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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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Footbridge Services Center to Close Most of its Services

The vital homeless nonprofit shutters just as Benchlands evictions begin


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La Bahia Hotel and Spa Breaks Ground

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
Downtown Redo: Six Multistory Buildings, Thousands of New Residents

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

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2023-2031 Housing Element Update Virtual Community Workshop Thursday, September 29, 2022, 6:00 p.m.

This Community Workshop will include an overview of the Housing Element and update process; background on the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA); a review of the project schedule, including additional opportunities for engagement; and community...
(09/20/2022)

Pollution Prevention Event Honors Santa Cruz Clean Ocean Businesses with Awards and Presentation on Regional Water Transformation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Sept. 9, 2022   Contacts: Janice Bisgaard, Community Relations Specialist, (831) 420-5166 Akin Babatola, Environmental Compliance and Wastewater Laboratory Manager, (831) 420-6045   SANTA CRUZ, Calif.  —...
(09/09/2022)

San Lorenzo Park Benchlands Restoration Project Update

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    September 6, 2022 Contact: Susan Oki, Community Relations Specialist, Homelessness Response Team, (831) 420-5059 SANTA CRUZ, Calif.  — San Lorenzo Park Benchlands Restoration Project moves into camp closure...
(09/06/2022)

Santa Cruz Begins Annual Required San Lorenzo River Maintenance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   September 6, 2022   Contact: Janice Bisgaard, Community Relations Specialist, (831) 420-5166   SANTA CRUZ, Calif.  —  The City of Santa Cruz is scheduled to begin its annual required San Lorenzo River...
(09/06/2022)

Zoning Administrator Meeting Cancellation

The Zoning Administrator meeting of Sept. 7th, 2022, has been canceled due to lack of items. For all Zoning Administrator information, please visit the Zoning Administrator web page.
(09/02/2022)

Community Meeting Announcement - Library/Affordable Housing Project

You are invited! You are invited to participate in an online community engagement meeting to discuss the Downtown Library & Affordable Housing Project which will take place on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, from 6 PM to 7:30 PM. The meeting will...
(09/02/2022)

Agenda Available: Planning Commission

The agenda is now available for the Planning Commission meeting which starts at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2022.. For more information on how to participate and to view the agenda and meeting, please visit the Planning Commission web...
(08/26/2022)

Agenda Available: Planning Commission

The agenda is now available for the Planning Commission meeting which starts at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2022.. For more information on how to participate and to view the agenda and meeting, please visit the Planning Commission web...
(08/26/2022)

Santa Cruz Public Works Director Mark Dettle Announces Retirement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Aug. 18, 2022   Contact: Janice Bisgaard, Community Relations Specialist, (831) 226-4076  SANTA CRUZ, Calif.  — City of Santa Cruz Public Works Director Mark Dettle has announced his retirement...
(08/18/2022)

Meeting Cancellation: Planning Commission

The Planning Commission meeting of August 18, 2022 has been cancelled due to a lack of agenda items. For information relating to future meetings and agendas, please visit the Planning Commission web page.
(08/12/2022)
Upcoming Meetings & Events
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6th Cycle Housing Element Update Online Community Meeting
Thursday September 29 2022   6:00 PM

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Water Commission Meeting
Monday October 3 2022   7:00 PM

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Zoning Administrator Meeting
Wednesday October 5 2022   10:00 AM

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Planning Commission
Thursday October 6 2022   7:00 PM

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Parks and Recreation Commission
Monday October 10 2022   4:00 PM

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City Council
Tuesday October 11 2022   3:30 PM

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