Good morning! It’s Monday, July 11.

Mark here, filling in for a vacationing Will, and I’m seeing a delightful weather report for us: Sunny with highs in the mid-70s around most areas of this beautiful place we call home.

When I think of beautiful summer days, there are few places I’d rather be hanging out than below the Capitola Wharf. And that’s where our Liza Monroy and Kevin Painchaud caught up with local mom and author Jamie McFaden to talk about the important balance of life that parents of young ones struggle to achieve.

Besides the important self-care issues McFaden raises in her book, she also inspired Liza to share her favorite local date night tips that parents of young kids here must know about.

We also have another important parent-related read for you this morning. But this one raises very important questions about why our society still struggles to treat lactation as the health and wellness issue it unquestionably is. At least one UCSC scientist is doing her part to help change that narrative.

Let’s run through those headlines and more, shall we?

On self-care — and date night! — for Santa Cruz parents

Credit: Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz

More than ever, COVID-beleaguered parents need “Waves of Self Care: It Takes a Village,” the new book by Capitola’s Jaime McFaden. And Lookout parenting columnist Liza Monroy helps out with a half-dozen tips on how to arrange a date night around Santa Cruz County. Read Liza’s latest column here.

MORE FROM LIZA: Parenting with Omicron: Santa Cruz families with young kids tell their stories of a ‘lost month’

Why do some women struggle to breastfeed? UCSC researcher on what we know, and don’t

Aptos resident Kelly Spellman at the Blossom's Farmstore & Coffeeshop.

UC Santa Cruz stem cell biologist Lindsay Hinck wants to solve a global and deeply personal problem: Why do some women struggle to make enough milk for their babies? The former breast cancer researcher switched her research focus after she struggled to breastfeed her daughter 22 years ago. As the nationwide baby formula shortage drags on, Guananí Gómez-Van Cortright spoke to Hinck about what we do and don’t know about why breastfeeding can be so difficult. Here’s the full Q&A.

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A photo shoot for the ages: The saga of Sleepy John’s retirement send-off

Sleepy John Sandidge (front) stands with musicians and performers

A historic group photo of luminary Santa Cruz musicians, brought together to honor the retiring “Sleepy John” Sandidge, almost didn’t happen … until our photographer, Kevin Painchaud, figured out the solution. Wallace Baine tells the tale, complete with Kevin’s images.

MORE FROM WALLACE: An empire built on goofy socks: The Santa Cruz saga of Socksmith

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Pleasure Point is not a place for high rises: Rezone our neighborhood the right way

JoAnn Allen on East Cliff Drive

The neighborhood group Save Pleasure Point wants to protect the culture and character of its eclectic coastline community by preventing Santa Cruz County from rezoning Portola Drive to the maximum urban density allowable under code. The group isn’t against building, members write in a Community Voices op-ed — just against what it sees as too much building too fast for an area it says is already burdened with parking, traffic and safety concerns. Save Pleasure Point offers an alternative solution. Here’s their full Community Voices opinion piece.

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Think rent is rising fast? It’s worse than you think (and inflation might be too)

Gina Ferazzi  Los Angeles Times SOME LANDLORDS
The rate of inflation has hit an all-time high for renters seeking new housing. So has the rate at which existing tenants are renewing their leases. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics — but not made available to the public — show a gulf between the market conditions affecting new versus renewing renters. The LA Times has the story here.

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Around the county …

Santa Cruz police seeking ID in downtown knife-point robbery (Sentinel)
Aptos All Star squad wins District 39 Majors title (Pajaronian)
Rainbow-colored fentanyl seized by Monterey police (KSBW)
Forthcoming 988 suicide prevention hotline plans pilot program specifically for LGBTQ community (KION

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Mark Conley
Lookout Santa Cruz

A veteran jack-of-all-trades journalist who is Lookout’s copy editor, writes and compiles Morning Lookout newsletter and produces Lookout’s other editorial newsletters and helps run Lookout’s social...