Who’s Sorry Now?
It was like scraping a couple of human barnacles off the city hull but the community at large came through big this past week, tentatively recalling BOTH Drew Glover AND Chris Krohn and essentially firing them. With all precincts reporting, the Yes to Recall Krohn was ahead by about 9% points. The Yes to Recall Glover was ahead by 13% points with all precincts reporting. I understand, there are still mail in ballots to be counted but that is a huge deficit unlikely to be covered by mail in or other ballots not counted yet. In sheer numbers alone, Krohn needs to make up more than 1000 votes and Glover would need to make up more than 1500 votes. Time will tell but I’m comfortable calling this one. And Renee Golder was crushing her opponent to replace Glover. In what I’d consider a kind of shocking surprise, Don Lane was losing to Katherine Beiers to replace Krohn.
What a turn of events this is. Let’s look at the collateral damage. Both Glover and Krohn are toast politically. They will forever be damaged goods now. Sure, they have their little fan bases but the stain of this recall will be a skidmark they can’t wash from their virtual briefs. Google their names and what comes up? Bad stories and bad stuff about them. Good luck washing that out of your brand. Still, I’d bet their egos won’t let them walk away and they will want to run again in the fall. Let them. They’d lose. As for the local far left and the fake Bernie group pushing lies and money against the recall, their “brand new council” is getting even more brand new now. Only half of their chosen team just got fired and replaced by people they have no control over. A year later, two of their “brand new council” make history for being the first two people ever recalled from the Santa Cruz city council. A dubious achievement indeed.
For Justin Cummings, his time as the most powerful person up there just ended with a thud. Hello Renee Golder, your new “swing vote”. Justin can hang with the semi lucid Sandy Brown and the octogenarian Katherine Beiers all he wants now, he’s not needed anymore. Cynthia Mathews, Martine Watkins, and Donna Meyers will be singing “Sisters are Doing It For Themselves” now, and Renee is part of that chorus. The toxic sausage party is over. Martin Bernal has to be absolutely elated to be rid of these two clowns. I might hate Bernal, but I wouldn’t wish these 2 on my worst enemy. And the poor bullied and harassed women at city hall can breath a sigh of relief that they won’t have to look at Glover’s fat head or Krohn’s bad combover anymore.
Janet Doesn’t Blink and UCSC Strikers See Pink
This past week, a number of UCSC graduate student teaching assistants were fired by the university for their failure to turn in undergraduate grades in a timely manner, among other reasons. Letters of dismissal sent out last Friday notified more than 50 teaching assistants that they will be out of their jobs. At least 13 are international students whose legal status in the country could be jeopardized. Oh well! Usually there are repercussions for bad behavior. I know. Earth shattering news for nobody outside of UCSC.
Beware of the Bogey Man
While out on patrol on Sycamore Street last week, officers from SCPD witnessed a person walking away from a parked vehicle with a six months overdue registration. While waiting for a tow, they searched the vehicle and found a golf ball size chunk of methamphetamine and counterfeit cash located in plain sight. They impounded the vehicle. No idea if they arrested the guy walking away.
Speedballs and Power Tools
Monday afternoon around 1:30PM, SCPD located a woman who was wanted for a prior theft of tools from a construction site on the 100 block of Fern Street (and captured on video). She was found in a vehicle parked on the 1300 block of Highway 9. The 50 year old woman was on probation for narcotics sales in the vehicle. She was searched per probation terms, and officers found the stolen tools in her possession, as well as a large rock of methamphetamine and drug packaging materials. She was arrested for felony possession of stolen property, methamphetamine for sale, and felony probation.
Flash and the Can
Sunday morning around 2:30AM, SCPD units responded to a report of a driver in an Audi flashing a handgun. A high risk felony car stop was conducted on the 700 block of Ocean Street, and two males and two females were removed from the car. A search of the car located a loaded revolver. One male driver and one female were arrested for carrying a loaded and concealed firearm. Another passenger was arrested for her participation in concealing the gun, while the fourth passenger was arrested for public intoxication.
The Turnstile In Action!
Last Saturday night around 8:30PM, a 31 year old male and a 32 year old female were arrested by SCPD on the 900 block of Pacific Avenue for resisting arrest, battery on a peace officer, and being drunk in public. They’re both out of jail already, courtesy of the Santa Cruz County “Get Out of Jail Free” program, otherwise known as “PTA” (Pre Trial Assessment). This IS the “turnstile”.
Morning Bum Fight Near Skid Row
Last Friday morning around 11:30AM, SCPD responded to the corner of Highway 1 and River Streets for some kind of bum fight. After they arrived, they arrested a 40 year old male and a 56 year old male for brandishing some kind of deadly weapons at each other. Of course, they’re also out of jail already, courtesy of the Santa Cruz County “Get Out of Jail Free” program, otherwise known as “PTA” (Pre Trial Assessment). This IS the “turnstile”.
Why Bother Having Stay Away Orders?
Last Saturday around 3:30PM, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to the CVS on the 6200 block of Graham Hill Road where they found a 35 year old Ben Lomond man on searchable probation. He had stay away terms from CVS and terms not to possess alcohol. He was found in CVS with alcohol. He was transported and booked in county jail. He’s out of jail already, courtesy of the Santa Cruz County “Get Out of Jail Free” program, otherwise known as “PTA” (Pre Trial Assessment). This IS the “turnstile”.
Shitty Dad of the Week
Last Friday around 4PM, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 1400 block of Jose Avenue where they arrested a 53 year old male on charges including domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats, and child endangerment. Last check he was still in county jail on a $100K bond.
Lawyers, Guns, and Money
The shit has hit the fan! (as Warren would say). Watsonville Police arrested a 31 year old man after a months long investigation into reports of drug dealing in a local neighborhood. Officers served a search warrant at a home on the 100 block of Maple Avenue, where they found cocaine and marijuana for sale. The also found five guns, including a handgun that was reported stolen, and thousands of dollars in cash. The man was arrested and charged with possession of drugs for sale while being armed with a loaded handgun. He was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail.
Breaking Up the Breaking Badmobile Brigade
SCPD was out on the Westside this week, towing vehicles and RVs with expired tags over 6 months and for vehicle abatement related reasons. I’m sure the local business owners and residents in the area of Natural Bridges and Mission Street Extension are thrilled.
To Get Nuisance Vehicles & Parking Violators Off Neighborhood Streets
Parking Enforcement & Complaints throughout the City of Santa Cruz – Public Works, Parking Department enforces, and issues parking citations citywide call 831-420-5185.
Report Abandoned Vehicles to SCPD Vehicle Abatement 831-420-5863. Be prepared to leave the following information on the abandoned vehicle hotline:
- Location of the vehicle
- Color of the vehicle
- Make and model of the vehicle
- License plate number
SCPD Public Safety Town Hall Meeting Next Week!
SCPD is looking for community feedback on proposed “Quality of Life” ordinances at a public safety town hall meeting this coming Monday, March 9th, at Delaveaga Elementary School (1145 Morrissey Blvd.). If you can’t make that one, there’s two more next week as well! Another one takes place on Wednesday, March 11th, at Louden Nelson Community Center (301 Center St) and Thursday, March 12th at Peace United Church (900 High Street). You can learn more about the proposed ordinances, including the opportunity to leave comments here. Each town hall meeting runs from 6:00 to 7:30PM.
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