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Good evening, everyone — hope everyone has had a good Wednesday as we prepare to flip the calendar over to July. As you might recall, Deputy Managing Editor Mark Conley is taking a well-earned break, but you’re in good hands. Please scroll on for a must-read dispatch by Mark from South County and more.

To the headlines of the day …

Could a former soccer star have been saved?

Edward 'Lalo' Murillo-Jimenez had a storied soccer career that took from the junior ranks to San Jose State.
Edward ‘Lalo’ Murillo-Jimenez had a storied soccer career that took from the junior ranks to San Jose State.

A family grieves, a community wonders: Edward “Lalo” Murillo-Jimenez dreamed the kind of dream many soccer-loving kids growing up in Watsonville do. But when the dream fizzled at San Jose State, Murillo-Jimenez went into a life spiral he could never quite shake. Last week he was found dead below the cliffs at New Brighton State Beach at age 32. More from Mark Conley here.

Pleasure Point saboteurs strike bike safety pop-up

A county worker installs wave delineators on Portola Drive in Pleasure Point last week.
A county worker installs wave delineators on Portola Drive in Pleasure Point last week. Credit: Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz

Resistance from the beginning on Portola Drive: The nonprofit partnering with Santa Cruz County said it has “never had such unfriendly and aggressive behavior from the community” on such a project but, as one resident countered, “Pleasure Point is a different animal … people are very protective of their neighborhood.” More from our Mallory Pickett here.

ICYMI: Explore the ocean’s depths with MBARI

Deep sea corals at the Sur Ridge.
Deep sea corals at the Sur Ridge. Credit: Bubblegum coral (Paragorgia arborea) at Sur Ridge, a rocky outcropping off the Big Sur coast. Copyright Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, 2016.

Watch this (or watch it again): Scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute guided the public on an exploration of the ocean floor Wednesday as they piloted a remote-control vehicle two-thirds of a mile below the surface off Big Sur in search of ancient sponges, deep-sea corals and other rare creatures. See the video and read more from Mallory here.

Hate crimes against Asians jumped 107% in 2020

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Rob Bonta, in confirmation hearings to be California’s next attorney general this week, laid out his priorities to hold police more accountable. He’ll be sworn in as AG as early as today after winning confirmation. Credit: Anne Wernikoff / CalMatters

“An epidemic of hate” in California: In March and April 2020, as stay-at-home orders prompted by the coronavirus pandemic kicked in, anti-Asian hate crimes spiked in California, a new report says. Hate crimes against Black people constituted a majority of those reported last year and were up by 87%. More from our partners at the Los Angeles Times here.

Inside California’s faltering vaccination efforts

Gov. Gavin Newsom juggles numbered balls following the conclusion of a press conference at Universal Studios
Gov. Gavin Newsom juggles numbered balls after a news conference at Universal Studios last week. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Following the money: California’s vaccination rates have stagnated, particularly in Black and Latino inner-city neighborhoods and in rural towns. County health officials, who say trust is their most important commodity, need more money for one-on-one interactions with holdouts, but the state has instead largely funneled money to advertising firms and tech companies. More from our partners at Kaiser Health News here.

Should California homeowners pay for climate change?

Iris, 4, and Castle Snider, 8, look on as flames engulf the hillsides behind their backyard as the Bobcat Fire burns.
Castle and Iris Snider, ages 8 and 4, watch from their backyard as flames from the Bobcat fire burn hillsides behind their home on Oakglade Drive in Monrovia. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

What to know about wildfire insurance: Insurance companies want to factor climate change in calculating wildfire coverage, but consumer watchdogs worry California homeowners will end up with higher premiums. Lawmakers from fire-damaged districts say they are open to change because their constituents are already losing coverage. More from our partners at CalMatters here.

That’s all for today, folks! See you tomorrow as we embark on a whole new month.

Lookout Santa Cruz Staff

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