Thank you for your interest in the development of the Quality of Life Ordinance package. The proposed Ordinance aims to address public health, safety, and environmental concerns in our neighborhoods. Your participation is critical to the development of how the proposed ordinance is written.
Provide Your Feedback Prior to the Town Hall Meetings
We encourage you to review the Quality of Life Ordinance Package presentation and provide your comments, recommendations, or questions using our survey below.
Join Us in the Discussion
Join the Santa Cruz Police Department will host three Town Hall meetings in March to discuss the proposed Public Safety Quality of Life Ordinance Package. The town hall series takes place on:
Monday, March 9 at Delaveage Elementary School
1145 Morrissey Blvd, Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Wednesday, March 11 at Louden Nelson Community Center
301 Center St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Thursday, March 12 at Peace United Church
900 High Street, CA 95060
Each session takes place from 6- 7:30 p.m.
The meeting is an opportunity for citizens to meet with Chief Mills and command staff. We will discuss city-wide public safety, an overview of police initiatives, and quality of life issues affecting neighborhoods.
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Learn About the Proposed Ordinance
Reduce illegal disposal of hypodermic needles from all parks and beaches to prevent public health and safety hazards.
Propose Ordinance to prohibit possession of hypodermic needles and syringes in parks and beaches without a prescription.
Allow for greater control and regulation of repeat nuisance crimes by enhancing government of Public Park boundaries throughout Downtown Santa Cruz; otherwise, making the Downtown District a public park.
Currently, Pacific Avenue is listed as within the Parks & Recreation Director’s Jurisdiction in Municipal Code 13.04.011. While revisions to the municipal code may not be necessary, the Department would like to explore shifts in the governance and enforcement strategies used to reflect its public park status.
Address the public health, safety, and environmental concerns associated with encampments in public spaces, and promote a clean and safe environment.
- Propose Ordinance 6.36.020 - Daytime Encampments
Prohibits establishing or maintaining encampments between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.Requires warning and a reasonable opportunity to remove belongings before citation issues
Proposed Changes to Current Municipal Code Section 6.36.030 on Nighttime Encampments:
- Prohibits sleeping or setting up encampment between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
- Shall not be enforced against persons experiencing homeless if there are greater number of homeless individuals in City than available shelter beds; and at time citation is issued, person has no actual and immediate access to shelter
- Requires Police Department to identify and offer shelter placement and an opportunity to relocate prior to citation
- Currently under review by the CATCH for their recommendation to Council.
Reduce bicycle theft and chop shops in public places.
Propose ordinance to prohibit the assembly, disassembly, sale, offer of sale, distribution, offer of distribution, or storage of bicycles and bicycle parts on the public right-of-ways and authorize the City of Santa Cruz to remove and seize bicycles and bicycle parts following issuance of a notice of violation.
Reduce overnight vehicles and other vehicular nuisance encampments on West Cliff Drive.
Introduce 3-hour parking limits on West Cliff Drive.
Allow Police to have greater discretion and diversion strategies to boost effectiveness.
- Divert infraction citations by referring perpetrator to drug, mental health or shelter services.
- Divert infractions fines to city-sponsored clean-up public service work (hip pocket immunity).
- Create policy allowing POs to perform misdemeanor arrests rather than citation if they know suspect to be recalcitrant.
Reduce shopping cart litter to reduce blight, public nuisances, and potential health and safety hazards.
- Propose ordinance to insure measures are taken by the owners of shopping carts to prevent the removal of the shopping carts from the cart owner's business premises, to make removal of the cart a violation of the Code, and to facilitate the retrieval of abandoned shopping carts in a manner consistent with state law and to use an administrative citation program to establish appropriate fines intended to act as a reasonable deterrent in preventing violations.