It’s time for the Purple Curfew! We’re talking the latest restrictions that make you want to scream, the latest COVID numbers from Santa Cruz County, Scotts Valley carjackers, the gift that keeps on giving, Santa’s little helper, fishing expedition pays off, felons with guns on parole, drunks causing trouble in Aptos, drunks causing trouble in Santa Cruz, servicing instead of reducing homelessness locally, and wishing everyone a safe and sane Thanksgiving. The best way to celebrate it this year is to stay home and binge watch football and eat whatever you want. No need to argue politics with family at the table. We’re all in this bubble together. Be well. And thanks for reading!
The Purple Curfew Goes Into Effect
This week, the governor announced that the state is issuing a limited Stay at Home order due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in California. The state also strengthened its face covering guidance and issued a travel advisory last week.
The state issued a curfew between the hours of 10PM and 5AM, meaning “non-essential” work and gatherings will not be allowed. The order will take effect at 10PM on Saturday and end at 5AM on December 21st. The curfew effects all counties currently in the “purple”tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, the most restrictive tier. Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties are all in the purple tier. State officials said activities during the overnight hours are often non-essential and are more likely to be related to social activities and gatherings, which they said are more likely to lead to reduced inhibition and reduced likelihood of adhering to safety measures. On Monday, 28 counties were moved to the purple tier, so 94% of California’s population will be subject to the overnight restrictions.
The Latest COVID-19 Numbers From Santa Cruz County
There have been 3,685 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Cruz County, according to the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency, and 667 are active cases. 27 people have died. 2,991 people have recovered from the disease. A total of 68,564 people have tested negative. 210 have been hospitalized in total. According to a state count, 20 people are currently hospitalized, and six people are in the ICU. Santa Cruz County is in the purple tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, meaning many non-essential indoor business operations are closed. Its adjusted case rate is at 11.0, and it needs to be at 7 or below to move up. It also has a 3.9% positivity rate, and that needs to be at 8% or below to move up.
Carjacking Suspect Arrested With Drugs in Scotts Valley
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Early Wednesday morning, Scotts Valley police got a report of a possible carjacking after they got reports of several attempted burglaries and vehicle thefts in the northern part of the city. They found the vehicle abandoned near the area it was reported stolen, and shortly after locating it, a community member contacted police to tell them about a suspicious person around his vehicle that he left running to warm up. When police arrived, they located the suspicious person, who matched the description of the carjacking suspect. He was later identified as the suspect and arrested. When he was arrested, police said the suspect had more than two pounds of marijuana and 55 grams of meth. When officers looked at surveillance video from homes, they found that the suspect was one of the people involved in the attempted burglaries.
The Gift That Keeps on Giving
This week, an officer with Scotts Valley police made a traffic stop on a vehicle with expired registration as well as a DMV suspension on the license plate. The driver was also on formal probation with search terms. Probation. The gift that keeps on giving! And they always give us the dumbest fucking criminals. The vehicle’s passenger also had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. A search of the vehicle found multitude identification and credit cards belonging to other people. They also found notebooks and ledgers containing lists of financial information, passwords and other identifying information. Inside the trunk, they located equipment for manufacturing fraudulent credit cards. Both driver and passenger were arrested and booked on various charges including possession of stolen property, possession of identifying information of others with intent to defraud.
Santa’s Little Helper
Earlier this week, SVPD responded to the local CVS for a report of a shoplifter. Officers got a description of the suspect and the suspect’s vehicle as well as an itemized list of merchandise stolen. They pretty quickly located a suspect, who admitted to stealing the stuff. The suspect was arrested for shoplifting and over $675 worth of merchandise was returned to CVS.
Fishing Expedition Pays Off
Last Friday night, the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s office put out a BOLO (Be On the Look Out) for a white Ford Expedition that was wanted in connection to a recent armed robbery. SCPD located a vehicle matching the description driving in the city limits and after a high risk stop was executed, deputies from the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s department responded to the scene and arrested the suspect robber.
Felons With Guns on Parole
Last Friday night, SCPD stopped a vehicle near Ocean and Water streets and shortly after arrested a 31 year old male felon on parole with being in possession of a firearm and ammunition, carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle, possession of an unregistered handgun, DUI, and a parole violation.
Drunk Menace in Aptos
This week, CHP Santa Cruz shared a video on social media that a community member shot of a drunk driver rolling through Aptos before literally rolling his car in the street in the middle of the afternoon. I have no idea if the driver was actually arrested (he’s definitely not currently in jail).
He’s been arrested at least 26 times locally. The Santa Cruz Superior Court portal has 53 cases against him since 1996. He is currently out on parole for assault with a deadly weapon and causing great bodily harm. For this incident, where he reportedly hit a bicyclist and damaged many cars across Seacliff and Deer Park, he was released again the next day. He and his vehicle also match the description of a suspect that assaulted a woman in Rio Flats and has been trying to lure women into his car as an Uber driver.
Drunk on Board
Sunday night, SCPD patrol officers stopped a car for driving erratically. The driver, who was drunk, had a firearm visible in the driver’s side door panel. Of course neither the drunk driver or the passenger claimed ownership of the gun. So SCPD arrested both for the concealed and loaded firearm. The driver was also charged with DUI.
Santa Cruz County Gets $10M Grant to Help the Homeless
Santa Cruz County is slated to receive nearly $10M as part of an emergency solutions grant to help the local homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic. County officials said just over 4 million dollars of the funding will be spent on getting people in rapid housing, rental assistance with wraparound services, case management, housing problem solving, family reunification, incentives and other projects. In other words, most likely they’ll blow it on administrative costs and vanity projects (the “other” projects part). I don’t trust the county to spend this money right. We’ve had 30 plus years to solve it and it gets worse every year. About $5 million will go towards continuing operations of COVID-19 sheltering response systems until June 2021 or as long as funds last beyond that. About $350,000 will go towards street outreach to bring services to unsheltered residents in encampments or other non-shelter situations. The county hopes to reduce homelessness by 30% over the next three years and reduce the number of people without shelter by 50% in that time. Please. give me a break here. The county, as well as the laundry list of redundant non-profits locally, are more interested in servicing the homeless than they are in making them less homeless. Homeless services is a cottage industry in this town. Eliminating homelessness would eliminate lots of redundant social service workers too. And that would rock the progressive boat. Imagine that! Imagine not needing a “homeless services center” instead of needing to expand it into a campus.
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