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A winter sunset in Pleasure Point.
A winter sunset in Pleasure Point. Credit: Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz

Whether it’s the quality of the air on a hike in the redwoods, the high clouds and low angles giving the season’s light a unique character or a different tone in the ocean’s roar, getting out into our life-affirming Monterey Bay winter is a balm we’re lucky to have. Read Wallace Baine’s Sunday thoughts here.

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The tsunami that battered Santa Cruz highlights the threat facing California’s coast

Lifeguards cordon off the boat ramp at Santa Cruz Harbor on Jan. 15, 2022
The scene at Santa Cruz Harbor last Saturday after a volcanic eruption in the South Pacific sent a tsunami to the California coast. Credit: Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz

Some experts say last weekend’s event showed how major upgrades to harbors have made a difference since a much larger tsunami in 2011. Our partners at the Los Angeles Times survey the scene.

WHAT’S AHEAD: Santa Cruz Harbor back on solid footing post-tsunami, but long-term repairs loom (Lookout)

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