Kaiser arena lease expected to 2026
Santa Cruz city leaders remain in talks with Santa Cruz Warriors leaders about a permanent facility. (Kara Meyberg Guzman — Santa Cruz Local file)
A Kaiser Permanente Arena lease extension to September 2026 is expected to be considered by the Santa Cruz City Council on Tuesday. The Santa Cruz Seaside Company Inc. leases the land beneath the arena to the city. The city, which owns the arena, leases the facility to the Warriors.
The agreement is set to expire this month. The proposed lease amendments would extend the agreement for three more years and include two optional one-year extensions. City leaders continue to consider a permanent arena as part of a potential mixed-use project and larger plans for the neighborhood.
Tax hike proposed for Downtown businesses
The Santa Cruz City Council is set to consider a tax hike on Downtown businesses at its meeting Tuesday. The tax, known as the Parking and Business Improvement Area Assessment, funds efforts to promote Downtown including marketing, public events and cleanups.
Each business’ tax is based on its building size, business type and location. The proposed changes include a higher annual fee and would charge business owners more money per square foot of their business, according to a city staff report.
Members of the Downtown Association of Santa Cruz can submit a ballot for or against the proposed changes with the City Clerk before the Tuesday meeting.
To participate: Join on Zoom or call 833-548-0276, meeting ID 946 8440 1344. To comment ahead of the meeting, email [email protected] by 5:00 p.m. Monday. The meeting will be streamed on Community TV.