Q&A: District 2 Supervisor Candidate Douglas Deitch

Deitch lays out information on why he's best qualified to be county supervisor.

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of pieces about the candidates for Santa Cruz County District 2 Supervisor. Check back daily for another candidate Q&A.

How does your background make you uniquely qualified to be the Santa Cruz County Supervisor? What distinguishes you from the other candidates? [Excepted from an open letter to community members on May 9] I'm running for this office because I believe there is a need for a proactive and regional creative, sensible, entrepreneurial, and environmental thinker on the Board. That's an important element and perspective that's always been lacking. I firmly believe that business, entrepreneurship, and concern for the environment can, and should, go hand in hand. Look at the Watsonville High School project, for example, built on wetlands.

For well over the last 25 years, I have been continuously and effectively participating in the community and working on these very same and serious concerns and issues of community safety, resource conservation, and sustainable and sensible development as well as our water catastrophe and its solution. I have already given much thought and effort to them as well as achieved tangible, positive results.

I am the only person running for this position with a 40 year record as a successful business person in the community. In addition, I have a record of active participation in region-wide land, resource management, environmental, and social issues. I'm already "up and running" and have already been working on many of our vital problems. I have the rounded and varied practical experience (business and otherwise), and a long term track record of effective involvement, results, and commitment.

In the course of my community activities over the years, I have met and/or interacted with all members of our current (and past) Boards and the Santa Cruz city councils. Additionally, I am already acquainted with virtually all county department heads (including LAFCO, Soquel Creek, Pajaro, and Monterey County, and other water districts), local judges, public defenders, other law enforcement officials, key UCSC and Cabrillo College officials and supporters (I am one), Capitola and Watsonville council members and other key city and county administrators and personnel. In short, I have taken the time and effort to get to know our community leaders. Additionally, the individuals who will work with me as part of my supervisorial team will further buttress and widen the capabilities and regional reach and effect of the Second District Supervisor's office.

From a practical perspective, I have pulled permits, constructed buildings, roads, septic systems, wells, at my cost designed and developed for the city of Santa Cruz the busiest street intersection in the city, saved wetlands and historic buildings, proposed viable and innovative low income housing tax credit financing initiatives to UCSC, proposed creative local solutions to our regional water crisis. From my personal experiences, I appreciate full well the trials and travails involved in these activities and their accomplishment.

Although I have sincerely attempted to convey to you my concerns about and my vision for our community in this short letter, there is much more I could say to you. Moreover, your reactions, thoughts, and concerns are equally important to me. This is the reason that I have placed my telephone number here and on my ballot statement-- 831-476-7662 for the last 35 years in the phone book. I want to hear from you and be responsive to you.

What do you see as the main issues facing Santa Cruz County, and how do you intend to address them? See the following website: www.ThinkLocalActLocal.org   

Doug May 27, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Heidi... It's called the "Fitz" Center after Mr. Pat Fitz of the Fitz Family of Fitz Mushrooms who made a significant donation to the center, Sometimes I have "senior moments", Heidi,...That's why my phoe number is readily available... Check me out on KSCO on water and desal from last Saturday Special on KSCO... www.Thebestthatmoneycantbuy.com
Doug May 28, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Heidi...btw...fyi... Here's how "in touch" I am w/ the new "PV High School"... http://dougforsupervisor.com/archive/new_high_school.htm http://dougforsupervisor.com/dougsoldwebsite/new_high_school1.htm
Ken White May 28, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Well Mr. deitch is in my district and sorry but I certainly wouldn't vote for him. Mr. Deitch in my opinion has his own agendas. For instance, he wants to totally control our water, and prevent the farmers from using the water as they need and see fit. To me that is absolutely ridiculous! We need the farmers, it's a billion dollar industry in Santa Cruz County. We need the food, we need that money, and to even mention making it more difficult, or more costly to the farmers to grow food is unacceptable. Actually, John, I've found a couple of the candidates were actually VERY willing to listen. For instance, McInnis seems like he couldn't care less what I had to say when I spoke with him, unless I let him talk and talk about his issues with the county. Zach Friend wouldn't let me get a word in edgewise, and Mr. Beckett was refreshingly honest and actually did not dominate the entire conversation. I have not spoken with Mr. Deitch, because I do not need to. I suggest everyone who is voting this June 5th to do your research! Go to the candidates websites, call them, talk to them, ask questions. Read the comments that readers leave in news sources like the Patch, and lastly choose the candidate you feel will represent you best in your district. Choose the candidate that you honestly feel who will not just continue us on this horrid downward trend but will actually care about what happens here and make a real difference.
Doug May 28, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Sorry Ken, you are way off base on Doug Deitch... ..."he wants to totally control our water, and prevent the farmers from using the water as they need and see fit. To me that is absolutely ridiculous! We need the farmers, it's a billion dollar industry in Santa Cruz County. We need the food, we need that money, and to even mention making it more difficult, or more costly to the farmers to grow food is unacceptable." I only want our supervisors to follow the law... this one ... www.pogonip.org/ord.htm Watch this www.ThinkLocalActLocal.org and listen to this... www.Thebestthatmoneycantbuy.com and read this... www.begentlewiththeearth.com www.begentlewiththeearth.org www.begentlewiththeearth.net ...you may understand me and my positions better. Best , Doug
Doug May 28, 2012 at 11:36 PM
and Ken...fyi, it's not a billion dollar business in Santa Cruz County...try around half of that?


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