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the good the bad and the ugly - 3/21/2009
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nick
New Smyrna Beach, FL

If you are not into fast living with lose morals then santa cruz is not the place for you if you are young. i can agree with just about everyone on santa cruz. it is pricey to an extreme, there are crazy mountain bikers. politics are wacko and college kids do run ramped. but i do share a lot of political views as the liberals, i love mountain biking and the crazy politics make the town what it is. it is not what it was when my parents were young there but it is still something different and funky. it will always have a special place in my heart. the crime is kinda high but you only really hear the negative. i have never been bothered. some punk kids tried to break into my house when i was little. but before they could help them selves to the tv they realized someone was home and ran. and yeah there are very aggressive bums but you learn how to live with them. and the locals kind of are jerks. unless you are one of them. i honestly think santa cruz could be better but for some reason when ever i leave i find my self wanting to come back...

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Mike
Soquel, CA

Santa Cruz - 7/14/2015

I have owned a home in Soquel (right next to Santa Cruz) for 24 years and spent lots of time in SC. First, noise is JUST LIKE everywhere else. Second, if you have skills and are willing to work you will not be unemployed. Third, roads are acceptable but not great. Fourth, I have never seen a discarded needle but the party crowd and homeless crowd comes to the beach and just like SF it is not always pristine. Fifth, there is no feral cat problem. Sixth, drought is not an issue if you use a yellow/mellow, brown flush it down strategy. Seventh, affordable housing issue is real if you are not making $$. Seventh, most people who rent pay taxes on that income, the assertion is ridiculous. Eighth, crime is in fact high due to out of town partiers and local homeless/addicted population. Positives -- incredible beauty, climate, clean air, Silicon Valley 35 min. away, with a quickly vanishing older hippie population. Downtown is still funky and weird, stay away from it if you don't like it. Basic message is just stick to those areas you really dig and you will love the area. Be sure to bring skills and a desire to work.

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Tarrington
Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz Summary of Issues - 6/2/2015

We are from Intermountain West and wished we would have researched Sperling's info beforehand. We have never seen anything like the lack of care/concern (i.e., apathy) from city/county leaders relating to multiple problems. If we knew what we know now, we would have NOT moved here. The noise pollution is horrendous. More vehicles than not are rundown, mufflers have holes in them so VERY loud. Some think it's "cool" to turn up vehicle's audio system, noise blasting from vehicles, all hours of the day/night. Unemployment: The employment rates are higher than national average. Very strange given we are so close to Silicon Valley. Either city/county leaders don't want to attract good paying jobs or they don't care given "tourist and students" provide the most money and they don't have to work for it since both come year after year regardless. The roads within city limits is laughable. We have never seen anything like Ocean Avenue. It is literally like driving on a dirt road in the backwoods with all the cracks & mediocre patch-work repairs. Riding a beach cruiser along it was like taking our bikes up in the mountains---bumpy, vibration, all the screws needed tightened afterwards. It's unacceptable. This is one example of many roads needing repaired. Where is all our local taxes going? Contaminated beaches (3 of 10 of CA's beaches are right here in Santa Cruz County, tourist council dirty little secret). Cowell Beach, at the wharf, ranks #1 according to multiple reports. Capitola Beach, east/west of the jetty and, then Rio Del Mar beach. Go to California Coastkeeper Alliance, Beach Report Card and local news for more information. Homelessness downtown, along San Lorenzo river, along West Cliff Drive etc. is heartbreaking and scary at times when he/she confronts you asking for money. We've seen multiple times, homeless people urinate right out on the sidewalk by Trader Joe's parking lot and the movie theater on Riverfront (Regal Riverfront Stadium 2). Trash along the river (delicate ecosystem for birds and marine life), which flows right into the ocean at Cowell Beach, making the already contaminated area even more so. Illegal drugs, cigarette butts & marijuana use. Seen many used IV needles strewn along West Cliff Drive, beaches and by Seabright Beach (along East Cliff). The amount of discarded cigarette butts just thrown in/around parking areas on West Cliff Drive (which either blows right into the Pacific Ocean, affecting marine life negatively, or into private property which tobacco has been known to kill plants). Drug dealers regularly cruise along West Cliff trying to make their next deal. Pathetic. Feral cat problem (certain residents feed such all the while these "wild" animals are using others property as their personal liter box). Many complain about dog owners not picking up waste, well, the feral cat problem here in Santa Cruz is beyond belief. Cats have been known to kill MILLIONS of birds, plus urine and feces is more toxic than canine. Can you imagine a pack of dogs being allowed to roam free to use the area as they feel fit? Can you imagine? Well, that is what city/county officials have allowed feral cats to do is roam free while using private properties as he/she feels fit. Do NOT dare bring it up with the residents who believe the feral cat (even fixed then released back into the community) is a problem. Huge arguments then the "complainer" will be labeled within the neighborhood as an animal hater and blacklisted within the neighborhood. It's such a disturbing issue. Drought: The lack of concern for conservation unless fines are levied against residents. There are still people within the city/county who have thirsty lawns--it should be banned in the West. California is in its 4th year of gut-wrenching, historic drought. Multiple long-term residents even had the nerve to say, "Not that big of a deal. It's been dry before." Nope, nothing like this. We believe he/she has NEVER traveled to the Central Valley (Modesto/Bakersfield areas) where the farmers are sucking more ground water from the aquifers then being replenished to water thirsty almond and pomegranate farms (pretty much the same Big Agriculture corporations). The amount of greed at the expense of the environment is disgusting. Lack of affordable student housing. University of California, Santa Cruz last year (fall of 2014) admitted 700 more students even though the housing in/around the college is dismal. There's greedy homeowners renting 1400 square feet homes to 8-10 students, causing HUGE parking issues, partying concerns, and noise disturbances. Most of the students are renting such houses for $5000+ and on multiple occasions we have found out the homeowner was reporting such property as their "primary" residence. Reason, we believe, in an attempt to avoid paying appropriate taxes, which costs ALL of US money. City obviously doesn't care to come up with a plan that would solve such issues or track such illegal business practices. Short-term, vacation rentals, illegal rentals: City needs to come up with a plan to track such properties given it reduces such available housing to students and professions wanting to live/work in the area. All a person has to do is go on Craigslist's Housing section to see how many people are sub-leasing properties or leasing places short-term for the biggest amount of money in their pockets. It would be interesting to know if such person(s) are paying appropriate taxes on such arrangements--I highly doubt it, which again costs all of us. Then, the illegal rentals in "Tuff Shed-like" units where there's no full kitchen or leasing out closets/garages. It's going on more than anyone would like to admit. Crime and vandalism: On multiple occasions, we have been awakened to gunshots coming from the Natural Bridges area. Tagging of street signs, large dumpsters, fences and businesses. There's been multiple gang related stabbings and shootings since moving here a year ago. For such a small town, this type of violence and crime should be lower, but it reminds of inner-city statistics. Don't even get us started with Salinas & Seaside (Monterey County) 40-50 miles south of Santa Curz, it's the killing fields. Think long and hard about what type of quality of living you want compared to cost of living, including expensive food prices (we live very close to many produce farms, yet, cost of food is the same or more than 100 miles away). Sperling has the statistics that CANNOT be refuted.

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Tarrington
Santa Cruz, CA

Apathy - 6/1/2015

We are from Intermountain West and wished we would have researched Sperling's info beforehand. We have never seen anything like the lack of care (apathy) from city/county leaders relating to multiple problems. If we knew what we know now, we would have NOT moved here. The noise pollution is horrendous. More vehicles than not are rundown, mufflers have holes in them so VERY loud. Some think it's "cool" to turn up vehicle's audio system, noise blasting from vehicles, all hours of the day/night. Unemployment: The employment rates are higher than national average. Very strange given we are so close to Silicon Valley. Either city/county leaders don't want to attract good paying jobs or they don't care given "tourist and students" provide the most money and they don't have to work for it since both come year after year. The roads within city limits is laughable. We have never seen anything like Ocean Avenue. It is literally like driving on a dirt road in the backwoods with all the cracks & mediocre patch-work repairs. Riding a beach cruiser along it was like taking our bikes up in the mountains---bumpy, vibration, all the screws needed tightened afterwards. It's unacceptable. This is one example of many roads needing repaired. Where is all our local taxes going? Contaminated beaches (3 of 10 of CA's beaches are right here in Santa Cruz County, tourist council dirty little secret). Cowell Beach, at the wharf, ranks #1 according to multiple reports. Capitola Beach, east/west of the jetty and, then Rio Del Mar beach. Go to California Coastkeeper Alliance, Beach Report Card and local news for more information. Homelessness downtown, along San Lorenzo river, along West Cliff Drive etc. is heartbreaking and scary at times when he/she confronts you asking for money. We've seen multiple times, homeless people urinate right out on the sidewalk by Trader Joe's parking lot and the movie theater on Riverfront (Regal Riverfront Stadium 2). Trash along the river (delicate ecosystem for birds and marine life), which flows right into the ocean at Cowell Beach, making the already contaminated area even more so. Illegal drugs, cigarette butts & marijuana use. Seen many used IV needles strewn along West Cliff Drive, beaches and by Seabright Beach (along East Cliff). The amount of discarded cigarette butts just thrown in/around parking areas on West Cliff Drive (which either blows right into the Pacific Ocean, affecting marine life negatively, or into private property which tobacco has been known to kill plants). Drug dealers regularly cruise along West Cliff trying to make their next deal. Pathetic. Feral cat problem (certain residents feed such all the while these "wild" animals are using others property as their personal liter box). Many complain about dog owners not picking up waste, well, the feral cat problem here in Santa Cruz is beyond belief. Cats have been known to kill MILLIONS of birds, plus urine and feces is more toxic than canine. Can you imagine a pack of dogs being allowed to roam free to use the area as they feel fit? Can you imagine? Well, that is what city/county officials have allowed feral cats to do is roam free while using private properties as he/she feels fit. Do NOT dare bring it up with the residents who believe the feral cat (even fixed then released back into the community) is a problem. Huge arguments then the "complainer" will be labeled within the neighborhood as an animal hater and blacklisted within the neighborhood. It's such a disturbing issue. Drought: The lack of concern for conservation unless fines are levied against residents. There are still people within the city/county who have thirsty lawns--it should be banned in the West. California is in its 4th year of gut-wrenching, historic drought. Multiple long-term residents even had the nerve to say, "Not that big of a deal. It's been dry before." Nope, nothing like this. We believe he/she has NEVER traveled to the Central Valley (Modesto/Bakersfield areas) where the farmers are sucking more ground water from the aquifers then being replenished to water thirsty almond and pomegranate farms (pretty much the same Big Agriculture corporations). The amount of greed at the expense of the environment is disgusting. Lack of affordable student housing. University of California, Santa Cruz last year (fall of 2014) admitted 700 more students even though the housing in/around the college is dismal. There's greedy homeowners renting 1400 square feet homes to 8-10 students, causing HUGE parking issues, partying concerns, and noise disturbances. Most of the students are renting such houses for $5000+ and on multiple occasions we have found out the homeowner was reporting such property as their "primary" residence. Reason, we believe, in an attempt to avoid paying appropriate taxes, which costs ALL of US money. City obviously doesn't care to come up with a plan that would solve such issues or track such illegal business practices. Short-term, vacation rentals, illegal rentals: City needs to come up with a plan to track such properties given it reduces such available housing to students and professions wanting to live/work in the area. All a person has to do is go on Craigslist's Housing section to see how many people are sub-leasing properties or leasing places short-term for the biggest amount of money in their pockets. It would be interesting to know if such person(s) are paying appropriate taxes on such arrangements--I highly doubt it, which again costs all of us. Then, the illegal rentals in "Tuff Shed-like" units where there's no full kitchen or leasing out closets/garages. It's going on more than anyone would like to admit. Crime and vandalism: On multiple occasions, we have been awakened to gunshots coming from the Natural Bridges area. Tagging of street signs, large dumpsters, fences and businesses. There's been multiple gang related stabbings and shootings since moving here a year ago. For such a small town, this type of violence and crime should be lower, but it reminds of inner-city statistics. Don't even get us started with Salinas & Seaside (Monterey County) 40-50 miles from here, it's the killing fields. Think long and hard about what type of quality of living you want compared to cost of living, including expensive food prices (we live very close to many produce farms, yet, cost of food is the same or more than 100 miles away). Sperling has the statistics that CANNOT be refuted.

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Elizabeth
Boulder Creek, CA

Can't get better weather - 4/2/2015

Santa Cruz is located on the central coast of California about 70 miles south of San Francisco. The weather is temperate ranging from a January low of about 50 degrees to an August high of 80. Now and then, if the wind is coming from the inland, it will get hot, as much as 100 degrees, but it's uncommon and doesn't normally last more than a day or two. Rainy season falls between Oct. 1st and the end of April. Normal rainfall is 40 to 80 inches, depending on the location. Santa Cruz county is an area of "micro climates." Mountain weather is more extreme, both in temperature and rainfall. If you're looking at this area, be sure to ask about the weather in each location within Santa Cruz county. There can be major differences, even within a few miles.

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Anita
Santa Cruz, CA

Weather - 2/4/2015

It has the most beautiful weather every month of the year.

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Christine
Santa Cruz, CA

Panhandlers Delight - 2/3/2015

The dilemma of under achievement is lack of internal compass? Or as some news pundants like to say is a lack of drive. Lack of opportunity but then again this is a tourist town. Underwhelmingly underrepresented by anything other than The Boardwalk. The foodservice at the new Warriors Stadium home to the D-league NBA is currently the same lack luster carnival fare you'd get during regular season of the 100 year old beach venue.. All packaged with a small town mentality that serves only those at the helm of the leading employer to the area.. Care to guess what that tastes like? The river that cuts a lovely path through the downtown is currently off limits to public use or enjoyment beyond simply gazing upon it's sparkling shore. Riding in a kayak, stand up paddle board or worse a motorized boat is strictly prohibited. There was an early spring moratorium on non use and with that water enthusiasts flocked to gain a toe in the water. A bird was flushed from the bushes by an unsuspecting paddle-boarder, and as the bird took flight was attacked mid air by a larger bird of prey. That ended the water use segment of the community enjoyment. A bird died. A moment proudly captured on a cell phone camera and shown to the world as example of mans' messing with mother nature. Privileges revoked. Options for future use pulled from public discussion. Really. I'm not making this up. One can't help but embrace the natural beauty here. The homeless and the downtown business vibe have a symbiotic relationship of some weird relationship. Downtown is avoided by many locals, and the tourists who day trip from the city seek the sun and nature, avoiding the downtown enabled except for the occasional meal. The homeless numbering somewhere around ten percentage points of the community are known to use the river discreetly as a toilet, and as a hangout lifestyle marketplace of sorts.

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Gretchen
Aptos, CA

Santa Cruz Area - 1/3/2015

Beautiful, liberal, college town, progressive, great weather, surfing, kayaking, hiking, walking, creative people. Good organic food, good local award winning wines. It has retianed it's small town feel. Lots of traffic because so many people who live over the hill in Silicon Valley come here looking for affordable housing and then havae to commute over Highway 17 which can be a nightmare if there is an accident or for someone who doesn't know how to drive. Probably one of the most beautiful places on earth to live but getting more expensive by the day.

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Eric
Gilroy, CA

There's Good and Bad - 10/3/2013

I think my experience may be a little bit different than most people's. got lucky in that I already had a solid friend base when I moved to Santa Cruz, as well as an affordable room near the beach at my friend's apartment. While I certainly enjoyed aspects of Santa Cruz, I was very ready to leave after my 9 month temporary stay in the city. So let's start with the cons: Very rude and intolerant people: For a place that is supposedly liberal, I have never been called a "f*cking f*ggot" more times in my life than when I was walking downtown. It was appalling and there reached a point where I just didn't want to go outside anymore. The tourists: I'm not one of those anti-tourism people and perhaps it's my own fault for living on Beach Hill, but come Friday my neighborhood became a hotbed of litter, stumbling drunks, cat-callers, and just plain disrespect. If you are going to visit Santa Cruz, that's fine (I did as a teen all the time) but have some respect for the people who live there! Jobs: I got lucky in that I found a decent paying job fairly easily, though I was required to commute to our San Jose office twice a week. A lot of people commute to San Jose and it can get tiresome since there are few jobs in Santa Cruz outside of the University or healthcare. Traffic: worst traffic I have ever experienced. I think people are rude in Santa Cruz because the traffic stresses them out. Whoever planned this city most not have been entirely sober because the streets make absolutely no sense. It's hard to just get one mile in the city and don't even think about driving on a Saturday in July or during rush hour. Ok, now the pros. There are still a lot of sweet old hippie people, and I love hippies, who bring a spark to Santa Cruz. This one is just my preference and I know that not everyone likes hippies. The redwoods and the beach are right there if you want them. There are a multitude of health-food stores. There are some amazing restaurants. Gay volleyball on Wednesday evenings is wonderful. Once again, I already had a friend base when I moved there and I only lived there for a temporary job, so my experience is different than most peoples. If you do move to Santa Cruz, you must go to trivia nights and 99 Bottles, ride your bike up to Wilder Ranch State Park, go on the Giant Dipper regularly, try one of the hundreds of great coffee shops, and attend some of the fun events downtown. Santa Cruz if far from perfect and in many ways I think it is getting worse instead of better. But it's not terrible. It still has a small town feel with an interesting culture. Just prepare for the summer rush of trashy tourists. But when that happens, walk on down to the Penny Ice Creamery and have some amazing homemade ice cream.

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heidi
Santa Cruz, CA

santa cruz is too hot - 4/21/2013

Coming from 11 years in San Francisco and one in Berkeley, the adjustment to the SC climate is not going well. It seems unreasonably warm for April (80F today). In fact, after the usual winter rains stopped, it's been nothing but sunshine and heat. Most people would likely enjoy this, but I miss layers of clothing, fog, and my four o' clock breeze.

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kell
Soquel, CA

Beautiful Place but pricy - 7/11/2011

Santa Cruz is an amazing place to live but now that i am getting older i am coming to terms that i may not be able to afford it when i start a family. I have lived here all my life & it is truly an beautiful place. You have the best of both worlds you have trees and hiking and beautiful beaches. It is a great place to live but the cost of living is prriiccy.

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cj
Portland, OR

too cold? - 6/27/2011

I'm considering a move to Santa Cruz for school, but am concerned it may be too chilly of a climate for me. I like to be warm and I was surprised to see that even summer nights are 50 degrees?? Does it ever get to 80s in the summer? Thanks!

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Kelly
Santa Cruz, CA

Great Climate - 6/17/2011

You can't beat the weather in Santa Cruz, CA....almost no humidity, relatively mild winters with rain, but gorgeous spring, summer and fall. Fall is actually the best time of the year here as the weather is usually sunny and beautiful and most of the tourists have gone home. While the summers can sometimes have foggy, cool days (especially in June "June Gloom" and even into the early weeks of July) mostly it's just right.

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Jonnieboy
Santa Cruz, CA

Forget Santa Cruz... - 5/13/2011

Other then the wonderful weather and beautiful Monterey Bay, EVERYTHING else here stinks...the natives are total underachievers, real losers, many are total druggies,alcoholics and "tweekers" AND there are SO many homeless per capita it's frightening...and that's the good news! The bad news is the educational system is horrific,turning out very uneducated students comparatively;It's extremely expensive (the 3rd highest rents in America!)it's a beach town (read:no work) AND there's absolutely NO culture per say! I've lived here almost 10 years now and curse the day I moved here.

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nick
New Smyrna Beach, FL

the good the bad and the ugly - 3/21/2009

If you are not into fast living with lose morals then santa cruz is not the place for you if you are young. i can agree with just about everyone on santa cruz. it is pricey to an extreme, there are crazy mountain bikers. politics are wacko and college kids do run ramped. but i do share a lot of political views as the liberals, i love mountain biking and the crazy politics make the town what it is. it is not what it was when my parents were young there but it is still something different and funky. it will always have a special place in my heart. the crime is kinda high but you only really hear the negative. i have never been bothered. some punk kids tried to break into my house when i was little. but before they could help them selves to the tv they realized someone was home and ran. and yeah there are very aggressive bums but you learn how to live with them. and the locals kind of are jerks. unless you are one of them. i honestly think santa cruz could be better but for some reason when ever i leave i find my self wanting to come back...

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Bonnie
Santa Cruz, CA

Money, Money, Money - 3/6/2009

I moved here a little over a year ago to get away from some of the snobbier areas of the East Bay, and at first I fell in love with life in Santa Cruz. The weather is beautiful in the summer and not killer in the winter. Cabrillo College is a great campus with a lot of wonderful professors. No matter where you live in this area you are ten minutes from a beach or the forest. However, generally the locals here have this strange animosity for "out of towners" and newcomers to the city, and sometimes I feel out of place having only moved here within the last year. Also, the cost of living is absolutely outrageous and because of this I'm moving somewhere less expensive. There are always homeless people crowding sidewalks downtown, and you will almost always see at least one person passed out in a corner with a needle hanging out of his arm. The funky atmosphere is fun for a little while, but I find myself craving normalcy and the ability to buy food instead of worrying about how I'm going to make this months rent.

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Bev
Soquel, CA

Most vibrant, culturally interesting CA beach town - 4/19/2008

A great place to experience live entertainment and diverse groups of people from all parts of the world. All university towns are lively, but Santa Cruz is exceptional, with 'good' street musicians and art, plus theatre and lecture events all year long. The downtown is becoming "The place to live" for those in the know. Professionals, artists and savvy people who want to be within walking distance of great restaurants, sidewalk cafes', coffeehouses, art galleries, shops, markets, great beaches, the wharf, the boardwalk and entertainment love living in Santa Cruz. It is considered by many to be among the best beach towns to live in on the California Coast. It does have its share of bums and beggers true, but it makes up for it by being among the cleanest, physically attractive and most exciting and interesting places anywhere in the world. Many former residents who have been forced out by the high prices are disgruntled and angry that it has become so "upscale". A place they can no longer afford. And beware, some conservatives may find the region too progressive. Wealthy retirees are also discovering Santa Cruz. They wanting a safe, vibrant place to live where they walk everywhere. And although there is crime here it is still considered safe. And natural beauty abounds with miles of hiking, biking and walking trails in the closeby beaches and mountains.

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Amy
Santa Cruz, CA

Can't Buy A House - 2/8/2008

The cost of living in the Santa Cruz and the Monterey Bay Area overall is far too much for anyone who is not using it as a bedroom community to commute to The Silicon Valley. As a government worker in this town. making fairly good money, I STILL can't afford to buy a house that's appropriate to my needs.

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Amy
Santa Cruz, CA

Cost of Living and Job Market Not Compatible - 2/8/2008

I have been in Santa Cruz for about 8 years. I graduated from UC Santa Cruz and then stayed with my job in local government but have tried more than once for other jobs in the area without success. The cost of living is totally unaffordable for most. I was making about 35,000 / year, which, granted, isn't much, but it was hardly enough to survive in this town. My partner and I want to buy a home and it's just not possible for us here.

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David B.
Santa Cruz, CA

Paradise got crowded - 12/21/2007

Santa Cruz has changed in the 15 years I've been here. The traffic is bad for 4 hours a day, and foriegn citizens from south of the border are straining our schools and hospitals. What was a friendly town now has stabbings and loud car stereos pounding. It's been sad to watch the change. Also, you used to be able to hike peacefully in the surrounding forest and mountains but there's a trend of inconsiderate mountain bikers who have no real appreciation of nature. They illegaly cut new trails through public parks and yell to eachother while they seem to ride as fast as they can around corners and over hills. Going on a nature hike is not so fun with this happening and protecting the public lands has become a decreasing budgetary priority for the last few years, so enforcement against this has been difficult to impossible. So not only is it hazardous to cross the street, it's nervracking to stroll down a trail in the redwoods.

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Jeromy
Santa Cruz, CA

The Nature of Santa Cruz - 11/23/2007

I was born in Santa Cruz California at Dominican Hospital. I have lived there for 28 years. The town is a cesspool of bums, slums, unemployed liberals and college students that spend more time clogging up the sidewalks with their stupid signs complaining about anything and everything. The sidewalks are used as bathrooms by the homeless and If you have a Anti-abortion bumper sticker or a pro-conservative bumper sticker or a Hummer SUV expect your car to be trashed and vandalized. The "No blood for Oil" crowd spray painted that very quote on my neighbors new Hummer and slashed his tires. I have been attacked in my car for my Pro Bush bumper sticker. The basic "Culture" all these people say they like are freaks with tattoos and piercing from head to toe. Their faces are full of metal with mohawks and no jobs. Heavy drug use and loitering by these people. Very aggressive panhandling by the bums, sometimes accompanied with threats if demands are not met. You cannot leave a restaurant without a bum demanding your leftovers. Woman have been raped in BROAD DAYLIGHT in the city owned parking garages and other places. a few years back a brazilian man refused to give money and got his head blown off by a double barrel shotgun. You get intimidated at the voting booth by local Liberals "Reminding you" to vote for the local socialist candidate. So, some say the culture is a reason to live there. I have to laugh, there is no culture there, just a bunch of liberals and losers running around doing whatever they want whenever they want is not called "Culture" I can go on and on but I think you get the picture. This is not worth having both husband and wife working 50 hours a week so you can live in this sludge. If you want to have a 1 parent income so the other can stay home with the children, california is NOT the state for you. Plus, If you are a stay at home mom and/or dad, DO NOT expect to have a warm welcome. Stay at home moms, once word gets out, are harassed by the local feminists. This future of America, these liberals would rather have a mom and pop shop employ 1-3 workers for minimum wage and no health benefits than allow a Costco to employ 250 people for 12-14 an hour WITH benefits just because it is a large company. these people are like broken records when it comes to what they want. Big business is the only people that offer big pay and they are driven out of town by the local liberals, probably because the local liberals lack the college degree required to fill these positions. The local college liberals take to the streets demanding higher minimum wage all the time and when they get it everything else goes up so their few cents an hour more is irrelevant, however it seems to make them happy (until they realize it had not accomplished anything) then back to the streets. Finally, the weather climate is unmatched and the ocean is beautiful but not worth the struggle to make ends meet. I recently moved to Kennewick, Washington, got a business loan a few days later and I am opened for business making double what I was making on salary. This is NOT something I could have done in Santa Cruz California. I tried already for over two years and gave up on the bureaucratic NIGHTMARE Santa Cruz gleefully offers to ensure people not even try to get ahead and stay broke and depending on welfare, food stamps and other government programs. The City elected officials call these programs, GREP (Guarantee Re-Election Programs)

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