It’s kind of a short dump this week. Life just got in the way a little too much this week for yours truly, and I skipped the complete carnival of a city council meeting so anyone can feel free to give their perspective on that in the comments. Meanwhile, what I do have for you is the Aptos guy thrilled to be going to prison for the rest of his life, a runaway kid found in a stolen car, a couple of stabbings, stolen gun pulled on neighbor, flash in the can, El Circo del Ayuntamiento covers the SCN forum, and a couple other things.
Aptos Man Thrilled With Outlook on Life in Prison Without Parole
This Tuesday, a Santa Cruz judge sentenced an Aptos man to serve two consecutive life sentences in prison without the possibility of parole for killing his parents in the Aptos hime they shared. The man pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but last month a jury found him sane at the time of the 2013 murders. In June of 2013, the man showed up at his parents house and ran down his 71 year old father with a car, then he beat his 68 year old mother to death.
Runaway Child Found in Stolen Car
This Monday, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies spotted a stolen car and stopped it on the 100 block of Pauline Road. Inside the car were a 19 year old male, a 16 year old boy, and a 12 year old girl, who had apparently ran away from a group home and was picked up by two teens in Santa Cruz County. The 19 year old was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and possession of the stolen car. The 16 year old was also arrested for possession of a stolen car. When Deputies followed up on the stolen car, they found two more stolen cars off Marchant Street in Watsonville.
Watsonville Brawl Leads to Man Being Stabbed Multiple Times
A 22 year old man was stabbed multiple times during a large street fight in Watsonville., according to reports from the Watsonville Police Department. The stabbing occurred around 12:3AM Sunday morning on the 400 block of Riverside Drive. The victim was taken to a trauma center where he is expected to survive his injuries. Watsonville police shut down the area for several hours as they searched for suspects and gathered evidence, but apparently no arrests have been made.
Man Stabbed in the Neck in Felton
Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report on Saturday of a victim of a stabbing in the area of Highway 9 and Graham Hill Rd. When deputies arrived on scene, they found a male suffering from a neck wound. With the help of witnesses in the area deputies were able to find and arrest Freddie Vargas for the stabbing. The victim was transported to the hospital and was treated and released.
Watsonville Man Pulls Stolen Gun on Neighbor
During an altercation with his neighbor last Monday, a 21 year old man pulled a stolen gun on him and was later arrested at a nearby gas station. The stolen gun also happened to be one of the guns stolen from last year’s burglary at Markley’s Indoor Range. He was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail for drug and gun charges. When Watsonville police found him, he was holding a handgun and had several bindles of methamphetamine.
Flash in the Can
Last week, SCPD responded to a call about a prowler in the backyard of a residence on the 100 block of South Park Way. As the suspect fled on foot through Arana Gulch, a neighbor followed the suspect and directed SCPD to the area he was last seen. The prowler was eventually apprehended near Soquel Avenue and 7th Avenue. The 41 year old transient was arrested for prowling, resisting arrest and a felony flash incarceration hold. “Flash incarceration” is a period of detention in county jail due to a violation of an offender’s conditions of post-release supervision.
El Circo del Ayuntamiento
This week it’s all about the yard signs! The poor, innocent yard signs!
Upcoming Candidate Forums (that I’m aware of):
These are all open to the public. Mark your calendars!
- October 2nd: Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce Candidates Forum
This week, we had the Santa Cruz Neighbors candidate forum. It was packed with people and was very well run. Everyone showed up because everyone got invited! Instead of the usual profiles, here are my quick thoughts on how everyone did.
The Line Up (listed alphabetically)
Paige gave thoughtful answers. There were a few questions that threw her a curve but she handled them well. She’s blunt. Bless her for that. She shared her experiences working with local homeless, as well as her frustrations.
Phillip J. Crawford
This was my first introduction to Philip. Interesting guy. He has large presence when he speaks. I like his background and experience and he seems genuine about wanting to get involved. I know he’s a long shot but he actually seems like a pretty good guy.
My first introduction to Justin too. Good speaker, articulate, didn’t rush and gave thoughtful answers. Doesn’t want to hire more cops. Wrong answer.
Not my first introduction to Drew. He’s nothing if not predictable. He’s a good speaker, he’s passionate about what he believes, he can carry people’s attention (not an underrated skill). He also doesn’t want to hire more cops. Wrong answer.
My first introduction to Cynthia. I guess she did ok but nothing really stood out about her for me. Nothing offensive, nothing exciting.
My first introduction to Dave. Interesting guy. Not what I was expecting. Very animated when he talks. Kept things lively and interesting
My first introduction to Greg. I thought he bragged a lot.
My first introduction to Donna too. I guess she did ok but nothing really stood out about her for me. Nothing offensive, nothing exciting. See, I knew I would end up getting them confused.
Richelle seemed tired, not from doing this but from a very long and crazy city council meeting from the night before. Yet she still nailed her answers and did very well.
Of all the people who spoke, Ashley was the one who “brought it”. Between working the crowd as she stood and walked around giving her answers and talking directly to people in the crowd, she brought knowledge and passion to her answers and was one of the few able to command the room’s attention when she spoke.
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You Can Help Change the City Charter!
I saw the mayor posted this on his Facebook page:
“On August 14, 2018, the City Council created the Charter Amendment Committee, tasking the Committee with reviewing and making recommendations on potential changes to the City Charter in several specific areas. Please fill out and return the questionnaire at the link below and return – no later than Wednesday, September 19th!” The application for at-large appointments was recently released and can be found here!
Return it to Casey Hemard, Principal Management Analyst
via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
City of Santa Cruz
809 Center Street Room 10
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Attn: Casey Hemard
Charter Amendment Committee candidate interviews will take place at the evening session of the Council meeting of September 25th, with final appointments expected at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 9th.
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