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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. 

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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.

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Santa Cruz council adopts new public gathering rules

Plus: Affordable housing project and military equipment list approved.

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Podcast: District 3 Santa Cruz County supervisor candidates address voters’ priorities

Justin Cummings, Ami Chen Mills and Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson discuss housing, rent assistance and more.

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Measure E: Santa Cruz City District Elections

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
Santa Cruz Staffs Up to Carry Out Homeless Plan

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

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Register Now to Host Garage Sale in Santa Cruz Annual Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 19, 2022   Contacts: Janice Bisgaard, Community Relations Specialist, (831) 420-5166 Leslie O’Malley, Waste Reduction Manager, (831) 420-5591   SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Residents and utility customers in the City...

Planning Commission Agenda Available

The agenda is now available for the Planning Commission meeting which starts at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 19. 2022. For more information on how to participate and to view the agenda and meeting, please visit the Planning Commission Webpage.

Celebrate Public Works Week with City of Santa Cruz Construction Tours

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   May 10, 2022 Contact:  Janice Bisgaard, Community Relations Specialist, (831) 420-5166   SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Today Santa Cruz Mayor Sonja Brunner proclaimed the week of May 15 to 21 as National Public Works...

Virtual Community Meeting: 513, 515, 519 Soquel Avenue

You are invited to a zoom meeting for an opportunity to view the proposed project design and ask questions and provide feedback.  Join the Applicant Virtually via Zoom: DATE: 05/18/2022 TIME: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm LOCATION: Zoom...

2022 Hans Christian Andersen Writing Contest Winners

Our Santa Cruz Sister Cities Hans Christian Writing Contest is presented as part of the Hans Christian Andersen Fables Bay competition held in our beautiful sister city of Sestri Levante. Hans Christian Andersen lived for a short time there and is...

City Names Escalante as Next Police Chief

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 29, 2022 Attached photo: Chief Bernie Escalante Contact: Elizabeth Smith...

City Names Oatey as Next Fire Chief

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Attached photo: Chief Robert Oatey Contact: Elizabeth Smith

Updated: Trevethan Avenue Construction to Impact Soquel Avenue Traffic Starting April 28

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 22, 2022 3 p.m. revised update   Contact: Janice Bisgaard, Community Relations Specialist, (831) 420-5166    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — The City of Santa Cruz Trevethan Avenue Storm/Sewer Project is...

New Documents Available: 530 Front Street Project

Come Take a Look! The following new documents have been added to the web page for the proposed project at 514, 516, 518, 524, & 530 Front Street. Affordable Unit Requirements for 530 Front Street State Affordability Income Limits by...

Meeting Cancellation Correction: Planning Commission

Correction to the news item that went out Friday, 4/15/22. The meeting cancellation day is Thursday, April 21st, 2022. The Planning Commission Meeting of April 21st, 2022 has been cancelled. For information relating to future Planning Commission...
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