Time for the latest Weekly Dump! This week, we find out who bashed in the head of the homeless guy in San Lorenzo Park, the city council waffles, back in the red, shocking depositions, serial sprayer arrested, the turnstile gets stuck, flash in the can, cars are deadly weapons, a bit of Clashing, phone thief busted, the village idiot, the FBI comes to town, the felon farm, the Weekly Seen, and ACE is the place!
Arrest Made in San Lorenzo Park Homeless Camp Beating
And to virtually nobody’s surprise, the person they arrested was a transient living in the park. But that didn’t stop at least one local dimwit from fear mongering the beating into something it wasn’t in order to promote her low hanging fruity grift.
“Reported to me”. Like she’s “reporting” this as “news”? Sounds like the definition of “hear say”. Yet there she is, promoting a lie that she knows will create fear, hysteria, and a negative (and usually aggressive) response from people who are homeless, from local homeless advocates, and from people who are just “idiot compassionates”. There’s not a lot of them, but once they start spreading their misinformed lies to their friends on social media, it becomes infectious stupidity like only Santa Cruz knows how to do.
Santa Cruz City Council Slowly Tries to Extinguish Their Dumpster Fires
In the latest city council meeting that took place on Tuesday, they approved by a 5-2 count moving forward with some form of “camping reform”. But they also punted it down the road by at last a month because despite having an obvious 5-2 majority, they still couldn’t agree on the terms. Maybe have the 5 set the terms and everyone else can pound sand on Main beach? And can someone tell Justin his relevancy ended in January?
We could have avoided all of this stupid homeless gerrymandering if the (soon to be former) city manager had enough common sense to just provide a list of places people COULD camp, instead of creating a nebulous, constantly changing list of places they can’t camp. The whole thing is just ass backwards in the most predictably Santa Cruz kind of way. But good luck creating a list of places people can camp. Any list like that will be met by swift and angry resistance by people living nearby. So instead of facing the music of the angry community, they took the chicken shit approach of trying to outlaw it everywhere except seemingly where people don’t live (like the local green spaces). And that was still met with fierce resistance. For good reason! It’s called bum fires in the woods that start wildfires that are difficult to fight and cost lots of money to deal with.
So it’s the usual step forward and two steps back. And I’m sure a decision is coming soon about the Great San Lorenzo Park Squat. That’s going away real soon. Where they go who knows? The city doesn’t seem to know. The fact that we even have to have this discussion speaks volumes about how dysfunctional we are as a city, county, and state.
And in one of those little easily overlooked consent agenda items, the city approved spending just over a million dollars for three new garbage trucks.
And these are just replacements. We wore the last batch out. We’ve got a lot of trash we need to pick up here!
We’re Back in the Red!
Santa Cruz County moved to the “red tier” on Wednesday, meaning a number of indoor businesses can again welcome customers indoors with restrictions. This includes indoor dining, aquariums, museums, dance studios, gyms and movie theaters. Outdoor amusement parks like the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk will be allowed to bring back customers next month, as restrictions are modified for outdoor events, including sports and performances. New guidelines from the state will allow live performances, outdoor sport events, and amusement parks to partially reopen as of April 1. Masks will always be required, and the number of people who can be present will be determined by a county’s tier. The move also means local middle and high schools could start bringing students back to the classroom. In Santa Cruz County, 187 people have died from Covid-19. There have been 14,790 known Covid-19 cases in Santa Cruz County, of which 342 are known active cases, according to information last updated Thursday by county health officials. The latest state data shows 10 people are currently hospitalized for Covid-19 in Santa Cruz County, with three patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). That leaves seven ICU beds available. Statewide as of Sunday, there have been 3,504,652 Covid-19 cases and 54,224 deaths, according to the California Department of Public Health. Over 10 million vaccines have been administered in California. So far, there have been 96,520 vaccine doses administered to Santa Cruz County residents.
The Parks and Rec Guy Has a Few Issues With the San Lorenzo Park Human Dumpster Fire
The city’s Parks and Recreation Director gave a sworn deposition in the recent court case involving the human dumpster fire burning in San Lorenzo Park. Here’s what he had to say about conditions his staff faces daily:
- On December 28, 2020, during the City’s effort to clear the camp in San Lorenzo Park, three Parks staff members were verbally harassed by protesters and encampment occupants. Police officers asked a Parks staff member to open a lock on the Duck Island Stage. While undertaking this task, the officers and staff member were surrounded and jostled, and protestors knocked the Parks staff members phone out of her hand. The staff member verbally reported to me that even after the phone was knocked out of her hand, protestors continued to put their hands on her.
- On December 29, 2020, I received reports that protestors went to two lower level Parks staff members’ personal homes at night to harass and threaten them. The protestors shouted profanities outside of the employees’ homes for at least 15 minutes. The protestors claimed that they have all Parks employees’ home addresses.
- On January 5, 2021, a Parks staff member was attacked while in his work truck on the San Lorenzo River levee near the Boardwalk. An unknown individual said “fuck you guys” and began punching the Parks employee in the face. The employee sustained injuries to his mouth.
- On January 6, 2021, a Parks staff member working on Pacific Ave and Water St. (a
short walk away from San Lorenzo Park) reported that a man who appeared to be homeless entered staff’s work area and used a skateboard to smash the taillight of the Parks truck. The man said some profanities and left the scene.
- Since the date of the TRO extension (January 6, 2021), the Parks and Recreation Department has received additional reports of at least four incidents of violence, retaliation, or vandalism in San Lorenzo Park or directed toward Parks staff.
- On January 6, 2021, a Recreation staff member reported having his personal vehicle broken into in the area of San Lorenzo Park. Two sets of Parks & Recreation facility keys were stolen.
- On January 7, 2021, Parks staff reported that several City-owned tools and supplies had been stolen earlier in December from San Lorenzo Park. Items included fence screening, a table, and waders.
- On January 7, 2021, Parks staff reported that the San Lorenzo Park restrooms had been broken into. The lock on the door was opened by an unknown party. (All restrooms across the City park system have been closed for several months due to staff shortages resulting from COVID-19 related budget cuts.)
- On January 11, 2021, the San Lorenzo Park restrooms had once again been broken into. The new lock was cut and the door latch was cut with a grinder or similar power tool. Parks and Recreation staff member took photographs on the morning of January 11, 2021 which accurately depict the extent of the damage done to both the men’s and women’s restroom doors.
- Furthermore, during my walk-through of the park on January 11, 2021 at 7:30 a.m., I observed the current condition of the park, as follows:
- Large amounts of trash throughout the park, especially near the lawn bowling green (west fence line). This area is most densely packed with tent structures
- Significant damage to the lawn, landscaped areas, and trees
- Trash and debris floating in the duck pond among swimming ducks; and a lack of mask wearing and social distancing amongst individuals living in the park.
The conditions at San Lorenzo Park have continued to negatively impact and deteriorate the park. I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on January 12, 2021.
Serial Sprayer Arrested
Last Friday night around 11PM, SCPD responded to the 2200 block of Mission Street after getting reports about some kind of possible assault. After they arrived, they determined a female transient had pepper sprayed some guy in an RV. Police quickly located her and arrested her. They were familiar with her because she had pepper sprayed someone else the night before at a nearby location. She was charged with being drunk in public, being a felon in possession of tear gas, and of course, the usual probation violation. Last check she’s still in jail on a $25K bond.
The Turnstile Got Stuck Here
Monday morning around 3AM, SCPD responded to the 100 block of Felix Street after getting reports of a possible prowler. They located a 37 year old male in one of the back yards and charged him with burglary, as well as 4 felony violations of his parole. He’s currently on a no bail hold at the county jail.
Flash in the Can
Last Saturday around 4PM, Watsonville Police responded to the 100 block of East Beach Street where they arrested a 33 year old male and charged him with 2 counts of robbery and flashing a weapon. His bail was set at $50K and last check he’s still in jail.
Cars Are Deadly Weapons
Sunday afternoon around 1:30PM, SCPD responded to the 100 block of River Street for a reported hit and run. They arrested a 22 year old male and charged him with vehicular hit and run, making criminal threats, and assault with a deadly weapon after he apparently tried to run someone over. His bail was increased to $100K and last check he’s still in jail.
Police and Thieves in the Street (oh yeah!)
Last Friday around 6PM, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 21600 block of East Cliff Drive where they arrested a 29 year old man for vehicle theft and assault with a deadly weapon. His bail was set at $25K and he remains in custody last time I checked.
Phone Thief Arrested Downtown
Sunday morning around 7:30AM, SCPD responded to the 300 block of Locust Street in downtown Santa Cruz for a report of a robbery. When they arrived, they found a victim who had been robbed of her cell phone. They ended up arresting a 43 year old woman and charged her with robbery. Last check she was still in jail on a $50K bond.
The Village Idiot
Last Saturday around 10AM, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 100 block of Aptos Village Way, where they arrested a 22 year old male and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest. His bail was set at $25K and last check he was still in jail.
FBI Raids Santa Cruz Offices
Last Friday morning, a team of FBI agents and Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office deputies served search warrants on a downtown Santa Cruz office building Friday morning, seemingly interested in the Media Rights Technology office located at 55 River St. The FBI’s San Francisco communications office confirmed the activity involved conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity but refused to confirm details. Several tenants in other offices at the building waited outside while law enforcement officers went in and out of the building. No truth to the rumor that they were looking for a couple of people with the last name of Colby.
The Felon Farm
Saturday morning around 9:30AM, SCPD arrested a 22 year old male in the area of Delaware and Natural Bridges who was wanted for having two outstanding felony warrants for his arrest. He was taken into custody on 2019 charges of vehicle theft and burglary. Looking for a felon on the run? Look no further than Delaware and Natural Bridges.
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ACE is the Place!
This Monday, a new ACE Hardware store opened up in downtown Santa Cruz. Zaremba Hardware opened their third local ACE Hardware store at 201 Front Street, at the corner of Front and Laurel. The local owners said they plan to hire 30 people at the new location.
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