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Reasons to sign the ‘Our Downtown’ petition

Updated: Jul 13, 2022

Stephen Kessler.

Column in the SC Sentinel, 1/29/2022

A petition to place a measure on the November 2022 ballot is now circulating that will help determine what kind of downtown Santa Cruz will have in the decades to come.

Our Downtown, Our Future ( is a coalition of grassroots community groups, downtown business owners and individuals with a different vision from the one represented by the city’s (management and council) decision to displace the farmers market to the less-central and less-sunny Lot 7 on Front Street, cut down 10 large magnolia and liquidambar trees, move the downtown library out of Civic Center and rebuild it as part of the ground floor of a six- or seven- or eight-story structure combining parking and low-income housing....

Stephen Kessler is a four-time recipient of the California Library Association’s PR Excellence Award for The Redwood Coast Review, which he founded and edited from 1999 through 2014 for Coast Community Library in Point Arena.

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