Martin Bernal Wants Caltrans to Clean Up His Mess For Him
After allowing it to grow and fester for months, Santa Cruz city officials are FINALLY calling for an end to the human dumpster fire located in the middle of the city’s largest highway intersection. Hours after a large dumpster (literally!) was dropped off on Highway 1 near River Street on Thursday morning, several individuals told the local news media they had been given notice a day earlier to relocate from the site within coming weeks. A long delayed intersection expansion by public works is scheduled to begin in April, so all the squatters are going to have to find a better place to squat. Apparently, outside grant funding to support the highway construction hinges on a timely start of construction. so when it’s about MONEY, the city FINALLY takes it seriously. How fucking predictable.
The problem in this location is all about jurisdiction and responsibility, and lots of finger pointing. The property along Highways 1 & 9 is on state owned (Caltrans) property. And in typical dumbass California fashion, Caltrans requires the Governor’s Office to approve clearing of homeless encampments from their properties. And we know Newsom isn’t doing shit here. City Manager Martín Bernal told the council Tuesday that his office had drafted a letter for Mayor Donna Meyers to send to Gov. Gavin Newsom, requesting his intervention and financial support in relocating individuals. Oh, so NOW it’s a priority? Martin Bernal (and Andy Mills) ARE THE REASON THIS EXISTS IN THE FIRST PLACE. This is the equivalent of me shitting all over my house, then asking someone else to come please pick it up for me.
Watsonville Man Arrested in Federal Drug Sweep
This past Wednesday, members of the Watsonville Police Department’s Special Response Team arrested a 39 year old male on the 1900 block of Freedom Boulevard after the FBI Drug Task Force requested their assistance to apprehend him. The man jumped out of a window and attempted to escape but was quickly caught. He was turned over to federal authorities. “Operation Burnt Orange” resulted in the seizure of 500 grams of fentanyl, 20 pounds of heroin, more than a dozen firearms, more than $200,000 in cash, and around 1,000 pounds of methamphetamine. The man is facing charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess, with intent to distribute, methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and marijuana. He was not charged as part of the firearms trafficking operation but still faces life in prison if convicted. The Santa Cruz Sheriff’s department and SCPD also assisted in the operation.
Where is it Safe Here Anymore?
Saturday morning around 8AM, SCPD was dispatched to the area of Laurel and Center streets in downtown Santa Cruz for a report of a victim of a robbery. After they arrived, they found the victim, who had reportedly been battered and assaulted with a deadly weapon. Nobody was arrested. In case you weren’t aware, the location of this crime is directly across the street from SCPD main station. Not in their back yard. In their front yard! If across the street from SCPD isn’t safe from being robbed and assaulted with a deadly weapon at 8AM, where is it safe here?
Picking Up Garbage Along Ocean Street
Sunday morning around 9:30AM, SCPD responded to the 600 block of Ocean Street where they arrested a 31 year old male for a felony bench warrant. When they searched him upon his arrest, they found a concealed dagger and drugs.
Not in Our Jail
Last Friday afternoon around 2PM, SCPD responded to the 100 block of River Street where they arrested a 28 year old male and charged him with disorderly conduct, carrying a switchblade, and violating his probation. You’d think the probation violation would send him to jail. Nah. Not in our jail. He’s not in our jail.
Turnstiler of the Week
Monday night around 6PM, SCPD responded to the area of Ocean Street and Washburn Avenue where they arrested a 30 year old male for being a felon in possession of a stun gun, drug possession, and the ever ubiquitous parole violation. The sheriff and the jail were ready to refuse the guy but for the parole violation, which means he’s on a no bail hold currently. He’s been arrested at least 10 times since 2013. Let’s make him our Turnstiler of the Week!
The Least Surprising Arrest of the Week
Last Thursday night around 9:30PM, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of Shaffer Road and Delaware Avenue on the westside of Santa Cruz, where they arrested a 44 year old male and charged him with a total of 27 charges. He was arrested for possession of a controlled substance for sale (he was a drug dealer), but he was on probation for most of the other charges, including possession of an assault rifle, possession of a silencer, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Last check he’s still in county jail. What the hell is going on at Shaffer and Delaware at 9:30PM? Oh yeah, that’s the Santa Cruz Homeless Grifters Union Breaking Badmobiles nightly circus. It’s an open air market of buyers and sellers of all things pharmaceutical.
Maybe They Needed Gas For Their Stolen Car
Friday morning around 9AM, SCPD flagged a Black Honda Civic that was reported stolen out of Santa Cruz. After the plate came back positive as stolen, they followed the vehicle around Harvey West Park before a male and female parked the car in the parking lot of the Costco gas station. They were arrested without incident as they tried to leave the scene.
Woman Killed By Semi-Truck in Crosswalk in Downtown Santa Cruz
Wednesday afternoon around 3:30PM, SCPD and emergency medical personnel responded to an accident involving a big-rig and a pedestrian at the intersection of Water Street and River Streets. A truck turning right onto River Street from Water Street ran over a pedestrian who had stepped out into a marked crosswalk at the intersection. First responders attempted to save the 61 year old woman but they were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck remained at the scene and cooperated with police investigators. At this time, there is no evidence of driver impairment or negligence, and no arrests have been made.
The Latest Updates on COVID-19 in Santa Cruz County
There have been 14,011 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Cruz County, according to the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency, and 1,240 are active cases. 159 people have died, 406 have been hospitalized, 41 people are currently hospitalized, and 11 people are in the ICU. 12,612 people have recovered from the disease. A total of 111,127 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 24.4, 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.
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