Sticking a Fork in TOLO
This past Tuesday, the Santa Cruz City Council met to discuss yet again this crazy little thing called “TOLO”. Can we just call it “ad nauseam”? Widespread community outrage over the dumbass idea to just dump the local homeless everywhere in the community was hardly surprising. Mayor Donna Meyers couldn’t walk this back fast enough. But she did her best at damage control and I give her credit for reaching out to people in the community personally, including a good friend of mine.
After deciding in a 5-2 vote on Tuesday to not implement an ordinance adopted back in March that would have limited where homeless residents could sleep overnight, my question is why wasn’t this unanimous? Does this mean the 2 people who voted no here (Cummings and Brown) actually wanted the TOLO ordinance? Or is this so politically motivated, they can’t see how dumb this looks for them. City officials will outline a new plan intended to secure city owned properties as sleeping spaces and provide resources for the homeless. Haven’t we tried this before? Yup. What was the problem then? Nobody want it next door to them. I’m predicting a pretty similar reaction here. Planning will take a few months and staff is expected to come back on May 11th with a new ordinance. The Beavis and Butler show rolls on. To be continued.
Driver Fleeing Police Crashes and Kills Passenger at Morrissey and Highway 1
Tuesday night, a driver trying to evade Santa Cruz police killed a passenger in their car after crashing into a traffic barrier at the Morrissey offramp to Highway 1. Officers with the California Highway Patrol saw the vehicle driving south at a high rate of speed on Highway 1 near Dimeo Lane just outside of Santa Cruz city limits north of the city. After trying to make a stop on the vehicle, the driver failed to pull over and continued speeding on Mission Street. Police tried to stop the vehicle at Highway 1 and State Route 9, but the CHP said the vehicle continued on Highway 1. When the driver tried to exit on Morrissey, the vehicle hit a curb before running into a metal guardrail and catching fire. Four San Jose residents were in the vehicle, and the 19 year old driver tried to run away before police caught him. The passenger in the front seat was able to get out on their own, but the two people in the back seats had to be extricated and a 19 year old female in the back seat died at the scene. After the driver was treated, he was arrested and charged with felony DUI, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, felony hit and run and felony evading a peace officer.
Turnstiler of the Week
Tuesday morning around 9AM, Santa Cruz Police responded to the 700 block of North Branciforte Avenue after getting reports of a man holding a knife, yelling, and charging at passing vehicles. When police arrived, they recognized the man as a 39 year old man who had an outstanding felony parole warrant for his arrest. He fled the area on foot as police arrived but officers caught up with him running on the 500 block of Water Street. The vagrant still refused to comply with police, waving his knife and even using an innocent bystander as a shield between him and the officers. Officers finally tased him, which made him comply. He was arrested and booked him into the Santa Cruz County Jail for resisting arrest, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, and of course the ever present, ever ubiquitous FELONY VIOLATION OF PAROLE. Apparently he’s been arrested 26 times locally. He’s currently sitting in county jail after his bail was increased to $200K. They could have saved us all a lot of time and trouble by just keeping this asshole in jail last year.
Cervezas and Machetes
Sunday night around 6PM, SCPD responded to a local business on the 500 block of Laurel Street after getting a report of a male who entered the business and stole a case of beer before threatening employees with a machete and leaving. Nobody has been arrested.
The Usual Vagrancy Along Skid Row
Saturday night around 9:30PM, reports came in about a male attempting to stab someone with a knife near the homeless shelter at 115 Coral Street, before walking away down River Street. SCPD caught up with the suspect near River and Madrone. The person he attempted to stab was apparently a security guard at the shelter, who pepper sprayed the suspect. The suspect isn’t just familiar to police, he’s familiar to me! I see this guy’s name in the arrest logs seemingly every freaking week.
This Week’s Felon With a Gun Story
Last Friday, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies tried to make a traffic stop last Friday when the driver ran from deputies and climbed on a nearby roof, hopping through several backyards trying to get away. With the help of SCPD, a perimeter was set and deputies found the man in a nearby backyard. During the investigation, it was determined the man was a felon on probation, and he had a loaded firearm along with body armor and high capacity magazines. He was booked into jail on weapons charges and that violating probation. Last check he’s still in jail with bail set at $25K.
Man With Knife Arrested Downtown After Making Threats
Last Thursday around 3:30PM, SCPD responded to a location on Cedar Street near Elm after getting reports of a man with a large knife threatening someone. The man then reportedly barricaded himself in a car that wasn’t his. When police arrived, the man refused to get out of the vehicle, and crisis negotiators and a county mental health liaison as well as a detective were able to eventually come out and they took him into custody without further incident. The 73 year old male is facing felony criminal threats and other misdemeanor charges.
The Tourists Are Back!
Sunday afternoon around 2PM, SCPD responded to the 400 block of Beach Street after getting reports of a disturbance. They arrested a 40 year old Fresno woman and charged her with trespassing and battery.
Tickets are Toilet Paper
Monday morning around 9:30AM, SCPD responded to the 100 block of Felker Street where they “cited and released” three different guys for possession of heroin and having outstanding warrants. I don’t quite get the concept of giving someone a ticket for something, then when they fail to show up in court, you give them another ticket for not showing up. I’d call that pretty stupid and dysfunctional. But that’s exactly what we’ve got here! And Felker Street, vying for the title of the “New Skid Row”, with their “Hells Trail” bum camp. “Heroin Highway”. The trail to hell is literally burning with bad intentions and idiot compassion. See below!
The Weekly Dumpster Fire
Last Friday night, we had another big old bumfire down near Felker Street along the freeway.
Fire in the hole!
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