Summer is over! This week Santa Cruz leaders finally have an epiphany moment about closing our local beaches, updates on COVID and the fire, a man was arrested for stabbing his grandfather in the neck and killing him, another guy was arrested for trying to burn his housemates alive, firefighters find a pipe bomb in the burn zone, gangbanger arrested in Watsonville, picking low hanging fruit, Ocean Street robber arrested, turnstiler of the week, Kaiser Arena opens it’s doors to evacuees, and the Rangers are getting thrown under the bus by SCPD. Typical week!
Santa Cruz Finally Decides to Close Their Beaches
After lots of willful ignorance and hand wringing, the Santa Cruz city council and the Master of Disaster decided it would be prudent to close our public beaches over Labor day weekend. You mean we don’t want to be the ONLY beach open like we were on the 4th of July? How prudent!
That Pesky Virus is Still Around
Here’s the latest update on COVID-19 in Santa Cruz County. So far we’ve had 1,878 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Cruz County, according to the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency. 7 people have died. 123 have been hospitalized in total. According to a state count, 10 people are currently hospitalized and three are in the ICU. 1,584 people have recovered from the disease. A total of 39,425 people have tested negative. Santa Cruz County is in the purple tier of the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy”, so many non essential indoor businesses operations are closed. It is at 6.3 new COVID-19 positive cases per 100,000, and it needs to be at 7 or below to move up. It also has a 2.7% positivity rate, and that needs to be at 8% or below to move up. The county needs to meet the criteria for three weeks before moving to the red tier.
Containment Grows on CZU Lightning Complex Fire
This week, thousands of local evacuees were allowed to return to their homes in the San Lorenzo Valley as firefighters continued efforts to contain the fire. As of Wednesday, containment on the CZU Lightning Complex increased to 46%. More than 1,100 structures have burned in Santa Cruz County since the fire began on Aug. 16th. Among those burned structures, 925 are single-family residences. Fire officials said more than 85,000 acres have burned so far and another 6,700 structures remain threatened by the flames in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties. As of Wednesday, 2,224 firefighting personnel were on the fire line. The fire also burned and destroyed 5 miles of a water pipeline in the San Lorenzo Valley Water District. Some residents of Boulder Creek are under a no-boil and no-drink water advisory.
Santa Cruz Man Arrested For Murdering His Grandfather
Tuesday night around 6:30PM, deputies from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s department responded to a report of a stabbing on the 700 block of Heath Cove. When first responders arrived at the home, they found an 80 year old man suffering from a stab wound to his neck. He was taken to Dominican Hospital where he later died. His 28 year old grandson was arrested and charged with murder, elder abuse resulting in great bodily injury or death, and battery. Last check he’s in Santa Cruz county jail with an $850K bond.
Santa Cruz Man Tries to Burn His Roommates Alive
Last Saturday, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to a home on 25th Avenue and East Cliff Drive in the Pleasure Point neighborhood of Santa Cruz after a man tried to set a home on fire while people were inside. The 45 year old man was arrested and charged with attempted murder and arson of an inhabited structure. His bail has been set at $750,000. Everyone inside the home made it out safely.
Firefighters Find Pipe Bomb in Fire Zone
Firefighters working on the CZU Lightning Complex fire in Santa Cruz County discovered a possible pipe bomb last Thursday, according to Santa Cruz County Chief Deputy Chris Clark. Firefighters were putting out spot fires near the Boulder Creek Golf Course when they spotted a tool box. After inspecting it, they saw what appeared to be a pipe bomb inside. The bomb team was dispatched to detonate the device, making it safe for firefighters to continue their work in the area. An arrest was made on Friday. Authorities arrested a 34 year old Boulder Creek man and charged him with manufacturing an explosive device, as well as child endangerment. Last check he’s still in county jail on a $100K bond. He was arrested locally back in 2014, and arrested a couple more times in 2017. So he’s familiar with how the turnstiles work here.
Gangbanger Arrested by Watsonville Police
This Monday, Watsonville Police arrested a 21 year old male and charged him with a variety of gun and gang related charges, including being a felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm in public, violating parole, being a gang member and carrying a load firearm, all felonies. Last check he’s still in county jail on a $25K bond.
Low Hanging Fruit Gets Plucked Again
Last Friday, SCPD arrested a 38 year old male. He was charged with 5 felonies, including looting, burglary, grand theft, being a felon in possession of tear gas, carrying a concealed weapon, and drug possession. He’s been arrested at least 21 times locally since 2014.
Ocean Street Robber Arrested
Tuesday around 6:30PM, Santa Cruz police responded to the 500 block of Ocean Street where they arrested a 27 year old male and charged him with robbery, resisting arrest, and false impersonation. Last check he’s still in county jail on a $50K bond. His local rap sheet goes back to 2010.
Turnstiler of the Week
Wednesday morning around 3AM, SCPD responded to the area of Broadway and Clay streets where they arrested a local serial recidivist, charging her with a total of 15 charges ranging from grand theft, battery on a peace officer, burglary, looting, mail theft, drug possession, and being drunk in public. She’s been arrested at least 25 times locally since 2013. We coddle her. And this is what we get for it.
Kaiser Arena Opens Doors For Fire Victims
Kaiser Permanente Arena is now open for fire victims as the home of the County of Santa Cruz Recovery Resource Center, offering resources and aid to victims of the fire. It will be open seven days a week from 11AM to 7PM. Representatives from numerous agencies will be on hand to answer questions about disaster assistance programs and other support to help families. FEMA, CalOES, and numerous federal, state and local agencies and nonprofits will be located at the arena. Thank you Santa Cruz Warriors!
Throwing the Rangers Under the Bus
It appears to be the case. So I heard this week that the Santa Cruz Rangers might be getting cut and fired as part of the ongoing budget cuts related to SCPD.
The Rangers were originally part of the parks and recreation department (and their budget) before some local genius decided to absorb them into SCPD. Now that same fool is talking about eliminating them and throwing all those rangers under the bus. I think there’s a lot to the back story here, stuff we aren’t actually hearing about. Here’s my hot take (mixed with facts). The city mandated all city departments take a budget cut of at least 10%, which would inevitably result in jobs being cut. The Police Officers Association (our local Police Union) refused to take the cuts. This put the city and the department in a bind. The POA insisted no union jobs get cut from the SCPD budget. Guess which group isn’t part of the POA? The Rangers. These fine folks are front line public safety and public welfare workers here. They deal with serial recidivists, drug addicts, people in mental health crisis ALL DAY LONG. Who’s going to replace them? Why cut your army so your “officers” can dick around and sit on their asses? You think SCPD cops are going to double down and work twice as hard if they cut the Rangers? GTFO. Don’t make me laugh. Chief Wiggum has decriminalized so much shit in this town now, and don’t get me started on Mr. Get Out of Jail Free Cards. Public safety is a joke here. These “leaders” would rather cut front line crisis workers before trimming a few layers of middle management fat from the SCPD waistline. They want to cut their only victims advocate but keep their shitty ass public information officer, who completely sucks at her overpaid job. But Wiggy likes her. She’s good at what exactly? What does she actually do?
I might not have any sway or influence over the decision here. By myself. But if everyone signs this petition we might show the people making the decision that we support the Rangers even if they don’t. And personally, I won’t let this go quietly. That’s the least I can do. Run my mouth and inform people with some vibrantly honest attitude and opinion. I’m good at that.
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