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Old 02-07-2007, 10:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Santa Cruz = little tijuana

I am brining this up since my wife wants to go back but this time, rent out a beech house for the weekend.If I wanted to go to Tijuana I would, but I went to the boardwalk to play games and ride rides, not buy chickle on the corner

My family and I went to Santa Cruz when I was a kid for a day trip since we lived in Stockton. I remember it being a nice clean area with surfers living in the little shacks smoking weed. Now that my son was born, my wife and I decided to do the same (15 years later) Got there Friday night last summer to a hotel 2 blocks from the main entrance and went straight to be. Next morning we started walking to the entrance. Well the first intersection 3 dudes started whistling and making gestures at my wife. She is hot (5’5” 105 lbs, brunette and no I will not post pictures ) and this made me angry to say the least. If I was alone, I would have thrown down with all three of them. I am not big but I have been in more then enough situations as to where I was the only one to walk away from it and these half drunk (at 8 am) vagrants would have at least remembered me even if I didn’t win. But since my wife and child were with me, I had to gather them up and get them to the entrance safely. Sure I had to walk away from it, but how do you explain to the 3 year old that it is OK for daddy to fight someone and not OK for him to? I just wanted to get my little clan away and safe. If I threw down, that would not have happened.

I really started looking around and where did the broke surfers living in the little shacks go? The place looks like little Tijuana? What a let down. Santa Cruz is an American tradition, not a vacation to Mexico. There is trash everywhere and taco and gum peddlers on every corner with like 15 people living in a one room apartment so they do all their cooking and bathing outside. I am never taking my child or wife there again. Too dangerous. If little Tijuanans are brave enough to do that in my face, what would happen if I wasn’t with my wife? The Santa Cruz cops and city should go through and raise the rent on the places so the place gets a more upscale clientele. Surfers could afford it since they can grow their cash and I would rather have that then getting mugged while walking in flip-flops and carrying a child and a cotton candy. I don’t want to have to be armed to be on vacation with my family unless it is to protect myself from bears and wolves in the mountains.

Some may think this is racist, but it isn't intended to be. It is just a statement about how let down a once funfilled vacation turned out to be.

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Old 02-07-2007, 02:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 02-07-2007, 03:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 02-07-2007, 05:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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That is why they call that area "Tortilla Flats" Not a good place to hang out. You are right it is a shame. They probably wouldn't fight you anyways, they would just shoot you. You did the right thing.
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Old 02-07-2007, 06:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The Santa Cruz cops and city should go through and raise the rent on the places so the place gets a more upscale clientele.
All that would happen is that apartment with 12 people in it would now house 15 instead.
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Old 02-07-2007, 08:41 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thats a major let down for me. I lived in Capitola/La Selva Beach area for a few years back (1990-1992) when i was younger and really into surfing. Santa Cruz has always been a place i could see myself living the rest of my life. Untill id made a trip up their about 6 months ago and just like youd said....it looks like a side street next to HOME DEPOT. The streets are thrashed and filled with trash. And on every corner it has a kid asking me to buy gum.......that to me SUCKS.... Its like Wattsonville now.....it once was a nice place...... loooooong ago.
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Old 02-10-2007, 12:25 PM   #7 (permalink)
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just stay far away from the boardwalk, thats the shit hole. Ive had a couple of friends that never came home from that area. They dont skrew around, they'll stab you or shoot you. Its not as bad as you think, i go there for work all the time and most of the people are cool. If you think that place is nasty on a summer day with your family, then go to the water/beach after the first rain and all you see is trash in the ocean and billions of cigarette butts in the water. That place is flooded with tourist's all spring/summer long and other people from the valley that dont care about that place. The surfers are super assholes (west cliff) as i almost drowned one of them because they tried to jump me in the water (funny hearing him scream for his life under water). I refuse to chill there period.
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Old 02-10-2007, 02:30 PM   #8 (permalink)
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go to capitola next time. that place is still nice.
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Old 02-10-2007, 07:03 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 02-11-2007, 09:03 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Yeah Santa Cruz has changed over the past 20 or so years. I've been surfing there since I was 14 (36 now) and it's gone down hill. If it's not the drunk vagrants hassling you then it's the arrogant Silicon Valley execs with an attitude that always want to start crap. X2 on Capitola, you'd have a better time there
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go to capitola next time. that place is still nice.
We call it CRAPitola. FULL of old fat hairy lesbians.
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