We would like to end the serving of free food on public sidewalks in Santa Cruz, CA.
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Our problem is that after serving people free food on our public streets the volunteers leave. Then the clients have boxes of food which are spread around and not disposed of properly. Since there are no bathroom facilities, clients often urinate and defecate in nearby bushes, residences and businesses. Our neighborhood environment has been assaulted by rotting garbage, noxious odors, stained sidewalks and a recent infestation of rats.
One of the volunteer groups is operating without required state and or city permits. We feel that serving people on public streets does not demonstrate compassion. It offers little dignity to people who are extremely vulnerable. People deserve proper restroom facilities, tables and chairs versus sidewalks.
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