Browse our topics below to find what you’re looking for. Have a question not listed here? Email us at [email protected].

The business

What is Santa Cruz Local?
How is Santa Cruz Local funded?
Is my contribution tax deductible?
Why isn’t Santa Cruz Local a nonprofit?

Supporting local journalism

Can my business or nonprofit sponsor Santa Cruz Local?
Can I advertise with Santa Cruz Local?
Can I make a one-time contribution?
Can I donate via PayPal?

Memberships

How can I sign up?
How do I access transcripts?
How do I log in?
How do I make changes to my account?
How do I cancel my membership?
How does my membership support Santa Cruz Local?
Can I sign up for membership by mail?

The podcast

How can I listen to your podcast?

Other questions

How do I get a Santa Cruz Local sticker?


What is Santa Cruz Local?

Santa Cruz Local is a non-partisan, independent online local news website and podcast serving Santa Cruz County. Our mission is to produce fair and accurate local journalism that holds power to account. For information about our background, our vision and our founding principles, visit our About Us.

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How is Santa Cruz Local funded?

About 80% of our revenue comes from memberships from people like you.

We also have business sponsors and we sell ads. We have received grants from the Solutions Journalism Network, Hearken, the Facebook Journalism Project, the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, the Local Media Association, LION Publishers and the Peer Fund.

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Is my contribution tax deductible?

No. Santa Cruz Local is a private company owned by Kara Meyberg Guzman and Stephen Baxter.

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Why isn’t Santa Cruz Local a nonprofit?

We established our company in February 2019 as an LLC because it was the quickest, cheapest and easiest way to get off the ground. We wanted a quick way to get legal and financial protection while we built an audience and developed our podcasts. The LLC model was the best fit for our launch.

However, our ideals are similar to those of a nonprofit. We started this company because we wanted to contribute to the greater good, not because we wanted to maximize profit. Also, similar to a nonprofit, we rely on grants and member support.

But at this point, we’re not pursuing a sole 501(c)3 status because it would preclude us from weighing in on elections, as per the federal government’s rules on tax exemptions. We want to maintain our voice as a news organization.

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Can my business or nonprofit sponsor Santa Cruz Local?

Yes. Read about sponsorship here.

To learn more, contact:
Kara Meyberg Guzman
Executive Producer
[email protected]
M: 831-291-3456.

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Can I advertise with Santa Cruz Local?

Yes. To learn more about advertising, contact:

Kara Meyberg Guzman
CEO/Co-founder
[email protected]
M: 831-291-3456.

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Can I make a one-time contribution?

Yes. Here are your options:

  • Mail us a check: Checks can be made out to “Santa Cruz Local, LLC” and sent to Santa Cruz Local, 877 Cedar St. Suite 150, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Please include a note with your full name, return address and email address.
  • Contribute a major or matching gift: Email Kara Meyberg Guzman at [email protected].
  • Contribute online: Make a one-time contribution via credit card, by submitting the form below.

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Can I donate via PayPal?

Yes. Please use the form below.

How can I sign up for membership?

Visit our membership page here.

Members get access to episode transcripts, additional reporting, event discounts, Santa Cruz Local stickers, and more.

You can also sign up via snail mail. Please fill out this membership form and send it to:

Santa Cruz Local
877 Cedar St., Suite 150
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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How do I access transcripts?

Transcripts are only be available to our members. Click here to sign up for a membership.

If you’re already a member, you can log in to our website at santacruzlocal.org/login. Or you can log in on our home page, on the menu bar at the to right. (Click on the three black horizontal lines.)

Then click on any story, and scroll down to read the transcript.

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How do I log in?

Members are able to log in to our website to view member-only content. To become a member, click here.

If you’re already a member, you can log in to our website at santacruzlocal.org/login. Or you can log in on our home page, on the menu bar at the to right. (Click on the three black horizontal lines.)

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How do I make changes to my account?

Members can log in to our website at santacruzlocal.org/login.

Then go to santacruzlocal.org/account and click on “Subscriptions” to upgrade or downgrade your membership, change your credit card, change your email address or mailing address, or cancel your membership. You should get an automated email response confirming the change.

If you have any questions or issues, email [email protected] and we should get back to you within one business day. Or, during business hours, call or text 831-291-3456.

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How do I cancel my membership?

Log in to our website at santacruzlocal.org/login.

Then go to santacruzlocal.org/account and click on “Subscriptions” to cancel your membership. You should get an automated email response confirming the change. Unfortunately, we cannot offer pro-rated refunds for cancelled memberships.

If you have any questions or issues, email [email protected] and we should get back to you within one business day. Or, during business hours, call or text 831-291-3456.

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How does my membership support Santa Cruz Local?

A Santa Cruz Local membership recurs automatically monthly or annually. It allows us a source of predictable revenue. Your membership allows us to plan ahead and devote more time and resources to fair and accurate journalism that informs our local civic conversation.

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Can I sign up for membership by mail?

Yes. Please fill out this membership form and send it to:

Santa Cruz Local
877 Cedar St., Suite 150
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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How can I listen to your podcast?

You can always stream our episodes for free on our website.

You can subscribe to our podcast for free on any of the following platforms.

Stitcher | Soundcloud | Google Podcasts | Spotify | TuneIn

  • Ask your Amazon Echo: “Alexa, play the Santa Cruz Local podcast.”
  • Ask your iPhone: “Siri, play the Santa Cruz Local podcast.”
  • Ask your Google Home: “OK Google, play the Santa Cruz Local podcast.”

Sign up for our email newsletter and we’ll let you know when we release new episodes.

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How do I get a Santa Cruz Local sticker?

All our members get Santa Cruz Local stickers. Sign up for a membership here.

You can also buy stickers at our Santa Cruz Local events. Sign up for our email newsletter to hear about our upcoming events.

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