Another Dead Body Found in Camp Bernal
Tuesday night around 5:30PM, SCPD and the Santa Cruz Fire Department responded to Camp Bernal, that growing exponentially by the day, human homeless sty located at Highway 1 and River streets for a report of a dead body. When they responded, they found a 68 year old man dead on arrival in his tent. The coroner was called out and responded. Police are investigating but they said the cause of death doesn’t appear to be foul play, and could have been a drug overdose or natural causes. How is this ok for anyone? That the city and county allow a 68 year old man to just die in this dirty, filthy, muddy, human sty? How many more are there like him? Human tragedy right in our own front yard, and the city and county, clueless as ever, just keeps feeding it and looking the other way.
And do you think the neighbors are enjoying this? Hardly. Lost in all the din and white noise of the usual news media coverage of this out of control problem is the impact on the “neighbors”, the local Gateway Plaza and River street businesses suffering the collateral damage of overreaching idiot compassion. The city needs to hire a new accountant. Or better yet a new city manager. Someone who understands the fiscal impacts of pouring money into a losing venture while simultaneously cutting your tax revenue stream from local business and sales taxes (which funds the city government).
Grow a sack and deal with your responsibilities for a change! I’m looking at all of you in city and county leadership.
Stabbing Reported in Camp Bernal
In a story likely to surprise nobody who reads this column regularly, last Friday around 5:30PM, a stabbing was reported somewhere inside Camp Bernal. SCPD and medics responded but when they arrived the victim had apparently left the scene (and so had the person who reportedly stabbed them), so SCPD searched the area for a guy with no shirt and shorts and probably “bleeding like crazy” (according to the initial witness who called it in). It didn’t sound like anyone was arrested, so who knows. Could have been a false alarm. But SCPD took it pretty seriously.
Twenty Three Times and Counting
Saturday night around 11:30PM, a 59 year old transient woman was arrested on the 800 block of Ocean street on a number of charges, including resisting arrest, flashing a weapon, attacking a peace officer, and of course, probation violations. I looked her up. She’s been arrested 23 times (and counting). Isn’t it time to try something different here? I don’t know, maybe keep her in jail longer? Better treatment options? Anything is better than the County Shuffle here.
Looking For His Needles Perhaps?
Monday morning around 8:30AM, a man who was on pre-trial release was arrested after Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to the county health services parking lot on Emeline avenue. He was found to be in possession of stolen checks and heroin. He was arrested and taken to county jail. Can we please skip the “pre-trial release” bullshit this time? It will save us time, money, and trouble.
And I heard a rumor (a really good one from a pretty solid source) that there is some consideration being given to moving Camp Bernal somewhere up off Emeline to the county services area, possibly in a parking lot? This is obviously a fast moving story so if I hear any more on this, I’ll discuss in more detail. That would be an interesting “compromise” between the city and county on this. I would like to see the county take more direct ownership here (and control), despite the always missing in action Ryan Coonerty and his fear to take on anything controversial locally. One key component of this is actually moving it out of downtown (this does that). Another is moving it onto county owned property (this does that). So while I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, and I’m sure the neighbors up off Emeline would be horrified, this idea does make some sense in the short term. If nothing else, the junkies won’t have far to crawl to get their free needles from the county. And speaking of the county and their free needles…..
Community Unloads on Bruce McPherson Over Dirty Needles
First of all, big props and thanks to Damon, Paige, and Big Joe for going and even making the news. Thanks for all you do for your community. Wednesday night, Bruce McPherson from the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors held a meeting at the community room of SCPD to discuss neighbors concerns over the county’s free needle handouts. I refuse to call it an “exchange” because nothing actually needs to be exchanged here. We have kooks just handing them out in Camp Bernal like the Pied Piper of Idiot Compassion. It’s a farce and a serious threat to public safety. I think one city council person (Cummings) showed up. I’m pretty sure Ryan Coonerty was nowhere to be found.
Gift From the Sea (and the county)
Thursday morning around 8:30AM, I heard a report about a bum taken down in front of the Del Mar. SCPD sent multiple units to the scene and finally managed to get him detained and in handcuffs after a scuffle with police. It sounded like he was arrested within the past few days in front of the Asti on Pacific and Laurel. Nothing like your local recidivist acting badly on Pacific Avenue at 8:30 in the morning. Good morning Santa Cruz. And then later Thursday afternoon, I see this!
Same guy! It was worse than I originally thought! Arrested a week ago for FELONY vandalism, out with no bail and no time in jail, and here he is! Turning downtown Santa Cruz into a giant crime scene, thanks to the county jail, the county judges, and an abundance of local stupidity.
Appearances Can Be Deceiving
Friday morning around 11:30AM, a man was arrested for trying to cash a stolen check with a forged signature at the Wells Fargo bank on the 7700 block of Soquel drive. He was arrested for forgery, ID theft, possession of stolen property, possession of a switchblade, and parole violations. More parole violations. Each one is like a stamp of failure by a system we enable.
Arrested at the Ben Lomond Dump
In perhaps the most fitting item this week, Friday morning around 10:30AM, a man was arrested for causing a disturbance at the Ben Lomond Dump on the 9800 block of Newell Creek Road. He was actually arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. The disturbance was a freebie.
Where’s the Beef?
Saturday night around 5:30PM, witnesses described seeing a couple of transients brawling on the corner of Mission and Bay. One person reported seeing a man beating another with a skateboard. The suspect was described as a transient with a couple of guitars and lots of stuff. Witnesses reported seeing them move their beef into the McDonalds parking lot, where SCPD sent a couple of units. Apparently, the squabble was just between “friends” and nobody wanted to press any charges so nobody was arrested. Maybe they shared a Happy Meal together after SCPD left.
Move It Chalupa
Friday night around 11PM, I heard a report about someone in the drive through at the Taco Bell on Laurel and Pacific who was making threats and trying to fight with an employee and refused to leave the drive through area. The employee locked the window and called SCPD. The person apparently tried to come in the back door but left as SCPD showed up. SCPD pulled the truck over at Laurel and California. His truck registration tags were expired. He was also on probation. Taco Bell refused to press charges.
Mail Thieves Target Boulder Creek Residents
On Friday, people living near Pleasant Way in Boulder Creek woke up to finding their mail boxes opened up and cleared out. Some of that mail was found thrown into a nearby creek along with an empty Amazon box. Are there any camps nearby?
House Fire Displaces Six People in Santa Cruz
Saturday night around 6:30PM, the Santa Cruz Fire Department responded to a report of a home fire on McMillan Drive in Santa Cruz. When they arrived, they found heavy smoke coming from inside the home. Additional crews soon arrived to help extinguish the blaze on the second floor. It took fire fighters about a half hour to put the fire out, and all occupants made it out of the house safely. SCFD classified the fire as an accident.
Santa Cruz Loves a Parade
Or is it a protest? Or a march? It’s mostly a big street party. Last Saturday, I walked in the women’s march downtown. Huge turnout. I’d say a few thousand people walked the route from Cathcart to the clock tower. And the Summit Sisters were rocking the clock tower! A good time seemed to be had by all. Then on Monday, SCPD and Chief Mills and the local NAACP took to Pacific Avenue for a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King day. Another solid turnout and nice parade. Of course, Barnacle Bob Noise was heard complaining (or was it Sweety Muffin Top?) about how having Chief Mills lead the parade, or even having SCPD organize and sponsor it, was some kind of progressive blasphemy.
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