Morning meltdowns at city hall! Who’s bringing you the vibrantly honest stories? Who’s breaking the vibrantly honest local news? You found the place. In other news, we’ve got the guy who barricaded himself in the Homeless Services Center last week and threatened to burn it down, a couple of arrests are made related to the rash of recent shootings, breaking balls and stories, attempted child abduction in Felton, the gangs all here, been caught stealing, elderly woman assaulted on the wharf, the gift that keeps on giving, never let them see you sweat, U-Haul him off to jail, he could have used a shot (of espresso), concern over possible UCSC gunman, bike thieves busted in Aptos, after midnight, everyone loves Raymond, the usual from Bonesios, non-critical mass, we have a local judge race, an update from the recall petition organizers, Marini’s closes downtown location, Valley of the Moon Fiddle Extravaganza at the Santa Cruz Civic, and more!
Man Barricades Himself at Homeless Services Center
Around 10AM last Friday morning, a guy barricaded himself inside the Homeless Services Center on Coral street. He was apparently “terminated” from the program the night before for making threats, and the next morning he scaled a wall and barricaded himself inside the Page Smith house threatening to burn down the shelter. The center was briefly evacuated and the man eventually surrendered peacefully but not before wasting lots of city resources as his tantrum required multiple SCPD units, as well as fire and medics to respond.
Two Arrests Related to Recent Rash of Local Shootings
Last Friday, two men were arrested in connection with a rash of recent shootings in Santa Cruz. A San Jose man was arrested in Capitola after a traffic stop. A Watsonville man was also arrested at his home. Both men were booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail on charges including attempted homicide, being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, and participation in a criminal street gang. Police did not identify which of the six recent shootings the men were apparently involved in.
Breaking Balls and Stories
The city of Santa Cruz officially released an investigative report and other documents related to the investigation of poor behavior by Santa Cruz city council members Drew Glover and Chris Krohn. It’s almost 300 pages long and I’m still suffering through it, so I’ll probably be talking about it for the next couple of weeks. No need to chug this, I’m gonna sip it and take it all in.
Then on Thursday morning, one of my avid readers sent me a couple images describing an incident that happened at city hall that morning involving Drew Glover. Including this screencap of a communication from someone working within the city:
An incident that got this kind of response from the city manager:
Can we get any more dysfunctional here with this guy? Now the situation is so toxic, the city manager has forbidden his staff to engage with Drew Glover. Is this what we want from our city council?
Anyways, as soon as I got confirmation that the incident as described happened in front of multiple witnesses, and my source gave me permission to use it, I ran with it on my Facebook and Twitter pages. Then a few hours later, KSBW is reporting on the morning meltdown story I broke on the 6PM news.
Attempted Child Abduction
Monday afternoon, a 13 year old girl fought off an attempted abduction on the 7000 block of Highway 9 in Felton. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s office reported the girl was walking to her mother’s work after school on a dirt trail when a man started to talk to her before grabbing her arm and backpack strap. The girl was able to run away from the man, who was last seen running toward San Lorenzo Middle School. Apparently nobody has been arrested.
The Gangs All Here!
Last Saturday night around 5PM, the Santa Cruz County Gang Enforcement Team conducted a search of a room at the Ocean Lodge on the 1000 block of Ocean Street in Santa Cruz. During the search, an unregistered 9mm handgun was found in the room and multiple Sureno gang members were present. Two people were determined to be in possession of the handgun and both suspects were on court supervised OR with search terms. They were arrested for weapons and drug charges. Both suspects were minors, aged 19 and 20, and were arrested on a variety of gang related charges as well. Both are still in jail last time I checked.
Been Caught Stealing
Last Saturday morning around 3AM, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of two people stealing from a front yard on the 500 block of Rodriguez Street in Santa Cruz. The pair of transient bums from Watsonville were caught while stealing from the front yard and detained, one at taser point. One man had burglary tools and a probation hold, the other had an illegally concealed fixed blade knife and a misdemeanor warrant. Both were arrested. One is already out.
Elderly Woman Assaulted on Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf
Wednesday night around 8PM, SCPD responded to the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf for a report of some kind of assault near Gildas. A man reportedly knocked down an elderly woman hard enough to injure her head and possibly fracture her hip. The man got in his truck and then drover to the end of the wharf before turning around and trying to leave. By the time he got to the exit, SCPD was outside waiting for him and followed him a short distance before pulling him over on West Cliff. The victim needed medical attention for her injuries.
The Gift That Keeps On Giving
Last Wednesday around 5PM, deputies from the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s department stopped a transient male from Davenport near Ocean and Felker Streets in Santa Cruz who had two outstanding felony warrants. He was also on probation and a search of him turned up methamphetamine and heroin. He was arrested (yet again).
Never Let Them See You Sweat
Early Wednesday morning,Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a man acting suspicious in several backyards along Santa Marguarita Drive in Aptos. Deputies found a man with several local outstanding warrants in a backyard sweating profusely from drug use. He was placed under arrest for being under the influence of drugs and the warrants.
U-Haul Him Off to Jail
Last week, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to the U-Haul on the 6400 block of Graham Hill Road in Felton for a report of a vagrant trespassing on the property. They found a male suspect on searchable probation for weapons and drugs. After a quick search of him, they found a pair of scissors hidden in his pocket, along with drugs and drug paraphernalia. He was determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance. All were violations of the conditions of his probation, so he was arrested and taken to county jail.
He Could Have Really Used a Double Espresso
Last Thursday morning around 2AM, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a man passed out in the drivers seat of his car at the Starbucks on the 2700 block of 41st Avenue. When they arrived, they found him passed out with heroin on his lap in plain sight.
Concern Over Possible Gunman Sighting Puts UCSC on High Alert
Wednesday morning, UCSC police sent an alert to students saying that there might be a person on campus with a gun. According to UCSC police officials, the man was seen in the area of Merrill College wearing all black possibly carrying a gun. After a few hours, the all clear was given, no gunman was found, and nobody was arrested.
Bike Thieves Busted in Aptos
Around 6:30AM on Thursday morning, a couple of burglars visiting from over the hill parked their rented U-Haul in front of Family Cycling Center on 41st Avenue in Capitola and smashed out the front window in broad daylight, stealing six mountain bikes worth more than $30,000. Thankfully, a neighbor saw it all go down and got a good description of the vehicle, and soon CHP was on a high speed chase attempting to stop it. The suspects jumped out of the van along Huntington Drive near Polo Grounds Park in Aptos before attempting to flee on a couple of the stolen bikes. They were soon caught and arrested for commercial burglary. The bike shop got all their bikes back.
Saturday morning around 1AM, a 21 year old woman was arrested on the 900 block of Pacific Avenue for assault with a deadly weapon and being drunk in public. Sounds familiar.
Everyone Loves Raymond
Friday night around 5PM, a 55 year old woman was arrested on the 300 block of Raymond Street for domestic violence and assault with a deadly weapon. She’s been arrested a few times in the past year.
More of the Usual From Bonesios
Tuesday night around 10PM, SCPD responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon at Bonesios at Pacific and Laurel in downtown Santa Cruz. One guy was arrested.
Last weekend, there was some sort of group bike ride going on around the city of Santa Cruz that depending who you ask, was riding out of control (or maybe they were in control), and running red lights and dodging in and out of traffic (or maybe obeying the rules of the road). I somehow missed all the drama but I heard bits and pieces about it on social media. I did hear a report about a group of bicyclists on West Cliff wanting to fight with some guy in a white Honda on Saturday around 5PM. I don’t think it got violent or physical as SCPD showed up with multiple units and seemed to just follow these guys around West Cliff for awhile until they just called it and left.
We Have a Judge Race in 2020!
I know, you’re probably thinking. How this is newsworthy and why should I care? Let me explain. Some local lawyer recently filed paperwork to run against local Judge Ariadne Symons in the next election in 2020. On the surface it seems worthy of the back page with the notices and the pot store ads. But this actually big news in that it’s highly unusual for anyone to run against a sitting judge. I’ve been told this many times by many different people whose opinions I not only respect, but they would know. Local judges are selected in one of two ways. They either get appointed by the Governor (who is usually pretty liberal, see Brown and Newsom) or they are elected. Even the appointed judges have to run for re-election at some point, but they almost always run unopposed, because the unwritten rule is you don’t want to run against a sitting judge if you are a practicing attorney locally. You might lose and then you might have to face that sitting judge down the road, and nobody seems to want any of that.
Where to Sign Recall Petitions This Week!
If you haven’t signed the petition yet, please do!
West Side Farmer’s Market
Mission Street extension and Western Drive
Sat, Aug 24
10 am – 1 pm
Whole Foods (off Soquel Ave)
911 Soquel Ave
Mon, Sept 2
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Marini’s Shutters Downtown Location
This week, local favorites Marini’s Candies will be permanently closing their downtown location. They are an institution downtown and it’s sad to see them close. ““Downtown isn’t really the family friendly environment that it used to be” according to the owner. As if high rent and rampant nuisance crime isn’t bad enough, anyone who goes downtown regularly knows the parade of crap vendors who sell stuff along the sidewalks without paying rent or having a business license are back in full swing. The city has apparently given up enforcing any laws about that.
Valley of the Moon Fiddle Extravaganza at the Santa Cruz Civic!
Next Friday night at 8PM, join Indie Award winning Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser, Ryan McKasson, Eric McDonald and more than 200 musicians, singers, and dancers in a celebration of music, song and dance. Once a year fiddle players from around the globe gather for a week of music sharing in Boulder Creek and then put on a show at the civic led by the legendary Alasdair Fraser. This show benefits the non profit Valley of the Moon Fiddling School. Tickets are available online here.
Weekly Shoutouts and Thanks!
I just want to thank Surf City Barber Shop, Stockwell Cellars, Central Coast Welding and Fabrication, Java Junction Coffee Roasting, Union Foodie Truck, KSCO, Bone-A-Fide Dog Care, Brooks Properties, Carolyn Livingston Campaign Services, Damon Bruder Construction, Biomarcommunications, Jane Becker, and all the other local businesses and business owners who are actively supporting the recall efforts. Please support these brave local businesses, who are being stalked and harassed by recall critics for simply exercising their first amendment freedom of speech rights. They deserve our ongoing support and our business.
Also thanks and kudos to David Plumlee, Terry Spodick, Don Reimann, Robert Stone, David Quesada, Scott Richards, Elizabeth Clifton, Carol Polhamus, and everyone else who has donated their time and money to the recall campaign. Your contributions are very much appreciated!
The Santa Mierda Podcast Network
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