Duckshit and Bullshit in Santa Cruz, California. Updated 6/2/13

Today, interestingly right before Memorial Day, thousands of residents of Santa Cruz are hiding their faces like a bunch of old nuns who would have caught sight of a naked man by mistake. (I should stop saying this; it’s not  fair to some nuns.) The cause of their emotion: a front page article in the local newspaper about one of the most obvious beaches in town being grossly polluted. The newspaper is itself a grossly  biased greenie-liberal sheet that can’t spell. (It has its good days once in a while but I can’t figure out why.)

Something like this happens regularly with the most attractive beaches in the area pointed to by the severe index of pseudo-science, or of quasi-science. The last time I looked into it, it turned out that natural lagoons had been allowed to form on the offending beaches,  stopping the flow of small creeks. Ducks and seagulls had gathered in there, of course and done  for weeks on end what waterbirds will do in the water. The solution: Breach the sand dam that allows for the lagoon;  sea water downstream then tests clean within a day or so.

At the time, local surfers organizations and many greenie mouthpieces had darkly commented as if it were a known fact that the high bacteria count near those beaches was due to human fecal matter. It was not. It matters. I would not let my grandchild swim in duck shit but the fact is that it’s less likely to infect humans with human disease bacteria than do human feces. Got it?

(Note: Contamination of beaches with some human fecal matter does happen after heavy rains from runoff from ill-maintained septic tanks in the Santa Cruz mountains. From the septic tanks of people who eat only, strictly organic, I would guess – Oh, how awful! I have no excuse for speculating like this; I ought to be ashamed of myself! Such temporary contamination happens nearly exclusively in the winter when few people touch the sea at all.)

What’s going on? I think that poorly educated people read half-baked reports and do not even consider the possibility that the announced pollution may be mild, or transitory, or  easy-to-remedy, or have natural causes, or that it may have been triggered by ill-conceived environmental regulations. In the Santa Cruz sensitive, politically correct, Mother Nature-loving, whiny, semi- educated culture, some people, many people, do not find the courage to say the obvious:

“How can that be, a city that relies to large extent on tourists and visitors offers them disgustingly polluted water that might make their children severely ill? Does it make any sense or is someone making this up?”

Today, I heard a caller on a good program on my old  local radio station (KSCO)  refer to a sewer spill on my favorite beach, one I know as well as my own house. I called to opine that the caller was probably mistaken, that he had confused a innocent harbor dredge outlet with a sewer line. Within minutes, the first caller came back on-air to explain that the one-time sewer spill was a one-time accident. That sure puts everything in a different light. (I am not even sure any of it happened at all.)

What am I deviously suggesting here, you would be right to ask.

Here it is: Santa Cruz, like much of California, is home to many selfish anti-growth people who are ready to do anything, tell any lies, spread any rumors to keep the doors of their 1970s paradise closed. Why, they  routinely use municipal power to make life difficult for the only big employer that they have not  already chased out of town: the University of  California at Santa Cruz! Why, this is a town where important political forces fought for years against the installation of a low security wall separating ongoing traffic from incoming traffic on the winding mountain road that connects it to Silicone Valley! Years! That wall was finally put up. It saved lives, but mostly of humans, that despicable species!

On this long weekend, surfers are especially exercised to have to share what they think of as their waves with an inevitable invasion or more or less clumsy “Valley”  (San Jose side) surfers. Not long ago a fashionable grafitto in Santa Cruz , addressed to the same alien surfers from the other side of the mountain said, “Go die on (Highway) 17, Valley!” Nice people!

Here, locally, as is also the case on a national level, the press does not perform even the most minimalist version of its job: Don’t spread bullshit, about anything, not even about duck shit.

A Stanford University study on the issue of Santa Cruz beach pollution is supposed to be released this coming week (Memorial Day week of 2013). If it does not confirm the gross pollution vision, it will be buried by the local media, I think. I will keep you informed not matter what, it goes without saying.

6/2/13 No sign of any Stanford study of pollution of California beaches so far, published or unpublished. Was there one that was buried or was it always a figment of the local media’s imagination?

Here is a sign of municipal rationalism  amidst the ambiant foo-foo-headed panickiness, as reported by the Santa Cruz Wire, an independent organ:

“City officials are asking the California Coastal Commission to approve a two-year study on Cowell Beach aimed at determining whether piles of kelp left to rot on the beach are the main source of the water pollution, or whether the area’s sea lions, pelicans and fish are the real culprits. Ongoing testing by the county’s Environmental Health Department has already ruled out human sewage as the bacterial source.”

The panic-mongers in Santa Cruz may have been thinking of another “Stanford” study concerning Stinson Beach, north of San Francisco. Here is the link:

Let me summarize it: Septic tanks leak on beach. No poop. Too much nitrogen.

I keep telling you.

Update last day of July 2013: Oops I forgot to let you know: Two hundred yards from the beach in question, Cowell Beach, on the wharf, live about one hundred sea lions. I am sure they take the trouble to swim out to sea to do what they unavoidably have to do. Sea lions wouldn’t be so gross as to do it close to Cowell Beach. No, they wouldn’t!




About Jacques Delacroix

I write short stories, current events comments, and sociopolitical essays, mostly in English, some in French. There are other people with the same first name and same last name on the Internet. I am the one who put up on Amazon in 2014: "I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography" and also: "Les pumas de grande-banlieue." To my knowledge, I am the only Jacques Delacroix with American and English scholarly publications. In a previous life, I was a teacher and a scholar in Organizational Theory and in the Sociology of Economic Development. (Go ahead, Google me!) I live in the People’s Green Socialist Republic of Santa Cruz, California.
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5 Responses to Duckshit and Bullshit in Santa Cruz, California. Updated 6/2/13

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  2. JIm Kress says:

    In a prior residence, the idiot neighbors around me used to feed ducks, geese and any other species that could eat their food and then defecate on my lawn. Since it was against the evil HOA regulations, I couldn’t put up a fence. Since it’s against the law, I couldn’t have the neighbors eliminated and replaced with courteous people.

    So I moved.

    However, I will never forget the awe-inspiring amount of pollution generated by the gigantic flocks of ducks and geese the clueless neighbors invited into the area.

    • Jim: The only really sad part of your story is that you did not eat all of them one by one (not the neighbors, the ducks and geese). Of course, I have special resources in this area because I used to be French. By the way, that the title of my forthcoming memoirs:

      I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography.

      I hope yo will give it a plug on your Facebook when the time comes.

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