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18 May 2021

Candidates Gather for On-Campus Forum 

In the print edition of this article, City on a Hill Press mischaracterized the effects of an amendment to Measure O. The decrease in the affordable housing requirement was applied to areas outside of downtown Santa Cruz, not downtown itself. The downtown requirement is unchanged. City…


Big Money in Small Races 

The Supreme Court rendered limits on individual campaign contributions unconstitutional in Citizens United eight years ago, and the effects are being felt today at the local level in Santa  Cruz.  While conversations about political spending largely focus on national and state races, the influence of…


Measure O Amended by Council Motion 

In a quiet and sparsely attended afternoon session on Sept. 25, Santa Cruz City Council made a motion to dramatically amend the text of Measure O — the affordable housing mandate for newly constructed housing units within the city of Santa Cruz. “It was a…


Barriers to Construction 

On any given night across the state of California about 114,000 people, enough to fill the Kaiser Permanente Arena to capacity more than fifty times over, experience houselessness. While California is home to 12 percent of the nation’s population, the state disproportionately accounts for nearly…


Next Step Toward Transitional Housing 

Santa Cruz City Council is reviewing four potential sites for the next phase of the transitional housing camp, replacing the current site at 1220 River St. The locations are all on publicly owned land, including the former winter shelter at the California National Guard Armory…


East Meadow to be Developed 

Students, alumni and faculty all confronted UC Santa Cruz administrators and a Capstone Development representative with a multitude of concerns with the Long-Range Development Plan (LRDP) and Student Housing West (SHW) at the Stevenson Event Center Monday evening. Of particular concern was the announcement of…

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