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Greetings, readers.

We’ve officially reached the end of hump day, which is probably a welcome sight to everyone. Even so, I hope your week has been smooth sailing up to this point.

You know that cold weather I was talking about yesterday? Well, it looks like that will be accompanied by some more rain tomorrow and into the weekend. Maybe the April showers will indeed bring May flowers.

Anyways, moving on to the news ...

Lookout Update: Santa Cruz City Council maintains oversized parking ordinance

Shaun Burns
Members of Santa Cruz City Council discussed the Oversized Vehicle Ordinance again Tuesday evening, after councilmember Renee Golder called for a review of the ordinance following Planning Commission recommendations March 5.
(Grace Stetson / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Update: On Tuesday, Santa Cruz City Council rejected recommendations from the city’s planning commission on changes to the long-sought ordinance. Grace Stetson with the details.

Lookout Update: Santa Cruz overnight RV parking ban moves slowly forward

California’s reparations task force explained

Hundreds marched in Santa Cruz Tuesday to honor Geoge Floyd on the first anniversary of his death on May 25, 2021.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Looking ahead: A task force is helping state officials examine how African Americans have been harmed by slavery and systemic racism and, weighing that, how the state should respond. What reparations should there be? Check out the full story from CalMatters.

Lookout Update: BLM mural vandalism trial still not set; restitution hearing scheduled for late May


California Joshua tree is not threatened, regulators say. It could bring more development

A view of the Milky Way arching over Joshua Trees inside Joshua Tree National Park
A view of the Milky Way is framed by Joshua trees at Joshua Tree National Park
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Not endangered yet: State biologists recommend against listing the western Joshua tree as endangered due to climate change, saying the move would be premature. More from the L.A. Times here.

Clean-car rules: California unveils proposed measure to ban new gasoline-fueled cars

Drone photos of the Herald Examiner Building at 11th and Broadway, downtown. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
Arizona State University’s campus in the renovated Herald Examiner Building in downtown Los Angeles. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
(Anne Wernikoff / CalMatters)

Zero-emission: If enacted this summer, California’s mandate — the first in the world — would increase sales of electric or other zero-emission cars to 35% in 2026 and prohibit new gasoline or diesel cars by 2035. More from CalMatters here.

In governor’s race, challengers attack Newsom’s record on homelessness

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (right) listens as Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Heating up: Two of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s most vocal challengers in this year’s governor’s race are hoping to tap into voter anger over homelessness, crime and other quality-of-life issues. More from the L.A. Times here.

Here’s what putting a number on homelessness looked like, from Santa Cruz to Watsonville & beyond

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More from here & elsewhere

Rumored Salinas Amazon Warehouse plans fall through (KION)
Search continues in Santa Cruz for a man who broke into a dorm room (KSBW)
COVID: U.S. extends face mask requirements for planes, trains, buses — again (Mercury)
May 20 social in Santa Cruz to raise money to help end homelessness (Sentinel)
How NYC subway shooting helped police find him after nearly 30-hour manhunt (NBC)

That’s a wrap on Wednesday here at Lookout. Have a good night, all!

Max Chun