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Good Morning! It’s finally Friday (August 27), and it will be a warm one today with a high in the 80s. The National Weather Service also says there will be widespread haze after 3 p.m.

After the terrible attacks at Kabul Airport that left more than a dozen American servicemen and possibly hundreds more dead, President Joe Biden vowed retaliation yesterday in an address. This morning, the Associated Press reports evacuation flights have resumed with new urgency. Meanwhile, if you’re following the coverage and wondering how you can help refugees pouring into the country, the LA Times has created a great list of organizations where you can donate time and resources to help.

Meanwhile, as the pandemic continues to rage on, state lawmakers are mulling a statewide vaccine mandate — likely of the most politically challenging government mandates of the entire pandemic. And to ensure the pandemic doesn’t stop you from voting in the September 14 recall election, it’s still not too late to vote by mail. Here’s how.

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Biden vows retaliation for Kabul bombings that killed U.S. troops and Afghans

President Joe Biden
( via YouTube)

‘We will hunt you down and make you pay.’: President Joe Biden, confronted with a wave of bloodshed days before U.S. forces were expected to finish withdrawing from Afghanistan, pledged that he would retaliate against the terrorists who killed 13 American service members in yesterday’s attack on the evacuation operation at Kabul’s airport. “We will not forgive. We will not forget,” he said. Read more here.

Inside Abbey Gate, British and American security forces maintain order amongst the Afghan evacuees waiting to leave, in Kabul
Thousands of people have tried to secure flights out of Afghanistan. Here, U.S. and U.K. security forces are seen with Afghans at the Kabul airport on Wednesday. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

How you can help organizations in California working to resettle Afghan refugees: As you witness the scenes of desperation as Afghans try to secure evacuation flights out of the Kabul international airport, you might be wondering how you can help. When Afghan refugees make it past the first hurdle of leaving their home, they’re met with their second challenge of rebuilding their lives in the United States. This is where you might come in. Read more on how to help here.

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COVID 2021 Updates

Middle school teacher Michelle Survillas, left, of Riverside gets the Moderna vaccine

California lawmakers grapple with whether to impose a statewide COVID-19 vaccination mandate: State lawmakers are considering one of the most politically challenging government mandates of the pandemic yet: requiring Californians to show proof of vaccination to enter many indoor business establishments and forcing workers to get vaccinated or regularly tested. Read more here.

Nurses Janet Stovall, left, and Candace Brim, right, are based in North Carolina

Nurse shortages in California reaching crisis point: Around California — and the nation — nurses are trading in high-pressure jobs for a career change, early retirement or less demanding assignments, leading to staffing shortages in many hospitals. But burnout isn’t the only thing compounding California’s nursing shortage. Read more here.

Kaiser planning its largest Santa Cruz County campus in Live Oak: Here’s what you need to know

An artist rendering of the proposed 5940 Soquel Avenue Kaiser Permanente medical building project.
(Via Pacific Medical Buildings)

The planning phase of Kaiser Permanente’s Live Oak medical office project has flown relatively under the radar since it was publicly announced in 2018. But the project 一 which will be Kaiser’s largest Santa Cruz County campus 一 is now inching closer to reality. If plans are approved, the site at 5490 Soquel Avenue is expected to become a four-story, 160,000-square-foot medical facility. Read more from our Neil Strebig here.

BOLO Best Bets: Final weekend for Shakespeare and comedy fest, plus live music and ... reptiles?

A flyer for the Santa Cruz Pride Picnic

The long weekend might still be a week away but that doesn’t mean this weekend has to be boring. Lookout’s Team BOLO has been hard at work assembling a list of the best and most interesting events happening around town for you to enjoy with friends and family. Check out this week’s Best Bets Newsletter here and if you want to sign up to get their weekly email as well, you can do so here. Also, if you haven’t yet checked out our BOLO (Be On The Lookout) Events Calendar, I highly recommend it.

Californians can all vote by mail in the recall. Here’s how

Ballot box

If California was flirting with mail-in voting before 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic performed a shotgun wedding. The ballots for the Sept. 14 recall election have already been delivered, and voters are starting to fill them out and return them. But it’s not too late to obtain a mail-in ballot if you’re a freshly registered voter or you’re living at a new address. Here are a few tips for how to obtain, return and track your ballot.

Around the county...

Watsonville City Council approves development as possible litigation looms (The Pajaronian)

Santa Cruz County registrar puts voting on wheels (KSBW-TV)

Two male suspects stole $1,500 worth of dentist equipment in Aptos (KION-TV)

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Have a great day!

Tulsi Kamath
Lookout Santa Cruz

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