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Santa Cruz C. C. Meeting on Hotel-Convention Center Project

SC City Council discussed the Hotel-Convention Center Project on Tuesday night, 25 January, at 809 Center St. People opposed to convention-hotel at the Dream Inn site, along with a 6-story parking garage, came to the city council meeting to keep the pressure on the council to not pass this deal with the developers and replace one eyesore for another on our coast.

After two public hearings last week, including one that went past midnight, the City Council is poised to make a decision on financing $30 million for this project tonight. Many residents have already voiced their disapproval of this plan which seems to be broadly flawed.

A particularly convincing argument against the project was that these types of ventures are not bringing in substantial dollars for the cities that invest in them and many are in the red, according to a recently published Broookings Institute study. Read more about the study at Bruce Bratton's website or on Brookings Institute online.
If you are at all concerned about the City sinking $30 million+ dollars of the city's resources into this private venture, the loss of the coastline, the severe impacts on residents and the environment, please come out tonight as a demonstration of your opposition. If you can't make it at 7:00, come later. Bring your signs and, if you can, wear a yellow sign with the words "Vote NO - Go SLOW" on it.

Do not automatically assume that this is a "done deal." During the hearings last Wednesday, those in opposition of the project outnumbered those in favor, who were primarily part of the trades who would benefit in the short-term from the work. The opposition was joined by Santa Cruz notables such as former mayors Jane Weed and Celia Scott, Bill Malone of the People's Democratic Committee and Bruce Bratton, among many others.

A particularly convincing argument against the project was that these types of ventures are not bringing in substantial dollars for the cities that invest in them and many are in the red, according to a recently published Broookings Institute study. Read more about the study at Bruce Bratton's website or on Brookings Institute online.
 
 


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Re: Santa Cruz C. C. Meeting on Hotel-Convention Center Project

Enjoy having a lack of your basic city services. Where do you all think the city gets its revenue. Face it, you all need tourism to survive.
 

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