Category Archives: Crime

How “citizens” plan to make Santa Cruz safer

The Nov. 27 Editorial in the Santa Cruz Sentinel By its very name, makeup and purpose, the Santa Cruz Public Safety Citizen Task Force was never going to overturn the long-established underpinnings of the city’s cherished identity. By including a … Continue reading

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Nightmare on Elm Street: 50 years later, JFK’s motorcade still makes the turn

Fifty years after, the motorcade still makes that fateful turn, from Houston onto Elm Street. Dealey Plaza. Just a few minutes more and its onto the Stemmons Freeway and the trip to the Dallas Trade Mart for a luncheon speech. … Continue reading

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Stop and frisk: Is it worth it?

Summer has brought another outbreak of violence in Santa Cruz County — a tourist shot by a robber in San Lorenzo Park, a gang-related killing on Santa Cruz’s Mission Street, a shooting in the Seabright neighborhood also attributed to gangs, … Continue reading

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Santa Cruz getting tougher on transients

  We have to concede a sense of uneasiness when a local government body attempts to regulate who can stand in roadway medians, particularly when the new limitations clearly are aimed at a particular message. But when that message is … Continue reading

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Cleaning up Cowell Beach

The Santa Cruz Sentinel Editorial for May 24, 2013: The annual Heal the Bay beach report card was released Thursday and it was not especially good news for Santa Cruz County, a place that prides itself on 29 miles of … Continue reading

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Santa Cruz grapples with crime, drugs and … homeless services

No issue has so divided the greater Santa Cruz community as providing day-use services at the Homeless Services Center. This issue has continued to heat up for a variety of reasons: The public’s perception that transients continue to be a … Continue reading

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End of watch: Death is not the end for officers Butler and Baker

  Within all the love and support, all the tributes and eulogies for fallen officers Elizabeth Butler and Butch Baker at their memorial service Thursday at HP Pavilion in San Jose, it was the human story that struck more deeply … Continue reading

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Cop killer: Just this side of prison

Hawaii. San Diego. Oregon. Berkeley. Santa Cruz. It’s not as if Jeremy Goulet did not leave a trail before his deadly encounter with Santa Cruz police Tuesday afternoon. Court martialed and and discharged from the military due to two rape … Continue reading

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Death of police officers: Getting honest about Santa Cruz’s story

As the shock of Tuesday’s tragic violence settles into grief, many people are writing to the Sentinel, or posting online, messages that go something like this:: Our town has been overrun by criminals, because we’ve tolerated aberrant behaviors. This so-called … Continue reading

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Dark day afternoon

It’s about 10:20 p.m. in the Sentinel newsroom, in a tragic day where events spun into a horror still difficult to fathom. Two police officers were gunned down in the line of duty. It is the first time any Santa … Continue reading

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