It’s time for the latest edition of the Weekly Dump! This week, we’ve got a drug dealer shot in the head near the Lighthouse on West Cliff, a car thief from Nevada busted with a loaded gun, an Aptos drug lab in a vacation rental, the fame whore is back in the news, gifts from county probation, Watsonville bum camp yields expected results, triaging nuisance calls, downtown brawling, joy rides in Capitola, the battle over rent control, DeCinzotized, Los Lobos at the Boardwalk, the Weekly Seen, and more!
Man Shot in the Head Near Lighthouse on West Cliff Drive
Saturday afternoon, a Santa Cruz man was shot in the head near the bathrooms across from the lighthouse on West Cliff drive, during an apparent robbery involving drugs. The 50 year old victim was approached by five men who demanded his property. After a physical altercation where the victim was struck multiple times, he was shot by one of the men in the head by a grazing bullet.
Witnesses quickly reported the suspects vehicle, and SCPD located it in the Harvey West park area, where SCPD did a high risk stop with guns drawn in the Costco parking lot, where all five suspects were detained. The victim was treated at the scene by the Santa Cruz Fire Department and AMR, and transported to a local hospital and were not life threatening. California Highway Patrol, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office, Scotts Valley Police Department, Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force, Santa Cruz Fire Department and AMR were all involved in the incident.
Nevada Car Thief Arrested in Capitola With Loaded Gun
Monday night while investigating a disturbance, Santa Cruz County Sheriffs Deputies got word that a stolen Mitsubishi out of Nevada was seen in the area of Rio Flats in Aptos. The same vehicle had been seen during a shoplifting that Deputies had investigated earlier that day. CHP Officers spotted the car driving near Seacliff and pursued it into Capitola Village, where the two occupants fled on foot after being trapped in a parking lot, eluding capture.
Two hours later, a Deputy was driving through Soquel Village when he stopped to talk to a 20 year old man who appeared distraught. The man was found to have a loaded .38 caliber revolver in his pants pocket, and admitted being the passenger in the stolen car. He also said he had stolen the Mitsubishi in Nevada. CHP and the Sheriff’s Office booked the man into the County Jail for vehicle theft and possession of a loaded, concealed and unregistered handgun.
Drug Lab Found in Aptos Vacation Rental Home
Last Friday afternoon, multiple Santa Cruz County law enforcement agencies responded to a large vacation rental home on the 100 block of Sea Terrace Way in Aptos, where they discovered a butane honey oil lab. Homeowners were checking in and noticed doors kicked in and a strong chemical smell coming from inside the home. A HAZMAT Team responded to the scene to clear the home of any hazardous materials. Santa Cruz Public Works shut down Sea Terrace Way from both west and east ends of the block.
Fame Whore Back in the News
A Georgia district attorney announced on Monday that Alix Tichelman, the former prostitute junkie who served three years in the Santa Cruz County Jail for the death of a millionaire Google executive, has been indicted by a grand jury on murder charges for the heroin overdose death of her former boyfriend. Tichelman was released from jail in Santa Cruz last year, after pleading guilty to the involuntary manslaughter of Hayes, and serving three years in jail. She was immediately deported by ICE agents to Canada, where she lives now. After her story blew up in the national news media, she was given nicknames like the “Call Girl Killer” and “Harbor Hooker” of Santa Cruz. Some people never learn!
Probation is the Gift That Keeps Giving
While patrolling in Aptos on Wednesday, a Santa Cruz County Sheriffs Deputy spotted a man known to have several open probation cases loitering behind a local business. A search of the man found drug paraphernalia and suspected stolen property in his possession. He was placed on a probation hold and transported to County Jail.
And Here’s Another Gift!
During a routine patrol this Wednesday night near the county complex on Emeline (the place where junkies get their free needles courtesy of the county!), Santa Cruz County Sheriffs Deputies found a man who was on probation and in possession of several medications that did not belong to him. He was arrested and booked into jail for several drug related charges. He’s probably out already, stealing more prescriptions from people in the community.
Watsonville Bum Camp Busted
Five people were arrested after Watsonville Police responded to community reports of illegal camping on the 700 block of Ohlone Parkway. Police followed several trails through heavy brush to find the encampment, where they recovered guns, drugs and a dog. A 43 year old man who was arrested is a felon and had two guns, ammunition and drugs in his possession. He was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail. As for the dog, officers turned her over to Animal Control.
Probably Triaged as a Nuisance Call
Wednesday night around 6:30PM, a report came in about a fight between male and female inside a vehicle in the Trader Joes parking lot. Witnesses reported hearing the male say “I didn’t mean to hit you that hard” and that the woman was bleeding from the face. Well, I guess it’s pretty hard to deny you hit her. The male took off in the car before SCPD arrived and nobody was arrested.
Around 8:45PM on Saturday night, a report came in about a brawl on the 100 block of Soquel near Front. Witnesses reported seeing a male with a purple mohawk fighting with 2 other guys.
Joy Rides in Capitola
A California Highway Patrol officer working the graveyard shift made a traffic stop in Live Oak and found a 12 year old in the driver seat taking her friends for a late night joyride in her parents car. The girl’s parents called 911 early Tuesday morning after realizing their daughter and their car were both gone. According to CHP, about two weeks ago officers stopped the same Capitola girl driving erratically with her friends in the car. This time, juvenile court will be handling it.
The Battle Over Rent Control Rages On
Let me state unequivocally that I think rent control is a stupid idea. And I’m not the only who thinks this. Pretty much every economist thinks this. You know, the people that are experts on stuff like supply and demand, and how it effects the local economy. But somehow, a small group of local people managed to get enough signatures in a town full of far left leaning liberal lemmings. So this will be an interesting vote. Will the “silent majority” of moderates, home owners, property managers shut this down? Do we even have that silent majority or is that a myth?
This week’s city council meeting got pretty contentious at times over this issue, with strong support from both sides speaking for and against the idea. The supporters for rent control seemed to mostly be made up of UCSC students and the people opposed were mostly older, professional property owner types. So it did often appear at times to be a debate between adults and children.
There’s a local group of community members who oppose rent control called Santa Cruz Together, and they just held a meeting at the SCPD community room to formulate plans to defeat this initiative now that it’s on the ballot and will be decided by local voters in November. I asked a friend who attended to send me some notes on the meeting. Here are their notes:
“The meeting was very well attended with over 100 people there. At least one current city council member was there, as well as a number of candidates possibly running for election. Everyone seemed to be in agreement that we have a rental housing crisis but this is a pathetically poorly written initiative. This is a case where the solution is worse than the problem. Much like Prop 47, there will be many unintended negative consequences if this passes. Since they announced the campaign which was quickly followed up with the “emergency ordinances” by the city council, dozens of long term tenants have been given their notices of termination of tenancy, landlords have listed their properties for sale and applications for ADUs have been pulled/put on hold until after the election. We have a shortage of rental units and if this passes we will lose even more. There are special protections for seniors over 62 and the disabled so guess what? Landlords will be less likely to rent to seniors, the disabled and families because they are more likely to stay in their units. The transient student population will probably become the most attractive tenants.
Under the “Just Cause Eviction” rules, if someone has been in your unit for 5 years or more, a deed restriction gets added to the deed in their name. If you wish to move into your own property you will have to pay them relocation fees equal to up to 6 months of rent (at market rate -even if you are charging below market rates!) If the unit ever comes up for rent again, you have to find your former tenant and give them first right of refusal to move back in – at the rate they were paying when they moved out! Tenants who are obnoxious, create nuisances and engage in illegal activity will be almost impossible to get rid of. You can rent to a family of 3 and then they can choose to move in a bunch of other people, as many as 1 person for every 50 square feet. So if the house next door to you is a rental, you may find yourself living next door to 15 people in one house. There goes the neighborhood!
It gets even better. There will of course need to be a “Rent Control Board” to oversee all rentals and approve any termination of tenancies. So who hires them? The first year each CC member gets to appoint 1 person to make a 7 year board. The 2nd year it will be dropped to a board of 5. Who pays their salaries?? The landlords of course!! Somewhere between $400-$1000 year per rental unit. At least one “informed person” projects that the City will be paying the salaries of the rent control board for the first 2 years! We will just take that money from the Parks & Rec budget. No biggie!”
DeCinzotized – Classic Steven DeCinzo
Deja Vu. She’s back!
Los Lobos at the Boardwalk!
This Friday night. More than three decades have passed since Grammy winners Los Lobos released their debut album. Their music is influenced by rock and roll, Tex-Mex, country, zydeco, folk, R&B, blues, brown-eyed soul, and traditional music. In 2015, they were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This is easily the best show of the season, the most popular show of the season, and it’s a real treat for the local community to have a band of this caliber and stature play for free at the Boardwalk. Big shout out and thanks to Kris Reyes for bringing them back for another year, the 3rd straight year now. Free shows at 6:30 and 8:30PM.
The Weekly Seen
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