A rocket launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base
Tuesday night’s launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base.
(Via NASA)
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Morning Lookout: Reevaluating 831 Water St., volunteers needed and shooting asteroids

A chilly good morning, Santa Cruz County! It’s Wednesday, Nov. 24, and after this brisk start we’re headed for another sunny-and-60s kind of day.

Tuesday’s clear, cold night allowed some locals to see NASA’s latest launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base near Lompoc, a mission that aims to see whether smashing a spacecraft into an asteroid could change its course:

Back here on Earth, Tuesday marked another chapter in the saga of the 831 Water Street development in Santa Cruz; as Lookout’s Grace Stetson reports, the city council will reevaluate the project that includes some affordable housing, rescinding its earlier denial.

Meanwhile, with Thanksgiving just about here and the holiday season in full swing, Lookout’s Max Chun found that while food banks and other charitable organizations have seen demand grow amid the pandemic, the number of volunteers hasn’t kept pace.

And on the Thanksgiving + COVID front, Grace tapped Santa Cruz County Deputy Health Officer David Ghilarducci for advice on the feast, including what to do about unvaccinated relatives.

So let’s get to it:

Santa Cruz City Council rescinds denial, set to reevaluate 831 Water St. project

After the city received threats of litigation and pressure to act, the Santa Cruz City Council said updates from the developer would be considered at the Dec. 14 meeting. Lookout’s Grace Stetson explains the latest chapter.

PREVIOUSLY: ‘A costly mistake’ or still moving forward? After council rejection, future of 831 Water St. remains in flux (Lookout)

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The need ‘keeps growing’: Volunteers to feed the hungry remain in high demand as holidays draw closer

food bag
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

With so many still reeling from the COVID pandemic, charities, food banks, and other volunteer organizations are seeing increased demand for their services but not enough volunteers. Lookout’s Max Chun digs into the local scene.

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COVID-19 Thanksgiving, Round 2

How to prepare, when to mask up ... and what about those unvaxed relatives? Lookout’s Grace Stetson got advice on how to do Turkey Day safely.

RELATED: Get your guard back up, health officials warn: As holidays approach, gatherings could trigger COVID spread (Lookout)

California’s coast embraces child COVID-19 shots, but demand lags inland

Jemma Alejancra Garcia, 9, gets a COVID-19 vaccine in Los Angeles. 
(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

It’s a pattern that has experts concerned and could have serious implications for how a coronavirus winter surge could spread through various regions of the state. Our partners at the Los Angeles Times look at the numbers.

LOCAL EFFORTS: ‘So much hope, so much participation’: County parents lining up young ones for COVID-19 shots (Lookout)

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That’ll do it for now on this day before Thanksgiving. But Lookout has plenty on tap, including our Best Bets for things to do all over the county — so keep tabs throughout the day by bookmarking our website and following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also get the Best Bets newsletter, among others, delivered right to your inbox via the Lookout Newsletter & Text Center.

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Travel safely if that’s how you’re rolling — and a very happy Thanksgiving to everyone near and far. Morning Lookout and I will be back Friday.

Will McCahill
Lookout Santa Cruz