Hello once again, everyone.

If you observed Easter or the start of Passover, I hope your celebration was safe and successful. If you didn’t, then I hope you enjoyed a leisurely weekend and braced for Tax Day. Don’t worry, it’ll all be over soon!

We’ll be facing some chilly weather in the coming days, and possibly a few more showers. That’s okay, though, since the forecast shows temperatures reaching the low 70s this weekend.

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Alright then, on to Monday’s headlines …

ICYMI: Wallace Baine: Let us now praise the record store

A portion of Streetlight Records' vinyl collection.
A portion of Streetlight Records’ vinyl collection. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Worth listening to: Amid sweeping market changes and technological turmoil, the neighborhood record store improbably finds a way to survive. Wallace Baine digs in.

MAH’s ‘Beyond the Grave’ springs to life this month

COVID Dashboard: Cases moving up, California delays K-12 vaccine mandate

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The latest: Cases are slightly ticking upwards while California decides to put off the vaccine mandate for K-12 students until at least July 2023. Get all the details here.

COVID Dashboard: UCSC drops mask mandate; second boosters widely available

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The tremors of the Santa Cruz housing market: Why our affordability reporter is on the hunt yet again

Shaun Burns
Credit: Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz

Back at it again: Just days before signing a long-term lease, this housing reporter lost her rental and had to scrounge for a new home. Follow Grace on her ongoing journey to find an affordable place to live in Santa Cruz. Grace’s housing saga continues here.

How many homes are for sale in Santa Cruz County? Just 130 — one of the lowest numbers in 10 years

‘We’ve turned our backs on the river’: Laurie Egan works to revive, transform the San Lorenzo River

Laurie Egan's office at the Coastal Watershed Council looks out over the San Lorenzo River.
Laurie Egan’s office at the Coastal Watershed Council looks out over the San Lorenzo River. Credit: Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz

Vaccines: As she takes over as executive director of the Coastal Watershed Council, Laurie Egan wants to integrate the San Lorenzo River into city life — and wants the community to embrace the river’s possibilities. Read the full Q&A here.

Should I worry about a recession? What Californians should know

State Sen. Richard Pan prepares to announce a bill that adds COVID vaccines to California's list of required shots for K-12

Economy: Although the economy is humming, some analysts say that today’s rising inflation could trigger tomorrow’s recession. But what is a recession, and what can you do to prepare? More from the L.A. Times here.

No more mask mandate: UC Santa Cruz students greet coming change warily

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More from here & elsewhere

Florida judge voids US mask mandate for travel after CDC extension (USA Today)
Sutter Health Nurses and Health Care workers go on strike (KION)
Voters asked to approve property assessment for Pajaro flood project (KSBW)
Q&A: Do I still need a COVID mask to fly or ride after judge’s ruling (Sentinel)
These Bay Area and California billionaires pay a lower effective federal tax rate than you do (SF Gate)

That’s all I have for you today. Catch you tomorrow, kind readers.

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...