City of Santa Cruz in Wake of SCOTUS Homeless Ruling


Mayor Fred Keeley says City of Santa Cruz will stay the course of the current strategy, for now.

City of Santa Cruz Considers Options Following SCOTUS Homeless Ruling


Santa Cruz officials are reviewing homelessness policies in the wake of the US Supreme Court ruling in the Grants Pass v Johnson case.

Santa Cruz South of Laurel Plan Presented


In a June 18 meeting of the Santa Cruz City Council with planning commissioners attending, a draft plan was presented for the South of Laurel area (SoLa) project including a permanent Warriors arena and 1600 units of housing in towers up to 12 stories tall.

Santa Cruz City Budget Approved


In its June 11 meeting, the Santa Cruz City Council approved the 2024-2025 budget of $423 million.

City of Santa Cruz Downtown Plan Expansion Project Open for Review


On June 4, the City of Santa Cruz released a draft of the Downtown Plan Expansion project documents for public review.

La Bahia Hotel Advances


The long-delayed 155 room La Bahia Hotel and Spa is making progress toward a spring 2025 opening.

Clocktower Development Unveiled


The proposal for the 16-story 260-unit Clocktower Center housing development in Santa Cruz was presented on June 6.

Food Bin Project Approved


In its May 28 meeting the Santa Cruz City Council approved plans to build a 5 story housing project on Mission Street, with a slight modification.

Pacific Station North Groundbreaking Held


On May 20, a groundbreaking ceremony was held on the now-cleared site of the former downtown Santa Cruz Metro station to celebrate the beginning of construction of a new transit hub and 128-unit affordable apartment complex.

Planning Commission Considers Food Bin Project


In its May 15 meeting, the City of Santa Cruz Planning Commission considered changes made to the five-story project and recommended approval by the City Council.

Santa Cruz Downtown Library Project Images Released


In the May 14 City Council meeting, the economic development department shared updated renderings of the library/housing/parking project at Cedar and Lincoln Streets, with construction to begin in early 2025.

Santa Cruz City Council Approves Dispensary


In its May 13 meeting, the Santa Cruz City Council voted 6-1 to approve a controversial medical marijuana dispensary on Mission and Laurel Streets.

Oversize Vehicle Ordinance Extension Granted


The California Coastal Commission granted a two-year extension to the controversial City of Santa Cruz ban on overnight RV street parking.

Coastal Commission to Consider RV Parking Ban Appeal


The California Coastal Commission is set to consider an appeal of the City of Santa Cruz ban on overnight parking mandated by the Oversized Vehicle Ordinance.

Harvey West Park Homeless Encampment Cleared


The City of Santa Cruz cleared an encampment used by 30-40 people from the Harvey West Friendship Park on May 1.

Wharf Restaurant to Be Demolished


Because of damage to pilings sustained in a December storm, the Dolphin Restaurant is set to be taken down to effect repairs to the end of the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf.

City Council Postpones Herb Room Descision


in its April 30 meeting, the Santa Cruz City Council postponed a decision on the 59-unit housing development project at the site of the Herb Room on Mission Street amid fierce neighborhood opposition.

Santa Cruz ‘Circle Church’ Demolished


Demolition of the church at the center of the Santa Cruz circles was completed on April 23, making way for construction of a ring of house to be built on the 1.6-acre parcel.

Santa Cruz Purchases Site for Downtown Library Project


The City of Santa Cruz acquired the Toadal Fitness parcel downtown for $2.5 million as part of the mixed-use library project.

Outdoor Dining Changes Postponed


In its April 18 meeting, the City of Santa Cruz Planning Commission agreed to postpone a decision on rule changes to restaurant outdoor seating for 60 days.

Pilot Street Sweeping Plan Moves Forward


The City of Santa Cruz is set to begin a pilot program of neighborhood street sweeping, including a provision to tow vehicles not complying with posted parking limits.

Santa Cruz Assistant City Manager to Resign


Laura Schmidt is resigning from her position as assistant city manager for the City of Santa Cruz, effective August, to consult in the private sector.

Police Chief Finds No Violation in Cyclist Arrest


An initial review of body cam footage indicated no violations of department policy or the law in the arrest by multiple officers of a lone Black cyclist on the Santa Cruz Westside, according to the police chief.

Ban on New Cannabis Businesses Removed From Agenda


An item to discuss an emergency moratorium on new commercial cannabis businesses was removed from the Santa Cruz City Council April 9 meeting agenda.

Excessive Force Complaint Filed Against Santa Cruz Police to Review Excessive Force Complaint After Multiple Officers Arrest Westside Cyclist


Witnesses allege Santa Cruz police used excessive force arresting a Black man for a bike infraction on April 10 at the intersection of Bay Street and West Cliff.

Permanent Location for Sought for Downtown Santa Cruz Farmers Market


Feedback is being solicited by the City of Santa Cruz for a new location for the downtown farmers market, which will be displaced when the library/parking garage project begins.

Santa Cruz Parking Ban Renewal Challenged


Local homeless and housing rights activist Reggie Meisler filed a challenge to the renewal of the City of Santa Cruz large-vehicle parking ban.

18 Story Building Proposed for Downtown Santa Cruz


Plans for an 18 story building 192 feet tall were submitted to the City of Santa Cruz planning department.

City of Santa Cruz Mayor Fred Keeley on Affordable Housing


Mayor Keeley speaks to the priority of building more affordable housing in Santa Cruz, touting the 320 units in progress downtown and the units built on River Street and in progress in Harvey West.

District 5 Santa Cruz City Council: Susie O’Hara Maintains Large Lead


Susie O’Hara’s leads challenger Joe Thompson for the District 5 seat on the City Council with about 65% of the counted ballots.

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