Bring on the tourists and their nasty coronavirus because the beaches in Santa Cruz are open for business and infecting! In other local news, the city council passed the library in a parking garage nonsense, they killed PredPol, there was a stabbing near the Santa Cruz harbor, picking up Novato’s trash in Watsonville, robbed and knocked out on Dakota Street, the coroner was wrong, water intoxication, my thoughts and some predictions on the Santa Cruz city council race, and more!
The Beaches Are Officially Open Again
As of today, all Santa Cruz beaches are open again after a coalition of local law enforcement told the county health director they couldn’t enforce the closures anymore. Couldn’t or wouldn’t? Obviously it’s the second one. Where there’s a will there’s a way they say. I think the closures were mainly being used to deter the tourist traffic from driving over the hill and coming to clog up our beaches with their nasty coronavirus. That’s why the hours were 11-5. And that’s why they wanted to extend it past the 4th of July but SCPD and SCSO said no mas.
Santa Cruz County now has 106 active cases, up from around 40 two weeks ago.There have been 337 identified and confirmed COVID-19 cases in Santa Cruz county and three deaths.
Downtown Library Garage Gets Approved by City Council
Lots of stuff to digest here. Should we talk about how Cynthia Mathews “recused” herself from the vote while basically leading the charge to approve behind the scenes? Should we talk about how Justin Cummings flipped his support here, against the will of his far left progressive friends? Should we talk about the back room wheeling and dealing, trading chips like it’s a big poker game and they’re playing with house money, our money? The final vote was 4-2 (with Mathews recusing herself because she owns property nearby). If Cummings hadn’t rolled over on his comrades, the vote would have been tied 3-3 and it wouldn’t have passed. So again, Cummings was the swing vote here and had the final say. I wonder what he traded for his “yes” vote here?
Choosing Political Correctness Over Public Safety
This week, the Santa Cruz city council decided it wanted no part of PredPol, the local technology company that created predictive policing software that is currently being used by other public safety departments around the country and the globe. But meh, our city council doesn’t want it. Even though SCPD was it getting for free. Our city council is all about pandering to the public, not public safety. And PredPol frightened them. It frightened them more than actual crime frightens them. This is the “Bearcat Crowd”, the small group of local progressive pearl clutchers who viewed the acquisition of the free Bearcat by SCPD as the equivalent of “militarizing” SCPD. You can’t sit down and rationally talk to these people when they are so far from being grounded in reality. And given all the bad cop drama taking place seemingly everywhere BUT here, critics of PredPol (and SCPD in general) struck while the iron was hot. It didn’t take much effort. There wasn’t any pushback from our tepid, public safety averse city council (and the same could be said about our police chief).
“We have technology that could target people of colour in our community – it’s technology that we don’t need,” Justin Cummings, the seaside city’s first African-American male mayor, who proposed the ban last year, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. You know, now I’m starting to sense a theory. Call it a conspiracy if you like. Did Cummings cave on resisting the library/garage in return for Mathews support on this? We’ll never know! Quid pro quo baby!
The bottom line is SCPD was getting it for free and now they aren’t. They have one less tool in their toolbox now. Choosing political correctness over public safety is never good for the community. That hammer? It’s part of the old “hammer and sickle”. It’s communist Russia. Throw that shit away!
Stabbing Near Santa Cruz Harbor
Last Friday night around 8PM, a man was apparently stabbed by an assailant on the 700 block of Mariner Park Way. SCPD responded but nobody was caught or arrested. The victim claimed to have been stabbed in the hand after an altercation with someone he knew.
Picking Up Novato’s Trash in Watsonville
Tuesday morning around 8:30AM, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Novato man in Watsonville for kidnapping, rape, and having a felony warrant in Marin County. His bail on the kidnapping and rape was set at $25K, but a no bail was issued for the open felony warrant so last check he’s still in county jail.
Robbed and Knocked Out on Dakota Street
Last Saturday morning around 6AM, a man was reportedly knocked unconscious and robbed on the 100 block of Dakota Street in Santa Cruz. He told authorities he was looking for his stolen property at the time he was knocked out and robbed.
Robbery and Assault in Live Oak
Last Friday afternoon around 1:30PM, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 1600 block of Capitola Road for a report of a robbery. After they arrived, they found a victim suffering from significant injuries, who was treated by fire and medics. Nobody was apparently arrested.
Oh Look the Santa Cruz Coroner Was Wrong!
This past week, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office and Watsonville Police arrested a transient bum for the murder of a man last October in what the Santa Cruz County coroner originally called an “accidental death”. The death is now being treated as a a homicide investigation. Last October,Santa Cruz County fire and ambulance personnel responded to a report that a 71 year old man had fallen and needed help. When they arrived, they found him in grave condition after what was reported as an accidental fall, and he was taken to Natividad for treatment of his injuries where he died four days later. The coroner’s office ruled the death an accident and closed the case. Then last month, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office received information that the man’s death was the result of a crime that took place in north Monterey County. After Investigators interviewed a number of people, they concluded a 41 year old transient from Watsonville was the prime suspect. This week the found him and arrested him near Ford and Kilburn Streets in Watsonville. He was booked into the Monterey County Jail on murder, elder abuse resulting in great bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, witness intimidation and spousal battery charges. His bail is set at more than a million dollars.
The coroner was wrong? About an “accidental death”? Hm. Where have I heard about an accidental death ruling by the Santa Cruz coroner recently? “Water Intoxication“.
He Died From Drinking Too Much Water?
Seriously? Last week, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office classified the death of an inmate who was found dead in his cell on May 10th as an accident and said he suffered from water intoxication. According to the sheriff’s office, The healthy 21 year old man died unexpectedly in his cell. There was no evidence of trauma, foul play, toxic substances or COVID-19. He did not share a cell with anyone else and there were no visible signs of injury or trauma. In a press release issued last week, the sheriff’s office said a forensic pathologist determined he drank too much water in a short period of time partly due to mental health issues, causing an electrolyte imbalance that caused his organs to fail. In a dubious twist of fate, the Sheriff is the Coroner and is the guy in charge of the jail. How convenient.
Santa Cruz City Council Candidate Watch
So we’re still about three weeks away from the opening of the city council candidate “nomination” period, which begins July 15th and runs until August. That’s when candidates can begin filing paperwork with the city and officially “declare” their intentions to run. I’ve heard a few goofy rumors from people like Bad Mom and the Libertarian guy I’ll just call the “Bloody Prick”. I haven’t really heard any solid rumors about serious candidates yet. But I can still speculate! Four seats are up for grabs, so basically the council majority is at stake, and theoretically, a 4 person slate could come in and clean house and start a new majority. I think that’s pretty unlikely for a lot of reasons but in theory it’s possible. I can make one pretty solid prediction. Both “sides” (the far left “socialist” Democrats and the more mainstream moderate Democrats) will try to trot their favorite 4 choices out. So figure we’ll see at least 8 candidates, with a few more probably tossed in and running mostly on narcissism and wishful thinking.
So names. Let’s toss out a few names. Chris Krohn. I’m sure he wants to run again but do others really want him to? If he can muster the support after being recalled, he’s almost certain to try again (just to pacify his bruised ego). Drew Glover. He can’t run again for another 3 years. Micah Posner. I guess it’s possible. He’s still involved behind the scenes, he’s a narcissist, and he’s got a shit ton of baggage. Like with Krohn, it’s a matter of support and endorsements I think. Sandy Brown. She’s up for re-election. She would be the only incumbent for that side. I just don’t think she’s got it in her to go another 4 years. I think she will be pressured to run but I doubt she really wants to run. Martine Watkins. I think she’s done a fine job under difficult circumstances but I think 4 years is enough for her. I doubt she runs again. She’ll want to spend more time with her family. Richelle Noroyan. I think she’s going to run again. I think she wants to run again. Greg Larson. Hard to predict but I think he’s pretty busy with other work projects will probably not run this time. Robert Singleton. I could see him running this time with 4 seats open. Ashley Scontriano. I don’t see her running again. She’s doing other stuff now. Paige Concannon. I don’t see her running again. the last time left a bad taste in her mouth. Steve Schnaar. I could definitely see him trying to run this time. He’s posting stuff on social media sounding like someone who’s planning to run for office. Steve Pleich. I think he’s done running for CC and would rather focus on the BoS. Brent Adams. Now this would be a wild card for sure. He might actually surprise people if he ran. I don’t think either “side” would fully embrace him though. Katherine Beiers. She already said she wouldn’t run again, and while she could change her mind about that, she’s 90 years old. Nope. She’s keeping the seat warm. Don Lane. I just don’t see it happening after his loss to Beiers and his age.
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