Another very busy week in the land of the Holy Cross, but it’s not all bad news! I’ve got at least 3 fun, free things to do this weekend! But before I get there, we gotta drive through some mud, and did you know that now that summer is over, the city manager and the chief of police said it’s ok to camp for free on Main Beach! Talk about rolling out the welcome mat! We also mourn the loss of our friends and neighbors in the tragic dive boat fire in Southern California. We’ve got what seems like a weekly shooting, this time along Highway 9, we’ve got a human dumpster fire on Jessie Street, a Dominican nursing assistant charged with sexual assault, a child is abandoned after the parents beat each other up downtown, Camp Bernal rises from the ashes and sets a tree on fire, the gift that keeps on giving, SCPD actually arrests a drug dealer, Aptos man creates chaos in Oakland, home invasion burglary broken up by SCPD, Aptos woman charged with assault with a deadly weapon, Pono gets their door smashed in again, Watsonville man arrested for sexual assault, porta-potty torched near Emeline, teen gang member arrested, Duke goes for a spin, thief steals gun from parked car, district elections, Kevin Vogel on Common Sense, where to sign the recall petitions this weekend, Santa Cruz Greek Festival, Mole and Mariachi Festival, and mimes take over San Lorenzo Park this weekend. Is that enough for you?
Apparently You Can Camp For Free on Main Beach Now!
At least that’s the nonsense that seems to be coming out of the city manager’s mouth recently! In the latest episode of “We Can’t Get Out of Our Own Way”, a group of homeless squatters have decided to make Main Beach in Santa Cruz their new home, with the apparent blessing of Martin Bernal and Chief Mills. JFC. Haven’t we been down this road before? Like a few months ago? Didn’t these dopes learn anything from Camp Bernal? Or Camp Coonerty before that? It’s interesting that ever since Mills was hired, we’ve had one big, ongoing, overlapping Camp Clusterfuck after another.
Where do you think these people go to the bathroom at night? (hint: on the beach somewhere). Watch where you step! Can’t even walk barefoot on Main Beach anymore without fear of stepping on a needle or a turd. How sad is that?
Santa Cruz Mourns Local Victims From Southern California Dive Boat Fire
As news reports emerged about the tragic dive boat fire in the Channel Islands in Southern California, Santa Cruz is mourning the loss of a number of local victims in the fire. Pacific Collegiate School in Santa Cruz says two of its students and one of the students parents were on board the boat that caught fire in Southern California. And a woman who ran a local dive company was also killed in the fire. Such a tragic loss and one that saddens and effects so many local residents.
Shooting Along Highway 9 Sends Man to Trauma Center
Sunday afternoon, at least one man was shot along Highway 9 near Vernon Street in Santa Cruz. Investigators said two men were out along the road in some sort of altercation. By the time officers arrived on scene, both men were gone. A short time later, officers say a man with a gunshot wound in his shoulder arrived at Dominican before being transferred to a trauma center in San Jose. Highway 9 was briefly shut down for the investigation. Police were not able to locate the suspected shooter.
Human Dumpster Fire Sends Two to the Hospital
Wednesday morning around 9:30AM, SCPD and Santa Cruz Fire responded to the the 300 block of Jessie Street for a report of a domestic disturbance involving a male and female. When they arrived, they found a fire on the first floor of an apartment complex with a woman trapped inside. She was rescued and taken to the hospital for her injuries. A Santa Cruz police officer was also taken to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation. A man who apparently refused to leave the scene or possibly the apartment was tased multiple times before being arrested. Two people were detained by police for potential involvement in the incident.
Dominican Nursing Assistant Charged With Sexual Assault
This Wednesday, a 46 year old man who worked for Dominican Hospital as a Certified Nursing Assistant was charged with sexual assault. His bail was set at $100K. He is charged with assaulting a female patient in March while working in the emergency department. Charges against him include assault with intent to rape, sexual assault with force, and oral copulation by force. Dominican Hospital reported he has been placed on administrative leave, and his arraignment has been continued to September 11th.
Child Abandoned After Mom and Dad Fight on Water Street
Saturday around 3:30PM, SCPD responded to a report of a physical fight near Poplar and Water streets. Witnesses reported seeing a man hitting a woman and a 2 year old child. Multiple SCPD units were sent and traffic was shut down briefly while SCPD dealt with the disturbance. Fire and medics responded to the scene for the suspect who had a bloody nose. The female apparently left her kid behind and fled the scene but was later arrested on Water street. Child Protective Services was also called for the chid’s welfare. The vehicle of the couple was registered to a male in Auburn. The 34 year old male was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, battery, false imprisonment, and child cruelty. The 31 year old female was later picked up and arrested and charged with child cruelty. SCPD called Child Protective Services who dealt with the infant child.
Homeless Camp Fire Torches Eucalyptus Tree at Former Camp Bernal
Wednesday morning, Santa Cruz Fire and SCPD responded to a tree on fire at the former Camp Bernal location near the intersections of Highways 1 and 9.
Didn’t this crap just get cleared out? Good Lord. We just don’t learn from our mistakes and we can’t get out of our own way.
The Gift That Keeps On Giving!
Monday night, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies noticed a suspicious vehicle parked near Rancho and Buena Vista roads in Watsonville. A man sitting in the vehicle was on probation. After a search, Deputies quickly found a loaded revolver on the seat next to where he had been sitting. He was also in possession of heroin and under the influence, so he was placed under arrest for a variety of weapon and drug charges. He’s been arrested 6 times since 2016. I’m seeing a pattern of bad decisions here. By county probation.
SCPD Arrests a Drug Dealer!
Last Saturday, Santa Cruz police arrested a 44 year old man after a traffic stop revealed he was in possession of more than a pound of methamphetamine. He also had almost 2 ounces of heroin, psychedelic mushrooms, drug paraphernalia and $2,700 in cash. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this guy is a drug dealer! He also had a felony warrant for his arrest from Santa Clara County. He was arrested on 14 charges including possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. Can we ship him back to Santa Clara? or better yet, send him to STATE prison?
Aptos Man Creates Chaos in Oakland
In the latest nutty story involving someone from Santa Cruz County, last Sunday a man who police tried to stop for running a stop sign near the Oakland airport drove his truck through a locked gated fence and drove onto the tarmac. Police said the truck was registered to someone from Santa Cruz County. Deputies searched for him with dogs, boats, helicopters and drones. After ditching his truck on the tarmac of the airport, the man jumped into the bay and later drowned. His body was found Tuesday morning. The Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau later identified the man as a 42 year old male from Aptos.
Home Invasion Burglary Broken Up By SCPD
Saturday morning around 1AM, a transient male broke into and attempted to burglarize a home on the 700 block of Meder Street in Santa Cruz. SCPD arrested the 38 year old Watsonville man and last check he’s still in county jail, charged with first degree burglary.
Aptos Woman Charged With Assault With a Deadly Weapon Downtown
Sunday morning around 3AM, a 25 year old woman from Aptos was arrested on the 1000 block of Cedar Street in Santa Cruz and charged with assault with a deadly weapon. She was released on bail a few hours later.
Pono Deals With Another Smash and Grab Late Night Burglary
Wednesday morning around 12:30AM, a thief rode a bike up to the front door of Pono, shot out the front window with a gun, and walked inside, where the thief spent about a half hour inside before stealing two cash registers and other stuff. Ok, is it just me asking this but did SCPD really not respond to a smashed in local business window at 12:30 in the morning, when downtown bars (like the Red) are still open and people are still out and about? How in the hell does this guy spend a half hour inside Pono and nobody from SCPD responded during that time? Hello Chief Wiggum?
There was no cash in either register. Apparently he stole a case of to-go bags, some chips and a few brownies. Pono’s owner reported to local news media its the eighth time his business has been burglarized in the past five years. The owner said in the eight years he’s been in business downtown, he’s spent thousands of dollars on security upgrades and vandalism repairs. In 2017, a man threw a keg through a window and stole $8,000 after ripping a safe out of the wall. In 2016, thieves drove a white van through the front doors and took off with an ATM.
Watsonville Man Arrested For Sexually Assaulting Teen
Last Thursday Watsonville Police arrested a 34 year old man accused of sexually abusing a teen girl. The case was originally reported to SCPD but was later forwarded to Watsonville Police after detectives determined the abuse happened in Watsonville. The suspect is in Santa Cruz County facing several charges related to the sexual abuse of a minor.
Porta Potty Torched Near Emeline Campus
Last Friday, Santa Cruz Fire and Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 1000 block of Emeline Avenue for a report of a porta-potty on fire. A witness reported seeing a woman in dark clothing leaving the scene and running up El Dorado Avenue, but nobody was arrested. The fire department declined to call out an arson investigator. I’m sure that guy was happy. You know who wasn’t happy? The nearby residents and neighbors who had to deal with the smell of burning mierda and plastic. And people wonder why we can’t have 24/7 public bathrooms in Santa Cruz? We can’t even have 24/7 porta-potties without having some pyro kook on drugs setting them on fire.
Watsonville Teen Gang Member Arrested With Drugs and Gun
On Wednesday, Watsonville police and the Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force served a search warrant on a residence on the 800 block of Vista Montana Drive, where they arrested a 16 year old male with a a loaded handgun and drugs packaged for sale.
Duke Takes the Car For a Spin
Neighbors say “Duke” was in the car waiting for his owner when somehow his leash managed to get tangled on the shifter and pulled the car into neutral. Witnesses say the car then rolled down the street and hit the retaining wall of a neighbor’s home. No one was injured, and the dog appears to be doing great.
Thief Steals Gun From Car Parked at Local Motel
Santa Cruz Police are looking for a man officers believe stole a gun from a car at a motel. Police say he stole a gun from a car at a Super 8.
District Elections Are Coming
The city of Santa Cruz was notified in July in a letter from a Santa Barbara law firm (who has a perfect, successful record with these cases) that they violated the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 by not having district elections for city council, and that the city of Santa Cruz has a system of elections that doesn’t adequately represent Latinos in Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz Local just did a pretty good podcast and write up on the possible effects of district elections in the city of Santa Cruz. I really recommend checking it out when you have a chance. Factual and unbiased, it’s a good starting point to get informed about the issue. Good Times also ran a story on district elections recently. So it’s a hot topic on the community radar. Personally, I’ve always supported the idea. I’ve been running a poll here about it for some time to gauge public opinion, and I did a podcast focused on my thoughts about it. It’s coming. It’s pretty inevitable. It’s good to be informed about it.
Former SCPD Chief Kevin Vogel Sounds Off on Public Safety
This week, my friend Ashley had retired SCPD Chief Kevin Vogel on her weekly radio show Common Sense on KSCO. If you missed it, you can listen to it here. It was a great show and interview, and I have much respect for Kevin. I found myself nodding my head in agreement so many times during this show. His pragmatism and (at the risk of sound cliche) his “common sense” is sorely missed in the city of Santa Cruz.
Where to Sign the Recall Petitions This Weekend!
Upcoming signing events are:
- Friday, 9/6, Whole Foods, Soquel Avenue, 4:30-6:30 pm
- Saturday, 9/7, West Cliff surfer statue, 7:00am to 7:00 pm
- Saturday, 9/7, Harvey West soccer fields, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
- Sunday, 9/8, Whole Foods, Soquel Avenue, 9:00 am to 6 pm
Santa Cruz Greek Festival in Downtown Santa Cruz This Weekend
This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we’ve got the annual Santa Cruz Greek Festival taking place on Church between Center and Cedar streets in downtown Santa Cruz. The Santa Cruz Greek Festival is the longest running cultural festival in Santa Cruz County, growing from a small celebration in the church courtyard to a street block party. It’s a showcase of authentic Greek food, pastries, spirits, live Greek music by The Spartan Band, folk dancing and more. And get a buck off anything to eat or drink here! More info here.
Mole and Mariachi Festival at Mission State Park This Saturday
This Saturday, we’ve got the Mole and Mariachi Festival taking place at Mission State Historic park near downtown Santa Cruz. The Mole & Mariachi Festival is a benefit for nonprofit Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks in support of Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Proceeds from the festival fund educational programs, visitor services and restoration at the Mission. This year’s mole chef competition will feature sauces by Margaritaville, Chef Ana Mendoza, Taquitos Gabriel’s, D’La Colmena, La Cabaña, Sason Mexicano, Tacos Don Beto and El Jardin. Food vendors this year will include the Penny Ice Creamery, Bella’s Fruit Cocktails, Chef Ana Mendoza, Taquitos Gabriel’s, Lidia’s Taqueria, Aparicio’s Corn, Sason Mexicano, Tacos Don Beto and churros. Free admission with $10 tasting kits. More info here.
Mimes Invade San Lorenzo Park
This weekend brings the San Francisco Mime Troupe to San Lorenzo park for 2 free shows, on Saturday and Sunday, both shows beginning at 3PM each day. More info here.
The Weekly Seen
Wow, who’s the creepy guy taking pictures inside the women’s bathroom at Louden Nelson Community Center and posting them online? Oh, it’s just the same guy who was arrested for kicking a woman in head so hard she blacked out.
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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