City of Santa Cruz - Official Web Site http://www.cityofsantacruz.com/
"Santa Cruz" literally means Holy Cross in Spanish, and was incorporated in 1866 as a town under the laws of the State of California. Its first charter as a city was in 1876. Santa Cruz is the county seat of Santa Cruz County, which was itself established as one of the original 27 counties when California became a state in 1850. The first settlement was Villa de Branciforte. That settlement was annexed by Santa Cruz in 1905. For a more complete history of the name "Santa Cruz" see: Santa Cruz, and for a more complete account of the area see: Santa Cruz History.
Population: about 57,000
Santa Cruz is a beach, liberal, hippy, yuppy, diverse, intellectual, radical, vibrant, city.
It is one of the only cities in California that is not expanding its city boundaries. This means our green belts and open space should be preserved in perpetuity.
Santa Cruz is a great place to ride your bike and a very easy place to do your errands by walking!
Commerce and Politics
Santa Cruz City Council meetings are a blast to go to. We are not bashful about sharing our opinions.