The Status Quo Gets Obliterated
Well, I guess I asked for it. Only this isn’t exactly what I asked for. Yes, I’ve been an unabashed, cheerleader for disrupting the local “status quo” way we run the city. But this is the wrong direction. So now what? I’m sure you’ll hear plenty of answers to that question. But as I see it, the local Coonerty/Mathews “machine” has taken a major beating in this city council election. They only had one candidate out of 3 from the “slate” actually win, and with 3 seats open, that is just not a successful outcome. Given the amount of collective money spent on the “slate” candidates, and all the big name endorsements, the best they could manage was a 2nd, 4th, and 5th place finish. Ouch. That “machine” is broken. And was beaten by a couple of amateurs, a first time candidate and a guy who calls himself “Sweety Muffin Top”. It’s like that Southwest commercial. “Wanna get away?”
So back to what’s next. Fire and brimstone? I don’t think so. I think we’ll see a lot of status quo actually, just a kinder, gentler, dumber status quo. I see a bunch of idealistic dopes acting like they just got ahold of their parent’s credit card. I see lots of dumb ideas being floated, discussed ad nauseum, only to have the city attorney tell them that it’s either illegal or opens the city up to huge liability in civil court. I see Cynthia Mathews basically wishing she could be anywhere but up there for the next 2 years. I see even LONGER meetings, with Krohn and Sandy Brown feeling empowered to pontificate and endlessly babble more than their usual amount. I see a guy in a dirty bathrobe complaining about the city not doing enough about something, because he needs something to bitch about at city hall. I see Justin Cummings wondering if he bit off more than he can chew. I see lots of material for future Weekly Dumps.
We’ve managed to survive 2 years of Donald Trump. We can survive 2 years of this. Just gotta try harder next time. Maybe we need a new “machine”. Maybe we need better choices. Maybe we need to learn why they won and do some things differently. In 2 years, 4 seats will be open, including those of Krohn and Brown. I personally think Watkins is a “one and done”. I would be shocked otherwise. And Mathews is definitely done. The right group could WIN a new majority pretty easily. But that takes building bridges between candidates and not fences. If anything, that is the one thing the progressives did right in this case. And the one thing the “machine” did wrong that likely explains the results. Anyone who doesn’t like the result, you’ve got 2 years to basically figure it out and fix it. The current group will likely spend the next 2 years dragging us down further. They will basically give the next group the “talking points” to present a strong, unified, better alternative.
The Stuff We Don’t Hear About
File this story under “the stuff we don’t normally hear about”. I was doing some last minute perusing of the SCPD media crime log (It’s actually pretty entertaining. This is Santa Cruz after all). Lots of the usual drunk and disorderly stuff, and then I come across this:
So this person was arrested and charged with the following on Tuesday morning:
- Rape of a victim incapable of consent
- Causing harm/death of elder dependent adult
- Threaten crime with intent to terrorize
And we hear nothing about it until I bring it up? He was arraigned in Santa Cruz County court on Thursday morning according to court records. I heard his bail is listed at $50K. For these charges. Pathetic.
Watsonville Man Charged With Murder in Robbery Slaying
A Watsonville man has been charged with murder in the slaying earlier this summer of a thief who was trying to steal from him. This past June, there was a confrontation that resulted in a deadly shooting at a residence near Lawrence Avenue and South Green Valley Road. A 32 year old man was shot and killed in a driveway after he and an accomplice robbed the suspect, who was apparently dealing marijuana from his home. The two men robbed the suspect of drugs and cash at gunpoint. When they attempted to flee the scene, one of the thieves was shot by the victim/suspect. The other thief was caught nearby and arrested. The suspect is facing murder and gun enhancement charges and is being held on $1.5 million bail.
Sex Offender Found Inside Cabrillo College Women’s Bathroom
This past Tuesday around noon, a 25 year old registered sex offender who was ON PROBATION (of course he was!) was caught inside the women’s bathroom at Cabrillo College. The man was apparently looking under stalls when a 20 year old woman confronted him trying to leave the bathroom. After he shoved the the door into her head, she called the Sheriff’s Office. Several hours later, detectives identified the suspect from video surveillance at Cabrillo College. The man was later found at Target in Capitola (in the women’s bathroom?) and they arrested him without incident. He was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail and is being held without bail on a number of charges, including parole violation, false imprisonment, loitering on school grounds, and lewd conduct. Held without bail? For being a creeper? WTF? This low hanging fruit is who gets held without bail? How about the recidivist felons we cycle through the system daily? How about the guy we “never heard about” who gets $50,000 bail? Who is worse? The serial creeper or the guy who possibly raped, kidnapped, and killed someone in their family?
God is Not Happy or Amused
Sunday night around 7PM, a staff member of Star of the Sea Church witnessed and reported a transient male who was taking a crap in the church carport. Apparently a woman friend he had with him yelled at and threatened the witness.
Did Their License Plate Read “Kick Me”?
Saturday night, a Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputy was patrolling near 17th Avenue and Brommer Street in Live Oak when he noticed a conspicuously parked car in a parking lot filled with closed businesses. It was conspicuous mostly because 3 people were just sitting inside the vehicle. Upon further check of the occupants, one man was in possession of drug paraphernalia, a woman had a warrant and some meth, and another woman was in possession of a concealed fixed blade knife. All three were arrested and taken to jail.
Watsonville Search Turns Up Guns and Stolen Cars
Last Thursday night, a 31 year old Watsonville man was arrested during a search on the 100 block of Rache Road. Deputies found an illegal short barreled rifle, handguns, high capacity magazines, ammunition and several stolen cars. The man was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail with bail set at $25,000.
Local Retailers Busted For Selling to Kids
Last week, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office busted three local retailers for selling alcohol and tobacco products to customers under the age of 21. The three busted retailers were Harbor Liquors, M.B. Liquors and Hernandez Market (not the one on Laurel street). Live Oak American Gas, Live Oak Liquors, Dekes Market, Pleasure Point Wine and Spirits, 7-11 Portola Drive and Pleasure Point Liquor and Mini Mart were all determined to be in compliance.
Making the Baby Jesus Cry Again
Last Friday morning around 1AM, A 20 year old man was arrested after stealing from the Messiah Lutheran Church nativity scene. California Highway Patrol officers were on patrol near High Street in Santa Cruz when the suspect nearly ran into their patrol car with a large wooden wise man. When officers tried to stop him, he ran and dropped the wise man before he was caught and arrested. According to the local Pastor, last year Mary and Joseph were stolen and never returned. The man was booked on charges of being publicly intoxicated, petty theft, and resisting arrest.
Robbery and Battery on Soquel
Last Friday night around 10:30PM, somebody was robbed and beaten up on the 300 block of Soquel. According to police reports, the victim was punched and beaten in the face multiple times and suffered serious bodily injury. Nobody was arrested. Details are few (as usual).
Take Me to the River
Last week, Watsonville Police arrested a man after he led them on a chase and was found with drugs and stolen credit cards. After Watsonville police responded to a call for a possible residential home invasion burglary, a 35 year old man ran from officers. After chasing him to a nearby river bank, he was arrested for loitering on private property and resisting arrest.
Robbery Suspect Arrested Driving Stolen Truck
Saturday afternoon, a Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputy was on patrol in Boulder Creek when she noticed the vehicle in front of her was a stolen pickup truck. With the help of other deputies, they initiated a stop and detained the male driver, who was also wanted in connection with a recent robbery. The man was booked into County Jail on charges that included, robbery, possession of a stolen vehicle, and possession of a controlled substance.
Pacific Front Project Approved for Downtown Santa Cruz
In their final meeting of 2018 (and for some their final meeting), the Santa Cruz City Council approved a new downtown commercial and housing development at the corner of Pacific and Laurel by a 5-2 vote. Of course, the 2 opposing votes came from Dumb and Dumber (Krohn and Brown). The new “Pacific Front” project will be six stories tall at it’s peak, and include 205 housing units with ground floor commercial space and a two floor parking garage. The biggest point of contention (at least for Dumb and Dumber) seemed to be the city rule exempting the developer from including restricted rental units. The city was willing to do this in exchange for parcels of adjacent Pacific Avenue property, which the city is expected to use to build a new 100 percent affordable unit housing development. Huh? So how is this new “100 percent affordable” project going to be subsidized? With our taxes? The project will tentatively combine seven parcels at Laurel Street, Pacific Avenue and Front Street. The project will add 205 units to our existing housing stock and Dumb and Dumber voted against it. They just keep pulling our chain.
A Fond Farewell to David, Cynthia, and Richelle
I mean this honestly, thank you for your service to the community. I know it’s a tough, thankless job. And the pay sucks. I know there was plenty we didn’t agree on, but there was plenty of common ground too. I wish all 3 of you the best in whatever comes next. I know I can come across as a constant critic, but I know you did the best you could with what you had to work with. I can question the motives, the intent, the lack of critical reasoning, but I’ll never question the effort from any of you. I know how much all 3 of you care about the community in your own personal ways. Mahalo.
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