Santa Cruz County Findings
The results of the 2019 household survey were revealed at the November 25th Press Conference, shedding light on the attitudes and conditions of families in Santa Cruz County. Local expert speakers analyzed the household survey results and other quality of life indicators in the areas of local economy, health, public safety, education, social environment and natural environment. They are: Paulina Moreno of Community Action Board (Economy), Dr. Farris Sabbah of Santa Cruz County Office of Education (Education), Stephen Gray of Sutter Maternity & Surgery (Health), Rachel Kippen of O’Neill Sea Odyssey (Natural Environment), Captain Jorge Zamora of the Watsonville Police Department (Public Safety), and Aimee Mangan, of Big Brothers Big Sisters Santa Cruz County (Social Environment).
For the past 25 years, the CAP has been the center of tracking equity, health justice, and well-being in Santa Cruz County. According to the 2019 CAP, 36% of community respondents reported cost of living as a factor that takes away from their quality of life in Santa Cruz County. Twenty-two percent of community respondents reported homelessness as a factor that takes away from their quality of life. Congressman Jimmy Pannetta and the community experts talked about this and more, and what can be done to change it, at the press conference on Monday, November 25th.
The CAP event was hosted and co-sponsored by The City of Watsonville and Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust and will also celebrate the Community Heroes who have demonstrated their service in improving the quality of life in Santa Cruz County.
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