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What does the term, ‘take back Santa Cruz’ mean to you?

lt hillaryTaking back Santa Cruz means feeling more safe on our streets in the night, being able to be out with our families and our friends in the evening and not worrying about getting hurt, or attacked, or being in our parks after sunset without worrying about what we might find. I've been at a lot of parks with my niece and found a lot of needles in the sand. So, not having to worry so much about what we’re doing and just enjoying our lives more.

Hillary Anderson
Santa Cruz | Waitress/Student

lt travis

A reaction to the yuppies and the people that are coming in from different parts of California that aren't part of the culture. Take back Santa Cruz to me is about keeping it local. I’ve noticed it in cities like Austin Texas. It's a very unique vibe and I just don’t like to see commercialism.

Travis Tobiassen
Santa Cruz | Job Coach

lt kaylaI went on the police blog and was shocked to see that there were 10,000 crimes in Santa Cruz when the national average for a city our size is 6,000 and the fact that its double makes me want to ask who's taking it over? Why do we have so much crime? So part of taking back Santa Cruz is to make it safer. I really have this sense that things have gotten out of control. What happened? Take Back Santa Cruz means I want to raise my children here,

I want to live here, I want it to be a

flourishing community, rather than a community in fear.

Kayla Rose
Santa Cruz | Hypnotherapist

lt wesTake back' from whom? For whom? I've seen Santa Cruz swing from tolerance to a divisive wanna-be Los Gatos obsessed with safety, economic growth, and normalcy. TBSC is just riding that wave."

Wes Modes
Santa Cruz | Artist

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Crime data shocker
written by NYtransplant, January 16, 2014
I just moved here from a fairly crime-ridden neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY, and was shocked to learn that the crime rate per thousand people here in Santa Cruz is higher than in Brooklyn! My old neighborhood earns a higher safety rating than SC. This is unfortunate and hard to believe, considering the size of the town, and sense of community that I've witnessed here so far. This is a great place with hardworking, friendly citizens willing to help each other out. The crime numbers should NOT be so high. Neighbors working together to make the town a better place, for all demographics of residents, is what Take Back Santa Cruz should mean.
All agreed but...
written by Athos Rahl, January 15, 2014
Travis Tobiassen states that "yuppies" are a problem? What if I happen to be FROM Santa Cruz yet also successful and reasonably young? I can't believe this is even compared to other things which plague our community such as safety, needle exchange, etc. when it comes to what TBSC means... *sigh*
written by TBSC's Needles Solutions Team, January 15, 2014
Thank you to Hillary Anderson for bringing attention to the "needles in the sand" issue. We invite you and anyone else who has found a needle in a public space to report the find to Take Back Santa Cruz's Needles Solutions Team (see below for instructions on reporting a needle find).

The Needles Solutions Team has been keeping a Needles In Public Spaces (NIPS) log for over a year. This log is a record of citizen reports of needles found in public spaces around Santa Cruz County. We send a report and a copy of the log to the City Council and County Board of Supervisors each and every month. We are now up to 2,139 needles found in 13 months, 7 days. We have received reports of 6 needle sticks, 3 of whom were children. Note that these are only the needle finds and sticks that have been reported to us. We need the public's help in getting a more accurate snapshot of this problem!


To report a needle find, you can notify us in a variety of ways:

In a thread on one of these Facebook pages: Take Back Santa Cruz, The Clean Team!! or Needle Free Zone;
Message Cruz Needles directly on Facebook;
Email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or
Fill out and submit the Needle Report form on TBSC's webpage:

Information recorded: Date, number of needles, location/address (street name and block# will suffice), location type (residential, business, park, beach, river, other), whether a child was present, and the person’s name if it is other than their Facebook name. We highly encourage people to photograph their needle finds. If you have photographs, please provide them and we will link them to your report number.
Example of a needle report:
01/03/14, 2 needles, corner of Oregon and Centennial, residential, two-year-old daughter was walking with her mother, Susan B

Thank you!
-Needles Solutions Team
Flip Flop Cop
written by HipCowboy420, January 15, 2014
I have seen first hand the drinking and drug activity of most of the homeless I am the Keeper of the Cliff Street Stairs and when I first began the stairs stayed crowded with prostitutes, drunks, druggies, gang activity you name it. You could not even use the stairs without being harassed, intimidated, or even assaulted for using them. Well with the Help of SCPD and me going up there 5 times a day the stairs are now mostly a Safe, and Clean. Now that's what I call TAKING BACK SANTA CRUZ one step at a time.
Mr Modes
written by Dan Bowers, January 15, 2014
Being ignorant to the need for a clean safe environment does not make you a better artist!

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