LOOKOUT PM: You will love this edition because that’s what this day is for
Happy Monday evening, everybody. I hope you are enjoying this Valentine’s holiday with someone special.
But I also hope you’re remembering this: Every day should be one filled with love. So save some for tomorrow too.
In case you missed them earlier, we had a few fun features on offer to mark the occasion from our Max Chun, a man of many talents whether it’s with espresso art expressionism or providing a fun couples cheatsheet good for any day, not just this one.
To the headlines ...
California school mask mandate will remain in place through at least Feb. 28
A few extra weeks: California will keep its indoor mask mandate for K-12 schools in place at least through the end of the month, the state’s top health official said Monday, even as it moves this week to relax face covering rules in other settings. More from the LA Times here.
➤ PREVIOUSLY: Masks off again: Santa Cruz County to align with state next week as Omicron tapers off (Lookout)
Western megadrought is worst in 1,200 years, intensified by climate change, study finds
Even more new records: The extreme dryness that has ravaged the American West for more than two decades now ranks as the driest 22-year period in at least 1,200 years, and scientists have found that this megadrought is being intensified by humanity’s heating of the planet. More from the Times here.
U.S. relocating embassy from Ukraine’s capital amid fears of Russian invasion
Getting out in case: The U.S. is closing its embassy in Ukraine’s capital and relocating its operations and personnel from Kyiv, the capital, to another city amid fears of a looming Russian invasion, the State Department said Monday. More from the Times here.
No legal battles for California’s new election maps. But what lessons can be learned?
Looking back: California’s independent redistricting commission was slammed on social media and pummeled in public meetings. But its new maps don’t face any lawsuits, unlike in many other states. More from CalMatters here.
- Whose line is it anyway? A closer look at redistricting proposals and their impacts on Santa Cruz County (Lookout)
- California redistricting: What to know about the final maps and what it means for Santa Cruz County (CalMatters)
➤ LET’S CONNECT: See all the most recent listings here.
- Member Services Representative at Bay Federal Credit Union
- Guest Services Representative at The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
- Manager, Partnership Sales at Santa Cruz Warriors
ICYMI: Unhoused Santa Cruz Part 1
Three universal truths: In this first part of a three-part Sunday series, Lookout digs into the questions surrounding homelessness in Santa Cruz County. First up, how has a beautiful place with a progressive and generous population become a statewide epicenter for the needy? We explore that here.
➤ PART 2 COMING SUNDAY: Signs of hopefulness, signs of concern.
In true sustainable fashion, Bay Federal Credit Union partnered with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary...
ICYMI Part 2: Santa Cruz is Union City
Why are we an epicenter of organizing? The first two Starbucks stores in California to move to unionize — among 60 nationally — could soon be joined by another five. COVID-19, the student-heavy workforce and troublesome customers all have contributed to the movement. Max Chun with the story here.
More from here & elsewhere
➤ Warriors host anti-racism webinar for local students (Sentinel)
➤ At $110M, this Woodside estate is the Bay Area’s most expensive listing (SF Gate)
➤ Louisiana man is freed after new evidence uncovered in 1977 attempted rape conviction
➤ Bill Maher unloads on his biggest enemy at Bay Area show. And it’s not mask-wearing. (SF Gate)
➤ Russia-China alliance grows stronger as U.S. retreats from world stage (NBC News)
➤ Justin Trudeau invokes emergency powers to quell trucker protests in Canada (NBC News)
➤ CDC warns travelers to avoid 135+ destinations, including South Korea (USA Today)
That’s it for this Valentine’s Monday. See you back here tomorrow and please, please, please consider supporting this important mission by becoming a paying member. Show us your Lookout love right here. 😻
Deputy Managing Editor