We’re taking a week off this week from complaining about the idiocy of the Hobonip, mostly because it was a pretty violent week even by Santa Cruz standards. We had a guy shot in the head outside a local fabric store, we had another shooting in Boulder Creek, a local gang member was arrested with a loaded gun, where’s ICE when you need them, a decomposed body was found near Soquel High School, fallen tree blocks both lanes of Highway 17 at rush hour, get a bike light next time, more Breaking Bad locally, details about new project across from Dream Inn, Sunset Inn razed, 501 Cedar getting a facelift, January crime statistics for the city of Santa Cruz, The Happy Story of the Week, Santa Cruz Music Festival downtown this weekend, and more!
Man Shot in the Head Off 41st Avenue
Around 5PM on Wednesday afternoon, a man was shot multiple times with an infant in his car near the Beverly Fabrics and Safeway stores on 41st avenue in Soquel, according to information from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office. An 18 year old man from San Jose is accused of shooting the victim in the parking lot. A deputy who happened to be in the Safeway parking lot heard the gunshots and located the victim as he saw the suspect leave in a Honda Fit. Sheriff’s deputies caught up to the fleeing suspect as he sped over Highway 1 to Soquel Avenue, where he lost control and smashed through a giant sign at Soquel One Auto Center. The suspect tried to flee on foot but deputies caught up with him after a good samaritan bystander tackled the suspect as he fled. After being arrested, a gun was located in the suspect’s car. The suspect was held without bail on a charge of attempted murder. The suspect apparently had injuries resulting from the wreck and was flown to a trauma center. The Sheriff’s Office also received information that the suspect might have been a suspect in a San Jose shooting earlier Wednesday, where a teenager was struck by gunfire. The victim, who was shot in the head, was taken to Dominican Hospital and was listed in critical condition on Thursday. The infant was not hurt in the shooting. When will we make public safety the most important discussion we can have right now? We talk ad nauseam about “affordable housing”, about the exploding homeless population, but public safety is like the 900 pound gorilla in the room that none of our city and county “leaders” (and I use that term very loosely) want to talk about. It’s not progressive or compassionate enough for their attention.
Shooting in Boulder Creek Early Friday Morning
Around 4AM last Friday, a 32 year old Brookdale man shot a 42 year old Boulder Creek man during an argument on Bear Creek Canyon Road, according to Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office reports. The suspect was arrested Friday night on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. The victim was treated and released from a local hospital a few hours after the shooting. The details of the shooting are unclear. Bail for the suspect was set at $25,000. Wow. Shoot a man and your bail is only $25K. That’s pathetic.
Local Gang Member Arrested With Loaded Handgun in Santa Cruz
Last Thursday, an 18 year old gang member was arrested with a loaded handgun in Santa Cruz. Members of the Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force were on their way to serve a weapons search warrant on the suspect when they spotted him driving Thursday afternoon. Officers pulled the suspect over on Soquel Avenue near La Fonda Avenue, and while searching the suspect’s car, they found a loaded 9mm semi-auto handgun in the center console. The suspect was arrested and booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail.
Where’s ICE When You Need Them?
Last Friday night, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested two suspected gang members after they reportedly led officers on a high speed chase beginning in Soquel. Two deputies were patrolling Winkle Park when they saw a BMW they recognized from a previous gang-related investigation. The car sped off in an attempt to evade law enforcement officers, with one suspect attempting to flee on foot when the car stopped behind the 7-Eleven on Soquel drive. The driver was arrested along with two juveniles in the car. Eventually, the other suspect was found on Paul Sweet Road. A K9 officer found a loaded handgun on the corner of Soquel Drive and Mission Drive which was believed to have been tossed by one of the suspects. Both men were arrested for charges including gang participation, possession of a loaded firearm, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The two minors were released to family members with charges pending.
Decomposed Body Found Near Soquel High School
The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office found a decomposed body near Soquel High School last week. Human remains were found in a wooden area north of the 4300 block of Soquel Drive. The decomposed body appeared to have been there for at least three months, according to the sheriff’s office. They believe the deceased was possibly a white man over 50 years-old and between 5’7 and 6’3 feet tall, with long red wavy hair kept in a pony tail.
Fallen Tree Blocks Both Lanes of Highway 17
Thursday night around 5PM, a tree apparently fell across both lanes of Highway 17 and shut down the freeway in both directions for about an hour. This is my worst nightmare every time I have to fly out of San Jose or SF. I hope nobody missed their flight here.
This One’s Not Very Bright
In the early morning hours last Friday, an SCPD Officer stopped a man for not having a bike light. A quick check showed that the man was on searchable probation, and when officers searched him they found more than half an ounce of methamphetamine and a digital scale in his jacket. SCPD arrested him for possession of a controlled substance. I’ll bet he’s out of jail already!
Breaking Bad in Santa Cruz County
Last Saturday night, a deputy with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office recognized and spotted an RV they were familiar with from previous criminal incidents. The Deputy made contact with a man and woman who were inside of the RV. The woman had outstanding warrants for her arrest, and the deputy also noticed drug paraphernalia was in plain view and visible inside of the vehicle. The resulting search of the vehicle located two loaded firearms, as well as evidence that methamphetamine was being sold. Both people were also convicted felons and prohibited from possessing firearms. Both were arrested for being felons in possession of firearms and possession of a controlled substance for sale. You know what else they both are? Poster children for a county probation program gone wrong.
Details Emerge on New Project Across From Dream Inn
I read recently details of the new development project that’s slated to go up in the current parking lot across the street from the Dream Inn at West Cliff and Bay streets. This week, the owners of the property at the northwest corner of West Cliff Drive and Bay Street submitted applications for permits to construct a four-story mixed use project consisting of two levels of underground parking, ground level commercial, and 89 residential condominium units. The property is currently a surface parking lot that serves the Dream Inn. The project proposes to include parking for both the Dream Inn and the new development as part of the two underground parking levels. I know plenty of NIMBY folks will cry about traffic, congestion, etc. But this sounds like an outstanding idea. West Cliff past Bay is notoriously empty of any kind of food options.
Sunset Inn Razed on Mission Street
If you happened to be driving along Mission street in West Santa Cruz, you probably noticed a huge pile of rubble where the Sunset Inn used to be at 2424 Mission. Last June, the City Council approved demolition of the 32 room Sunset Inn in order to move forward with the development of a new 60 room Hampton Inn, to be located on the same site.
501 Cedar Street Getting an Overhaul?
Last month, the Planning Department received an application for permits to convert the existing two-story commercial office building at 501 Cedar Street to a mixed-use building. The proposed new building would consist of two, two-bedroom apartments above a ground-floor restaurant with alcohol service and outdoor seating. The proposed remodel includes exterior improvements on all elevations to modernize the design of the building, and improvements at the commercial frontage to create outdoor dining space along Cedar Street. Good luck here. This is right across the street from the now shuttered Cafe Pergolesi, which had to close due to the rampant and out of control homeless issues on that corner. “Multiple calls to the police daily by us and letters to the mayor and City Council have not helped,” he said. “Hope the new police chief can fix this before more businesses go.” stated Karl Heiman, former owner of the Cafe Pergolesi.
January Crime Statistics for City of Santa Cruz
The city of Santa Cruz recently updated their website with the monthly crime statistics for January of 2018. These numbers reflect the 31 day period of January 2018 and are for the City of Santa Cruz only. They are a synopsis of the full report, which is compiled and published by SCPD and posted on the city’s website here.
For January 2018
- Homicide: 0
- Rapes: 9
- Robberies: 5
- Aggravated Assaults: 26
- Burglaries: 42
- Larcenies: 228
- Auto Thefts: 41
- Arson: 3
The Happy Story of the Week
So I read some feedback recently that lamented the lack of “happy stories” in the Weekly Dump. I know every other local media outlet has the “happy stories” covered pretty well here, that’s about the only kind of news we ever seem to get. But I do take constructive criticism to heart, and each week, I’ll try to include at least one happy story. Hence, the name! – BD
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and the City of Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation Department recently announced that the annual Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off raised a record $100,000 for programs of the Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation Department. The cook off took place last weekend at the Boardwalk, and has raised almost $1.5 million since 1981 when the event began. Loulou’s Griddle in the Middle from Monterey won the Best Professional Boston division. Midgley’s Public House from Stockton won the Best Professional Manhattan division.
Santa Cruz Music Festival
The Santa Cruz Music Festival takes over Pacific Avenue and the downtown area this weekend. Now in it’s 5th year, it brings two days of curated, music-focused programming across more than a dozen venues, with more than 100 local artists performing in public spaces and local businesses. I’m sure it will be a pretty cool event, but there’s no way in hell I’d step foot in San Lorenzo Park right now. It should be declared a HAZMAT site after the way the city mistreated and polluted it for the past 4 months.
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