COVID cases spiking in Santa Cruz after we allow the beaches to stay open and people to congregate in large groups. Gee who could have seen that coming? We also had a violent woman arrested after pistol whipping her boyfriend, a downtown robbery suspect gets arrested, assault with a deadly weapon to go, guns and heroin, suspect in recent downtown shooting arrested, suspect arrested for recent murder in Santa Cruz mountains, Martin Bernal wants to defund SCPD, more closings downtown, we have city council candidates, and more!
Spike in Local COVID-19 Cases Prompts More Restrictions
We were at 503 last week. We’re at 706 this week. So we picked up more than 200 new cases in Santa Cruz County in the past week. Which was about 40% of our total from last week. That’s a spike folks. One step forward and two steps back. This is what happens when you refuse to govern people.
“Bars, both indoor and outdoor, will be forced to close down statewide. Restaurants are being told to cease indoor operations. Outdoor dining and takeout are still allowed. All counties also have to close indoor operations at wineries, tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and cardrooms. In counties on the state’s watch list, even more businesses are being required to close their doors. That includes gyms, hair salons, barbershops, other personal care services, indoor malls, offices in non-critical sectors, and places of worship.”
Santa Cruz leadership shows what it’s really good at. An inability to get out of their own way.
Violent and Angry Woman Arrested on Pacific Avenue
Last Saturday around 2:30AM, SCPD responded to the 300 block of Pacific Avenue for some kind of reported disturbance. Apparently, a woman shot a handgun inside a vehicle during an argument with her boyfriend. She also reportedly pistol whipped him with the gun and pointed it at his head as he was driving. The boyfriend managed to escape this lunatic and called SCPD.
Officers detained the woman and recovered a pistol hidden in a trash can outside a hotel on Pacific Avenue. She was arrested and charged her with domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon (a gun), willful negligent discharge of a firearm, and carrying a loaded gun into a public place. She bailed out of jail on a $25K bond. All that mayhem and she gets a $25K bond. She’s already out of jail!
Downtown Robbery Suspect Arrested
Last Friday night around 5PM, SCPD responded to the 1500 block of Pacific Avenue for a report of a robbery. They later arrested a 29 year old man on the 600 block of Riverside Avenue and charged him for the suspected robbery, as well as theft and being drunk in public. Last check he was still sitting in jail on a $50K bond.
Assault With a Deadly Weapon To Go!
Monday afternoon around noon, SCPD responded to a disturbance of some kind on the 900 block of Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz. They eventually arrested a 31 year old male for assault with a deadly weapon, battery, and having a leaded baton. Last check he’s still in county jail on a $25K bond.
Having Guns and Heroin Might Get You Arrested!
Wednesday morning, the Special Enforcement Team with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s department served a search warrant at a home on the 2000 Block of 7th Avenue. They ended up confiscating more than 3 pounds of heroin packaged for sale, as well as multiple firearms. The convicted felon who was arrested was charged with unlawful possession of narcotics for sale, possession of a controlled substance with a loaded firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Last check he’s still sitting in county jail on a $150K bond.
Man Suspected of Downtown Santa Cruz Shooting Arrested
This past week, Santa Cruz Police arrested a 28 year old man in Scotts Valley for his suspected involvement in a shooting that took place in downtown Santa Cruz back on the third of June on the 400 block of Cedar Street. After Santa Cruz Police detectives were able to identify the man as being directly involved in the shooting, a warrant was issued for his arrest. He’s been arrested at least 5 times locally since 2015.
San Jose Man Arrested For Recent Murder in Santa Cruz Mountains
Last Thursday afternoon, detectives arrested a 30 year old man near his home in San Jose for the murder of a 27 year old San Jose man in the Santa Cruz mountains. On June 14th around 8PM, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a man with a gun on the 1700 block of Laurel Rd and Highway 17. After the arrived, they found a male victim who was pronounced dead at the scene from a gunshot wound. Detectives also determined there were at least two other victims the suspect had attempted to shoot. The suspect is being held in the Santa Cruz County main jail on $1,000,000 bond for charges including murder and attempted murder.
Defunding SCPD Come Hell or High Water
City manager Martin Bernal seems to REALLY want to defund SCPD. In a recent story in the Senile, it was reported that six Santa Cruz Police Department sergeants could lose their jobs, and four of those sergeants could take a demotion to avoid a layoff. Another three vacant sergeant positions could be eliminated for a total of nine positions. Because the Santa Cruz Police Officers’ Association (the rank and file union) has not renegotiated its contract to cut costs by 10 percent, City Manager Martín Bernal said the city has no choice but to issue layoff notices. Can we just lay off Martin Bernal and Andy Mills? That should cover the deficit. They aren’t worth the money we pay them.
Another One Bites the Dust
Pour one out for the Poet and the Patriot. I’d call it arguably the best neighborhood bar in Santa Cruz but fans of Brady’s might debate me. But it was a really terrific local neighborhood bar, kind of hidden downtown which was good and kept it mostly local, and they had Guinness Stout on draft. It’s sad to see downtown dying a slow and painful death. It started before the COVID and now it’s going to get much worse I fear. Pono is gone from downtown. 99 Bottles is gone from downtown. Alderwood is closed and I doubt they re-open any time soon if at all.
Maybe it’s time to do something BIG with downtown. Like turn it into a pedestrian mall. The pilot program is on right now. I see people filling those tables on that block. But that block itself still looks UGLY AS FUCK. Come on Santa Cruz, bring in some planters and more tables and chairs to fill the space better and make it more attractive. Right now it just looks half assed and ugly on the city’s part.
Santa Cruz City Council Race Updates
The candidate filing period is officially open! You can track the list of “official” candidates here.
Who’s officially running?
These are people who have at least filed a 501 form with the city.
- Martine Watkins
- Sonja Brunner
- Kayla Kumar
- Maria Cadenas
- Kelsey Hill
- Richelle Noroyan
- “Bad Mom”
At some point soon I’ll probably start reviewing the candidates as I usually do.
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