Good times! Ain’t we lucky we got em. This week, two more dead bodies were pulled out of Camp Bernal, there was also a fire there, dysfunction at city hall, gang member crashes near Manresa, fallen tree closes Highway 1, horsing around, not so safe way, tire slasher arrested, 22 times and counting, run for the border, accidents on Highway 17, and more.
Two More Bodies Found in Camp Bernal
Two bodies in two days were found inside Camp Bernal this week. The deaths were both unrelated to the fire on Tuesday but completely related to the drugs that are so easily accessible there. In an open air drug market like we have here, you can expect to find an occasional body or two. Call it an occupational hazard. I call it willful ignorance by the city and county to just let it grow and fester. This week, a 57 year old woman, originally from Idaho (not Santa Cruz), was found dead in Camp Bernal on Monday. This was the third death in the camp since January. And the 2nd in a 48 hour period. Another male was found dead on Sunday. I’ve heard both deaths were overdoses, though the city and the mainstream news won’t actually call it that. “Natural causes” my ass. Injecting drugs into your body isn’t “natural”. And some people are too happy to prop it up, enable, put the idiot and ass in idiot compassion. “harm reduction” is a joke when you are basically helping people die faster in order to placate your fat, misguided ego. This town rips the bones from your back. It’s a death trap. It’s a suicide rap. We gotta get out while we’re young. Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run!
Nylon is Easily and Very Flammable
Given the circumstances, this was only a matter of time. Tuesday morning around 9AM, a fire broke out in the middle of Camp Bernal after some fool thought cooking with a hot flame inside their tent was a good idea. The tent went up in flames, and the Iron Chef was treated for minor burns to the hands and smoke inhalation. Thankfully nobody else got hurt but this could have been a real human tragedy instead of just being a nasty mess for someone else to clean up. The “Lord of the Flies” approach to homelessness. Put them all on an island (or a fenced in “camp”), let them self govern, and they will ultimately destroy each other. That’s what we have here.
Making a Wave When You Can
Good Times! Our local weekly rag had a really good, trashy story this week on the dysfunction at city hall, with a focus on the bullying accusations leveled at both Drew Glover and Chris Krohn. It’s definitely been a hot topic lately, with numerous letters written to the Senile, mostly in support of the mayor. I think it’s worth noting the sheer number of people coming out and publicly naming these two now, including former Mayor Cynthia Chase who had some pretty disparaging stuff to say about Krohn. We all have eyes. Anyone who watches a city council regularly can see the bad behavior from these two. They don’t represent the city as a whole, and they aren’t looking out for what is best for the city as a whole. They represent their little fringe 13% of the voters, their special interests, and they don’t care about the community as a whole. They care more about being right (even when they are obviously wrong) than they care about the community as a whole. I say it all the time. We get what we are willing to tolerate. And Watkins and others have obviously tolerated enough of the bully boys club. Here are a few choice cuts from the article:
“One council member has filed a formal complaint against Glover, who took office in early December, under the Respectful Workplace Conduct policy, which the council adopted two years ago. GT made a request under California Public Records Act for complaints against council members under the city’s Discrimination and Harassment Policy, approved by the council less than two years ago. Records Coordinator Kelly Thompson says in an email that all relevant records are currently in draft and note form and therefore not public. “The public interest in withholding the record clearly outweighs the public interest in disclosure due to the particular details and nature of the records,” she writes.”
and there’s this!
“Chase does not look back on certain aspects of her four-year run on the City Council—which ended in 2018—fondly. For one thing, she says she recalls Krohn putting constant pressure on her to do what he wanted, demanding long meetings with her every week and talking over her in City Council meetings.
“His behavior was incredibly aggressive—very harassing, bullying—to try to get his own agenda to happen,” says Chase, acknowledging that she wasn’t always able to get items heard at Krohn’s preferred meetings. “For me, it’s never personal about those things. I’m always trying. Nobody gets special treatment. We’re trying to do the business of the city, not no one individual’s agenda.”
She adds that the behavior of her former colleagues, Krohn included, was one reason she decided not to run for re-election last year.”
Gang Member Leads Santa Cruz Deputies on Chase Before Crashing
Last Friday afternoon, a 33 year old alleged gang member wanted in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties for being a felon in possession of a firearm was arrested after crashing into several cars in front of Manresa State Beach. This followed a car chase through Watsonville, where he attempted to evade police near Alta Vista. After crashing his SUV, the suspect ran from police but was stopped by THE DOG (I love me some K9). He was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. I’m guessing for a few good nibbles in the ass. Watsonville Police believe the same man could be connected to other armed robberies in Watsonville and across the county.
Fallen Tree Causes Crashes and Closes Highway One
Around 5AM on Wednesday, a tree fell across northbound Highway One just past the Park exit in Capitola, causing a couple of drivers to hit the tree. Nobody was seriously injured but the tree shut down the highway for a short time as crews worked to remove the tree and the damaged vehicles.
Just a Couple of Bums Horsing Around
Last Thursday night around 10:30PM, I heard reports about one man who had lost his pants and was vomiting all over himself who was apparently fighting or in some kind of disturbance with another person who was bleeding from the head behind Horsnyders on Soquel. I’m sure the guy with no pants who puked on himself was easy to spot. I wonder who the lucky person from SCPD was who got to transport him to jail. Not in my patrol car!
Not So Safe Way
Last week, a man approached another man in the parking lot of the Safeway on 41st avenue about some kind of derogatory messages he sent his girlfriend before brandishing a knife and stabbing the back of his car. The suspect made criminal threats towards the victim. I’m not sure if the suspected car stabber was actually arrested, but maybe quit talking smack about his girlfriend.
Tire Slasher Arrested Two Weeks Later
Back on February 16th, 25 tires were slashed on the 2800 block of Soquel Avenue. This wasn’t “newsworthy” enough to make the mainstream news, I only recent heard about it. Then it was announced this week that deputies found and arrested the female suspected of doing it on West Cliff Drive. The woman is facing felony vandalism charges. What goes into someone thinking “hey I think I’ll slash 25 random tires tonight”? I know what the victims are probably thinking.
Twenty Two Times and Counting
This past Friday morning, SCPD arrested a serial thief on the west side yet again. The 51 year old man stole at least 4 surfboards and a $2600 mountain bike. Some of the stolen items were returned to the rightful owners and the thief was arrested and taken to county jail on multiple felony charges. He’s been arrested 22 times here since 2013. He’s another serial transient recidivist who makes a living stealing from us. And the city and county have been propping him up for at least 6 years and counting. “Multiple Felonies”. Is he out of jail yet?
Run For the Border Next Time
Last Saturday, SCPD responded to a report of a bike theft in Depot Park. Thanks to a good description by a witness, they found the bike and thief a short time later. Where was he? The Taco Bell on Pacific and Laurel. The black hole of bad behavior. Between Taco Bell and Bonesios, the trouble is always open for business.
Car Plunges Off Highway 17
Sunday night around 5:30PM, a car plunged about 100 feet down a cliff after driving off of Highway 17 near Summit Road. Three people survived the accident and only minor injuries were reported.
The Usual Rainy Day Madness on Highway 17
Here are a few photos I found online of the numerous accidents which took place along Highway 17 in the rain on Thursday.
Here’s one on north 17 just past the summit:
Here’s another which looks to be southbound headed up from Los Gatos:
and one more I think is southbound just past the summit:
Slow down when it’s wet! Don’t be the fool on the hill!
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