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Ep. 84, Vote Nov. 3: The Scotts Valley City Council race 9.29.20
Sep 29 • 65 min
Santa Cruz Local has interviewed and surveyed about 50 Scotts Valley residents in recent months to hear their priorities for the Scotts Valley City Council race. Today, we press the candidates — John Lewis, Donna Lind, Jack Dilles and Randy Johnson — on…
Ep. 83 Santa Cruz County Supervisor Bruce McPherson discusses CZU Lightning Complex Fire 8.24.20
Aug 25 • 14 min
We hear from Santa Cruz County Supervisor Bruce McPherson with an update on the CZU Lightning Complex Fire. McPherson’s district covers San Lorenzo Valley, which has been hard hit by the fire. McPherson shares an update on the fire response. He also…
Ep 82 How has COVID-19 hurt Santa Cruz County’s most vulnerable? 7.31.20
Jul 31 • 12 min
COVID-19 shutdowns have hurt many locals on the brink of poverty because of the county’s high cost of living. About 40% of Santa Cruz County residents have received some food assistance since the COVID-19 shelter orders began in March, according to Second…
Ep. 81 Reducing harm in Santa Cruz County law enforcement(7.14.20)
Jul 15 • 20 min
Residents’ recent calls to reduce police presence and funding in Santa Cruz County come at the same time police say they are overburdened with calls for mental health care and homelessness. We explore the aftermath of two recent, fatal police shootings in…
Ep 80 How To Be Social But Safer During The Pandemic 6.26.20
Jun 26 • 12 min
Santa Cruz County on Monday recorded its largest single-day increase of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Local health leaders say the uptick is worrisome but expected, as businesses reopen. We hear advice from infectious disease expert and UC Santa Cruz…
Ep 79 Santa Cruz Downtown Library Decision Looms 6.19.20
Jun 19 • 18 min
A big decision is on tap Tuesday for the Santa Cruz City Council: Should the downtown library be renovated, or should a new, larger library with a parking garage and at least 50 affordable housing units be built on nearby city land? Santa Cruz Local talks…
Ep. 78 Start By Listening. What We Heard From Lower Ocean, Beach Flats. 6.11.20
Jun 12 • 7 min
Santa Cruz Local’s Stephen Baxter and Kara Meyberg Guzman start their reporting for the upcoming Nov. 3 elections by listening to residents and watching city council meetings. We see the biggest local races as the city councils for Watsonville, Santa…
Ep. 77 Santa Cruz Local Answers, part 5. Tough decisions- Child care during a pandemic 6.7.20
Jun 7 • 8 min
Parents and child care providers worry about the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Santa Cruz Local’s Jerimiah Oetting answers your questions about child care rules in Santa Cruz County during the coronavirus emergency: How can we expect young children in…
Ep 76 Santa Cruz Local Answers, part 4 - What’s the plan for antibody testing? 5.24.20
May 24 • 8 min
Santa Cruz Local’s Jerimiah Oetting answers your questions about antibody testing: What is it? Is it available in Santa Cruz County? How reliable are the tests? And is the county pursuing antibody testing? This is the fourth installment of ‘Santa Cruz…
Ep. 75 Santa Cruz Local Answers, part 3 - What’s the status with Project Roomkey? 5.7.20
May 7 • 8 min
Santa Cruz Local’s Jerimiah Oetting answers your questions about Project Roomkey, the state effort to provide hotel rooms to vulnerable parts of the homeless population. Where is Santa Cruz County at with the project? How much money did the state provide?…
Ep. 74 How deep is Santa Cruz County’s economic downturn? 5.3.20
May 3 • 17 min
Santa Cruz County’s health officer limited beach hours and hotel visitors in her latest revision to the COVID-19 shelter order. How deep are the county’s economic problems, with the prospect of far fewer tourists? How do shelter orders impact a county…
Ep 73 Dr. Catherine Sonquist Forest answers COVID FAQs 5.1.20
May 1 • 8 min
Dr. Catherine Sonquist Forest answers frequently-asked questions on COVID-19. How long do we have to wait for a vaccine and treatment? Can I get an antibody test and what does that mean? Can people without COVID symptoms spread the disease? Does social…
Ep. 72 Santa Cruz Local Answers - How can UCSC help with COVID testing? 4.22.20
Apr 22 • 5 min
Santa Cruz Local’s Jerimiah Oetting answers a listener’s question on what UC Santa Cruz is doing to help with COVID testing. This is the second installment of ‘Santa Cruz Local Answers,’ where Jerimiah tackles your coronavirus-related questions. Submit…
Ep 71 Santa Cruz Local Town Hall with Drs. Larry DeGhetaldi, David Ghilarducci 4.19.20
Apr 19 • 55 min
Santa Cruz Local hosted its first town hall meeting Friday, April 17 on Zoom. Our guests: Dr. Larry DeGhetaldi, Sutter Health Palo Alto Medical Foundation Santa Cruz division president, and Dr. David Ghilarducci, Santa Cruz County’s deputy health officer.…
Ep. 70 State and local factors to lift coronavirus shelter order 4.17.20
Apr 17 • 15 min
Details emerged this week from California and Santa Cruz County leaders on what it will take to lift the shelter orders. The county still lacks about 50 ventilators it needs for a potential peak of 100 severe COVID-19 cases, county health leaders said.…
Ep. 69 Meet Santa Cruz Local part 7- Our 2020 vision 4.14.20
Apr 14 • 11 min
Santa Cruz Local is seeing its fastest growth since its launch in August. Co-founders Kara Meyberg Guzman and Stephen Baxter take you behind the scenes. We share where we’re heading with the company. One of the biggest things that sets Santa Cruz Local…
Ep. 68 Progress on the COVID-19 battle in Santa Cruz County 4.10.20
Apr 10 • 47 min
At a news conference Thursday, Santa Cruz County health officials said they were encouraged by the relatively low numbers of COVID hospitalizations in our county. However, the county still only has a maximum intensive care unit capacity of 50 beds. Dr.…
Ep 67 New Santa Cruz City Council members sworn in 4.9.20
Apr 10 • 6 min
We share tape from a special Santa Cruz City Council meeting that took place Tuesday. Mayor Justin Cummings spoke about coming together after the March 3 election. New city council members Katherine Beiers and Renee Golder also gave statements after they…
Ep 66 Introducing Santa Cruz Local Answers- Your Questions On Testing 4.9.20
Apr 10 • 6 min
Santa Cruz Local’s Jerimiah Oetting answers your questions on coronavirus testing: Who gets tested? What is the process? How long does it take? Why is testing limited in Santa Cruz County and when will that change? Jerimiah talked to a medical leader, a…
Ep. 65 ‘Everything’s homework now’ 4.5.20
Apr 5 • 15 min
Santa Cruz County public schools are shut down through the end of the academic year, to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Families, teachers and school administrators have been forced to adapt quickly. Santa Cruz Local co-hosts Stephen Baxter and Kara…
Ep. 64 Santa Cruz County COVID-19 hospital demand projected to exceed capacity 4.2.20
Apr 3 • 42 min
Santa Cruz County health officials said Thursday that hospitals remain relatively quiet, but they anticipate COVID-19 patients to top a “surge capacity” of 50 intensive care unit beds this month or in May. Santa Cruz Local hosts Kara Meyberg Guzman and…
Ep 63 Global lessons for Santa Cruz in the COVID-19 response 3.26.20
Mar 26 • 20 min
Santa Cruz County’s lockdown may last for months. We have to wait for one of three things: a vaccine, a treatment or herd immunity. A vaccine or treatment could take a year or more. Herd immunity — when enough people have recovered from the disease are…
Ep 62 Santa Cruz County medical capacity to face coronavirus test 3.19.20
Mar 19 • 24 min
The time for coronavirus testing for the general public was in February, says Santa Cruz County epidemiologist Will Forest. The real question is how well can the county’s medical centers expand to meet expected demand. What may determine that is how well…
Ep. 61 Santa Cruz County orders residents to stay home
Mar 16 • 7 min
To stem the spread of the coronavirus, Santa Cruz County Health Officer Gail Newel ordered residents to stay in their homes for three weeks and not leave unless necessary. The mandate starts early Tuesday. It follows six Bay Area counties with similar…
Ep. 60 Coronavirus spreads in Santa Cruz County 3.13.20
Mar 13 • 21 min
Santa Cruz County has seven confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of Thursday night. County leaders now have evidence that the virus has spread within the community. Lives are disrupted by many closures and cancellations, including an announcement…
Ep 59 Unofficial election results, two Santa Cruz council members recalled 3.4.20
Mar 4 • 13 min
Despite a concerted effort to stop the recall of Santa Cruz City Council members Chris Krohn and Drew Glover, the pair seemed to be ousted from the council in Tuesday’s election, according to unofficial results from the county. The results (which have all…
Ep. 58 Santa Cruz City Council recall, Chris Krohn’s seat
Feb 10 • 59 min
There are two recall votes happening in the City of Santa Cruz right now. This episode focuses on one of the races, for Councilmember Chris Krohn’s seat. We hear from Krohn and the candidates vying to replace him: former Santa Cruz mayors Katherine Beiers…
Ep. 57 Vote March 3: Santa Cruz City Council recall, Drew Glover’s seat 2.9.20
Feb 9 • 66 min
We press the candidates for Santa Cruz City Council on what we heard are your concerns: homelessness, housing, the environment, jobs and discord on the city council. We hear from Drew Glover, Renee Golder and Tim Fitzmaurice. We explain what a recall is…
Ep. 56 Vote March 3: The District 1 Supervisor race 2.6.20
Feb 6 • 36 min
Our work on the People’s Agenda continues. Candidates for the District 1 supervisor race discuss plans for homelessness, the rail corridor, traffic, housing and jobs. We hear from incumbent John Leopold and challengers Manu Koenig, Mark Esquibel and…
Ep. 55 Vote March 3: The District 2 Supervisor race
Feb 3 • 31 min
We press Santa Cruz County Supervisor Zach Friend and challenger Becky Steinbruner on what we heard are your top issues: homelessness, traffic, the environment, housing and the rail corridor. Friend and Steinbruner are the candidates in the District 2…
Ep. 54 The People’s Agenda 1.30.20
Jan 30 • 13 min
In January, we interviewed more than 200 voters from Santa Cruz, Live Oak, Aptos, La Selva Beach, Corralitos, Soquel, the Summit, Capitola and the surrounding areas. Our goal: Listen to ordinary people’s priorities for the upcoming March 3 local election.…
Ep. 53 Meet Santa Cruz Local, part 6 - Introducing Natalya Dreszer-1.19.20
Jan 19 • 10 min
This is part six of our series about us and our company. We take you behind the scenes of our local news startup and show you how we make decisions. In this episode, you meet Natalya Dreszer, our community engagement intern. Natalya shares how she came to…
Ep. 52 Voting in Santa Cruz County 101 1.8.2020
Jan 8 • 19 min
We answer your questions on how to vote in Santa Cruz County. Then we break down what’s on your ballot in the March 3 primary election. And we explain our approach to reporting on the local elections. Spoiler alert: It’s all about you. We’re hosting a…
Ep. 51 Meet Santa Cruz Local, Part 5- Looking ahead to 2020
Dec 24, 2019 • 5 min
Happy holidays! Santa Cruz Local co-hosts Kara Meyberg Guzman and Stephen Baxter update you on what Santa Cruz Local has been up to last few weeks. We let you in on our plans for covering the March 2020 local election. And we reflect on our first few…
Three speeches, one theme- healing 12.11.19
Dec 11, 2019 • 20 min
Tuesday’s Santa Cruz City Council meeting was the last with Martine Watkins as mayor. In a ceremony, the city council swore in Justin Cummings as the new mayor for 2020. Donna Meyers will be vice mayor. Cummings is Santa Cruz’s first black male mayor. It…
Ep. 50 Why you should care about inclusionary rates 11.24.19
Nov 24, 2019 • 17 min
Much of Santa Cruz’s affordable housing development is dependent on market-rate developers. In December, the Santa Cruz City Council will consider an increase in the number of affordable housing units that developers are required to build. It’s called an…
Ep 49 “Are we going to be able to make it here?” 11.15.19
Nov 15, 2019 • 17 min
There’s a flip side to Santa Cruz’s housing shortage. Wages here are relatively low. That’s a big reason why many can’t afford to rent or buy homes. We hear about trends in jobs in our county. And we hear from Hector Juarez and Cynthia Chase, two Santa…
Ep. 48 Santa Cruz eviction law passes 10.30.19
Oct 30, 2019 • 22 min
Tenants in Santa Cruz will see new protection from arbitrary evictions. The Santa Cruz City Council passed an emergency eviction law Tuesday that enacts part of a new state law immediately. Also, the council may change the number of affordable units that…
Ep. 47 Council approves W. Cliff condos, plus rural firefighter tax heads to mail ballot 10.23.19
Oct 23, 2019 • 20 min
After much debate, the Santa Cruz City Council approves 190 W. Cliff, an 89-unit condominium project across the street from the Dream Inn. In other news, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors allows rural landowners to vote on a tax for increased…
Ep. 46 How Santa Cruz rebuilt downtown after the 1989 earthquake 10.17.19
Oct 17, 2019 • 15 min
After the Loma Prieta earthquake destroyed much of downtown Santa Cruz in 1989, city leaders and residents came together to rebuild the downtown in a deliberate way. A 36-member committee formed a plan for development which continues today. On the quake’s…
Ep. 45 New state housing laws limit local control 10.15.19
Oct 15, 2019 • 20 min
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a raft of bills in the past week aimed at solving the housing crisis in California. Several of the new laws try to streamline new housing projects and make it harder for cities to block new development. Santa Cruz Local looks at…
Ep. 44 Council rejects censure of Krohn, Glover 10.9.19
Oct 9, 2019 • 18 min
We start with what you need to know about planned power outages in Santa Cruz County. Then we update you on Tuesday’s Santa Cruz City Council and the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors meetings. The council rejects a censure of Councilmembers Chris…
Ep 43 Santa Cruz homelessness committee searches for answers 10.3.19
Oct 3, 2019 • 15 min
The Community Advisory Committee on Homelessness is a group that will advise the Santa Cruz City Council on its homeless policies. It’s focusing on health, transitional campgrounds and public outreach. We report on its Tuesday meeting and potential…
Ep 42 Santa Cruz City Council censure effort fails - 9.24.19
Sep 25, 2019 • 12 min
An effort failed Tuesday to formally reprimand Councilmembers Chris Krohn and Drew Glover for workplace misconduct. In an emotional meeting, the council took steps toward a new ethics policy and mediation among councilmembers. The council also took on new…
Ep. 41 Meet Santa Cruz Local, part 4
Sep 19, 2019 • 16 min
Santa Cruz Local co-founders Kara Meyberg Guzman and Stephen Baxter recap the launch party and the membership drive. We share some feedback from members. Then we take you behind the scenes, as we discuss the direction of our company.
Ep. 40 Santa Cruz housing money wrapped in state bill
Sep 18, 2019 • 16 min
Two state housing bills, AB411 and SB330, are poised to impact Santa Cruz. AB411 would bring $16 million to the city to fund affordable housing projects. SB330 may foil the city council’s effort to prevent higher density on Soquel Avenue, Mission Street…
Ep. 39 Main Beach homeless camp prompts curfew
Sep 11, 2019 • 12 min
In the past few weeks, a homeless camp has grown to about 30 tents on Santa Cruz’s Main Beach. But it’s not good for tourism. The beach, between the boardwalk and the wharf, is a big tourist draw for the city, and tourism is a lifeblood of the local…
Ep 38 How might district elections reshape Santa Cruz?
Sep 5, 2019 • 14 min
Santa Cruz is one of dozens of cities across California that’s received a threat of a lawsuit if it doesn’t shift its city council to district elections. We break down the pros and cons of district elections. We talk with a state group that’s behind this…
Ep. 37 The future of downtown Santa Cruz
Aug 31, 2019 • 23 min
There are six major development projects in early stages of planning in downtown Santa Cruz. If they’re built, it would mark the biggest boom of housing development in downtown Santa Cruz in decades. Where did this surge come from? We talk to developers,…
Ep. 36 Santa Cruz tackles public restrooms, kills ‘Corridor Plan’
Aug 28, 2019 • 12 min
The Santa Cruz City Council keeps the Louden Nelson Community Center’s bathrooms locked to outsiders. Staff say it’s safer and cleaner. Hear why some say it’s unfair to homeless people. Also, the “Corridor Plan,” which would allow denser housing along…
Ep. 35 Council members respond to conduct report
Aug 23, 2019 • 13 min
We explain the results of an unprecedented workplace misconduct investigation involving four Santa Cruz City Council members: two accusers and two accused. We talk to Councilmembers Drew Glover, Donna Meyers, Chris Krohn and Mayor Martine Watkins. We also…
Ep. 34 Meet Santa Cruz Local, part 3
Aug 18, 2019 • 14 min
It’s the eve of Santa Cruz Local’s first membership drive. We share with you the survey results on what our listeners like and what they think we could improve about Santa Cruz Local. We hear from one of our few younger listeners about why he wants to get…
Ep 33 Development near Dream Inn advances
Aug 17, 2019 • 12 min
A controversial development at 190 West Cliff Drive advances. We hear from some of the 200-plus people who packed Santa Cruz City Hall on Thursday for the planning commission meeting. We update you on plans for the intersection of Bay Street and West…
Ep 32 City attempts to create rental housing database
Aug 14, 2019 • 11 min
The City of Santa Cruz wants to create an online survey of landlords and tenants. It’s an attempt to get reliable data on rents, evictions, housing types and other elements of the city’s rental market. The city council majority wants to make the survey…
Ep 31 What can the San Lorenzo Valley learn from the Camp Fire?
Aug 7, 2019 • 11 min
California is getting into the heart of wildfire season. We learn that parts of the Santa Cruz Mountains have a higher potential of wildfire than did Paradise, where last year we saw the deadliest wildfire in state history. We want to draw on some lessons…
Ep. 30 Meet Santa Cruz Local, part 2
Aug 4, 2019 • 14 min
Why is Santa Cruz Local a private company? Why did we leave the Sentinel? How are we approaching the City of Santa Cruz HR investigation into two city council members? Santa Cruz Local co-hosts Kara Meyberg Guzman and Stephen Baxter discuss these…
Ep 29 Details emerge on investigation of Santa Cruz City Council member
Jul 31, 2019 • 8 min
A formal investigation, launched by the City of Santa Cruz’s Human Resources Department, has looked into possible workplace misconduct by council members Chris Krohn and Drew Glover. An initial document shows that most of the allegations against Krohn…
Ep 28 Meet Santa Cruz Local, part 1
Jul 25, 2019 • 13 min
Who are we and why are we making a podcast on Santa Cruz’s public institutions? How are we funded? What is the state of local media in Santa Cruz? Co-hosts Kara Meyberg Guzman and Stephen Baxter talk about their motives behind creating Santa Cruz Local.…
27 - Santa Cruz City Councilmembers Drew Glover, Chris Krohn respond to recall campaign
Jul 10, 2019 • 15 min
We talk with Santa Cruz City Councilmembers Chris Krohn and Drew Glover about a recall campaign that has been mounted against them. They respond to allegations of bullying and petitioners’ concerns about how they handled a homeless camp closure.
Ep 26 Rep. Anna Eshoo’s town hall and why locals should pay attention
Jul 2, 2019 • 11 min
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, whose district includes Davenport, the North Coast and the San Lorenzo Valley, held a town hall meeting Saturday. Her constituents were pushing her to the left. We break down where she stands on impeachment, Medicare for All and…
Ep. 25 City creates homelessness committee
Jun 26, 2019 • 7 min
The future of Santa Cruz’s homeless policy is going to be guided by a new committee. It’s called the Community Advisory Committee on Homelessness, and it was created on Tuesday night by the Santa Cruz City Council. We break down what you need to know…
Ep 24 Meet new UCSC chancellor Cindy Larive
Jun 15, 2019 • 16 min
Cindy Larive will become UC Santa Cruz’s new chancellor next month. As the university’s top official, her decisions will shape the campus and its growth. So, she’ll also have a big impact on the City of Santa Cruz and its housing crisis. That’s why we…
Ep. 23 Santa Cruz rental housing task force fails to advance
Jun 12, 2019 • 6 min
You may remember that the Santa Cruz City Council was putting together a task force on tenant protections. It was a step toward potential new housing laws in the city. On Tuesday, a consultant returns to the council. His findings? The atmosphere is too…
Ep. 22 Santa Cruz City Council steps toward balancing budget
May 29, 2019 • 8 min
The City of Santa Cruz now has a projected $3.9 million deficit. The Santa Cruz City Council on Tuesday took major steps toward balancing the budget. Hear what cuts and revenue strategies the city is considering before the final budget adoption, expected…
Ep. 21 What we learned from looking at Santa Cruz County’s needle exchange
May 24, 2019 • 21 min
Santa Cruz County has an injection drug use problem and a needle litter problem. We look at Santa Cruz County’s needle exchange program and how it compares to other programs in the state. What can Santa Cruz County’s health department learn from San…
Ep. 20 Council sidelines Santa Cruz’s library garage plan
May 15, 2019 • 13 min
The City of Santa Cruz’s plan to build a new library and parking garage downtown has gone astray since the new city council took office. Some people believe that the city doesn’t need another downtown garage. The council has listened. The plan isn’t dead.…
Ep. 19 What you should know about Santa Cruz’s deficit
May 9, 2019 • 10 min
The City of Santa Cruz has a $3.2 million deficit. That’s smaller than in years past, but it’s still not good news. What that means for you is that in the short term, you’re going to be seeing some cuts to city services. You won’t be seeing any large…
Ep. 18 Judge delivers Ross Camp decision
Apr 30, 2019 • 14 min
A U.S. district court decision on Monday allows the City of Santa Cruz to permanently close the Ross Camp come Friday. We zoom out and tell you about how the City of San Jose closed a homeless camp along the Guadalupe River last month. And we give you the…
Ep. 17 Ross Camp decision delayed until Monday
Apr 27, 2019 • 5 min
For months, the City of Santa Cruz has struggled to close the Ross Camp, a homeless camp at Highway 1 and River Street. Here’s the latest chapter: a U.S. district court will decide whether the city can legally close the camp. We talk with Santa Cruz…
Ep. 16 SB 50 Update For Santa Cruz County
Apr 25, 2019 • 6 min
Senate Bill 50, a controversial housing bill working its way through California’s Legislature, had some major revisions Wednesday. We break down what the revised bill would mean for Santa Cruz County residents. In a nutshell, we may see more four-unit…
Ep. 15 Benchlands Reopens, Ross Camp Remains In Limbo
Apr 24, 2019 • 6 min
The City of Santa Cruz reopens the Benchlands homeless camp by the San Lorenzo River on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the 1220 River Street homeless camp in Harvey West is set to reopen by April 30. It’s all part of a new plan to close the Ross Camp by Highway 1.…
Ep. 14 What Santa Cruz County Should Know About SB 50
Apr 19, 2019 • 11 min
Santa Cruz County’s history of no-growth policies have shaped today’s local housing crisis. Now, we’re at a crossroads with new state leadership that wants to spur development. We break down SB 50 - a proposed bill that would limit cities’ ability to…
Ep. 13 Plans For Old Davenport Cement Plant Inch Forward
Apr 17, 2019 • 5 min
On Tuesday the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors took a step toward redeveloping the Cemex cement plant in Davenport. The privately owned plant has been closed since 2010 and it sits on 172 acres on the rugged North Coast of Santa Cruz County. There…
Ep. 12 Lawsuit Fears Help Derail Closure Of Ross Homeless Camp
Apr 10, 2019 • 4 min
The closure of the Ross homeless camp has been delayed yet again by the Santa Cruz City Council. At Tuesday night’s meeting, the council canceled the April 17 closure and declined to set a new date. The council also formally threw out the idea of creating…
Ep. 11 No Backup Plan
Apr 3, 2019 • 7 min
On Tuesday, in an open letter to the community, Santa Cruz City Manager Martin Bernal writes that the city is no longer pursuing a “safe sleeping” homeless camp. The plan for a 50-bed shelter next to Depot Park is most likely dead. What does this mean for…
Ep. 10 Show Me The Data
Mar 29, 2019 • 6 min
Since the start of the Measure M campaign in 2018, one thing has been missing from Santa Cruz’s debate on rent control and eviction rules: data from neutral sources that detail the city’s rental market. Santa Cruz Local wanted to change that. Music by…
Ep. 9 City to use eminent domain, business owner objects
Mar 27, 2019 • 4 min
A property buyout was approved at Highway 1 and River Street on Tuesday at the Santa Cruz City Council meeting. The city plans to use eminent domain to acquire land belonging to Central Home Supply, which would force the business to move. The buyout is…
Ep. 8 New Homeless Camp By Depot Park
Mar 20, 2019 • 5 min
Santa Cruz City Council creates a new 50-bed homeless camp in a Washington Street parking lot by Depot Park. The new camp will be managed, and will have rules, such as no drugs or criminal activity. We hear from the owner of Perrigo’s Auto Body Shop, who…
Ep. 7 Hearing From Homeless People On Conditions At Ross Camp
Mar 13, 2019 • 8 min
Santa Cruz City Council again schedules the closure of a homeless camp at River Street and Highway 1 — this time it’s set for April 17, and it’s supposed to coincide with the reopening of the nearby 1220 River Street homeless camp. The city also pinpoints…
Ep. 6 Council Delays Homeless Camp Closure, Again
Mar 1, 2019 • 4 min
Santa Cruz City Council delays the closure of the homeless camp behind the Ross Dress For Less on River Street, until the city can find a better place for the 200 people living there. Also, to the relief of many Westside residents, a ban on overnight…
Ep. 6 Council Delays Homeless Camp Closure, Again
Mar 1, 2019 • 4 min
Santa Cruz City Council delays the closure of the homeless camp behind the Ross Dress For Less on River Street. Also, to the relief of many Westside residents, a ban on overnight parking on Delaware Avenue will remain in place. We break down the Feb. 26…
Ep. 5 Homelessness, Discord, Bus Passes
Feb 20, 2019 • 11 min
Learn more about a homelessness proposal that would lift a ban on overnight parking on Delaware Avenue in Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz City Council is set to consider the proposal at its next meeting on Feb. 26. Also, we discuss the discord we saw among council…
Ep. 4 Another Homeless Camp Relocation
Feb 13, 2019 • 3 min
Santa Cruz City Council starts to close the homeless camp near Highway 1 and reopen the River Street Camp near the Tannery. We brief you on what else you should know about the Feb. 12 council meeting: new rules on in-law units, bus passes for all downtown…
Ep. 3 Calling for input on eviction law
Feb 5, 2019 • 8 min
Two Santa Cruz City Council members are looking for your input on a proposal that would outlaw certain types of evictions. Learn about where they stand and why. To see a copy of the proposed law, visit santacruzlocal.org and click on this episode. Update…
Briefing: Santa Cruz hits restart on eviction rules and considers ADUs
Jan 24, 2019 • 3 min
Santa Cruz City Council delays a final vote on controversial eviction rules, and advances changes to ADU policies to help boost housing stock. We recap the Jan. 22 Santa Cruz City Council meeting.
What’s next for rent control and tenant rights in Santa Cruz?
Jan 11, 2019 • 34 min
The new progressive Santa Cruz City Council made its first move on eviction rules and rent stabilization this week, and we get a glimpse of the new majority’s dynamics. The city prepares for a months-long, intense discussion on the future of rent control…