It might be the “offseason” for Santa Cruz but anyone who reads this knows, it’s never boring if you know where to look! This week, we had a gunfight on West Cliff Drive, we had a guy with sawed off shotguns and silencers finally arrested on Pacific Avenue, we had a Watsonville guy stabbed to death, a photo finish, a woman hit by a vehicle on Ocean, playing with guns and resisting arrest, burnin’ with the wailers, who let the dogs out, spikes and the pit, the idiocy astounds, not Thelma and Louise, serial creeper arrested yet again, burglary in Capitola, when pigs fly, Stephen Kessler is no fan of Drew Glover, MLK March downtown, the Weekly Seen, stop the needle madness, support the recalls, and more!
Shootout on West Cliff Drive Sends Victim to Trauma Center
Saturday morning around 2:30AM, SCPD responded to the 100 block of West Cliff Drive for a report of a victim of a gunshot wound. When they arrived on scene, they found a 26 year old male on the sidewalk suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers administered CPR to the victim until Santa Cruz Fire and AMR arrived on scene. The victim was transported to a trauma center, where last I heard he was in stable condition. Detectives speculate an unknown male suspect confronted the victim as he was walking along the sidewalk near the Dream Inn. During the confrontation, both the suspect and victim exchanged gunfire, leading to the victim being shot.
and in a possibly related story!………
Packing on Pacific Avenue
Last Saturday just past midnight, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies, members of the Narcotics Enforcement and Gang Enforcement Team, and SCPD arrested a 22 year old male on Pacific Avenue on various gun charges. In December, Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Enforcement Team served a search warrant at an apartment in Soquel where the suspect lived. During the search two illegally modified firearms were found, including a sawed off shotgun and a silencer, but the suspect was out of state at the time. During his arrest this week, he was found to have a loaded handgun, unloaded rifle and large amount of ammunition and magazines with him.
And of course he’s out of jail already!
Watsonville Man Stabbed to Death
Thursday morning around 2AM, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a home on Green Valley Road in Watsonville for a report of a disturbance. When they arrived, they found a 26 year old man suffering from stab wounds who was taken to a trauma center and later died. His 28 year old brother was arrested at the scene and charged with murder.
It Was a Photo Finish
SCPD responded to the local Bay Photo on the 700 block of Soquel Avenue after someone drove through the building.
Apparently the driver thought they were backing up but accelerated into the building instead. No one was injured.
Woman Hit by Vehicle Near Ocean and Blaine Flown to Trauma Center
Friday morning around 11AM, a woman was hit by a vehicle near Ocean and Blaine streets in Santa Cruz. Her injuries were apparently serious enough to require a life flight to a trauma center over the hill.
Playing With Guns and Resisting Arrest in Watsonville
Last Thursday morning around 2AM, Watsonville Police arrested a 42 year old male near East Front and Union streets in Watsonville and charged him with negligent discharge of a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm in public, not being the owner of said gun, and resisting arrest. Last check he was still sitting in county jail.
Burnin’ With the Wailers
Wednesday morning around 12:30AM, SCPD responded to the area of Ocean and Felker streets for reports of a man holding a burning log and refusing to put it down. How many rivers did he have to cross before he could talk to the boss? All he got seems to be lost. He must have really paid the cost!
Who Let the Dogs Out
Monday night, SCPD Officers arrested a DUI driver who crashed through a chain link fence on Broadway and landed in the middle of a local dog park. The 30 year old woman from Soquel was arrested for DUI. And she even had a dog with her! SCPD looked after her dog while she was in custody until she could connect with a responsible friend to pick up the dog.
High Speed Chase Ends With Spikes and the Pit
Last Thursday night around 11:30PM, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to pull over a driver who was speeding on Green Valley Road near Amesti Road in Watsonville. After refusing to pull over, deputies began a pursuit which led to Highway 101 and San Juan Road in Aromas. California Highway Patrol officers then took over the pursuit and successfully used the pit maneuver and a spike strip to stop the driver. The chase ended on State Route 129 and Highway 101 in San Juan Bautista. The 21 year old driver was arrested and booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail for evading officers and violating the terms of his probation.
The Idiocy Astounds
Last Friday night around 6:30PM, SCPD arrested a 24 year old woman at Front and Laurel streets in downtown Santa Cruz for DUI. She was also arrested for driving on a suspended license. Yup, suspended for a different DUI. Isn’t it time for some jail time yet? Obviously not. The Santa Cruz County Jail let her out of jail. For free. They call it “PTA”. She’s probably lit up and cruising around Santa Cruz as you read this. The idiocy astounds here.
Cross Country Stolen Van Adventure Ends in Santa Cruz
During a traffic stop Monday evening, Santa Cruz police recovered a van stolen from the East Coast. According to police, patrol officers located and stopped an occupied stolen van. The van was stolen from Raleigh, North Carolina. The two female occupants of the car, who were not named Thelma and Louise, were from Delaware. They were both arrested and booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail.
Serial Creeper Arrested Yet Again
This week, SCPD arrested a 26 year old transient for attempting to molest three female juveniles. After officers received reports of a male bum harassing girls who were on their way to school, they canvassed the area but were unable to locate the suspect.
SCPD then conducted undercover surveillance in the same area when they saw the suspect across the street from the school, where he was identified and taken him into custody. He was on parole. Of course he was.
What’s up with that 4th charge? Lewd acts on a minor child under 14? $500 bail? ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? I hope that’s a typo.
The same asshole was arrested about a year ago. And here he is back doing the same shit.
Burglary Interrupted in Capitola
Early Saturday morning, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress on the 700 block of Capitola Road. When they arrived, the victim told them an unknown male tried to take his mountain bike from his backyard but he was able to recover it before the suspect jumped a fence and ran away. Deputies set up a perimeter around the area but they were unable to locate the suspect.
This Is What It Sounds Like When Pigs Fly
So I caught a bit of this week’s city council meeting. The first thing I noticed was the musical chairs which was interesting. Krohn and Glover are still attached at the hip but now they’re on the other side. I thought Justin Cummings did pretty well in his first meeting as mayor. And what comes up on the agenda but a funding request by the Warming Center for $10k. And Brent wasn’t seemingly taking the lead on the request, but another older gentleman who was likely less offensive and divisive spoke on behalf of the Warming Center for the request. After a stuttering and bumbling Martin Bernal tried to explain why he was personally against it (because he was making it personal), and the predictably prickly Cynthia Mathews backed him up (for more personal reasons), Brent got up and made a passionate but unraveled plea from the audience, and was justifiably offended for being personally called out and shamed by Bernal and Mathews. I actually have to give Donna Meyers the credit on this one. It was turning into another predictably divisive pissing match before cooler heads prevailed. She focused on the lack of a plan, or how the money would be sent, or how it would be reported. Yeah, all obviously important stuff that never seems to be a consideration for Krohn and Glover, who in an obvious act of blatant pandering and bandwagon jumping just arbitrarily upped the request from $10k to $15k without anyone’s knowledge (including Brent’s).
Once Glover got involved, the whole thing was on the verge of derailing over the amount when Meyers stepped in and discussed setting expectations for how the money would be spent, as well as who would be a “buffer” between Brent and the city council. At that point, it was pretty obvious that both Cummings and Watkins (as well as Meyers obviously) had some support of the idea conditionally. Mathews had no support for the idea but eventually grudgingly went along with the idea. And eventually they hammered out an initial pass with certain conditions that Brent needs to meet in order to proceed further. But make no mistake, this is a huge win for Brent.
Cynthia Mathews and the city council are contingently funding a Brent Adams led project. Pigs are flying in Santa Cruz! Never say never. Anything is possible. And kudos to Brent. He works hard for the money so you better treat him right.
Stephen Kessler is Not a Fan of Drew Glover
So apparently Stephen Kessler isn’t a Drew Glover fan. Join the other 11,000 registered city voters who want to fire the guy! Kessler had an op/ed in the Senile recently, and he basically didn’t mince his words about how he felt about Glover. Here’s a juicy little excerpt to pique your interest:
“Glover came to the council in his rookie year with a chip on his shoulder, an attitude, an agenda of righteous grievances to avenge. It’s not so much his politics that are the problem as his aggressive personality, whose various manifestations with staff and colleagues on the council have rendered him far less effective as a policymaker than if he had better manners, some humility and diplomacy. But Glover is African-American, and he uses—inexcusably as far as I’m concerned—his skin color as armor against any criticism from privileged white liberals. Speaking for myself, I see through Glover’s skin color to the Trump-like bully beneath, and I’m not impressed. Not only is it morally wrong to use race in the shamelessly dishonest way he does, but he doesn’t seem to know the difference between rhetoric and governance. As lots of revolutionaries have learned, it’s one thing to overthrow the old regime but quite another, and far more complicated, to run a country. It’s a bad joke that someone who teaches at the Resource Center for Nonviolence is one of the most belligerent politicians this town has ever seen. His narcissistic demeanor, as if everything is about him and his urgent issues; his aggression; his arrogance; his evident incapacity to work cooperatively with others—not to mention his hooting and hollering base of yahoos regularly making jerks of themselves by disrupting council meetings with their antics—all these things make Glover a toxic presence on the council, and the thought of three more years of him trying vainly to throw his weight around is not a happy one.”
He was a little kinder towards Krohn. You can read the whole enchilada here.
MLK March for the Dream 2020 Santa Cruz
The NAACP Santa Cruz County Branch and the Santa Cruz Police Department are again bringing March For The Dream to downtown Santa Cruz on Monday, January 20th. The march begins around 10am on Cathcart between Cedar and Pacific. The route starts on Cathcart Street and Pacific Avenue moves along to Maple ending at the Louden Nelson Community Center. Around 11, they will have speakers and a resource fair. Event details are available online.
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