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Santa Cruz Local’s stories, newsletter and podcast are free. Your membership keeps our high-quality, in-depth news free for everyone — including people who are not able to afford it. 

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Membership FAQ

Membership with our newsroom is different from a newspaper subscription. With traditional subscriptions, you pay for access to a product. Our news is free for everyone. With Santa Cruz Local membership, you join our cause. You help to produce fair and accurate local journalism that holds power to account.

Becoming a Santa Cruz Local member means you help make our news free for everyone. You help our reporters inform a greater audience about our community’s biggest issues. 

For us, membership is not just about a financial transaction. We want to have an ongoing two-way conversation and a trust-based relationship with you. We want to understand your needs so those needs can help guide our reporting. Learn more about how we tune our reporting to Santa Cruz County residents’ questions, concerns and priorities. Our members share our vision: When we are all watching and engaged in our local government, our needs are addressed, democracy works better and our community is stronger.

If you receive Santa Cruz Local’s twice-weekly newsletter, you are a newsletter subscriber. Anyone can get our newsletter for free.

If you pay Santa Cruz Local monthly or yearly (not a one-time contribution), you are a member! You help support Santa Cruz Local’s independent local news. 

We built this newsroom as a public service for Santa Cruz County residents. We’re supported mostly by locals who pay for memberships. Memberships start at $19 a month or $199 a year.

Sure! Fill out this membership form and mail it to:

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

Your membership contributions are not tax deductible. Donations of more than $2,000 can be tax deductible through Santa Cruz Local’s fiscal sponsorship with the Lenfest Institute. For information, contact our CEO Kara Meyberg Guzman at 831-291-3456 or [email protected]

Learn more about Santa Cruz Local on our FAQ and our About Us pages.

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Need help? Call or text Natalya Dreszer, Santa Cruz Local’s senior community engagement and business development coordinator. Reach Natalya at 831-222-0460 or [email protected].