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Power and Progressive Politics in Santa Cruz

Original post made by Former Palo Altan, Meadow Park, on Jul 30, 2013

From the late 1960s until recently, Santa Cruz, California was the most politically progressive medium-sized or large city in the United States. An unlikely confederation of socialist-feminists, social-welfare liberals, neighborhood activists, and environmentalists stopped every major development project they didn't like after 1969, and controlled the city council from 1981 through the beginning of the 21st century. Berkeley, Burlington, Madison, San Francisco, Santa Monica -- none of them had as progressive a government for as long.

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