Shootings Near Boardwalk Possibly Gang Related
Two shootings near the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk this week have SCPD wondering if they are gang related. Around 9PM on Sunday night, SCPD responded to numerous reports of gunshots near Third and Front street, as well as near Cowells Beach. After investigating, they found multiple bullet casings and a light pole appeared to have been hit by a bullet. Witnesses told police they saw two cars speeding and possibly chasing each other when the shots were heard. Another witness reported two people in a dark car came up and asked if they had a gang affiliation. Detectives are investigating the shooting and looking at security video but nobody has been arrested and police have no suspects. More from KION.
And then the very next day, we get reports about another shooting in the same area!
Hooch in the Cooch
Since a new body scanner was installed in the Santa Cruz County Main Jail last week, three contraband items have been detected and prevented from entering the jail. This week, an arrested woman attempted to bring methamphetamine inside. Her body scan showed something abnormal and after questioning she admitted to hiding drugs inside of her body.
It’s That Time of the Month!
Monday morning around 4AM, SCPD responded to Ocean Street where they arrested a 45 year old transient female on a variety of charges, including battery, trespassing, and being drunk in public. She’s been arrested 6 times in the past 5 months. At least once a month basically. Turnstiling!
Tow Truck Hits Pedestrian and Dog on Highway 9
A pedestrian walking their dog on Highway 9 near El Solyo Heights Drive was hit by a tow truck this week after trying to cross the road. Ben Lomond fire crews responded, along with a Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office deputy, Felton Fire, State Parks rangers, and CHP. Crews with Felton Fire administered CPR until paramedics arrived. The victim was flown by helicopter to Stanford Medical Center and the dog was taken by rangers to the Santa Cruz Animal Hospital for treatment. The victim was in critical but stable condition after being hit by a tow truck.
Slugs and Drugs
A 21 year old former UCSC student was arrested this past week by UCSC Police and charged with sales, possession for sales, and transportation of narcotics after a lengthy multi-agency investigation. UCSC investigators, assisted by the Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team and the Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team say they recovered cash, psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, Adderall, marijuana, and cocaine. The former student was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail.
Not Your Kind Peoples
Saturday night around 8:30PM, reports came in about a robbery near Cedar and Laurel. When SCPD arrived, they were looking for 6 young males who ripped off another guy trying to buy weed from them. They pulled knives and stole his money, according to the victim who wasn’t hurt.
Man Falls Into Hole Near Davenport Beach
Wednesday night, a young man fell into a water drainage shaft above Davenport beach as he and his friends were walking on on the bluffs above the beach. A multi agency rescue team from the Sheriff’s Office and personnel from the San Mateo, Davenport, Santa Cruz City and CalFire were able to eventually extract the victim to safety. He was transported by ambulance to a trauma center for his injuries.
The Recall Candidate Options Begin to Emerge
As we draw closer to the deadline (December 19) for candidates looking to replace either Chris Krohn or Drew Glover in the March recall, names has started to publicly emerge. In addition to Renee Golder, who earlier filed paperwork as a candidate to replace Drew Glover in the event he’s recalled, 4 more people have filed official paperwork as candidates. Three of them have familiar names, one I’ve never heard of before. These are the announced candidates so far:
- Renee Golder
- Don Lane
- Katherine Beiers
- Tim Fitzmaurice
- Another Guy I’ve Never Heard Of
We now have 3 former mayors who have filed paperwork to run.
So a couple things to consider as this plays out:
Lane and Beiers will certainly offer old progressive voters an option other than Krohn, which will inevitably pull “no” recall votes away from Krohn, since you have to vote “yes” on the recall to vote for one of them. So their combined “pull” could be significant as far as converting older, progressive potential “no” voters to “yes” voters.
Fitzmaurice seems to offer a similar, progressive “alternative” to Glover, but as I described above he will pull old progressive voters and convert them from “no” to “yes” (anyone who votes for him will have had to vote yes on the recall first). Fitzmaurice and Glover will again split the progressive votes and Golder, the only moderate candidate and the person being backed by many pro recall people (including me) should benefit from that split.
I don’t encourage anyone else to get into this race. The stars are aligning nicely. Let it play out. If the “no on recall” people want to trot anyone else out at this point, let them. They will only pull votes from Krohn and Glover with each vote they get. But for the pro recall crowd, rally behind Renee and Don and let’s get this done. I’m very optimistic here.
The City is Finally Pushing back on the County
The Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 this week to move a homeless shelter intake center from the corner of Front and Laurel streets to a county parking lot next to the main jail on Water Street. Supervisor Ryan Coonerty advocated that the shuttle service be placed adjacent to the paved parking area known as “Department Head Row”. I love this idea, if nothing else for the name and the potential optics of displacing department head parking for a homeless shuttle bus stop.
Sheriff Jim Hart is concerned about the issues that have compelled the city to move the shuttle from its current location. Oh he is? He’s the leading freaking contributor to the issue!
Hey Jim Hart! It’s your shitty ass leadership that contributes to the problem here. County probation, under your command, is arguably the number one public safety hazard in the city of Santa Cruz. If you can’t keep your human waste locked up, you can park it at your front door.
Free Aquarium Days For Santa Cruz Residents
Residents living in the tri-county area are invited to the Monterey Aquarium free of charge through Sunday, December 15th for its annual Community Open House. Those who wish to attend the free Community Open House must present a photo ID and proof of current Monterey, Santa Cruz or San Benito County residence at the main entrance. Free admission is good for regular aquarium hours, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. It’s worth seeing if you’ve never been. The jellies are amazing.
Santa Cruz Has a New Mayor!
And his name is Justin Cummings! Congratulations to him. It’s interesting how Justin Cummings and Drew Glover both came in together, at the same time. Both men of color. Both progressive. And one is going to be our next mayor and one is being recalled. Talk about playing it right and wrong. What a contrast in style, intelligence, and “diplomacy”. They were both part of the supposed “New Progressive Majority”. What a farce that turned out to be. Two of them will most likely be recalled three months from now, while Cummings has turned out to be what I like to refer to as “the most powerful guy in the city of Santa Cruz politics”. He’s the wild card on everything. The wild thing. He makes my heart sing. He makes everything….groovy.
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