In the past few weeks, a homeless camp has grown to about 30 tents on Santa Cruz’s Main Beach. But it’s not good for tourism. The beach, between the boardwalk and the wharf, is a big tourist draw for the city, and tourism is a lifeblood of the local economy. The Santa Cruz City Council was compelled to install a curfew. But no one is satisfied. The curfew doesn’t begin to provide a long-term solution for Santa Cruz’s homeless people. Also: We share what you need to know about the council’s decisions (or lack of) on the DeLaveaga Golf Course and the Harvey West Pool.
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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.