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Good evening, everyone — we hope you had a pleasant Tuesday, and that reentry after the long weekend went OK (or as OK as could be expected). And hey, if not, tomorrow is already Wednesday, right?

Mark is finishing up his well-deserved vacation and will be back tomorrow; in the meantime, here’s a roundup of the day’s headlines from the Lookout Santa Cruz Staff …

What the Delta variant means for unvaccinated kids

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 27: Japanese American youth and their families enjoy an evening at Terasaki Budokan Center in Little Tokyo on Sunday, June 27, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)
The highly transmissible Delta variant is giving parents pause as children under 12 remain ineligible for vaccination. (Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)

Asking an expert: With kids under 12 still ineligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, how worried should parents be about the Delta variant? “Despite all the talk about the light at the end of the tunnel, the virus is not gone by any means, and we have to be able to respond,” one epidemiologist says. More from our partners at the Los Angeles Times here.

What we know about COVID-19 and lasting erectile dysfunction


Gathering data: There are several possible reasons why COVID-19 can impair male sexual health, health experts say. “We don’t know the scale of the problem at this point,” one doctor explains. More here from the Times.

Feinstein’s recall history offers a lesson for those aiming at Newsom

Gov. Gavin Newsom with his youngest son, Dutch
Credit: Anne Wernikoff / CalMatters

You better not miss: As California faces the recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom, we look back at when an effort to oust Dianne Feinstein as San Francisco mayor backfired. It made her a star. Times columnist Mark Z. Barabak looks at parallels here.

California betting $61M that new highway crossings will keep wildlife safe

Ecologist Michelle Mariscal walks into the Harbor Boulevard Wildlife Underpass in La Habra Heights
Michelle Mariscal, an ecologist for the Puente Hills Habitat Preservation Authority, walks into the Harbor Boulevard Wildlife Underpass in La Habra Heights, on June 30, 2021. “This is the wildlife’s gateway to the open space on either side of this busy road,” Mariscal said. “The animals to the underpass are able to live longer lives.” Credit: Pablo Unzueta for CalMatters

Tunnels and bridges: Large animals cause 20 crashes a day on California highways. Experts say special bridges and tunnels — including a tunnel under Highway 17 in the Santa Cruz Mountains — can prevent them and protect endangered species. More from our partners at CalMatters.

Humble Sea’s Pacifica taproom off and running

Humble Sea has colonized what used to the Devil's Slide Taproom in Pacifica.
Humble Sea has colonized what used to the Devil’s Slide Taproom in Pacifica. Credit: Via Humble Sea

The takeover continues: Santa Cruz brewing powerhouse Humble Sea has planted its flag in Pacifica, with its new taproom there now open for business Thursday through Sunday. It’s the latest step in expansion plans that also include taking over the Cremer House in Felton. More from our Neil Strebig here.

Hawaii law focuses on beachfront risks

A beach in Hawaii
Credit: Via Pixabay

Protecting beaches and prospective buyers: With climate change having ever more impact on Hawaii’s shoreline, lawmakers are aiming to make sure anyone thinking about buying oceanfront property is well aware of what might be in store. More from our partners at ProPublica here.

Have an excellent Wednesday, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow p.m.

Lookout Santa Cruz Staff

Follow Mark Conley on: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. Mark joins Lookout after 14 years at the Mercury News and Bay Area News Group, where he served as Deputy Sports Editor on a staff that covered three...