Poor Students, Rich Landlords: How Santa Cruz’s Housing Shortage Turned into a Crisis
Isabella Cook
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Keep in mind that the University is, by far and away, the single largest employer in Santa Cruz County. This buys them a lot of political power. I’m not saying it’s right, I’m just saying that is the way it is. Any attempts to get the University to clean up its act will be mediated by politicians who are all too aware of the fact that, without the University, the tax base of Santa Cruz County would be much smaller than it is.

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