A look at Santa Cruz, Calif.

AP News
Posted: Feb 28, 2013 4:08 PM

A look at Santa Cruz, Calif., where two police detectives were shot and killed Tuesday while interviewing a man suspected of a misdemeanor sexual assault.


—LOCATION: About 75 miles south of San Francisco. A beach town on the Pacific Ocean and the northern end of Monterey Bay. Surrounded by mountains and large stands of redwood trees. Major industries include tourism and education.

—CLAIM TO FAME: The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is the oldest surviving amusement park in California and one of only a few seaside amusement parks on the West Coast. Two of its rides, a 1911 carousel and a wooden roller coaster built in 1924, have been designated national historic landmarks.

—TRIVIA: Santa Cruz has a long-running feud with Huntington Beach in Southern California over which city can claim the Beach Boys-inspired title of "Surf City, USA."

—NOTABLE CURRENT AND FORMER RESIDENTS: Political activist Angela Davis, poet Adrienne Rich, big wave surfer Darryl "Flea" Virotsko, NFL players Obafemi and Brendon Ayanbadejo, wetsuit inventor Jack O'Neill, author Jonathan Franzen.

—TITLES: Kiplinger's Magazine ranked Santa Cruz No. 3 on its 2012 list of the 10 best American cities to be single. In 2011, The Atlantic gave Santa Cruz and neighboring Watsonville the No. 5 spot on its list of America's most artistic cities.