A Santa waits for someone at an airport terminal.
Stefano Agosto meets his sister, Caterina Agosto of Italy, as she exits customs and baggage claim at Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX on Wednesday.
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Sunday Reads: Looking back at ’21 for 21'; finishing up ‘Unsung Santa Cruz’

WALLACE BAINE: A year later, our ’21 for ’21' crew looks back at 2021

From L-R: Rabbi Paula Marcus, Phil Kramer, Maria Elena De La Garza
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

The year that was: After yet another long year, Wallace Baine looks back on Lookout’s “21 for 21" series, produced in the waning months of 2020. These were people and groups we thought would have a significant and critical impact in 2021. Read how they thought the year went.

Final ‘Unsung’ for 2021: The story of a beloved bus driver who ‘vanished’ as COVID emerged

Domingo and Serena Tovar.
(Via the Tovar family)

Wrapping up: For the final “Unsung” for this year, Mark Conley brings you the tale of Domingo Tovar — the second person in Santa Cruz County to die of COVID-19. As the two-year mark nears of his unexpected passing in April 2020, his family and friends still grapple with how loss unfolded at the beginning of a little-understood pandemic. Read his story here.

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Overwhelmed by volunteers, organizers say holiday meal proof ‘we do care for each other’

Alicia Wright helps hand out food on Dec. 24 as part of the Food Not Bombs holiday meal service.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Special meals: Keith McHenry, founder of Food Not Bombs, said he was overwhelmed by community support as he prepared to distribute free meals to the unhoused population this holiday season. The group had festive offerings for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Haneen Zain has the story.

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Chelsea Cabrera (left) and Tram Vu at Mariposa Cuban Coffee
Chelsea Cabrera (left) and Tram Vu opened Mariposa Cuban Coffee inside Vu’s Sandwich Spot on Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

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What you need to know about California’s new composting law — a game changer for food waste (Los Angeles Times)
Magnitude 4.0 quake strikes off Pacific coast near Fortuna (Los Angeles Times)
Omicron, boosters and the local response during the holidays (Grace and Haneen)