Coronavirus Invades Santa Cruz
Shit got real this week with this Coronavirus. School district superintendents and the Santa Cruz County Office of Education decided on Thursday, in concurrence with the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency, to close all public Santa Cruz County schools for the week of March 16th-20th. This comes after UCSC cancelled all classes until sometime in late March. In a move I predicted days before it actually happened, UC Santa Cruz basically cancelled their remaining classes until after their spring break at the earliest over fear of the coronavirus outbreak. It was announced last week that two staff members with UCSC’s Genomics Institute were possibly exposed to the Coronavirus through a contract worker while in Redwood City, who later tested positive for the virus.
The World Health Organization (WHO) classified the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as a pandemic, meaning the virus has spread worldwide, with over 1,000 cases in the United States. Last check, there have been 7 reported cases in Santa Cruz County. The biggest problem we all face, beyond the complete mierda planning by our local, state, and national leaders here, is the lack of testing available. We have literally no idea who has this right now. We are driving at night coming down Donner Summit with our headlights off in a raging blizzard. Back when I was younger, I once walked down the Mist Trail in Yosemite in total darkness (it’s a long story….). This is what that feels like right now. Drive off a cliff, swept over a waterfall terrifying.
But fear not! City manager Martin Bernal enlightened us all with his newsletter about what the city is doing about the coronavirus! He never mentions testing, or where to get tested, or how to get tested. That’s because testing is pretty much non-existent in Santa Cruz! In order to get tested, you first need to get evaluated by a local doctor with county health services. If you pass their sniff test, you get sent to Santa Clara for a test because we don’t have any tests here apparently. And the test itself? Someone takes a Q-Tip and swabs your nostril and sticks it in a bag and ships it off to a lab. Wow, such a difficult, machine intensive, cost prohibitive test to have locally! As a result, we have no actual local testing and “reported” numbers mean nothing without real data and not garbage data. If we can’t administer free tests to everyone, we have no clue who has it.
And will someone please ask Martin Bernal and Andy Mills why they continue to allow a makeshift homeless camp to squat along the sidewalk of Water Street adjacent to the downtown Post Office, an area frequented heavily by the public, creating an enormous public safety hazard for spreading the coronavirus within the city? Local incompetence and dysfunction is no way to approach a pandemic.
Man Arrested For Kidnapping and Attempted Rape on Pacific Avenue
Last Thursday night around 11PM, SCPD arrested a 33 year old male on the 800 block of Pacific Avenue and charged him with kidnapping, attempted rape, and drug possession. He’s been arrested 4 times locally. Twice in 2013, once in 2018, and this time. Last check he was sitting in county jail on a $25K bond. I’m kind of surprised the county didn’t just give him their old “get out of jail free” card (aka their “PTA” program).
Good Morning Santa Cruz!
Friday morning around 9AM, SCPD arrested a 45 year old female on the 300 block of Washington Street on a number of charges, including battery, criminal trespass, resisting arrest, assaulting a peace officer, and the usual drunk in public. This is a block from the SCPD main station.
What Could Go Wrong With a Cache of Guns and Meth?
Last Thursday, Detectives with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Narcotics Enforcement Team served a search warrant at a residence on the 2700 block of South Main Street in Soquel. During the search, nearly a pound of methamphetamine was found, along with packaging and scales. They also found 17 firearms, including 2 unregistered assault weapons, 2 shotguns, multiple handguns and more than 5,000 rounds of ammunition. A 39 year old male was arrested on narcotics and weapons violations charges and was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail. His bail was set at $1,000,000.
Loaded Glock Found in Stolen SUV
Officers from SCPD located a stolen SUV this week on the 300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. While processing the vehicle for evidence, they found a loaded 9mm Glock 26 in the center console.
Skating Away on the Thin Ice of a New Day
Monday afternoon around 5:30PM, SCPD responded to the 100 block of Coral Street (aka “Skid Row”) for a report of someone being assaulted with a skateboard. They took a witness report but nobody was arrested.
Local Skidmark Wonders Where the PTA Is?
Friday afternoon around 2:30PM, SCPD arrested a 21 year old bum along the railroad tracks on Coral Street. Skid Row! He was charged with aggravated assault, burglary, vandalism, and drug possession. Last check he’s still sitting in jail on a $500 bond. Yes, a $500 bond. All that bad shit for $500! Where’s the PTA? Someone call the PTA!
Fake Report of Shooter Leads to Arrest in Felton
Monday afternoon around 3:30PM, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies went to a home on Hillview Drive in Felton to arrest a male for three outstanding warrants. When they arrived, the suspect ran from them so they quickly set up a perimeter to locate him. While he was hiding, the male tried to lure Deputies away from him by calling 911 and claiming there was a man with a gun at the San Lorenzo Valley High School football field. The school was placed on lockdown and searched, but no one was found. Dispatch traced the call back to his neighbor’s home, a number the man had previously used and was associated with. Deputies then found him in his neighbor’s backyard and he was arrested for his outstanding warrants, as well as felony obstruction and making a false report of an emergency.
Battle of the California Homeless Unions!
Lost in all the other local turmoil this week, it came to my attention that a group that registered the name “California Homeless Union” (as well as the website) let Bad Mom and her grifter friends know they should stop using that name. Well it doesn’t take much or long to get Bad Mom triggered so she and her other litigious grifter friends contacted their crack legal team through his Yahoo email address and he sent some kind of letter to the group registered with the state to stop bothering his “clients” Bob Noise and the mentally unstable homeless woman from Ventura who keeps magically finding her way back up here. But the sheer level of laughable inept coming from Bad Mom and Friends is comic relief in this bad week. They’ve been bleating about their fake “homeless union” for months now, led by their grifter lawyer (who had his law license suspended in California a few years ago for not paying his bar tab), and nobody bothered to actually register the name with the state, or even register a URL for a website. I’m sure it all just fell through the cracks for them, but their plumber’s butt is giving me a chuckle and making me think it’s kind of karmic payback for their running grift. Speaking of grifters!
Moe, Larry, and Curly Joe Discuss Homelessness in Santa Cruz
I never get tired of watching this video. Thanks Big Joe!
Obstinate and Oblivious Right to the Bitter End
Drew Glover and Chris Krohn refused to have it any other way and why would I expect any less? After getting soundly fired in the recent election, they continued to show a general lack of remorse and contrition at Tuesday’s city council, when we finally got to hear about the latest ethics violation from Glover. I say latest only because the mayor refused to discuss it until after the recall election. It didn’t matter when we heard it. It doesn’t even matter now if we hear it. It will all be water under the bridge as Glover and Krohn get flushed from city hall in the next 30 days.
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