It’s time for a bit of trick and treat. One group whines about tricks. The other group enjoys the treats. Let’s play TOTAL RECALL. Team recall went 2 for 2 this week, blowing their target numbers away. So obviously, that’s been the big story for this week (and will be for weeks to come now). In other news, we’re talking district elections, we had a local high school teacher get arrested for sexual misconduct, downtown is a dumpster fire, nightmare at the Dream Inn, Transient Tarzan, why people are reluctant to shop downtown, the meth fiesta way, picking up other county’s trash, tinkle tweeking, and more!
After months of contentious arguing on social media (and sometimes in real life), the effort to collect signatures to put a recall measure to evict Chris Krohn and Drew Glover from the Santa Cruz city council on the ballot this spring is over. Did they get enough signatures? We’ll have to wait to find out. It could take up to a month to verify all of the signatures turned in. So we’ll have to just be patient for another month. But I have a feeling we’ll have a lot to be thankful for on Thanksgiving.
This week, Santa Cruz City officials finished an initial counting of the petition signatures. The official counts from the city were 11,465 for Krohn and 11,556 for Glover. The estimate needed to get the recall on the ballot was determined to be about 8000 signatures for each. So it appears they have more than enough signatures to cover any “margin for error” for invalid signatures. The signatures are now sent to the county to be validated. The county will have have 30 days to insure the signatures came from registered Santa Cruz voters. The March ballot would have a separate recall question for both Glover and Krohn if enough signatures are proven valid.
Imagine if they had just said they were sorry. Imagine if they had just shown some honest contrition.
It’s sad, so sad (so sad)
It’s a sad, sad situation
And it’s getting more and more absurd
It’s sad, so sad (so sad)
Why can’t we talk it over?
Oh it seems to me
That sorry seems to be the hardest word
and this all dovetails nicely with my next topic………
It’s Time to Get Serious About District Elections
With the seemingly inevitable recall of both Glover and Krohn making the next election ballot almost a foregone conclusion at this point, it’s time to get serious about changing Santa Cruz city council member representation from an “at large” system to district elections, or a combination of district and “at large”. Here are my thoughts on how Santa Cruz should explore this.
Let’s just say Glover and Krohn both get recalled, likely next spring. I advocate not replacing their positions and continuing to run city business with a city council of 5 until the next election cycle in November of 2020. Three of the five remaining seats open up in November of 2020 (Mathews terms out, Watkins may or may not run again, Brown may or may not run again) and two (Meyers and Cummings) are on for another 2 years. So in November of 2020, the city could pretty easily switch at that time and convert a potential 5 open seats (the 3 that I previously mentioned and Glover and Krohn’s soon to be vacated seats) to district representation, and maintain Meyers and Cummings as “at large” seats. Eventually settle on a combination of 5 district elected seats and 2 “at large” seats.
So how would I assign districts? That’s the billion dollar question. Geographically. On a very basic level, likely “North, South, East, West, UCSC” or something along those lines. That can be worked out equitably. But the hard part of actual integration is being set up to be made easier if Glover and Krohn are recalled and NOT immediately replaced.
San Lorenzo Valley High School Teacher Arrested For Sexual Misconduct
The Superintendent of the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District sent an email out to parents this week confirming a computer science teacher at San Lorenzo Valley High School has been arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious acts against a child under the age of 14. The teacher has been with the school since 2016, and school authorities said the incident happened at an after-school program made up of students from outside the district. It looks like he’s been charged with 5 counts, his bail was set at $150K, and he appears to still be in jail.
Downtown is a Dumpster Fire
Last Friday morning between 1AM and 6AM, SCPD responded to at least 5 fires that were intentionally set in garbage cans around downtown Santa Cruz, between Ocean Street and Church Street. During the investigation, a witness saw a 34 year old woman setting a garbage can on fire in the area of Church Street and Commerce Lane. The woman admitted to SCPD she also set the other fires after she was caught. She was booked into county jail for arson and having an outstanding warrant. She was also on Santa Cruz’s “most wanted” list. In 2015! 4 years later she’s still here, torching downtown. I wonder how many other local fires she’s started?
Nightmare at the Dream Inn
Tuesday night around 6PM, SCPD responded to the 100 block of West Cliff Drive for some kind of disturbance at the Dream Inn. There they arrested a 54 year old man on multiple felony counts, including burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism, and being under the influence of a controlled substance. He’s been arrested at least 11 times locally since 2014. Enabling! I heard from one person he was running around with a machete. I can imagine the tourist Yelp reviews they’ll get for that.
Transient Tarzan Arrested in Cave Above Pacific Avenue
Sunday morning, SCPD and the Santa Cruz Fire Department responded to the 2000 block fo North Pacific Avenue for a report of a transient living in a cave on the cliff behind the local businesses in that area. He was seen climbing on the roof of one of the businesses throwing rocks at police when they arrived. Officers tried to talk him down but he escaped through the brush after throwing more large rocks at them. None of the officers were hit by rocks. SCPD then made use of the fire department’s hook and ladder and rode it up the side of the cliff with a 40mm non-lethal projectile launcher. That seemed to get his attention and after a couple more hours of coddling this bum, he finally gave up peacefully in his panties. The 66 year old, WELL KNOWN TO POLICE, SERIAL RECIDIVIST, was arrested? I feel the need to phrase that in the form of a question here. Arrested 11 times since 2016. Based on his frequent mugshots, I’d say he enjoys his lifestyle and getting arrested over and over. How much money did this little sideshow cost the taxpayer this time? Too much. Transient Tarzan is also a convicted felon on “Post Release Community Supervision”, so he was SUPPOSEDLY being monitored by the county’s probation department after being released from state prison. He was arrested YET AGAIN on suspicion of assault and resisting arrest.
This is Why People are Reluctant to Shop Downtown
Tuesday afternoon around 2:30PM, a 31 year old man was arrested on the 1400 block of Pacific Avenue for battery, resisting arrest, and making criminal threats. He posted his $1K bail and he’s back on the streets already. Probably back on Pacific Avenue. A 58 year old man was also arrested at the same time and location for battery, I’m guessing they were fighting over a bottle or drugs or something they stole. He also bailed out on his $1K bond. Try to bring your kids shopping to Urban Outfitters downtown on a Tuesday afternoon and you gotta avoid the bum fight in front of the store.
It’s the Meth Fiesta Way!
Wednesday morning around 5:30AM, deputies from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s department executed a warrant on a residence on the 100 block of Fiesta Way in Watsonville. They found a large amount of methamphetamine and arrested a 38 year old woman at the scene. She’s been arrested 8 times locally since 2014. Enabling!
Picking Up Other County’s Trash
Tuesday afternoon around 1:30PM, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 2800 block of 41st Avenue for an area check where they found a 32 year old transient woman who was wanted in Tuolumne County on 5 felony charges relating to drug possession and carrying a sawed off shotgun in public. She’s now in OUR county jail.
The Weekly Seen
Dirty needles and a jug of (likely meth infused) pee. “Tinkle Tweeking“.
Weekly Shoutouts and Thanks!
Thanks to everyone who worked so hard collecting signatures for the recall effort. Thanks to everyone who signed the recall petitions.
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