Enough? To quote Robert Smith, “it’s never enough”. This week, Santa Cruz is a national story for all the wrong reasons yet again, PGE selectively shuts down our power, junkies with guns are a recipe for trouble, tased and confused, urine luck, the dumpster fire is far from out, midnight at the oasis, sunny side up, it was the needle and the spoon, buen trabajo, Open Streets on West Cliff, four women and the truth, weekly shoutouts and thanks, and more!
Santa Cruz is a National Story For All the Wrong Reasons Again
What makes a “national” news story? Having a story about Santa Cruz make the news in San Diego? Or West Palm Beach, Florida? Or Baltimore (file under NEWS – NATIONAL)? Or Denver? Or Milwaukee? Or Detroit? Or Nashville just to name a few. Arizona? Yeah, they covered it too. Great Falls, Montana? Yup.
Yeah, i’d call that a NATIONAL story. Shine a light on our ugly, self made drug crisis. Thanks to my friends Sharon and Damon for doing a great job in the video. The truth is hard to see and hear, but I’m gonna keep shining a vibrantly honest light on the truth.
PGE Shuts Down Power Around Santa Cruz
Wednesday afternoon, PGE began turning off power to a number of Santa Cruz communities. UCSC cancelled all classes on Wednesday in anticipation of the blackout. The downtown area was spared but nearly 37,000 people in Santa Cruz County lost their power. Mostly folks living in the hills like Bonny Doon, Felton, Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek, Scotts Valley, and Aptos. The high wind fire hazard event that precipitated this blackout never really materialized, and by Thursday evening many places had power restored.
Junkies With Guns are a Recipe For Trouble
Monday around noon, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s department deputies responded to reports of shots fired in the area around East Cliff Drive and 25th Avenue. Deputies detained residents of a house on 25th Avenue, where they found a loaded firearm in a bedroom of the home along with spent shell casings outside the home. Deputies said the shots were fired into the dirt outside the home. One man was taken into custody for a variety of charges including being an addict in possession of a firearm, negligent discharge of a firearm, being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of paraphernalia. No one was hurt in the shooting. This time!
Tased and Confused
Monday night around 9PM, SCPD was tracking and chasing a male suspect with a confirmed felony warrant along Front Street. The suspect was tased near Woodstock Pizza but it wasn’t effective and he ran through the parking lot to the levee where he was finally stopped in the ravine along the side of the levee and arrested.
Santa Cruz police are looking for a man suspected of spraying people with an unknown liquid that might have been pee. In one incident, the victim was jogging on Water Street near Reed Way. The other reported incident happened on the 500 block of Ocean View Avenue. Both incidents happened almost a month ago so I’m not sure why we’re just hearing about this now for the first time. Oh I know why. It’s SCPD! If the Chief isn’t tweeting about, good luck getting any information.
The Dumpster Fire is Far From Out
This past Tuesday, the motion to censure Drew Glover and Chris Krohn was back on the agenda. One of the perks of being the mayor! You get to set the agenda. And Martine Watkins, as anyone who has witnessed her maternal approach to dealing with the progressive toddlers that make her life miserable each week can attest, does not suffer fools gladly (or lightly). Sandy Brown’s little protocol override wasn’t going to sit well with Watkins, Meyers, or Mathews. And she’s just not smart enough to have pulled that off on the fly. That was planned in advance, most likely in violation of the Brown Act. So after many hours of the usual dysfunctional arguing, we finally got the vote we’ve been waiting for, and the only surprise for me was how much of a political boot licker Justin Cummings is. Bring on the recall. At least we know the next mayor is fine with women being abused at city hall. The vote means more than any pandering bullshit that will inevitably come out of his mouth. That applies to all 4 of them. The women of city hall have spoken. And I for one believe everything I heard from them.
Midnight at the Oasis
Monday night around midnight, SCPD arrested a 29 year old male near the corner of Pacific and Elm streets and charged him with domestic violence, resisting arrest, and a probation violation. He’s been in and out of jail 8 times since 2013.
Sunny Side Up
Sunday night around 6:30PM, SCPD responded to the 100 block of Sunny Cove Drive for a report of an intoxicated woman on Sunny Cove beach. She was arrested for being drunk in public, resisting arrest arrest, and assaulting a police officer. She was booked into county jail.
It Was The Needle and the Spoon
Early Wednesday night, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies noticed a pickup truck parked in a turnout on lower Highway 9 just north of the Santa Cruz city limits with what appeared to be a male asleep in the driver’s seat. After further investigating, they determined the driver was passed out as a result of using heroin and was subsequently arrested. A search of the vehicle found drug paraphernalia and what appeared to be two handguns but were later determined to be air soft pistols with the safety tips removed. He was taken to county jail.
Around noon on Wednesday, a Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputy noticed a stolen vehicle off of Buena Vista Drive in Watsonville and observed a man walking away from the car. After making contact with the man, who was on parole, they found 15 and a half grams of methamphetamine in his possession. He was arrested for a parole violation and being in possession of illegal narcotics. Uh, what about the fact he was driving a stolen car?
Open Streets on West Cliff This Weekend
Open Streets Santa Cruz returns to West Cliff Drive this Sunday, offering a day of walking, biking and playing in a traffic and car free West Cliff Drive. More than 60 local organizations, businesses and performers will be hosting activities during the event, which runs from 9AM until to 2PM. Driving (and parking) is always impacted and will be a nightmare so leave the cars at home. That’s kind of the purpose.
Four Women and the Truth
So I heard there was a meeting of the Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women the day after the contentious dumpster fire city council meeting this week, and that meeting was arguably worse. More angry progressives in the crowd, badgering and harassing people they don’t agree with. SCPD was called in to deal with the assholes.
Seriously. We’ve officially jumped the shark on compassion here. I’m really looking forward to the announcement about the successful recall effort.
Please sign the recall petition by October 20th! More info 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, 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!
(originally I thanked Brent for the cover before realizing I switched covers at the last minute and didn’t use his photo). Thanks to SCU for the cover!
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