LOOKOUT PM: Pride flag controversy in Scotts Valley; COVID cases leveling off locally
It’s Monday yet again, folks,
I hope you had some time to unwind after a distressing end to last week.
We hopped right back into the swing of things today, following some outstanding coverage to finish off the previous week.
Let’s get into the headlines, with some tentatively good news to start...
Bay Area surge appears to be leveling off, but cases still high
COVID Dashboard: Cases have seem to be leveling off both locally and in the greater Bay Area, but recent large public gatherings have some concerned about new transmission. Get the latest numbers here.
Flag flap highlights ongoing community issues around diversity and inclusion
Soul-searching: The flag controversy — possibly equating a gay pride flag with that of the NRA or KKK — simply reflected Santa Cruz’s least diverse city coming to grips with new realities. An active Facebook group, with 230 members, is pushing forward on diversity and equity while Scotts Valley leaders candidly confront their city’s issues. See it all here.
ICYMI: One Friday in the new, post-Roe America: How losing abortion access changes us all
Opinion: Soon, the Santa Cruz area’s Planned Parenthood’s offices will see 250 to 500 more patients per week, out-of-state refugees pushed west by Friday’s Supreme Court decision to reverse Roe v. Wade. But those are only the ones who have the money and connections to get to us. Jessica Dieseldorff, a nurse practitioner at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte in Watsonville, writes about our new reality, both for those coming to California and for those of us here. Read her op-ed here.
California constitutional amendment securing abortion, contraceptive rights goes to voters
Moving forward: State lawmakers approved a measure Monday that will ask California voters in November whether to enshrine abortion and contraceptives rights in state Constitution. More from the L.A. Times here.
California company to shut off public access to forestland due to wildlife concerns
Fire season: Sierra Pacific Industries says concerns over drought and wildfire risk are prompting closure of its forests to public access starting July 1. More from the L.A. Times here.
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More from here & elsewhere
➤ Murderer of Santa Cruz County deputy pleads guilty (KSBW)
➤ California advances Texas-style lawsuits over illegal guns (KION)
➤Girl dies in cliff fall (Pajaronian)
➤ Watsonville artist proud to attach name to annual Wharf to Wharf race (Sentinel)
➤ Roe v. Wade defined an era. The Supreme Court just started a new one (FiveThirtyEight)
That’s it for Monday. Stay well, and we’ll be back tomorrow.