County seeks input on strategic plan

Public meeting set in Watsonville

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- The County of Santa Cruz is looking for the public's input on its first-ever strategic plan.

Designed to create a vision for the county that includes its values, mission and goals, the strategic planning process, dubbed Vision Santa Cruz County, is a way for residents to help determine an overall plan for the community, county spokesman Jason Hoppin said.

Eventually, the strategic plan will guide future decision-making when it comes to applying county resources and energy.

"Strategic planning is one of my first initiatives after becoming CAO," County Administrative Officer Carlos J. Palacios said. "I've seen the positive change strategic planning brought to the City of Watsonville and many other communities. This is one of the best tools we have to improve our community, and public participation is an important part of the process. I encourage everyone to attend."

A meeting will be held Wednesday at the Watsonville Civic Plaza Community Room, 275 Main St., from 6-8 p.m.

Upcoming meetings are:

- Saturday: Twin Lakes Church Monschke Hall, 2701 Cabrillo College Drive, Aptos, 10 a.m.–noon

- Nov. 28: Simpkins Swim Center Community Room, 979 17th Ave., Live Oak, 6–8 p.m.

- Nov. 30: Pacific Elementary School, 50 Ocean St., Davenport, 6–8 p.m.

The county expects to finish the Strategic Plan by June 2018, with final adoption by the Board of Supervisors. At that point, the county will begin work on the second phase of the process, including drafting specific objectives and performance measures based on the guidance created by the Vision Santa Cruz County process.

For information about the Strategic Plan, visit

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