Values provide the foundation upon which County services and partnerships are built. Nine core values were enumerated in the strategic plan, derived directly from community input on their expectations of County government.
These nine values are reflected throughout the countywide strategies, department objectives and key steps of the operational plan. Both the steering committee and subcommittees used County values to guide development of the strategies, and in providing feedback to departments on objectives. In future iterations of the operational plan, the County will look for opportunities to make the relationship to its values more explicit.
EQUITY & SUSTAINABILITY
Cross-cutting themes of equity, sustainability and collaboration emerged while developing the operational plan. These themes resonated with the community and key informants, and were subsequently adopted as guiding principles by the steering committee. Although incorporating specific language into each strategy presented a challenge, implicit in the operational plan is a desire to create equitable, sustainable outcomes for Santa Cruz County residents.
As the County shifts towards implementing, evaluating and improving, the intention is to make equity and sustainability explicit in how operational plan success is defined.