These are the voices of Santa Cruz County residents: What keeps them here, the local issues that affect them, and their dreams for our community. 

We chose stories from the responses to our online survey. Interviews have been lightly edited for clarity and length.

Interviews by Natalya Dreszer / Illustrations by Haley Williams.

#4, Jason Lopez, 2.11.20

#3, Marcia Noren, 2.6.20

#2, Diane Cowen, 2.3.20

#1, Benny Drescher, 1.31.20