Talk of the Bay from KSQD
Talk of the Bay from KSQD
The Giant Gorilla in Our Living Room: UCSC's plans for growth and what they mean for Santa Cruz

Has UCSC become the giant gorilla in the Santa Cruz living room? The guest that’s worn out its welcome?  The university has grown to 20,000 students, and many question if it’s already too big for local resources and infrastructure.  The plan to add 10,000 more students, faculty, and staff, is creating significant backlash.  What’s the impact of UCSC on housing, traffic, water, fire danger, and the cost and quality of life in Santa Cruz?  And what are long range development plans and environmental impact reports? Listen to this Talk of the Bay podcast (Feb. 25, 2021), hosted by Chris Krohn, for a critical look at UCSC’s development plan and its potential impacts.  Guests include Rick Longinetti, Kate Jaffe, Gillian Greensite and Ronnie Lipschutz.

You can learn more about the University’s plans at and Act on UCSC Growth at

You can submit comments by 5 PM Monday, March 8, 2021. State “LRDP EIR Comments” in the subject line, and send your electronic responses via email to or written responses via U.S. mail to the following address by 5:00 pm on Monday, March 8, 2021.

  • Erika Carpenter
  • Senior Environmental Planner
  • Physical Planning, Development, and Operations
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064