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What are your thoughts on the recent homeless camp evictions?

lt howardIt depends how it's done. I'm against them making a mess behind them because I walk in the Pogonip and I see sometimes a lot of the garbage that they leave around. But at the same time they have a problem and I know that there are resources here in Santa Cruz, and the police should gently but firmly take them to, or show them where to go to get, decent shelter.
Howard Furer
Santa Cruz | Marketing Research 

lt brent

I think they’re despicable. It's misplaced energy that could be used for actually serving the community. Sure there are problems in the homeless community, at the lowest common denominator, and those are the people we should be working the hardest to protect. I'd like to see a sanctuary camp, and the community coming together in the spirit of cooperation instead of the lack of efficiency and redundancy that we've been seeing.
Brent Adams
Santa Cruz | Filmmaker

lt travis
I wonder where the homeless people are going to go. Are there enough shelters? If you’re going to kick someone out of one place they have to have another place to go. There has to be something to fill the void.
Travis Beabout
Santa Cruz | Farmers Market Employee

lt anthony
My main concern with it is that they leave so much pollution wherever they are. A good percentage of the time that you go to a camp you find needles and stuff that’s hardly even recyclable. 50/50. It's rough. I was homeless, so I had camps, but I didn’t have needles lying around mine.
Anthony Barber
Santa Cruz | Mini Mart Manager 

lt james
As we know, everything's connected. There is one part that’s concerned about homelessness because it's a symptom of something deeper. And then there's a part of me that does a lot of hiking and enjoys being in the forest. So how do you heal what’s going on with the homelessness situation?
James McClaskey
Corralitos | Unemployed

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written by Robert Norse, September 24, 2012
For 1000-2000 homeless facing these raids, there is emergency walk-up shelter for 100 people max at the National 'Guard Armory beginning November 15th. Destroying survival camps and equipment is a basic violation of human rights and also shocks the sense of human dignity. For confirmation call 458-6020 the "Homeless Services" Center. Then call City Manager Martin ) Bernal at 420-5030.& demand these cops go after real crimes.
written by Lillie, September 21, 2012
I wonder what Shannon would think of the sweeps. I think the actions are short-sighted, reactive, impulsive, political and destructive.
written by Grant, September 20, 2012
A positive & well-considered response will benifit us all
10X better than any punitive harassment by authorities.
I hope we, the Santa Cruz community can rise to the tasks & challenges before us.

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