As we slog through this latest atmospheric river, enjoy the latest news and views from Santa Cruz! This week, we have an opening for a new judge in Santa Cruz, shots fired near Paradise Park, Rick Martinez announces his retirement, dirty work, CHP takes down local drunk, turnstiler of the week is back, cleaning up skidmarks, skimmers in Watsonville, sinkholes on Ocean, the gift that keeps on giving, remember the name, new body scanners at county jail, the Weekly Seen, and more!
We Have an Opening For a New Judge!
With the pending retirement of Judge Symons, Santa Cruz will have an actual open election, without a sitting incumbent, for a new local judge! Why is this not being discussed more? More information on how to file can be found online here.
If Judge Symons does not file her Declaration of Candidacy by 5pm on December 6th, the filing period will extend until 5pm, Wednesday, December 11th for anyone other than Judge Symons to file their candidacy papers. The County Clerk/Elections Office will be open on Saturday, December 7th from 10am to 2pm if the contest does extend in the event Judge Symons does not file her Declaration of Candidacy.
Anyone know any good moderate candidates? Get them to sign up! So far I’ve seen 2 people who have officially filed paperwork. One of them (Annrae Angel) looks freaking awful. She was married to former city council member Keith Sugar. That should tell you all you need to know about how “progressive” she is. A criminal defense attorney, she ran for judge five years ago in Santa Clara County, where she finished third in a primary election. Here’s the other guy, who appears to be a local attorney. I know nothing about him.
Shots Fired Near Paradise Park
Thursday afternoon around 2:30PM, multiple reports came in that witnesses reported gunshots being fired near the Paradise Park area off Highway 9. SCPD and deputies from the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s department responded to the scene. No victims were located.
Rick Martinez Announces Retirement From SCPD
Santa Cruz Police Deputy Chief Rick Martinez announced his retirement after 30 years of distinguished public service this week and SCPD is honoring him with a sendoff. The public is invited to a community celebration retirement reception, scheduled to begin at 4:00PM on December 18th at the Santa Cruz Police Department community room. Elected officials and community leaders will join the public in thanking Rick for his many years of service. In a town where being a cop can be an incredibly difficult and thankless job, Rick always handled himself with grace and class. I can’t say I knew him well, but I always enjoyed my interactions with him. I know many of my friends were disappointed he didn’t get the chief’s job when former chief Kevin Vogel retired, and I’m not sure how much that factored into this decision. I remember hearing from a former city council member who was outraged that Bernal hired Mills over Martinez. She called it a terrible move and predicted it would be bad for morale at the department. And in hindsight, I can’t argue with her now.
I Don’t Wanna Do Your Dirty Work No More
Sunday around 3PM, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to Aptos Village Way where they arrested a 60 year old Corralitos man for battery with serious bodily injury and domestic abuse. He listed his occupation as “Dirt Work”. And he bailed out on a $100K bond about 5 hours later. Must be some good dirt!
Drunk Menace Taken Down by CHP
Last Saturday around 9:30PM, Santa Cruz CHP responded to the area near Daubenbiss and Walnut Avenues in Soquel where they arrested a 37 year old Santa Cruz man on a number of charges, including DUI, hit and run, evading police officers with a disregard for safety, reckless driving, and driving the wrong way down a freeway. Last check he was still in county jail with a $150K bond.
Turnstiler of the Week
Tuesday morning around 3AM, SCPD arrested a 65 year old man for failing to register as a sex offender. Just the kind of guy you want turnstiling through the system. I’m guessing by the looks of him he’s a homeless transient. Arrested 25 times since 2013. Keep an eye out for this guy.
$500 bail. Released. We get what we’re willing tolerate here. Why are we tolerating this guy?
Cleaning Up Skidmarks on Skid Row
Around 5PM on Monday, SCPD arrested a 30 year old woman on Coral Street for battery, resisting arrest, drug possession, and being drunk in public. Arrested 7 times locally since 2014. That’s a long time to be enabling a woman obviously suffering from drug addiction, probably meth. This is the county drug treatment program. The street.
Gas Skimmers Seem to Love Watsonville
Watsonville police said two credit card skimmers were found at Gomez Gas Tuesday. The skimmers were found while a state investigator was doing routine checks. A few weeks ago, officers found five credit card skimmers at another gas station in the city. So far, no arrests have been made.
Sinkhole Snarls Traffic at Soquel and Ocean
A sinkhole opened up right in the middle of the intersection of Soquel and Ocean streets on Wednesday, causing a headache for drivers who already had to deal with the ongoing rain. Workers began to repair it shortly after.
The Gift That Keeps on Giving!
Last Thursday morning around 8:30AM, a Watsonville man was arrested on the 100 block of River Street for felony vandalism, drug possession, being drunk in public, and of course, the usual “probation violation”. In his case, he was on probation in three different cases and his probation was revoked. At least at last check, he was still in county jail but we know county probation! They give us gifts like this guy every day.
Remember the Name
This week we have our first official candidate in the recall election slash ballot measure. Renee Golder (remember the name!). Although I am slightly concerned that people will confuse “Golder” with “Glover” (they share 5 of the 6 letters in their last names). Just remember “Renee”.
And with the latest rumor about Don Lane floating around, it appears that the pro recall supporters are well organized and have thought this out nicely. Renee vs. Glover couldn’t be a wider contrast in styles and personalities. If Renee pulls in everyone who signed the recall petition, there’s a 10,000 vote head start. And you know they have that mailing list and are ready to use it when the time comes to support her. As for Don Lane vs. Krohn, it’s the lesser of 2 evils for me. But here’s the beauty of this race. Don will pull from Krohn’s base. And if Don’s the only other option than Krohn, it’s Don all the way. It’s for less than a year, and Don has shown he gets shit done in a timely fashion and he actually would get along with everyone else up there! Don Lane, as much as it pains me to say, is a great candidate to run against Krohn. Let them laughably call Don Lane a “Republican”. Don basically neuters Krohn for the rest of 2020 and Renee restores common sense and an ability to work together on the challenges and issues facing the city for the next 3 years. I like how this is shaping up.
New Body Scanner Installed at County Jail
This week, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office announced they’ve installed a new body scanner to help detect contraband and weapons attempting to be brought into the jail. The scanners provide high-resolution, full body scans similar to what the TSA uses at airport security checkpoints. A grand jury report from September of last year recommended the sheriff’s office research and evaluate body scanning equipment to detect drugs coming into facilities. The board of supervisors approved a lease for a body scanner at Main Jail as part of the fiscal year 2019/2020 budget.
The Weekly Seen
Who knew the Boardwalk has a mini Zamboni!
Weekly Shoutouts and Thanks!
I first want to thank my buddy Joe for all the hard work he’s put into making Santa Cruz a better place. The people that matter know your legacy and contributions brother. Whatever comes next will only benefit from your hard work and dedication. Anyone who thinks they “shut you down” as usual doesn’t know shit.
And thank you Rick Martinez! You were a terrific cop and an even better person. Enjoy your retirement.
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