As we all try to fight off the cabin fever and not go stir crazy, take a load off and spend a couple minutes getting distracted by this week’s Dump! We’re jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire, a UCSC shuttle driver died from COVID-19, points for trying, sheltering in place, thanks for nothing, we find someone in jail, robbery suspect on West Cliff, coddling and enabling bums, the not so magnificent seven, bad neighbor of the week, Depot Park mugging, not sheltering has painful consequences, weekly shoutouts and thanks, and more!
Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire
As if things couldn’t get any worse in Santa Cruz, we get this.
I can’t even imagine the actual amount the Boardwalk contributes to the city’s general fund through various sales taxes, property taxes, and associated TOT taxes, but the number has to be huge in both dollars and percentage. Later that day, the county (and the Boardwalk) tried to walk it back a little by saying nothing’s definitive, but come on. We aren’t stupid here. It would be a small miracle if the Boardwalk were to open this summer, and if it did it would be under highly restrictive conditions. You can’t “socially distance” yourself six feet when you’re strapped in with 6 other people on Fire Ball or the Big Dipper. Basically every ride violates the six foot rule. I will miss the summer concerts though. I’m definitely bummed about that.
At least the parks and beaches opened up. Sort of. It’s confusing. It seems to change every day. And people with dubious intellect are making decisions that effect everyone’s lives. Welcome to the new normal.
UCSC Shuttle Driver Dies of Coronavirus
Last week, it was announced publicly that a UCSC shuttle bus driver died of the coronavirus. They last drove the loop route on April 1st and 2nd and was not on campus since those dates. Transit records indicated approximately 19 people rode the driver’s bus route over the course of the two days but their identities are unknown. So we have no idea how many could have been infected. Just like we currently have no idea how many people in general are effected because we lack free, easy to get, TESTING. We have ZERO idea how many people are infected in general right now. We’re pissing on a wildfire trying to put it out.
Points For Trying!
Wednesday night around 11:00PM, SCPD noticed a 56 year old transient riding a bike (probably stolen) downtown casing local closed businesses. Given he should have been inside and had no business being outside or downtown at that hour, they made contact with him. He was arrested for drug possession, having burglary tools, misappropriation of lost property, and possession of counterfeit money. No mug shot. He’s not in jail. I doubt he ever went. This is the new reality of Santa Cruz and Sheriff Jim Hart’s “Get Out of Jail Free” program. I appreciate the hard work of rank and file SCPD but it’s just one step forward and two steps back.
He Was Sheltering in Place
Tuesday night around 1AM, SCPD responded to a home on Hagemann Avenue after the resident reported someone was sitting in their car parked in their driveway. SCPD rolled up while the suspect was still in the car. The 25 year old transient was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, drug possession, possession of stolen property, and violating the shelter in place ordinance. Hey Andy! Did he get a $1000 ticket too? He’s also on probation for multiple counts of various property crimes. County Probation! The gift that keeps on giving! Do you actually think he’s still in jail? Don’t make me laugh. He got one of Jim Hart’s special cards!
The Victim Says Thanks For Nothing!
Wednesday morning around 9AM, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 25 year old Watsonville man for domestic violence, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, and vandalism. His bail was originally set at $25K. But Sheriff Jim Hart let him walk free! Our biggest threat to public safety is our own sheriff. Only in Santa Cruz!
We Finally Find Someone Still in Jail!
Wednesday afternoon around 1PM, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 44 year old Brookdale woman and charged her with burglary, elder abuse, and a probation violation. Unbelievably, she’s still in jail on a $25K bond.
Robbery Suspect Arrested on West Cliff Drive
Monday afternoon around 1:30PM, SCPD responded to a report of a robbery on the 5900 block of Soquel Avenue. A man walked into a business and stole a cell phone, shoving the victim out of the way before leaving. Police later tracked the phone to an area near Pelton and West Cliff, where they found the phone and arrested a 33 year old male from Boulder Creek and charged him with robbery and a probation violation. Last check he’s still in jail on a $50K bond. County probation. The gift that keeps on giving. He’s been arrested locally 17 times since 2013.
We Are Good at Coddling and Enabling Bums
Monday night around 9PM, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 2900 block of Mattison Lane for a report of a man threatening someone with a metal pipe. After they arrived, they arrested a 52 year old transient recidivist. He’s been arrested 47 TIMES LOCALLY SINCE 2013. Talk about coddling and enabling bums! Amazingly, he’s actually still in jail this time on a $10K bond. Nobody tell Jim Hart!
The Not So Magnificent Seven
Last weekend, Seven people were cited $1,000 each by the Santa Cruz Police Department for disobeying the shelter-in-place order. Police busted the group, which they said was visiting from Fremont, at the 7-Eleven on Ocean Street. Good luck making that ticket stick in front of a Santa Cruz judge. All bark and no bite. Turned into a national story on CNN.
Bad Neighbor of the Week
Saturday night around 9:30PM, SCPD responded to a disturbance on the 1800 block of King Street for a couple of people out fighting in public. After they arrived, they found out the two guys were neighbors and one of them had a restraining order against the other one. The person with the restraining order left the scene and went home before SCPD had arrived on scene, so they paid him a visit at home.
Depot Park Mugging Results in Busted Face
Saturday night around 10PM, SCPD responded to a fight in Depot Park. After they arrived, they found a victim with a bloody face who apparently had his nose broken. SCPD searched for 5-6 suspects who apparently beat him up before they headed towards the Boardwalk. Speaking of Depot park, what’s up with that bum camp that SCPD seems to conveniently overlook every day next to the kid’s playground at the end of Chestnut. I have lots of people asking me why this is ok. Selective (and subjective) policing. It seems to be based mostly on an ability to pay.
Not Sheltering in Place Has Painful Consequences
Tuesday afternoon, CHP and other agencies responded to an accident on Highway 1 south of Swanton Road after a 26 year old San Francisco man riding a Harley Davidson tried to illegally pass a driver going northbound in a Honda Pilot, crossing over solid double yellow lines. As the Honda was making a left turn, the motorcyclist struck it. The motorcyclist sustained major injuries and was flown to a trauma center over the hill.
Weekly Shoutouts and Thanks!
Happy birthday to Big Joe! Thanks for all you do for the community. And thanks to all the police, fire, emergency services, doctors, nurses, food service workers, and everyone else putting your lives and health at risk to serve the community. You are the new heroes.
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And you know whose names never got mentioned this week? I’ll give you a hint. They just got fired!
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