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2020-2021 Grand Jury Reports and Responses

COVID-19

The 2020-2021 Santa Cruz County Civil Grand Jury is publishing its reports during the evolving and unprecedented conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the county is emerging from the crisis, and government attention remains focused on critical public health concerns, operational difficulties and financial challenges continue throughout the county.

Our start was delayed for three months due to the uncertainties of the pandemic in the summer of 2020. We met virtually by video conference: conducting Grand Jury business, meeting with our Superior Court and County Counsel support, and interviewing witnesses. Nevertheless, we completed and now publish our reports which we hope will garner the proper attention to ultimately improve the effective and efficient operation of government.

  • Chasing the Pandemic
    Role of Testing and Contact Tracing
    Required Responses
    • Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, due by August 31, 2021
    Invited Responses
    • Director, Health Services Agency of Santa Cruz County, due by August 31, 2021
    • Public Information Officer of Save Lives Santa Cruz, due by August 31, 2021
    • Communication Manager of Santa Cruz County, due by August 31, 2021
  • Wildfire Threat to the City of Santa Cruz
    Promote Policies to Prevent and Protect
    Required Responses
    • Santa Cruz City Council, due by August 31, 2021
    Invited Responses
    • Santa Cruz City Fire Chief, due by August 31, 2021
    • Santa Cruz City Manager, due by August 31, 2021
  • Distance Learning During the Pandemic in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District
    Successes, Pitfalls, and Plans for the Future
    Required Responses
    • Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, due by September 15, 2021
    • Board of Trustees, Pajaro Valley Unified School District, due September 15, 2021
    • Superintendent, Santa Cruz County Office of Education, due by August 16, 2021
    Invited Responses
    • Superintendent, Pajaro Valley Unified School District, due by September 15, 2021
  • Justice in the Jail
    "The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons." – Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Required Responses
    • Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, due by September 15, 2021
    • Santa Cruz County Sheriff, due by August 16, 2021
    Invited Responses
    • General Services Department Director, due by September 15, 2021