This week, we’re talking about the city’s obvious NIMBY issues (and lack of vision) with their homeless plan, the downtown public safety rally last week, the UCSC workers strike, another murder suspect arrested in Live Oak homicide, attempted murder in south county, another transient with a knife, tweekers at Scotts Valley Elementary school, truck thief arrested at Kmart, local murderer actually denied parole, living up to our image, like a good neighbor, motorcycle accident on Highway One, Seabright Beach has a new friend, Mierda Agitador, teen public safety academy registration opens, the Happy Story of the Week, the Weekly Seen, and maybe a few things I forgot about.
National Guard Shuts the City Homeless Plan Down
According to Santa Cruz City Manager Martín Bernal, Col. Darren Bender of the California National Guard told the city this week that the National Guard has scheduled renovation work at the Armory this fall, making it unavailable for the city to consider as a possible location for a new homeless shelter. The news was revealed at this week’s city council meeting. When asked for an update on negotiations with state officials for lease of the property last week, Bernal and Assistant City Manager Tina Shull said they were aware that site renovations were planned, but did not have details on its timeline.
Other previously identified sites included a field (yeah, a field!) in the Pogonip, property adjacent to the city dump on Dimeo Lane (a field at the DUMP!), and on land next to the county’s Emeline Center health and human services complex (conveniently located next to the county’s free needle dispensary). All of these other “identified locations” received significant blowback from loud and vocal neighbors when Bernal originally suggested them at a previous city council meeting. Which is probably why he favored the Armory, which wasn’t listed as one of the original 3 locations identified by city staff in their report, and as a result had no real vocal opposition when it was announced as the “favored” location at the city council meeting (big surprise there right!). Of course it’s the only option they neither own or control, so of course, it was their first choice. The dysfunction never ends here. City officials will provide the council an update on the city’s next steps during its May 22 meeting, Bernal said.
Not In My Back Yard!
(featuring a pop up Bianca Beltran!)
Public Safety Still Mostly an Afterthought in Santa Cruz
Last Friday, a bunch of people held a public safety rally at the clock tower in downtown Santa Cruz. It was a nice gathering. It wasn’t huge, but of course, this is Santa Cruz, where “public safety” isn’t just a bad word, it might get you stalked and harASSed by local dimwits, self proclaimed “social justice warriors” who exhibit the kind of delusional, sociopathic behavior that warrants a 5150 (or at least a family “intervention”). That’s right. Supporting public safety in public in Santa Cruz is itself a public safety hazard. Perfect. The idiocy knows no boundaries here.
But the event itself was nice, pretty low key, and it was all about showing support for Sarah, the recent victim that was almost raped at the clock tower. A few people spoke and it was actually pretty moving at times. I think the people that were there were both inspired and motivated to do more by some of the speakers. Chief Mills gave a short speech (he looks tired), but none of the city council members showed up. And of course, Ryan Coonerty was nowhere to be found (but it was nice that Steve Pleich, who is running against him, was there to support the victim). After a few short speeches and thank yous, people walked peacefully through downtown with signs in support of public safety to SCPD. They walked right through all the First Friday folks, and got a lot of good support and attention there. It was nice to see. If you weren’t able to attend, and you’re curious how it went, there’s a video of it on YouTube. Thanks to whoever shot this video!
UCSC Cancels Monday Classes
Custodians, security guards, gardeners and other service workers at UCSC had a three-day walkout to address gender pay inequalities and demand higher wages. The strike was called after their union and the university couldn’t agree on a new contract. In response, officials at UCSC cancelled all morning classes Monday. Two UCSC students were arrested on Monday. One student was arrested for assault on an officer, while another student was arrested for obstruction.
Another Murder Suspect Arrested in Live Oak Homicide
A second man has been arrested in connection with a recent Live Oak homicide. Last month, a 26 year old man was murdered outside of the Emerald Bay Apartments on the 2500 block of Soquel Drive. A 15 year old boy was arrested on April 19th and charged with the murder. Now, a second suspect has also been arrested. The 19 year old male suspect from Hollister was arrested around 12:30PM on Wednesday. He was booked on charges of murder and participation in a criminal street gang. His bail was set at $1.5 million.
Watsonville Man Arrested on Attempted Murder Charges
Tuesday morning around 1AM, a 31 year old Watsonville man was arrested on attempted murder charges after he followed his ex-girlfriend and shot at her from a vehicle on Riverside Drive. The gunman and victim have a 4 year old son together. Watsonville police went to the suspect’s home and found his vehicle parked there. The victim told officers the suspect had custody of their son at the time of the shooting but she did not know if her son was in the suspect’s vehicle at the time. Police established surveillance around the suspect’s residence, and nearby Ann Soldo Elementary School was placed on lock down Tuesday morning. Around 9:30AM, the suspect walked out of his home and police took him into custody. Police found the child safe inside the man’s home and was placed back into his mother’s custody. The suspect was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail with bail set at $500,000.
It’s Just a Another Transient With a Knife
Tuesday afternoon around lunch time, a group of students from Harbor High School were using a walking path which leads from the school campus to Soquel Avenue when they reported they encountered a male transient who was holding a large knife. The School Resource Officer (SRO) investigated the area with the campus supervisor but they could not locate the person.
Tweeking at the Elementary School
Wednesday night, Santa Cruz County Sheriffs Deputies were patrolling in Scotts Valley when they noticed a Dodge pickup truck parked in the parking lot of Brook Knoll Elementary School. Deputies found a man and woman nearby. After searching the truck, deputies found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The woman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and the man was issued a citation for trespassing on school grounds.
Truck Thief Arrested at Kmart
This past week, a Santa Cruz County Sheriffs Deputy was on patrol looking for a white truck that had been reported stolen from a tow company in Watsonville. After locating the truck, he stopped it in the Kmart parking lot. The driver was arrested for stealing the truck and breaking into the tow yard.
Local Convict Actually Denied Parole!
Amazing right! A man convicted of a brutal murder in Santa Cruz County back in 1995 has been denied parole. Almost 23 years ago, Israel Garcia violently murdered his 77-year-old landlord with a razor blade. On May 10, 1995, Garcia knocked on his landlord’s door pretending to visit him. After chatting for about 20 minutes, Garcia suddenly slashed and stabbed his landlord 44 times with a 2-inch razor blade. Garcia was sentenced to prison in 1996. During his first 18 years in prison he committed numerous crimes, including drug trafficking and slashing an inmate in the face with a razor blade. In 2014, Garcia began self-help programming in prison, wrote an apology letter to his victim and has been crime free for the last four years. The Parole Board found the vicious manner in which Garcia killed his landlord demanded a lengthy period of rehabilitation which had not yet been achieved. The Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office called the murder one of the most heinous in the county.
Living Up to Our Image Here
It wouldn’t be the first time I’ve heard Santa Cruz and it’s dysfunctional blend of stupid called a “Dumpster Fire”. So I had to laugh at this story. Wednesday morning, Santa Cruz Sheriffs deputies went to the county complex on Emeline after a report of a dumpster on fire. Deputies found a male suspect nearby and identified him as the one who started the fire. During a search of the suspect, deputies located several bicycle locks and a propane torch. The locks had been stolen from the employee bike lockers on the campus.
Like a Good Neighbor?
Tuesday night around 8:30PM, multiple reports came in about a man racing his car near the 300 block of Oxford street on the west side of Santa Cruz. The suspect was racing up and down the street in his Lexus yelling at his neighbors. SCPD was previously out dealing with the same clown earlier in the day apparently for some sort of domestic disturbance. I’m guessing with his neighbors!
Motorcycle Accident Briefly Shuts Down Highway One
Last Saturday around 5:30, a solo motorcycle accident shut down Highway 1 for about 15 minutes near Wilder Ranch. The highway was shut down briefly to accommodate a Life Flight helicopter and transport an injured motorcyclist to a trauma center over the hill.
Seabright Beach Has a New Friend!
The Satanic Temple of Santa Cruz announced recently they have “adopted” Seabright State Beach in Santa Cruz through the ‘Save our Shores’ program. In order to adopt a beach through the program, the Satanic Temple will act as a caretaker for a year by holding monthly cleanups and removing debris and trash. According to their website, The Satanic Temple-Santa Cruz is “committed to fostering a Satanic community in the Santa Cruz area, promoting critical thinking, reason, and equality.”
A faithful Dump reader sent me this picture. I do kind of stir the mierda around here.
Registration Open for Teen Public Safety Academy
Registration just opened for the Teen Public Safety Academy, which runs from July 16th through July 20th, and is limited to just 20 kids. Teens between the ages of 13 and 19 will get firsthand experience of what Santa Cruz Police and Fire do on a daily basis. Teen Academy recruits will have a total public safety experience in action packed week learning police and fire training, tactics and job duties. Contact Officer Leo Gomez (831) 420-5952 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Happy Story of the Week
There will be a FREE community street fiesta from 5-7PM on Saturday along Cooper street in downtown Santa Cruz. Who doesn’t love a free fiesta downtown! Hosted by the Senderos community, Santa Cruz City Arts and the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, the fiesta includes music by Banda de Viento (a traditional Oaxacan wind band), as well as students performing dances and providing music. Senderos will be selling Oaxacan food to benefit its youth programs. Check it out!
The Weekly Seen
Thanks to Chief Mills for sharing this. Another cute picture of ducks safely crossing a busy street! Let’s end this week on a happy note!
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