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Beware of former mayors bearing gifts

Updated: Jul 5

Stephen Kessler.

Housing advocate, political wit and former Santa Cruz mayor Don Lane is a man of many talents, but I didn’t know he was also a surrealist poet and classicist until I read his latest attack on the Our Downtown Our Future initiative, which may soon be officially qualified for the November ballot. ODOF is the advocacy group of those whose voices were largely ignored during the city’s elaborate machinations to gain approval of its plan to move the Church Street library out of Civic Center and build a new library as part of a parking-housing “mixed-use” complex on Lot 4, replacing 10 heritage trees with a block-long building, part of which could be eight stories tall.

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