The Latest COVID Updates From Santa Cruz County
There have been 9,891 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Cruz County, according to the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency, including 2,511 active cases. 313 have been hospitalized and 97 people have died. 84 people are currently hospitalized, and 16 people are in the ICU. 7,283 people have recovered from the disease. A total of 96,413 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 41.1, and it needs to be at 7 or below to move up. It also has a 9.4% positivity rate, and that needs to be at 8% or below to move up.
Avoid crowds. Wear the mask. Don’t be a selfish idiot.
Judge Lets Squatters Stay Another Week in San Lorenzo Park
This past Wednesday, a judge in Sacramento extended a temporary restraining order ordering that the city of Santa Cruz must allow a homeless encampment at San Lorenzo Park to remain in place, at least for another week. The same judge issued the original TRO on Dec. 30th. In extending the order, the judge said she needed more time to further review arguments and evidence presented by attorneys for the City of Santa Cruz and Tony Baloney, an attorney representing the local homeless grifters union. She said she’ll decide on Jan. 13th whether to make a final ruling or further extend the order. The hearing followed a Dec. 17th “executive order” from Santa Cruz City Manager Martín Bernal to clear the campers and close the park, saying that San Lorenzo Park had reached an untenable state as a result of the homeless encampment there. He cited criminal activity, widespread trash, fire hazards, drug use and other hazardous conditions as the reason for the order.
JFC. How many times do we have to watch this idiocy play out before us? It’s like an annual fucking tradition now. How many times do I have to say this? SOCIAL SERVICES IS A COUNTY RESPONSIBILITY. NOT THE CITY’S RESPONSIBILITY. The COUNTY has millions of dollars in annual funding. The COUNTY has a “Health Services Department” that is responsible for the human welfare and social services for ALL of the county. The city is part of the county. Yet, it’s ALWAYS the city dealing with this shit, the city’s jewel of a downtown park getting shit on and polluted (under the COUNTY Board of Supervisors noses). The city’s money being spent to fight this in court. Where the fuck is Ryan Coonerty? Bruce McPherson? Missing in action in all of this as usual.
Bumster Fire on Felker
Monday night around 7PM, Santa Cruz Fire responded to a report of an illegal camp fire near the 100 block of Felker street. When they arrived, they found some bum with a fire UNDER A EUCALYPTUS TREE. He refused to leave so Santa Cruz Fire had to call SCPD to come drag his ass off so they could put out the fire before it set the fucking EUCALYPTUS TREE on fire. Ever seen a Eucalyptus tree burn?
Fugitive From Oregon Rounded Up in Santa Cruz
This past Tuesday, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 30 year old male from Oregon on the 700 block of Ocean Street who was a wanted fugitive from Oregon. He’s currently sitting in county jail on a $1 million dollar bond. Was he living in the San Lorenzo bum camp? It would be pretty easy for a fugitive to blend in over there.
Turnstiler of the Week
This week, we’ve got the guy who was arrested 3 times in less than 24 hours. For doing the same fucking thing. Now that’s what I call “turnstiling”. Go to jail? Make me laugh. As Andy Mills likes to say, “there’s no room at the inn”.
First he gets “arrested” on the 700 block of Front Street around 7:30 in the morning for trespassing and refusing to leave someone’s property.
Then later that same day around 7:30PM, he gets “cited” for doing the same fucking thing on the 600 block of Ocean Street.
Then the next day he get arrested AGAIN, this time for breaking into someone’s residence and refusing to leave.
Last check Jason is still jail, this time on a $25K bond (that was increased). I’m sure if it was up to the Sheriff, he’d be out of jail already again. We get what we are willing to tolerate. Buy a gun or a dog. You’re on your own here.
The Walking Dead
Thursday night around 5PM, SCPD got a call about some guy loitering at the Santa Cruz Memorial cemetery at the end of Ocean Street refusing to leave. The caretaker described the man as having “blood on his face and his pants down”, and they couldn’t lock the gates up until the trespasser with the bloody face pants around his ankles was off the property. SCPD sent a couple units but the guy was gone before they arrived.
This week, deputies from the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s department arrested a 34 year old male from Oregon and a 43 year old male from Washington for illegally running an unlicensed marijuana operation which produced more than $2 million of butane honey oil in Boulder Creek. Inside the make shift lab, investigators found 28 volatile butane canisters, 1759 pounds of cannabis and 136 pounds of concentrated cannabis. Both men were arrested and sent to the Santa Cruz County Jail.
Of course they were both released on PENNY BAIL. Our Sheriff is the biggest threat to our public safety.
Her Brains be Battered
Monday afternoon around 4:30PM, SCPD responded to a disturbance on the 100 block of Hunolt Street for a report of a female in some kind of disturbance. After the arrived, police arrested a 32 year old woman and charged her with being drunk in public, loitering, and battery on a peace officer.
Don’t You Know the Crime Rate’s Going Up Up Up
Sunday night around 11:30PM, reports came in about someone vandalizing cars. SCPD responded to the 400 block of Pacific Avenue where they found a total of 17 vehicles had been vandalized by someone in a private parking garage. Nobody was arrested.
The Weekly Seen
Longtime progressive mouthpiece Steve Schnaar gets it. Better late than never I guess.
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