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Morning Lookout: Introducing Unsung Santa Cruz; Cabrillo VP put on leave

Good day, dear readers! Welcome to Tuesday, Dec. 14 — we’re expecting a cloudy day with some leftover showers, with highs in just the low 50s, as the storm that soaked Santa Cruz County yesterday peters out.

While we might not see a lot of actual sunshine today, a series we’re launching today will bring you stories of little-known folks who make our area a better place to live. Lookout Executive Editor Dan Evans introduces Unsung Santa Cruz here, and check back later today for the first installment, a not-to-be-missed profile from Wallace Baine.

That’s not all the news I’ve got for you this morning:

Let’s dig into those headlines:

In time for the holidays, stories of little-known folks who make this a better place to live

As we reach the end of another trying year, Lookout wants to take a look at Santa Cruz County’s quiet heroes. Executive Editor Dan Evans introduces Unsung Santa Cruz.

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READ THE STORY: Cabrillo vice president is charged with embezzlement, misappropriation of funds from former job
(Via Cabrillo College)

Paul De La Cerda is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 7 related to two felonies he is accused of committing while employed by East Los Angeles College. Lookout’s Dan Evans and Hillary Ojeda have the details here.

MORE ON CABRILLO: Get all of Lookout’s coverage in one place

Santa Cruz County storm watch

The swollen San Lorenzo River near downtown Monday.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Rain caused over 18,000 to lose power, and the San Lorenzo Valley saw evacuation warnings. Lookout’s Hillary Ojeda reported on the effects of the atmospheric river.

MORE FROM THE STORM: See photos here from Lookout’s Kevin Painchaud

Time running out for Santa Cruz County residents to apply for help paying for broadband

File image of person using laptop
(Via Pixabay)

There’s a Dec. 31 deadline to apply for a federal program that gives eligible households $50 per month toward high-speed internet access, one that’s complemented by a local effort to mitigate inequality and deliver reliable service to underserved areas. Get the details from Lookout’s Grace Stetson.

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ICYMI: California orders statewide mask requirement starting Wednesday

Christian Loza, 7, left, receives a vaccination
(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

The move comes after COVID-19 cases have risen by 50% in the past two-plus weeks. Read more here from our partners at the Los Angeles Times.

LOCALLY: Vaccine update: Rates, where to find a COVID shot or test; wait, cost and turnaround times (Lookout)

California proposes big changes to rooftop solar incentives

Grid Alternatives solar installers place solar panels on a Los Angeles rooftop.
(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Solar companies were furious, saying the changes will harm the market for clean energy. The Times delves into the proposal.

FROM LAST WEEK: California goes to war with food waste. Composting is its next climate crusade (Los Angeles Times)

Around the county ...

Christmas tree sellers optimistic despite national shortage (The Pajaronian)
Santa Cruz Warriors host Ignite, sixth annual ‘Pajama Night’ on Friday (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
After $14 million in damage, how a redwood park is rebounding from last year’s devastating wildfires in the Santa Cruz Mountains (San Jose Mercury News)

That’s it for the moment, but bookmark our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all we have in store, including the first installment of our Unsung Santa Cruz series. You can also get Lookout delivered to your phone and inbox by visiting our Lookout Newsletter & Text Center.

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Stay safe, have an excellent Tuesday, and I’ll see you back here tomorrow morning!

Will McCahill
Lookout Santa Cruz

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