Stop the Soquel Auto Row!

$4,845 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 61 people in 7 months
                          As of September 17th, 2018 we are halfway to reaching our goal of 20K!
                                      (The total includes what has been raised on this Gofundme page)

HELP  FIGHT THE 41st Avenue at Soquel Drive  AUTO ROW PROJECT!

Dear Soquel Friends and Neighbors,

Soquel Village is a quaint, country town with antique stores, a bakery,  coffee houses, restaurants and homes. It's a  community of thousands of people who need retail stores, offices, goods and services. We need places that we can easily access by foot, bicycle or bus, without having to travel  great distances in cars.

Soquel is inundated with traffic and in need of well-thought- out planning.
In 2014, our County Supervisors thought we could do better too, and complying with California State law to help reduce green house gas, they adopted our Sustainable Plan with a 5-0 vote.   A quote from the Sustainable Plan: 
 "Vibrant centers are an essential component of a sustainable development pattern in Santa Cruz County. Concentrations of housing and jobs support frequent transit service. Active public gathering places build community and enhance quality of life. Resident-serving stores and services strengthen adjacent neighborhoods and contribute to economic vitality. Compact urban form accommodates a variety of more affordable housing choices."

Then something else happened.
The Sustainable Plan  was  ignored by County departments and  instead they approved an auto dealership project. This is a far cry from what was recommended in the Sustainable Plan.  We don't think this is right..and hope you agree!


County Planners proposed this Sustainable Plan for the corner of 41st Ave. / Soquel Dr.
And this-
But instead our Supervisors approved  this:
And this - Actual picture of a  transport truck delivering cars on Soquel Drive at project site.
Your contributions will go  directly to legal fees.  A generous gift of $1,000 has been given to start us out. However, this is a matching fund  contribution and will only be  available once we reach the first thousand dollars.

Thank you for helping  us preserve our community and way of life. 
Any donation no matter the size will be appreciated.
                                                              Anonymous donations are welcomed
                                                              Sustainable Soquel Community Group
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January 16, 2019

Dear Friends of Sustainable Soquel,

We know many of you are anxious to hear how things are going with the legal action against the county. The good news is that we are in the homestretch with a final court date likely in March. However, we are only halfway to our goal of $20,000 for attorney fees.

It’s been about two years since our community was first alerted about a Nissan Dealership project at 41st Avenue and Soquel Drive. At that time, many of us were stunned when we discovered there was no public notification, no Environmental Impact Report and no public hearings planned.

We later learned, the project was quietly being pushed through for approval by our County ‘s own CAO’s Economic Development Department and the Planning Department. The county ignored our community’s Sustainable Plan and the General Plan and voila - came up with its own plan for an auto dealership for that corner instead.

The Nissan project is fraught with what our attorney describes as “a slew of illegal actions” by our public agencies. Our recent legal action also revealed new shocking discoveries. Including this....

The Planning Department has a subjective policy of purging emails that it believes has no relevance. In our case, the planners purged thousands of emails, that should have been part of the legal record. Fortunately, our attorney was able to recover over 2,000 purged emails from the county’s computer mainframes. This information sent a bit of a shock-wave into our Sustainable consciousness about our local governmental lack of oversight and the lengths they will consider in covering their tracks.

Its been a long haul, and your passionate input at the Planning Commission and Supervisor meetings inspired us to take that step in June when we filed a “Writ of Mandate against the County,” a court order to government agencies to correct their previous illegal behavior in order to comply with the law.

It’s very difficult for citizens to challenge actions taken by governments. Many of you have given generously and we thank you. We still need financial support to see this through. We hope we can count on you to consider a second donation to this noble cause that will no doubt impact all of our lives and the Soquel community we leave to future generations.
Please help spread the word - share this with your friends and neighbors.
Donate now

Best Regards,

Lisa Sheridan - For Sustainable Soquel
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Join Your Neighbors!
A Community Presentation
Sponsored by Sustainable Soquel
Thursday November 15
5:30 - 6:45 p.m.
Porter Memorial Library

Meet our new Public Works Director Matt Machado.
This is an opportunity to hear how Public Works is managing and planning Soquel traffic and parking. Bring your questions and concerns about parking, traffic and the proposed Robertson light to our Q & A.

It’s not over yet! WE NEED YOUR HELP…
Fighting the Soquel Auto Row Project!

We have a very good chance of winning this case and saving Soquel from the many negative impacts an auto dealership on our gateway intersection. We urgently need your financial support for legal expenses! We are self-funded, working tirelessly on behalf of the entire community but just can’t do it without you.
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Dear Friends, 9/16/18

We want to send out a big “thank you” to so many of you for the generous contributions to stop the Auto Row in Soquel. Sustainable Soquel has now raised over half the funds needed for our goal of $20,000.

Donations of all sizes have been given to this cause in the form of checks to Sustainable Soquel and through this GoFundMe campaign. Our actual total to date (not shown on the GoFundMe Page), has made it past the half way mark. We posted a goal of $20,000 and have reached $12,255.63 as of today.

We will continue the fight to keep Soquel a healthy community. We support the Adopted Sustainable Plan’s goals of reducing greenhouse gas by promoting local
jobs, improving transportation and traffic, creating walk-able communities and insisting on an open and transparent process in decision-making.

Please help us spread the word so we can complete the goal of raising the other half of our legal funds. Posting or forwarding this to your friends or on Facebook is the easiest way.

Many thanks again to those of you who have already voiced your support and through your generous donations.

A special note of thanks to two local groups supporting this cause:
Sierra Club Santa Cruz
Campaign for Sustainable Transportation (CFST).

Please share our GoFundMe campaign and let’s Stop Soquel Auto Row!
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Wow, we reached our first $1,000. In two days. This means the matching donation of $1,000. Kicks in so we are at $2,000.
That matching donation is also coming directly to Sustainable Soquel as a check. It won't be seen here on the Gofundme page, just know its on the way.

Thank you to those that have already commited..lets keep the momentum!

Thank you all for your passionate support!

The Sustainable Soquel Team
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