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Survey: Disparity Between Latinos, Whites

The differences were especially pronounced among youth, according to the Santa Cruz County Community Assessment Project.

A Latino teenage girl living in Santa Cruz County is 10 times more likely to have a baby than her white counterpart, according to a survey of Santa Cruz County residents that showed deep divides between whites and Latinos.

The annual Santa Cruz County Community Assessment Project, which was released Monday, recently unveiled a snapshot of its data.

Nearly three times more white people are homeless than Latinos, but almost twice as many Latinos spend more than one-third of their take-home pay on housing costs.

Among youth, fewer white teenagers drop out of high school and Latino teens are arrested more often, the survey indicated.

Ethnicity Snapshot


Issue Whites Latinos Measurement Affordable Housing 46% 85% Percent of those surveyed who spent more than 30% of take-home pay on housing Unemployment Rate 9.5% 14.9% Percent of those surveyed by phone who were jobless High School Dropout Rate 8.8% 16.5% Santa Cruz County dropouts Higher Education 58% 27% Cabrillo College degrees and certificates awarded Health Insurance 90% 51% Percent of those surveyed with health insurance Teen Births 9% 89% Teen births, ages 19 and under Obesity 70% 54% Percent of those surveyed who are overweight or obese Prison Population 57% 35% Santa Cruz County inmates Juvenile Arrests 36% 58% Rate of arrests per 1,000 youth ages 10-17 Child Abuse 9.8% 11.7% Rate of substantiated cases of child abuse per 1,000 children ages 0-17 Acceptance of Marijuana 60% 20% Percent of those surveyed who are OK with recreational marijuana use Basic Needs Unmet 10% 26% Percent of those surveyed going without basic needs (food, health care, child care) Homelessness 63% 23% Homelessness breakdown at 2011 point-in-time count Quality of Life 80% 48% Percent of respondents who enjoy their lives "to a great extent" Water Pollution 73% 67% Percent of those surveyed who are taking steps to reduce water pollution Alternative Transportation 42% 26% Percent of those surveyed who never commute by taking a bus, carpooling or riding a bike

The United Way of Santa Cruz County has convened the project every year for the last 18 years.

Other findings showed satisfaction with area schools hit a 10-year high from survey respondents and unemployment was on the decline everywhere but Watsonville. The cost of rent has dropped and there were fewer foreclosures in 2011 when compared to 2010.

Oscer Rios III November 19, 2012 at 11:33 PM
All of these are signs of oppression of the Mexicanos in Watsonville.
Watzon McWats November 19, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Please elaborate. Who is oppressing %80 of Watsonville's population?
Oscer Rios III November 19, 2012 at 11:36 PM
People like you are oppressing the people.
Watzon McWats November 19, 2012 at 11:47 PM
How so?
Voice of Walker Street November 20, 2012 at 12:53 AM
@Watzon - you are are so big a raciest that you can not see how big of a raciest you are. All white people seem to be this way. No,it is not possible for a Mexicino/ina to be a raciest as we are the oppressed people. But that will change when the greet change come.
Rebecca Tait November 20, 2012 at 01:01 AM
An interesting article. Please remember, we are all human beings regardless of our race.
Sergio November 20, 2012 at 03:44 AM
@Voice of Walker Street & OscEr Rios III - You two are hilarious!
Carmen Alfaro November 20, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Right on Rebecca and when we cut and bleed is it not all the same color?
Watzon McWats November 20, 2012 at 04:15 AM
In a nation where 72.4% of the population is white, we just elected a black president for the second time in a row. Tell me about how "all white people" are racist again.
Pablo Villagran November 20, 2012 at 01:55 PM
burst the bubbles. It is time for the big companies and its subsidiaries to take better care of this pool of cheap labor and marginal population. from this stadistics, it allways will come to front racism and victimizing. poco a poco vamos mejorando nuestras condiciones de vida, el futuro es nuestro y asi sera.
David H. Perez November 20, 2012 at 03:47 PM
It is people like Oscer Rios III and Voice of Walker Street, spewing hatred and racism, who actually do harm to the image of Latinos in our community. Why do some Latinos in our community insist on keeping us all divided according to race? Carmen Alfaro was right when she said that we all bleed the same color. We are all human no matter our skin color. I think some Latinos keep themselves down by whining about how they think they are so oppressed. What ever happened to personal responsibility? Opportunities are out there for anybody who wants to work hard, but first they must stop belly-aching. I know many very successful Latinos, including myself, who achieved that success not by crying for special consideration and handouts, but by hard work and determination. As far as the study cited above, the answer to the disparity is quite simple and goes back to personal responsibility - don't have a million kids if you don't have the money, intelligence and values to raise them properly. It's also about having values and teaching one's kids those values - like the value of education, and family values like waiting until you get your education, a career and a stable place to live before you start having kids. Like I have always said, it is unfortunate that the most important job in the world (parenting) requires the fewest qualifications of any job. Just my humble opinion.
aptospirate November 20, 2012 at 04:22 PM
well said Perez
Steve Bankhead November 20, 2012 at 05:04 PM
I suspect "Oscer Rios III" & "Voice of Walker Street" to be phony posts - perhaps by the same person. That's because I have faith that no two people could be that ignorant and still work a keyboard. As for statistics...many seem connected to varying cultural situations. For instance, the lower homeless rate for Latinos could be due to larger and possibly stronger family structures, and that could also affect the larger percentage of Latino income being spent on housing, which could result from a combination of lower average income due to more recent entry into the country without documentation or English fluency, plus larger average families requiring larger housing units. But it's easier to blame it on racism...or as Voice of Walker might express it, "raceism."
David H. Perez November 20, 2012 at 05:06 PM
@aptospirate - Wow, a compliment from you??? It must be my lucky day.
David H. Perez November 20, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Well said, Steve.
Beach street 95076 November 20, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Pat each other on the back all you want but the people do not like coconuts.
Doc November 20, 2012 at 07:18 PM
@Beach street 95076 - by using a derogatory racist term like "coconuts", you and others like you prove beyond any doubt that YOU are the ones who are racist. This community is Black, White, Brown and Yellow. Those of us of all colors who are here legally are all Americans. We are all here whether you like it or not, and we are not going anywhere. If you can't handle diversity, then I suggest you move back to Mexico or wherever you originated.
HizDesign November 20, 2012 at 08:41 PM
"If it spells like Mmmmhmmm, and sounds like Mmmmhmmm, it must surely be related, if not mismo mismo :) "
HizDesign November 20, 2012 at 08:45 PM
'racIEst'?' MexiCINO?' "greet' change? " Are these typos or just grand misspellings? (Hopefully they aren't 'words for the new world order'.
HizDesign November 20, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Too true Sergio too true!
HizDesign November 20, 2012 at 08:48 PM
WELL said doc! :)
HizDesign November 20, 2012 at 08:50 PM
I sometimes wonder what exactly is meant (by the survey-taker and/or the respondent) by the term 'homeless'. I say this because we have known people who, not renting a place of their own, live with parent(s) or a friend(s).....and yet call themselves homeless. Just a thought :)
Adam D. November 21, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Seriously this post is stupid and only serves to separate the community. This post in and of itself shows that the media only wants this type of divide because it creates news. If you are a white racist in Watsonville you have a rude awakening about where you live. The only hatred I have seen in Watsonville is from one gang to another, you only need walk into the Safeway bathroom to know that. The numbers in this pole are going to fall heavily towards the Latino community, they comprise 80% of the population. If you have 100 of one type and 10 of another and take the percentage the poll will of course show higher rates for the larger class pool.
HizDesign November 21, 2012 at 01:51 AM
"If you are a white racist in Watsonville you have a rude awakening about where you live..." .....that in itself is a divisive statement. And if the only hatred you have seen in Watsonville is from one gang to another you obviously have lived a very sheltered and/or ignorant life. Anyhow, lol, "this post" as you call it, no more causes separation within our community than your comment does. THINK. It isn't really that hard to do.
Phil Otto November 21, 2012 at 04:19 AM
The survey was for Santa Cruz county, where Latino's are not the majority , as they are in Watsonville. I agree completely with the David Perez comments. There needs to be more parental responsibility and accountability.
Doc November 21, 2012 at 05:57 AM
@Adam D. - LOL, I have been in that Safeway bathroom. I especially liked what was written on the toilet seat cover dispenser - "Sureno sombreros."

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