Movement for Housing Justice Santa Cruz Voters To Decide On Rent Control By Erika Mahoney • Sep 20, 2018 Brandt Bates Listen Listening... / 4:33 Numbers out today show the median monthly rent in Santa Cruz is $3,149. That’s according to the real estate website Zillow. This November, residents will vote on whether rent control is the answer to reining in rents. Rising Rents In Santa Cruz Inspire Rent Control Push By Erika Mahoney • Dec 5, 2017 Erika Mahoney Listen Listening... / 4:32 The majority of people living in Santa Cruz are renters. But high rents are driving some of them out. One homeowner is leading an effort to change that.