Election 2018: Scotts Valley City Council candidates discuss growth, managed development

Election 2018: Scotts Valley City Council candidates discuss growth, managed development

In his first political campaign, after serving multiple volunteer roles and promoting measures to equalize education funding for the district’s four schools, Derek Timm, 45, said the small city faces business and retail growth amid desires for a managed downtown core. “People really want to see a downtown in Scotts Valley, but they don’t want to see us overbuilt with too much housing,” Timm said. “There’s going to be a community discussion about what we’re comfortable with versus what we want to achieve.”

President of SVEF runs for city council - Press Banner

President of SVEF runs for city council - Press Banner

Timm hopes to add a new face to Scotts Valley City Council. “I have been watching what is going on nationally and I just had this moment where I felt I needed to do something positive,” Timm said. “I want to show my community and my children what leadership can be and how it can work in a small town.”

Parcel Tax on November ballot, community supporters start ‘Save Our Schools’ campaign

Parcel Tax on November ballot, community supporters start ‘Save Our Schools’ campaign

“Our funding is about 10 years behind in the needs we need as a district,” said Derek Timm, President of the Scotts Valley Educational Foundation and one of the volunteers leading the ‘Save our Schools’ campaign. “This parcel tax is only to cover basic services. We want to make sure we can prevent cuts to our core programs and retain the great teachers in our district.”