A hospitality guide (in the yellow shirt) chatting in front of New Leaf.

Location
Downtown Santa Cruz
Hours
Monday-Saturday:
11:00am – 7:30pm (Memorial Day through Labor Day)
10:00am – 6:30pm (Labor Day through Memorial Day)
Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Phone
Host Contact Numbers: 539-9405, 539-9474
Website
http://www.downtownsantacruz.com/downtown-hospitality-guides-428-9548-428-9552/
Service Group Incorporated Website
Established
1994

The Hospitality Guide Program (HGP) is paid for by the Downtown Association of Santa Cruz, which is an organization that represents the interests of businesses downtown. It is the job of "Hosts" wearing blue and yellow uniforms to walk around Downtown Santa Cruz and warn people who are possibly breaking the law, or violating a city ordinance. The guides also report suspicious and illegal activities directly to the SCPD. For businesses, calling the guides can function as an alternative to calling the police. The host program is run by Service Group Incorporated.

The Hospitality Guide Program covers Pacific Avenue from Water Street to Laurel Street, plus all of the side streets for one block in each direction.

Many people resent the program because it is seen as unnecessarily costly, and it adds to a security presence downtown that already includes paid, private security guards in addition to regular patrols (foot, bicycle, and vehicular) by the SCPD.

In 2009 Service Group Incorporated was paid $130,000 for their services in running the Hospitality Guide Program.1

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