Adios Camp Bernal
Last Friday, The City of Santa Cruz FINALLY shut down Camp Bernal, the homeless camp behind the Ross department store off River Street in the Gateway shopping center. The site was fenced off, and crews first cleared all the people out, before donning HAZMAT suits to tackle the tons of trash, needles, feces, and other hazardous materials. Numerous propane tanks littered the area.
What a nasty, toxic shithole this place has been for the past 6 months, and the most pathetic part is none of this ever needed to happen. At least 6 people died here, maybe more. It was a DRUG CAMP. This happened because the “leaders” running our city let it happen. Next year when people are running for re-election (Hello Chris Krohn and Sandy Brown!), we’ll remember your willful ignorance in dealing with this self created man made disaster. We’ll remember how much you cost the taxpayers here. You can bet I won’t forget. “Remember Camp Bernal”. You’ll have to answer for it to the other 85% of voters that didn’t vote for you.
Explosion Rocks Camp Bernal on Eviction Day
Around 8AM on Friday morning, an apparent explosion inside a tent in Camp Bernal sent shrapnel through a tent which projected almost 30 feet, according to Santa Cruz Fire Chief Jason Hajduk. He said the explosion was intentional after a can of flammable liquid inside a clay pot was used as an explosive device. SCPD even arrested a guy later that day but then let him go. They said it was a cooking accident and a can of beans exploded. So just like that, it went from a possible bomb to a can of beans. Yeah right.
The City of Santa Cruz is More Than Three Million Dollars in the Hole
The City of Santa Cruz is looking at a $3.2 million deficit for its 2019-2020 budget and the city council has been meeting to discuss ways to reduce that number. Here’s a suggestion. Stop funding stupid shit. Let me remind everyone that if the city “leaders” had any kind of spine, this festering drug camp would have never happened. And all the money wasted to prop it up and now clean it up. Guess what? We’re talking millions of dollars.
Now the city is looking at cuts in city services and hiking fees and rates for residents. According to the city’s finance director, much of the blame is due to a decrease in sales tax funds because people are buying more online. That’s why the city thinks sales taxes are down? Talk about oblivious. People don’t shop downtown because they don’t feel safe and it’s full of transients acting badly. The city was fine with allowing a huge drug camp literally next door to Gateway Plaza, a shopping center! Own your dumbass decisions here! He also blamed the gasoline tax money being down as electric cars have reduced fuel sales. Seriously? Give me a break. Tax revenues are down across the board because the city has allowed local anarchists to take a colossal dump on this town. And this is the result we all could see coming.
Possible cuts include a delay of Santa Cruz Wharf and Museum maintenance; raising parking meter rates in the beach area; raising the cost of residential and guest permits, and cutting the city’s Open Streets program. Other considerations are for police and fire to look at implementing a first responder fee and reducing the use of private security patrols. The city is also being asked to increase its reserve funds, which are set aside for insurance against natural disasters and fires that could be catastrophic. A final decision is scheduled for June 11th. Currently, the proposed budget doesn’t call for any city layoffs.
Downtown Loser Punches Innocent Woman in the Face
SCPD just released video footage of some local transient loser punching a woman in the face downtown. Apparently it happened almost 2 weeks ago! And we’re just hearing about this for this first time now? Why is this Chief Mills? Bad publicity? That’s my guess.
It happened near Pacific Avenue and Birch Lane on April 27th at around 2:30PM. Police said the man seen in the video walked up behind a woman and tapped her on the shoulder. When she turned around, he insulted her before punching her in the face. She had injuries to her nose and forehead as a result of the assault and was taken to the hospital. Gee, we’d love to help, but maybe next time, let us know sooner than 2 weeks after it happened? And then later that day, SCPD arrested a guy for it. Hours after posting the video, they arrest the guy. 12 days too late! I hope he didn’t punch any other women in the face during that time. Maybe we’ll hear about those next week.
Ace is the Place!
Around 4AM on Thursday morning, a man with a knife who was high as a kite on a variety of drugs, including Molly, Cocaine, and Meth, climbed on top of the Ace Hardware on the 800 block of Almar Avenue. SCPD and Santa Cruz Fire responded with a big ladder truck and a 40mm non lethal to help facilitate getting him down. After a long chat, he eventually surrendered peacefully.
Car Reportedly Goes Over Cliff Near Scotts Beach
Around 5:30AM on Thursday morning, reports came in about a car that went off the road and over a cliff on Highway 1 about a mile and half north of Scotts Beach. CHP and Santa Cruz Fire responded to the scene but I don’t have any information on the condition of anyone inside the vehicle.
I’d Hate to be Their Neighbors
Thursday morning around 2:30AM, Santa Cruz Fire was called out to the 100 block of Highland Avenue to help get a woman inside of her house. Earlier in the week, SCPD also responded to a report at the same address that a woman hit a man over the head with a bottle. It sounded like both parties were drunk, and SCPD was apparently very familiar with this couple. The woman apparently passed out in the front yard last week as well and police were called.
Slugs and Drugs in Soquel
After an investigation in narcotics dealing on campus by UCSC police which lasted months, a number of people were arrested Tuesday morning after search warrants were executed at a home in the 3500 block of Chardonnay Road in Soquel. Investigators found more than 30 pounds of psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, MDA and equipment to manufacture butane hash oil. Three people were arrested for various narcotics charges and conspiracy to distribute narcotics. Another person was arrested for possession of equipment to manufacture butane hash oil.
Big Rig Rollover at the Fish Hook Shuts Down Highway 17
Tuesday afternoon, a big rig semi trailer carrying garbage rolled over on the ramp from southbound Highway 17 to southbound Highway 1, shutting down the freeway and causing major traffic backups and delays around that area of Santa Cruz. The 45 year old driver sustained minor injuries in the accident.
Overdose at India Joze
Friday night around 7PM, I heard a report of someone who had overdosed in the parking lot of India Joze on Front street. Fire and medics were performing CPR and had given the victim Narcan before SCPD arrived on scene.
The Shittiest Parents of the Week Award
Friday night around 6:30PM, a I heard a report of a disturbance between a male and female walking along Chestnut street near Depot Park. At least one witness reported seeing a physical altercation between the two people, with possibly a weapon involved. Both people were arrested and SCPD had to take the infant back to their main station until CPS could come out to take care of the infant.
Paint it Black
Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies have been investigating reports of scam artists offering to “resurface” driveways for local residents. Apparently, the “resurfacing” is just black paint that washes away. Last week they caught a grift in progress at a home in Soquel. One man was questioned about operating without a contractors license, and since he had no identification, he was taken to jail.
Late Night Vagrancy Downtown
Last Saturday just after midnight, I heard a report about a disturbance in the area of Pacific and Walnut involving a drunk transient, who apparently flashed a gun (or a replica) and possibly assaulted a first responder. After a brief chase downtown, the 34 year old man was arrested on a number of charges, including exhibiting a firearm while resisting arrest, drunk in public, assault on a peace officer, and more. Last check he’s still in jail.
Don’t Forget to Sign the Petition!
If you haven’t signed it yet, please sign this petition to stop a ragtag, volunteer group of amateurs from enabling local drug addicts by handing out thousands of needles. Almost 3000 people have signed it to date.
DeCinzotized – Classic Steven DeCinzo
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