September/October 2016 issue
Earthquakes!!! In Bonny Doon
Dr. Allan Lindh
Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Bonny Doon School Multipurpose Room,
Pine Flat Road & Ice Cream Grade
What Could Be Shaking
in Bonny Doon?
What Could Be Shaking
in Bonny Doon?
huge blocks of the earth's crust, known as plates, scrape slowly past
each other at a rate of about two inches a year, tremendous force is
built up along its deep underground branches, which we call faults.
Periodically, something slips, releasing some of that energy in the form
of an earthquake. In California the block called the Pacific plate is
moving northwest, scraping horizontally past the plate dubbed the North
Dr. Lindh studied geology and physics at UCSC, and then earned
a doctorate in Geophysics from Stanford University. He worked for 30 years at
the US Geological Survey, a large fraction of the time trying to predict
earthquakes. He says, “I did not succeed, but we learned a few important
things along the way.”
from Supervisor Ryan Coonerty
Measures on November Ballot
Besides deciding among presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, or even Gary Johnson or Jill Stein, voters will have some major decisions to make as they mark their ballots Nov. 8. Californians will again be asked to approve the recreational use of marijuana by adults. Medical or recreational marijuana use will also be on the ballot in at least eight other states: Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada and North Dakota.
What Is the RBDA?
The RBDA is almost 60 years old. It was founded in 1957 when it was recognized that Bonny Doon is a very special place blessed by nature and geography, one too precious to let be despoiled by heavy development on small lots, trailer parks and shopping centers. The visionary founders of the RBDA pressed the County to create a zoning plan that ensured that no more properties would be cut up for that kind of development. This was the first General Plan adopted by the County, and led to similar plans to guide smart growth throughout the unincorporated areas.
Those founders also understood that Bonny Doon needed an organization to press for adequate public services: mail, telephone, roads, law enforcement etc. Without a strong united voice, our small population wouldn’t have had, and won’t have, much clout at the County building.
Below are some of the developments that over the years were prevented by the RBDA (some, of course, in alliance with other concerned groups and individuals), with the result that Bonny Doon today is one of the most desirable and unspoiled areas of the County:
• A golf course and retirement housing development in what today isThough the County’s wholesale overhaul of zoning ordinances and building codes is still looming, as is the expansion of UCSC into Cave Gulch, most of the biggest land use and development battles are now (thankfully) behind us.
While informing Bonny Dooners about and speaking out against developments that would negatively impact the quality of life in our community and neighborhoods remains one of the RBDA’s prime focuses, we also continue to fight for better services, such as:
• fire protection;A strong Bonny Doon voice is of critical importance for us to be heard at the County building. As the historic organization fighting for Bonny Doon, the RBDA is the best vehicle for that. For us to be successful, your membership and support is vital. Become a member, volunteer for the RBDA Board, come to our meetings, and help us with your ideas, suggestions and letters, so that Bonny Doon continues to be the very special place it is.
The RBDA Needs Your Help
The RBDA Board is currently under-staffed by two members, which makes it hard to do all we need and want to do. If you have ever considered pitching in to help your community, now would be a great time to step up.
Membership in the organization is also lagging, though we believe this is likely an oversight on the part of some of our loyal members. A couple of years ago the Board opted to change the membership signup requirements and we have not been sending out snail-mail reminders to folks like we used to. All memberships now come due at the end of January every year, and we notify everyone it’s time to sign up again in the January Highlander. Without those mailed reminders many people who have been members for years have not renewed.
This affects our treasury as well. A “normal” year of expenses runs about $3,000, most of it for printing and mailing The Highlander. The rest is split between rental of the school room and required liability insurance for our meetings there, plus the cost of keeping our webpage on the Internet and our P.O. Box. Our intake from dues, donations and sponsorships last year fell short of this amount by a few hundred dollars, and we had some one-time extraordinary expenses associated with the completion of the organization’s incorporation, which amounted to about $1,500.
So, we need your help! If you haven’t already for 2016, renew your membership. The RBDA Board needs two more members, especially if you have skills in the areas of Facebook and other social media communication, newsletter editing and design (desktop publishing). If you have skills in those areas and share the RBDA’s mission of low-impact land use development and improving public services, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to talk over what being a board member involves.
Bus Service Cut
On Sepember. 8, the Santa Cruz Metro will be reducing Bonny Doon bus service because of budget shortfalls.
Cayla Hill, Administrative Specialist for Metro’s Planning Dept., says that the bus service provider “…is going through difficult financial times and has been working to address a fiscal structural deficit in our budget over the last couple of years, meaning that our expenses are greater than our revenues. We are doing the best we can to provide as much service as possible for our riders while making sure that we can continue to sustain a viable service in the long term.”
Overall, the Metro has undergone a restructuring of its entire network of fixed-route bus service, reducing it by approximately 10%, says Hill, adding that, “Although we are disappointed that we had to reduce service, this outcome is much better than the projected 30% reduction being considered only a year ago.”
For Dooners this means that Route 41 bus weekend service will be eliminated, as will the weekday 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. trips, leaving only the weekday 5:50 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. trips operating.
The discontinued trips will be replaced by service on the Route 42 Davenport/Bonny Doon Route, with weekday 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. trips. On weekends an 8:30 a.m. trip will be added, and the 6:00 p.m. trip will be moved to a 4:30 p.m. departure.
For more information or to make comments, contact Cayla Hill at email@example.com or (831) 420-2581 ext. 1313.
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Some people may not understand that receiving The Highlander in the mail doesn’t mean you are a current RBDA member. To reach the whole community we mail The Highlander to all mailboxes in Bonny Doon.
So unless you joined for multiple years, all 1-year RBDA memberships will expire on Jan. 31, 2016. To continue to support the RBDA, we need you to renew now for the 2016 year. Details are here.
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We are always open to suggestions for interesting programs and speakers at our bimonthly (except July) RBDA public meetings.
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Were there any that you would like us to repeat?
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