12 December 2001
Donald Cattivera, Postmaster
Dear Mr. Cattivera:
As we agreed in our telephone conversation on Friday, I’m submitting to you the Rural Bonny Doon Association’s concerns regarding mail service in our area, and including what I trust is an accurate summary of our discussion on these points. We fully understand that none of these problems is caused or controlled locally, and so we are very grateful for the assistance you offer us.
We much appreciate your generous offer to place two blue collection boxes in Bonny Doon, perhaps one at the intersection of Empire Grade and Felton Empire, the other in the area of the Bonny Doon Winery’s tasting room, at the convergence of Bonny Doon and Pine Flat Roads. We accept that the contract carrier will make a daily collection, and its time will be erratic.
We will also welcome cost estimates for various sizes of Neighborhood Delivery Box Collection Units. We recognize that these are sufficiently expensive that the U.S. Postal Service no longer provides them (they have been furnished, in the past, to quite a few Bonny Doon residents), and we fear that many Dooners will be unable to afford to participate. Still, we hope that publishing your estimates in our newsletter may produce some takers.
If you have any suggestions about how we may work to improve the contract carrier difficulties, we are eager to pursue them.As I mentioned in our conversation, we are personally fond of our carriers, have received only helpful responses from the local postal staff—especially including yourself—and in no way wish to damage these relationships. We very much hope that, with your guidance, we may work to rectify our problems.
With thanks for your help, good humor, and encouragement, and with very best wishes,
1 June 2001
Board of Supervisors
Public safety is, we strongly believe, the most important tax-funded
In our isolated rural setting, we in Bonny Doon feel especially vulnerable.
The assignment of Deputy Stefan Fish to the Bonny Doon-Davenport area
And so the Rural Bonny Doon Association asks you, as our elected
We thank you for giving urgent attention to this very urgent matter.
Miriam Beames, Corresponding Secretary
cc: Mark Tracy, Sheriff, County of Santa Cruz
17 April 2001
The Honorable Bruce McPherson
Re: General Plans:
Housing Elements: Senate Bill 910
Dear Senator McPherson:
Bonny Doon is, as of course you know well, only one small area in a
We wonder why such a simple principle has eluded the authors of Senate
The Rural Bonny Doon Association hopes that debate on SB 910 will bring
We appreciate your support of this position and thank you working for
cc: The Honorable Fred Keeley, Assemblyman, 27th District
7 February 2001
Mark Tracy, Sheriff
Dear Sheriff Tracy:
The Rural Bonny Doon Association is more than pleased to support Deputy Stefan Fish's application for funds to purchase a four-wheel drive vehicle.
In this mountainous community, which rises from sea level at the coast to a bit over 2600 feet in about five miles as the crow flies (about eight miles by road), only a few through roads are maintained by the County of Santa Cruz - and even these are in such shocking disrepair that the head of Public Works estimates that it will take seven years to bring them to an acceptable standard, even with a special grant. Most houses are located on private drives, many of them dirt, many of them close to vertical. Since rainfall averages 60" per year, pot holes and washouts are the norm, on both the private and county roads.
Most residents here have learned the hard way that they need four-wheel drive vehicles. How can we expect our law enforcement officer to be effective, if he is handicapped in comparison with his constituents?
Deputy Fish has been a wonderful addition to our community. In the short time since he has joined us, he has become well known to various groups here as a responsive, thoughtful, hard working and sensitive agent. He is someone we gladly turn to for help, in both personal and community concerns. We like and respect him.
And so, we most enthusiastically request that Deputy Fish will be granted the funds he needs to obtain a vehicle necessary for his work. If we can offer any further information or assistance in this matter, please call either Ted Benhari, Chair (831-426-5053) or Marilyn Hummel, Vice-Chair (831-426-3352).
Miriam Beames, Corresponding Secretary
cc: Deputy Stefan Fish
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