It’s Trick No Treat time in Santa Cruz. This week we’re talking about our COVID compromised Halloween downtown, the latest county coronavirus numbers, safe parking for that stolen RV, no thanks to the sheriff, low hanging fruit on Ocean, the gift that keeps on giving, the turnstile effect, penny bail, screwed, Watsonville fire displaces almost a hundred people, final thoughts on the Santa Cruz city council race, vote Manu, and more.
Trick No Treat
Apparently Halloween is cancelled in downtown Santa Cruz this year, thanks to the coronavirus. It’s not really cancelled for everyone. Just for the kids. I get it. Nobody wants masses of unmasked kids converging downtown and turning Pacific Avenue into a super spreader location. It will be bad enough with all the adults going down there. And they should still block off the street. They already have a block of it closed to traffic every day now. Guess where all the adults will be packed into on Halloween night? A single block of space? How stupid is that idea?
It’s been a tough year for the kids. It gets tougher. Here’s a better idea. Parents, buy a few bags of candy and hide it around the house, yard, etc. Have a Halloween candy hunt instead. Stay home, stay safe, keep the kids happy.
Remember the good old days of 2017? Seems so long ago. Won’t see this again for awhile.
Local COVID-19 Updates
There have been 2,744 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Cruz County, according to the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency. 25 people have died. 2,515 people have recovered from the disease. A total of 56,572 people have tested negative. 181 have been hospitalized in total. According to a state count, 8 people are currently hospitalized and four are in the ICU.
No Place Better to Park That Stolen RV
Thursday morning, a vehicle abatement officer with SCPD found a reported stolen motor home on Josephine Street. A man inside was called out and detained without incident. The suspected thief told police that some guy named Tony said he could stay in the motorhome. In addition to possessing a stolen vehicle, the suspect also had outstanding warrants for his arrest.
No Penny Bail But They Tried
Tuesday morning around 10AM, SCPD responded to the 1200 block of Fair Avenue after getting reports of an attempted car theft of a running and parked vehicle. When they arrived, they found the owner of the car had stopped the thief. Our Sheriff was ready to let him out on a penny bail but his past failures came back to bite him in the ass, as he violated his felony parole. So he’s still in jail on a no bail hold, probably against Jim Hart’s advice. So for everyone reading at home…..steal a car from someone, get caught, penny bail, unless you’re felon on parole. Good to know. You’re on your own. Buy a gun already.
Picking Up the Low Hanging Fruit on Lower Ocean
Last Tuesday morning around 2:30AM, SCPD responded to the 300 block of Ocean Street where they arrested a man for stealing beer from a business, being drunk in public, carrying a concealed weapon, and resisting arrest. Just the kind of rabble you expect see on lower Ocean at 2:30AM.
The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Last Friday night around 7:30PM, SCPD responded to the area near School and Adobe streets where they arrested a 26 year old male for assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest, failing to register as a felony sex offender, drug possession, and being under the influence. Oh and a probation violation. Of course he has a probation violation. Is it really a question? Is the Pope Catholic? Does a bear shit in the woods? He’s been arrested at least 6 times locally since 2018. He’s currently still in jail.
Call it the “Turnstile Effect”
This past Thursday, SCPD made a traffic stop near River Street and after they made contact with the driver, they determined he was in possession of a stolen handgun with ammunition, burglary tools, and drug paraphernalia. He’s also also a felon with outstanding warrants for his arrest. That second part sure sounds familiar! He was arrested and taken to county jail.
Tuesday morning around 3:30AM, SCPD responded to the area near san Lorenzo and Broadway where they arrested a 20 year old male and charged him with resisting arrest, carrying a concealed weapon, and being drunk in public. His bail was set at one cent. What a deterrent! Why waste the time and money processing this guy? He was arrested and released a couple times last year. He’s only 20. Give him (and the sheriff) time.
Watsonville Fire Displaces Nearly 100 Residents
A fire on Wednesday at the Wall Street Inn on Rodriguez and West Beach streets in Watsonville displaced almost 100 people as a result. Two people were injured in the fire. One individual was treated on scene while another was taken to a trauma center. Thanks to a sprinkler system and quick response from the fire department, the fire was extinguished quickly but there was heavy water damage inside the building. The Red Cross is there to help those who have been displaced. Red Cross volunteers say they are currently working on booking hotel rooms for the more than 80 tenants who were evacuated.
Santa Cruz City Council Race
Martine. Shebreh. Sonja. No fourth. Don’t forget to vote!
Ok I’ll embellish this a little. I’ve gotten kind of lazy this time around in terms of covering the local city council election, for a number of reasons. Being in a pandemic is a big one. There are bigger things for me to worry about. And we have for the first time in my memory anyways, a very “likable” and pleasant field of candidates, with only one irrelevant and non notable asshole running. I like having all women running. I like having a lack of surly, aggressive mansplaining assholes pushing ideology over community. I see this race shaking out from the top down, given money spent, endorsements, etc. The incumbents (Watkins and Brown) should each win one of the 4 seats. Shebreh has raised more money than anyone else, and has solid backing. She appears to be headed for the 3rd seat. The 4th seat is basically up for grabs at this point, between Sonja, Kayla, and Kelsey. So most likely scenario (call it my prediction) is “moderates” will win at least 2, maybe 3 seats, and the “progressives” will win at least 1 and maybe 2 seats.
Currently the breakdown going forward looks like this:
- Cummings (Wildcard but leans progressive)
- Meyers: Moderate
- Golder: Moderate
So if the mods take at least 2 seats (and they should with Watkins and Shebreh), that will insure a “mod majority” with or without Mr. Wildcard (Cummings). Which is why I’ll say it again. Martine. Shebreh. Sonja. No fourth. Don’t forget to vote!
Vote Manu for 1st District Supervisor
Ignore all the white noise from mouthy cartoonish social media trolls. Manu is solid. He gets my vote.
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