City Council Decides to Move Dumpster Fire to Downtown
This past Tuesday, the Santa Cruz city council decided it was a good idea to move our self perpetuating dumpster fire (also known as Camp Bernal) to a parking lot next to Depot Park. Honestly, I don’t have the patience to list all the various reasons this is all kinds of stupid but I would be at least remiss in not mentioning a few obvious problems here. First, a train runs through it. A TOURIST train. Multiple times a day. It’s like having your ass hanging out of your pants as the people you want to impress go by and stare at your ass, and you wonder why while you stand there scratching it. They will see much worse than that. I know the city CLAIMS it will only occupy the space from “dusk to dawn” but I’m calling bullshit on that. Who is going to enforce that morning breakdown rule? SCPD? Every morning? How much is all this supervision and new “rules enforcement” going to cost? And how much will the city lose in missed parking revenue when the camp isn’t broken down on time every morning, if at all? Santa Cruz residents were outraged after the city announced several sites for potential temporary homeless encampments and safe parking programs.
“I also want to reassure community members that identification of sites Tuesday night is only a first step; there will be many more to take, and the community will be involved in those steps and conversations,” stated city manager Martin Bernal in a letter that was emailed out to the community the day before the city council meeting.
What a LIAR. They made their choice with basically 24 hours notice given that this was a “first step”, then these LIARS foist this dumpster fire in the middle of a downtown neighborhood. Thanks a lot Cynthia Mathews! You really disappointed a lot of people here. I know you’re terming out but did you really need to go all scorched earth dumpster fire on your neighbors here? This will be your legacy. Disappointing.
This parking lot on Washington and Chestnut is adjacent to Neary Lagoon and is the smallest of the 6 proposed locations. It is almost next door to the Santa Cruz Police Department, and behind Perrigo’s Auto Body Shop. The Santa Cruz City Council reserved the power to renew the continuation of an encampment at Lot 24 every 30 days, meaning they could shut it down after a month. Or they could keep it going forever. All of this was done with 24 hours notice to the community, and literally 99% of the community who wrote letters to the city council opposed this. 452-4. But they went ahead and did it anyways! Up to 50 people can apparently sleep there under the planned “Safe Sleeping and Storage Program”, which will reportedly be run by a non-profit with the city providing some kind of infrastructure. By all indications, the homeless encampment at Ross is scheduled to be shut down on April 17th. In addition to this parking lot, the city is also looking to open the previously closed site at 1220 River Street, which could house up to 60 people.
AND WHERE THE HELL IS THE COUNTY IN ALL THIS? IT’S THEIR RESPONSIBILITY!
Body Found on New Brighton Beach
Tuesday morning around 7:30AM, police found the body of a 22 year old man along the shoreline of New Brighton State Beach. An initial investigation determined the man and two of his friends were visiting the bluffs above the beach when the victim unexpectedly walked away from the group. It is believed he died after accidentally falling from the bluff.
Seattle is Dying and Santa Cruz is on Life Support
This is a must watch video. It’s about an hour long but it moves along at a brisk pace, and it’s incredibly, vibrantly honest. This is the road we are going down in Santa Cruz. The parallels to what is being said and done in Seattle is frustratingly eye opening.
We need to be more like Rhode Island and less like we are now.
A Vibrantly Honest Tour of Camp Bernal!
Local Yokel Crabby Samuels trolls SCPD and gives us a vibrantly honest look inside Camp Bernal! Trash bins overflowing. Asses hanging out. Don’t step on a needle. Seems like the kind of place I’d expect to find her. Thanks for giving us an inside look at the dumpster fire without having to get dirty or catch any disease.
See any parallels with that Seattle video? Hard to miss something so obvious.
Teens Rescued From Riptide at Moran Beach
Sunday afternoon around 4PM, I heard reports that 6 teens were caught in a riptide off Moran Beach. SCPD responded with rescue personnel and Harbor Patrol All 6 kids were rescued by surfers and lifeguards.
Drunk Hits Three People on East Cliff Drive
Saturday night around 6:30PM, an apparently drunk driver struck 3 people sitting on a retaining wall, as well as a parked car on East Cliff Drive near Assembly Way, according to reports from the California Highway Patrol. Witnesses on scene say the three pedestrians were a family of three. All three went to the hospital with unknown injuries, but they do not appear life-threatening. The CHP is investigating if the driver was also involved in a previous hit and run accident on First and Atlantic Avenue.
It Was Low Income Housing
Last Thursday, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant on the 100 block of Station Ranch Road in Scotts Valley as part of an investigation into a welfare fraud case involving an individual who had been receiving welfare benefits for more than 10 years in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. The Special Investigations Unit of the Human Services Department had been investigating this person, who claimed no income despite living in a home that was recently purchased for over a million dollars. Investigators discovered the person was selling cannabis through online delivery services. During the warrant search, investigators found more than 100 cannabis plants, 90 pounds of processed cannabis packaged for resale, over $150K in cash, 1,100 vape pen cartridges containing cannabis concentrate, and more than 10 pounds of high-concentrate cannabis resin. The total amount defrauded from various welfare programs is under investigation.
Battered by a Shopping Cart
Sunday morning around 8:30AM, a man was arrested for apparently battering another person with a shopping cart on the 100 block of Cliff Street in Santa Cruz. I’m guessing the shopping cart was full of someone’s crap. It’s not like they were shopping at Safeway or Shopper’s Corner, although the cart was almost certainly stolen from a local grocery store. They were parked in front of the Boardwalk. One man was arrested for battery, being drunk in public, and trespassing with refusal to leave. He was booked into jail around 2:30PM. He was out of jail by 4PM the same day. How’s that turnstile working for you Santa Cruz?
Unlicensed Driver Sends Four to Hospital
Last Friday morning around 11AM, there was a serious crash involving 2 vehicles near Harbor High at La Fonda and Soquel. Apparently, an unlicensed high school driver lost control of one vehicle and crashed after hitting 3 vehicles. One student was significantly injured and required a life flight to a trauma center over the hill, at least 3 others went to Dominican with injuries.
Time to Take Out the Trash
Last Friday, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a bike theft in the Live Oak area. They were able to quickly locate a suspect with the stolen bike near 17th and Brommer. While attempting to evade deputies, the suspect accidentally locked himself inside an enclosed dumpster storage area. Deputies rescued him and arrested him. The bicycle was returned to its right full owner.
Attempted Robbery Yields Jail Time
Last Friday around 9:30AM, a 34 year old male was arrested for attempted robbery and making criminal threats and trying to dissuade a witness on the 500 block of Soquel Avenue. He was taken to county jail where last check he still sits.
He’s Got a Pocket Full of Kryptonite
Last Friday around 2:30PM, a man was arrested after he was found asleep in his RV with a pellet gun on his lap. When deputies performed a probation compliance check, they found heroin in his pocket and he was booked into county jail.
11 Times and Counting
Sunday afternoon, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to a local business in Davenport for a report of someone brandishing a knife at an employee after being asked to leave the store. A State Parks Ranger found the man across the street and arrested him on a variety of charges and recovered the knife used during the crime. Arrested 11 times since 2017. And arrested just 3 days earlier.
He Was Just Mething Around
Last Thursday around 6:30AM, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of someone trespassing at a home on the 100 block of Ocean View Drive in La Selva Beach. A 25 year old male made illegal entry and was found inside the house with meth. He was arrested for burglary and drug possession in addition to trespassing.
Look What You Made Me Do Again
Saturday night, a man was arrested for drunk and disorderly, as well as assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest on the 800 block of Swift street in Santa Cruz. He was eventually arrested and last check was still in jail.
Watsonville Man Arrested For Riding a Horse Drunk
Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Deputies and the CHP arrested a man for riding a horse down the road while drunk. Deputies conducted an equine stop on E. Lake Avenue, and the CHP came later to evaluate the man for riding a horse while intoxicated. He was arrested for public drunkenness and the horse went home with a family member.
Does Anybody Remember Laughter?
Hey there’s a new comedy club in Santa Cruz! It just opened at the location of the old Riverfront Twin theater on Front street next to Trader Joe’s. We could use a lot more laughter here. We tend to take ourselves way too seriously in Santa Cruz. Insert Social Justice Warrior joke here. I normally don’t promote stuff here but I wish these guys the best and I’m making an exception. Good luck and I hope you can transform that space into something successful.
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