City Manager's Weekly Update
Week ending November 2, 2018

This week, staff and I attended the Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance (SVEDA) Conference in Santa Cruz. We heard from Irena Asmundson, California's Chief Economist along with other experts who discussed the latest industry trends in retail, including the fusion of retail and entertainment and need for maker space. Another trend mentioned was the repurposing of retail space with new, non-retail uses.  While this does impact a city's revenue base, it forces us to re-examine how we can support this transition to ensure a vibrant shopping experience in our respective communities.

Jenny HaruyamaCity Manager

City Council Meeting

The following agenda items are scheduled for the Wednesday, November 7, 2018 City Council meeting:

  • Special Set Matter:  Introduction of Robin Woodman, Chief Building Official
  • Special Set Matter:  Assembly Member Mark Stone, Legislative Update
  • Massage Ordinance – 2nd Reading
  • Deferred Impact Fee Annual Report
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City of Scotts Valley and Scotts Valley Police Supervisors Association (PSA)
  • 2019 City Council Meeting Schedule/Calendar
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the RTC and City of Scotts Valley for Bicycle Wayfinding Signage
  • Storm Drain Master Plan Update
Kings Village Road

Kings Village Sidewalk Project and Tree Removal Update

Many residents have asked about the large trees that were removed this week on Kings Village Road.  They were removed to install a new sidewalk that will improve pedestrian safety.  The existing trees were lifting the adjacent asphalt and are located directly in the path of the new sidewalk.  Additionally, a retaining wall will need to be installed and some areas may need to be widened to accommodate utilities like PG&E. This means that we may not be able to install replacement trees.  Staff will be looking at all options and will advise the community if is a way to install any replacement trees.  

Other residents have asked why the sidewalk was installed on the south side of the street instead of the north.  Staff did evaluate the north side; however, to do this the City must obtain an easement from all private property owners. Not all private owners agreed. Another important point is that if the Town Center is developed, the developer, not the City would be responsible for the cost of installing infrastructure like sidewalks, curbs and gutters on the north side of the street.

Additionally, the sidewalk installation project was originally much larger in scope and encompassed both sides of Kings Village Road and parts of Blue Bonnet Lane. However, due to high construction costs, the project scope was narrowed to the south side of Kings Village.  

If you have any questions, please contact Public Works at (831) 438-5854.

Craft Faire

Annual Craft Faire

The annual craft faire is this Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Senior Center from 8 am - 4 pm.    

Sale Tax Newsletter

2Q 2018 Sales Tax Update

The City’s second quarter sales tax newsletter has been posted online.  Scotts Valley’s receipts from April through June were 17.6% below the second sales period in 2017 largely due to ongoing issues related to the State’s new sales tax reporting system.  This quarter the City was underpaid an estimated $138,000.  When this amount is added to the allocations received by the City and other reporting adjustments are factored out, actual receipts were down 1.1%. Most of the unprocessed payments missing last period have been recovered.

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