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Ken Collins, a Santa Cruz big-wave surfer turned controversial activist, talks to an officer while cleaning up at Harvey West.

Ken Collins, a Santa Cruz big-wave surfer turned controversial activist, talks to an officer while cleaning up at Harvey West.

Ken Collins has been talking nonstop for fifteen minutes. His voice is getting hoarse, and the cold he fought off a day earlier sounds like it’s coming back. “This is a small surf city with big city problems. It should never have gotten this bad,” he says, sitting at a picnic table about thirty yards from the Harvey West Park woods where he played hide-and-seek as a kid. These days, Collins wouldn’t let his children on the playground.

Collins has with him an empty plastic milk carton of cigarette butts and used syringes he found on the ground. When he goes to a city council meeting, he brings the same carton with him, and shakes it like a rattle in between public commenters.

Collins, better known as “Skindog” to the extreme sports world, is one of the world’s premiere big-wave surfers. He competed in the Mavericks Surf Competition last month—and from the looks of it, probably hasn’t smiled since. Collins took up this local cause after a long Tuesday walk in November when he and about 20 others found a bunch of trash on the railroad tracks and stormed into the city council chambers to give the politicians an earful.

Collins isn’t the only person angry about used needles and homeless addicts around Pogonip City Park, the San Lorenzo River and Cowell Beach, which ranked as the worst beach in California last year. But he might be the most controversial.

“Santa Cruz is a supermodel with AIDS,” he says. “It’s this beautiful place that’s completely diseased.”

Collins calls the Homeless Services Center a “crack house.” (HSC director Monica Martinez says the shelters have a no-drug policy.) He says the city manager should be fired for failing to address Santa Cruz’s public safety, and accuses city councilmembers of not doing their jobs, even though two of them began their first terms less than two months ago. Collins is a little short on patience.

Volunteers Craig Lambert and Gary Young are working nearby in the Harvey West’s baseball field to build a batting cage. Last season, the two men, both of them fathers, showed up early before little league games to clean trash off the field. They say someone has to do what Collins is doing.

“When I was a kid,” Young says, “we’d play outside until we got hungry and come home for dinner. You can’t let your kids play out until dark anymore. You have to practically drive them everywhere.”

It’s tough to deny that Collins, regardless of what anyone thinks of what he spouts, embodies the frustration that erupted after fellow surfer Dylan Greiner made a YouTube video in November about three tons of trash in the caves near Cowell Beach.

Collins says he’s not just harping on problems, but also has solutions. He suggests the city build public restrooms with surveillance cameras out front, while also hiring a ten-member group to pick up trash and a four-member team of police officers with all-terrain vehicles and horses to “harass” homeless people and chase drug dealers out of town. The city is looking at healthy reserves for the first time in years, and Santa Cruz might hire new cops, but plans like Collins’ would be no small expense for a city.

“There are good homeless people,” Collins says. “I have compassion for the homeless people that are down on their luck and need help, and they’re seeking help. But there are junkies who use the homeless population to hide themselves and camouflage themselves to do their dirty seedy work.”

There's no evidence that Santa Cruz's recent high-profile crimes—two shootings, a grocery-store robbery, and a rape at UCSC—were committed by homeless people. But Santa Cruz Police Captain Steve Clark says a “playful attitude” about drug use has plagued Santa Cruz for years, and leads to more crime.

At a recent city council meeting, councilmember Don Lane cautioned against dividing homeless people into different camps.

“Those are all people who are homeless, and they may have different needs, and the community may want to deal with them differently, but we do need to deal with them,” Lane said at the Feb. 12 meeting. “The fact that someone’s homeless and a drug addict does not make them a non-human being in our community. And we need to deal with those folks in a constructive way, too.”

“Skindog” is not backing down. “My approach has been very aggressive. I’m very aggressive,” he says. “I don’t pussyfoot around this. I don’t tread lightly trying to be polite, because that’s not going to work.”

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/santa_cruzs_angriest_man.html County Resident

    Congratulations and thank you to Mr. Collins for speaking out.  I fully support your cause.  I believe they should institute mandatory drug testing as a means of verifying eligibility for receiving homeless services/our tax dollars.  It is time to rid Santa Cruz of the tide of refuse that has washed up on our shores. Please update this page with upcoming events.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/2013/02/26/santa_cruzs_angriest_man County Resident

    Congratulations and thank you to Mr. Collins for speaking out.  I fully support your cause.  I believe they should institute mandatory drug testing as a means of verifying eligibility for receiving homeless services/our tax dollars.  It is time to rid Santa Cruz of the tide of refuse that has washed up on our shores. Please update this page with upcoming events.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/santa_cruzs_angriest_man.html Mark Stephens

    While Mr. Collins surely gives expression to the fears and frustrations pervading our community, highlighting such individual reactions and prescriptions rather than looking closely at collaborative community-based means of addressing these very real issues is a curious editorial decision.

    We have a highly engaged community with numerous community-based organizations and leaders that we’ve empowered and entrusted to find solutions to myriad challenges using extremely limited resources. Looking critically at resources issues (specifically fiscal resources) might be a more productive (even if less cathartic) use of your limited editorial resources.

    Your article echoes and thus may amplify the more extreme reactionary views we’re reading today in the wake of yesterday’s very sad and disturbing violence, including the views of some who have assigned blame or responsibility based on ignorant knee-jerk reactions than experience in and understanding of specific patterns (and clear non-patterns) and causes (somewhat indeterminate) of the recent spate of violence.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/2013/02/26/santa_cruzs_angriest_man Mark Stephens

    While Mr. Collins surely gives expression to the fears and frustrations pervading our community, highlighting such individual reactions and prescriptions rather than looking closely at collaborative community-based means of addressing these very real issues is a curious editorial decision.

    We have a highly engaged community with numerous community-based organizations and leaders that we’ve empowered and entrusted to find solutions to myriad challenges using extremely limited resources. Looking critically at resources issues (specifically fiscal resources) might be a more productive (even if less cathartic) use of your limited editorial resources.

    Your article echoes and thus may amplify the more extreme reactionary views we’re reading today in the wake of yesterday’s very sad and disturbing violence, including the views of some who have assigned blame or responsibility based on ignorant knee-jerk reactions than experience in and understanding of specific patterns (and clear non-patterns) and causes (somewhat indeterminate) of the recent spate of violence.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/santa_cruzs_angriest_man.html Kathy Cheer

    County Resident:  You advocate mandatory drug testing to qualify for homeless services; does that include testing for alcohol abuse.  I love the way do-gooders come down so hard on drug (marijuana) users, but ignore the perils and threat of alcoholics.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/2013/02/26/santa_cruzs_angriest_man Kathy Cheer

    County Resident:  You advocate mandatory drug testing to qualify for homeless services; does that include testing for alcohol abuse.  I love the way do-gooders come down so hard on drug (marijuana) users, but ignore the perils and threat of alcoholics.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/santa_cruzs_angriest_man.html Kim McAdams

    Seriously you give Mr Collins that headline? At the least, the word CARING could have been used? Why is it the people who want to make things better are called controversial? Because if you interview the majority of the community they will agree, this city is too tolerant for the rampant drug abuse and the violence has to end. We lost 2 SCPD officers yesterday. What MORE is it going to take? LABEL ME or Mr. Collins if you want…the fact is the druggues run this town and that needs to end now.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/2013/02/26/santa_cruzs_angriest_man Kim McAdams

    Seriously you give Mr Collins that headline? At the least, the word CARING could have been used? Why is it the people who want to make things better are called controversial? Because if you interview the majority of the community they will agree, this city is too tolerant for the rampant drug abuse and the violence has to end. We lost 2 SCPD officers yesterday. What MORE is it going to take? LABEL ME or Mr. Collins if you want…the fact is the druggues run this town and that needs to end now.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/santa_cruzs_angriest_man.html Scott

    How do I contact Skindog?  I am supportive of rules for those that use our services, take our charity, and Kathy, sure, no drunks on govt land, I support that too, I am sure Skindog would agree.  How can you afford alcohol and be homeless?  We need more police presence in our parks.  A patrol, a cop asking questions is all it takes to move those with something to hide away from our kids.  Lane is wrong, not all homeless are the same, some are crazy and on drugs, others are working to get of the street and sober. 

    I support the requirement that all bikes be licensed, a bike is like currency for the dirt-bag faction of the homeless.  Licenses are free.I would gladly show my ID to a cop to prove I own my bike, if it will stop the crazy theft of bikes in this city.  Proving I own my bike does not reduce my freedom.  If a bike is on public property and doesn’t have a license it should be confiscated until it is proven to be owned by someone.  No bike should be allowed at the HSS without being licensed and registered at the HSS.  I have 2 friends that went there after their bike was taken and recaptured them, the police and the HSS staff should be doing helping.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/2013/02/26/santa_cruzs_angriest_man Scott

    How do I contact Skindog?  I am supportive of rules for those that use our services, take our charity, and Kathy, sure, no drunks on govt land, I support that too, I am sure Skindog would agree.  How can you afford alcohol and be homeless?  We need more police presence in our parks.  A patrol, a cop asking questions is all it takes to move those with something to hide away from our kids.  Lane is wrong, not all homeless are the same, some are crazy and on drugs, others are working to get of the street and sober. 

    I support the requirement that all bikes be licensed, a bike is like currency for the dirt-bag faction of the homeless.  Licenses are free.I would gladly show my ID to a cop to prove I own my bike, if it will stop the crazy theft of bikes in this city.  Proving I own my bike does not reduce my freedom.  If a bike is on public property and doesn’t have a license it should be confiscated until it is proven to be owned by someone.  No bike should be allowed at the HSS without being licensed and registered at the HSS.  I have 2 friends that went there after their bike was taken and recaptured them, the police and the HSS staff should be doing helping.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/santa_cruzs_angriest_man.html Robert Norse

    Cleaning up trash is one thing, talking trash and treating people like trash is another.

    Recognizing politicians ducking issues and holding them to account is one thing, pressing a violent senseless Drug War is another.

    Calling for the resignation of powerful top-salary institutional bureaucrats like Martin Bernal is one thing, calling for a search-and-destroy policy against homeless people destroying homeless services and bulldozing homeless camps—is another.

    Step back and consider who the real culprits are as the war, surveillance, and bankster economy crushes us all.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/2013/02/26/santa_cruzs_angriest_man Robert Norse

    Cleaning up trash is one thing, talking trash and treating people like trash is another.

    Recognizing politicians ducking issues and holding them to account is one thing, pressing a violent senseless Drug War is another.

    Calling for the resignation of powerful top-salary institutional bureaucrats like Martin Bernal is one thing, calling for a search-and-destroy policy against homeless people destroying homeless services and bulldozing homeless camps—is another.

    Step back and consider who the real culprits are as the war, surveillance, and bankster economy crushes us all.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/santa_cruzs_angriest_man.html Don Honda

    Thank you very much for doing this and keeping on the city council’s tail.  Maybe, if you embarrass them enough and affect business as usual in this town, just maybe something will be done instead of the constant enabling and PC rhetoric.

    Make Santa Cruz Safe! Not Weird!

    Envision what kind of city you want, and make it so, city leaders!

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/2013/02/26/santa_cruzs_angriest_man Don Honda

    Thank you very much for doing this and keeping on the city council’s tail.  Maybe, if you embarrass them enough and affect business as usual in this town, just maybe something will be done instead of the constant enabling and PC rhetoric.

    Make Santa Cruz Safe! Not Weird!

    Envision what kind of city you want, and make it so, city leaders!

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/santa_cruzs_angriest_man.html Sean Mundell

    Heroin addiction is Santa Cruz’s biggest problem and a needle exchange only puts more needles on our beaches and in our community. If you are going to take your life in your own hands and shoot up drugs than you should be ready to take the consequences of risking getting disease from those needles. Why should they get a clean one? only to litter to get another clean one? I was at the park the other day and picked up a needle where my son was playing. I saw the addicted smack ridden crew across the park and wanted to do very violent things to harm them. I think a lot of locals here feel the same way. If the city cant do anything about it, the locals will and it wont be pretty. New smack users are flocking here because they know Santa Cruz gets special funding for smack users along with free needles. Its like advertising to a dog that you will get free food if you come to Santa Cruz.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/2013/02/26/santa_cruzs_angriest_man Sean Mundell

    Heroin addiction is Santa Cruz’s biggest problem and a needle exchange only puts more needles on our beaches and in our community. If you are going to take your life in your own hands and shoot up drugs than you should be ready to take the consequences of risking getting disease from those needles. Why should they get a clean one? only to litter to get another clean one? I was at the park the other day and picked up a needle where my son was playing. I saw the addicted smack ridden crew across the park and wanted to do very violent things to harm them. I think a lot of locals here feel the same way. If the city cant do anything about it, the locals will and it wont be pretty. New smack users are flocking here because they know Santa Cruz gets special funding for smack users along with free needles. Its like advertising to a dog that you will get free food if you come to Santa Cruz.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/santa_cruzs_angriest_man.html Chris Arends

    Collins sounds well-meaning but should probably stick to surfing.  He clearly knows nothing about the complexity of the homeless and drug-use situation in Santa Cruz, and like any simpleton, advocates “solutions” that have no foundation in either theory or practice.  ATV- and horse-bound cops to “chase drug dealers out of town”?  Brilliant.  Because of course, once chased out of town, said drug dealers won’t immediately try to return to peddle their wares. Or find someone else to traffic for them. But maybe Collins was thinking of building a 20-foot wall around Santa Cruz – ooooh, and moat, too!  With alligators! That’ll stop those pesky dealers!

    But seriously, if Collins is truly interested in helping out, he should defer to those who actually know what they’re talking about (like Monica Martinez, who’s been doing this a lot longer than him). Otherwise, stay in the ocean, bro.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/2013/02/26/santa_cruzs_angriest_man Chris Arends

    Collins sounds well-meaning but should probably stick to surfing.  He clearly knows nothing about the complexity of the homeless and drug-use situation in Santa Cruz, and like any simpleton, advocates “solutions” that have no foundation in either theory or practice.  ATV- and horse-bound cops to “chase drug dealers out of town”?  Brilliant.  Because of course, once chased out of town, said drug dealers won’t immediately try to return to peddle their wares. Or find someone else to traffic for them. But maybe Collins was thinking of building a 20-foot wall around Santa Cruz – ooooh, and moat, too!  With alligators! That’ll stop those pesky dealers!

    But seriously, if Collins is truly interested in helping out, he should defer to those who actually know what they’re talking about (like Monica Martinez, who’s been doing this a lot longer than him). Otherwise, stay in the ocean, bro.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/santa_cruzs_angriest_man.html Santa Cruz Resident

    Skindog is right.  The simple fact is that the Police and Courts in this city have their hands tied from the ultra liberal policies.  And…I am a lefty liberal!  But I recognize that we need a change.  My mom visits and will not go downtown to shop because of all the riff raff on Pacific Ave.  Our kids are not safe to play like we were, we should recognize the brutal truths about crime and Santa Cruz, and come up with a plan, and make some changes.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/2013/02/26/santa_cruzs_angriest_man Santa Cruz Resident

    Skindog is right.  The simple fact is that the Police and Courts in this city have their hands tied from the ultra liberal policies.  And…I am a lefty liberal!  But I recognize that we need a change.  My mom visits and will not go downtown to shop because of all the riff raff on Pacific Ave.  Our kids are not safe to play like we were, we should recognize the brutal truths about crime and Santa Cruz, and come up with a plan, and make some changes.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/santa_cruzs_angriest_man.html SoupBoy

    I’d feel better about Skindog’s contributions if he wasn’t always promoting the company he works for (Volcom).

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/2013/02/26/santa_cruzs_angriest_man SoupBoy

    I’d feel better about Skindog’s contributions if he wasn’t always promoting the company he works for (Volcom).

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/santa_cruzs_angriest_man.html Really

    Kathy: Obviously “(marijuana)” is not the issue here. Heroin, alcohol and Meth are the drugs that keep people in the viscous homeless cycle. Yes, people should be tested for all substance abuse to qualify for Tax payer funds. People who still have spending money for weed are in there own category and obviously need to get their priorities straight. As fo alcohol, it is out of your system in a day, good luck testing for that. You can force someone into drug and alcohol rehab, but if they don’t want to be there or deal with their underlying issues, its not going to work. Cutting out the enabling gives them a whole new incentive to get their Sh#t back on track.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/2013/02/26/santa_cruzs_angriest_man Really

    Kathy: Obviously “(marijuana)” is not the issue here. Heroin, alcohol and Meth are the drugs that keep people in the viscous homeless cycle. Yes, people should be tested for all substance abuse to qualify for Tax payer funds. People who still have spending money for weed are in there own category and obviously need to get their priorities straight. As fo alcohol, it is out of your system in a day, good luck testing for that. You can force someone into drug and alcohol rehab, but if they don’t want to be there or deal with their underlying issues, its not going to work. Cutting out the enabling gives them a whole new incentive to get their Sh#t back on track.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/santa_cruzs_angriest_man.html County Resident

    Kathy, I’m all for alcohol testing as well.  Also, I was thinking they’d be ruling people out for a whole lot of opioids and stimulants.  Marijuana hadn’t crossed my mind.  I actually used to work at a stimulant treatment outpatient program in San Francisco, and meth use in the community=bad news period. People with addictions to alcohol and other hard core drugs need serious treatment (on a scale that our community neither provides, nor can afford to provide), they do not need handouts and other services that enable their lifestyle. 

    BTW, a follow up on my post from last night Ken Collins and the Clean Team do have a website: http://www.cleanteamsantacruz.org/ that’s coming soon.  They also have a group on facebook, which is linked off that page.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/2013/02/26/santa_cruzs_angriest_man County Resident

    Kathy, I’m all for alcohol testing as well.  Also, I was thinking they’d be ruling people out for a whole lot of opioids and stimulants.  Marijuana hadn’t crossed my mind.  I actually used to work at a stimulant treatment outpatient program in San Francisco, and meth use in the community=bad news period. People with addictions to alcohol and other hard core drugs need serious treatment (on a scale that our community neither provides, nor can afford to provide), they do not need handouts and other services that enable their lifestyle. 

    BTW, a follow up on my post from last night Ken Collins and the Clean Team do have a website: http://www.cleanteamsantacruz.org/ that’s coming soon.  They also have a group on facebook, which is linked off that page.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/santa_cruzs_angriest_man.html Malcolm Crocker

    Kathy, I don’t think anyone is talking about marijuana use. Most people, including myself, are concerned with meth and heroine addicts and their destructive effect on our community. I agree with you that severe alcoholism is also a big problem, and a huge strain on our resources.

    Unfortunately for Santa Cruz, the old “progressive” guard, Don Lane and Mike Rotkin et al., have publically embraced the alternative lifestyle of homeless drug addiction. They want to take the shame out of shameful behavior, and in so doing they have attracted to Santa Cruz far more than our share of addicts and criminals. They are like permissive codependent partners who support and care for the abusers in our community. Worse yet, they do so with the resources of others who do not share their passive, tolerant, shortsighted perspective.

    Ultimately, the true blame lies with the voters in the city of Santa Cruz. They, too, have been passive and understanding towards these local politicians of ill design.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/2013/02/26/santa_cruzs_angriest_man Malcolm Crocker

    Kathy, I don’t think anyone is talking about marijuana use. Most people, including myself, are concerned with meth and heroine addicts and their destructive effect on our community. I agree with you that severe alcoholism is also a big problem, and a huge strain on our resources.

    Unfortunately for Santa Cruz, the old “progressive” guard, Don Lane and Mike Rotkin et al., have publically embraced the alternative lifestyle of homeless drug addiction. They want to take the shame out of shameful behavior, and in so doing they have attracted to Santa Cruz far more than our share of addicts and criminals. They are like permissive codependent partners who support and care for the abusers in our community. Worse yet, they do so with the resources of others who do not share their passive, tolerant, shortsighted perspective.

    Ultimately, the true blame lies with the voters in the city of Santa Cruz. They, too, have been passive and understanding towards these local politicians of ill design.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/santa_cruzs_angriest_man.html Clarkie

    What’s controversial about him? He’s telling the truth and the city should listen. And I highly doubt he’s the city’s angriest man. I applaud him for speaking out, something more people should do.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/2013/02/26/santa_cruzs_angriest_man Clarkie

    What’s controversial about him? He’s telling the truth and the city should listen. And I highly doubt he’s the city’s angriest man. I applaud him for speaking out, something more people should do.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/santa_cruzs_angriest_man.html Don Honda

    Thanks for being MadDog about this.  I, and many of the community, appreciate your efforts.  If Santa Cruz wants to ban plastic bags, why can’t we ban dirty needles?  Which is more harmful to the environment?

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/2013/02/26/santa_cruzs_angriest_man Don Honda

    Thanks for being MadDog about this.  I, and many of the community, appreciate your efforts.  If Santa Cruz wants to ban plastic bags, why can’t we ban dirty needles?  Which is more harmful to the environment?

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/santa_cruzs_angriest_man.html Resident
  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/2013/02/26/santa_cruzs_angriest_man Resident
  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/santa_cruzs_angriest_man.html bunion

    As mr. Skindog points out the problems in the houseless population he seeks to draw fire away from his own experiences with Meth and the large community of professional surfers on the westside who spent much of the past 15 years dealing with their often well publicized addictions.  One such surfer had literall created an army of meth users decimating large parts of westside youth and is still serving his sentence.  I’d encourage Mr. ..dog to not throw stones in glass houses.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/2013/02/26/santa_cruzs_angriest_man bunion

    As mr. Skindog points out the problems in the houseless population he seeks to draw fire away from his own experiences with Meth and the large community of professional surfers on the westside who spent much of the past 15 years dealing with their often well publicized addictions.  One such surfer had literall created an army of meth users decimating large parts of westside youth and is still serving his sentence.  I’d encourage Mr. ..dog to not throw stones in glass houses.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/santa_cruzs_angriest_man.html Don Honda

    Excellent comment—and coming from a lefty liberal yet!?!?!?

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/2013/02/26/santa_cruzs_angriest_man Don Honda

    Excellent comment—and coming from a lefty liberal yet!?!?!?

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/santa_cruzs_angriest_man.html Caleb Radice

    Mr.Colins i respect the frustration & anger that You have, however the Homeless Services Center IS NOT a “crack house.”

    after My Mom past, & Good Employment be came nonexistent, I found myself hungry,alone,scared,& on the street,
    in My hometown.

    With no income or food, the HSC helped me lift myself back to my feet,and i am not the only one, 80% of the Citizens standing
    in line & some times in the rain & freezing cold, with me for A good meal are good Members of our beautiful City.

    The amazing hero’s at HSC are who all true Citizens of THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
    Respect.

    Collins, i Thank You for Your Time & being involved, &
    Please Keep up the Good Work smile

    Caleb.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/2013/02/26/santa_cruzs_angriest_man Caleb Radice

    Mr.Colins i respect the frustration & anger that You have, however the Homeless Services Center IS NOT a “crack house.”

    after My Mom past, & Good Employment be came nonexistent, I found myself hungry,alone,scared,& on the street,
    in My hometown.

    With no income or food, the HSC helped me lift myself back to my feet,and i am not the only one, 80% of the Citizens standing
    in line & some times in the rain & freezing cold, with me for A good meal are good Members of our beautiful City.

    The amazing hero’s at HSC are who all true Citizens of THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
    Respect.

    Collins, i Thank You for Your Time & being involved, &
    Please Keep up the Good Work smile

    Caleb.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/santa_cruzs_angriest_man.html Don Honda

    Why didn’t my other two comments ever make it to be posted here???  Afraid of a little truth??

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/2013/02/26/santa_cruzs_angriest_man Don Honda

    Why didn’t my other two comments ever make it to be posted here???  Afraid of a little truth??

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/santa_cruzs_angriest_man.html Gangnamstyle

    Go SKINDOG, theres way to much littering and drug use goin around in sc we got to clean this town back into the nice beach town it used to be, crack down on people and get them out of sc, RESPECT THE AINA!

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/2013/02/26/santa_cruzs_angriest_man Gangnamstyle

    Go SKINDOG, theres way to much littering and drug use goin around in sc we got to clean this town back into the nice beach town it used to be, crack down on people and get them out of sc, RESPECT THE AINA!

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/santa_cruzs_angriest_man.html coral

    Thank you Caleb.
    I think certain homeless people who have helped the community would be great at assisting in the COOPERATIVE- not necessarily AGGRESSIVE clean up approaches orchestrated by some thoughts expressed by Collins. That’s one idea several people in town have had- allow the actual people who are out there or have been out there- and those who care about them. There could be homeless task forces who can deal with those who threaten to cause harm and make the areas ugly. The city should “study” one of those plans- a self run task force. I’d like to also commend The Clean Team, Save Our Shores and the Tannery residents, as examples of groups coordinated by a common cause and avocation- LOVE of the SURROUNDINGS where they live. Love is not to hard to ask..A little more LOVE.
    Thank you.

    There are ALWAYS people who are helped who are/were asking for help, and ALWAYS those who can’t ask for help. Some CANNOT ask, some will NEVER ask.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/2013/02/26/santa_cruzs_angriest_man coral

    Thank you Caleb.
    I think certain homeless people who have helped the community would be great at assisting in the COOPERATIVE- not necessarily AGGRESSIVE clean up approaches orchestrated by some thoughts expressed by Collins. That’s one idea several people in town have had- allow the actual people who are out there or have been out there- and those who care about them. There could be homeless task forces who can deal with those who threaten to cause harm and make the areas ugly. The city should “study” one of those plans- a self run task force. I’d like to also commend The Clean Team, Save Our Shores and the Tannery residents, as examples of groups coordinated by a common cause and avocation- LOVE of the SURROUNDINGS where they live. Love is not to hard to ask..A little more LOVE.
    Thank you.

    There are ALWAYS people who are helped who are/were asking for help, and ALWAYS those who can’t ask for help. Some CANNOT ask, some will NEVER ask.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/santa_cruzs_angriest_man.html Kim Laney

    Crappy headline though! How about Brave, Proud, Protective, Caring?

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/2013/02/26/santa_cruzs_angriest_man Kim Laney

    Crappy headline though! How about Brave, Proud, Protective, Caring?

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/santa_cruzs_angriest_man.html Richard R Kuechle DDS

    Location of the homeless shelter is the lie you cannot hide. Local Politicos knew they could have not put it any other place in town. So in their haste to show they CARE (better known as how they get and stay elected by the UCSC mentality voters <ideology over community with out responsibility>), they plopped it where they would get the least resistance. Now, refusing categorize the homeless population (claiming the homeless all need help and it is cruel to separate into groups, which really means they can’t get the money to do it)they are herded together like cattle. And the Drug Beat goes on.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/2013/02/26/santa_cruzs_angriest_man Richard R Kuechle DDS

    Location of the homeless shelter is the lie you cannot hide. Local Politicos knew they could have not put it any other place in town. So in their haste to show they CARE (better known as how they get and stay elected by the UCSC mentality voters <ideology over community with out responsibility>), they plopped it where they would get the least resistance. Now, refusing categorize the homeless population (claiming the homeless all need help and it is cruel to separate into groups, which really means they can’t get the money to do it)they are herded together like cattle. And the Drug Beat goes on.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/santa_cruzs_angriest_man.html County Resident

    How about this one?  In order for someone to receive homeless services, each day they must first bring in a black bag full of trash.  I think that very quickly this policy would weed the strung-out leeches from those truly trying to get back on their feet and would help to clean the woods as well.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/2013/02/26/santa_cruzs_angriest_man County Resident

    How about this one?  In order for someone to receive homeless services, each day they must first bring in a black bag full of trash.  I think that very quickly this policy would weed the strung-out leeches from those truly trying to get back on their feet and would help to clean the woods as well.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/santa_cruzs_angriest_man.html Don Honda
  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/2013/02/26/santa_cruzs_angriest_man Don Honda
  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/santa_cruzs_angriest_man.html Chelsea

    Everybody’s too busy getting stoned in that disgraceful town anymore to care anyway. I moved years ago because of the lenient outlook on drugs and crime and don’t regret it one bit, especially with all the crime that’s taken place. If this county would spend half as much money on fighting crime and using the suggestions of this man as it does on SUPPORTING the homeless and welfare recipients, our beautiful town might actually be saved. How many crimes will it take for eyes to be opened?

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/2013/02/26/santa_cruzs_angriest_man Chelsea

    Everybody’s too busy getting stoned in that disgraceful town anymore to care anyway. I moved years ago because of the lenient outlook on drugs and crime and don’t regret it one bit, especially with all the crime that’s taken place. If this county would spend half as much money on fighting crime and using the suggestions of this man as it does on SUPPORTING the homeless and welfare recipients, our beautiful town might actually be saved. How many crimes will it take for eyes to be opened?

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/santa_cruzs_angriest_man.html Jayboy

    To Ken Collins:
    Thank you for showing your indignation, it’s what all true locals are feeling. Sometimes you have to cut through the red tape and just get things done.
    To Chris Arends:
    You just wrote many words, so as to de-value Kenny’s (and our) feelings of outrage here. Do you have a family here? Did you even grow up here like we did? If yes, then you would know what has happened to our town over the years -and at an alarming rate.
    Isn’t your personal brand of rhetoric, via blatently pretentious(and may I ad, condescending) vocabulary and diction, just an over-compensation for your personal lack of ability to effect any real change in Santa Cruz?
    Don’t you worry.. This is where men like Ken and the beach clean-up team come into play. People who just jump in and get things done.

    -Because talk is cheap, Brah…
    You want to be solid?
    Try action.
    You’ll be stoked you did!

    Regards,

    Jayboy

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/2013/02/26/santa_cruzs_angriest_man Jayboy

    To Ken Collins:
    Thank you for showing your indignation, it’s what all true locals are feeling. Sometimes you have to cut through the red tape and just get things done.
    To Chris Arends:
    You just wrote many words, so as to de-value Kenny’s (and our) feelings of outrage here. Do you have a family here? Did you even grow up here like we did? If yes, then you would know what has happened to our town over the years -and at an alarming rate.
    Isn’t your personal brand of rhetoric, via blatently pretentious(and may I ad, condescending) vocabulary and diction, just an over-compensation for your personal lack of ability to effect any real change in Santa Cruz?
    Don’t you worry.. This is where men like Ken and the beach clean-up team come into play. People who just jump in and get things done.

    -Because talk is cheap, Brah…
    You want to be solid?
    Try action.
    You’ll be stoked you did!

    Regards,

    Jayboy

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/santa_cruzs_angriest_man.html Jon Lauder

    Your proposed response is too far removed. Ken is much more on target with the situation and effectively dealing with it. Not to say “war, surveillance and banisters” don’t have an effect, but they are far removed in this case.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/2013/02/26/santa_cruzs_angriest_man Jon Lauder

    Your proposed response is too far removed. Ken is much more on target with the situation and effectively dealing with it. Not to say “war, surveillance and banisters” don’t have an effect, but they are far removed in this case.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/santa_cruzs_angriest_man.html Ron Essell

    This is a forum for solutions to the stated problems. There is no one unqualified here, only unqualified ideas. Ken’s ideas however; are on track and agreed with BY IN LARGE in the community, and stand the test as valid in theory, potentially in practice. Denouncing his logical propositions in face of turning over blindly to the status quo would no doubt bring more of the same. To Ken, I applaud your ideas,  I support your efforts and feel the same.

  • http://www.santacruz.com/news/2013/02/26/santa_cruzs_angriest_man Ron Essell

    This is a forum for solutions to the stated problems. There is no one unqualified here, only unqualified ideas. Ken’s ideas however; are on track and agreed with BY IN LARGE in the community, and stand the test as valid in theory, potentially in practice. Denouncing his logical propositions in face of turning over blindly to the status quo would no doubt bring more of the same. To Ken, I applaud your ideas,  I support your efforts and feel the same.

  • Chibiabos

    I grew up on a pot farm and like a good ball of opium every once in a while. That being said, Santa Cruz needs to pull its head out of its ass and start cracking down on drugs. It might make all the college students and the wannabe hippies grumble but the city can’t afford to keep on pretending that that having so many problems is just them being “weird”.

    Blah blah blah, compassion and empathy, but does Santa Cruz even have enough tax payers to fund any sort of social services which could deal with the sheer volume of people who need help? Santa Cruz might have been some sort of funky microcosm in the past but now it’s just another filthy beach town.

  • Chibiabos

    I grew up on a pot farm and like a good ball of opium every once in a while. That being said, Santa Cruz needs to pull its head out of its ass and start cracking down on drugs. It might make all the college students and the wannabe hippies grumble but the city can’t afford to keep on pretending that that having so many problems is just them being “weird”.

    Blah blah blah, compassion and empathy, but does Santa Cruz even have enough tax payers to fund any sort of social services which could deal with the sheer volume of people who need help? Santa Cruz might have been some sort of funky microcosm in the past but now it’s just another filthy beach town.