Body found near west levee

Body found near west levee

There are 86 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Mar 28, 2009, titled Body found near west levee. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

A 27-year-old man was found dead along the San Lorenzo River near the west levee on River Street at 1:40 p.m. Friday, according to police.

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Brigid

Santa Cruz, CA

#2 Mar 28, 2009
This is very sad...

Not too long ago, this was someone's little boyo -- full of promise for the future?

How did he become a druggie who died by a levee, who knows how far from home?

“Pearls before swine”

Since: Mar 08

Santa Cruz, CA.

#3 Mar 28, 2009
The Homeless Issues Task Force recommended the City of Santa Cruz change its policy towards those who call for an ambulance when they witness a potentially fatal overdose. Under current policy, when police arrive, they arrest everyone who is using drugs in the vicinity. The HITF argued that this policy discourages witnesses from calling for help due to the very real fear of getting arrested. The City Council, under the leadership of Mayor Keith Sugar, quickly dispensed with this resolution and the policy remained unchanged. Perhaps this man is the latest victim of this policy?
Jim Henson

Mountain View, CA

#4 Mar 28, 2009
yeah Becky he's a victim of this policy.
wake up my dear, the coffee is brewing, muppet
Freida

Santa Cruz, CA

#5 Mar 28, 2009
Becky Johnson wrote:
The Homeless Issues Task Force recommended the City of Santa Cruz change its policy towards those who call for an ambulance when they witness a potentially fatal overdose. Under current policy, when police arrive, they arrest everyone who is using drugs in the vicinity. The HITF argued that this policy discourages witnesses from calling for help due to the very real fear of getting arrested. The City Council, under the leadership of Mayor Keith Sugar, quickly dispensed with this resolution and the policy remained unchanged. Perhaps this man is the latest victim of this policy?
There was no mention of other people being with the man when this happened. Why would you jump to conclusion that there were? And then tie it to a city policy? It looks like you are trying to connect things that don't have a connection.
Dirty Larry

Daly City, CA

#6 Mar 28, 2009
Lessee, he was hiding in the bushes sticking a needle in his arm when he kacked. I'm guessing he was alone with no one to call 911. Sounds like hug court didn't work out for him.
H Sprocket

Santa Cruz, CA

#7 Mar 28, 2009
We live in a time when over population is a real threat, we are going to ration water this year, again, but we still argue against birth control, and our government continues to grant developers permission to build more large projects that will consume more of our limited resources. I say that if someone wants to take them selfs out we should SPEED the parting guest.
Casual observer

Omaha, NE

#8 Mar 28, 2009
get real wrote:
1 down 100,000 trolls to go, but its a good start my simple amigos.
The milk of human kindness flows like a river from you. Go find some humanity... you will need it.
Rocket J Squirrel

Santa Cruz, CA

#10 Mar 28, 2009
Brigid wrote:
This is very sad...
Not too long ago, this was someone's little boyo -- full of promise for the future?
How did he become a druggie who died by a levee, who knows how far from home?
I'm with you on this one. My son is 27 and the furthest thing from this.
we did have a number of his friends live with us in their high school years and most at the time were going down this path. all of them have turned into really great well adjusted young men. had they not had someone during those years to guide them, who knows what their futures might have been.
No child has homeless drug addict written on their forehead. This is the result of a series of conditios and circumstances that could have been avoided.
kid rock

Felton, CA

#11 Mar 28, 2009
idk but thats how i wanna die, herion overdose. you feel really good then you die.
X Kyuzmi

Los Angeles, CA

#13 Mar 28, 2009
Becky Johnson wrote:
The Homeless Issues Task Force recommended the City of Santa Cruz change its policy towards those who call for an ambulance when they witness a potentially fatal overdose. Under current policy, when police arrive, they arrest everyone who is using drugs in the vicinity. The HITF argued that this policy discourages witnesses from calling for help due to the very real fear of getting arrested. The City Council, under the leadership of Mayor Keith Sugar, quickly dispensed with this resolution and the policy remained unchanged. Perhaps this man is the latest victim of this policy?
Actually, I don't think so and here's why: Generally someone who would be concerned enough to call 911 in a case like this would not be a drug user or be involved in any illegal activity, therefore they would not be concerned about who else might be involved or be subject to arrest. Further, if in fact other drug users etc. were still hanging around the area, an arrest, or at least contact with a police officer may actually save their lives or someone elses life. I certainly was no fan of Keith Sugar, but am supportive of any policy that protects our community and citizens (drug users included) from criminal elements.

I travel the levy almost daily, and as pointed out by a poster on a previous thread on the same subject, the entire levy area is sadly being neglected by our entire community. This is just another reminder of that very fact.
Wake up to drug abuse

Watsonville, CA

#14 Mar 28, 2009
Rocket J Squirrel wrote:
<quoted text> I'm with you on this one. My son is 27 and the furthest thing from this.
we did have a number of his friends live with us in their high school years and most at the time were going down this path. all of them have turned into really great well adjusted young men. had they not had someone during those years to guide them, who knows what their futures might have been.
No child has homeless drug addict written on their forehead. This is the result of a series of conditios and circumstances that could have been avoided.
Confronting drug addiction for what it is is a start. Most homeless are past or present drug/alcohol users. This town is permissive of drug use/sale. Many are current drug users. Bad combination. Brings mexican drug dealering gangs and drug addicts to the area. Why can't we have a drug free zone inside SC city limits?
Charles Bronson

Seymour, CT

#15 Mar 28, 2009
Becky Johnson wrote:
The Homeless Issues Task Force recommended the City of Santa Cruz change its policy towards those who call for an ambulance when they witness a potentially fatal overdose. Under current policy, when police arrive, they arrest everyone who is using drugs in the vicinity. The HITF argued that this policy discourages witnesses from calling for help due to the very real fear of getting arrested. The City Council, under the leadership of Mayor Keith Sugar, quickly dispensed with this resolution and the policy remained unchanged. Perhaps this man is the latest victim of this policy?
How would you know this? Have you been arrested at a shooting gallery with other heroin junkies?
Mr Pegan

Ben Lomond, CA

#16 Mar 28, 2009
So, let me get this straight, so in Becky's mind it's OK to do drugs and be exempt from getting arrested for it as long as there is a dead person in the group?
Teacher

San Jose, CA

#17 Mar 28, 2009
This type of speculation about city council and 'latest victim of this policy' makes it even more difficult for all of us to do the real work that we need to do to make our community better. Just because some self-appointed activists and group are always mad at the council does not give us an answer.
I agree this was someone's kid and we need compassion. Think about him 10, 20 years ago, and the other 'gutter punks' who grew up here. I work hard to help them when they are open to being help, so my job is easier than those who are in services to help people like addicts and mentally ill. homeless. But the local nuts around here run after cops with videos and blame the city for everything are always seeking attention for their big fat egos. No wonder the average person isn't interested in joining the fight.
We need more people to help make this town a better place, regular working people who can play well with others! We all need to step up to the plate in so many ways.
smell the coffee

Chico, CA

#18 Mar 28, 2009
DBS wrote:
<quoted text>
Guess what??????
If you don't do drugs, you won't have any problem.
Just like if you eat a normal amount amount of food, you won't get FAT!!!!
The world would be a much better place if what you say is true... no drugs no problems? YEAH RIGHT!!!
and about fat... there are people who eat much less than my self 5'8 135lbs and they have struggled with wieght issues for years.

“Pearls before swine”

Since: Mar 08

Santa Cruz, CA.

#20 Mar 28, 2009
DBS WRITES: "Guess what?????? If you don't do drugs, you won't have any problem. Just like if you eat a normal amount amount of food, you won't get FAT!!!! "

BECKY: You need as much help as he did.

“Pearls before swine”

Since: Mar 08

Santa Cruz, CA.

#21 Mar 28, 2009
KID ROCK WRITES: "idk but thats how i wanna die, herion overdose. you feel really good then you die."

BECKY: KID makes a good point. We cannot rule out suicide in this death.

“Pearls before swine”

Since: Mar 08

Santa Cruz, CA.

#22 Mar 28, 2009
I SEE OUR VILLAGE WRITES: "idiot has downgraded her earlier suggestions of roving bands of neo-nazi youth beating the bushes for homeless to attack."

BECKY: It's only a matter of time. Those neo-Nazi skinhead gangs are still out there. Back in 2000, one of them was actually jailed!!(a rarity)
His name was Aaron Bertch of Scotts Valley. He had white Aryan literature too. AND he led a group to stalk and beat some homeless people as they slept. This particular death sounds like an overdose.
Santa Cruz is weird

Castro Valley, CA

#23 Mar 28, 2009
Becky Johnson wrote:
DBS WRITES: "Guess what?????? If you don't do drugs, you won't have any problem. Just like if you eat a normal amount amount of food, you won't get FAT!!!! "
BECKY: You need as much help as he did.
What's so wrong with what DBS said? It's true. I know for a FACT that I will not die from a heroin overdose today. Why?'CUZ I DON"T DO DRUGS!!!
I am also not fat. Why?????'CUZ I EAT RIGHT!
Sounds like you have a problem with reality.

“Pearls before swine”

Since: Mar 08

Santa Cruz, CA.

#24 Mar 28, 2009
X KYUZMI WRITES: "Generally someone who would be concerned enough to call 911 in a case like this would not be a drug user or be involved in any illegal activity, therefore they would not be concerned about who else might be involved or be subject to arrest."

BECKY: The people who are with the individual when they overdose are usually the fellow users. Of course they WANT to call 911 to save their friend!! But if they do, and stay with him giving him CPR, then, under CURRENT CITY POLICY, they will themselves be arrested as a result. How can you not see that this policy discourages people from calling 911 in such a life-threatening emergency?

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