The Santa Cruz City Council meets in January 2020. (Kara Meyberg Guzman — Santa Cruz Local file)
Introduction >> As a news reporter for years, I have talked to people from all walks of life in Santa Cruz County. People often want to know the correct government authority to lodge a complaint, or offer a solution, or the appropriate elected leader to contact. But the patchwork of authorities holds them back. Who is in charge of what around here?
It can be confusing.
Santa Cruz County is the second smallest county in California by square miles, yet it has four cities, more than nine water agencies, at least 11 fire departments, 10 school districts and six law enforcement agencies. (A California Highway Patrol officer probably wrote your speeding ticket on the North Coast.)