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Celebrating 150 Years of Service

By Martin Bernal, City Manager

Welcome to the City of Santa Cruz 2016 Annual Report! This is a special year for the City. We turn 150! To celebrate this milestone, we have planned a month of festivities from September 1 to October 1, beginning with a time capsule dedication at City Hall and culminating in a huge beach party and fireworks show on Main Beach. 


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By Geoffrey Dunn

The early months of 1866 were auspicious for the California coastal community of Santa Cruz. A new road along the city’s western cliffs was being proposed, promising to be “one of the most beautiful drives in the vicinity” as it wound its way toward “the Seal-rock and the high cliff, with the rolling waves breaking in foamy view.”


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As the City of Santa Cruz has evolved over the past 150 years, so has its approach to public safety. From providing law enforcement via horseback in the City’s early days...


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Since its incorporation in 1866, the City of Santa Cruz has grown from a sparsely populated town of 1,000 residents into a bustling city of 63,000...


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In the spirit of celebrating important milestones, the Water Department turns 100 in 2016. Like the community it serves, the Santa Cruz water system has changed dramatically over the course of its history.


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This was an anniversary year for many of Parks and Recreation’s most popular programs, underscored by the retirement of long-serving and well-loved director Dannettee Shoemaker and the appointment of a new director, Mauro Garcia.


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Over its 150 year history, the Santa Cruz economy has consistently cultivated a diverse mix of industries and businesses, from lumber and lime in the early 1840s to genomics, organics, and tech innovations today.


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New Paths to Connect with You

Keeping pace with the growing use of online media for news and community connection, the City has been making significant changes to the way it interacts online and shares information with the public about programs, policies and events in town.


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Commitment to Fighting Climate Change

Nestled on the edge of the continent at 36 feet above sea level and steeped in strong environmental values, Santa Cruz has by necessity and conviction been on the cutting edge of climate change action.


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Employee Spotlight:
Dan Seidel

Among the City’s many long-term, dedicated public servants, Public Works Superintendent of the City’s Wastewater Collection and Treatment Facility Dan Seidel is a perfect embodiment of commitment to serving and improving our community. Dan recently sat down with City staff to discuss his career and how wastewater treatment has evolved over the last 39 years. 


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