Morning Lookout: Affordable housing for farmworkers and a composting crusade
Good morning! It’s Thursday, Dec. 9, and Santa Cruz County will see partly sunny skies later today, though temperatures will barely scrape the 60s for many of us.
Here’s what I know this morning:
- Agricultural workers have been largely ignored in affordable housing discussions, but a new housing development near Watsonville will dedicate nearly half of its units to farmworkers, Lookout’s Grace Stetson reports.
- Grace also reported on the special election for Watsonville City Council, in which Vanessa Quiroz-Carter held a slim lead over Francisco Barba.
- A state law that goes into effect Jan. 1 will require Californians to separate organic material from their other garbage a — a landmark reform that aims to transform the state’s throwaway culture.
- And young Latinos are dying of COVID-19 at an alarming rate, and the effects could be felt for generations.
Let’s dig in:
Affordable housing development focused on farmworkers approved
Advocates say the Pippin Phase II project near Watsonville will provide sorely needed homes for agricultural workers, a group largely ignored in affordable housing discussions. Lookout’s Grace Stetson has the lowdown on the development here.
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Quiroz-Carter holds slim lead over Barba in Watsonville special election
Who wins the vacant seat could change the political balance on the seven-member council on several hot-button issues. Get the details here from Grace.
➤ BACKGROUND: Here’s what you need to know about the special election for Watsonville City Council (Lookout)
California goes to war with food waste
Those banana peels, pizza boxes and coffee grounds you throw away? Starting Jan. 1, local government will need to start composting them, in part to reduce greenhouse gases. Our partners at the Los Angeles Times look at the changes ahead.
➤ MORE CHALLENGES: California considers $500 fines for water wasters as drought worsens, conservation lags (Los Angeles Times)
Young Latinos’ COVID deaths could reverberate for generations
The families of the young Latinos who have died during the pandemic will feel the loss for decades to come — not just the grief but the long-term financial hardships. Get an overview here from the Times.
➤ FROM MAY: Latinos are the most eager to get vaccinated, survey shows — but face obstacles (Kaiser Health News)
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Now comes the hard part for California’s reparations task force
The panel has a monumental challenge: crafting a historic reparations proposal that earns the support of Black Californians and a majority of California lawmakers. The Times maps out next steps.
➤ BACKGROUND: California’s slavery reparations task force is convening — here’s what to know (Lookout)
Around the county ...
➤ San Jose man arrested for allegedly maintaining sexual relations with minors (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
➤ Supervisors revamp rules for wireless communication facilities (The Pajaronian)
➤ One killed, another injured in rollover crash on Highway 129 (KSBW-TV)
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Have a fantastic Thursday, and we’ll catch you back here tomorrow morning.
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