The Santa Cruz City Council recently proposed a new “Community Partners CORE funding plan” that had the potential of severely reducing funds for nearly every community service program and nonprofit in Santa Cruz.
Under the proposed CORE funding plan, programs that serve a certain population or that fulfill unique, but equally vital roles, would have been placed in jeopardy.
But we spoke, and our City Council listened.
We flooded their voicemail and email inboxes. Then, on Tuesday, November 22, hundreds of community members, including children, parents, social workers, professors, and SEIU members, came out to the Santa Cruz City Council meeting in support of our local nonprofits. After over an hour of public comment, the council was moved to not only stop the funding cuts, but voted to increase nonprofit funding by $250,000 – a 25% increase!