LOOKOUT PM: Electric cars, no masks on the Metro and a new behavioral health hotline
Well, friends, I hope that you got through Monday unscathed.
Even though we all had to leave our comfy weekend mode to begin a new week, the weather was nice and sunny pretty much all day long. More is on its way, too, with temperatures supposedly above 65 degrees all week.
Before we get started with Monday’s news, I’d like to remind all of you Lookout members and partners reading this that we’re having an open house at our office this Thursday, April 28, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
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And now, for the headlines.
COVID Dashboard: Metro ends mask mandate despite cases still ticking up
The latest: Though cases are ticking up locally, the Santa Cruz Metro rescinded its mask mandate for vaccinated patients. See the most recent data here.
The future looks electric: City of Santa Cruz committed to more updated EV charging stations, with county set to follow
Charge!: With California aiming to ban the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035, the race is on to build the infrastructure Santa Cruz County needs to keep up with the burgeoning fleet of electric options. Grace has the details.
‘A big lift’ to get 988 launched: Much to do, and plenty of need, as Santa Cruz County prepares to roll out new behavioral health hotline
More help: Health officials and organizations across the country, including in Santa Cruz County, are preparing for a major revamp of how services respond to behavioral health crisis calls. A new 988 number, launching nationwide in July, will provide people with a trained responder who can help the caller resolve a mental health crisis. Read more from Hillary here.
April storms make small dent in California’s drought, but it’s not enough
Icons of Santa Cruz: Pizza My Heart’s popular T-shirts are the most affordable way to represent local pride
Pizza culture: With its super-cheap shirt-and-a-slice promotion, Pizza My Heart has created a surf-culture vibe that has made waves throughout the Bay Area. Wallace Baine looks at the phenomenon in the latest installment of our series spotlighting the people, places and things that are immediately identifiable with Santa Cruz County. Check out the story from Wallace here.
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More from here & elsewhere
➤ Antisemitic flyers pop up in Danville; local rabbi says fight hatred with love (KSBW)
➤ Watsonville: Hillcrest Estate residents could be liable for soil contamination issues (Sentinel)
➤COVID-19 cases are rising sharply again — should we worry? (Mercury)
➤ PVUSD leader named region’s Superintendent of the Year (Pajaronian)
➤ Elon Musk to buy Twitter in $44 billion deal (CNN)
... And another Monday in the books. I must say, I think I’m getting the hang of this newsletter thing pretty well here! That said, thanks for reading. I’ll be back at it tomorrow.