Welcome to the latest shelter in place version of the Weekly Dump! Is the year from hell over yet? Almost! This week, we’ll all be home for Christmas, the latest COVID numbers, the vaccine is here, the definition of insanity, squatters burn down the sobering center, food fisticuffs lead to fatality, getting what we tolerate, Watsonville man arrested for attempted murder, Live Oak man arrested for battery and resisting arrest, the gifts that keep on giving, and more. Be safe out there.
I’ll Be Home For Christmas
A state mandated stay-at-home order issued earlier this month took effect at midnight on Thursday night in Santa Cruz County, shutting down local businesses and forcing residents to stay inside over the coming holidays. This happened after the Bay Area region’s intensive care unit capacity dropped below the required 15% threshold on Wednesday. The state order groups Santa Cruz County with 10 other San Francisco Bay Area counties. The region’s intensive care unit capacity has dropped from 25.3% two weeks ago to 12.9% on Wednesday. Tuesday, there were 54 COVID patients in Santa Cruz County hospitals. Intensive care units in Santa Cruz County had 10 COVID patients and two ICU beds available, according to state reports.
The order states:
- Residents must not gather with people outside their household.
- Residents must stay home unless they are working in “critical infrastructure” defined by types of businesses.
- Shops cannot operate indoors at more than 20% capacity.
- Schools already open for in-person instruction may remain open.
- Child care and non-urgent medical and dental care may remain open, with precautions.
The order lasts for at least three weeks and will continue until state four-week projections of the region’s intensive care unit capacity is 15%.
What businesses and activities will be affected?
- Outdoor recreational facilities, including gyms: Outdoor operation only, without any food, drink or alcohol sales. Campgrounds will be closed.
- Retail: Indoor operations allowed at 20% capacity, and 35% capacity for grocery stores.
- Shopping centers: Indoor operations allowed at 20% capacity.
- Hotels and lodging: Out-of-state reservations for nonessential travel not allowed, unless the reservation is for at least 14 days to allow quarantine.
- Restaurants, including coffee shops: Only pickup or delivery.
- Offices: Only open for critical infrastructure sectors in which remote working is not possible.
- Places of worship and political expression: No indoor activities allowed.
- Hair salons and barbershops: Closed
- Personal care services such as nail salons, skin care spas, tattoo parlors and massage studios in non-healthcare settings: Closed
- Museums, zoos and aquariums: Closed
- Movie theaters (except drive-in): Closed
- Wineries, bars, breweries, and distilleries (with exception for production, manufacturing, distribution, and retail sale for off-site consumption): Closed
- Family entertainment centers: Closed
- Cardrooms: Closed
- Live audience sports: Closed
- Amusement parks: Closed
- Youth sports: Outdoor operation only with restrictions.
- Farmers markets: May remain open with modifications.
- Libraries: Considered retail and should follow capacity limits.
- Pet grooming: Closed
- Residential and janitorial cleaning services: May remain open.
- Funeral homes: Considered critical infrastructure and may remain open.
- Real estate: May offer in-person showings to individual prospective buyers only. Open houses not allowed.
The order allows people to leave their homes, as long as they do not gather with people from other households. Enforcement is up to local authorities. Beaches, parks and playgrounds would remain open, unless county officials issue a separate local order.
The Latest COVID Numbers From Santa Cruz County
There have been 6,455 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Cruz County, according to the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency, and 1,724 are active cases. 270 people have been hospitalized and 64 people have died. According to a state count, 58 people are currently hospitalized, and 11 people are in the ICU. 4,667 people have recovered from the disease. A total of 85,943 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 18.7, and it needs to be at 7 or below to move up. It also has a 6.5% positivity rate, and that needs to be at 8% or below to move up.
First COVID Vaccines Arrive in Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz County health officials announced this week that they have received their first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines, with emergency medical personnel first in line to get the shots. The 1,950 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine will be distributed to Dominican Hospital and Watsonville Community Hospital, the county’s two acute-care hospitals with ICUs and emergency departments. The doses will be stored in county freezers at “dry ice-cold” temperatures until they are administered to frontline health care workers. ICU and emergency department staff will be first vaccinated, followed by the rest of the medical personnel and support staffers at the two hospitals.
Camp Coonerty/Bernal/Duh Shut Down Yet Again
City Manager Martin Bernal issued an Emergency Executive Order on Thursday to shut down San Lorenzo Park and the Benchlands area due to “unmanaged homeless encampments”. This latest closure is scheduled to be done in phases, starting with a notice at 8AM on Friday morning. Will that include breakfast and a back rub too? They expect to start clearing the first areas sometime this Monday, December 21st, and have the entire park closed by January 6th. The closure would end on January 31st, unless it is extended. The City says they intend to keep the bocce court, playground and riverwalk path open. In the order, the city describes “unmanaged” encampments that remained in the area after they relocated their “managed” camp program to the Armory in November. The city says conditions then deteriorated at the location, posed a fire threat, became a COVID-19 hotspot and danger to city staff and the public. Haven’t we heard this before? Like EVERY FREAKING YEAR THIS HAPPENS. What’s the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results? Why is the city in the business of managing a human pig sty when it’s the county’s responsibility to provide social services to the community?
Squatters Burn Down the Former Sobering Center
Wednesday morning around 3AM, Santa Cruz Fire responded to a structure fire at 265 Water Street, which is basically the address of the Santa Cruz County main jail. When fire crews arrived to the blaze at a county owned building adjacent to the main jail, they found the rear of the building on fire and one person exiting the burning structure. Between two and six people were inside the building at the time of the fire, according to reports. The county owned building was a former “sobering center” run by Janus of Santa Cruz. The building was used as basically a “drunk tank” as an alternative to booking drunks into jail. It was shut down earlier this year by the county because of budget cuts and the building had been boarded up to prevent people from squatting in it. Firefighters later found a woman dead inside. One firefighter sustained minor injuries and was treated at Dominican Hospital and later released. The 43 year old deceased victim was a transient, who had been arrested two weeks earlier for being drunk in public, drug possession, and possession of stolen property. Two weeks before that she was arrested for being drunk in public and battery on Ocean Street.
This is how the county deals with their problems involving drug addiction, the mentally ill, and homelessness. They ignore them and hope they go away, and when they don’t, when they burn down buildings and kill people, the county washes their hands of it. The county is CRIMINALLY NEGLIGENT AND LIABLE for the death of this woman here. They own the property. They knew people were squatting there. They knew it was a fucking public safety hazard. And they DID NOTHING ABOUT IT. It’s literally next door to the jail. It’s literally across the street from the courthouse. Willful ignorance isn’t going to fly here.
Fast Food Fisticuffs Lead to Fatality in Watsonville
Watsonville Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the death of a 43 year old Watsonville man, who died after being punched at a local fast food restaurant. The 30 year old male suspect faces manslaughter charges after he was involved in a physical altercation with the victim about two weeks ago. In that incident, police responded to a fast food restaurant on the 100 block of Main Street for the report of a fight that left a man lying on the ground. When officers arrived, they found the victim unconscious with a severe head injury. The suspect had already left the scene in a vehicle when police arrived. Surveillance video at the scene captured a single deadly punch being thrown by the suspect and the victim immediately collapsing. Detectives also found forensic evidence at the scene, which was analyzed and led them to identify the suspect. He was arrested on December 9th and was booked into county jail. An autopsy performed this week revealed the victim died from blunt force trauma to the head. The suspect has been charged with voluntary manslaughter and other assault-related charges and is out of custody after posting $50K bail.
We Get What We are Willing to Tolerate
Last Thursday around midnight, deputies from the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s office responded to the 2200 block of Byer Road. They arrested a 23 year old male for being a felon in possession of a handgun, drug possession while armed, carrying a loaded and stolen gun in a public place, and of course the ever ubiquitous felony violation of parole. Bail was set at $275K but he’s on a no bail hold for the felony parole violation. He was arrested at least 4 times locally between 2015 and 2016. Back in 2015, the same guy was arrested with a loaded gun tucked under his shirt after threatening someone in Laurel Park. The night before that, he was being investigated for two other incidents from the night before, where a victim was physically assaulted with a baseball bat and another victim had their tires slashed.
Watsonville Man Arrested For Attempted Murder
Last Thursday, Watsonville Police arrested a 24 year old male wanted in connection with a stabbing that happened last month in the area of Maranatha Drive. A search warrant was executed at his home and he was taken into custody without further incident. The suspect is accused of stabbing a 21 year old man on November 30th. The victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition but has since recovered. Watsonville Police think the stabbing was a result of a personal beef between the suspect and the victim.
Live Oak Man Arrested For Battery and Resisting Arrest
Monday night around 11PM, deputies from the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s office responded to the area of Glenwood Drive near the cut off road in the Santa Cruz mountains where they arrested a 36 year old Live Oak man and charged him with multiple charges of resisting arrest and battery. Last check he’s still in county jail on a $10K bond.
Still Beating Women and Stealing Their Kids
Sunday afternoon around 4PM, Watsonville Police arrested a 30 year old male and charged him with child abduction, domestic violence, and felony violation of parole. Back in 2016, the same guy was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon after he beat another man with brass knuckles while shouting gang slogans at him. Four years later, he’s beating women and stealing their kids. His bail was set at $25K but because of the felony parole violation he’s on a no bail hold.
The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Last week, Watsonville Police picked up a 27 year old male and charged him with resisting arrest, indecent exposure, sexual battery, and false imprisonment. He had just been arrested less than two weeks ago, his bail was set at $5K, and he was given a get out of jail free card by our sheriff. The good old “PTA”. Now he’s back in jail with bond set at $250K. That didn’t take long.
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