Has it ever occurred to a recent UCSC guest commentator that the overwhelming demand and skyrocketing rents might be due to people exactly like him who feel entitled to live in a beautiful seaside town for all he decides to pay? When the writer applied to UCSC, did he think the rents here were cheap? Because there are other places that have colleges where the rents are cheap. If he can’t afford to live here, why not apply where he can? What has he brought to Santa Cruz that makes him the determinant of our future? Does he pay taxes here? Did he build houses? Does he think the people who have lived here all their lives would rather build apartments high up, impact our water supply and make our traffic worse so he can surf while he goes to school?

It seems that the minimum for someone to offer advice on policies that affect every citizen of Santa Cruz is that they have a stake in the community.

—Dan Sullivan, Santa Cruz

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