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.
The Santa Cruz City Council is discussing a transition 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 if city residents are represented according to geographically set districts.
Plus: Affordable housing project and military equipment list approved.
Justin Cummings, Ami Chen Mills and Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson discuss housing, rent assistance and more.
Lookout Santa Cruz outlines differing opinions on the measure. Some see the potential change to a four-year directly elected mayor as a path to leadership that represents the whole community; others are too worried about the chosen redistricting maps to approve of the measure.(May 17, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report
City leaders agreed to bolster the workforce in order to carry out efforts spelled out in the new three-year Homelessness Response Action Plan. The spending approvals monopolized the Santa Cruz City Council’s evening meeting agenda.(May 12, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report