Single-family homes, such as these in the background on West Cliff Drive, would be subject to the eviction rules being considered by Santa Cruz City Council. (Val Guzman — Contributed)

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 and tenants rights. We recap the Jan. 8 meeting and talk with Councilmember Sandy Brown.

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Kara Meyberg Guzman is the CEO and co-founder of Santa Cruz Local. ​Prior to Santa Cruz Local, she served as the Santa Cruz Sentinel’s managing editor. She has a biology degree from Stanford University and lives in Santa Cruz.