People Power Endorsements for November 2012 Election

Micah Posner and Don Lane for Santa Cruz City Council, and Eric Hammer for Santa Cruz County Supervisor District 5

Published Sunday, October 28, 2012

On November 6, voters in the City of Santa Cruz will cast ballots for up to four of the eight candidates running for City Council. People Power has endorsed Micah Posner and Don Lane in that race, and Eric Hammer in the Santa Cruz County Supervisor run-off race in District 5.

Our Process

All candidates received surveys from us and were given a deadline for submitting their answers. (In keeping with our established policy, only candidates who returned surveys by the announced deadline can be considered for endorsement.) Our endorsement committee reviewed each candidate's responses and, when applicable, also considered our past experience (if any) with them. Below are details about the committee's endorsements. The purpose of our endorsement is to guide voters in choosing candidates who will be allies in our goal of furthering sensible transportation in Santa Cruz County. Full candidate surveys are available below. As usual, we recommend that you read the surveys yourself, and consider the candidates' positions on these and other issues you care about.

Santa Cruz City Council (Vote for 1-4 candidates)

Micah Posner

Micah Posner

We are proud to endorse Micah Posner's candidacy for City Council and look forward to having an unwavering advocate on City Council who not only supports People Power's mission, but has worked for over a decade to help define our local efforts towards sustainable transportation.

While serving as People Power's director from 2001–2012, Micah showed dedication and intelligence in his work with City staff and elected officials to promote the values and goals of our organization. As someone who cares passionately about our community, Micah has been a recognized community organizer who has also been effective when working within the political system.

Among his accomplishments for bicycling are working to protect the bike path through the Great Meadow at UCSC, coordinating Bike to Work Day from 1992-93, and cofounding two cooperative bicycle businesses-PedX and Santa Cruz Pedicab. As director of People Power, Micah led campaigns for creating the Soquel Avenue bike lanes, the Broadway-Brommer bicycle-pedestrian connector, and the County's rail-with-trail proposal. Micah is cofounder of Friends of the Rail and Trail, and is currently on the Board of Directors for The Hub for Sustainable Living. Micah received Community Hero awards from both the United Way and Good Times for his work on active transportation.

Because of Micah's role as People Power's director, the endorsement committee concluded that asking him to fill out a survey was redundant. Please feel free to contact Micah though at info@micahforcouncil.org or 831-227-4772 if you would like more information about his position on any of the survey questions. You can also read his positions on his website www.micahforcouncil.org/issues.

Don Lane

Don Lane

During his time on the Santa Cruz City Council and as Mayor, Don Lane has been a strong ally of People Power's efforts toward sensible transportation. In recent years, Don has supported projects including the rail corridor purchase, the Broadway-Brommer path, Safe Routes to Schools projects, and Santa Cruz Open Streets. In his survey responses, Don wrote, "I think transportation choices are among the most important choices we can make when it comes to reducing our carbon footprint and creating a healthier community." Don "rides the talk" by bicycling to work at least three days a week, as well as for shopping, errands, and recreation. Don identified multiple bike issues in Santa Cruz, and lists continuing to improve bicycle infrastructure as the top priority. Don currently represents the City on the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission, and we hope to see him continue in this role. For more information or to volunteer, visit www.laneforcouncil.com.

Other Candidates

Cynthia Mathews responded that she supported many bicycling and pedestrian projects while serving on the City Council, and for that we are grateful. During that time, however, she was the single dissenting vote against the Beach Street path in 2003 and did not support prioritizing the funding for critical routes, including King Street. If Cynthia wins election, we hope to work with her as she takes a stronger leadership role for bicycling and pedestrian transportation and safety.

Other candidates' responses did not provide sufficient depth and breadth of understanding of transportation issues, details of how they would bring about favorable changes, or, most importantly, that bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and safety should be prioritized.

Capitola City Council

Ed Bottorff's was the one survey response we received for this race. Through supporting Measure O, Ed favors allocating more funds to address dangerous cycling conditions on 38th and Brommer. However, we would need to see more emphasis on creating programs and infrastructure that provide safe and usable routes for bikes and pedestrians in Capitola in order to endorse him.

Watsonville City Council

We received no survey responses, and thus can make no endorsement in this race.

Santa Cruz County Supervisor District 5

Eric Hammer

Eric Hammer

Eric has helped with the Safe Routes to Schools campaign in the San Lorenzo Valley and has shown a strong commitment to that project in his survey responses. He voiced clear support for a trail from Felton to Santa Cruz along the rail line, as well as the rail-with-trail project. He would like to see funding of "local [road] repair and maintenance first" over Highway 1 widening, and improvement of public transportation. For information about Eric's campaign and how to support him, visit www.hammerforsupervisor.com or call (831) 222-2106.

Bruce McPherson's survey was returned late, which disqualified him from being evaluated in our endorsement process.

Candidate Survey Responses

Santa Cruz City Council

Capitola City Council

Santa Cruz County Supervisor District 5