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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

College Ten students Cheru Robinson and Ray Diaz start the John R. Lewis dedication ceremony at the Quarry Amphitheater
(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

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.

VACCINE: What you need to know about vaccines for children 5 and under


Flag flap highlights ongoing community issues around diversity and inclusion

A visiting nurse prepares a syringe to be used for the vaccine.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

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.

PREVIOUSLY: Scotts Valley mom fights for change in wake of bullied child’s suicide

ICYMI: One Friday in the new, post-Roe America: How losing abortion access changes us all

Aptos resident Kelly Spellman at the Blossom's Farmstore & Coffeeshop.
(Via Jessica Dieseldorff)

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.

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California constitutional amendment securing abortion, contraceptive rights goes to voters

Heather Blume

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

A sexual abuse victim points to the photos of Catholic priests accused of sexual misconduct

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.

Max Chun