What Would You Improve in Santa Cruz County in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Santa Cruz County, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Santa Cruz County to make it an even better place to live?

What is on your wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

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Mary Kinkster December 30, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Chuck I've worked in the design and construction of educational and institutional facilities for over 25 years. Vandalism is a legitimate concern but can be overcome to a large extent through proper design and materials selection, in concert with supervisable spaces. The restrooms on Soquel in the parking garage is a good example. A person's feet are always visible from the sidewalk out front. The use of security cameras are a serious deterrent within this community as most are known on sight by the police. I also belluececut is time to begin a serious dialog with these folks about their role in our community and how they want to impact it and how it will impact them. I think honest an frank divisions about the issues that effect is both could lead to better understanding and an opportunity to begin formal creation of a kind of self policing program for conflict resolution and relmduction of vandalism. Give them a role and some responsibility and you may be surprised. They may become part of the community. Treat them as outcast and they'll treat it as something they have been cast out of. As far as popping on the floor and so on, the is a great deal of mental illness among this group and that can't be forgotten. The sea a lot of different types of people in this group some more antisocial than others but there are a lot of good people who are struggling for various reasons. We need to find intelligent solutions our entire community's health.
Lewis December 31, 2012 at 05:16 AM
I'd vote for you no problem --I don't see Capitola having a homeless problem now do I
Lewis December 31, 2012 at 05:25 AM
I personally liked it better when the Italians ran this town versus the liberal arts department. How long will it take before they realize their methods just don't work. It has been 20 years and are we any better off with Wrigley leaving town/Honewell/Lipton/ need I go on how they distroyed business in this town. And don't even get me going on the Homeless and Drugs
Chuck December 31, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Well, good luck with that. Once we get into such things as "having a serious dialogue with 'these folks' ", and empowering them as some kind of community leaders in lieu of continued vandalism and bad behavior, I think a lot of us well behaved taxpayers are off that train. Some of us might see that as rewarding bad behavior, or being held hostage to it to some degree. I don't think much of 'self policing' programs either, sadly. Witness the amount of dog poop in parks and beaches that people don't pick up, as an example. Or litter, as another. I admire your desire to do this, I just think the reality overpowers the idea.
Mary Kinkster December 31, 2012 at 10:24 PM
I'm sorry, I had tried to keep my response brief. That and my phone's T9 inspired typos likely obscured my point. There are those within the homeless community that are respected by the others, that are reasonable and find the antisocial behavior of some to be damaging to their interests. There is a strict set of rules amongst these folks, that they already police themselves. It's a short set of rules but they all know them and what they can expect from the others if they violate them. Having an ongoing dialog with these folks may be beneficial to curbing the poor behavior of the others. The self policing I was suggesting would be in providing the attendant/security to identify vandals. Reporting major vandalism and banning lesser offenders use of the facility for some period of time. Most are aware of the recent murder of the homeless man on the tracks near depot hill, from what I've been told by those who know is that it was in retribution for the harassment and beating of a young homeless woman. Apparently some seriously doubt the validity of her claim as she showed no sign of this supposed beating. A more formalized opportunity for conflict resolution in lieu of meting out street justice may have saved his life as well as avoiding long jail sentences for the five or six involved. Programs such as these have been created in a number of settings and have been shown to be beneficial. I don't think anyone would argue that what we've been doing works. Not even Steve Z below.


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