Social Service Funding in Santa Cruz–What’s in Store?
Talk of the Bay, with Chris Krohn, Tuesday, July 12, 5-6 PM
on KSQD 90.7 FM and KSQD.org
As Covid money flowed into this county from the state and federal government to fund businesses and homeless services, local government seems poised to cut back on supporting social service agencies in Santa Cruz. Raymon Cancino, Executive Director of Community Bridges will talk about the history—past, present and future—of social services funding. Is it a resource-poor local government, or is it a matter of the evolution of a kind of social services industrial complex? The Santa Cruz progressive era began by redirecting community resources into helping fund the Westside Community Clinic, for example. Have times changed? This week on “Talk of the Bay,” host Chris Krohn will try and parse the nuances, variations, and shades of budgetary monies in the financing of programs for the most vulnerable in this community.
On Part II of Talk of the Bay, the “Oversized Vehicle Ordinance” is on the Coastal Commission agenda for an up or down vote this week. Is this ordinance criminalizing people who live in their vehicles, mainly because the rents are astronomical in Santa Cruz? The ACLU and Santa Cruz Cares appealed a decision of the Santa Cruz city council to institute this law. Is it a question of coastal access, which falls under the purview of the commission, or an issue social justice and treating locals who live in their vehicles with more care and compassion? Representatives from Santa Cruz Cares will be guests on “Talk of the Bay,” with host, Chris Krohn.