The Clean Team 'Celebrates' a Year of Picking up Hypodermic Needles and Trash

Dec 16, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Patch.com

Elly Chapman got motivated to clean up Santa Cruz the hard way - her husband stepped on a discarded hypodermic needle and had to undergo seven months of painful treatments to make sure he didn't contract a fatal disease.

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j helms

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Tawny and Ming wrote:
We were going to volunteer with the Clean Team until we saw this video of the homeless harassment,
Santa Cruz Clean Team Scandal Video
http://youtu.be/NMTYSZocv4k
Now we volunteer with Save Our Shores. Much better people to clean with.
You can volunteer with CAB, they got sat-com and police protection etc.--they when the area is cooled off. etc.---I think the clean team is a property racketeering scheme, whether or not they "cleaned" is still in the air-the drive up areas would have been cleaned up anyways by the rehab-ers in the jail farm.
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I'm not saying don't go out in woods, just don't play "camp leader" etc.--its perfectly fine to hike etc.
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j helms wrote:
<quoted text> You can volunteer with CAB, they got sat-com and police protection etc.--they when the area is cooled off. etc.---I think the clean team is a property racketeering scheme, whether or not they "cleaned" is still in the air-the drive up areas would have been cleaned up anyways by the rehab-ers in the jail farm.
of Santa Cruz County
http://www2.santacruzpl.org/cid/public/full.p...
Thanks for the suggestion.
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If I was "clean team" I would worry about people spreading and layering their std's , and keeping the kids safe etc.
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I'm still getting strycnine and dog shit in the food, someone broke in, its non-stop here.
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I got clove and golden seal
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But Jeffie, FAT Pat still wants you to tongue her diseased clam!!!
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Tawny and Ming wrote:
We were going to volunteer with the Clean Team until we saw this video of the homeless harassment,
Santa Cruz Clean Team Scandal Video
http://youtu.be/NMTYSZocv4k
Now we volunteer with Save Our Shores. Much better people to clean with.
I am not a fan of the Clean Team either. Too many psychos in that group.
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Alphonso wrote:
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I am not a fan of the Clean Team either. Too many psychos in that group.
Perhaps your Parent's Group can go clean up after those you support with your trolling online? Or, you can cast blame on those with "skin in the game" that go and clean up so their children can play outside and not step on a needle.
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Oh wait a second, your Parent's Group doesn't exist so they can't apply for a permit to clean up after homeless bums. Darn, you can't do anything significant to help homeless but blow hot air our your butt.
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alphonsos tears wrote:
Oh wait a second, your Parent's Group doesn't exist so they can't apply for a permit to clean up after homeless bums. Darn, you can't do anything significant to help homeless but blow hot air our your butt.
When did organizing a cleanup require a permit?

Can I be arrested for picking up cigarette butts without a permit?
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really unreal wrote:
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When did organizing a cleanup require a permit?
Can I be arrested for picking up cigarette butts without a permit?
if you read the santa cruz version of the patch article you should check out the bottom few responses from today

my point is being made from paul mendoza's post suggesting permits for those that clean tons of trash from homeless vagrants.

here's your link

http://santacruz.patch.com/groups/volunteerin...

wow, unreal dude, focus on harassment of those trashing our community rather than the negative impact they leave for our families and children

pisses me off
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To quote Paul Mendoza:

"Also, I think permits should be required for your organizations to do clean ups that require you to handle homeless possessions. You should never grab someone's stuff without some sort of permit or credentials from the county, and only after long-term advanced notice is given. Cleaners should be trained and certified, and held accountable. Also, cleaners shouldnt be so politically biased....it could lead to crimes being committed similar to the one in the Skindog video."

From a person that hasn't even been to a clean up, doesn't know that people post notices, and that this is family, friends, neighbors, and those disgusted with what's happening that are cleaning up after this crap.
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While I am not this person quoted below, their feelings echo my sentiments:

"Douglass Weymouth December 15, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Picking up muddy and destroyed trash is bad? Is it bad to pick up cigarette butts as well? I would like to see some of the folks who attack the work of The Clean Team!! to get out and see what is left all around town and even close to trash cans. When you clean up an area over and over again many times during the last year it is not defensible by anyone other than trouble makers. We are citizens who have volunteered our time because the City of Santa Cruz does not have the monty to pay Parks and Rec employees and Public Works employees the overtime it would take to keep these areas clean. I truly hope that bathrooms can be made available and that the folks who need them would keep them from being trashed like they have been in the past. We need mental health services and help for folks who are unhoused but I do not think that we need to keep spending money on the habitual bike thieves and drug den operators. What have you done to help keep the trash in trash cans? I have been on too many clean up and have not seen homeless survival gear seized and destroyed. All the gear that I see is torn and muddied beyond use."
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really unreal wrote:
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When did organizing a cleanup require a permit?
Can I be arrested for picking up cigarette butts without a permit?
Get real, Phatty... the only thing you are willing to pick up is a donut.
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alphonsos tears wrote:
Oh wait a second, your Parent's Group doesn't exist so they can't apply for a permit to clean up after homeless bums. Darn, you can't do anything significant to help homeless but blow hot air our your butt.
The only thingd Colby picked last year was his nose and his obese sister's meat curtains.
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Perhaps your Parent's Group can go clean up after those you support with your trolling online? Or, you can cast blame on those with "skin in the game" that go and clean up so their children can play outside and not step on a needle.
There is drug use in every coastal county---that's just fine, go pick up some needles , BUT DON'T DO FKING PRESS BLITZ AND RUIN TOURISM-- you fking wet!----- Who knows you might be the one who authorized the needle exchange by river-which is a great stash place considering needles are illegal, and who know you might have washed narcotic money in real estate and or sold dope that made the needle users-- I DON'T SEE YOU PROBLEM SOLVING ETC. just making matters worse.
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I know you guys want to be "superstars needle picker up-ers" but if your media "homeless drug " blitz keeps happening?? You might lose your job from lack of tourism and be a homeless drug user etc also.
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j helms wrote:
I know you guys want to be "superstars needle picker up-ers" but if your media "homeless drug " blitz keeps happening?? You might lose your job from lack of tourism and be a homeless drug user etc also.
Nobody WANTS to be superstar needle picker up-ers Jeff, that's the f'ing point man. Those that abuse themselves and that use needles to shoot up are leaving their crap like you've stated down by the river. Where does the river go? The ocean? Who plays in the river and ocean? Kids. What happens when a kid get's pricked by a needle used by a junkie? Lots' of tests and anti-viral/bacterial drugs and the hope that they didn't contract HIV, Hepatitis, and any other blood borne pathogen from the idiot that left it wherever they see fit. A sharps container isn't going to fix a junkies habit or trash, they're inebriated and in the constant grip of their addiction.

My aunt told me just other day at dinner that she brought a visiting friend down main street in salinas and the visitor freaked out cause two guys were sitting on a wall with needles hanging out of their arms drilled on heroin. Anybody that chooses to stick a needle in themselves to get high are committing suicide. The warnings are there, the druggies that first get you hooked warn you, and the next thing you know you're an addict that doesn't give a crap about anything but your next fix.

As for the media, they are only there to share stories that incite emotion. The more inciting the article, the more people view it. The more people view it, the more people visit their website. The more people that visit the website, the more revenue is earned for ads. Revenue means jobs. Get used to media blitzing, Jeff. It's not going away. I'm not going to lose my job over these junkies or the media. My job is not dependent upon visitors or social services. That is the problem with Santa Cruz, though. Too many jobs are based on tourism and social services with not enough on manufacturing and creating innovative products.

Time to stop being afraid of things you can't control and it's the perfect time to clean this town up from the riff raff polluting their bodies, minds, spirits, and the communities they are supposedly a part of.

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