It’s Memorial Day weekend and the “unofficial” start of summer. And that nasty old drug camp is gone just in time! And this week, the local group dumping their needles there got shut down too after they pulled their application to dump more needles. We also have a body found near Moran Lake, a home invasion burglary in Aptos, the usual hot mess at the Metro, an early morning stabbing in Aptos, the gift that keeps on giving, a fire torches the Hideout in Aptos (more Aptos!), octogenarian arrested on skid row, inmate dies in Watsonville, forgetting your needles and stolen property, it’s not really a camp, new public safety center opens in Aptos (more Aptos!), car takes out pole at Mission and Bay, rail trail over Lost Boys bridge done, and we celebrate our 3rd anniversary of bringing you the vibrantly honest truth weekly.
Harm Reduction Shit Show Pulls Their Application
I guess someone could see the writing on the wall. For unexplained (but obvious to anyone who’s been watching) reasons, the local group that was applying to the state for permission to keep dumping thousands of needles into the Santa Cruz community has withdrawn their application. This comes just 2 days before the public comment was scheduled to end, when public opinion has been overwhelming against the application and public comment has been brutally honest about how people are feeling. And those feelings mostly run from anger to exasperation at the level of tolerated stupidity here. This application woke up and poked the bear. And the bear really doesn’t like being poked, especially by dirty needles. We had over 3500 signatures to our petition alone against this application. The locations they listed were done so without permission from groups like the Salvation Army, who publicly denounced this group and their application. And in what seemed to be the final straw that broke the camel’s back, they listed a fiscal sponsor who denied being their fiscal sponsor, so they basically lied on their application (numerous times).
So what’s next? Some people think the group pulled this before the deadline in order to avoid having it publicly denied, and think it might be re-submitted. Good luck there. No flying under the radar anymore. People will be watching this closely now. And any re-submitted application requires giving local law enforcement notice, so it will get noticed. Another rumor I’ve heard is the Santa Cruz city council might take up the matter and offer it as a city run program, run by the same group that just pulled their application. To that, I say BWAHAHAHAHAHA. GOOD LUCK THERE! Isn’t it obvious how politically radioactive this matter is right now? Is Glover and his little band of misfit kids from UCSC so oblivious they want to hitch their wagon to this mule? Has anyone seen John Leopold lately? No, because he’s not getting anywhere near this publicly, despite having his hands all over it behind the scenes. Same with Mark Stone. The only reason she gets meetings with people like Paul and Herb is because she’s dropping their names as supporters, I’m assuming with their permission (but we know her history about getting people’s permission!). I can’t see Justin Cummings, armed with his new found pragmatism and assertiveness to do what’s best for the majority, getting anywhere near this. If If he was smart, and I know he is, he will point back to the county and say he supports the county program and the oversight the county already provides for this service. And given so many people on the county side have publicly opposed this, why burn bridges with the county when you don’t have to?
Missing Man’s Body Found in Moran Lake
The body of a man reported missing was found in Moran Lake last Friday morning. Sheriff’s deputies were investigating the missing person case, and 15 minutes into a search, his body was found in the water. At this point no foul play is suspected, but the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating.
Home Invasion Burglary in Aptos
Early Monday morning, a homeowner in Aptos called 911 to report someone was inside their home burglarizing them. When Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded, they found a male and female inside the house stealing stuff. After seeing the deputies, the pair tried to run but were quickly caught. Deputies found stolen property on each of them. Deputies also found the pair’s vehicle stuck in the mud behind the property. During the investigation, deputies learned the vehicle was stolen out of Santa Cruz County and had stolen license plates from a vehicle in Campbell. Inside the vehicle, they found more stolen stuff, possibly from neighbors or other nearby residents.
The Usual Hot Mess at the Downtown Metro Station
Last Friday around 1:30PM, a 39 year old male was arrested near the downtown Metro station at Pacific and Cathcart for apparently making some kind of bomb threat, as well as disorderly conduct and being under the influence.
Early Morning Stabbing in Aptos
Saturday morning around 2:30AM, a man was reportedly assaulted and stabbed in the leg on the 10100 block of Soquel Drive in Aptos. The victim did not see the person who assaulted him. The Santa Cruz Sheriff’s office is investigating, and I haven’t heard of any suspects or arrests.
The Gift That Keeps On Giving!
Tuesday afternoon around 12:30PM, SCPD responded to a disturbance involving a drunk and disorderly 27 year old man on the 1300 block of Pacific Avenue. When they tried to arrest him, he fought with and kicked at least one officer in the process. He was eventually arrested and charged with drunk in public, resisting arrest, battery on a peace officer, and of course a PROBATION VIOLATION.
Fire Torches the Hideout in Aptos
Monday morning around 5AM, a fire was reported at the Hideout on Soquel Drive in Aptos. Soquel Drive was shut down from the 9000 block to the Rio Del Mar Boulevard intersection. It is unknown if anyone was inside the building at the time of fire.
He Should Be Playing Bingo at the Old Folks Home
Tuesday morning around 1:30AM, a man was arrested for battery on the 100 block of Coral street in Santa Cruz. “Skid Row”. The block in front of the Homeless Services Center. Nothing new. It happens pretty much every day. Except in this case, the guy arrested was 81 years old! How freaking sad and pathetic is that? We shouldn’t have 81 year old transient homeless people wandering skid row at 1:30 in the morning being arrested for battery. That’s called “systemic failure”. He was “cited and released”. In other words, he was kicked to the curb with a ticket and left to fend for himself on skid row. Predictably stupid.
Inmate Dies in Watsonville Rehabilitation Facility
Early Monday morning, a 35 year old Watsonville man who had been staying at a rehabilitation and re-entry facility since December of last year was found unresponsive and later died. Correctional Officers and medical staff onsite first responded and attempted to resuscitate the man. Paramedics and the Fire Department were also unsuccessful in their attempts to revive him. Investigators say they found no evidence of trauma or foul play.
Forgetting Your Needles and Stolen Property
Monday around noon, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies got a report of found property at a business on the 2600 block of S. Rodeo Gulch road in Soquel. The property included syringes, a credit card, and a drivers license, both of which were apparently stolen. When the vehicle that left the stolen items returned, the occupants were detained and were arrested for various drug charges along with parole violations.
It Doesn’t Mean You’re Allowed to Camp There
Monday afternoon around 12:30PM, a 36 year old female and a 40 year old male were arrested near Roaring Camp and Graham Hill road in Felton on a number of charges, including being drunk in public, resisting arrest, and battery on a peace officer. Deputies had to pepper spray at least one of them in order to arrest them.
New Public Safety Center Opens in Aptos
This past week, the new “Public Safety Center” opened in Aptos Village. The new facility will include offices, equipment, meeting space, and an outreach center. There will be a Sheriff’s Office substation, as well as offices for the Santa Cruz County District Attorney, the County Probation Department, and 2nd District County Supervisor Zach Friend.
Car Takes Out Pole at Mission and Bay
Saturday morning around 2:30AM. a car ran into a signal light pole at Mission and Bay and knocked it over into the roadway. Drivers along Mission street were forced to deal with broken traffic signal lights for a few days until Tuesday morning, when work to repair the traffic signal lights began.
Rail Trail Over Lost Boys Bridge Completed
The new pedestrian and bike pathway that crosses over the Lost Boys trestle bridge next to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is officially open to the public after work to extend the path was completed. The project to widen the pathway from four feet to 10 feet took about five months to complete. The trail leading from the Boardwalk to East Cliff Drive marks the first complete section of the proposed 32 mile rail trail. It looks great and certainly is a huge improvement of the single lane path that existed before. Job well done!
Three Years and Counting!
This week marked the third anniversary of the Weekly Dump. For the past 156 straight weeks, I’ve been bringing the vibrantly honest truth (or at least how I see it) about Santa Cruz. Thanks to everyone who reads it, who shares it, who comments here, who loves it, who hates it, who talks about it, who subscribe to it, and who listen to me on my podcasts. I love Santa Cruz, you’d have to drag me from here, and I’ll keep sharing my tough love for it.
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