John Leopold Is Focused on Solving Our Problems

Local government is at its best when elected officials listen to their constituents – and then go to work to solve problems large and small.  That’s a lesson Supervisor John Leopold never needed to be taught. Year in and year out, he listens to our needs and fights to make a difference by solving problems of all sizes.

Taking Care of Our Children

“During John’s frequent community meetings, he heard that our community wanted places for our kids to play. He instigated a partnership between the County and the Live Oak School District to open a new Boys & Girls Club in Live Oak.  Now 200 kids play there nearly every day of the year.  Thanks for listening to us John!”

— Stacey Kyle and family


Saving Our Planet

“The federal government started to talk about selling oil and gas leases in our area. John led the effort for Santa Cruz County to become the first county in the state to ban fracking. He is leading the efforts to address climate change and has worked to get plastics our of our oceans. John has produced real results for our environment.”

— Dan Haifley, former Save our Shores Executive Director & former O’Neill Sea Odyssey Executive Director


Protecting Our Neighborhoods

 “When out-of-area investors sought to turn our neighborhoods into endless rows of motels through on-line platforms like Airbnb and VRBO, John listened to us and developed a set of regulations that have restored peace and quiet to our neighborhood. He is the first one to place limits and start reducing them in our community.”

— Joe Hall, Schwan Lake resident

Ensuring That Our Community Includes Everyone

“We came to John and asked for his help in building the first fully-inclusive park in our county so children of all abilities could play together. He forged agreements between the County and community groups, helped with the fundraising, and worked to clear hurdles at every stage of the effort. Because of his help, we opened Leo’s Haven at Chanticleer Park in 2020.”

— Trisha Potts & Mariah Roberts, Leo’s Haven leaders and parks advocates


Saving Our Homes

 “Our out-of-the-area mobile home park owner tried to convert our park and force out hundreds of residents into a treacherous housing market. The County fought him all the way to the California Supreme Court and won! Then John worked with us so our park residents could buy the park. We need John in our corner.”

— Clay Butler and family, Almuir Park


Ensuring Transportation Options Into the Future

 “After twenty years of bickering, we almost lost the right to buy the 32-mile rail line through our community. John led the effort to purchase the line and got it done just in time. Then he led the funding effort to ensure that we have money to build the Rail Trail. And he is working to ensure that we have some kind of transit running alongside.”

— Sally Arnold, Friends of the Rail Trail & 28-year teacher in Soquel Elementary Schools*


Making the Feds Listen to Us

“When the FAA decided to change the jet paths over our community, we were overwhelmed by  jet noise all day and night. So John rolled up his sleeves, worked with other electeds and developed a strategy to make the FAA listen to us for once. Eventually the FAA reversed course and agreed to reroute the planes back the way they were – and John is still fighting to ensure that it happens as fast as possible.”

— Vicki Miller , Save Our Skies Santa Cruz County


Vote On November 3 — John Leopold for Supervisor

He Gets It – and Gets It Done



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