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“choosing sides” in politics is nothing new, the trend both nationally and locally seems to have become the major driver in public participation. What worries him, Lane said, is the discourse has turned from disagreement about opinions to “really dismissing the opponent as unworthy.”
“It’s like, which team am I on? And ‘I need to know who’s with me and who’s against me,’ “ Lane said. “Because (it is) a lot of even more strong labeling of the opponent as the ‘enemy,’ in a sense, and a kind of really deeper questioning of their legitimacy.”
If chosen to fill Krohn’s seat, Lane said his job would be to build a community better able to work together.
Beiers, despite opposing the recall, acknowledges that her governing style differs from Krohn’s and Glover’s. She said she is campaigning on a spirit of harmony, while sitting council members were at times unpleasant, “sometimes they were literally just jerks on the console.”
“People always ask me, what’s the first thing you’re going to do,” Beiers said. “And I say, ‘I’m just gonna sit there and help, help create harmony.’” Beiers listed some of her past political accomplishments as helping to ensure the city did not close three library branches and preventing development on Lighthouse Field and the city’s open space “green belt.” She serves on governing boards for Housing Matters and the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County.
Beiers said she is “not running on an agenda,” but that being a “progressive,” to her, means focusing on caring for neighborhoods, focusing on environmental issues and securing affordable housing. She said she supports several recent council decisions, including the re-design of city efforts to align high-density zoning mandates spelled out in the general plan, the in-depth review an on-site downtown library project.
“I think where I’m really different is putting the neighborhoods first, for sure,” said Beiers, contrasting herself with Lane.
Lane, who shares a focused interest in issues related to addressing homelessness with Beiers, said the city needs to make “some firm decisions about where people sleep” in the near future. He currently serves on the city’s Community Advisory Committee on Homelessness and its safe sleeping subcommittee, helping to craft policy recommendations to the council related to future homeless shelter sites and modifications to the city’s nullified no-camping ordinance.
Lane said he is perhaps considered a more “moderate progressive” than some because he has historically been willing to work toward compromise solutions that incorporate multiple viewpoints. He cited some of his past work in office on projects that are only now coming to fruition, such as construction of an affordable housing project on a formerly derelict site in the Lower Ocean neighborhood and his involvement to bring the Arana Gulch open space project over the finish line, along with last weekend’s groundbreaking for a rail-trail effort he helped support as a council appointee to the Regional Transportation Commission.
The campaigns opposing Measure M and supporting the recall have resulted in big-ticket spending.
According to the most recent campaign finance report filings posted by the City Clerk’s Office, the group opposing the recall effort, “Stop the Recalls of Councilmembers Glover and Krohn,” raised nearly $12,600 and spent more than $4,000 in 2019, and reported raising more than $7,500 and spending nearly $3,800 in the first half of January.
Santa Cruz United, the name of the group behind the recall effort, raised more than $107,000 — more than $67,000 in “nonmonentary” contributions, primarily paid petition circulation, from Santa Cruz Together — and spent more than $89,000 in 2019. The group raised another $2,000 and spent $246 between Jan. 1 and Jan. 18. Santa Cruz Together, formed to successfully oppose 2018’s rent control measure, raised nearly $100,600 and spent nearly $93,000 — largely on petition circulating — in 2019. In January, the group added at least an additional $18,700 to their nearly $50,000 cash balance and spent some $5,000 on campaign consulting.
According to individual candidate campaign finance filings through Jan. 18, Golder leads in fundraising efforts. She raised $4,312, including a $1,700 personal loan, last year. Then, from Jan. 1 to Jan. 18, her contributions jumped by an additional $18,000, with nearly $11,000 in total campaign spending since July 1.
Other candidate reports show Beiers has raised $10,329, nearly half from a self-financed personal loan, and spent $3,500. Lane raised $3,134 and spent a little more than $100 last year, then added an additional $5,100 in 2020 and spent another $1,400. Fitzmaurice, from Dec. 19 to Jan. 18, raised $4,779 — including donations from Krohn and Cummings — and spent less than $2,000, while Glover added $515 to his nearly $2,500 cash balance and reported spending nothing from Jan. 1 to Jan. 18. Krohn has no listed campaign finance forms. Contact reporter Jessica A. York at 831-706-3264.