It’s raining! It’s pouring! Santa Cruz is never boring! This week, we’ve got lots of rain and the usual mayhem that comes with it, the Board of Supervisors declare war on mini shampoo bottles, pedestrian killed on Highway 1, fire prompts evacuation at SCHS, city settles wrongful death suit, making the Baby Jesus cry, Live Oak residents sleep through home invasion burglary, pulling weeds, some people can’t take no for an answer, Watsonville child rapist sentenced, less than Swift response, morning fun at Camp Bernal, Privates Beach gets less private, California has gotten progressively more dangerous, the Weekly Seen, and more!
First Rains Bring Lots of Accidents on Highway 17
California Highway Patrol responded to six accidents on the Santa Cruz County side of Highway 17 last Friday morning. One crash near Pasatiempo Drive ended with a car down an embankment. The driver apparently hit a water pocket in their truck and swerved off of the freeway and over the embankment. A woman and her 8 year old daughter were in the vehicle but managed to escape injury. Earlier on Thursday afternoon, a drunk woman drove the wrong way on Highway 17, causing a major traffic accident. Happy Thanksgiving! This happened around 4:30PM north of Mount Hermon Road. The CHP received multiple reports of a car driving southbound in the northbound lanes near Granite Creek Road. While they were responding, a 40 year old drunk woman from Los Angeles crashed into a 69 year old Santa Cruz man’s car. The man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The drunk woman’s car rolled over, but she only suffered minor injuries and was arrested for DUI.
Santa Cruz County Declares War on Mini Shampoo Bottles
I have to admit I love that headline in the Chronicle. The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors last week approved an ordinance banning mini, “single use” plastic toiletry bottles effective Dec. 31, 2020. Instead of offering the small, disposable bottles, Santa Cruz County hotels must stock rooms with larger bottles or dispensers. The ban won’t go into effect for two years to give hoteliers a chance to use up existing inventories. Hosted rentals, where the owner is present on the property, are exempt from the ban. Thank God the Board of Supervisors has nothing better to do!
Pedestrian Killed on Highway One
A 44 year old Watsonville man died after being struck by 2 vehicles on northbound Highway 1 at around 4:30AM near the Emeline Avenue exit. According to CHP reports, a 27 year old driver from San Jose and a 43 year old driver from Santa Cruz were not injured in the accident, and neither drugs or alcohol were considered factors. Northbound lanes of Highway 1 were closed for almost three hours while authorities investigated the incident.
Fire Prompts Evacuations at SCHS
An apparent electrical fire in an elevator prompted early morning evacuations at Santa Cruz High School on Monday morning. Santa Cruz Fire responded quickly and extinguished the fire before allowing students, teachers, and staff to re-enter the school building.
City of Santa Cruz Settles Wrongful Death Suit
It was announced this week that the city of Santa Cruz has settled with the family of Sean Arlt, who died after being shot by police in an incident last year. I think it’s important to note that the settlement amount doesn’t come from the city’s general fund. In fact, the city isn’t paying the settlement, the city’s insurance carrier is paying the settlement.
Making the Baby Jesus Cry
Saturday morning around 11AM, a witness saw a male suspect break a window at the Congregational Church of Soquel and break in. When Deputies arrived, the suspect had fled out the back door but an alert UPS driver reported seeing the suspect run across Center Street and up a nearby steep hillside. The suspect was then seen in the front yard of a residence on Hannan Lane, where Deputies were finally able to arrest him. The suspect also apparently left personal belongings behind when he fled out the back door which placed him at the scene. He was booked into County Jail on Burglary charges.
Live Oak Residents Sleep Through Home Invasion Burglary
Early Friday morning, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies took a report of a burglary at a home in Live Oak. Apparently someone broke in a residence and stole cell phones, car keys, and other items. They also stole the victim’s vehicle. When the residents of the home woke up, they noticed their belongings had been stolen and their car was no longer where it should be. Using GPS in one of the stolen phones, Deputies tracked the phone to the general area of Harvey West Park. Go figure! You don’t say! Deputies searched the area and found the stolen vehicle parked in a parking lot, and found some bum in the car with one of the missing cell phones. Other stolen items were also found in the car. The man was arrested for various theft related charges. And before anyone gets upset over me calling this frequent flyer a bum, his history here speaks for itself.
Friday night, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Deputies located a man with an outstanding warrant for his arrest. When deputies arrives at the Aptos address he was located at, he jumped out of a window in an attempt to evade deputies but was quickly arrested. Another man at the same location was arrested at the door for three warrants, and a third man was a parolee at large who was found hiding in the closet. All three were taken to jail.
Some People Just Can’t Take No For an Answer
After the resounding failure of a citizen rent control ballot initiative earlier this month, the Santa Cruz city council just can’t take no for an answer. At this week’s city council meeting, they discussed requiring landlords to pay relocation fees to tenants if they increase rents beyond a certain threshold. After nearly four hours of bitter, divisive, community feedback, they voted to expand current tenant relocation assistance law, setting triggers that include rent increases of 5 percent in a single year or a combined 7 percent in two consecutive years. Tenants evicted for reasons other than the end of their lease or breach of their rental agreement also would be eligible for the relocation assistance, under the updated ordinance. If approved by the council with a second vote on December 11th, the new law would apply retroactively to rent increase notices issued since Nov. 27th. The council did not consider extending a city designed rent increase freeze and just cause eviction rules, which were similar to the language in the recently defeated Measure M. During a special meeting set for Dec. 6th, the council also will consider establishing an emergency ordinance requiring landlords to give tenants 90 days’ notice with an eviction.
Watsonville Child Rapist Sentenced to State Prison
A 45 year old Watsonville man pleaded guilty to forcibly raping a child over a three year period and will be sentenced to a stipulated term of 34 years in state prison. In 2017, the victim told a friend about the abuse and the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office began investigating the case in April of 2017. When investigators served a search warrant at the suspect’s home, they found 17 used condoms containing DNA from the suspect and the victim. A hearing has been set for Dec. 21, 2018.
Less Than Swift Response
Wednesday night around 8PM, I heard a report about 2 people who were reportedly passed out in a car in the parking lot near the 7-11 on Mission and Swift. When the driver woke up, he apparently drove off down Swift. SCPD was called but I’m not sure if they ever caught up to the guy. The registration from the plate came back to a PO box in Capitola. It was dark, raining, and this asshat is driving around ready to kill someone.
Morning Fun Outside Camp Bernal
Tuesday morning around 9:30AM, I heard multiple reports about SCPD being involved in some sort of high risk stop on a car where someone in the vehicle tossed a fake gun out the window. Where did this happen? Gateway Plaza of course. “Camp Bernal”.
Privates Beach Gets Less Private
Both Santa Cruz County and the Opal Cliffs Recreation District, who had been fighting to keep the park and beach private against California Coastal Commission law, have reached an agreement which will give the general public free access. The park district plans to apply for a new Coastal Development Permit, which would include a new retractable gate limiting access into the park. The gate and the park will be open from sunrise to sundown and will be free to the public year round. Paid keycards and a gate attendant will be eliminated. The agreement calls for the gate to close during off hours to keep the park secure, and the new gate is expected to be in place by next Memorial Day.
California Has Gotten Progressively More Dangerous
It’s pretty obvious to me anyways that California has gotten progressively more dangerous under the reign of Governor Moonbeam. And I don’t see that changing much under the Gavinator. State Propositions 47 and 57 and AB 109 are his legacy. Call it compassion or call it senility, I call it a big mistake. I read a terrific write up recently that perfectly articulates the issue for me.
The Weekly Seen
Slow down out there on those wet roads. Nobody wants to be stuck behind the fallout from your stupidity.
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