Thanks to over 50 local residents who came out to learn about the biggest housing issues impacting Santa Cruz and to hear from council candidates. The very lively and respectful discussion revealed some very clear distinctions between the candidates who were able to participate. There are some strong possibilities for agreement on a couple key policy areas including assessing vacation rentals additional taxes, the new revenue would be dedicated for affordable housing. The other area of agreement was allowing duplexes on single family lots. You can see a summary of their responses during the “Lighting Round” in the 2020 Housing Forum Slide Deck for the event. For a list of all questions posed to the candidate, click here. Special thank you to our featured guest speaker, Sibley Simon, Managing Director at New Way Homes and our Co-Sponsors, the Santa Cruz Business Council and Affordable Housing NOW.