Community Foundation's new home for g...

Community Foundation's new home for giving to debut Friday

There are 14 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Dec 2, 2010, titled Community Foundation's new home for giving to debut Friday. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

Leaders of the Community Foundation Santa Cruz County opened the doors Wednesday to their new facility, designed as a home for local philanthropy and a resource for 500 local nonprofits.

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Big Green Construction

Santa Cruz, CA

#1 Dec 2, 2010
"The $9.3 million complex, at 7807 Soquel Drive, was built on time...The 9,200-square-foot complex is more than twice the size of the foundation's rented quarters in Soquel, which cost $100,000 a year."

A thousand dollars per foot construction cost seems maybe a bit plush, perhaps, but we are talking philanthrophy through donated millions for construction of bogus windfall ag easement grant/purchase proceeds from South County landed aristocracy and, of course, clearly as a supporting rationale, the construction cost will be recaptured in rental savings in 93 years.

and it does still look like there are still great opportunities for more philanthropists to get in on the action with a great tree naming opportunity or perhaps some 10 year bonds?

...or a donated generator, at least?

Go green.
why why why

Alamo, CA

#2 Dec 2, 2010
Thanks for sucking up one of the last beautiful green spaces in Aptos for you expensive ugly building. This building is hideous!!
Why didn't you just buy an already existing building??
why why why

Alamo, CA

#3 Dec 2, 2010
spell check- 'your'
Donald Trump

Santa Cruz, CA

#4 Dec 2, 2010
why why why wrote:
Thanks for sucking up one of the last beautiful green spaces in Aptos for you expensive ugly building. This building is hideous!!
Why didn't you just buy an already existing building??
...could have bought one for around $200 a foot easy in this market.
That would have freed up around an excess $7 million for some real and now, more than ever needed "charity"... instead of blowing the bucks on such a wasteful, imprudent, and so ostentatious construction of such a monument to yourselves?
Sorry. I won't be sending a contribution very soon....and, btw, you're fired.
Call them what you will

Boulder Creek, CA

#6 Dec 2, 2010
This story so aptly represents the ability of the elite to fund their ideology as well compensated charity professionals who have no problem spending exorbitantly so they can work in deluxe, environmentally and politically correct digs where they can engage in mutual self-congratulation about how much better
they are than "regular" workers who earn their salaries rather than skim from the donations to their "clients". Poverty pimps is an apt description.
Bitterness

Watsonville, CA

#7 Dec 2, 2010
Hate to rain on their parade, but some time ago the Community Foundation aggressively positioned itself between donors and the community organizations that do the actual work of education and social services. Their pitch was that they could better direct the resources, ensure accountability, and provide training and technical support to non-profits so that they would be more effective. Not a bad idea.

But then came this.

The timing couldn't be worse for this terrible waste of resources. A perfect storm, at a time when dozens of large commercial buildings are vacant and cheap. At a time when non-profits, schools and county services are cut back and cut back and cut back again. At a time when unemployment, foreclosures, homelessness and school dropout are creating more hardship than ever in this community.

Maybe the planning for this started during times of plenty. They could have put the plans on hold five years ago when the writing was already on the wall for what was coming. And to host a big celebration now? Just rubbing it in, folks.

I look in vain for the CF leadership to at least acknowledge the conflicts inherent in their decision. Instead they sound like robber barons congratulating themselves for their wealth. It is unseemly.
Connecting the dots

Santa Cruz, CA

#8 Dec 2, 2010
Big Green Construction wrote:
"The $9.3 million complex, at 7807 Soquel Drive, was built on time...The 9,200-square-foot complex is more than twice the size of the foundation's rented quarters in Soquel, which cost $100,000 a year."
A thousand dollars per foot construction cost seems maybe a bit plush, perhaps, but we are talking philanthrophy through donated millions for construction of bogus windfall ag easement grant/purchase proceeds from South County landed aristocracy and, of course, clearly as a supporting rationale, the construction cost will be recaptured in rental savings in 93 years.
and it does still look like there are still great opportunities for more philanthropists to get in on the action with a great tree naming opportunity or perhaps some 10 year bonds?
...or a donated generator, at least?
Go green.
http://www.santacruzsentinel.c om/ci_15489178?IADID=Search-ww w.santacruzsentinel.com-www.sa ntacruzsentinel.com

"Nearly 1,000 Pajaro Valley acres set aside for permanent ag use
By Cathy Kelly
Posted: 07/11/2010 01:30:34 AM PDT

PAJARO VALLEY -- With rolling hills and fields providing a bucolic backdrop, preservationists and landowners gathered at a ranch Saturday to celebrate the dedication of 987 acres of farmland for permanent agricultural use.
Working since 2005, four landowners entered agreements with the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County to place permanent easements on the properties so they cannot be used for purposes other than agriculture.
The easements decrease the land's value, but provide some tax breaks for property owners.
The development rights to the 14 properties east of Watsonville were purchased with state and federal funds for more than $4.5 million. The land is off Riverside Drive and along the Pajaro River.
The acreage will join other protected agricultural land in the area, including the 684-acre Circle P Ranch where the event was held. It is tucked up against the foothills near Riverside Drive and Carlton Road.
"This is a dream come true for some of us," said Terry Corwin, executive director of the Land Trust. "These acres will never be dotted with McMansions.' "...
The Pajaro Valley land is owned by the Borina Family Foundation, Don and Diane Cooley, the Reiter Family Trusts...
The drive to preserve it as farmland was initiated by Bill Locke-Paddon and Sheila Burke, co-directors of the Borina Foundation, said Stephen Slade, deputy director of the Land Trust.
"What's so interesting here is Pajaro Valley is so small, a few people can make a big difference," Slade said.
The largest property, 526 acres, belonged to June Borina Schnacke, who died in 2000 and left no heirs, said Bill Locke-Paddon of the Borina Foundation. The Reiter Family Trusts co-owned part of that land.
Borina Schnacke's parents grew apples and then strawberries, he said, and she wanted to keep the family property to benefit the community, directing that rent from the properties be given to local charities after her death.
The foundation-owned land will eventually be deeded to the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County.
The easement was purchased for $3 million, with $700,000 from the National Resources Conservation Service and the remainder from Proposition 40, approved by state voters in 2002.
The Borina Foundation donated $690,000 of that to the Land Trust, which is responsible for defending the easements, and $1.85 million to the Community Foundation.
The Cooleys, who have dedicated easements on 384 acres, were paid $1.3 million from the state Department of Conservation and $389,500 from the National Resources Conservation Service; they gave $300,000 of that to the Land Trust..."

“Take that !”

Since: Feb 08

capitola CA.

#9 Dec 2, 2010
cf steals money and i steal water.
Soquel Local

Hollister, CA

#10 Dec 2, 2010
So $9,300,000 to build replacing a rented space that cost $100,000 per year. So basically, a 93 year payoff on arguably the ugliest building in Santa Cruz County if not the entire state! It looks like someone took a basement and turned it inside out.$9,300,000 would have paid for 42 four year scholarships to Harvard but I am sure that lavish offices for foundation employees are a much better way to spend the money.

Shameful selfish behavior by well-meaning liberals just abounds in this community.
Straight Stuff

Brisbane, CA

#11 Dec 2, 2010
It was paid for by private donations and if you didn't donate, who cares what you think? Would you rather that the rich spent their money on something else? My god, people will complain about anything.
Beware of Doug

Brisbane, CA

#12 Dec 2, 2010
Whoa, I didn't think Doug would comment on this article since there was no water connection, but I see he found a six degrees of separation way to spam us again. So Doug, tell us about you plan to solve the water problem by removing half the farmland from production. Don't forget the part about cutbacks from lost county taxes and the thousands of unemployed workers.
Your Water Connection

Santa Cruz, CA

#13 Dec 2, 2010
Beware of Doug wrote:
Whoa, I didn't think Doug would comment on this article since there was no water connection, but I see he found a six degrees of separation way to spam us again. So Doug, tell us about you plan to solve the water problem by removing half the farmland from production. Don't forget the part about cutbacks from lost county taxes and the thousands of unemployed workers.
"...no water connection" by the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz????

Are you being serious?

Please refer to the links below, fyi...

http://www.cfscc.org/page10002629.cfm

http://www.cfscc.org/RWMF.cfm

"Regional Water Management Foundation

The Regional Water Management Foundation (RWMF) was established in 2007 by the Community Foundation Santa Cruz County as a separate 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization. It has its own board of directors and staff, with an office located at the Foundation...."

http://www.cfscc.org/page10002585.cfm
Source of Donated Funds

Santa Cruz, CA

#14 Dec 3, 2010
Straight Stuff wrote:
It was paid for by private donations and if you didn't donate, who cares what you think? Would you rather that the rich spent their money on something else? My god, people will complain about anything.
"Private" donations? What was the source of the millions donated? Follow the money...

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_15489178...

"...The drive to preserve it as farmland was initiated by Bill Locke-Paddon and Sheila Burke, co-directors of the Borina Foundation, said Stephen Slade, deputy director of the Land Trust.
"What's so interesting here is Pajaro Valley is so small, a few people can make a big difference," Slade said."...

"The largest property, 526 acres, belonged to June Borina Schnacke, who died in 2000 and left no heirs, said Bill Locke-Paddon of the Borina Foundation. The Reiter Family Trusts co-owned part of that land.
Borina Schnacke's parents grew apples and then strawberries, he said, and she wanted to keep the family property to benefit the community, directing that rent from the properties be given to local charities after her death.
The foundation-owned land will eventually be deeded to the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County.
The easement was purchased for $3 million, with $700,000 from the National Resources Conservation Service and the remainder from Proposition 40, approved by state voters in 2002.
The Borina Foundation donated $690,000 of that to the Land Trust, which is responsible for defending the easements, and $1.85 million to the Community Foundation.
The Cooleys, who have dedicated easements on 384 acres, were paid $1.3 million from the state Department of Conservation and $389,500 from the National Resources Conservation Service; they gave $300,000 of that to the Land Trust..."

“Take that !”

Since: Feb 08

capitola CA.

#15 Dec 3, 2010
THE FARM bureau has its smelly nose all up in the CF s business! Lets not overlook that!

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