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
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.
City closing temporary unhoused site at Depot Park
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.
Highway 1 closures begin tonight in Aptos as crews repair bridge
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.
‘A day on, not a day off’: Volunteering on MLK Day
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.
Kaiser Permanente has partnered with systems change agency SupplyBank.org to disperse donations of sanitizing wipes, N95...
5 things to know about ordering free COVID tests (starting today)
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.
In true sustainable fashion, Bay Federal Credit Union partnered with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary...
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!