Morning Lookout: Start of the heatwave, drought conditions and BOLO
Good Morning! It’s Friday, July 9. Weather is top of mind for us as surging temperatures around the area could make for dangerous conditions this weekend, especially in the Santa Cruz Mountains. More on that lower down.
Meanwhile, Santa Cruz County, along with many others, is officially under the governor’s emergency drought orders, expanded yesterday as he asked residents to conserve water. If you felt a rattler yesterday afternoon, it might have been a 5.9 quake that struck between Yosemite and Mammoth, the reverberations of which were felt across the Bay Area.
And finally, I have some exciting news lower down about our brand new events calendar that we think you’re going to love.
Here’s your news:
The heat wave & Santa Cruz: Pleasantly warm in the lowlands, hot, hot, hot in the upper mountains
Downtown Santa Cruz will reach the upper 80s on Saturday but the higher points of the San Lorenzo Valley — such as Ben Lomond and Boulder Creek — will push as high as 104 and possibly not cool down below the low 80s at night. Read more about the forecasted heatwave here.
It’s official: Santa Cruz County now in drought state of emergency
Gov. Gavin Newsom added Santa Cruz County to the state’s drought state of emergency list Thursday; with that list now including 50 of California’s 58 counties, Newsom is encouraging all residents to voluntarily reduce water usage by 15%. Read more here.
California’s regional drought state of emergency: What you need to know
With extended drought emergency declarations in place, roughly 42% of Californians have been asked to control and reduce water consumption. Read everything you need to know about the basics of California’s worsening drought situation.
‘Circus’ act: Capitola’s baker/composer returns to Cabrillo Stage with his latest pop opera: Local playwright/composer Joe Ortiz highlights Cabrillo Stage’s new summer season with his latest musical, “Circus: Knives, Blood & Water.” Longtime collaborator Greg Fritsch says, “It’s about the terrible cost of secrets and lies, and the power of truth and forgiveness.” Read more here.
Get your summer reads on: Santa Cruz libraries expanding hours: Beginning Saturday, the downtown, Live Oak, Capitola, Scotts Valley, Felton and La Selva Beach branches will all have extended hours as county facilities continue their post-pandemic reopening. Read more here.
Kaiser Permanente’s Santa Cruz County service area is building partnerships with community and government organizations...
Y’all check out BOLO yet?
Yesterday, many of you received our first-ever Best Bets newsletter, as we launched a cool new feature for you — a comprehensive events calendar for things happening in Santa Cruz County. Let me explain:
What is BOLO? It stands for Be On the Lookout and is the name of our events calendar that is a searchable database of everything you could possibly want to do around town. See it here.
What is Best Bets? At Lookout, we have a Team BOLO, led by Wallace Baine, which is tasked with mining the calendar and talking to venues around town to curate a weekly list of the biggest and best bets for events. We will send this list out every Thursday afternoon so you have what you need to prep weekend plans. Read the first one here and sign up to get the Best Bets newsletter here.
What is Down The Line? As an added bonus, our Wallace Baine is keeping track of the MAJOR events happening in town that you will need to plan for months in advance. His Down The Line list is so comprehensive, it includes events all the way into 2022. You can read it here.
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Around the county...
Aptos artist drops out of Open Studios after tension around her vaccine status (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
MVC coaching duo steps down after more than a decade with programs (The Pajaronian)
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