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02/21/2024
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The Santa Cruz Planning Commission approved the first downtown hotel north of Laurel Street in Santa Cruz in over 90 years. Two city-owned lots will be merged with three private parcels on Front Street for the six-story hotel with 232 rooms.

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02/16/2024
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The Santa Cruz Planning Commission advanced a plan to build a hotel at Front and Laurel Streets with 232 rooms and ground-floor shops, a restaurant, a bar and a cafe.

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02/15/2024
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Over the last 15 years, Susie O’Hara worked for the city of Santa Cruz as water commissioner and as program manager for the city manager’s office.

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02/15/2024
Image for display with article titled Santa Cruz District 5 City Council Candidate: Joe Thompson

Joe Thompson previously ran for California’s 28th congressional district in 2022, but lost to former Santa Cruz County clerk Gail Pellerin.

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02/03/2024
The Santa Cruz Planning Commission voted unanimously to renew a controversial RV overnight street-parking ban for at least the coming five years, several months ahead of its expiration.

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02/01/2024
Image for display with article titled West Cliff Survey Favors Fewer Cars, More Recreation

More than 60% of respondents said West Cliff Drive should be one-way and ranked driving as a lower priority than walking, cycling, beachgoing, accessing the surf and enjoying the view.

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01/31/2024
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A controversial new measure is on the March ballot that could affect the future of housing development in the City of Santa Cruz.

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01/30/2024
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The 120-foot colossal coastal redwood tree next to Santa Cruz High is slated to be cut down after the Santa Cruz City Council on Jan. 23 rejected an appeal by local resident Keelan Franzen.

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01/30/2024
Dave Tannaci of the Santa Cruz Water Department is running for the Santa Cruz City Council’s District 1 seat against Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County Executive Director Gabriela Trigueiro.

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01/29/2024
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Measure M will appear on Santa Cruz city voters’ ballots in the March 5 election. Supporters gathered signatures to qualify it for the ballot, and they called the measure Housing for People not Unaffordable Towers.

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01/27/2024
Gabriela Trigueiro, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County, is competing for the Santa Cruz City Council’s District 1 seat against Dave Tannaci of the Santa Cruz Water Department.

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01/26/2024
Susie O’Hara, who has served on various local boards and commissions, is running against UC Santa Cruz student Joe Thompson in the race for the Santa Cruz City Council’s 5th District seat.

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01/24/2024
Santa Cruz has handed out more than 200 citations as part of its overnight parking ban, which took effect Dec. 4. City staff say everyone seeking overnight safe parking has been able to access the program, but some remained concerned about the law’s wider implications.

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01/19/2024
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Fresh off a meeting with the person who threatened to kill him over his vote on a council resolution regarding violence in the Middle East, Santa Cruz Mayor Fred Keeley talks about the necessity of being able to disagree without being disagreeable.

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01/19/2024
The message, laced with expletives, referred to a council-majority vote to pass a watered-down resolution calling for peace in the Middle East.

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01/15/2024
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The Santa Cruz Planning Commission on Jan. 18 is expected to consider permits related to a 59-unit housing project on the site of the Food Bin and Herb Room.

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01/10/2024
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The Santa Cruz City Council voted unanimously to pass a version of the Wharf Master Plan that removed proposals for a controversial pedestrian pathway or large warehouse.

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01/10/2024
Image for display with article titled Santa Cruz Council Supports ‘Peaceful Dialogue’ in Israel-Hamas War, Rejects Gaza Ceasefire Resolution

More than 240 people spoke about the Israel-Hamas war at a Santa Cruz City Council meeting that ended about 3 a.m.

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01/10/2024
Image for display with article titled Council Passes Resolution for Peace, Declines to Call for Ceasefire

The Santa Cruz City Council meeting erupted in emotion as attendees supporting a council resolution calling for a ceasefire in the Israel-Gaza war lambasted the council for passing an amended version.

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01/09/2024
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After years of debate and litigation, the city is trying once again to expand the wharf—but one group continues to try and halt plans for proposed changes.

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01/03/2024
With the fate of the twin-trunked redwood tree on Walnut Avenue to be decided by the Santa Cruz City Council, the appellant of the heritage tree's removal will hold a fundraiser Jan. 6 to help protect it.

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12/26/2023
At age 73, Fred Keeley is wrapping up the first year of what will likely be the final chapter in his nearly 30-year public service career. As Santa Cruz’s first directly elected mayor, he has worked to set the tone for what it means to have a full-time leader.

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12/18/2023
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Santa Cruz Local surveys the details on the 207-unit Anton Pacific Apartments, 65-unit Cedar Street Apartments, and 70-unit Pacific Station South.

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12/15/2023
Image for display with article titled Activists Press Santa Cruz Leaders to Support Israel-Hamas Ceasefire

More than 100 people filled the Santa Cruz City Council chambers to call for a ceasefire resolution in the Israel-Hamas war. The same day, activists also attended a Watsonville City Council meeting and a Santa Cruz County Supervisors meeting.

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12/13/2023
Image for display with article titled Santa Cruz City Council Approves License Plate Cameras

Potentially 14 cameras will be installed, depending on funding from a State Homeland Security Program Grant.

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12/13/2023
A line of about 150 residents wrapped around Santa Cruz City Hall, as community members came out in force to urge the City Council to pass a resolution calling for a permanent cease-fire in the war between Israel and Hamas.

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12/08/2023
A group called Affordable Housing Advocates Santa Cruz has emerged to counter the ballot measure known as the Housing for People Citizen Initiative, which qualified at the end of November to be placed on the city of Santa Cruz March 2024 ballot.

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11/29/2023
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Less than two years after Santa Cruz city residents voted down a proposed sales tax hike, the city council on Tuesday agreed to place a similar measure on the March 2024 ballot.

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11/27/2023
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Talk of the Bay explores a proposal to install 22 high-speed license plate image capture cameras at busy intersections. The proposal is on the consent agenda of the Santa Cruz City Council, and Peter Gelblum joins the show to discuss the ACLU filed a request to delay the vote.

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11/17/2023
Image for display with article titled Options and Obstacles with New RV Parking Rules in Santa Cruz

Jamie has lived in Santa Cruz County since childhood. She now lives with her two cats in one of the dozens of RVs parked on Delaware Avenue and surrounding streets on the Lower Westside.

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40th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Convocation (01/31/2024 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM)

The annual convocation celebrates the life and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by presenting speakers who discuss the civil rights issues of equality, freedom, justice, and opportunity. The convocation also seeks to build partnerships and develop...
(01/29/2024)

NSSA Surf Contest (02/04/2024 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

The National Scholastic Surfing Association will host the Northwest Conference contest on Saturday and Sunday, February 3 & 4, 2024 at Steamer Lane.  For more information visit NSSA
(01/29/2024)

NSSA Surf Contest (02/03/2024 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

The National Scholastic Surfing Association will host the Northwest Conference contest on Saturday and Sunday, February 3 & 4, 2024 at Steamer Lane.  For more information visit NSSA
(01/29/2024)

Whole Lot of Vintage Market (02/03/2024 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Located in a portion of the parking lot at Cathcart and Cedar Streets, Whole Lot of Vintage is an outdoor market featuring vintage clothing and local handmade accessories.   
(01/29/2024)

Swing Dancing by the Sea (02/10/2024 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM)

Whether you dance East Coast, West Coast, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Jitterbug, Balboa, Collegiate Shag or Blues you will find music, friends, and food while you improve your dancing digs! All levels, and various styles plus a social dance with great...
(01/22/2024)

Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market - Rescheduled from 1/21/24 (01/28/2024)

RESCHEDULED FROM 1/21/24 Held the third Sunday of each month on the 1100 block of Pacific Avenue (between Cathcart and Lincoln Streets) , the Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market features handmade crafts and goods from local artists and...
(01/19/2024)

SCSSL Contest #5 - Rescheduled (01/27/2024 - 01/28/2024)

    The SCSSL will be hosting contest #5 of the season at Steamer Lane.  Contest features individual competition with 15 minute, six surfer heats with the top three advancing.  Rescheduled from 1/20/24 - 1/21/24. For more...
(01/19/2024)

Zoning Administrator Special Meeting (PL) (01/24/2024)

The Zoning Administrator holds regular meetings every first and third Wednesday, unless there is a holiday. For more information on the agenda and staff reports, please see the Zoning Administrator page. 
(01/19/2024)

Laura Hecox Day at the Museum of Natural History (01/27/2024 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM)

The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History's Laura Hecox Day celebrates the pioneering lighthouse keeper and naturalist whose personal collections founded Santa Cruz's first museum over 119 years ago.  The Laura Hecox Naturalist Award will be...
(01/18/2024)
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