This hasn’t exactly been the best year for Santa Cruz. We’re in the process of recalling two city council members for basically bad behavior and failure to do their jobs. We had to suffer through a city sanctioned drug camp that people died in. We still have nimrods for a city manager and a police chief. It’s been a struggle this year. But I feel like we’re starting to turn a corner. I’m kind of optimistic in Justin Cummings (and Donna Meyers) being able to lead us from the swamp cesspool of our current city hall situation. I’m optimistic things will change in March, for the better, and we can all move on from this narcissistic nightmare. The best thing you do to change the present is vote for change. The fat lady is singing. Vote Yes on the recall.
Of course, we love to celebrate the end of the new year downtown at the clock tower and this year will be no different. We might have our differences here, but one thing we can all agree on is we like a good party downtown.
Chico and The Man
Sunday night around 9PM, SCPD responded to the area of West Cliff Drive and Chico after getting reports of gunfire. When they arrived, they found a victim suffering from a gun shot wound. The victim was uncooperative with investigators and nobody was arrested. The victim was taken to Dominican for his injuries.
The Grinch Passed Through Santa Cruz Early Christmas Morning
Very early Christmas morning, a pair of local businesses were burglarized while the community was sleeping. The first commercial burglary occurred around 1:30AM on the 800 block of Ocean Street. The second occurred around 3AM on the 400 block of Water Street. No suspects have been arrested in either case. Condolences to the victims.
The Gift That Keeps on Giving!
Christmas Eve around 5PM, SCPD responded to a report of domestic violence on the 100 block of Blaine Street. There they arrested a 27 year old male for domestic violence, violating a restraining order, vandalism, trying to dissuade a victim witness, he had an outside warrant, an outstanding local bench warrant, and of course……..he was in violation of his probation! County probation. The gift that keeps on giving us guys like this as gifts to put under our Christmas tree for the holidays. Last check he’s still in county jail where he celebrated his Christmas with 3 hots and a cot.
Churning Out Junkies in Santa Cruz
Monday night around 5PM, SCPD responded to the 1300 block of Ocean Street where they arrested a 22 year old female for drug possession, public intoxication, theft, trespassing, and of course for violating her probation. She’s 22 years old and she’s been arrested 6 times in the past 6 months, 3 times in the past week. We coddle people into a life of crime here. This young lady is well on her way.
Local PTA Meeting Keeps the Turnstile in Motion
Last Thursday night around midnight, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 50 year old woman near the corner of Soquel and Robertson on drug possession charges, as well as for violating and revoking her probation. She was re-arrested with a $10K bond but our Sheriff apparently thinks she’s fine to be let out on her on recognizance yet again. “PTA”. She’s a serial recidivist we’ve been coddling for years. Arrested 10 times since 2013.
Twice the Trouble!
Wednesday morning around 11:30AM, SCPD received a report of a robbery near the corner of Laurel and Chestnut. The victim followed the suspects as they left the area in a black jeep and was able to give SCPD directions to the suspect’s vehicle. SCPD stopped the jeep at gunpoint at Front and Laurel. Two men were detained. The victim was uncooperative with SCPD. The fun part is both men were not just brothers, they were twins! The 19 year old men were both arrested. Both were charged with robbery, participating in a criminal street gang, and drug possession. One bailed out on a $50K bond, the other sits in jail on a $50K bond. Maybe mom likes one better.
Bring Out the Bearcat
Monday afternoon, SCPD tried to serve a search warrant at a residence on the 300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue after investigators were told one of the residents had access to an assault rifle. Police shut down Pennsylvania between Soquel and Broadway as a precaution, and during the search, the police department’s tactical team secured the property to make sure tenants were out of the area. No arrests were made.
The County Fails Another Domestic Abuse Victim
Sunday night around midnight, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 31 year old male on Crow Avenue in Watsonville and charged him with domestic abuse, battery, and making criminal threats. This was after he beat up a female, then beat up a witness trying to protect the victim and threatened another person trying to protect the victim. Think he’s still in jail 4 days later? Of course he’s not. He bailed out already.
Their Hypocrisy is Showing!
Am I the only one tired of all the incessant whine from angry little UCSC kids and local tin foil hat wearing kooks about how the recall is all about “big money real estate developers spending thousands of dollars!!!”? Every time I read this I laugh out loud, mostly at the people saying it but the message itself is such a steaming pile of poo too. And just to point out the obvious. This funny little “No on Recall” clique is ramping up their fundraising efforts, as evidenced by this recent eblast email I got. They want money from me? More laughs.
They want to spend about $40 THOUSAND DOLLARS to fight this? Do as they say not as they do!
What are we spending money on?
Filing fees and ballot statement—$1650.
Two Mailings—$10-$15,000 each
Campaign walking pieces—$2000
So next time you hear someone whining about the recall is all about “big money”, ask them about the $40k they want to spend on fighting it.
As for me. Pro Bono. Here’s one on the house!
Just Take the Skinhead Bowling
Sunday night around midnight, reports came in about some kind of SCPD chase involving a man with a shaved head who failed to yield, resisted arrest, and took off near Melrose and Catalpa. SCPD sent a number of units to try to catch him but apparently he made a Mr. Clean getaway and nobody was arrested.
Yearly Shoutouts and Thanks!
I usually hate these yearly compilation things but I figured I could at least thank a bunch of people who helped make Santa Cruz a better place. I’m not gonna dwell on the negatives here. I do that enough already. This is for the positives. People who made or might be making a difference. I can proudly call lots of these people my friends. I know I’ll forget a bunch of folks and I’m leaving some people off just because they probably would prefer to remain anonymous.
Thank you Big Joe. Your advocacy makes a difference. Thank you Melissa for your tireless efforts at the county level with CHS and the Board of Supervisors and with the city regarding needles polluting our community. Thank you Cruz Needles for all you do regularly! Thank you Sharon for all you do regularly. Thanks to Carol and Dan and everyone at Santa Cruz United who put themselves out there for the sake of the community, and thanks to Jane and David, and all the other signature collectors. You folks are the reason this succeeded. Thanks to the rank and file at SCPD (and the Rangers!), who have an incredibly thankless and difficult job navigating the pointless politics of management as it applies to law enforcement, and thanks to Rick Martinez for being a great cop. Thanks to Santa Cruz Fire Chief Hajduk for having the cojones the city manager and police chief lack. Thanks to Manu for finally giving us a viable option against John Leopold. Thank you Martine Watkins. You were a pretty solid kindergarten teacher this year! Thank you Cynthia Mathews for your years of service to the community. Live long and prosper! Thank you Justin Cummings for being on the fence so often it made you the most powerful guy in city government, whether you know it or not. Don’t vote with the prevailing wind, be the wind! Thank you Donna Meyers for being better than I expected. Thank you Susie O’Hara for your bravery, honesty, and integrity. It’s the city’s loss. Thank you David Terrazas for your sage advice. You’re more effective behind the scene.
Thanks to Dave the Security Guard who regularly comments on the website with his great stories and insight. Thanks to Peter, the King of NextDoor, and thanks to Matthew, one of my favorite drinking buddies and the keeper of the Orange Cookie. And all of the Civic Tuesday Crew. Thanks to Deb, the Queen of Santa Cruz Neighbors. Thanks to all the SCPD volunteers. Thanks to Brent for all you do to help the local homeless. Thanks to Steve P for all you do to help the local homeless. Thanks to Mark Primack and Stephen Kessler for being a good read (keeping the Senile relevant). Thanks to Paul Martin, Santa Cruz’s one man graffiti abatement wrecking crew! Thanks to Ron for picking up the trash and being the hardest working man in Santa Cruz. Thanks to Paige and Damon, two of the finest people I know in Santa Cruz who work tirelessly to better our town. And thanks to Ma Boo, who keeps me grounded and sane in this crazy dumpster fire of a town full of trigger happy people. And huge thanks and shoutouts to you, all my readers. You keep me going. I sure as hell don’t do it for the money or the fame and glory. Onward to 2020! I guarantee one thing. It won’t be boring.
The Weekly Seen
And this is why I would never park my car on Pacific Avenue.
Stop the Needle Madness in Santa Cruz!
If you haven’t done so yet, please sign and share this! If you signed the previous petition for this, please sign again as this involves a new application. Thanks!
Support the Recall Effort!
The recall effort was successful at getting to the ballot but the real work has begun to see this effort to the finish line. Please consider a donation to Santa Cruz United, the group that worked to organize the recall effort. I support their efforts as a group, and I pledge to provide my services pro bono to the recall effort. If we all step up, we will finish this effort successfully and bring function back to a completely dysfunctional city hall. Thanks!
Have a Safe and Happy New Year!
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