Sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Cruz Mountains and bordered north and south by agricultural land and open space, Santa Cruz covers 441 square miles and a multitude of microclimates. Its main population centers are Santa Cruz, a tourist town that’s also home to Silicon Valley commuters, and Watsonville, where California’s agricultural roots still run deep.

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Board of Supervisors

The five members of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors act as the executive and legislative governing body of the County of Santa Cruz, responsible for representing and administrating the unincorporated portions of the county and certain special districts.

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Planning Commission

The commission is composed of five members and five alternates—one of each from the five supervisorial districts. Meeting agendas are available online and the public can attend in person or via Zoom.

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06/18/2024
The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted to award the county jail health services contract to a new provider, a move not related to the recent Civil Grand Jury report according to Sheriff Jim Hart.

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06/17/2024
Santa Cruz County Health Department officials note a spike in local COVID cases.

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06/14/2024
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Lack of staff and programs, improper usage of facilities, and mistreatment of inmates, including the mentally ill, were all found during the report.

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06/13/2024
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After Santa Cruz County last year saw a drop in the numbers of unhoused people, the numbers this year from the annual Point In Time count conducted in January stayed mostly static.

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06/13/2024
Image for display with article titled Psychiatrists, Firefighters Are Top Earning Santa Cruz County Public Employees

The top 10 employees each earned more than $329,000 excluding benefits, and the top earner was paid $404,298, according to records.

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