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[Santa Cruz County] SLVWD board moves forward preparing response to grand jury report

Almost two months since the Santa Cruz County Civil Grand Jury released its findings about the San Lorenzo Valley Water District (SLVWD) board of directors, the public still remains critical of the response from the directors.

[Santa Cruz County] SLVWD urged to agree with the Grand Jury

At a special meeting on June 27, the San Lorenzo Valley Water District (SLVWD) board of directors received public input on criticism received from the Santa Cruz County Civil Grand Jury about the SLVWD board’s communication practices with the public. This public discussion became somewhat acrimonious as it progressed, with a small group of citizens agreeing wholeheartedly with the findings and recommendations of the Grand Jury.

[Santa Cruz County] What’s the Civil Grand Jury, and What Does It Do?

Santa Cruz Grand Jury follows up on reports from two years ago

 

Blog note: what a great message from the 2017-18 foreperson!

Grand juries tend to make for splashy headlines—especially over the past nine months, with all of the attention given to Russian collusion in the 2016 election, à la “Federal Grand Jury Indicts Paul Manafort.”

The county’s local grand jury, which is part of the Santa Cruz County Superior Court, is something else entirely.

Santa Cruz County civil grand jury: Gather data before changing public defender system

SANTA CRUZ >> The Biggam Christensen & Minsloff law firm — 25 attorneys employed by the county to represent court cases for people who cannot afford to hire counsel — probably won’t be the county’s public defender forever, according to a Santa Cruz County civil grand jury report released Thursday.

The county should gather data on the public defender’s performance to plan, when necessary, an in-house operation when such a system is necessary, according to “Our Public Defender System: Anticipating Structural Change.”

[Santa Cruz County] Grand jury looks at homeless foster youth

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY — The County of Santa Cruz should do more to support its homeless young people, as well as those in foster care and who are about to age out of the foster care system, according to a report released Tuesday by the county’s Grand Jury.

The report focused in particular on homelessness among foster youth.

[Santa Cruz County] SLVWD: board of director Eric Hammer resigns

Blog note: this article copiously references a 2017-18 grand jury report on the SLVWD.

At a special meeting of the San Lorenzo Valley Water District (SLVWD) Board of Directors convened at 3:30 in the afternoon last Friday, June 1, the board formally accepted the resignation of Director Eric Hammer, submitted by email on May 23 that was effective immediately. At the meeting, the board approved a schedule for applications, interviews and appointment of Hammer’s successor.

[Santa Cruz County] SLVWD: board of director Eric Hammer resigns

Blog note: this article copiously references a 2017-18 grand jury report on the SLVWD.

At a special meeting of the San Lorenzo Valley Water District (SLVWD) Board of Directors convened at 3:30 in the afternoon last Friday, June 1, the board formally accepted the resignation of Director Eric Hammer, submitted by email on May 23 that was effective immediately. At the meeting, the board approved a schedule for applications, interviews and appointment of Hammer’s successor.

[Santa Cruz County] San Lorenzo Valley Water District challenged by grand jury findings

SANTA CRUZ >> The San Lorenzo Valley Water District since 2016 has struggled to address divisive issues, management of Lompico Assessment District capital projects and support for the Lompico Citizen Oversight Committee, the Santa Cruz County civil grand jury reportedThursday.