When I first moved to the area, I was stopped by a Pacific Grove policeman. This time, I was truly curious.
As I drove away, the warning I understood was that older-model cars might be stopped and searched at random by Pacific Grove police.
Watsonville’s police force is dedicated to public safety, not collecting taxes. My interactions with Monterey and Pacific Grove have left me to believe that creating revenue is the priority. Perhaps they just don’t have enough to do. Perhaps those cities could save some money in work force reductions.
Me, I will be wary and do less shopping and eating in Monterey County. I can’t afford $250 toll roads.
Maybe that’s why the stabbings and gang shootings happen in Watsonville and not P.G.?
A few recent stories out of W-ville:
8/3 A homeless man and six Watsonville gang members, age 12-19, have been arrested in connection with the April slaying of another homeless man.
8/3 rape of a 23-year-old woman in her home early Saturday
7/17 WATSONVILLE – Police are searching for a man who they said tried to kill the mother of his children Friday morning.
7/17 Teen boy recovering after being shot in the stomach in gang incident
7/14 Car chase, crash, stabbing in Watsonville blamed on gang rivalry
7/13 Teen stabbed in the head after Sunday night car chase
7/12 Two stabbings reported in Watsonville
6/17 Two arrested for street corner gunpoint robbery outside Watsonville
6/17 Watsonville teen shot in suspected gang-related drive-by
6/17 Watsonville men face trial on gang, assault charges for stabbing on Santa Cruz’ Chestnut Street
6/6 Teens stabbed, badly hurt during Watsonville gang fight
6/5 Watsonville neighborhood feud erupts into street fight between gang members