There are five county supervisor districts. The districts include pieces of the four cities: Watsonville, Capitola, Santa Cruz and Scotts Valley. City boundaries are in yellow. View a larger version of the map here. (County of Santa Cruz)
Last updated: 2022
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Santa Cruz County residents either live in unincorporated areas of the county or one of the four cities: Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Capitola and Watsonville.
City residents are represented by city councils and by a county supervisor in one of the county’s five districts.
For example, if you live in the city of Santa Cruz, you are represented by a member of the six-member city council and by a county supervisor in District 1, District 3 or District 5, depending on where you live.
If you live outside city limits, in what is known as the unincorporated areas of the county, then you are only represented by the county supervisor in that district.
Who is my county supervisor?
District 1, represented by Manu Koenig: Live Oak, Pleasure Point, Soquel, Soquel hills, Summit east of Highway 17, parts of Capitola and Santa Cruz
District 2, represented by Zach Friend: Aptos, Freedom, Corralitos, La Selva Beach, Seacliff, part of Capitola, part of Watsonville
District 3, represented by Justin Cummings: Santa Cruz, Davenport, Bonny Doon, Swanton, North Coast
District 4, represented by Felipe Hernandez: Most of Watsonville, Aromas and areas near Casserly Road
District 5, Bruce McPherson: San Lorenzo Valley including Felton, Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek, Brookdale, Zayante, Lompico, Summit west of Highway 17, and parts of Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz
A separate, non-elected county administrative officer runs the day-to-day operations of the county. The county administrative officer participates in supervisors meetings.
County Administrative Officer: Carlos Palacios
Who are my city council representatives?
Each link has a list of current council members. In Watsonville, Capitola and Scotts Valley, the councils elect a mayor from within the council for a one-year term. In Santa Cruz, a mayor is directly elected by voters for a four-year term. A separate, non-elected city manager runs the day-to-day operations of the city. The city manager participates in council meetings and serves at the pleasure of the city council.
Salaries below were reported in October 2021.
Watsonville: 7 city council members who represent geographical districts within the city.
- Council members serve four-year terms and are paid $7,293 annually before taxes. The mayor is paid $8,616 annually before taxes.
- City Manager: René Mendez
Capitola: 5 city council members who represent the whole city. Council members serve four-year terms.
- Council members and the mayor earn $7,200 annually before taxes, the city clerk said.
- City Manager: Jamie Goldstein
Scotts Valley: 5 city council members who represent the whole city. Council members serve four-year terms.
- Council members and the mayor earn $5,864 annually before taxes, the city clerk said.
- City Manager: Mali LaGoe
Santa Cruz: 6 city council members, plus a directly-elected mayor. The city is transitioning to district-based elections, so some council members represent the whole city, and some represent specific geographical districts within the city. In future elections, council members will run to represent a specific district.
- Council members serve four-year terms and are paid $20,524 annually before taxes. The mayor is paid $41,048 annually before taxes, the city clerk said.
- City Manager: Matt Huffaker
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