This week, Santa Cruz County made another dubious list! This one is the state’s “watch list” and things don’t look good from the angle I’m watching from. We also had a suspected Watsonville drug dealer arrested, hate crimes get you carded, Watsonville child abduction ends peacefully, missing local woman killed by DUI driver, downtown robbery attempt, taking out the local trash, no laughing matter, the grease, turnstiler of the week, county furloughs on the way, schools out, Santa Cruz city council race updates, and welcome Parker!
Santa Cruz County Moves to State’s Coronavirus Watchlist
During a press conference on Thursday, Santa Cruz County health officer Gail Newel announced that Santa Cruz county was officially placed on the state’s watch list. She also announced another coronavirus related death in the county. If the county remains on the state’s list for three straight days, new restrictions will be put into place.
If that happens, it would impact the following businesses:
- Gyms and Fitness Centers
- Places of Worship
- Offices for Non-Critical Infrastructure Sectors
- Personal Care Services (including nail salons, massage parlors, and tattoo parlors)
- Hair salons and barbershops
It’s almost inevitable that this is going to happen. Wear a mask. It won’t kill you. The alternative might.
Suspected Watsonville Drug Dealer Arrested
This past week, the Santa Cruz County Special Response Team and the SCPD Emergency Services Unit joined Watsonville Police in executing a search warrant at a residence on Wilkie Avenue. They found and confiscated a kilo of heroin and an illegal short-cannon assault rifle during the search. which resulted in the arrest of a 29 year old Watsonville man. The male was booked into county jail for possession of a controlled substance for the sale and possession of an illegal weapon.
Hate Crimes Get You a Get Out of Jail Free Card
Wednesday morning around 8AM, SCPD responded to a report of a disturbance on the 1100 block of Water Street. After arriving, they arrested a couple of angry guys acting like assholes. A 54 year old was arrested for having and flashing an illegal weapon. His 36 year old partner in crime from Stockton was arrested for battery with a hate crime enhancement and being drunk in public. Fifty Four has been arrested at least 10 times locally since 2013. Of course, neither guy is actually in jail now. Sheriff Jimmy gave him the old PTA. “Promise to Appear”. Also known as the “Get Out of Jail Free Card”.
Watsonville Man Abducts Toddler From Mother
Last Monday, a one year old toddler was taken from her mother by her father after some kind of domestic argument. The 39 year old father evaded CHP as they tried to pull him over on Highway 17 near Scotts Valley. Around 5PM on Monday, SCPD sent two officers to Watsonville in the Bearcat for support as Watsonville PD negotiated with the suspect. The suspect eventually surrendered peacefully and the toddler was returned to the mother uninjured.
Missing Local Woman Killed By Hit and Run Driver
A woman reported missing last week was found dead, the apparent victim of a hit and run driver. The CHP reported the 73 year old woman was reported missing last Tuesday night. Thursday morning, the CHP responded to an area of Bear Creek Road for a report of a hit and run and found the victim. Investigators believe she was hit by a vehicle on Tuesday night while walking along the road and was knocked into an embankment next to the road. No word of any arrests in the case.
Downtown Robbery Attempt Lands Man in Jail
Last Friday afternoon around 3PM, SCPD responded to the 100 block of Cooper Street in downtown Santa Cruz for a reported robbery. They eventually arrested a 30 year old male on the 500 block of Chestnut Street for robbery, battery, and resisting arrest. Nothing makes me want to venture out in a spiking pandemic to Abbott Square like a robbery and the ensuing cop show in the middle of a Friday afternoon while I’m trying to eat my lunch. Last check he’s still in county jail on a $75K bond.
SCPD Taking Out the Local Trash
Last Thursday night, Santa Cruz Police responded to a report of a disturbance on the 500 block of Ocean Street. After they arrived, they arrested a 46 year old male for suspected domestic violence and false imprisonment. His bail was set at $25K and he bonded out of jail.
No Laughing Matter
Sunday morning around 2AM, local CHP stopped a driver on Highway 1 near Wilder Ranch and ended up arresting him for driving under the influence and possession of nitrous oxide. His bail was set at $2K but Sheriff Jimmy gave him the GOOJF card (PTA) and he was on his way.
The Grease on the Turnstile
Just past midnight last Friday, SCPD responded to the area near Natural Bridges State Park where they arrested a 27 year old transient for assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest. He’s been arrested locally at least 11 times locally since 2014. His bail was only set at $1K, but at least he’s still in jail for now. ADW and resisting arrest and the bail is $1K. A hundred bucks to get out of jail. That’s how cheap public safety has become living here now. I guess it beats a penny bond!
Turnstiler of the Week!
Last Friday just before midnight, SCPD responded to the 100 block of Center Street in downtown Santa Cruz for a disturbance. They arrested a 53 year old Felton man and charged him with making criminal threats, trespassing, resisting arrest, and the usual parole violation. He’s been arrested at least 20 other times locally since 2015. And that’s good enough to make him our Turnstiler of the Week! Last check he’s still in jail on a $5K bond.
Santa Cruz County Begins Furloughing All County Workers
This week, budget cuts due to the COVID-19 pandemic will bring mandatory furloughs for all of the 2,000 plus Santa Cruz County employees. Most county government services will be closed 11 weekdays this year, including Friday. Most county workers will be required to lose 19 days of work or 7.5%. All department heads will be furloughed for 10% of the fiscal year. And we haven’t even gotten to the same kind of furloughs and cuts to city services in the city yet. The worst is yet to come here.
Schools Out For More Than Summer
This past week, the Santa Cruz County Office of Education announced that all local schools will transition to a distance learning only model for the start of the 2020-2021 school year this fall. This comes after the COE learned that the county has met the criteria for the California Department of Public Health COVID-19 monitoring list. This is the second “rollback” list everyone fears we’re about to fall back onto. According to the SCOE, school districts, charter schools, and private schools will now be required to provide distance learning only instructional services. Schools may reopen for in-person instruction if they have not been on the county monitoring list within the prior 14 days.
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
- Sandy Brown
- Richelle Noroyan
- Sonja Brunner
- Kayla Kumar
- Maria Cadenas
- Kelsey Hill
- Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson
- Elizabeth Conlan
- “Bad Mom”
So where’s the usual cast of progressive misfits? Biggest question is where’s Krohn? I think if he was going to run, he would have been the first one to announce it, just to throw it back in the faces of his critics and voters who recalled him. We’re a week in and he’s nowhere to be found (other than on Bratton’s blog complaining about his usual stuff). And no guys? Where’s Steve Schnaar? Robert Singleton? For the love of God…..where’s Steve Pleich?!? It might be his best chance ever to win a seat.
It ain’t me it’s the people that say, men are leading women astray. I say it’s the women today, smarter than the men in every way!
Welcome K9 Parker!
Santa Cruz Police introduced the newest member of SCPD. Parker is a Labrador Retriever who has skills as a dual purpose police service dog. Almost two years old, Parker and his handler just completed a 6-week law enforcement canine training together. Thanks to a generous donation from Joanne Parker for making it all possible!
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