Sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Cruz Mountains and bordered north and south by agricultural land and open space, Santa Cruz covers 441 square miles and a multitude of microclimates. Its main population centers are Santa Cruz, a tourist town that’s also home to Silicon Valley commuters, and Watsonville, where California’s agricultural roots still run deep.

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Board of Supervisors

The five members of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors act as the executive and legislative governing body of the County of Santa Cruz, responsible for representing and administrating the unincorporated portions of the county and certain special districts.

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Planning Commission

The commission is composed of five members and five alternates—one of each from the five supervisorial districts. Meeting agendas are available online and the public can attend in person or via Zoom.

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07/16/2024
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In the decade between 2013-23, volunteers and nonprofits picked up 439,358 cigarette butts from Santa Cruz County’s beaches and natural areas, accounting for a quarter of all litter found here.

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07/16/2024
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Santa Cruz County voters on Nov. 5 will consider a parcel tax for county, city and nonprofit projects to help reduce the risks of wildfires, floods and other catastrophes fueled by climate change.

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07/13/2024
A multi-part series examining the impact of fentanyl and opioids in Santa Cruz County.

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07/12/2024
The Santa Cruz County Climate Action Plan will be the focus of a public meeting scheduled for July 31.

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07/11/2024
Image for display with article titled County to Mull Ban on Filtered Cigarettes

In the decade between 2013-23, volunteers and nonprofits picked up 439,358 cigarette butts from Santa Cruz County’s beaches and natural areas, accounting for a quarter of all litter found here.

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