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Happy Monday evening, everybody. Your faithful Lookout crew hopes you had a pleasant and restful President’s Day. And, if you didn’t have it off, hopefully it wasn’t too hectic.

So you can get back to whatever you were doing, let’s jump right into the headlines.

Unhoused Santa Cruz: The struggle for families is real — and for one family, tragedy followed triumph

Leticia Sandoval with her son Jared.
Leticia Sandoval with her son Jared. Credit: Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz

Part II: The number of families experiencing homelessness in Santa Cruz County continues to increase despite the efforts by local leaders to prioritize them. Lookout learned that the number hit a two-year high in January after spiking by 27% over the past six months. One family saw the hard work needed to get rehoused finally pay off. During their day of celebration, tragedy struck. Lookout’s Mark Conley takes a deep look here.

Part I: Three universal truths about why this county remains among the capitals of homelessness

Cabrillo poised to unveil ‘Befana’ at the Crocker, plus Mermen news and Avant Garden Party returns

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A scene from “Befana: A Christmas Fable.” Credit: Via Steve DiBartolomeo

Ur, it’s February: Yes, “Befana” is a Christmas fable, and Omicron delayed its premiere. But, Wallace Baine writes as he looks ahead to what’s coming on the local arts scene, the mini-opera’s spirit extends well beyond the holiday season. See the details here.

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UCSC student leads charge to provide free menstrual products to students on campus

Amanda Safi sitting among boxes of menstrual products sent by the company Aunt Flow.
Amanda Safi sitting among boxes of menstrual products sent by the company Aunt Flow. Credit: Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz

Period equity: UC Santa Cruz second-year Amanda Safi believes that if toilet paper is free in public restrooms, menstrual products should be too. She’s on a mission to ensure that youth who can’t afford menstrual products have access to free pads and tampons. Lookout’s Hillary Ojeda has the details here.

Even freeways that don’t get built leave a scar. How one Bay Area city is healing

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Debbie Frederick, 72, stands in the frontyard of the home she purchased from Caltrans in Hayward. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Lasting damage: After decades, hundreds of homes in the Bay Area became available when a freeway project was abandoned. What happened? Our partners at the Los Angeles Times look into things here.

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As drought lingers, larger and more destructive wildfires pose new threats to water supply

Property damaged in the CZU Complex fire in 2020
Damage from the CZU Complex fires Credit: Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz

Deep concern: Wildfires are increasing streamflow throughout the Western U.S., raising new threats for public safety and water management, according to researchers. Read up on the issue here.

ICYMI: John Craigie’s longing for home stands out among the best songs ever written about California

John Craigie
John Craigie Credit: Bradley Cox / https://www.gianteyephotography.com/

Upcoming performances: A Santa Cruz cameo in a Super Bowl ad brings columnist Wallace Baine to thinking about one of Ingelwood’s native sons — the venue of this year’s football fest — and that person’s contributions to the musical mystic that is California. John Craigie, who performs locally next month, went to UCSC in the 90s and was transformed by the experience. Wallace Baine gets the skinny here.

A war to halt logging in Northern California reignites. Will it end differently this time?

Chris Baldo, left, oversees operations at the Willits Redwood Co. timber mill.
Chris Baldo, left, oversees operations at Willits Redwood Co. timber mill in Willits, Calif., in Mendocino County. Baldo says recent the protests have affected his business. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Simmering tensions: Activists have fought for decades to stop logging at Jackson State Forest. Now an Indigenous tribe is demanding a say in the fate of their ancestral homeland. More details here.

More from here & elsewhere

Young mom among string of missing Native women in California (Sentinel)
Worker-owned Bay Area food businesses are on the rise. Is it a turning point for the industry? (San Francisco Chronicle)
Prospective UC Berkeley students anxiously brace for enrollment freeze (Mercury News)
What we know about the planned Amazon warehouse in Salinas (KSBW)

And that’s the way it was on this Monday night. Have a good one and we’ll see you tomorrow.

Dan Evans
Executive Editor

Follow Dan Evans on: Twitter, Instagram. With wide experience in local journalism and education, Dan joins Lookout Local with an eye toward having the publication both explain and improve life in Santa...