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The Neighbors of Lower Ocean (NOLO) is an informal neighborhood group that meets on a monthly basis to talk over neighborhood issues.  Meetings often cover subjects such as crime, street improvements, resources, and traffic problems.  Of course, meeting your neighbors is one of the greatest points of getting together!

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Fall 2017 Neighborhood Clean-Up

It’s time again for our Fall clean-up.  This is a great opportunity to get rid of all that stuff cluttering your house, shed, or garage, or just come help clean up the streets while also meeting neighbors and enjoying fresh coffee and treats.  See you at Clay and Barson on September 30th!

Fall 2017 Cleanup Flyer

Folleto de limpieza de otoño


From Jane Mio, a local volunteer:
Welcome to an other volunteer day for the  
Thanks to your help we’ll continue making steady improvement on the San Lorenzo River levee oSat. 23rd.  We’ll be removing invasive plants, weed, prune, chip & have a good time. A big Hurrah to all of you, whose ongoing volunteer efforts have made a huge positive levee difference!
Looking forward to see you then there…Jane
WHEN: 9/23/17 9am-11am
WHERE: Riverside Ave. Bridge by Mike Fox Skate Park
Mike Fox Skate Park planting location

Canfield drug bust

Keep up the good work, neighbor who called this in to SCPD (from the Santa Cruz Police blog):

24 Grams of Methamphetamine Off the Street

On 3/12/17 at approximately 11:11 am, SCPD Officers were patrolling the area of Canfield Ave and San Lorenzo investigating a suspicious tan-colored Toyota Camry without license plates.Officers located the car that matched the description driving through the area and followed it to the 600 block of Riverside Avenue.

During the stop, it was determined the driver Janina Miller-Morales, 27 years old from Davenport, and passenger Zenaido Gomez, 28 years old from Santa Cruz, had outstanding warrants.

Janina Miller-Morales, 27 years old from Davenport

 As Ms. Miller was exiting the car, she dropped a methamphetamine pipe on the driver side floorboard. The subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in ten bindles totaling 24 grams of methamphetamine and assorted drug paraphernalia

SCPD officers cited Ms. Miller-Morales and passenger Mr. Gomez for outstanding warrants. Janina Miller-Morales was also arrested for transporting, selling and possession of narcotic controlled substances.

Please continue to contact SCPD when suspicious activity occurs in your neighborhood. -Report suspicious activity to 9-1-1, Anonymous Tip Line (831) 420-5995 or send us a tip online at http://cityofsantacruz.com/departments/police/how-do-i/leave-a-crime-tip

SCPD remains dedicated to our community with ongoing efforts to keep Santa Cruz a safe place to live, work and raise a family.

2016 Ocean Street / Eastside City Hall To You

A big “Thank you” from neighbor JD Sotelo:


What an informative evening! Thank you Vice Mayor Cynthia Chase and City Manager Martin Bernal.

“City Hall to You” is such a great idea and a fantastic way to reach out to us citizens of Santa Cruz. There is so much going on in our City and we citizens get  caught up in just our street, neighborhood or cause and from that aspect it’s so difficult take in ALL of the concerns of other City neighborhoods, parks, business districts,spaces and causes. Last nights assembly allowed us to ask questions and more importantly to receive answers to our specific individual concerns, and in general, our City concerns. The presenters were educational and enlightening, the competently staffed information worktables had plenty of handouts!

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Jessie Street Marsh Celebration

Upcoming event sponsored by Friends of Jessie Street Marsh and Sierra Club:

JSM Celebration 2016Jessie Street Marsh Celebration

October 2 @ 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Jessie Street Marsh

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about the Jessie Street Marsh and its history; many people don’t even know the marsh exists. So an expected outcome is raise awareness about the marsh enough to increase conversation about the marsh among decision makers and the managers of the marsh. We will have some educational tables, tours of the marsh, and an environmental band – the Wave Tones. Tours will be offered and people will be encouraged to visit the tables and learn about the Jessie Street Marsh management plan which was adopted by the city in 1998 and not pursued. A hope is that this event, plus other activities, will encourage the city to do some basic action items that could help the marsh quickly and be cost effective (even if the entire 1998 plan isn’t carried forward in the near future). Perhaps the most important thing the city can do right now is to stop actively pumping water out of the marsh.


From Pamela Comstock’s post on Take Back Santa Cruz:
Starting today, the police department is initiating a community-wide survey on public safety and police services in the city of Santa Cruz. They are inviting people who live and/or work in the city to participate in the survey and give their feedback. The survey will run for 3 months until December 21, 2016.
The survey is available online in English and Spanish languages at
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SCPDSURVEY and