City Sanctuary Resolution/Resolución de Santuario de la Ciudad

Thanks to Chris Krohn and to ALL other council members — YES, especially including council member Cynthia Mathews — who voted to affirm our status as a sanctuary community. Below is a report from council member Chris Krohn.  As he mentions, the council (a) passed a resolution with essential sanctuary language and (b) has directed staff to return Jan 24 or Feb 14 with specific strong ordinance language and police department policies.  Watsonville will also act on January 24.

The Sanctuary movement will be gathering in another Asamblea or Assembly on the afternoon of the inauguration day of protests.  This will be a good time for sanctuary-related projects to announce events, recruit volunteers, report to the larger movement on what you are doing and what needs to be done.  Groups and projects, formal and informal wishing to network through Sanctuary Santa Cruz should email

Here is what we looked like from Chris’s seat up front:


Here is council member Krohn’s message:

I really appreciate all of you coming out tonight…wow!

A “resolution” was passed by the Santa Cruz City Council. There are two ways of initiating legislation by the city council: 1) resolution and 2) ordinance. This is what the California city clerk’s organization says what the difference is between these two:

What is the difference between a resolution and ordinance?

Legislative action may be taken by either resolution or ordinance. The primary difference is that an ordinance effectuates a local law. A municipal code is comprised of ordinances and serves as a City’s constitution of sorts. A resolution is much less formal and generally addresses administrative and other similar types of matters

Tonight, the Santa Cruz city council passed a resolution supporting the city as a “sanctuary city” and offering help and hope to our immigrant community. The resolution was unanimous. That’s huge.

The testimony from the community and city council members was awe-inspiring, heartfelt and a model for community-building. Speakers came forward to talk about being 28-years old with a one-year old and working in the fields for 10 years ‘sin papeles” (without papers) and always worrying about that ‘knock at the door.’ She also pointed out that there are 21,000 immigrants “sin papeles” who paid income tax in Santa Cruz County last year. Erik pointed out that “107 people were arrested and deported in 2006.” Vicki said simply, “Do not obey in advance,” echoing a quote from Yale professor, Timothy Snyder. Paul led the charge and said we must “go beyond” the other 38 cities that have sanctuary city ordinances and resolutions. Santa Cruz has an opportunity to lead on this issue. And perhaps Steve said it best when he stated, “So much in  life is not what we say, it’s what we do.”

So hopefully the Santa Cruz city council went out and DID. We passed a resolution to protect some of the most vulnerable in our community. Great!

In addition, we were able to put on the January 24th agenda (or Feb. 14th, but I am hoping sooner than later) an item to place some teeth into this resolution. We have a chance to put on ordinance language, which will be codified and provide some teeth to the resolution.

So, we need everyone’s continued participation as we move forward. La lucha sigue (the struggle continues), it’s not over. We need to come back on Jan 24th (or Feb 14th) and get the teeth included in the community-inspired, thoughtful, and hopeful message we passed tonight.

I took a picture of all of your beautiful faces tonight from my seat on the city council dais. Wow! You all look great.


Chris Krohn

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