Letter: Felton going downhill fast
Mar 14, 2013 | 5574 views | 14 14 comments | 521 521 recommendations | email to a friend | print

EDITOR,

As a Felton resident who used to take my kids to the Covered Bridge Park and shop in the Felton Fair center, I am really dismayed by the current state of decline those areas are in. I no longer feel safe when shopping in Felton Faire in the middle of the day. Many times when I have been walking by Safeway with my kids, I am aggressively asked for money and have been verbally abused when I did not give it to the person asking for it. My 2 and 4-year-old children have witnessed fights, screaming, swearing, people smoking and drinking at the children's park at 10 in the morning, and people openly using. Now, I drive my kids to Skypark and shop at the stores in Scotts Valley. I want to support stores in Felton, but I simply don't feel safe there anymore. The problem has become significantly worse recently, and a group of volunteers just this weekend discovered that the illegal camps under the Graham Hill bridge that were recently cleaned up are back to polluting our river with used needles, trash, and piles human feces. Although these camps were cleaned up just a few weeks ago, the accumulation of trash and filth was so great that it was impossible for them to haul it all out. Not only is this a terrible environment for all of us to live in, but it is becoming an ecological disaster! These needles and trash are in our parks, rivers, oceans, beaches.... can't we do something about this?

 

Stephanie Culligan, Felton

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MilkStone
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June 01, 2013
you can look at the past leader ship of Mark Stone 8 years of advancing him self to higher office while ignoring the concerns of the Valley. His legacy will be one of nothingness

He was and is the worst that politicians can be do nothing and when you realize what doing nothing has done its to late to fix it and he moves on to the next level of government to destroy more parts of our life's
Theryl McCoy
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March 20, 2013
Did you attend the Felton General Plan meeting that took place on March 19th? Neither did I. I didn't hear about it, but like you I have a lot of concerns about Felton that i would like documented.

We all need to contact Bruce McPherson at bruce.mcpherson@co.santa-cruz.ca.us

to voice our concerns.

Felton has so much potential, even if it is the "gateway" to SLV.
Pam Stein
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March 21, 2013
Theryl, I heard about the meetings from the Press Banner in this article http://www.pressbanner.com/view/full_story/21728659/article-Town-plans-to-be-revisted-in-Valley?instance=home_news_bullets

I also heard about it several times from the San Lorenzo Valley Chamber of Commerce. Contact them to be added to their email newsletter list.
Theryl McCoy
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March 25, 2013
Yes I saw that article, but there was no mention of a Felton meeting date. I never saw a mention of it in the Press Banner or The Sentinel.

Stephanie C.
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May 25, 2013
Yes, I saw the article and also read about the meeting in the Facebook group "Bring Back Felton". I attended the meeting and think there was a fairly good turnout.
InAgreement
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March 15, 2013
I completely agree. Let's add 3 dispensaries to the list of problems in Felton.
Felton Resident
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March 15, 2013
What are the three dispensaries?
robert bowen
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March 16, 2013
As a former Felton Resident who was born an raised in Felton I am glad that I am no longer living in the valley. The liberal agenda and relaxation of drug laws has made the valley an unsuitable place to raise a family or even visit.
seriously????...
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March 28, 2013
I doubt you can clearly show a correlation between the pot dispensaries and homelessness. what one can determine is that when Santa Cruz and other areas start cracking down on homeless squatters, they create a ripple effect in outlying communities. These homeless move to those areas and start anew. They are out there- you just need to look for them... they aren't always obvious and they have been there for years. in the bushes, in a grove of trees out of sight....There are more than you know....
Brook Alder
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March 28, 2013
Actually, there is a distinct and direct correlation to the pot dispensaries and the homeless offender population in Felton. Hang out at the deck in front of White Raven for awhile. That is, if you can avoid being kicked off the deck by hostile drunk druggies who tell you it's their deck and the general population has no business there.

It's getting very bad, and recently blatantly violent in downtown Felton these days.

The offenders don't care because they know there is insufficient police support in the valley. If you can get a deputy to show up nothing will happen. There is no revenue in busting the homeless.
OMG....
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March 15, 2013
Wowak doesn't care about the SLV. Only TWO deputies up here for each shift? We have something like 30000 residents and only TWO deputies????
nonymouse
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March 14, 2013
Not to worry -- Sheriff Wowak is getting a $44 million new Sheriff's Center in Live Oak. Once that's in place, deputy sheriffs will be able to respond quickly to problems in Felton.

AlsoDisgusted
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March 14, 2013
I agree 100% and would like to add that unleashed dogs (many are pit bulls) are allowed to roam around unleashed at this park -- even next to the children's playground. I guess Felton needs to be sued by someone before they clean this place up.
NotJustFelton
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March 16, 2013
Many law breaking dog owners who frequent Skypark with their unleashed dogs, endangering the children, are never cited by the authorities.

The city is missing an opportunity for revenue...enforce the law!


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