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07 Jun 2023

Gateway Plaza Camp to Remain Open for Now 

After over a month of flip-flopping on what to do with the houseless encampment behind Gateway Plaza, sometimes called the Ross encampment, the Santa Cruz City Council rejected a plan to close the camp. Council members Cynthia Mathews and Donna Meyers and Mayor Martine Watkins…


Houseless Relocation Moves Forward 

Tuesday’s contentious City Council meeting began with accusations of misinformation and sexism and ended with a vote approving a plan to vacate the current houseless camp next to Gateway Plaza on River Street.  Although the plan was passed with a 4-3 majority, it was met…

Sunrise Comes to Santa Cruz 

Tired of politicians dragging their feet on climate policy, youth activists are taking the lead. Gathering at the Walnut Commons on Feb. 5, community members young and old strategized how to take power in the 2020 election cycle as part of the Sunrise movement. Sunrise…


New Protections for Renters 

From the gallery, the windows and a screen in the nearby Tony Hill room, onlookers witnessed City Council vote to establish an interim just cause eviction ordinance and finalize a renter relocation assistance ordinance. The first meeting of the new City Council on Jan. 8…



At about 5 a.m. on an October morning, two houseless people were tucked away beneath the arch of a Pacific Avenue doorway. Red and blue lights brought an end to their rest as a police vehicle came to a stop before them. The emerging officer…


Lay Down Our Arms 

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 2018, the Santa Cruz clock tower tolled to mark 100 years since the end of World War I, known as Armistice Day. Timing his strikes with the tower’s, Vietnam War veteran and…


Restoring Justice 

The paintings and poetry flanking the room, created by inmates at the Santa Cruz County Jail, laid a fitting backdrop for a conversation about the criminal justice  system. About 80 Santa Cruz residents packed into the Resource Center for Nonviolence, across the street from the…

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