• Petitioning Zach Friend

This petition will be delivered to:

Santa Cruz County Supervisor
Zach Friend
Santa Cruz County Supervisor
Greg Caput
Santa Cruz County Supervisor
Bruce McPherson
Santa Cruz County Supervisor
John Leopold
Santa Cruz County Supervisor
Neal Coonerty

Reject the Aptos Safeway Mega-Expansion

    1. Petition by

      Aptos Local Economies

We, the residents of Aptos, and surrounding communities, cannot accept the mega-expansion proposed by Safeway in Rancho Del Mar Shopping Center. Most, if not all of the existing merchants will be forced to close their doors due to two years of construction and the recently raised rents that many of the merchants cannot afford.

Safeway is proposing to expand the existing footprint of their grocery store from approximately 35,000 square feet to 59,000 square feet, raze much of the Center for new construction and reconfigure the gas station. It is common sense that the only businesses that could survive this demolition and construction, while paying higher rents, will be national chain stores. It is proven that a dollar spent at a local business multiplies itself exponentially. Our local merchants, with our loyal patronage keep our hard earned cash here, where it belongs.

Everyone suffers the traffic congestion along Soquel Drive and connecting streets. The roadways are narrow and not built to accommodate even the current traffic demands. Adding more traffic lights will not mitigate the nightmare coming our way during the proposed construction and future traffic generated by larger stores. This increased traffic will harm Aptos, its people and its health.

Aptos is a beautiful and unique area of Santa Cruz County. Such abundance brings responsibility. Therefore, we promise each other, and our local merchants, that we will not allow a multi-national corporation dictate the shape of our future.


Zach Friend, Santa Cruz County Supervisor
Greg Caput, Santa Cruz County Supervisor
Bruce McPherson, Santa Cruz County Supervisor
John Leopold, Santa Cruz County Supervisor
Neal Coonerty, Santa Cruz County Supervisor
We, the undersigned, demand that the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors reject the Aptos Safeway expansion. It will cause intolerable traffic and force out many of our valued local businesses. We encourage Safeway to provide better access under rules of ADA, and improve the quality of their store within the existing footprint.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Joe DeMera APTOS, CA
      • 1 day ago

      As a Cabrillo student, the construction will create an even worse gridlock at certain times in the day. The demolition of the local neighboring businesses to Safeway will effectively be put out of business due to a 2 year plan for construction. I believe that this will cause a movement of national companies and global corporations to move into Santa Cruz by mode of gentrification, creating a larger town, where the influx of tourists will be even greater, and the rising property taxes may cause even more gentrification, which is unneeded and is detrimental to the health of Santa Cruz, if we wish to remain Local, and independent in the eyes of the Nation.

    • Trevor maddy APTOS, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      Because i hate Safeway and we dont need a bigger one.

    • Hunter Young APTOS, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      We don't need it.

    • Mariposa Kercheval APTOS, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      I've lived in Aptos for 28 years, and love this community, its charm and its beauty.

    • Hannah Gallart APTOS, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      Aptos doesn't need to be taken over by a mega Safeway and shopping mall. That isn't what living here is about. That isn't what the people of our community want. Why should Safeway have the right to force corporation on us. Improvements may be needed, but is such a major expansion seriously necessary?


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