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Greetings and salutations, Lookout peeps! Today is Wednesday, Jan. 19, and if the forecast is correct we’ll see these clouds give way to a mostly sunny day with highs in the mid-60s around Santa Cruz County.
Our county could be less than a week away from a strike, with some 1,600 public workers set to walk off the job next Tuesday after rejecting a deal county officials say is fair.
Elsewhere, work continues tonight to repair damaged fencing on a bridge over Highway 1, meaning more closures and a detour are on tap through Aptos. And in Santa Cruz, a temporary site for the unhoused at Depot Park is closing as the city makes way for expanded COVID-19 testing.
For all that plus what to know about getting free at-home COVID tests, read on for today’s headlines:
County at an impasse
Union workers say they’re set to strike next week, while county management says its “last, best and final offer” is fair. Lookout’s Dan Evans breaks it down here.
➤ FROM LAST MONTH: County workers could strike after 93.5% vote to approve walkout (Lookout)
City closing temporary unhoused site at Depot Park
Between 30 and 35 unhoused residents were required to move as the city of Santa Cruz said it needs the space for increased COVID-19 testing capacity. Get details on the move and what’s next from Lookout’s Grace Stetson.
➤ MORE ON HOMELESSNESS: Santa Cruz tells Food Not Bombs it’s time to go: Lot 27 being cleared by city to make room for construction (Lookout)
Highway 1 closures continue tonight in Aptos as crews repair bridge
Overnight closures and detours will be in place again amid work to fix fencing and railings on the railroad overcrossing. We’ve got more information here.
➤ MORE TRAFFIC WOES: Coming soon: 30-month construction project on Murray Street Bridge (Lookout)
What to know about ordering free COVID tests
The federal website providing free at-home COVID-19 tests is now open for orders. Our partners at the Los Angeles Times map out the process.
State to give $10,000 to low-income college students for community service work
The $60 million program aims to support California students from low-income backgrounds who want to volunteer. More from the Times here.
➤ MORE FROM HIGHER ED: Find all of Lookout’s coverage in one place
André Leon Talley, fashion icon and culture influencer, dies at 73
One scribe said Talley was “a bold, daring creation who never let anything obstruct his passions, curiosities and whims.” The Times reports on the man who helped pave the way for Black fashion writers, designers and more.
Around the county …
➤ First public meeting on Big Basin State Park rebuild is Thursday (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
➤ Santa Cruz County nonprofits need volunteers during Omicron surge (KSBW-TV)
➤ If you own wetlands, here’s how you can help save Santa Cruz endangered species (KION-TV)
One more thing: We’re restarting our “Unsung Santa Cruz” series, which struck a chord with so many last month. We know there are many, more deserving people out there, and we need your help in identifying these folks. Please send your nominations — with as many details as possible — to email@example.com.
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Now get out there and conquer hump day!
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