Tenants in Santa Cruz will see new protection from arbitrary evictions. The Santa Cruz City Council passed an emergency eviction law Tuesday that enacts part of a new state law immediately. We break down the problem the council was trying to solve.

The council also may change the number of affordable units that developers are required to build. It’s called an inclusionary rate, and the city’s looking at increasing it from 15% of units in new development to 20%.

Lastly, we hear an update on 190 W. Cliff, the 89-unit condominium project across the street from the Dream Inn. Listen now.

John Balesteri, a tenant of 123 Bixby St. in Santa Cruz, has received a notice that he has to leave his home of 17 years by Dec. 31. He’s worried he doesn’t have any options, since he relies on Section 8 vouchers. (Kara Meyberg Guzman — 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.