The temporary evacuation site at Depot Park was closed Tuesday.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)
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LOOKOUT PM: County strike looms, unhoused camp closes, overpass repair begins

Happy Tuesday evening, everybody. Though the workweek may be a bit shorter than usual due to the holiday, the news never stops around here. Let’s jump right into it, shall we?

County workers set to strike next week

Members of SEIU Local 521 gathered outside the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday
Members of SEIU Local 521 gathered outside the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday supporting a strike if demands were not met.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Picket signs being readied: During a virtual news conference Tuesday evening, leaders from SEIU 521 — which represents county nurses, social workers and public works employees, among others — said negotiations over salaries and working continues have stalled, and members are ready to walk off the job starting Jan. 25. Workers rejected the county’s “Last, Best and Final Offer” last week, setting up the showdown. Look for the full story bright and early tomorrow.

From December: County workers inch closer to striking after 93.5% vote to approve walkout

City closing temporary unhoused site at Depot Park

On Jan. 13, the city noticed the residents of the Depot Park temporary evacuation site to vacate by Jan. 18.
On Jan. 13, the city noticed the residents of the Depot Park temporary evacuation site to vacate by Jan. 18. City staff was on site on Monday and Tuesday to help people move their belongings.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Moving again: The city-run encampment at Santa Cruz’s Depot Park was set to close Tuesday, requiring between 30 and 35 unhoused residents to move. The city said it needs the space for increased COVID-19 testing capacity, as a testing venue is also operating on the site. Lookout’s Grace Stetson has more details here.

More on the unhoused: Santa Cruz tells Food Not Bombs it’s time to go: Lot 27 being cleared by city to make room for construction


Highway 1 closures begin tonight in Aptos as crews repair bridge

The Aptos bridge over Highway 1 damaged in 2017 storms is finally set to be repaired.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Finally: Crews will shut the northbound lanes overnight Tuesday and Wednesday and the southbound lanes overnight Thursday for a long-overdue fix on fencing and railings damaged during 2017 winter storms. See more details here.

Earlier: That smashed bridge over Highway 1 in Aptos is finally getting fixed

‘A day on, not a day off’: Volunteering on MLK Day

Matt Plumb cleans the Chinese memorial gate at Evergreen Cemetery in Santa Cruz on Jan. 17, 2022.
(Amber De Vos / For Lookout Santa Cruz)

Taking pride in the community: Solo and in groups, Santa Cruzans took to heart a day of service to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday. See the words and photos here.

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The federal government has created a website to order at-home COVID-19 tests. You can start ordering them Tuesday.
(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Test by mail: The website to order free rapid coronavirus tests went live on Tuesday, ahead of its scheduled Wednesday launch. Here’s what you need to know — via our partners at the Los Angeles Times — about ordering at-home COVID-19 tests through the federal government’s website.

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More from here & elsewhere

Santa Cruz County loses five more residents to COVID (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
Glimmers of hope for Bay Area on COVID, but ‘we’re not out of the woods’ (San Francisco Chronicle)
California drought: January is a rainfall bust. How big of a problem is that? (The Mercury News)
Can Santa Cruz County Build Hundreds of Mandated New Housing Units? (Good Times)
Santa Cruz harbor staff continue to assess damage from Saturday’s tsunami (KBSW)

And that’s the way it was on this Tuesday night. Be well everyone!

Dan Evans
Executive Editor

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