LOOKOUT PM: How the city plans to spend $14.6 million on homelessness
Happy Tuesday evening, folks.
How will the city of Santa Cruz spend $14.6 million of state funds on homelessness? That was a key topic of discussion today at Santa Cruz City Council, where a three-year plan was outlined in detail. And, as expected, the future of the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line will go to a countywide vote in June.
To all of the headlines du jour we go ...
How will Santa Cruz spend $14.6 million in state homelessness funding?
Lookout Update: The state has given the city $14.6 million in one-year funding to better address the homelessness crisis. On Tuesday, city officials started to lay out how that money will be used. More from Grace Stetson here.
Cruz coffee shoes, the return of reusables and Big Basin’s downtown move
Lily Belli on Food: Don’t forget your coffee cup next time you visit your favorite coffeehouse: Under a new ordinance, you may receive a 25-cent discount — or be assessed a 25-cent fee if you forget. Starting today, we will once again be able to bring in reusable containers and cups to restaurants and cafés in the city of Santa Cruz, and the city is encouraging us to do so. That and a ton more from Lily here.
California surpasses 9 million coronavirus cases, equal to nearly 1 in 4 residents
What it means: The case count is larger than the combined population of San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties, and equivalent to nearly 25% of Californians testing positive at some point in the past two-plus years. More from the LA Times here.
Biden blocks Russian oil imports in latest round of sanctions on Kremlin
The story President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that the U.S. will ban Russian oil imports, the latest sanction against the Kremlin over its unprovoked war in Ukraine. More from the Times here.
Ukraine wants a no-fly zone. Why do the U.S. and NATO reject the idea?
Why not a no-fly: A no-fly zone to protect Ukraine from Putin’s bombs would involve complex ground operations and risk U.S.-Russian conflict and wider war in Europe. More from the Times here.
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‘I want to donate to the Ukrainian military’
Crowdfunding becomes part of Ukraine’s arsenal: Americans and other outsiders are helping Ukraine mount a crowdfunding war online. As the U.S. government and other NATO powers send weapons to Ukraine and impose economic sanctions on Russia, many private citizens, companies and others sympathetic to Ukraine have been waging a parallel effort online to, directly and indirectly, contribute to the country’s resistance and humanitarian efforts. More from the Times here.
Q&A: Darrie Ganzhorn, hunger fighter of the year
What it means: 2021 produced unprecedented hunger in Santa Cruz County. Among those recognized by Second Harvest Food Bank for helping meet the need is the longtime leader of the Homeless Garden Project, Darrie Ganzhorn. More from Christian Abraham here.
More from here & elsewhere
➤ Branciforte fire formalizes intent to merge with Scotts Valley fire (Sentinel)
➤ Santa Cruz O’Neill Sea Odyssey hires new executive director (Sentinel)
➤ Man, woman found dead outside Rodeway Inn (Pajaronian)
➤ Calif. brewery’s legal battle with beer giant heads to court (SF Gate)
➤ Last Woolworth’s diner, in Central California, to be restored (SF Gate)
➤ Blockbuster trade: Pro Bowl QB Wilson dealt to Broncos in stunner (USA Today)
That’s it for a beautiful Tuesday evening in March. Tomorrow we will get over the mid-week hump together, y’all.
Deputy Managing Editor