Like a virtual toilet that just keeps overflowing, these are the days of our lives. We had that nutty woman living in a tent on the Water Street bridge threatening people with a knife, we’ve got the turd that won’t go away, we’ve got nothing to see here apparently, chronic drunks in public, a bad accident in Watsonville, magic mushrooms, UCSC creeper arrested, Watsonville gang members arrested, disorder in the court, turnstiler of the week, put him on a bus back to Utah, the county is still oblivious about needles, adios Judge Symons, and more!
Transient Woman Arrested For Threatening People With Knife
A homeless woman who had pitched her tent on the pedestrian sidewalk of the Water Street bridge was arrested on Tuesday after she brandished a large knife towards several people walking across the bridge. According to Santa Cruz Police, they received three separate calls from victims or witnesses. One witness described her encounter as she approached the middle of the bridge. She said the woman came out of her tent screaming and ran at them with a knife.
Minutes later multiple SCPD units arrived and the woman barricaded herself back in the tent. SCPD spent nearly 3 hours trying to get her to come out. I guess the dogs had the day off. The Water Street Bridge was closed during the nearly three hour long incident. Eventually, SCPD took the woman into custody and nobody was injured. Bystanders say the woman has been living in the tent on the bridge for several months. She’s been living in a tent on the sidewalk in the middle of a major bridge a block from the county building for several months. Nothing screams apathy from the county like that does.
The Turd That Wouldn’t Go Away
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again
and expecting different results.”
It’s back! Of course it is! Did you really think this was going to go away? It’s like a political STD. At least in Santa Cruz. We can’t get rid of the itch known as “idiot compassion”. I have so much I could say about this but why bother? It just falls on deaf ears (not you my faithful readers but the dopes at city hall). I’m tired of talking about it. I’m tired of these people being on my radar. Get the fuck off my radar. And my lawn. It’s the same old story my friends…..
I have two words. “Borrowed Time”. Enjoy it while it lasts. It sure as hell won’t last long. I give it less than a week. Late Sunday or Monday, they’ll move in and kick them out. When Bad Mom is asleep in her RV and the media is nowhere around.
If the city council refuses to replace the city manager and the police chief for gross mismanagement and wasting city funds, the people are just going to start firing the city council instead. This little stunt all but seals the recall effort in the spring. People are sick of this anarchy and inaction about it. Glover and Krohn will be out in March. Four more will be gone in November. I’ll just say it. Time to clean house and roll heads. Moderates would never let this shit happen people.
Nothing to See Here Apparently
Last Saturday morning around 6:30AM, a 23 year old male was arrested on the 900 block of Pacific Avenue on a laundry list of charges including kidnapping, assault to commit rape on a child, sexual battery, false imprisonment, and child endangerment. The victim was a juvenile. The suspect remains in county jail on a $250K bond.
Sup Andy Mills? This isn’t newsworthy? This isn’t worth blogging about? Nothing in the news, nothing from SCPD on social media about it. Quit gaslighting us about the homeless constantly and do your job.
Chronic Drunk in Public
Can we really arrest people for that? Now that’s how you clear the new bum camp. And don’t get me started on this absurd “FIT” team. “FIT”: “Failure in Transit”.
I’m Guessing They Were Driving Really Fast
This past Wednesday, a a white SUV was making an illegal U-turn on Freedom Blvd. near Prospect Street in Watsonville when a black SUV crashed into it before ramming into a building and a parked car with two people inside it, sending the parked car flying 75 feet into a light pole. Everyone involved in the crash was taken to local hospitals but all are reported to be in stable condition according to Watsonville police.
Because They Have Nothing Better to Talk About
Talk about wasting our time and our dime. This Tuesday, the Santa Cruz city council discussed decriminalizing psychoactive plants and fungi as an agendized item of business. Justin Cummings, Sandy Brown and Drew Glover recommended a resolution making the investigation and arrest of people who have certain types of psychoactive plants or fungi or who grow them, either for personal use or clinical research, one of the lowest priorities for the city. Those recommending decriminalization said one of the goals is to restore the city’s relationship with nature and that psychoactive practices have a long history around the world. The decriminalization would apply to the psychoactive plants and fungi on the federal Schedule 1 list. Of course Sweety Muffin Top Glover loves this idea. He’s been arrested for drug possession in the past.
UCSC Police Arrest Campus Peeper
An arrest was made last Friday in connection with hidden cameras that were found at showers at the University of California, Santa Cruz Farm, according to UCSC police. A 38 year old male was arrested on a suspicion of invading someone’s privacy through electronic means. This past July, campus police began an investigation after hidden cameras were found at an outdoor shower on campus. The co-ed showers are used by farm and garden students on campus.
Watsonville Gang Members Arrested on Weapons Charges
Last week, Watsonville Police arrested two suspected gang members on gun charges. A juvenile with suspected gang affiliation was arrested on the 100 block of Marin Street last Friday after police served a search warrant at the juvenile’s home and found a high-powered rifle. He was booked him into juvenile hall for having an illegal gun. Last Tuesday, WPD were investigating a report of a stolen shotgun. After a probation search on the 100 block of Second Street, they arrested a 30 year old male on suspicion of being a felon with a stolen gun.
Disorder in the Court!
Around 9AM on Wednesday morning, spectators and criminals alike were treated to a scrap in a Santa Cruz County courtroom when one inmate assaulted another while court was in session. The aggressor was removed from the court and the victim didn’t want to press charges.
Turnstiler of the Week
Tuesday night just before midnight, SCPD responded to the area of Water and River streets where they arrested a 47 year old woman for flashing a weapon and resisting arrest. She’s been arrested 16 times locally since 2013.
Put Him on a Bus Back to Utah
Saturday night around 6PM, a 32 year old male originally from Ogden, Utah was arrested on Mt. Hermon Road by Scotts Valley police and charged with giving a false ID to police, resisting arrest, and felony reckless evading. Over the past week, the suspect has evaded local law enforcement agencies at least five different times. His bail was increased to $100k and he appears to still be sitting in county jail.
County Still Oblivious About Their Shitty Needle Program
The Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency is looking for community feedback about the Syringe Services program to help inform program development going forward. To get feedback, the county is holding two public meetings. The first meeting was held on Thursday night up on Emeline at the County Health Services building. I spoke to someone who went and they told me it sounds as if the county is just trying to outsource this entire program to non-health professional groups of volunteers, undermining the county’s efforts. Both Supervisors Ryan Coonerty and Bruce McPherson have publicly denounced the idea of secondary needle exchanges in Santa Cruz County. John Leopold is a lost cause on this one. Leopold loves his dirty needles. But where does Zach Friend stand on this? I’ll tell you where he stands. In the shadows. Come on out Zach Friend. Are you truly our friend? Or are you just another gutless politician looking to avoid taking a position on something that actually matters? Time to put up, not shut up.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will be hosting a meeting on November 21st and they are accepting public comments about the State Authorization Syringe Services Programs. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the regulations that define the authorization process and operational and reporting requirements for state-authorized syringe services programs. Anyone can submit written comments or questions via email – SSPinfo@cdph.ca.gov. Comments must be received by November 25, 2019 by 5:00PM. So please let them know what you think about the idea of secondary needle exchanges in Santa Cruz. They undermine the county’s own effort, they are run by non-professionals, they create an ongoing public nuisance, and they compromise public safety for everyone. There are four reasons you can highlight in your email!
Santa Cruz Judge Announces Retirement
Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Ariadne Symons announced this week that she is not running for re-election. Earlier this year, California’s Commission on Judicial Performance imposed a public censure on Judge Symons after she ran a red light and tried to have the ticket dismissed. Judge Symons has spent 38 years in public service, starting out at the Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office in 1997 and becoming a judge in 2009. Personally, I always liked Judge Symons. She was about as no bullshit as we could expect from Santa Cruz. And now she’s been railroaded into early retirement. Let’s hope for a moderate judge! Can we get a moderate judge to run please!
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