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LOOKOUT PM: Aptos has a bronze medalist with a great story; Boardwalk loses power

Good evening, folks — we hope Monday went at least reasonably well for you.

It was definitely a pretty solid one for Aptos-based triathlete Katie Zaferes (whose Olympic journey Lookout’s Mark Conley wrote about here):

Things could have gone a little better at the Boardwalk, where an afternoon power outage left some customers stranded, albeit briefly, on rides:

Now, let’s get to the day’s headlines ...

State and health care workers must show proof of vaccine

Lora Bate EMT, prepares a vaccination during a pop-up free clinic at the Museum of Art & History.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz )

Workers must get the jab or face testing: Starting next Monday, all 246,000 state employees plus all of California’s public and private health care workers must show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or be subject to weekly coronavirus testing. More from our Neil Strebig here.

What to know on new vax requirements

Nurse Cherry Costales, center, prepares a COVID-19 vaccine in Los Angeles
(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Breaking it down: From who’s affected to when the new policy will take effect to why Gov. Gavin Newsom is taking this step now, our partners at the Los Angeles Times have more details and analysis here.

ICMYI: The return of mask fatigue: Trying to make sense of an all-too-familiar COVID ritual that confounds us all

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Kaiser Permanente’s Santa Cruz County service area is building partnerships with community and government organizations...

Growing pains for telemedicine

Sandy Banks talks to her sister in Ohio over Zoom
(Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)

Patients, providers seeing the downsides: Patients seem to like remote visits, and health care providers now depend on them. But outages, freezing and other glitches cost time and money, and can compromise quality of care. More here from our partners at Kaiser Health News.

Dixie fire scorches nearly 200,000 acres

An image of the Dixie fire from Cal Fire SCU Unit
(Cal Fire SCU)

Blaze doubles in size within days: Gusty winds and thunderstorms could exacerbate the conditions that are fueling the Dixie and Tamarack fires in Northern California. More than 5,400 personnel — including crews from Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley and Cal Fire’s local CZU unit, among others — are attacking the blaze around the clock. More from the Times here.

ARE YOU READY FOR FIRE? Wildfire Resource Center: Everything you need to be prepared before, during and after a wildfire

Why are key California affordable housing bills bottled up?

The Ocean Street Apartments site in Santa Cruz.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Union labor requirement could be to blame: Affordable housing advocates are asking why bills supported by state Senate leader Toni Atkins are stuck in the Assembly. One answer appears to be a labor provision pushed by the State Building and Construction Trades Council. Read more here from our partners at CalMatters.

ICYMI: What happens when your new affordability reporter isn’t finding anything affordable?

That’ll do it for now from the Lookout Santa Cruz Staff (Deputy Managing Editor Mark Conley is on dawn patrol again this week with the Morning Lookout newsletter, which you can subscribe to here if you’re not already). May your evening be a pleasant one, and we’ll catch you back here tomorrow.