In case you haven’t heard yet, we won! With most of the absentees and all poll ballots counted we got 8,640 votes.View the breakdown on votescount.com, Click on “Santa Cruz County Unofficial Results”, then on your left hand side look for “Santa Cruz City Council”. That puts us in a virtual tie for 3rd place with Pamela Comstock, though we are officially in 4th place as she got 83 more votes than us. Although their could be some small changes due to provisional ballots, I am definitely going to be in 3rd or 4th place and therefore have a seat on the City Council.
Many of you have sent me congratulations but I want to congratulate and appreciate all of you for a great grassroots campaign. Collectively, we knocked on 3/4 of the doors of City residents, held 22 neighborhood gatherings, and sent a bubble rickshaw to UCSC for a couple of days. We promoted specific policy changes and made campaign spending an issue that other candidates will have to think about for years to come.
Many people have pointed out that this is only the beginning of my work. That’s not correct. This is our work. Don’t you all even think that you are leaving. I have been elected to give voice to our visions and hold a seat on the Council to assist our campaigns and organizing efforts. Without community organizing and activism, I will definitely NOT be effective on the City Council.
What happens next:
Recycle your yard sign! Or request to have it picked up by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come celebrate the purchase of the rail line on Nov. 17th at from 9am to 5pm. Check http://SCCRTC.org/ for locations.
People Power is holding our annual fund raising dinner at India Joze on December 9th from 4pm to 7pm. Our victory will be celebrated there. For more information or to sign up go to peoplepowersc.org.
Our volunteer appreciation party/where do we go next brainstorm will be on December 15th (after Jackie gets back from New York). A few beers will only help us envision how to put Santa Cruz back on track as the leftmost city. Mark your calendars for an afternoon event now and we will send you more information!
Again, thank you. I am looking forward to working with all of you for at least the next 4 years,