Are you ready for the looming lock down? This week we’re talking critical mask, we had a shooting in Soquel, Santa Cruz deputies get a cold case murder suspect, the gift that keeps on giving, liberty gets expensive, do you know the way to San Jose, not so fake now, flash in the can, the hook brings you back, bicyclist goes over West Cliff, the Oracle of Aptos gets sued, changing of the guard, the Weekly Seen, and the hardest working man in Santa Cruz. And if that’s not enough, how about that Big Tuesday? Steamers was firing!
As we reap the rewards of ignoring travel restrictions over Thanksgiving, it seems inevitable that more restrictions will be happening to try to slow down the transmission of COVID locally. We are now on the verge of a complete “shelter in place” being ordered for the county, based on remaining hospital bed capacity. It’s very possible we will be in a shelter in place during Christmas. It didn’t have to be this way. But it is and now we just have to live (or die) with it. The spread begins with you. Wear a mask. Keep your distance. Avoid groups outside your bubble. It’s about not being selfish.
There have been 5,523 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Cruz County, according to the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency, and 1,342 are active cases. 253 have been hospitalized and according to a state count, 47 people are currently hospitalized, and 10 people are in the ICU. 50 people have died. 4,131 people have recovered from the disease. A total of 80,960 people have tested negative. 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 20.9, and it needs to be at 7 or below to move up. It also has a 5.6% positivity rate, and that needs to be at 8% or below to move up.
Man Shot Multiple Times in Soquel
A man was apparently shot in Soquel this past Sunday night. The shooting happened around 7PM on the 3100 block of Winkle Avenue. The victim was shot multiple times and is in stable condition at the hospital. There is no description on the shooter other than he was a male and may have been driving a white sedan.
Better Late Than Never
Last Thursday, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office announced an arrest had been made in connection to a local homicide that took place twenty five years ago. Back in June of 1995, a 41 year old woman’s body was found along the Pajaro River levee near the Highway 1 overpass. According to witnesses, the victim was last seen around 4:00AM that morning walking on Water Street near Ocean Street in Santa Cruz. Forensic evidence led detectives to arrest a 63 year old male in Turlock without incident. The suspect currently is in Santa Cruz County jail on a no bail hold facing three charges. Murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and a parole violation. Yup, a parole violation. Like fleas on a dog.
The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Last Friday around 2PM, SCPD responded to the 200 block of San Lorenzo Boulevard where they arrested a 22 year old male and charged him with robbery, assault with a deadly weapon resulting in great bodily injury, false imprisonment, sexual battery, making criminal threats, committing a hate crime, and oh yes violating his parole. He’s 22 freaking years old, he’s already on parole, and he goes out and does this. All that mischief and mayhem and his bail is set at $50K. Last check he’s still in jail.
He’s been arrested at least 8 times locally since 2017. Less than 3 months ago, SCPD arrested the same guy on the 100 block of Coulson for being drunk in public, resisting arrest, and for FELONY violation of his parole. The Sheriff let him out of jail for free. “PTA”. Less than 3 months later he does this shit. Can we recall Jim Hart? His bail was set at $250K but because of the felony parole violation, he’s on a no bail hold for now.
Liberty Can Get Expensive Sometimes
Last Friday around 3:30PM, deputies from the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s department responded to the 100 block of Liberty Street where they arrested a 51 year old male and charged him with 24 counts of various felony weapons charges. His bail was increased to $100K but he’s still posted bond and bailed out of jail. He was arrested back in 2014 in connection to a local bar fight and shooting.
Do You Know the Way to San Jose
Friday night around 8:30PM, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 1500 block of Soquel Drive where they arrested a 31 year old male who was wanted by san Jose police for outstanding warrants for assault with a deadly weapon and multiple charges of battery. His bail was set at $250K and last check he’s still in our county jail waiting for ride over the hill.
His Imprisonment Isn’t So Fake Now
Friday morning around 1:30AM, Scotts valley Police responded to the 200 block of Mount Hermon Road where they arrested a 37 year old male and charged him with false imprisonment and battery. His bail was set at $75K and last check he’s still in jail.
Flash in the Can
Last Wednesday, SCPD responded to the 700 block of West Cliff Drive where they arrested a 29 year old woman and charged her with flashing a weapon, battery on a peace officer, and felony vandalism. According to police, she spit on them while they tried to arrest her. She’d lose some teeth if she spit at me. Last check, she’s still in jail on a $25K bond.
The Hook Brings You Back
I ain’t telling you no lie. Monday afternoon, a male was spotted face down in the water between the Hook and Privates near Pleasure Point. Good Samaritans called 911 and pulled him to shore. He was apparently conscious, breathing and talking with rescue workers when they transported him to the hospital.
Bicyclist Rides off West Cliff Drive
Thursday evening, SCPD and Santa Cruz Fire responded to the area of West Cliff Drive and Fair Avenue after getting reports of someone falling off the cliff. Apparently, a bicyclist was riding his bicycle on a trail before he plunged off the trail and onto the beach below. The Santa Cruz Fire Department responded with a ladder truck to hoist the man up to the road in a basket. He was transported to a local hospital. No other information was immediately available on his condition.
Local Residents Group Over Dubious Needle Distribution Program
This week, it was announced that a group of local residents is suing a group that has been handing out thousands of needles to drug users in Santa Cruz, resulting in enormous amounts of dirty needles being found littered in the community. The group calling themselves the laughably clueless “Harm Reduction Coalition of Santa Cruz County”, somehow managed to get state approval in August of last year allowing them to freely and uncontrollably hand out syringes to people who use injection drugs. They can be found handing out needles on Coral Street (Skid Row!) near River Street in the Harvey West neighborhood of Santa Cruz. They also offer delivery, which is actually illegal in the city of Santa Cruz. More on this story here.
Changing of the Guard
In one of their final meetings of the year (is it their final meeting?), the Santa Cruz city council took care of some internal business on Tuesday. The selected Donna Meyers to be the new mayor and Sonja Brunner to be the next vice mayor. A solid “moderate” (relatively speaking) majority. And we bid a fond farewell to Cynthia Mathews, arguably the most powerful woman in Santa Cruz. And say so long to Katherine Beiers, arguably the most entertaining thing about watching a Santa Cruz city council meeting on Zoom. We might be missing the comic relief of the local kook parade live at public comments, but Katherine makes up for it on Zoom.
I was thinking today it was just over a year ago and the city council was a complete, dysfunctional, testosterone fueled dumpster fire. And now it’s a functional, respectful, group of people who have shown an ability to work together. What a flush that recall was. Worth. Every. Dime. Spent. Good luck to new city council members Sonja and Shebreh! Thanks for stepping up to serve the community.
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The Hardest Working Man in Santa Cruz
For my money, the hardest working man in Santa Cruz is Ron Perrigo. Ron is a contractor with the city and county, picking up trash for them in some of the dirtiest, nastiest parts of the city and county. Ron is kind and non judgmental, doing some of the hardest, dirtiest, most difficult work daily. Ron has literally picked up thousands of tons of trash in Santa Cruz.
For the past few months, Ron has continued to pick up homeless garbage without pay. He has been using his own money to cover dump fees, he pays for his own gas and maintenance on his truck, he’s provided his own trash cans in areas like the homeless camp (on Caltrans property) near Highways 1 and 9. And he’s struggling financially as a result of just trying to do the right thing for the community. Time for me to give back. I’m selling some “I Love Ron” stuff to help raise money to cover any out of pocket costs Ron has incurred in the past few months helping to keep Santa Cruz clean. Anyone who knows Ron (like me) knows Ron is the real deal, one of the absolute nicest people in all of Santa Cruz. All proceeds from sales of Ron stuff will go directly to Ron. Show Ron some love!
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