Time for the latest Weekly Dump! This week, a couple of COVID-19 related deaths are reported in Watsonville, we’ve got the latest COVID numbers from the county, save the Santa Cruz Rangers, local bum recidivist charged with federal hate crime, felons with lots of guns, do you know the way to San Jose, a costly overdose, taking and giving up liberties, driving his life away, domestic abuser arrested yet again, our number one public safety hazard, city council race updates, and the Grinch is stealing Halloween for the kids downtown.
Watsonville Nursing Center Residents Die of COVID-19
Santa Cruz County officials confirmed this week that two people have died at the Watsonville Post Acute Center as a result of contracting the COVID-19 virus. The deceased were both residents at the facility. As of Thursday, three residents were hospitalized with COVID-19. Last week, the facility confirmed reports that 27 out of 73 residents and 6 employees at the center tested positive for the virus. According to a statement on the company website, “residents who tested positive are in isolation, meanwhile the employees who tested positive are at home in quarantine.” According to the Santa Cruz County Health Officer, there is more potential for additional cases and fatalities. The Watsonville Post Acute Center has not relaxed visitation policies and has taken precautions to prevent further spreading. The facility and its sister facility are not admitting new residents or discharging residents.
Santa Cruz County COVID Updates:
There have been 2,423 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Cruz County, according to the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency. 12 people have died. 2,106 people have recovered from the disease. A total of 47,720 people have tested negative. 155 have been hospitalized in total. According to a state count, 23 people are currently hospitalized and four are in the ICU.
Save the Santa Cruz Rangers
I got word recently that the SCPD budget issue involving the elimination of the Santa Cruz Rangers program might come up to the city council at their next meeting. If you haven’t signed the petition supporting the Rangers, please go here and virtually sign. Your support could mean the difference between keeping them or losing them and all it takes is a virtual signature. Thanks! Andy Mills and the POA (the union) wants to throw them under the bus in order to preserve their precious (and overpaid) union members. Talk about family. Talk about shitty morale at SCPD. Talk about attrition at SCPD. Talk is cheap. We need the Rangers more than ever. They are the front line, social services and public safety crisis workers downtown, in our parks, and on our beaches.
If you doubt that, well read on…..and imagine what happens without them.
Local White Supremacist Bum Charged With Federal Hate Crime
A 44 year old transient bum from Santa Cruz has been charged with a federal hate crime after yelling racial slurs at a black man while attempting to stab him, according to police and a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of California. The attack happened back in July near San Lorenzo Boulevard and Broadway. The suspect confronted a 29 year old black man crossing the street and stabbed him with a nine inch knife, slashing at his head, chest and stomach. As SCPD took him into custody, the suspect said he wanted a “white person to help” arrest him. The suspect spewed racial epithets toward police and jail staff as they booked him into jail, police said. This is the fourth time this derelict asshole has been accused locally of racially motivated assaults. He’s currently out on probation for state convictions involving a 2018 assault on a different black man, prosecutors said. He was also accused of committing at least two other similar assaults in 2018 and 2014. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. Feed his ass up the feds! They might actually keep him in prison and rid us of his racist vagrant presence.
Felons With Lots of Guns Isn’t Newsworthy in Santa Cruz
Last Friday night around 11PM, deputies from the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s department picked up a 53 year old Aptos man somewhere along Soquel Avenue and charged him with a number of things, including resisting arrest, battery on a peace officer, bringing a weapon into prison, illegally carrying a concealed weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of an assault weapon, possession of armor penetrating ammunition, and more. A total of 59 charges with 55 of them felonies, mostly weapons charges. His bail was increased to $500,000. Last check he’s still in jail. Good thing this isn’t a “newsworthy” local story. I dug this up from arrest logs and jail records.
Do You Know the Way to San Jose?
Last Friday around midnight, deputies from the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s department responded to the 500 block of 7th avenue for a disturbance. They eventually arrested a 29 year old man from San Jose and charged him with resisting arrest, drunk in public, burglary, battery on a peace officer, and few other things. His bail was set at the criminally low amount of $5k, but surprisingly he’s still in jail as of Thursday.
A Costly Overdose
This Tuesday, Scotts Valley Police responded to report of a subject who was possibly overdosing from drugs. Officers arrived and were able to get the person safely to the hospital for medical treatment. While helping the victim, Officers observed paraphernalia and suspected controlled substances in the victim’s possession. Over $4,000 in cash, more than 30 cellphones and over 85 grams of methamphetamine was located and seized.
Tourist Takes Liberties Before Losing Some of Her Own
Last Saturday around 11PM, SCPD responded to the 600 block of Front Street where they arrested a 28 year old woman from Tracy for shoplifting and assault with a deadly weapon. She also had an outstanding warrant out of San Jose. Her bail was set at $25K and it appears she is no longer in jail.
He’s Driving His Life Away
Monday night, an officer with SCPD made a vehicle stop for expired registration. The driver was on felony probation with search terms for illegal controlled substances and paraphernalia. Guess what they found? No seriously, guess what they found? Illegal controlled substances and paraphernalia! Methamphetamine, heroin, and drug paraphernalia. Imagine that!
Local Bum Arrested For Beating on His Family
Last Saturday around 6PM, SCPD responded to the 100 block of Bixby Street in Santa Cruz for a domestic disturbance. They eventually arrested a 39 year old male and charged him with a number of domestic violence charges and violating protective orders. Last check he’s still sitting in jail on a $60K bond. Locally, he’s been arrested at least 10 times since 2013.
The Number One Public Safety Hazard in Santa Cruz
Let’s see what we’ve got here. “resisting arrest – $5K bail”. “battery on a peace officer – $5K bail”. “drunk and disorderly – $5K bail”. “PROBATION VIOLATION REARREST AND REVOKE! – $10K bail”. And what does Sheriff Jim Hart do? He lets him out of jail for FREE! “RELEASED”. “PTA” aka “Jim Hart’s Get Out of Jail Free Card”. Our own sheriff is the number one public safety hazard in Santa Cruz.
Santa Cruz City Council Race
Ok, I was kidding about writing me in as a 4th. I just thought it might be funny if “Ben Dover” got enough write in votes to report it. I could never do that job. It requires the patience of a saint and the tolerance of a masochist. I have neither. So as an alternative….
Martine. Shebreh. Sonja. No fourth.
Here’s an update on how much the candidates have raised and spent so far. This info was found on their recent Form 460 updates which are required by law. Listed in order of most money raised (in dollars) to least.
- Raised: 27,534
- Spent: 9470
- Raised: 22,750
- Spent: 8667
- Raised: 22,395
- Spent: 8885
- Raised: 16,105
- Spent: 8102
- Raised: 12,005
- Spent: 5665
- Raised: 11,995
- Spent: 4858
- Raised: 9024
- Spent: 6846
- Raised: 4480
- Spent: 2188
- Raised: 3296
- Spent: 2842
And did anyone else notice that Greg Larson, who ran two years ago and lost (ultimately) to Glover, is now endorsing Sandy Brown! WTF is up with that? Is there some quid pro quo going on here? Not that he’s particularly relevant anymore beyond NextDoor. I just did a double take when someone told me that recently. And Chris Krohn donated $100 to bad Mom’s campaign. Talk about pissing your cash away. Buy 10 $10 Safeway gift cards and hand them out to local homeless. You might get some respect for me for doing that.
How the Grinch Stole Halloween
No candy for the children downtown this year. Just another concession in the Year of the Endless Bummer.
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