"What now? What Next?" is the theme of Lookout's 21 for '21 event hosted by Wallace Baine.
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Free 21 for ’21 virtual event: What now? What Next?

Our Wallace Baine will interview four community leaders about what lies ahead in the new year: activist Esabella Bonner, city economic director Bonnie Lipscomb, Ruby Vasquez of the Campesino Appreciation caravan, and county Supervisor Ryan Coonerty. Here’s how to sign up.

Lookout Santa Cruz is hosting a virtual event Wednesday evening with four key community leaders to reflect on the lessons of 2020, and to look ahead to the promise and peril of the year to come.

“What Now? What Next?” is an extension of Lookout’s “21 for ’21" series, which is profiling 21 people who’ve made a difference throughout Santa Cruz County this year and will continue to do so in the next.

The event is free and open to the entire community. During it, our Wallace Baine will interview activist Esabella Bonner, Santa Cruz County Supervisor Ryan Coonerty, city economic director Bonnie Lipscomb, and Ruby Vasquez of the Campesino Appreciation caravan.

Again, this event is free, and we invite you to join us and be part of the conversation.
When: Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m.
Where: On Zoom
Register for the event by clicking here.

More about the event, and our 21 for ’21 series

As 2021 approaches, Baine is leading our team of correspondents in profiling the people who made a difference in a year marked by the pandemic, civil unrest and the CZU fires — and discussing their hopes for recovery in 2021.

Profiles of Bonner, Lipscomb and Vasquez already have been published and can be found here. Given Coonerty’s role in recovery countywide, he’ll be the last of those profiled in the series, which is set to wrap up on New Year’s Day.

Baine has plenty of institutional background from which to draw to host the event. He launched his full-time journalism career on a day Santa Cruz will never forget: Oct. 17, 1989, the day the Loma Prieta Earthquake destroyed much of downtown. He’s since established himself as the authoritative voice on music, movies, local art and entertainment and daily Santa Cruz life in roles with the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Good Times and, now, Lookout. You can read all his work here, including his Lookout column, “The Here & Now.”

The event is being co-hosted by Event Santa Cruz, which recently presented the “Love You Madly” virtual concert to benefit CZU fire victims.