The Weekly Dump – 5.17.24

Watsonville Car Thieves Crash and Burn on Highway 17 Early Wednesday morning, CHP Santa Cruz was notified about a group of possible car thieves breaking into vehicles in Watsonville. CHP Officers were in the area of Highway 1 near Freedom Boulevard when they noticed a vehicle matching the description of the thieves car. After they …

The Weekly Dump – 5.10.24

Earth Bombarded by Solar Flares You gotta admit that’s a great headline if you can write it while you’re still alive. This past Friday, the sun burped and sent crazy blasts of radiation and solar flares headed towards our little planet. Thankfully, we have our own natural “iron dome” protecting us (something called an atmosphere). …

The Weekly Dump – 5.3.24

Davenport Carjacking Leads CHP on Scenic Car Chase Along Highway 1 This past Saturday, California Highway Patrol officers responded to a call of a person in the middle of the roadway in Davenport. Just as they arrived, a community member driving by stopped and the suspected car thief jumped in the victims pickup truck and …

The Weekly Dump – 4.26.24

Man Stabbed to Death in Brawl at DeLaveaga Park Santa Cruz Police are investigating their second homicide of the year after a stabbing happened on the 1200 block of Branciforte Drive on Friday afternoon. According to police reports, a man was reportedly stabbed in the George Washington Grove area of DeLaveaga Park. Investigators said the …

The Weekly Dump – 4.19.24

You Should Be Dancing Yeah! Early Thursday evening I was walking downtown and I noticed how oddly quiet the north part of Pacific Avenue was. As I continued to walk, I could see a street barrier and crowds of people blocking Pacific Avenue from traffic. Curious, I walked into a street full of dancers! Little …

The Weekly Dump – 4.12.24

Stabbing Outside Catalyst Sends Man to Hospital Last Saturday night around 8PM, Santa Cruz police responded to the Catalyst on Pacific Avenue after getting a call about a reported stabbing in front of the club. Apparently a man was waiting in line for a hip-hop concert. Multiple people approached the victim in line and asked …

The Weekly Dump – 4.5.24

Snow Blankets Bonny Doon and the Santa Cruz Mountains No that’s not an April Fools joke. This week, a freak late winter storm moved through the area with cold temperatures and a mix of rain with some snow in the higher elevations above 2000 feet. It’s probably melted off by the time you read this, …

The Weekly Dump – 3.29.24

Expanding is the Opposite of Reducing This Tuesday, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors discussed an expansion of funding to support a year-round shelter bed system in the county. As voters approved Measure K, the Board will consider a model that will use additional County general fund dollars to sustain a planned expansion of …

The Weekly Dump – 3.22.24

Comerica Bank Robbed in Downtown Santa Cruz Wednesday afternoon around 5PM, the Comerica bank in downtown Santa Cruz was robbed. When SCPD arrived, they determined that a middle aged Hispanic male handed the teller a note saying he was armed and needed money. The teller complied and gave him an unknown amount of money. The …

The Weekly Dump – 3.15.24

Is “Progressive” a Losing Proposition in Santa Cruz? It’s starting to feel that way. The current Santa Cruz city council is basically 6 moderate Democrats and one hard core progressive Democrat. What a 180 change from just a few years ago, when Chris Krohn, Drew Glover, Sandy Brown, and Justin Cummings (on occasion) held a …

The Weekly Dump – 3.8.24

Tuesday’s Gone “Super Tuesday” came and went without a whole lot of fanfare. Results are mostly in from this past Tuesday’s primary and votes on various state and local measures. On the local side of things, in the races to fill 3 seats on the Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors, Manu is beating Lani by …

The Weekly Dump – 3.1.24

Remembering Our Local Heroes It was 11 years ago this week that Santa Cruz suffered the loss of 2 of our finest heroes, in what was one of the darkest and saddest days in our city’s history. Sgt. Butch Baker and Det. Elizabeth Butler were ambushed and killed in the line of duty while trying …

The Weekly Dump – 2.23.24

The Downtown Renaissance is Coming There’s just so much new housing being built downtown right now, more than I’ve ever seen in all the 20+ years I’ve lived here combined. We’ve got the new “Anton Pacific”, taking up the gateway block between Pacific and Front streets on Laurel. It will feature 205 units, with a …

The Weekly Dump – 2.16.24

Car Plunges 200 Feet Down Felton Empire Grade Road Wednesday night around 7:30PM, CalFire responded to an accident on Felton Empire Grade Road near Kiln Road involving a single vehicle that went off the road and down a 200 foot embankment. First responders initially had difficulty locating the victim due to rain and complete darkness …

The Weekly Dump – 2.9.24

Breaking the Sabbatical Hello! Is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me. Is there anybody home? I know it’s been a couple of years since anyone last heard from me. I hope everyone out there who remembers me is doing well. If you’re still out there anyways. I haven’t really gone …