Well, the UCSC caravan of new and returning students (and their parents) descended on Santa Cruz last week, bringing the unofficial end of summer home. That didn’t stop the loco though! This week, we had the food fight in the church parking lot that escalated quickly, we had another false alarm that locked down a local school, we had the story nobody heard about (as usual), why people don’t shop downtown anymore, suspicious fire torches rental cars across the street from SCPD main station, just our daily car thief arrested in Santa Cruz, identity thief busted in Soquel, hand grenade found in local landfill, city council shuts down alternative transportation options, deputy t-bones thief in stolen truck, move your junker next time, good times with local addicts, Red tagged, El Circo del Ayuntamiento, the Weekly Seen, and maybe more!
Food Fight Gone Bad Leads to Arrest
Wednesday afternoon around 3:30PM, a man was arrested for pulling out a gun during a fight at a church on Cabrillo College Drive in Aptos. According to reports from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, two men were waiting for a weekly food distribution at Twin Lakes Church when they started fighting about something. One man pushed the victim against a wall, then got a gun from the trunk of his car and pointed it in the air and threatened to kill the victim. After the suspect got into his car and left the scene, a deputy spotted the suspect and his vehicle on the 8000 block of Soquel Drive. Deputies searched and found the gun inside the suspect’s car. He was arrested for brandishing a gun near a school campus, brandishing a firearm, battery, threats, and using a firearm in the commission of a felony. After arriving at the county jail, the suspect refused to cooperate and officers used pepper spray to subdue him. His bail was set at $60,000. Good thing we still actually have bail right? Or would you prefer this angry wingnut be out on his own recognizance?
False Alarm Puts Aptos Junior High School on Lockdown
Wednesday morning around 10:30AM, Aptos Junior High school was put on lockdown and a shelter in place was initiated after a report of a possible gun at the school. Reports from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office indicated the school was placed on lockdown after a parent reported that their child heard another student talking about a gun. Deputies later determined that the students were talking about purchasing an air soft gun. All staff and students were safe and the lockdown was lifted around noon.
I’ll Bet You Didn’t Hear About This Story
Thursday morning around 2:30AM, I heard a report about a man who broke down the front door of a residence on the 100 block of Mason street near Bay and broke into the home. The elderly female resident was terrified and called 911 while hiding in the house. SCPD arrived and arrested one man at gunpoint at the home. The suspect also apparently had multiple guns registered to him. Fire and AMR had to respond after the victim complained of chest pains. The poor woman was probably having a heart attack. How’s that “Neighborhood Policing” propaganda working out for you?
Why People Don’t Like to Shop Downtown Anymore
Thursday afternoon around 1:30PM, I heard a report about a guy being tased by SCPD on Pacific Avenue. Even after being tased, he continued to fight with officers until they could finally get him handcuffed, and even after that he continued to be hostile towards SCPD. Medics were also called to respond to the suspect’s injuries after being a tased a couple times and splitting his head open. Turns out this barnacle is actually from Seattle and has a history of “violent tendencies” towards police. He was arrested for stolen property among other things. But of course, what we all want to know is HOW DID HE END UP HERE? Was it the welcome mat we roll out for people like him? He seems to have a cult following in Seattle. Can we send him back?
Suspicious Fire Near SCPD Damages Rental Cars
Monday night around midnight, an SCPD patrol officer noticed a fire burning in a hedge of shrubs in front of the Hertz rental car location on Center street. Santa Cruz Fire responded and quickly put out the fire, but the resulting blaze damaged at least 5 vehicles parked next to the hedge. Fire investigators deemed the fire “suspicious”.
Just Our Daily Car Thief Arrested in Santa Cruz
Wednesday morning around 2:30AM, SCPD stopped an SUV near May and Washburn avenues in Santa Cruz which turned out to be stolen. The 29 year old female driver from Gilroy was arrested on suspicion of three charges of possession of unlawful paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, receiving stolen property and vehicle theft. She also faces charges of theft and petty theft in Santa Clara County, according to Santa Cruz County Jail records. In unrelated cases, she also faces two charges of possession of paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine that were filed in October, according to Santa Cruz County Superior Court documents. The 28 year old male passenger from Santa Cruz had outstanding warrants for his arrest, and was arrested in connection with vehicle theft and possession of unlawful paraphernalia in Santa Cruz, according to Santa Cruz County Jail records. He faces vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, possession of a controlled substance and obstruction of a public officer in San Francisco, according to jail records. He is also accused of a probation violation in Santa Cruz County in January. Both remained in Santa Cruz County Jail on Wednesday afternoon. His bail was set at $175,000 and her bail was set at $56,000, according to jail records.
Another stolen vehicle was later recovered on the 1400 block of Ocean Street. Santa Cruz had 382 automobile thefts in 2016 and 362 automobile thefts in 2017, according to FBI crime data. That’s averages about one a day EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Identity Thief Busted in Soquel
This past Sunday, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies found a vehicle with a false registration sticker near a storage unit on Soquel Drive. One man was arrested for several warrants and the other was in possession of documents and personal identifying information to an elderly person they were caring for. It appeared they used a credit card in the person’s name to rent the storage unit.
Hand Grenade Found at Local Dump
This past Monday, an old hand grenade was found at the Buena Vista Landfill in Santa Cruz County. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office responded and safely removed it.
City Council Shuts Down New Alternative Transportation Options in the City
The Santa Cruz city council unanimously voted to halt any more electric bike or scooter companies from doing new business in the city, just weeks after a company dropped off more than 100 electric scooters around Santa Cruz without the city’s permission. The city recently blessed the launch of Jump electric bikes just a few months ago. The scooter company dropped off the scooters, but the next day the city told the company to remove their scooters. When they didn’t comply, the city began impounding them.
Deputy T-Bones Thief in Stolen Truck
Last Friday, a Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputy driving south on Highway 9 when a red truck traveling the opposite direction suddenly turned in front of him onto El Solyo Heights. The deputy hit the truck on it’s side. No one was injured but both vehicles suffered significant damage. After the accident, deputies discovered CHP was investigating the driver of the red truck for another vehicle theft which took place the previous day. That stolen car that was later found on Bear Creek Canyon, but the owner reported a guitar was taken from the vehicle. The same guitar was found inside the red truck genius here was driving, linking the man to the other vehicle theft. In addition, the red truck in the accident was also reported stolen.
At Least Move Your Junker Off the Road
While deputies from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s office were patrolling near the Mesa Village area of Watsonville, they came upon a vehicle that was partially blocking the roadway. Deputies found two men working on the vehicle. Since one of the men was on probation, his vehicle was searched and deputies found a stolen .357 magnum handgun hidden in the engine compartment. Deputies also found an air soft gun with the orange tip painted over. One man was arrested for possession of a stolen firearm and the other was given a citation for possessing an air soft gun with an altered orange tip.
Good (honest) article in the latest Good Times. “A Santa Cruz Addict Talks Heroin, Meth, and Homelessness“. This is the “unfiltered” view of Santa Cruz that Martin Bernal & Co. try to repress from public viewing and consumption as much as possible. Nice job Hugh the Intern. Go watch the video I posted last week, which was made 5 years ago, and then read this article which was just posted this week. Is this status quo acceptable? Don’t ask me, ask yourself when voting for the next city council. Vote public safety first.
I saw this posted recently on social media. It looks like the Red and Planet Fresh are shut down for the immediate future anyways. What I heard was something about “structural integrity” issues.
El Circo del Ayuntamiento
Starting to see lots of yards signs going up (and unfortunately, sometimes coming down). Starting to see more people out walking the beat. We still have at least 2 more public candidate forums coming up and I highly recommend going to one if you haven’t had the opportunity to hear the candidates speak for yourself.
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
- October 12th: East of the River Candidates Forum
So this week I’m skipping the usual “line up” profiles I usually do every week, but if you want to read more about any of the candidates individually, click that link for the Chamber of Commerce forum right above this paragraph, as it includes an extensive profile bio of each candidate.
What I want to talk about this week is the really annoying, whiny, arm chair quarterback, back seat drivers out there who are complaining about how there are “too many moderates running” in this campaign, and how 2 of the progressive candidates will “bring their side together” while having too many moderates running will just decrease the chance of moderates winning a majority of seats. Just STFU already. First of all, you have no idea how people are going to actually vote. Are you polling voters? No? I didn’t think so. I keep hearing how “oh these 3 have the best chance of winning”. According to who? You and your uninformed opinion? Seriously, if someone, anyone, has the passion and the drive and the fortitude (and the guts) to actually run for 4 years of the Santa Cruz city council, by God let them run! Let the people decide who is right and stop trying to limit our selection because of your neurotic fear of the unknown. Honestly, I keep hearing this same bullshit and every single time, it’s coming from the mouth of some “machine” mouthpiece. Guess what? We know you’re worried about your shitty status quo. We know the “machine” has the most money to spend and yet, it’s still a minority (they can only endorse 3 out of 10 candidates). The status quo should be worried. But the answer isn’t to brow beat moderate candidates into not running, or dropping out. Here’s a suggestion. Let the 3 “machine” candidates drop out and lets see how well we do.
The Weekly Seen
Was it the daily “dumpster fire”?
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