We’re moving a little slow over here today but we still deliver on time! Happy holidays to everyone however they choose to celebrate. This week, the county announced that meth related deaths have skyrocketed in Santa Cruz (really? you don’t say!). We’ve also got a story about the guy in Boulder Creek busted with more than 4 ounces of meth for sale. Coincidence or correlation? We also discuss why we can’t have nice things in this town, local mail thief arrested, recidivist is his middle name, turnstiler of the week, the gift that keeps on giving, that’s a wrap, what is child endangerment, the donut queen, better options, and more!
Meth Related Deaths Skyrocket in Santa Cruz
Last Friday, Santa Cruz County reported a huge increase in methamphetamine related deaths, with the number more than doubling in the first eight months of 2019 compared to all of 2018. There have been 25 methamphetamine related deaths in Santa Cruz counting from August through December of this year. Last year had a total of 10 all year. In 2009, there were 3 methamphetamine related deaths in Santa Cruz. That’s an increase of more than 700 percent in nearly a decade. We finally get some numbers to support the most obvious and worst kept secret in Santa Cruz. We coddle junkies instead of helping them get off drugs. Isn’t that obvious? Sign the petition!
He Obviously Learned His Lesson
Last week, the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Team served a search warrant at an address in Boulder Creek where they arrested a man for possession of methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and prescriptions pills with the intent to sell. During the search, more than 12 ounces of heroin, more than 4 ounces of methamphetamine, almost 3 ounces of cocaine, and almost 2500 prescription pills were found and confiscated. The also found packaging, scales, over $30,000 cash, and 2 loaded handguns. The same man was out of custody on a narcotics sales and gun possession case from 2017. He was booked into the county jail and bail was set at $150,000 for 3 drug related felony charges this time.
Why We Can’t Have Nice Things in This Town
Early Friday morning, a pair of thieves smashed the front glass door of Judy Wyant Antiques on Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz, stealing more than $100,000 worth of merchandise. SCPD responded to a burglary alarm at the store, and after arriving found the glass door broken and glass display cases shattered with jewelry missing. After reviewing surveillance video, detectives saw two people breaking the door and using a hammer to smash cases and steal jewelry. Officers said the burglary was over within 90 seconds. Nobody was arrested and police have no suspects.
Mail Thief Arrested
Last Thursday, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area near Mar Vista Avenue and McGregor Drive after getting reports of a black Honda with a license plate taped over. After arriving on scene, they found an unoccupied car on Laverne Avenue matching that description with obviously stolen mail visible in the passenger seat. Shortly after, a woman walked out of the backyard of an unoccupied rental property near the car and told Deputies the car belonged to her. She was detained and while the vehicle was searched, deputies found more stolen mail along with items from a residential burglary and theft from a car earlier that morning. The woman admitted to committing the residential burglary and the thefts and was arrested.
Recidivist is His Middle Name
Last Friday around 5PM, a 35 year old male transient was arrested by Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies for the umpteenth time on Covered Bridge Road in Felton. He was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, drug possession, trespassing, and of course, the usual violating his probation. He’s currently in jail on a $5K bond. But he’s never in jail for long! He’s been arrested locally 40 times since 2013. Coddling and enabling serial criminals. Finally I’ve found something we’re really good at here!
Turnstiler of the Week
Last Friday around 2:30AM, SCPD arrested a 42 year old transient male on the 100 block of Felker Street in Santa Cruz for burglary and possession of burglary tools. He’s been arrested 9 times since 2014. In and out of local jail for the past five years and counting.
The Gift That Keeps Giving
Saturday morning around 6AM, SCPD arrested a 41 year old transient male on Laurel Street in downtown Santa Cruz on a variety of charges, including theft, carrying a concealed weapon, drug possession, and possession of burglary tools. Was he carrying his get out of jail free card? Apparently not this time as he appears to be cooling off in county jail on a $5k bond. But he’ll be kicked to the curb soon enough. He’s been arrested locally 21 times since 2013. That’s about 3-4 times a year for the past 6 years. He’s a turnstile regular.
That’s a Wrap!
Tuesday morning around 12:30AM, SCPD sent multiple units code 3 to the Palomar on Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz for some kind of disturbance. AMR was also called to the scene to deal with injuries the belligerent drunk might have suffered in the scuffle. SCPD also called for a “wrap” to shut this guy up.
Define Child Endangerment For Me Andy Mills
Last Friday around 5PM, SCPD responded to the 1100 block of Pacific Avenue where they transported someone to Dominican for “medical issues”. They also found narcotics and paraphernalia in a car with a 3 year old child. I didn’t seen anything on the arrest report about child endangerment. I guess SCPD doesn’t consider a junkie overdosing in a car with a 3 year old kid “endangerment”.
She Wanted to be the Donut Queen
A 26 year old Watsonville woman accused of burglarizing eight homes and businesses was arrested this week after trying to break in the Donut King donut shop. Watsonville police just happened to be driving by when they saw here messing with the front door and so they stopped and finally arrested her. Investigators say the same woman is responsible for burglarizing eight Watsonville homes and businesses within a three day span. In some cases, she was caught on surveillance camera wearing the same clothing. Police said her attempted burglaries are unique because she didn’t smash windows or doors but used a tool to try and remove the whole window panel. She is facing eight charges of burglary or attempted burglary and has been booked into the Santa Cruz county jail with bail set at $25,000.
The Better Options
Hell I’ll just say it. Some of these people I don’t really like or care for, but they are ALL better options than either Drew Glover or Chris Krohn. The most important question you need to answer is “YES”, you want to recall both of them. As to who will take their place, anyone is better. That’s the short answer. When it comes to the lesser evil, the alternate candidates all present the lesser evil. So without further ado, here’s what I think of them!
I fully endorse and support Renee Golder for a number of reasons. First, I actually know her personally, although we haven’t spoken in some time. She’s a breath of fresh, pragmatic air after suffering through months of Glover’s flatulence weekly. She’s a long time local mom, a school teacher, and she actually gets along well with other people. Imagine that! I’m certain she won’t bully and harass either male or female workers at city hall. She actually supports public safety! I know she’s well liked and supported in the community and I wish her well and hope for her success here. She will actually make a fine city council person, who will work well with everyone else up there. That’s much more than I can say for Glover, who has been a one man wrecking crew for city hall dysfunction and low morale by city hall staff workers.
Don is one of those guys I referred to as a “lesser evil”. The last thing I want is more Don. No let me rephrase that. The second to the last thing I want is more Don. The last thing I want is more Krohn. I’ll say this about Don. At the very least, he’ll get along with everyone up there and stuff will actually get done. Boring but important stuff. Don will at least give us that. And that’s all I’m asking for here. The duration of this seat is less than a year. Don can keep the seat warm for the next person.
Katherine Beiers is another lesser evil. I’ve lived in Santa Cruz for almost 20 years and she was before my time, so that tells you how far back she goes. And of course I’d be remiss about not chiding her most dubious achievement. That horrid yellow River Street sign at Highways 1 and 9 that everyone loves to hate. You can thank her for that. No age jokes. But she can still probably beat me in a mile.
So here’s the first real “progressive” opportunist (or back up plan, depending on one’s perspective). Another former mayor (like Lane and Beiers), Tim was also before my time, so he goes back more than 20 years since he was actually relevant. I still wouldn’t call him relevant.
Pour One Out For Glover and Krohn
When the moon is a counterfeit
Better find the one that fits
Better find the one that lights
The way for you
When the road is full of nails
Garbage pails and darkened jails
And their tongues
Are full of heartless tales
That drain on you
Who would ever notice you
You fade into a shaded room
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