Santa Cruz County History - Disasters & Calamities

Board of Directors for the Agency for Rebuilding Downtown Santa Cruz

The rebuilding of earthquake damaged downtown Santa Cruz proceeded on Tuesday, Jan.9, 1990 with the city council's appointments to the Board of Directors for the Agency for Rebuilding Downtown Santa Cruz. There were 39 appointees altogether which included representatives of downtown businesses, city council members, community activists, and UCSC staff.

Photo of building damage on Pacific Avenue after the 1989 earthquake
Aftermath of the October 17, 1989 earthquake.
Pacific Avenue between Church and Walnut Streets.
Photograph courtesy of Ray Sherrod.

The business appointees were: John Lisher, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce; Norm Shockley, owner Shockley's Jeweler's; Neal Coonerty, owner Bookshop Santa Cruz; Steve Barasi, manager Gottschalks Inc.; Louie Rittenhouse, downtown property owner and Downtown Association president; Jerry Fitzgerald, owner of the ID Building; Ken Haber, building owner of Haber's Home Furnishings; and Harvey Nickelson, president Coast Commercial Bank.

Also: Phil Boyce, chairman of Pacific Western Bank; Mike Schmidt, manager Bank of America; Burt Rees, downtown property owner; Charles Canfield, owner Seaside Co.; Nancy Hendee, business consultant; Larry Pearson, Pacific Cookie Company owner; Ron Rhodes, Coast District manager Pacific Gas & Electric Co.; and Ron Prilliman, owner Cymballine Records and vice president Downtown Association.

The council selected Mayor Mardi Wormhoudt and council members Jane Yokoyama and Joe Ghio. Representing downtown hotel residents was Julia Anthony, a former St. George Hotel resident.

Other council appointments were Laura Perry, a city planning commissioner and member of Santa Cruz Community Housing Corp.; Jim Pepper, UC Santa Cruz environmental studies professor; Mike Rotkin, former city councilman; Bruce Van Allen, former councilman; Ciel Benedetto, director of the Women's Health Center; Brad Neily, an advocate for the disabled; and Patrick Meyer, a counselor.

UCSC Chancellor Robert Stevens appointed Stephanie Hauk, his special assistant. Unfilled slots were to include representatives from the Downtown Commission, transit district, Central Labor Council, Arts and History Board, Cultural Council, Downtown Neighbors Association, County Board of Supervisors, and Historic Trust Board.

Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel, 1-10-1990

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