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19 Sep 2020

Santa Cruz Freezes Rising Rents 

The Santa Cruz City Council approved an emergency ordinance on Feb. 13, effective immediately, which puts a temporary freeze on residential and commercial rental rates from rising over 2 percent and establishes a requirement for just cause in tenant evictions. The emergency ordinance was introduced…


Reaching for Tuition-Free College 

Before state and federal legislators began cutting education budgets and before UC Regents began habitually hiking tuition rates, public higher education was tuition-free in the state of California. UC tuition has now increased to $12,630 per year for California residents since tuition was implemented by…


Merging Dialogues 

Over 1,000 Santa Cruz residents wrapped around the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium to hear Kimberlé Crenshaw, the keynote speaker, at the 34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation on Feb. 8. Crenshaw, a UCLA law professor, specializes in race and gender issues and is…


Addressing the Connection 

The Santa Cruz community is no stranger to the housing crisis — issues of high rent, tenants’ rights and a disproportionately high houseless population frequently appear in City Council meeting agendas and public discussions. Less frequently discussed are the accompanying issues of mental health within…


Undocumented and Uninsured 

College students Alexa and Eileen Flores* and their sisters are among the over 11 million undocumented immigrants residing in the United States, 40 percent of whom are still uninsured. In the U.S., people usually receive health insurance through their employers, but most low-income, self-employed or…


Watsonville Man Detained by ICE 

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) captured and detained a Watsonville man Wednesday morning around 4 a.m. while driving his children to daycare, according to information received from a Santa Cruz County Rapid Response call. It is also possible that his family had been followed previous…


A Guide To Trump’s Immigration Policy 

As White House officials debate the future of American immigration, U.S. residents grow more uncertain as to how Trump’s immigration policies will affect both undocumented and documented immigrants. The government shutdown ended Jan. 23 when Congress passed a temporary budget plan that didn’t address immigration…