to DocuSign for faster contract processing.
â¢ Provision of free notary services to small businesses applying for COVID relief grants.
â¢ Launched bimonthly county-wide clerk discussions to learn best practices and encourage city-to-city collaboration / communication.
â¢ Launch of the YouTube channel (city content uploaded and curated, including the Mayor’s Town Hall series.
â¢ Developed, implemented and managed the COVID vaccination policy and the many changes in requirements throughout the year.
â¢ The orientation process for new employees has been redesigned and improved.
â¢ Administered anti-bias training to Council, Commissioners and will plan staff by the start of the year.
â¢ Partnered with County Park Friends, Santa Cruz County Parks and other towns in our county for the first artistic hiking experience of its kind, Outside the Frame.
â¢ Welcoming State Senator John Laird for a site visit and policy update.
Mayor: Holding of the series of town halls of the mayor, youtube.com.
â¢ Permanent monthly columnists for Capitola / Soquel / Aptos Times and Santa Cruz Sentinel.
â¢ Invite Representative Jimmy Panetta to visit our historic wharf to discuss fundraising.
â¢ Member of the community grants subcommittee.
â¢ Participation in monthly SUESD district verification meetings.
â¢ Weekly meeting with the county health department regarding COVID updates.
â¢ Proclamation for the month of October on college studies and careers.
â¢ Keynote in the Women in Leadership virtual forum.
â¢ Keynote for the Salud y Carino Women Leaders panel.
â¢ Facilitate the collaboration between the mayor and the artistic walk with County Parks and Friends.
â¢ Monthly meeting with four mayors of Santa Cruz County to discuss political trends and collaboration.
â¢ Worked with community housing stakeholders to discuss workforce housing in Capitola and to create a white paper.
â¢ Assigned to the Youth Action Network committee by the board.
â¢ Volunteering during Meals on Wheels Community Champions Week.
â¢ Sitting on Children’s Network, LAFCO and Central Coast Community Energy Policy Board and Finance Advisory Council.
â¢ Organized a Capitola code of conduct.
â¢ Funding allocation for anti-bias training for board members and staff.
â¢ Collaborated with the Santa Cruz County Health Department to present an initiative to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products.
â¢ Participant in the tobacco prevention sub-committee.
â¢ Holding of the mayor’s bike ride.
â¢ Participation in the inauguration events of the Capitola / Soquel Chamber of Commerce.
â¢ Partnered with the Santa Cruz County Board of Education’s Fitness to Work program, hiring several post-secondary students.
â¢ Promotion of the installation of free distributors of feminine hygiene products at the town hall, the police department and the recreation center.
â¢ Member of the board of directors of the League of Cities, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, the Childhood Advisory Council and the Central Coast Early Childhood Advocacy Network.
â¢ Future initiatives; Safe Streets Program, update of the Climate Action Plan.
Once again, thank you to all of our staff and community partners for all you have done to make this community special. See you all in the New Year. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mayor’s Message is a Sunday column written by the Mayor of Capitola, Yvette Brooks.