Beach…beach…..the beach is back! With thanks to Mary from NextDoor and apologies to Elton John, we got our Main Beach back this week, no thanks to soon to be recalled Drew Glover. In other stuff, a guy got shot in the ear with a pellet gun downtown, a guy with a gun was reported seen near the Pogonip, the pool is closed, women brawlers, burglar arrested downtown, getting in the zone, sleeping car thief busted, a couple of bumfights, tourist arrested for rape and attempted homicide, the usual Friday night downtown, batteries not included, updates on the recall petition signature drive, weekly shoutouts and thanks, and more!
Man Shot in the Ear Downtown
Thursday night around 8:30PM, reports came in about a man who was shot in the ear near Outdoor World on River Street in downtown Santa Cruz. After medics responded, they found a victim bleeding from the ear and determined the man was likely shot with a BB or pellet gun and a piece of the pellet was lodged in his ear. The victim described his unknown assailants were driving a black car.
Santa Cruz City Council Tells Local Campers to Get Off Their Lawn
At Tuesday night’s city council meeting, Santa Cruz city council members approved a new curfew for Main Beach in response to an explosion of homeless camping that has been taking place there over the past month. According to Parks and Recreation department staff, at least 40 tents have established themselves along Main Beach, infuriating adjacent businesses including the Mother of All Local Businesses (the Boardwalk), local residents, and tourists who are leaving town with a bad impression of Santa Cruz. After a number of fact based presentations, the community heard from many local residents about the impact and their frustration with the city’s lack of response and enforcement. When it was time to vote, ultimately only Glover voted against the curfew. Of course he did. It just further validates the need to recall him. They are also calling the documented conditions that led to this policy a “public nuisance”. The last declared “public nuisance” Glover wanted to keep open was Camp Bernal. Imagine that. How predictable. Glover seems to love keeping public nuisances open for business and for them to continue to be public nuisances. Time to recall the human public nuisance! The vote creates a “Main Beach Public Access” policy which would close the dry sand portion of Main Beach between midnight and “one hour before sunrise”. This new policy is effective immediately and will automatically retire in 6 months. A future public hearing and review could lead to a modified or extended policy as well. Policies don’t mean shit if they aren’t enforced, and we know how well this Chief of Police enforces existing ordinances. Subjectively. And not very often.
Man With Gun Reported Near Pogonip
Last Friday morning around 7AM, SCPD responded to the area near the entrance to the Pogonip after they got a report of a man with a gun near Golf Club Drive. They never found him despite sending lots of people out there to look for him.
The Pool is Closed
Last Thursday night, a man apparently broke into the Elk’s Club on Jewel Street and assaulted a woman working there with a skateboard. SCPD responded with multiple units and cleared the scene but nobody was detained or arrested.
Women Brawl Downtown
Last Thursday night around midnight, reports came in about a bunch of brawling women near Cedar and Lincoln. Witnesses reported seeing 6-12 women in a rumble. At least one apparently had a bat. By the time SCPD arrived with multiple units, most of the brawlers scattered but police detained two at the scene.
Burglar Arrested on Front Street
Monday morning around 8AM, SCPD arrested a 39 year old male from Dixon on the 100 block of Front Street for burglary. Last check he’s still in jail.
Getting in the Zone
Tuesday night around 5PM, a 36 year old male was arrested by SCPD on the 1100 block of Water Street in Santa Cruz and charged with 4 felonies and a misdemeanor, including drug possession, bringing drugs into jail, false identification, possession of a gun, and battery. Oh and he had his get out of jail free card (OR) revoked. Arrested 5 times locally in the past year. Blame the local judges and the DA for this hot mess.
Sleeping Car Thief Arrested on Highway 9
Tuesday around 4PM, SCPD responded to a Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputy who had come upon a male sleeping in what turned out to be a car stolen out of San Francisco along Highway 9 near Rincon. Further investigation found the vehicle had been stolen during a car jacking in San Francisco. Together, they executed a high risk stop on the sleeping car thief. He was arrested without incident.
Monday night around 9PM, SCPD responded with multiple units to Ocean and Water for a report of 3 people fighting with one of them beating the other 2 with his skateboard.
Bumfight on Skidmark Beach
Monday night around 9:30PM, SCPD got a call about a disturbance (fight) between a male and female with a dog on Main Beach. Gee, I wonder if they’re camping there? Multiple people called it in. SCPD is currently too busy to deal with it so it gets low priority. Welcome to your new reality Santa Cruz! Eventually, when it was convenient for them, SCPD arrested a 39 year old male for battery. He’s been 5 times since 2015.
Tourist Arrested for Rape and Attempted Homicide
Friday at around 6PM, police responded to Dominican Hospital for a sexual assault victim. During the investigation, SCPD determined that a 28 year old Hayward man assaulted his former girlfriend and caused serious injury while visiting Santa Cruz and staying at a local motel. With help from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, he was arrested at his Hayward home and charged with rape and attempted homicide.
Just Your Usual Friday Night Downtown
Friday night around 9:30PM, SCPD responded to the 900 block of Pacific for a report of a drunk transient who knocked a motorcycle over in front of Andy’s and took a helmet from the owner. He also broke and smashed a couple of car windows with the stolen helmet near the Metro as he fled drunk towards the levee with blood all over his face. SCPD caught up with him near the Taco Bell on Pacific and Laurel where he was arrested. The 48 year old man was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and felony vandalism.
Batteries Not Included
A Santa Cruz County Animal Control officer was on a service call on the westside of Santa Cruz on Saturday when they noticed smoke coming out of the front window of a parked vehicle. The officer blocked traffic, requested fire department response and upon exiting his vehicle observed flames. A concerned citizen began using a garden house to put out the flames. The Santa Cruz Fire Department arrived quickly and put out the fire before it could spread to other vehicles parked nearby. The driver apparently left some batteries on the dashboard which caught fire as they sat in the sun.
The Recall Petition Still Needs Your Signature!
If you’re a resident and registered voter within the city of Santa Cruz and you’re sick of the dysfunctional mess we’re getting from city hall, you signature is needed for change! It doesn’t mean you’re voting for anyone to actually be recalled. It just means you’re voting to let the people decide by voting on it. Here’s where you can sign the petition this weekend!
Sat/Sun 9-14, 9-15
9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sat/Sun 9-14, 9-15
Surfer’s Statue on West Cliff
7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Westside Farmers Market
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Harvey West Soccer Fields
10 am – 4 pm
Aldo’s Harbor Restaurant
616 Atlantic Ave
9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Frederick at Broadway
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thanks to everyone helping to make the recall a success! This one’s for you!
Weekly Shoutouts and Thanks!
I just want to thank Surf City Barber Shop, Stockwell Cellars, Central Coast Welding and Fabrication, Java Junction Coffee Roasting, 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!
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