Who’s Your Buddy?
This past week, K9 Buddy with the Santa Cruz CHP helped officers find 68 pounds (POUNDS!!) of meth in a vehicle, according to the CHP. Buddy’s handler stopped a Mazda that had tinted windows and no license plate, and the CHP said Buddy found the meth during a search of the vehicle. An East Bay resident was arrested. Buddy is actually retiring soon, and I thank him for his years of service to the community. Enjoy retirement Buddy!
Nine Shootings in Twelve Months
That’s the number to tumble out of SCPD Chief Andy Mills mouth recently after SCPD announced plans for a community meeting to address concerns about the frequency of shootings in Santa Cruz and how the department plans to address the issue going forward. All of the shooting victims have been Latino. The community meeting is being held Tuesday evening beginning at 6PM at the Nueva Vista Community Center/Beach Flats location on Liebrandt Ave. Amid growing concerns over an increase in gun violence involving Latinos in the city, SCPD will be introducing the possibility of using license plate reader technology. Police and community leaders will host a meeting for the Latino community to discuss this. It will be a bilingual presentation, and attendees are encouraged to ask questions about public safety issues in the Latino community. Oh I’m sure this will go over REAL well. We’ve fanned the fear mongering flames of ICE at this community for years, to the point they don’t trust the police. And you’re telling them you want to read their license plates now? I have a better idea. Stop letting dangerous repeat criminals out of the turnstiles at our county jail. Actually arrest people instead of not arresting people. You know, common sense stuff!
Car Drops In on Seabright Beach
Tuesday afternoon, two people were injured after their car went went over a cliff at Seabright State Beach in Santa Cruz. Fire officials who responded said an elderly driver thought she had put the car in reverse but instead it was in drive. The car drove through the railing and dropped about 20 feet onto the beach. Both occupants survived with injuries.
Sixty Four and Forty Three
Last Friday around noon, I noticed a pair of arrests at about the same time a block apart, both involving vagrants. A 64 year old male was arrested at Washington and Maple streets and almost at the same time, a 43 year old male was arrested at Washington and Laurel streets. This block is the new Skid Row of downtown, with bums setting up tents along a fence that borders the kid’s playground at Louden Nelson Community Center, a city owned property managed by the Department of Parks and Recreation. And did I mention the SCPD main station is directly across the street? I think I just did! The 43 year old bum was arrested for drunk in public, having outstanding warrants, and of course, the ubiquitous probation violation. “43” has been arrested 16 times since 2013. We’ve been propping this bum up for the past 7 years and counting. “64” has been arrested 18 times since 2013. 64 is out of jail already but 43 is apparently still in jail.
Shooting at Passing Cars Near Emerald Bay Apartments
Sunday around 3:30PM, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area around Winkle Avenue and Soquel Drive after multiple people reported seeing a male shooting at passing cars. The suspect was last seen by witnesses running into the Emerald Bay Apartments, where deputies set up a perimeter around the apartment complex and found a 9mm shell casing. An 18 year old male matching witness descriptions was seen walking through the complex and arrested by deputies. In his backpack, deputies found a loaded handgun that matched the casing found at the scene. The male was taken to county jail and charged with willful discharge of a gun, possession of a gun with an altered identification and carrying a loaded gun in a public place. Nobody was injured.
Get Out of Jail Free Cards
Sunday afternoon around 1:30PM, SCPD responded to the area of Riverside Avenue and Campbell Street where they “cited and released” a 31 year old for possession of heroin and stolen property. I also happened to notice he was arrested 2 days earlier too. I’m guessing he wasn’t in jail long. I mean have they just given up here? Why bother? “Cite and Release” might as well just be a get out of jail free card.
Need more proof? Look no further than the turnstile at Skid Row!
Gives New Meaning to Drive Thru
Tuesday night around 10PM, SCPD responded to the 200 block of Laurel Street in downtown Santa Cruz for a report of a driver who collided with a building. They arrested a 31 year old male for DUI. 10PM downtown at Pacific and Laurel. Thank God nobody was killed by this drunk.
The UCSC College Democrats are Tired of Drew Glover’s Bullshit
The UCSC College Democrats put out an official statement recently about endorsing the recall of city council member Drew Glover. Here’s their statement:
“Councilmember Drew Glover attended a College Democrats general meeting a few weeks ago to speak about his progressive policies and what he has done so far in City Council. When questioned by a club member about the recall election, it became a back-and-forth for 20 minutes where Councilmember Glover said things we did not agree with. This included: Saying women/folks should have confronted him directly rather than report to HR, saying former mayor Martine Watkins played the “Woman card,” responding to someone saying “I see both sides” of the recall by comparing the statement to Charlottesville, calling out a club member’s facial expressions and insinuating he knew what she was thinking/feeling, and questioning her and our ability to understand what was going on by asking “Do you know local politics? Do you know the people involved?”
These things cumulatively lead us to our endorsement vote. We thought he was very unprofessional in the meeting and was personally going after the club member asking about the recall, talking about her facial expressions and questioning if she knew local politics. It was very rude and disrespectful to the very organization that endorsed him in 2018. It also showed his lack of understanding of folks who report to HR, who do not want to confront the person they are complaining about. His behavior was unacceptable and showed us it is not a stretch to believe that he has acted this way previously, and to believe the women who have come forward accusing him of bullying and intimidation.
We support his progressive policies and want progressive voices in City Hall, but his progressive platform does not excuse his behavior towards us and any others in the community.
Our decision was not based in opposing progressive politics, it was based in his conduct towards our club. We believe the women who have come forward. We witnessed his bullying of women firsthand, and find that behavior intolerable for an elected official.”
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