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Morning Lookout: Surfboards get new place in history, Humble Sea expands

Good Morning! It’s Wednesday, July 7 and we’ll see intermittent clouds and a high of 76 today.

This weekend, three classic surfboards, each from a different era, are getting a special place in the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum. Meanwhile, the recovery phase of the post-covid world is looking good for powerhouse brewers Humble Sea, which just expanded its reach and planted its flag in Pacifica.

Also, one odd long-range COVID side effect is being observed in men: erectile dysfunction. On the other hand, with kids under 12 not being eligible for the vaccine yet, how worried should parents be about the Delta variant?

Let’s dive in:

Historic surfboards to be inducted into Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

The original Santa Cruz Surfing Club
The original Santa Cruz Surfing Club, circa 1941, with Fred Hunt (fourth from right) with the board to be inducted Saturday into the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum.

Three surfboards from three different eras in local surfing’s rich history — including one that once belonged to Fred Hunt, one of the founders of the Santa Cruz Surfing Club in 1936 — have their moment in a ceremony to be held Saturday. Read more from our Wallace Baine here.

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UPDATE: Santa Cruz Community Credit Union pushes back, says it has been transparent with members

Outside the Santa Cruz Community Credit Union at 324 Front Street in Santa Cruz.
Outside the Santa Cruz Community Credit Union at 324 Front Street in Santa Cruz.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz )

Santa Cruz Community Credit Union representatives pushed back yesterday on members’ claims that the institution hadn’t been transparent with members about the pending sale of the credit union’s downtown location, saying that it had notified them several times in accordance with state law. Read the full update from our Neil Strebig here.

MAH to debut new downtown arts festival in September

A look at the "Ocean of Light: Submergence" exhibition.
(Courtesy Santa Cruz MAH)

Slated for Sept. 16-19 both indoors and out, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History’s “Frequency” festival will showcase digital arts, focused on light, sound and interactivity. Read more from Wallace here.

The takeover continues: Humble Sea’s Pacifica taproom off and running

Humble Sea has colonized what used to the Devil's Slide Taproom in Pacifica.
(Via Humble Sea)

Santa Cruz brewing powerhouse Humble Sea has planted its flag in Pacifica, with its new taproom there now open for business Thursday through Sunday. It’s the latest step in expansion plans that also include taking over the Cremer House in Felton. Read more from Neil here.

COVID 2021 & Recovery


COVID-19 and lasting erectile dysfunction: Here’s what we know: Can COVID-19 cause lasting erectile dysfunction? This is now the topic of some discussion among doctors and health experts as they try to better understand the effects of the coronavirus. Some men are coming into doctors’ offices saying the issue has cropped up after a covid infection, a urologist said. At the moment, there’s primarily anecdotal evidence, and “we don’t know the scale of the problem at this point.” Read more here.

Japanese American youth and their families enjoy an evening at Terasaki Budokan Center in Little Tokyo

What the Delta variant means for unvaccinated kids: With kids under 12 still ineligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, how worried should parents be about the Delta variant? “Despite all the talk about the light at the end of the tunnel, the virus is not gone by any means, and we have to be able to respond,” one epidemiologist says. Read more here.

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Michelle Mariscal, an ecologist for the Puente Hills Habitat Preservation Authority
Michelle Mariscal, an ecologist for the Puente Hills Habitat Preservation Authority, walks into the Harbor Boulevard Wildlife Underpass in La Habra Heights, on June 30, 2021. “This is the wildlife’s gateway to the open space on either side of this busy road,” Mariscal said. “The animals to the underpass are able to live longer lives.” Photo by Pablo Unzueta for CalMatters

California is betting $61 million that new highway crossings will keep wildlife safe: Large animals cause 20 crashes a day on California highways. Experts say special bridges and tunnels — including a tunnel under Highway 17 in the Santa Cruz Mountains — can prevent them and protect endangered species. This year, conservationists are encouraged by action at the state Capitol. Read more here.

Graciela Gomez looks out the window from her boyfriend's home in South Gate.

California may move to regulate booming debt settlement industry: As California emerges from the pandemic, some residents face crippling personal debt, even as many of the state’s richest residents have seen their wealth grow. Among the economic winners is the booming debt settlement industry and now California lawmakers are considering legislation that would more tightly regulate the industry. Read more here.

Around the county...

Santa Cruz police ID homicide victim (Santa Cruz Sentinel)

Watsonville Police: Department window shot, illegal fireworks seized over holiday weekend (KION-TV)

$1K cash prize found along walking trail in Santa Cruz mountains (Patch)

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