Good day, friends,

The warm weather stuck around today, even if the sky did take on a grayer tone than we’ve been seeing recently. Nevertheless, it’s clear that summer is right around the corner.

Before we get started, I’ll remind you about our North County Candidates Forum once again.

We will be hosting and moderating two panel conversations: one with 3rd District County Supervisor candidates and another with California 28th Assembly District candidates. Attendees can hear from the candidates as they speak about their top priorities and the community’s most pertinent issues. Click the banner to register!

North County Candidates Forum

Let’s get on with it, then …

Weekender: Moms, monsters, free music and a bewitching trivia question

Musicians perform on a flatbed truck amid the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021
Sunshine Garcia and Matt Hartle perform in a 2021 Tandy Beal truck show. Credit: Via Tandy Beal & Company

Upcoming: Mr. Wallace Baine gives you the scoop on the latest events, a live broadcast of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and where to find last minute Mother’s Day gifts. Check out the latest edition of the Weekender here.

Keith Greeninger makes peace with the chaos

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New Santa Cruz police chief Bernie Escalante takes on staffing woes, COVID impacts and mental wellness

New Santa Cruz police chief Bernie Escalante

Transitioning in: After serving as interim chief following the resignation of former chief Andy Mills in October, Bernie Escalante moves into his role as new police chief with goals to build staffing and trusting relationships with the community. Several days after his official appointment, he told Lookout about his vision and the department’s challenges. See his whole conversation with Hillary Ojeda.

Bernie Escalante named interim Santa Cruz police chief


People call the fire department for everything: A Q&A with new Santa Cruz fire chief Rob Oatey

Aptos resident Kelly Spellman at the Blossom's Farmstore & Coffeeshop.
Credit: Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz

Fired up: Climate change. Drought. More public needs of every kind. We asked new city of Santa Cruz fire chief Rob Oatey what motivates him, and challenges him, in his new role. See what he told Grace.

A tale of two recoveries: Rebuilding frustrates CZU families; officials say they’re ahead of the curve

Opinion: Vote yes on Measure D

A rendering of the proposed pedestrian/bike trail along the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line

From YES Greenway: A trail-only option is the best, most realistic option for our Santa Cruz community. It will preserve our natural landscape, can be built now and doesn’t depend on imagined future funding. Measure D makes sense and is the logical way forward. Read the op-ed here.

Santa Cruz City Council offers a unanimous ‘no’ on divisive Measure D; Greenway proponents unfazed

Opinion: Vote no on Measure D

A light rail train on a segment of track in Watsonville

From No on D: Measure D will hurt our community by permanently ending the rail + trail plan connecting Santa Cruz and Watsonville. Measure D undermines decades of public planning and hurts commuters, the environment and our future economy. That’s why numerous elected officials and more than 30 local organizations oppose Measure D. It deserves a no vote. Read the op-ed here.

YES Greenway files police report for defaced campaign signs; opposition calls it a desperation move

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    More from here & elsewhere

    Santa Cruz icon Peter ‘The Condor’ Mel lands in Surfers’ Hall of Fame (Sentinel)
    Pacific Grove man arrested with 13,000 fentanyl pills charged by feds (KSBW)
    A garlic festival may be on after all — but not in Gilroy (Mercury)
    Police apprehend climber at top of Salesforce Tower (SF Gate)
    Where the GOP could make or break its chances in 10 key governors’ races (FiveThirtyEight)

    … And that is where Thursday ends. As always, it’s been a pleasure, and you’ll hear from me again tomorrow.

    Max Chun

    Max Chun is the general-assignment correspondent at Lookout Santa Cruz. Max’s position has pulled him in many different directions, seeing him cover development, COVID, the opioid crisis, labor, courts...