Santa Cruz Closes Beaches & Parks Over Coronavirus
This week, the Santa Cruz County Public Health Officer announced the closure of all beaches, including surfing, trails and pathways. The County of Santa Cruz has issued a Supplemental Public Health Order for the temporary closure of public parks, trails and trailheads, and beaches and beach access points from Wednesday, April 8th through April 15th.
The Cost of Congregating in Public Right Now
As I was researching stuff for this week’s Dump, I noticed an unusually high number of citations written by the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s office for violating the shelter in place emergency ordinance. It looks like they were focusing mostly on the beaches in their jurisdiction, and I noticed at least 20-30 tickets written just this past week. And I don’t think these are cheap tickets. Close to $1000 I believe. So unless you want to be a whole lot poorer for being selfish by going to the beach while the rest of us stay inside, don’t go to the beach!
Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart reported last Saturday, locals received 23 of the 24 tickets the sheriff’s office issued to people not following the shelter-in-place order. The order also applies to people using park facilities, such as basketball courts, and surfers. The county has jurisdiction up to about a mile out from the shoreline. Deputies won’t paddle out or take boats to surfers on the water who are purposely ignoring the order, but they will issue tickets when surfers return to land, according to Hart.
No Get Out of Jail Free Card For Mayhem
Wednesday afternoon around 1:30PM, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 1200 block of Webster Street where they arrested a 32 year old male for battery with serious bodily injury, mayhem, and assault with a deadly weapon. His bail was set at $25K and last check he’s still in county jail. What’s “mayhem” you might ask? Well it’s this done maliciously.
Looting the Catalyst
This past Tuesday, SCPD responded to the Catalyst for a report of a burglary in progress. After they arrived, officers observed two suspects leaving the building, and they were detained in the back parking lot on Center Street. They also found a third suspect inside the Catalyst. The trio tried to steal a significant amount of alcohol from the business and were arrested for burglary, looting, and violating the shelter in place order.
Armed Robbery in Felton
Wednesday afternoon around 3:30PM, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported armed robbery near the Felton Fair Shopping Center in Felton. The suspect was described as wearing a black and white checkered flannel shirt and black jeans and was considered armed and dangerous. No arrests have been made.
Would He Let Me Out of Jail Free For Doing the Same Thing?
Wednesday morning around 6AM, SCPD arrested a 45 year old transient woman near the corner of Elm and Cedar Streets in downtown Santa Cruz for being drunk in public, drug possession, and flashing a weapon. Sheriff Jim Hart decided she wasn’t a threat to public safety when he gave her one of his “Get Out of Jail Free ” cards as part of her “Pre Trial Assessment”.
She Has a Jim Hart Fast Pass
Thursday afternoon, SCPD responded with multiple units to the 100 block of Surfside Avenue after getting reports of a possible home invasion involving a man with no pants on. Turns out he was actually a she and SCPD managed to track her down in the nearby neighborhood pretty quickly. She even managed to put her pants back on apparently. Of course she’s out of jail already. On Wednesday, she was arrested off of Blackburn for being drunk in public and trespassing. On Tuesday, she was cited and released for being drunk in public. Never mind the Get Out of Jail Free Cards, she has a Fast Pass. Just scan and go.
Turnstiler of the Week
Wednesday afternoon, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 100 block of Dogwood Drive in Watsonville where they arrested a 40 year old for first degree burglary, drug possession, and of course, a probation violation. He’s already out of jail. He’s been arrested locally 24 times since 2015. Obviously, we have no idea how to keep this guy in jail longer than 2 days.
Should Have Sheltered in Place
Monday night around 8PM, SCPD responded with multiple units to the 1100 block of Mission near Rigg Street for a disturbance involving a 45 year old male, who was eventually arrested for resisting arrest and battery on a peace officer. Last check he was still in county jail.
Trash Truck Overturns on Graham Hill Road
In this week’s literal edition of the “weekly dump”, a garbage truck driving along a wet Mount Hermon Road between Scotts valley and Felton overturned, snarling traffic for awhile. No injuries were reported that I know about.
The Purple Reign of Terror is Officially Over
So this will likely be the last time you’ll hear me talk about “Drew Glover” or “Chris Krohn” for awhile. If they decide to revive their flogged carcasses of a local political career, I guess you’ll hear their name mentioned this fall. And I suppose it’s possible one or both will try to run again in the fall. We all know their bruised and fragile egos are telling them to run again. And given how many people voted no, I’m sure they feel kind of empowered to try again. And I hope they do. Because if they do, all of their dirty laundry will come front and center for them all over again. And I think a lot of people are sick of them and their dirty laundry. We didn’t get to see any kind of pathologically narcissistic “farewell speech” from either one, so thank God we were spared that. The meeting itself was another complete dumpster fire from city employees showing a complete lack of basic technology skills in trying to navigate an online meeting. I guess the IT guy took the night off.
Santa Cruz County Announces New Efforts to Treat Coronavirus Patients
This week, Santa Cruz County announced a partnership with 1440 Multiversity and the Simpkins Family Swim Center to create alternate care sites for up to 100 coronavirus patients. These new locations are designed for patients who need hospitalization but don’t have complex medical needs. The goal is to free up local hospital capacity to house critically ill COVID-19 patients.
They also announced they would deliver meals to those in need. Staff with 1440 Multiversity will be preparing hundreds of meals to be delivered three times daily to vulnerable residents in shelters throughout the county. Alternate care sites are not open to the public and are not walk-up medical facilities.
UCSC Scientists Working on Rapidly Deploying New Coronavirus Testing Locally
UCSC scientists are working on a diagnostic testing lab on campus that will meet the needs of students, staff and the community. The lab could be the only facility capable of testing samples locally and results could be made available almost immediately. They are targeting high capacity testing with 24 hour turn around times according to UC scientists associated with the project. Testing will begin with students and faculty currently sheltered in place on campus. Eventually, testing will be for first responders and other essential workers to determine their status on the job. They could begin testing by the end of this month after getting CDC approval.
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