COVID 2022

COVID PM: A Capitola Village outdoor dining tussle & a great pandemic success story in Copal

Hello, everyone — I hope you were able to sit in on our event tonight. If you weren’t, we’ll be posting some highlights tomorrow.

While we’re talking about ourselves here for a moment, I want to reshare our founder Ken Doctor’s great synopsis on Lookout’s six-month birthday and how far we’ve come in reshaping the way local news looks and feels in just a short time.

The best part: Our ability to share in that early success with a special discount membership offer. Use the code Lookout6Months here.

I can’t tell you how much I look forward to our continued shift away from a focus on a pandemic and back onto the ways in which life is returning to normal. We know there will be one step back for every two forward, but that is a starting place anyway.

At least tonight we bring you a few dining-related stories, a topic which to me symbolizes one of the great reclamations of the life we once knew.

To those headlines...

Tussle over outdoor dining in Capitola Village looms

Capitola in December 2020
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Despite a summer extension, permanency is still in question: Capitola restaurant managers and city officials weigh in on the value of making outdoor dining permanent. There will be a hearing for preliminary city council feedback on June 10. Our Neil Strebig explores the topic here.

Copal: A tasty Oaxacan pandemic success story

Chef and Oaxaca native Ana Mendoza (right) partnered with Stuyvie and Noelle Antolin Bearns on Copal.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Santa Cruz’s Copal zeroes in on distinctive Mexican culture and cuisine: Copal is the brainchild of married duo Stuyvesant “Stuyvie” Bearns Esteva and Noelle Antolin, who own and operate the downtown craft beer & Spanish tapas spot Lúpulo, and their business partner and Copal’s head chef, Ana Fabian Mendoza. The restaurant specializes in the cuisine and aesthetic of Oaxaca, the state and its namesake city in southern Mexico known for its vibrant arts and culinary culture. Our Wallace Baine with the full story.

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Despite California’s overall vaccine progress, gaps remain


A vast gulf has opened between best and worst counties: Despite the overall progress made in vaccinating residents for COVID-19, vast gulfs in inoculation rates have opened among California’s 58 counties, illustrating the state’s uneven pace toward community immunity against the coronavirus. On one end of the spectrum are the counties of Marin, Alpine, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Diego, where more than 65% of each area’s residents have received at least one vaccine dose. More here on that data compiled by the LA Times.

More from here & elsewhere

Biden orders US intel to further probe origins of COVID-19, raise ‘questions for China’ (ABC News)
Vaccine tourists are coming to America (CNN)
They’re keeping their masks on. It’s not just about Covid (NBC News)

Experts say those who aren’t inoculated shouldn’t rely on protection from those who are (CNN)
McCarthy condemns Marjorie Taylor Greene’s comparison of Covid rules to Holocaust (NBC News)
Celebrity Cruises is first cruise line to receive CDC approval to sail with paying passengers in June (USA Today)
The latest COVID-19 vaccination incentive: Free airline flights on United (SF Gate)

See you tomorrow!

Mark Conley
Deputy Managing Editor