Last Chance to Vote
This coming Tuesday is election day. If you haven’t mailed in your absentee ballot yet, don’t mail it. Take it to one of the drop off boxes in the county. Or go to the polls on Tuesday and vote.
Any voter can go to any location.
The Santa Cruz County Clerk’s office and the Watsonville City Clerk’s office will be open for voting beginning Monday, October 5. These offices will be open Monday – Friday during regular business hours. Both locations will also be open for Vote Early Day on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 9am to 5pm and for the 4 days prior to the election.
Santa Cruz County Clerk/Elections: 701 Ocean St., Room 310, Santa Cruz
Watsonville City Clerk’s Office: 275 Main St., 4th Floor (6th Floor of the parking garage), Watsonville
We also have a VoteMobile where you can vote in person or drop off your voted ballot at various locations in the county.
In addition, there will be 16 other locations that will be open the following days and times:
Saturday, October 31: 9am to 5pm
Sunday, November 1: 9am to 5pm
Monday, November 2: 8am to 5pm
Tuesday, Election Day, November 3: 7am to 8pm.
Any voter may go to any voting location. Services will include:
- obtaining a replacement ballot – you do not need to bring in the ballot we mailed you. We can void the previously issued ballot when you come in to vote.
- voting and turning in the ballot mailed to you,
- using the Tablet to vote on an accessible ballot or a ballot in Spanish, and
- registering and voting on the same day.
All locations will adhere to public safety protocols including wearing masks, disinfecting services, using hand sanitizer, keeping physical distances, and washing hands frequently. We will also provide clear guard protections to separate people.
Locations are subject to change.
Voting locations in Santa Cruz County include:
- Aptos – Temple Beth El, 3055 Porter Gulch Rd.
- Boulder Creek – Boulder Creek Recreation Hall, 13333 Middleton Ave.
- Capitola – New Brighton Middle School, 250 Washburn Ave.
- Felton – San Lorenzo Valley High School, 7105 Highway 9
- Santa Cruz – Santa Cruz County Clerk/Elections, 701 Ocean St., Room 310. Voting begins at this location on October 5.
- Santa Cruz – Simpkins Family Swim Center, 979 17th Ave.
- Santa Cruz – Bonny Doon Elementary School, 1492 Pine Flat Rd.
- Santa Cruz – Kaiser Permanente Arena, 140 Front St.
- Santa Cruz – Masonic Center, 828 N. Branciforte Ave.
- Santa Cruz – Gateway School, formerly Natural Bridges School, Gym, 255 Swift St.
- Scotts Valley – Scotts Valley Community Center, 360 Kings Village Rd.
- Scotts Valley – Scotts Valley High School, 555 Glenwood Dr.
- Soquel – NOW Soquel High School, 401 Soquel San Jose Rd. WAS Soquel Conference Center – cannot be used due to poor connectivity.
- Watsonville – Watsonville City Community Room, 275 Main St., 4th Floor. Voting begins at this location on October 5.
- Watsonville – Pajaro Valley Community Trust, 85 Nielson St.
- Watsonville – La Selva Beach Clubhouse, 314 Estrella Ave.
- Watsonville – Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Ave.
- Watsonville – Calabasas Elementary School, 202 Calabasas Rd.
- Santa Cruz – UCSC Merrill Cultural Center, will be open on Monday and Tuesday only.
- Vote Mobile – Santa Cruz County has a mobile voting trailer that will be used throughout the county. Check www.votescount.us for dates and times after October 12.
Santa Cruz City Council Race
Martine. Shebreh. Sonja. No fourth.
Will People Show Up Anyways?
No candy hand outs to local trick or treaters in downtown Santa Cruz on Pacific Avenue this year. Celebrating Halloween in a Pandemic. This will be a first for everyone. There will be no extra lighting, no extra porta-potties, and no added street closures downtown, according to the city. No trick-or-treating will be allowed either. Restaurants and other businesses will remain open. Santa Cruz police can hand out triple fines to discourage rowdy and lewd behavior. Police say this is generally related to alcohol-fueled problems like open containers, public intoxication, littering, traffic violations, and inappropriate behavior throughout the night.
So what the city wants to do is corral all the people that show up downtown into the one block of Pacific Avenue that’s ALREADY SHUT DOWN. Bad idea. Stupid idea. Let’s create a super spreader location when we don’t have to.
COVID-19 Updates for Santa Cruz County
There have been 2,848 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Cruz County, according to the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency. 25 people have died. 2,609 people have recovered from the disease. A total of 58,959 people have tested negative. 183 have been hospitalized in total. According to a state count, 9 people are currently hospitalized and two are in the ICU. Santa Cruz County is in the orange tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, meaning some indoor business operations are open with modifications. Its adjusted case rate is at 3.5, and it needs to be below 1 to move up. It also has a 2.1% positivity rate, and that needs to be below 2% to move up. The county needs to meet the criteria for three weeks before moving to the yellow tier.
Camp Coonerty Continues to Pollute San Lorenzo Park
Homeless people camping in San Lorenzo Park (with the city and county’s blessing and support) were supposed to be out of the park this weekend, but Santa Cruz city and county leaders had to extend the deadline as they have no where to put them. How many fucking YEARS have we been doing this song and dance and listening to this shitty ass excuse? It pre-dates the Dump. The move is now scheduled to happen in two weeks on November 15th. The city and county are hoping they have new locations for them within that time frame. This is like Donald Trump telling us he’s got a plan for the COVID coming, and what a plan it is! It’s spinning bullshit. We get what we are willing to tolerate.
Wednesday afternoon around 12:30PM, SCPD responded to the 600 block of California Street where they arrested a 46 year old male for masturbating in public. And a parole violation! Still in jail as of Friday morning.
Bad Mom’s Minions Deface City Hall
This past Tuesday around 2PM, minions from the “Santa Cruz Homeless Union”, the local grift established by Bad Mom and Keith McMuffin and friends (funny how we never see or hear from Lil Saul Goodman anymore) showed up at city hall to throw a temper tantrum outside in the courtyard. Making friends! A few of them got a bit too carried away and thought it would be a good idea to spray paint the wall of city hall. In broad daylight. On video.
To call these people morons would be insulting to morons. About two dozen people showed up to bitch and moan in the courtyard at city hall to disrupt the City Council meeting, which was taking place online. Whiners used a megaphone, sirens, and banged pots and pans to make enough noise to disrupt the meeting. One person smashed a window with a skateboard. City employees witnessed the suspects committing vandalism acts, and the vandals were captured on video surveillance. SCPD arrested 3 people as they left City Hall. The damage to the building will cost over $1000 to repair. None of them are in jail.
Chop Shop Shut Down in the Santa Cruz Mountains
Last Thursday, a CHP led auto theft task-force joined members of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office in responding to an in a remote area of the Santa Cruz Mountains to serve a search warrant on a suspected Chop Shop. The team recovered a total of 9 stolen vehicles from a location off of Highland Way, including automobiles, a travel trailer and an ATV. During the initial response, the known suspect was not on the premises. However, as the team was wrapping up work and leaving the area in the evening, they encountered the suspect walking on Highland Way. After trying to flee on foot, the suspect was caught and taken into custody. He was charged with 24 counts. You think that’s enough to warrant some jail time? Don’t make me laugh. This is Santa Cruz. Home of the “penny bail”. He’s not in jail. Blame Jim Hart. Blame the sheriff you elected.
Morons and Oxymorons
Just past midnight this past Wednesday, SCPD responded to a disturbance of some kind on the 300 block of Laurel. Eventually, they arrested a 40 year old male for being drunk in public after he battered a peace officer. Battering a peace officer sounds like an oxymoron. He’s out of jail already.
Wayward From Hayward
Wednesday afternoon around 4PM, SCPD responded to a disturbance near the Felker Street footbridge where they arrested a 40 year old Hayward man for being drunk in public and assault with a deadly weapon involving great bodily injury. His bail was set at $25K and last check he’s still in jail. Was he one of Brent’s “clients”? Or just one of the many bums camping back in that area? He’s been arrested at least 6 times locally in the past. He’s our problem now.
Get Your Swagger On!
I have swag! I’m working with Spreadshirt and have my own shop. I just put some basic products up to start with for now with the new logo. You can also click “Customize” and “Products” and pick from other products not currently available in my store. Contact me with any questions or issues. Nothing would make me happier than to see people out and about with my swag. I want photos! I’ve never asked for money, and I still plan to continue to do the Weekly Dump each week and make it available for free, without any paywall or ads or spam (or salary). Think of this as a way of donating to the effort and getting something back for your donation (I only make a few bucks on each item sold). I’d love to do more with Santa Mierda if I had the means to do so. This will help provide the means to do so. And it helps get the word out. The hell with the coronavirus, let’s make this viral. Being stuck inside is the perfect time for online shopping! I’ll love you long time if you buy my swag.
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