2016 Annual Report

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The City Celebrates 150 Years

Welcome to the City of Santa Cruz 2016 Annual Report!

This is a special year for the City.  We turn 150!  To celebrate this milestone, we have planned a month of festivities from September 1st to October 1st, beginning with a time capsule dedication at City Hall and culminating in a huge beach party and fireworks show on Main Beach. The City’s anniversary celebration embraces our 150 years of creating community through a series of family-friendly events.  I encourage you to join us!  Learn more about these events on the City’s website: www.cityofsantacruz.com/150anniversary.  

The 2016 Annual Report is themed around this significant milestone in our City’s history.  Any look back at how much has changed since 1866, the year of our incorporation as a City, is best appreciated in light of our accomplishments and future challenges and opportunities.  Accordingly, in the pages that follow, we visit our history and the story of the City’s incorporation.  The report also spotlights the future of our water supply, our approach to the housing crisis, opportunities to improve community safety, progress in climate change reduction, the history and breadth of our parks and recreation programs, how the City is striving to better connect with our community, and our newly launched business cultivation tools to grow local jobs and our economy.  I am pleased to present this annual report to the community and invite you to contact me or any of our dedicated staff members with your questions or comments. 
We hope you take advantage of the City’s 150th celebration.

Martín Bernal
City Manager

P.S. Special thanks to local historian Geoffrey Dunn for writing the brief history of the City’s incorporation specifically for our 150th Anniversary, and to all the City staff who helped put this report together.  

2016 Annual Report