Who knew Donald Trump would be good for progressive constipation? In other talking points this week, the Armory gets ready to open as local homeless shelter, a naked guy running in traffic was hit along Empire Grade, dirty laundry, thieves steal another ATM machine, Erin Brockovich tells us our shit stinks, turnstiler of the week, greater purpose than a failed beer garden, candidates debate, sign the petition and stop the tsunami of dirty needles, support the recall and end the dysfunction at city hall, and more.
Santa Cruz Armory to Open as Winter Homeless Shelter
All it took was Donald Trump threatening to meddle in his business to light a fire under Governor Gavin Newsom’s ass and get the state involved in more homeless shelter options. Or at least it got the state offering up more empty property and empty promises, with no real solution in sight.
In a recent email he blasted out to nobody in particular, Santa Cruz city manager Martin Bernal announced the opening of the Armory in the coming weeks.
He also talked about overnight parking options at SCPD, how they are still looking to pay a new “homeless czar” at least $150k per year of our tax money, the new homeless shuttle pickup site near the jail (an obviously apt place for it given the turnstiles are always open), and the possibility of a new RV sewage dumping site. Can’t get out of our own way we can’t! (in my bad Yoda voice)
Naked Man Running in Traffic Hit by Vehicle on Empire Grade
There’s a dashcam video floating around on social media that shows a naked man running around in busy traffic on Empire Grade before a vehicle actually hits him and knocks him into the middle of the roadway. It’s pretty disturbing video but what’s really disturbing is we have naked men running around in traffic here. I’d call that a public safety hazard. Whether he’s mentally ill or high on drugs, we see this happening far too often and the county’s response is basically a collective shrug. I spoke to someone with some insight into what happened and they told me the victim was taken to Valley Medical Center in San Jose for his injuries, but he was alive when he was dropped off there.
Tuesday morning around 10AM, SCPD arrested a 30 year old transient male and charged him with a laundry list of stuff, including being drunk in public, drug possession, theft, possession of stolen property, burglary, loitering, vandalism, and resisting arrest. What, no probation violations? He’s only been arrested locally 15 times since 2016.
Thieves Steal ATM From Roller Rink
Last Friday, thieves broke into the Santa Cruz Roller Palladium on the 1600 block of Seabright Avenue overnight and stole an ATM and a cash register. And I think they stole a bunch of candy too. I don’t think anyone was arrested, but the front door was broken and damaged. Go show them some love! And if you’re not into roller skating, Santa Cruz Jazzercise does daily classes there too. Take a dance class!
Erin Brockovich is Disgusted With California Leaders
“the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 26 alleging that the state’s lack of urgency on homelessness threatens public health by polluting nearby water with untreated human waste”. More here.
Turnstiler of the Week
Monday night around 6PM, SCPD responded to the 100 block of Coral Street (otherwise known as “Skid Row”) for a report of someone drunk who was brandishing a weapon in the street. They arrested a guy. He’s been arrested 14 times locally since 2014. His treatment program from the county is basically getting arrested over and over and hope he either drops dead or leaves town. Neither has happened but he keeps getting arrested.
A Greater Purpose Than Being a Failed Beer Garden
I’ve been laughing at this dumbass idea since I first heard it (see July 2018 Weekly Dump under “Praying at the Porcelain Altar“). Preacher (or Pastor or Grifter or whatever he is) Chris Who Changes His Name announced last year that he was moving his flock to downtown, to the vacant old Logos building where they would open some kind of brew pub. Praying to the porcelain alter here! For the past 12 months, signs have plastered the front of Logos announcing “Coming in 2019!” and 2019 has obviously come and gone and Logos is still vacant. Now Good Times is talking to the visionary brain trust behind this failed idea. And don’t get me started on the historical aesthetic significance of that ugly assed Circle Church.
Going to the Candidates Debate
Laugh about it, shout about it when you’ve got to choose! This Saturday at 10AM, the local Democratic Women’s Club will be holding a “candidates forum” at the community room of the Santa Cruz Police Station. I know Don Lane is going but I’m not sure who else will be there. I’m guessing Renee Golder will also be there. So here’s your chance to meet and greet with the people who will be replacing Chris Krohn and Drew Glover a few months from now. Don should be pretty familiar to anyone who’s followed Santa Cruz politics for the past 20 years or so. He’s been a fixture on the city council, for better or worse, and now we need him to be the better choice over Chris Krohn. At least for the balance of the year. Renee Golder is the far more important candidate to get to know. She’s the magic pill we need right now to get our city back on track at city hall. So if you can get down there, it’s free and likely to be entertaining. At least for people watching.
Stop the Needle Madness in Santa Cruz!
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Support the Recall Effort!
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