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Interview with SC Clean Team founder TJ Magallanes
Cleaning the Team
Fourth generation Santa Cruzan TJ Magallanes knows all to well about groupthink, bullying and the problems that can develop when one expresses their thoughts within a community group. He has run several Santa Cruz community oriented Facebook pages, which have enjoyed various levels of success...and failure. He has tapped into the power of social media, and has used it to enact positive changes within our community. He started Santa Cruz’s own Clean Team in response to piles of needles and tons of garbage being found in the caves at Cowells Beach. After struggling with city officials to get them to clean up the mess, TJ organized a group of people and rid the beach of almost 3 tons of garbage. The Clean Team was born! The original goal of TJ’s Clean Team was to both document, and pressure city officials to dedicate resources to clean up various litter-intensive hot spots around Santa Cruz. It has since morphed into something quite different. As you’ll soon see, no good deed goes unpunished, and at least partly due to harassment, TJ is currently laying low out of state. Friends, I’d like to introduce you to TJ, founder of the original Clean Team!

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