LOOLA (Live Oak Off Leash Advocates) is a collective of local Live Oak community dog owners who support an off leash initiative for the 20th avenue beach area aka 21st Avenue County Park. LOOLA is an informational site to organize the community for upcoming events and provide current status as information is available regarding this initiative.
What we are asking from Santa Cruz County:
Live Oak community dog owners are asking Santa Cruz County for off leash hours to be established on the 20th Avenue beach area aka 21st Avenue County Park. The petition has defined these hours to be from sunrise to 10:00 a.m. and 4 p.m. to sunset at Live Oak Beach (from 20th Avenue to Moran Lake Beach) in Santa Cruz California.
EXCELLENT NEWS Loola members!
As of December 2014, The Santa Cruz County Parks Department Commission accepted the staff report but also sent along a recommendation that the Board of Supervisors explore a pilot program for off leash access on Live Oak beaches. The vote was 3 to 1 with a couple of commissioners absent. Commissioner Mercer really went to bat for us and said we deserved a hearing on the actual facts of the matter. He asked the same question we have been asking for years – if other places have done it why can’t we? And maybe we should ask how they did it?
CURRENT 2016 NEWS:
The study/survey is taking place on 4 Santa Cruz County beaches, 20th Avenue beach area aka 21st Avenue County Park is most likely one of the 4. We do not know the 4 beaches. If we knew all the beaches in this study it could taint or skew the study.
Santa Cruz County Parks and Recreation Department + California State University, Sacramento Business/Science Department have built a model together as a learning project for the college students, and it is set-up as ‘Real’ Scientific Study with all the built-in precautions.
Primary Objective is to DISCOVER in a truly scientific way what is ‘Real’, ie: What do we really have here?
Sacramento State Students will be observing the beaches at various times of the day, weeks, and seasons. The Students will approach every 3rd person and ask them to do a quick survey about DOGS ON THE BEACH.
An online survey will conducted with a survey asking the same inquiry about DOGS ON THE BEACH and will be sent out to Santa Cruz County individuals.
This study/survey will be assessing the PROS and CONS of DOGS ON THE BEACH.
This study/survey will be over a year in order to assess our 4 entire seasons, so you have a year’s time to get you and your dog down to our Live Oak Beach.
So, we are sharing this information with all you Dog Lovers/Owners to visit our beach: 20th Avenue beach area aka 21st Avenue County Park and hope that you are approached by a student to give your thoughts on DOGS ON THE BEACH.
Have at the beach with your doggies, woof woof!
‘A Shared Beach For ALL To Enjoy’
IMPORTANT 2016 MEETINGS :
Hey, Puppy Friends!
Join LOOLA on a walk, then a meeting about off-leash in Santa Cruz County.
When: Sunday, February 7, 2016
Walk at Schwan Lake: 10:30am
Meeting: 11:30am Simpkins Center 979 17th Ave, Santa Cruz, California 95062
Get Directions Here to our event.
Because the county is going to have an off-leash pilot program and YOU need to have your say!
Where would YOU like a dog beach?
What do YOU think the rules should be?
Don’t be stuck with what the county decides for you!
Also, come hear about all the FUN events we have coming up!
We will be giving away fancy ribbon dog collars to the first 20 people who sign up to volunteer!
We ask, why MORE DOG TICKETS?
How much of the NEW ACS Officers duties will be patrolling our DOG Beach and HOW does SCCAS assess when to go to our beach: 911 calls or weak photographs of ALL of us on our beach chilling out?
Please write and ask our SCCAS Board Members the above inquiries and let them know that the NEW ACS Officers DO NOT need to be coming to the beach to give MORE TICKETS-ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
Please send emails or postal mail to the following Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter Board Members, Manager of the Shelter, Santa Cruz County Parks Department Director, District 1 Supervisor John Leopold, and YOUR District Supervisor:
Susan Mauriello, County Administrative Officer – County of Santa Cruz
701 Ocean Street, Room 520 Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Information: (831) 454-2100
Joe Phares, Senior Health Services Manager – County of Santa Cruz
1080 Emeline Ave.Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Information: (831) 454-4000 email@example.com
Undersheriff Jeremy Verinsky – County of Santa Cruz
5200 Soquel AvenueSanta Cruz, CA 95062
Information: (831) 454-7610
Tina Shull, Assistant City Manager – City of Santa Cruz
809 Center Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Information: (831) 420-5010
Deputy Chief Steve Clark – City of Santa Cruz
155 Center Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Information: (831) 420-5800
Chief John Weiss, Chief of Police – City of Scotts Valley
1 Civic Center DriveScotts Valley, CA 95066
Information: (831) 440-5649
Deputy Chief David McCartney – City of Watsonville
215 Union St.Watsonville, CA 95076
Information: (831) 768-3300
Fire Chief Pablo Barreto – City of Watsonville
250 Main St.Watsonville, CA 95076
Information: (831) 768-3200
SCCAS General Manager Melanie Sobel
SCCTY Parks and Recreation Director, Jeff Gaffney
SCCTY DISTRICT SUPERVISORS:
John Leopold District #1:
Zach Friend District #2:
Ryan Coonerty District #3:
Greg Caput District #4:
Bruce McPherson District #5:
Loola LO Off-leashAdvocates
‘A Shared Beach for ALL to Enjoy’
Please sign our ONLINE Petition asking for Off-Leash Hours:
PLEASE ATTEND THIS MEETING: DECEMBER 14th, 2015 at 3PM!
Come to this very IMPORTANT meeting and find out where the $$$ will be spent re: Duties of the new officers. County $$$ need to allocated to the most needed urgencies, ie: Crimes/Drugs/Homlessness NOT more tickets for dogs walking off-leash!
Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter Meeting
DATE: December 14
TIME: 3 p.m.
PLACE: Board of Supervisors Chambers, Fifth Floor, 701 Ocean Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060
SEPTEMBER 2015 UPDATE:
DON’T GIVE UP! We are still waiting to have our pilot program for off leash on Live Oak Beaches recommended to the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors!
APRIL 2014 UPDATE:
As part of the long process of working with the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, Animal Control Services, Supervisor John Leopold’s staff, the Santa Cruz County Parks and Recreation Commission and staff, and the local office of the Coastal Commission the proposal was amended to sunrise to sunset off leash access to 20th Ave beach aka 21st Avenue County Park only. This new proposal is currently under review by Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Department with their recommendation due Oct. 2014 to be forwarded on to the SCC Board of Supervisors for resolution.
This is our chance to ask the County to legalize an activity on the beach that we have had for the past 20 years!
Here are some ways you can help and support LOOLA with this community issue:
- Sign the online ‘Pippin’s Petition’.
- Join one of the LOOLA Links groups to receive notifications on upcoming events and current status information.
- Download the “Pippin’s Petition’ form, print and help collect signatures in your local area. The more signatures included in the final proposal to the county, the greater the voice.
- Download & print the LOOLA information cards to pass along to other dog owners to promote the petition.
With your help and voice, the community can have a managed beach area for everyone to enjoy.
LOOLA thanks you for your support
Dear LOOLA members and supporters,
As you know, LOOLA originally requested morning and evening off leash hours for the beaches between 20th Ave and Moran and submitted a proposal and hundreds of pages of supporting documentation addressing health, safety, and environmental concerns. As part of the long process of working with the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, Animal Control Services, Supervisor John Leopold’s staff, the Santa Cruz County Parks and Recreation Commission and staff, and the local office of the Coastal Commission the proposal was amended to sunrise to sunset off leash access to 20th Ave beach aka 21st Avenue County Park only. While the beaches are public access, much of the beach is technically private property and tangled in a complex web of multiple owners and easements. This would greatly increase the cost and time involved in creating any off leash pilot program. Currently, LOOLA representatives are part of Santa Cruz County Parks and Recreation Commission committee process, along with those who oppose off leash access, attempting to address public concerns. We hope that the Commissioners on the committee will bring a proposal to the full Parks and Recreation Commission and ultimately to the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors.
Email in Support of Off-Leash Beach Access!
- A majority of County Supervisors need to sign on to any change in access.
- It’s easy, just grab the email address of your Supervisor from the list and then copy and paste the text below.
- Feel free to add you own words, but let’s keep it pawsitive!
As a resident in your district I am writing in support of off leash beach access. Public space should be open for a wide variety of responsible uses. Currently, there is not enough public space where dog owners can exercise their dogs off leash. I urge you to support expanding off leash access to public space.
Sincerely, [we suggest you include your address]
Not sure which district your live in check here!
Here are Supervisor John Leopold’s District 1 (The district for our potential off-leash pilot program beach: 21st Avenue County Park Beach) upcoming 2015 Constituent Meeting Dates, please SAVE THE DATES! At this point, it would be in your best interest to go to as many meetings as possible and just be present in your LOOLA T-Shirt!
Visit Supervisor Leopold’s official website page for Dates/Locations of next meeting near you!
Best of Santa Cruz County Good Times win for LOOLA.org!
Read all our about our win and the other fantastic groups in Santa Cruz County who took home the honors here!
LOOLA gets published!
Read all about LOOLA.org and learn how we came to be and what are mission is all about! Great article written by Whitney Wilde for the local magazine, ‘Coastal Canine’!
PLEASE ATTEND IMPORTANT LOOLA MEETINGS:
Please try and attend these bi-monthly meetings. Be a voice for our citizens who want to have legal beach access with our dogs off-leash, when the issue is addressed, or during open-mic comments during these very important meetings.
Read online agenda packet and upcoming dates for these very important meetings.
Moran Lake Clean-Up (greenbelt area)
LOOLA BeachKeeper volunteers picked up 53lbs recycle and 21lbs trash for a total of 74lbs of debris!
See more photos here!
Thanks to all our LOOLA volunteers for helping out this year!
Visit our Facebook page to see all our photos from our LOOLA Beach-CleanUp.
UCSC’s Alternative Spring Break Program/LOOLA BeachKeeper
Visit our LOOLA BeachKeeper page to see additional photos of the students during their clean-up.
Thanks UCSC for an awesome day of picking up trash and learning about Live Oak beach areas!
UPDATE: Our LOOLA Beach Clean-Up on Saturday, December 7th was a great success!
We picked up 89 cigarette butts!
Visit our Facebook page to see all our photos from our LOOLA Beach-CleanUp.
SAVE THE DATE: LOOLA Beach Clean-up December 7, 2013 at 10AM-NOON!
Come Join us for our next Beach Clean-Up at 20th Avenue County Park Beach in Santa Cruz, California.
We will have our table set-up at top of 20th Avenue beach stairs with our LOOLA banner. We will also being selling our LOOLA T-Shirts or $15.00 dollars each!
Download our Poster for this Beach Clean-Up event and post in your neighborhood/local pet stores/local dog parks!
Please bring your own bags and gloves.
Get Directions Here!
Thank you for your support of clean beaches. Woof, Woof!!!!
BIG MEETINGS TODAY FOR LOOLA– OCTOBER 21, 2013!
The BIG day has arrived for LOOLA-2 meetings that play a BIG ROLE on how we move forward with our mission! Please attend at least one meeting but if you can, please attend both!
Please open link to view the Parks & Recreations agenda and staff recommendation for tonight’s meeting-it’s worth reading/scanning and may help you come up with a great 2min speech! Your presence and voice need to be heard!
TAKE ACTION: Unleash Your Bark
Write, Send Your Off-Leash Advocate Letter(s) to the Parks & Recreation Commissioners
Send copies to the Board of Supervisors
Mail ALL Letter(s) – Let’s Pack Their Mailboxes!!
ACTION 1: Write your letter – make it easy: write 1 letter with the 5 commissioner’s names on it. Do sign your letter including your address.
To: Commissioner *Mariah Roberts – District 1, Commissioner Kate Minott – District 2, Commissioner Jim Lang – District 3, Commissioner Steve Bennett – District 4, Commissioner Dave Mercer -District 5
*note: Mariah Roberts is NEWest member – began 4/2103
Dear Commissioners: (suggestions for letters: Introduce yourself. Tell YOUR story – who you are. Tell why taking your dog to the beach is important. Tell what this culture and community means to you and that/why you feel LOOLA’s off-leash proposal(s) is reasonable and fair to everyone. (No discussing the opposition’s arguments against us, ACS, etc…).
ACTION 2: Send a copy of this letter to each Parks & Recreation Commissioner (5 letters) at their office:
Co. Santa Cruz Parks, Open Spaces & Cultural Services
979 17th Avenue Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Your action in support of off-leash is extremely important > if you can’t send letters of course, email.
ACTION 3: Send a copy of your Parks & Recreation Commissioners letter to each member of the Board of Supervisors (5 letters). Send it to their office at 701 Ocean Street – Rm 500, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
The Board of Supervisors will also vote on this issue.
· John Leopold – District 1 (John oversees Live Oak Beaches: on your letter add a note asking for him to ADVOCATE for off-leash dog beaches!!)
· Zach Friend – District 2
· Neil Country – District 3
· Greg Caput – District 4
· Bruce McPherson – District 5
Your action in support of off-leash is extremely important > if you can’t send letters of course, email them:
Download our official flyer for this event and post in your neighborhood, work site, local businesses!
Thank you for your support of off-leash. Woof, Woof!!!!
New LOOLA Flyer
Introducing our new LOOLA flyer to post anywhere and anytime to spread the word about Off-Leash Hours.
This unique flyer/poster has our QR Code that can be scanned by smartphones and takes you directly to our site LOOLA.org!
Download now and start posting out your local grocery stores/vet’s office/pet stores/outdoor neighborhood parks and at work!
Featuring our LOOLA spokesperson, Ted Coopman!
Great Job to all who produced this video!
June 10, 2013
Great News from last night’s Parks & Recreation Meeting in Santa Cruz: The P&R Commission voted to create a short-term (3 month) committee that consist of two Commission members (Mariah Roberts who reps LO and Jim Lang who helped set up Mitchells Cove) and 3 people from each group. We will try and hash out a compromise solution.
We really can’t express our intense pride in our community and LOOLA!
See below images and links to all related to last night’s exciting and very uplifting meeting:
See Ted live and hear how he rocked the house!
Wonderful speeches by Pro Off-Leash citizens of Santa Cruz County/Live Oak residents!
Read more about this very successful outcome for LOOLA, and we made the Front Page of Santa Cruz Sentinel!
Before the meeting, LOOLA was interviewed by KSBW channel 8 in regards to our LOOLA ‘Pippin’s’ Petition to be addressed at this Parks & Recreation Meeting on June 10, 2013.
We want to thank the Parks & Recreation Commissioners for forming this committee to move forward in our mission to have Off-Leash hours on our beautiful shared open space beaches of Live Oak!
June 10, 2013
Save the Date:
June 1, 2013
LOOLA and SOS Adopt-a-Beach 3rd. Clean-Up: June 1, 2013
Our recent LOOLA/SOS Adopt-a-Beach Clean-Up on June 1, 2013 was a HUGE success: many supporters of off-leash dog hours at our Live Oak Beaches showed up bright and early for a stellar day on our beautiful Santa Cruz County beaches! Young + Old attended and helped out BIG TIME: gathering human disposed trash: bottles/cigarette butts/wood with nails…. Many folks walking on the beaches thanked us for cleaning our beautiful beaches!
Best part of it all-we got MORE ‘Pippin’s Petition’ signatures!
Our new banner looked awesome on our table at clean-up event! What a great set-up: everything was provided by our LOOLA members including food! A BIG THANKS to Kimberley Bermender + Elaine for always taking amazing pics!
May 19, 2013
Santa Cruz Spring Dog Festival: May 19, 2013
Our LOOLA booth at Santa Cruz Spring Dog Festival was a hit-our LOOLA volunteers gathered over 300 signatures!
Want to meet members of LOOLA? Then come and meet our LOOLA volunteers at the Spring Dog Festival in Santa Cruz this Sunday.
Spring Dog Festival
Sunday May 19, 2013, 9AM to 2PM
Passport to a world of doggie fun!
Hope to see you there,
June 1, 2013
Save the Date:
LOOLA and SOS Adopt-a-Beach 3rd. Clean-Up: June 1, 2013
WHAT: LOOLA (Live Oak Off Leash Advocates) Adopt-a-Beach clean-up
WHERE: 20th Ave/Corcoran Lagoon Beach, Live Oak, Santa Cruz. Sign in at the 20th Ave beach Entrance
WHEN: Saturday, June 1, 10-am until Noon.
WHAT TO BRING: water and sun block. Save our Shores will provide bags and gloves. Will will bring 4 pair of trash grabbers.
Our sign is finally finished-it looks fantastic! The Sign Dedication and 2nd SOS Clean-Up at 20th Avenue Beach in Live Oak was a great success! Thanks to all for helping this make happen!
October 13, 2012
Congratulations! It’s a beach!
LOOLA.org has Adopted 20th Ave beach through the Save-our-Shores Adopt a beach program. Our sign will go up at the foot of 20th Ave (less likely to get damaged in the winter) sometime in August.
Visit our ‘News’ page to read about our 1st. SOS Adopt-A-Beach Clean-up! We have great photos and a link to the news article written about our great accomplishment of adopting a beach in Santa Cruz!
So proud of our members-donating so much time and $ to make this happen!
SAVE THE DATE:
The next clean-up is Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 10am-12noon. We are getting our LOOLA sticker installed that day so show up and help celebrate and maybe stay for the clean-up.
LOOLA’s Adopt-A-Beach sign has been finished and it looks great! Our 2nd. SOS Beach Clean-Up and Sign Dedication was a great success and we couldn’t be prouder of what our LOOLA members have accomplished so far!
October 13, 2012
LOOLA 2nd. Beach Clean-Up / Save Our Shores Sign Dedication will start in less than 24 hours!
WHERE: 20th Ave/Corcoran Lagoon Beach, Live Oak, Santa Cruz. Sign in at the 20th Ave beach entrance
August 13, 2012
SCCAS Board of Directors Meeting: August 13, 2012
Couldn’t make the meeting and want to know what was on the agenda. Better yet, want to listen to the meeting?
Yes and yes, we have the official agenda meeting document with all the information that was addressed at meeting. We also have a live audio tape for download listening so you can hear the actual meeting!
Thanks to all our LOOLA members who attended this very important meeting and a BIG thanks to all who wore their LOOLA T-Shirt!
If you don’t have the T-Shirt, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those of you that may be new to county meetings, visit our ‘How To’ Tips page on great advice on how to participate in these very important upcoming meeting.
Congratulations! It’s a beach!
LOOLA.org has Adopted 20th Ave beach through the Save-our-Shores Adopt a beach program.
Our sign will go up at the foot of 20th Ave (less likely to get damaged in the winter) sometime in August 2012.
July 21, 2012
LOOLA.org First Official Beach Cleanup was July 21, 2012 from 10:00 am until noon.
Our 1st LOOLA beach clean-up was a great success: 39 lbs. of trash and 6 lbs. of recyclables!
We also had some great photos taken at the event by Kimberley Bermender!
As the result of this great event and our LOOLA press team, we were featured in Santa Cruz Sentinel Sunday edition hard copy newspaper!
For those of you that are strictly online, you can read the story here!
*Recent Supervisor John Leopold email sent out to the community:
Share Your Thoughts about Dogs on Leashes
On Monday, April 9,2012, at 3:00 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Chambers (701 Ocean Street, 5th Floor), the Animal Shelter Board of Directors will discuss the new enforcement and recommendations for any policy changes. As always, the public will have an opportunity to comment on this issue. The Animal Shelter is a Joint Powers Authority made up of the County and all the cities within the county (except Capitola) and overseen by the Shelter Board of Directors. If the Animal Shelter Board suggests any changes, they will be forwarded to the County’s Parks and Recreation Commission for review and recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.
Local policy development is most successful when there is adequate time for people on all sides of an issue to present their ideas, concerns, and suggestions. This process will likely take a few months but will provide multiple opportunities for the community to weigh in on the issue. I have been impressed by the tenor of the discussion so far and the creative solutions that have been suggested. Community members have done good research on steps other communities have taken, and we have also heard about the impact that dogs have on individuals’ lives and their enjoyment of public spaces. Please share your thoughts with the Animal Shelter Board in April and I will keep you informed of additional meetings in the future.
Thank you Supervisor Leopold for letting our community know about important meetings!
*Please read our online pdf file of April 9th Board of Director’s Regular Agenda-Item 6.1 / Subject: Dogs Off-Leash on Santa Cruz County Beaches” pages 49-53 – A MUST READ-Start Now!
Other new News:
Get a T-Shirt for our LOOLA.org Official Beach Cleanups!
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- $15 each
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