As the rest of the country seems to fall apart, some of us living in the Land of the Holy Cross are thankful for the relative calm here. But we’re never boring! This week, we’re talking about the latest coronavirus restrictions, a wanted suspect for attempted murder was picked up on B40, robbery is a labor of love, resisting the urge to give him a card, downtown dumpster fires, Freemont, looters stay in jail, Camp Coonerty redux, arsonist arrested on skid row, the city council zooms along, and more! Happy anniversary baby, got you on my….mind….wait that’s another LRB song. Be safe out there!
Santa Cruz County Updates Coronavirus Restrictions
Santa Cruz County’s Health Officer has issued a new revised Shelter in Place order to align with the state. Under the new order, the county will allow office work spaces, in-store retail, places of worship, manufacturing, some personal services, protests and outdoor museums to open. The order went into effect earlier this week. Businesses are required to comply with social distancing protocols and the county’s face covering order. Child care is open to the children of workers and volunteers in all open sectors. In-store retail will also need to follow state guidance here. Religious services and funerals can be held again, but attendance is limited to 25% of a building’s capacity or 100 people, whichever is lower. Restaurants are still only allowed to offer takeout or delivery options. Dine-in service is not allowed until counties enter the Stage 2 of reopening extension. The county said it has started the process of applying, and it is expected to be submitted on June 2. Beaches will still be closed from 11AM to 5PM. This order is set to expire July 1st.
Outstanding Suspect Wanted For Attempted Murder Arrested
Last Thursday morning, SCPD assisted Watsonville Police apprehend a 23 year old man wanted in connection with an attempted murder in 2017. He was arrested on the 700 block of N. Branciforte Avenue in Santa Cruz, and according to police he is a known gang member who drove the getaway car to help two other men attempt to shoot and murder a man in 2017. The other men were arrested in 2017 and remain in county jail awaiting trial.
Robbery is a Labor of Love
Wednesday afternoon around 1:30PM, SCPD responded to the 1700 block of Mission Street in Santa Cruz where they arrested a 22 year old man from San Jose for robbery. He was also arrested this past Sunday for something, but obviously he got out of jail free for that before committing this latest robbery. Last check the self professed “laborer” was still in county jail on a $50K bond.
Resisting Arrest Gets Your Get Out of Jail Free Card Revoked
Monday morning around 1:30AM, SCPD responded to the 100 block of Blaine Street in Santa Cruz where they eventually arrested a 41 year old male on two counts of resisting arrest, one of them a felony. He didn’t get out of jail free. He’s still sitting in county jail on a $5K bond.
Downtown is a Literal Dumpster Fire
Last Saturday night around 11:30PM, someone torched a couple of dumpsters near the 800 block of Front Street in downtown Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz Fire extinguished the blazes without too much damage. Nobody was arrested and SCPD doesn’t appear to have any suspects.
Wednesday night around 5PM, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area near Scott’s beach off Highway 1 north of Santa Cruz where they arrested a 52 year old Fremont man for resisting arrest, being under the influence of a controlled substance, and stealing a weapon from a peace officer. And violating quarantine. He got out of jail free. I hope the deputy got his weapon back!
No Free Cards For Looters
Tuesday around 10:30AM, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 4100 block of Soquel Drive where they arrested a 34 year old male on multiple charges of burglary, looting, possession of stolen property, and being drunk in public. His bail was set at $100K (impressive!) and last check he was still sitting jail.
Camp Coonerty is Back For Another Round of Polluted Failure!
Tuesday afternoon around 5:30PM, SCPD arrested a 22 year old woman from Livermore in San Lorenzo park and charged her with drug possession, resisting arrest, theft, providing false ID, and burglary. Was she one of the tent squatters or just doing business with them? Can we ship her ass back to Livermore?
Arsonist Arrested on Skid Row
Tuesday night around 6:30PM, SCPD responded to the area of Encinal and River Streets (aka “Skid Row”) where they arrested a 65 year old Ben Lomond bum for torching something, since he was charged with arson and his bail was set at $25K. he didn’t get one of those “golden tickets” either, so he’s still sitting in jail.
Santa Cruz City Council Zooms Along
The Santa Cruz city council held another virtual meeting this past week, and they seemed to actually get a few things done. Imagine that! I guess that’s much easier to accomplish when you don’t have Harry and Lloyd up there mucking shit up anymore. Speaking of D&D, I heard Glover got a new job!
But back to the meeting, I guess the council ended up approving a LONG debated construction project involving the intersection of Highways 1 and 9. Skid Row! Apparently the project involves grant money (so it likely costs the city nothing) but leave it to the knee jerk progressives (Brown and Beiers) to whine about it. I think they wanted to spend the money on other stuff, like the homeless. That’s not how grants work. And they voted unanimously (grudgingly I’m sure) to declare the city’s intention to shift from at-large to district elections. With district elections, the city would be divided into districts and voters from each district would elect their own member for city council. “There is not much of a preference to move to a district-based process”, according to Justin Cummings. I guess he hasn’t seen my poll I’ve been running for more than a year. The earliest a district-based electoral system would come into effect would be 2022.
Four Years and Counting
I started this on May 27, 2016. This week marks 4 years. It’s a long way there. It’s a long way to where I’m going.
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