CLCA/Central Coast

The Seascape

Newsletter of the CLCA
Central Coast Chapter

June 2019


2019 Calendar of Events

June 4, Tuesday

Central Coast Chapter Board Meeting    

Time: 12:00 to 1:30 pm
Kiss Catering & Cafe, 915 Disc Dr, Scotts Valley, CA 95066, USA (map)

Join us for lunch and discussion of Central Coast Chapter business and pleasure. The location has changed to….. This is our last meeting before the Summer break. Justin White call (831) 331-3476 or

June 21, Friday

2019 Beautification Awards Banquet

Time: 6:00 to 10:00 pm
The Dream Inn in Santa Cruz 

Mark your calendars and join us for a wonderful night of fun at our Beautification Awards Banquet! We’ll be showcasing outstanding work in the green industry and celebrating 2019’s Central Coast Winners. (Note: the image above, “'Redwoods Nightlights, Rotorua, New Zealand,” was graciously given to us to use for this event by

Link to event here!

July-August We’re off for the Summer!

September 5, Thursday

Central Coast Chapter Board Meeting

Time: 12:00 to 1:30 pm
Location: TBA

Noon-1:30 p.m. Reconnecting after our Summer Break! Contact Justin White(831) 331-3476 or

September 12, Thursday

Chapter Golf Tournament—Central Coast Chapter Liar’s Cup Invitational

Time: 1:00 p.m. shotgun start, drinks 5:00-6:00 p.m. followed by dinner & awards
Location: Seascape Golf Club, 610 Clubhouse Dr, Aptos, CA 95003.

Contact Chris Elliott for more information:



May 2019 President’s Message

by Justin White, Chapter President, K&D Landscaping Company

spring has sprung!

Justin White.jpg

Award Season, aka “Busy Season”

It’s that time of the year folks! Freshen up those gardens and prepare for our Annual Beautification Award Show. This will be the 34th year celebrating our Central Coast Beautifications and what a year it will be! With so much change and new design trends in our industry, I hope you are as excited as I am to see what our membership contractors have been working on these past twelve months. This year the event will be held at the Dream Inn in Santa Cruz. The iconic views just out of the banquet room are a perfect setting for the event; with one side showcasing the world-famous Steamer’s Lane surf break and on the other, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The evening will feature a live band, great food and of course the awards ceremony. (We also have a very special MC booked for this event that will make this night one to remember!) Be sure to sign up early to secure your spot at the banquet.  Bring your family, bring your employees, bring yourself and come enjoy the festivities of another great year of landscaping on the Central Coast!

The Central Coast board is one of the best groups of people I’ve had the pleasure to work with. Everyone is supportive, positive and energetic. I am learning new things, coming up with new ideas and what I like most, is that I am giving back to an industry that has done so much for me and my family. I encourage everyone who’s thinking about getting more involved to come to a board meeting and see how things work. I think you will be surprised how much fun you can have volunteering and contributing to something bigger than yourself. We are starting the search for 2020 board members here at the Central Coast chapter and we would love you to be a part of that! You don’t have to dive in, you can join a committee, head up a committee or just come to the board meetings as an interested member. If you would like to get more involved, shoot me a call, an email, or just drop by the K&D office. Let’s work together to make this chapter the best in the state!

To our success,
Justin White
CEO, K&D Landscaping Inc.

Link to Partner’s Feature: Andrew Tuckman of Vision Recycling

This month Andrew Tuckman, Central Coast’s Legislative Director, is featured in our “Partner’s Corner.” This article appears on the website and you can find it HERE (scroll down the page.)


Spring Gathering at Beer Thirty

May 16, 2019 –
Beer Thirty in soquel, CA

Happy chapter members celebrating the end of the week. It’s almost Friday! This annual Spring Mixer included sampling beers and dropping off Beautification Awards entries. Next big Central Coast Chapter event: The Beautification Awards Banquet.

“A fine beer may be judged with only one sip,
But it’s better to be thoroughly sure.”
—Bavarian Proverb

Spring Mixer 2019 attendees.

Spring Mixer 2019 attendees.

Central Coast Chapter’s 34th Annual
Beautification Awards

June 21, 2019 –
Dream Inn, Santa Cruz, CA

This is the biggest and one of the most fun events of the Central Coast CLCA. The venue could not be more perfect, from the window of the Dream Inn you can see the Monterey Bay, the Santa Cruz Mountains, the beach, palm trees and redwoods all at the same time. This year is bound to be a great one, starting out with a live band and cocktails. “Apple City Slough” is a Santa Cruz Mountain jam band with rock and roll roots. They’ve appeared at the Redwood Mountain Faire and on KPIG radio. Bring your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie! A delicious buffet dinner will follow and then the main awards event. We will be recognizing and presenting awards for some of the best of local landscaping and design.

Register to attend this year’s Beautification Awards here.

Our Beautification Awards theme this year is “Honoring the Redwoods.”

“The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It’s not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time.” –– As John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

Coast redwoods are some of the tallest trees on the planet. Redwoods are magnificent trees. With gratitude we choose to honor redwoods tonight and celebrate the beauty of this local tree and the magic that they bring.

Thank you to our fellow Redwood lovers in New Zealand for the generous use of their photo on our invitation and program this year: Redwoods Nightlights, Rotorua, New Zealand. Please visit the “Redwoods Treewalk” website and see more photos at

“Redwoods represent the original face of nature, embodying a beauty millions of years in the making. These forests store more carbon from the atmosphere than any other forest ecosystem, and they support communities of life found nowhere else on Earth.”from Save the Redwoods League.


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Board Meeting Minutes

Central Coast Chapter CLCA May Board Meeting

By Elise Huffman

May 9, 2019, present: Justin White, Katia Velasquez, Craig Stenehjem, Regan Barry, Jerry Alison, Matt Gomez, John Kern, Chris Elliot, Elise Huffman, Ki Bowman

Call to order by Justin White at 12:05 p.m.

1. Meeting

It was moved and 2nd to approve the minutes of the April meeting.  All voted in favor.

2. Education Dinner

Education Dinner–CLCA Insurance Solutions will present at dinner meeting. Katia secured location of Granite Rock’s facility in Monterey.

3. Committee Updates

a. Beautification Awards promo updates by Elise
—BA eblast dates shared and discussed
—more half-sheet flyers and some larger, tabloid-sized to put in store windows were requested in addition to the few that Elise had printed.
b. Golf Committee: Matt is working on the next tournament, need to promote for signups…

4. Beautification Awards

a. General discussion of Awards night. Including judging logistics, entry collection, and Awards Banquet details. Katia V. presented a spreadsheet with tasks that still needed completion and all were assigned to various board members  
b. Review Katia’s Velasquez’s BA check-list spreadsheet and assign volunteers.
c. 100 invitations and reply cards to be printed (May 14) and mailed soon.
d. Give a shout-out to those who sponsor, at the event, in newsletter, and on program
e. Make arrangements for Andrew to be the contact person and watch over the Constant Contact files and spreadsheets for BA event week.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:00 p.m.