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Address:   809 Center St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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Santa Cruz began its municipal life as a town in 1866, and then received its first city charter in 1876. In 1907, the citizens voted for a new charter with the mayor as chief executive and a seven-member city council. In 1948, Santa Cruz established a council-manager form of government, with a mayor and six councilmembers setting policy for the city and a city manager serving as the chief administrator. In 2022, the city went through another major shift, changing to by-district representation and a direct mayoral election.

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The Santa Cruz City Council is switching from at-large to district-based council elections.
Given that past councils have been dominated by westsiders, it will be interesting to see what changes occur once city residents are represented according to geographically set districts.

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How Santa Cruz’s Climate Action Plan is Addressing the Environmental Crisis

The ambitious plan includes reaching carbon neutrality by 2035, 10 years ahead of the rest of California

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West Cliff Drive traffic meeting on tap

Long-range plan remains delayed by Coastal Commission.

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New Santa Cruz City Commissioners Named After Rule Change

Jan. 24, 2023, 4 p.m.

The Santa Cruz City Council changed the way that it appoints citizen commissioners before then nominating and appointing members to seven advisory bodies.

City Works to Stabilize West Cliff Drive

Jan. 23, 2023, 4 p.m.

Several collapses of the sidwalk and roadway along West Cliff Drive spurred the city of Santa Cruz to close sections of the street and sidewalk as repairs are made.

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Notice of Meeting Cancellation: Historic Preservation Commission

The Historic Preservation Commission Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. has been cancelled due to a lack of agenda items. For information relating to future meetings and agendas of the Historic Preservation Commission,...
(01/27/2023)

Agenda Available: Planning Commission

The agenda is now available for the Planning Commission meeting which starts at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, 2023, at 7:00 p.m.. For more information on how to participate and to view the agenda and meeting, please visit the Planning Commission...
(01/27/2023)

Virtual Community Meeting Announcement - 900 High Street, Peace Village Housing

You're Invited to an informational community meeting held on Zoom to review the application design, ask questions, and provide feedback for the proposed project, Peace Village Housing, located at 900 High Street. Project Description...
(01/24/2023)

Hybrid Community Meeting Announcement - 908 Ocean Street

Join the applicant, High Street Residential, for the upcoming hybrid community meeting for the opportunity to review the application design, ask questions, and provide feedback for the proposed project, located at 908 - 1020 Ocean Street,...
(01/24/2023)

West Cliff Drive Storm Damage Temporary Traffic Controls Effective Jan. 20 with Emergency Stabilization Project on Jan. 23

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 20, 2023 Contact: Janice Bisgaard, Community Relations Specialist, (831) 420-5166   SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — The City of Santa Cruz is implementing temporary measures to increase safety and maintain access to areas...
(01/20/2023)

Six Jurisdiction Partnership Brings Bike Share to Santa Cruz County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   January 18, 2023   City of Santa Cruz Contact: Janice Bisgaard, Community Relations Specialist, (831) 420-5166 UC Santa Cruz Contact: Scott Hernandez-Jason, Assistant Vice Chancellor, (831) 459-4347   SANTA...
(01/18/2023)

City of Santa Cruz Welcomes Applications for Master Recycler Volunteer Training Program

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   January 10, 2023   Contact: Janice Bisgaard, Community Relations Specialist, (831) 420-5166   The City of Santa Cruz is now accepting applications for its 2023 Master Recycler Volunteer Training Program....
(01/10/2023)

City Names Sara DeLeon Chief People Officer

Santa Cruz (December 22, 2022) - Santa Cruz City Manager Matt Huffaker announced today that Sara DeLeon would be the City's new Chief People Officer. The re-imagined Chief People Officer (Human Resources Director) oversees the Human Resources...
(12/23/2022)

Santa Cruz Hosts Parking for Hope Program Dec. 18-25

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Dec. 15, 2022   Contact:  Janice Bisgaard, Community Relations Specialist, (831) 226-4076    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — The City of Santa Cruz in partnership with the Downtown Association of Santa Cruz will...
(12/15/2022)

2035 N. Pacific Avenue, CP19-0122 Continuance for Zoning Administrator Meeting 12/21/22

Staff is recommending indefinite continuance of 2035 N. Pacific Avenue, CP19-0122. Planning staff received comments during the public review period for the recirculated Mitigated Negative Declaration that ended on December 1, 2022. Additional time is...
(12/14/2022)
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