Mr. Sweatt, raised in Kentucky, homeless for the last 23 years, arrived in Santa Cruz after time in Atlanta, and Washington; he shares that life in Santa Cruz is “easier.” Mr. Sweatt wants the city to try harder. He believes homeless people deserve the same rights as property owners. He is calling on officials to build shelters for people who cannot afford to live in one of the world’s most expensive regions.
If, Mr. Sweatt, you “… are tired of being walked on,” stand up and apply for a job. Property owners pay their mortgages, taxes, insurance, PG&E, water, etc., and for all of your tents, needles, provision of sinks, camp clean-ups, police/fire services, and access to health services/food banks.
You have choices: get a job, change your lifestyle, and be grateful for all the services Santa Cruz County provides. If this place is not pleasing you, move on.
— Barbara Meck, Aptos
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