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2019-2020 Grand Jury Reports and Responses

COVID-19

The 2019-2020 Santa Cruz County Civil Grand Jury is issuing its reports during the unprecedented conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are well-aware that the county is in crisis and that critical public health concerns, operational difficulties and financial challenges throughout the county have a greater claim to government attention right now than the important but less urgent issues addressed by this Grand Jury.

Agencies required to respond to our reports generally have no more than 90 days to issue a response, according to the California Penal Code. It is not within our power to waive or extend these deadlines and, to our knowledge, neither the Chief Justice nor the Governor has yet done so. But we recognize that this deadline may be burdensome given current conditions.

Whether the deadlines are extended or not, it is our hope and expectation that Santa Cruz's governmental agencies will eventually be able to return to normal operations and address the issues raised by the Grand Jury's reports. In the meantime, however, public health and safety issues are of paramount importance and other matters may need to wait.

  • The Tangled Web – Oh, What a Mangled Web We Weave...
    Required Responses
    • Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, due by September 14, 2020
    • Capitola City Council, due by September 14, 2020
    • Santa Cruz City Council, due by September 14, 2020
    • Scotts Valley City Council, due by September 14, 2020
    • Watsonville City Council, due by September 14, 2020
    Requested Responses
    • Santa Cruz County Administrative Officer, due by September 14, 2020
    • City Manager of Capitola, due by September 14, 2020
    • City Manager of Santa Cruz, due by September 14, 2020
    • City Manager of Scotts Valley, due by September 14, 2020
    • City Manager of Watsonville, due by September 14, 2020
  • DeLaveaga Golf Course – How City Policies and Practices Have Affected the Bottom Line
    Required Responses
    • Santa Cruz City Council, due by September 14, 2020
    Requested Responses
    • Santa Cruz City Manager, due by September 14, 2020
    • Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Director, due by September 14, 2020
  • Managers of Risk or Victims of Risk – Rocked by the Shocks
    Required Responses
    • City Council of Capitola, due by September 17, 2020
    • City Council of Santa Cruz, due by September 17, 2020
    • City Council of Scotts Valley, due by September 17, 2020
    • City Council of Watsonville, due by September 17, 2020
    Requested Responses
    • City Manager of Capitola, due by September 17, 2020
    • City Manager of Santa Cruz, due by September 17, 2020
    • City Manager of Scotts Valley, due by September 17, 2020
    • City Manager of Watsonville, due by September 17, 2020
    • City Finance Director/Risk Manager of Capitola, due by September 17, 2020
    • City Finance Director/Risk Manager of Santa Cruz, due by September 17, 2020
    • City Finance Director/Risk Manager of Scotts Valley, due by September 17, 2020
    • City Finance Director/Risk Manager of Watsonville, due by September 17, 2020
  • Fail in the Jail – No Lights, No Camera, No Action?
    Required Responses
    • Santa Cruz County Sheriff/Coroner, due by August 18, 2020
    • Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, due by September 17, 2020
    Requested Responses
    • Santa Cruz County Administrative Officer, due by September 17, 2020
    • Santa Cruz County General Services Director, due by September 17, 2020
  • Honoring Commitments to the Public – Review of 2016–17 Grand Jury Report Responses
    Required Responses
    • Santa Cruz County Superintendent of Schools, due by August 18, 2020
    • Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees, due by September 17, 2020
  • Voter Data – Registering Concerns
    Keeping a Closer Eye on the Distribution of County Voter Registration Data
    Required Responses
    • Santa Cruz County Clerk, due by August 18, 2020
    • Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, due by September 17, 2020
  • A Failure to Communicate – Restoring Trust and Accountability in Santa Cruz City Government
    Required Responses
    • Santa Cruz City Council, due by September 23, 2020
    Requested Responses
    • Santa Cruz City Manager, due by September 23, 2020
    • Santa Cruz City Human Resources Director, due by September 23, 2020
    • Santa Cruz City EEO Committee, due by September 23, 2020
  • Fire and Safety Inspections in Santa Cruz County
    Required Responses
    • Felton Fire Protection District Board of Directors, due by September 23, 2020
    • Scotts Valley Fire Protection District Board of Directors, due by September 23, 2020
    • Aptos-La Selva Fire Protection District Board of Directors, due by September 23, 2020
    • Central Fire Protection District Board of Directors, due by September 23, 2020
    • Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, due by September 23, 2020
    • Santa Cruz City Council, due by September 23, 2020
    • Watsonville City Council, due by September 23, 2020
    • Santa Cruz County Board of Education, due by September 23, 2020
    Requested Responses
    • Santa Cruz County Director of General Services, due by September 23, 2020
  • Homelessness: Big Problem, Little Progress – It's Time To Think Outside The Box
    Required Responses
    • Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, due by September 28, 2020
    • Santa Cruz County Sheriff, due by August 31, 2020
    • Capitola City Council, due by September 28, 2020
    • Santa Cruz City Council, due by September 28, 2020
    • Scotts Valley City Council, due by September 28, 2020
    • Watsonville City Council, due by September 28, 2020
    Requested Responses
    • Santa Cruz County Administrative Officer, due by September 28, 2020
    • Santa Cruz County Human Services Agency, due by September 28, 2020
    • Santa Cruz County Information Services Department, due by September 28, 2020
    • Santa Cruz County Planning Department, due by September 28, 2020
    • Capitola City Manager, due by September 28, 2020
    • Santa Cruz City Manager, due by September 28, 2020
    • Scotts Valley City Manager, due by September 28, 2020
    • Watsonville City Manager, due by September 28, 2020
    • Capitola Chief of Police, due by August 31, 2020
    • Santa Cruz Chief of Police, due by August 31, 2020
    • Scotts Valley Chief of Police, due by August 31, 2020
    • Watsonville Chief of Police, due by August 31, 2020
  • Ready? Aim? Fire! – Santa Cruz County on the Hot Seat
    Required Responses
    • Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, due by October 1, 2020
    • Local Agency Formation Commission of Santa Cruz County, due by October 1, 2020
    • Santa Cruz Regional 911 Board of Directors, due by October 1, 2020
    • Aptos-La Selva Fire Protection District Board of Directors, due by October 1, 2020
    • Aromas Tri-County Fire Protection District Board of Directors, due by October 1, 2020
    • Ben Lomond Fire Protection District Board of Directors, due by October 1, 2020
    • Branciforte Fire Protection District Board of Directors, due by October 1, 2020
    • Boulder Creek Fire Protection District Board of Directors, due by October 1, 2020
    • Central Fire Protection District Board of Directors, due by October 1, 2020
    • Felton Fire Protection District Board of Directors, due by October 1, 2020
    • Pajaro Valley Fire Protection District Board of Directors, due by October 1, 2020
    • Scotts Valley Fire Protection District Board of Directors, due by October 1, 2020
    • Zayante Fire Protection District Board of Directors, due by October 1, 2020
    • Santa Cruz City Council, due by October 1, 2020
    • Scotts Valley City Council, due by October 1, 2020
    • Watsonville City Council, due by October 1, 2020
    Requested Responses
    • Santa Cruz County Administrative Officer, due by October 1, 2020
    • Santa Cruz County Director of General Services, due by October 1, 2020
    • Santa Cruz County Emergency Services Manager, due by October 1, 2020
    • Santa Cruz County Fire Department, due by October 1, 2020
    • Santa Cruz City Fire Department, due by October 1, 2020
    • Watsonville Fire Department, due by October 1, 2020
    • Santa Cruz City Manager, due by October 1, 2020
    • Scotts Valley City Manager, due by October 1, 2020
    • Watsonville City Manager, due by October 1, 2020