OCEAN BEACH, CA. As litter never ends and graffiti tagging seems endless along sections of Sunset Cliffs, another clean-up happened on Friday, August 14th.
As this one was organized by a group calling themselves “The Cliff Dwellers”, and headed up by long-time local and cliff expert, Larry OB, a bunch of us OB Ragsters joined them after work at the foot of Santa Cruz Avenue.
Jon, Dave, Patty and I met Larry, Matt and Greg along the sandstone marvels in our front yard, and with plastic bags, paint rollers, scrub brushes and a picker proceeded to work ourselves north up to the Pier.
The pocket parks at Santa Cruz were particularly trashy, and there were cigarette butts everywhere. Along the way, we encouraged families and kids to take their trash out – and a lot thanked us and said they appreciated what we were doing.
We ran into three police officers – one who reported to us that he had arrested a young man just the day before for large-lettered graffiti right on the cliffs themselves, south of Ladera Street.
With Jon’s roller smothering the few tags we saw, and Matt, Patty, Greg and Larry’s persistence in going after everything, numerous large bags were filled up.
And we made a difference. Walking back along our path after it was over, I couldn’t help but marvel at how clean things looked. It never looked so good, I thought. And nature was smiling back.