We are a group of longtime and newer Santa Cruz activists, journalists, advocates and elected officials who believe Santa Cruz must remain under local, grassroots control and responsive to the needs and desires of the community over corporate interests and the real estate industry.
This website is meant to give broad definitions and local context, as well as timely information about elections. We aim to help those who share our values, politics and concerns vote in ways that reflect these shared values and to engage locally in efforts that uplift those who live here, whether they are renters, homeowners or the unhoused.
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Politics in the City of Santa Cruz has become decidedly more corporate and “centrist” in nature over the last couple decades, fueled by campaign contributions from major local, national and global real estate interests. Much of this money is funneled through the local PAC, Santa Cruz Together, currently under investigation by the FPPC.
We believe that many of our major challenges are the direct result of our elected officials' failure to push back on “endless growth” economics. This shows up locally as:
We believe we can fight and reverse this trend by building a strong coalition across political ideologies, socioeconomic status, community groups and neighborhoods.
"Progressive politics" is a broad and evolving term that encompasses a range of political ideologies and positions. Overall, it is committed to social and economic reform, with the goal of addressing issues such as inequality, discrimination, and injustice. California has often taken the lead in pulling the Democratic Party towards policies and candidates that do the most good for the most people. It hasn't been easy and is a constant fight. In a local context Progressive Politics includes but is not limited to :