This week, it’s the end of the world as we know it but I feel fine. And it’s my bicentennial! Of course, we’ve got my thoughts on coronavirus, the Water Street Human Dumpster Fire gets evicted, Brent Adams got stabbed, quit waving your gun around, shooting off with morning coffee, if the shirt fits, the gift that keeps on giving, Turnstiler of the Week, quit bothering SCPD, one way to sanitize it, swag is coming, and we celebrate 200 straight weeks of bringing vibrant honesty to Santa Cruz!
Coronavirus Continues to Wreak Havoc on Our Daily Lives
Santa Cruz has basically shut down. Something called a “shelter in place” has been ordered for everyone here, but you still see people out and about running errands or just out walking getting fresh air. But for the most part, nothing is really open right now except grocery, drug, and convenient stores. Restaurants and coffee shops are take out only. This might last for months. This week the Governor is talking about “martial law”. Good luck there. Nothing will bring riots and mass looting like the threat of stomping on someone’s civil liberties. “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. Those are “inalienable rights” protected in the Declaration of Independence. It isn’t found confined inside. That’s called “jail”. You want to see people push back in a very ugly way? Try this “martial law” idea geniuses. Newsom is an idiot. He’s going to carry this political bomb around on his back for the rest of his career. And now he’s throwing grenades at us. The fallout from this thing is going to be enormous. Let the sky fall. When it crumbles. We will stand tall. And face it all together.
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The Water Street Human Dumpster Fire is Finally Getting Extinguished
There was all kinds of action going on around the city to deal with the local homeless issue and the growing coronavirus pandemic. And the city seems to be bent on forcing them into shelters whether they like it or not. While Chief Andy and Crew were down on the corner of Pacific and Water handing out eviction notices, a number of new future homeless “triage stations” were being set up in various parking lots around the city.
KSBW’s Phil reported one going up next to the Kaiser Arena downtown. Depot Park appears to be another location. I’ve also heard about something on Coral Street (Skid Row!) as well as possibly Felker Street. So the city’s plan appears to be set up these “triage station” temporary homeless camps and shut down the illegal crap they’ve let fester for far too long. Basically corral them all into these new areas, where they can clean up and get sanitized for their own good (and obviously the good of everyone else). All of this is very fluid of course. I supposed desperate times call for desperate measures and we sure as hell are in desperate times now. And let’s hope they shut that Food Not Bombs shitshow down for good here.
Brent Adams Got Stabbed in the Gut
So apparently last weekend around midnight, local homeless activist Brent Adams got stabbed after confronting some angry tweeker who was apparently raging inside a porta-potty next to Brent’s storage place near the footbridge on Felker Street. According to Brent, he confronted the guy while he was still inside and the guy stepped out of the porta-potty and stabbed Brent and took off, leaving Brent bleeding by the side of the road. Eventually he got a neighbor to call 911 and he was taken to a hospital in San Jose where he got stitched up and he’s out already. Apparently the suspect was also a client of his (or wanted to be) and Brent was able to make an identification. Then I heard on Thursday an arrest had been made, and the guy is sitting in county jail on a $25K bond for assault with a deadly weapon.
It’s been a tough week for old Brent. I also heard the building he rents on Felker was just sold and the buyer wants to re-develop the property, meaning he’s on borrowed time at that location. As much as I have my differences with the guy, I respect his efforts and work and hope he can turn this corner. Personally, I think his best option might be to partner with the county, or a non-profit like Goodwill, and use one of their underutilized or vacant properties moving forward.
Quit Waving Your Gun Around
Around 10:30PM, SCPD responded to the area of Soquel Avenue and Cayuga for reports of a person threatening someone with a gun. When they arrived, they arrested a 73 year old man for just that, making criminal threats and brandishing a firearm. Last check he’s still sitting in county jail on a $10K bond.
Shooting Off His Assault Rifle With His Morning Coffee
Last Friday around 6:30AM, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to Caseta Court in Felton where they arrested a 39 year old man on charges of willfully discharging a firearm with gross negligence, possession of an assault weapon, possession of a bump stock, and possession of a large capacity magazine for ammunition. He’s out of jail on a $5K bond.
If the Shirt Fits Wear It
Friday morning around 9:30AM, SCPD arrested a 24 year woman and charged her with domestic violence, false imprisonment, and multiple violations of protective restraining orders. Her bail was set at $10K and she bonded out and is apparently free to beat, stalk, and terrorize her victim again. I’m not going to post her mugshot (although I probably should), but if you’re curious, she’s the woman wearing the “savage” shirt. Savage indeed. She belongs in a cage.
The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Last Friday around noon, SCPD responded to the 1100 block of Front Street in Santa Cruz for some kind of disturbance. After they arrived, they arrested a 24 year old male and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats, and a probation violation. County probation! The gift that keeps on giving! He’s only been arrested locally 6 times in the past year. Every other month we arrest this clown.
Turnstiler of the Week
This week we feature a 36 year old bum transient who was arrested around 3:30PM in Maple Alley in downtown Santa Cruz after causing some kind of disturbance. SCPD arrested him for resisting arrest, flashing a firearm, battery on a peace officer, and multiple felony parole violations. Last check he’s still in jail. His bond? $5K. Where’s Jim Hart with his bounty of “Get Out of Jail Free” cards (aka “Pre Trial Assessment” or “PTA”). He’s been arrested 15 times since 2014 locally, 4 times in the past 4 months.
Quit Bothering SCPD
Saturday night around 10PM, SCPD responded to the 100 block of Goss Court where they arrested a 72 year old who had been pestering 911 with false reports of a crime. I doubt they actually arrested her, more likely they gave her a ticket of some kind. But she managed to get them to come out and see her. For the wrong reasons.
That’s One Way To Sanitize It
Sometime early Thursday morning, an unknown person apparently torched the Porta-Potty located on the corner of Lincoln and Cedar streets in downtown Santa Cruz.
200 Straight Weeks of Vibrant Honesty
So this week marks the 200th straight week of the Weekly Dump. Not a single week missed in almost four years since I started this. No reruns. No weeks off. And I’m not shutting down for the coronavirus either!
Swag is Coming!
Some of you might have seen the new t-shirts that will soon be available for purchase. Think of it as a “donation” and in return you get a free t-shirt. All swag purchases will help me expand on what I can do with Santa Mierda. I expect to roll these out next week. Unless you know where to get them now!
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