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.
The vital homeless nonprofit shutters just as Benchlands evictions begin
After a decades-long struggle to renovate or replace the aging La Bahia apartment structure on Beach Street in Santa Cruz, work began on a 155-room luxury hotel and spa that will be completed by 2024.(Sept. 22, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
Lookout Local writer Wallace Baine takes his readers on a tour through a short distance—just a few blocks along Front and Laurel in downtown Santa Cruz. But it’s also a journey into the future to see how upcoming projects will change downtown—and herald even more high-density development.(Sept. 21, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report