Did you vote yet? Don’t forget to vote YES on the Recalls, and for Renee Golder and Don Lane for city council. In other news, we had a bum fight on the Felker footbridge, free speech isn’t tolerated at the city on the hill, Tulare murder suspect arrested in Santa Cruz, Janet tells UCSC strikers to talk to her hand, tell me why I don’t like Mondays, Turnstiler of the Week, all methed up and nowhere to go, can’t have it both ways, Glover pays $1300 for his lack of civility, Aptos fishing pier closed, Bernie Panders, two days of chowder, and more!
Bum Fight Blocks Downtown Footbridge
Wednesday afternoon, SCPD responded to the footbridge at the end of Felker Street for a report of a man beating another man with a 2×4. After arriving, they arrested a 38 year old man who said he attacked the victim over a family squabble. Officers also found the suspect had two guns in his vehicle. Given the recent incident and charges, and the fact the suspect had apparently shot himself in the leg recently while practicing his “quick draw” (I can’t make this kind of stupidity up), SCPD requested and received a Gun Violence Restraining Order. The suspect was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon. The victim had multiple cuts on his face as a result of the incident. Hey, this is next door to Brent right? Where’s his video?
Free Speech Isn’t Tolerated at the City on the Hill
Last week, a couple of seemingly drunk UCSC assholes thought they were being cute but turns out they were just fugly. While members of the College Republicans Club at UC Santa Cruz were tabling in an outdoor plaza area on campus, two students attacked their display by ripping down a banner and tearing it up, then trying to steal a flag before spitting on it. Campus police released a statement on social media saying they were aware of the incident and are investigating. A viral video of the incident that made the rounds on social media made the story a national one.
What? Young progressive assholes from UCSC? You don’t say!
Tulare Murder Suspect Arrested in Santa Cruz
This past Wednesday, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 19 year old suspect in a Tulare attempted homicide that took place last October. During the investigation, police said they identified the primary suspect and they served a search warrant at his home a few days later, but he was not home and had not been seen since. A judge signed an arrest warrant and put him in the National Crime Information Center system. After deputies from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office arrested him for an unrelated incident, the attempted murder hit came up. He was later transported to the Tulare County Jail where he is being held without bail on attempted murder, reckless discharge of a gun and child endangerment charges and gang allegation enhancements.
Janet Tells UCSC Strikers to Talk to Her Hand
University of California President Janet Napolitano has condemned the graduate students worker strike on the UCSC campus, saying the “unauthorized” strike was in direct violation of their existing collective bargaining agreement. She announced this week that Graduate student teaching assistants have until midnight Friday to submit all missing grades or face dismissal. As many as 200 students could ultimately be fired. According to a recent statement issued by Napolitano, “This is not a step we have taken lightly. Contingency plans will be developed to mitigate the issues this will create.” The teaching assistants are seeking more than $1,400 on top of their average pay of $2,400 per month. The administration offered two financial assistance programs to help with the high cost of housing. Both were rejected by graduate students. So they want something like a 60% pay increase? GTFO. Put up or shut up Janet!
Tell Me Why I Don’t Like Mondays
Monday morning around 9:45AM, SCPD arrested a 39 year old transient female on the 100 block of McPherson Street for slashing 4 tires on a parked vehicle. She was arrested and charged with vandalism and last check she’s still sitting in county jail. Given the fact she’s been arrested 26 times since 2015, I doubt she’ll be in jail for long.
Turnstiler of the Week
Tuesday night, an observant neighbor on Rio Del Mar Boulevard in Aptos noticed a stranger in her friend’s window and called 911. Deputies arrived and made contact with the suspect, who was in possession of a number of stolen items from at least two different burglaries. She was taken to jail on two counts of burglary. I guess they forgot about “breaking and entering”. She’s been arrested 23 times since 2014. And incredibly, last I checked she’s still in jail! For now!
All Methed Up and Nowhere to Go
Last Thursday morning around 2AM, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies got a 911 call from a woman who said she woke up and found a male who she had a domestic violence restraining order against inside her house. She said he fled the residence when she called the police. Officers quickly located the subject and detained him. He admitted entering the home and was found to be in possession of a methamphetamine pipe. The man was arrested and charged with felony Burglary, violation of a domestic violence restraining order, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Can’t Have it Both Ways
I think it’s hilarious how so many of the people getting all woke and fake outraged over the security guard video are the same people constantly defending and dismissing Drew Glover’s well documented shitty behavior towards women at city hall.. He’s doing a job. Did he assault anyone? Has he been arrested for assaulting anyone? He was mean to them. He said mean things to them. They were trespassing on private property, he was subject to threats and a stream of aggressive f-bombs by people breaking the law (while Chief Wiggum looks the other way). Wake the fuck up people (and I don’t mean that literally, I mean that figuratively). This is his shitty job. He documented what makes it shitty. But oh, Drew Glover is just being “mean” to the women at city hall to the point the city manager cuts off all staff interaction with him and the victims are overreacting and his behavior is dismissed? Talk about regressive hypocrisy.
Civility Might be Overrated and Sometimes the Lack of it Gets Expensive
Drew Glover recently said “civility is overrated”. And this past week, I noticed his lack of civility cost him $1300. It might be overrated but the lack of it does have consequences too!
Aptos Fishing Pier Closed Indefinitely
The fishing pier at Seacliff State Beach in Aptos will remain closed indefinitely after sustaining high surf damage. Last year, waves and rough conditions broke a number of pylons beneath the pier. An engineering firm will assess the damage soon. Once the extent of the damage is determined, a plan will be made for repairs.
Two Days of Chowder!
This Saturday and Sunday, it’s the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s 39th Annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off. Amateur chefs compete on Saturday and the professional chefs on Sunday. tasting kits are $10. Admission is free.
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!
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