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.

Beachgoers walk by campers at Main Beach in Santa Cruz the morning of Sept. 8, 2019. (Stephen Baxter — Santa Cruz Local)

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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.

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Stephen Baxter is a co-founder and editor of Santa Cruz Local. He covers Santa Cruz County government.