Blog February 2024 - Ballots are Coming!

prohousing rally, our voting guide, action needed against an appeal, housing element updates

Feb. 1, 2024

Ballots get mailed on February 5th - share this email with your family and friends so they Vote Housing in Santa Cruz!


This Saturday from 3-5pm in London Nelson (Santa Cruz), join other affordable housing advocates at our Pro-Housing Get-Out-The-Vote Rally

We are pleased to be co-hosting this event with Housing Santa Cruz County, UCSC Student Housing Coalition and Affordable Housing Now.

Our Pro-Housing Voter Guide

Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors

  • District 1 - Manu Koenig
  • District 2 - Kristen Brown
  • District 5 - Monica Martinez

Santa Cruz City Council

  • District 1 - Gabriela Trigueiro 
  • District 2 - Sonja Brunner 
  • District 3 - Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson
  • District 5 - Joe Thompson

Local Measures

  • No on Measure M - Housing for People Citizen Initiative
  • Yes on Measures K & L - County & City of Santa Cruz Local Funding (NEW endorsement)

There's a Santa Cruz city-wide lit drop happening this weekend. This is just walking neighborhoods and leaving voting information at houses.  Packets can be picked up Saturday between 9 am and 1 pm at 402 Ingalls, suite 5A.
Tell them you are a YIMBY!
It's easy to do and then you can come to the rally to celebrate.

Santa Cruz Sentinel supports all our county candidates! Read more:Manu Koenig, Kristen Brown, and Monica Martinez

Lookout is hosting additional elections forums: District 1 County and Measure M on Monday 2/5; Santa Cruz City Council District 1, 2, 3, 5 on Thursday, 2/8. Show up and support our candidates and No on M!

Tabling for No on M

Santa Cruz YIMBY at Westside Farmers Market

Measure M is Messy

Vote No on M

Vote No on Measure M!

Measure M is a Messy Mistake for Santa Cruz.
Simply say no to this poorly written, disingenuous measure.

Measure M will make housing affordability in Santa Cruz worse
Editorial | No on Santa Cruz Measure M: Housing needed for people
Election Guide, March 5, 2024 — Measure M, Santa Cruz Housing for People initiative

Another Appeal Against Housing
Take ACTION Right Now

For a second time the Peace Village housing project proposed at 900 High Street has been appealed. These delays mean affordable housing is taking longer to get built and costing more.

Talk about a great project: Peace Village is a collaboration between Peace United Church, Workbench, and New Way Homes to create more housing opportunities near UCSC on land that belongs to the church.

Write a letter to the City Council telling them enough of the delays, we need these homes NOW. Peace Village housing project appeal is scheduled to be heard by the City Council on February 13th.

Housing Element Update

Yay to all you housing nerds who made it to the end of this email. Here's a summary on housing elements to feed your housing policy souls:

Still working on drafts:

Adopted but out of compliance:

  • Capitola has an adopted Housing Element, but heard back from HCD that it isn’t in compliance - it needs more work.
  • Santa Cruz county (uninc) has an adopted Housing Element but heard back from HCD that it isn’t in compliance - it needs more work.
  • Scotts Valley updated their “adopted” Housing Element and will shortly send it in to HCD.


  • City of Santa Cruz has an adopted, compliant, Housing Element!