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Morning Lookout: Cabrillo VP in court and UCSC extends remote learning

Hello and good day, Santa Cruz! It’s Friday, Jan. 7, and a mainly cloudy day is ahead, with highs in the mid-50s (though your microclimate mileage may vary, as ever).

This morning will find a Cabrillo College administrator in a Los Angeles courtroom, with Paul De La Cerda facing felony charges of embezzlement and misappropriation of funds.

Meanwhile, remote instruction has been extended to Jan. 31 for UC Santa Cruz students amid the Omicron surge, adding two weeks to the original plan; the COVID-19 variant is also behind a wave of cancellations and postponements on the local entertainment scene — so if you’ve got plans tonight and into the weekend, check with the venue before you head out.

There is still plenty to do around the county, with First Friday events and more on tap today; this weekend also marks last call for a pair of local restaurants.

And in case you missed it, Rep. Jimmy Panetta had some strong words on the first anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Headlines? We got ‘em:

Cabrillo vice president to be arraigned today in Los Angeles

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

Paul De La Cerda is facing a pair of felony charges related to his previous job. Lookout’s Hillary Ojeda fills us in here.

BACKGROUND: Cabrillo vice president is charged with embezzlement, misappropriation of funds from former job (Lookout/Los Angeles Times)

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UCSC delays in-person instruction by two more weeks

The UC Santa Cruz campus
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In-person classes are now slated to resume Jan. 31 instead of Jan. 18 as the school tries to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Get the details from Hillary.

MASKING UP: Big push for Californians to switch to N95 or KN95 masks as Omicron surge worsens (Los Angeles Times)

The events word for 2022: Rescheduled.

The rise of the Omicron variant is bringing cancellations galore to Santa Cruz County’s entertainment scene. Read more here from Lookout’s Wallace Baine.

MORE PRECAUTIONS: Vaccine rates, where to find a COVID shot or test; wait, cost and turnaround times (Lookout)

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Creep through the Omicron fog for First Friday and more

A person looks out through fog over Monterey Bay
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If you’re looking to mask up and get out there this weekend — perhaps starting with First Friday events this evening — Wallace Baine and Lookout’s Team BOLO have some recommendations. Find them all here.

OUR FULL EVENTS CALENDAR: BOLO, your place to go for things to do

Hungry for Eaters Digest?

Owner Ayoma Wilen shows off some of Pearl of the Ocean's signature dishes.
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Lily Belli serves up her weekly look at our local food and drink scene, including farewells to Pearl of the Ocean and India Joze. Take a bite out of Eaters Digest here.

MORE FROM LILY: Find all of Lookout’s food and drink coverage in one place

One year later, Jimmy Panetta wants people to know that Jan. 6 was no fluke

“We must continue our responsibility to shield and strengthen our democracy,” the Central Coast congressman said on the first anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Capitol. Read his full statement.

MORE COVERAGE: Biden pledges to defend democracy on Jan. 6 anniversary (Los Angeles Times)

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California ballot will be heavy on health care

A voter submits a ballot at a drop box
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The Nov. 8 general election will ask voters to consider overturning the state’s flavored tobacco ban, decriminalizing psychedelic mushrooms and more. Our partners at Kaiser Health News check out the ballot measures.

MORE INITIATIVES: State seeks to speed credentials for 10,000 direly needed school mental health counselors (Los Angeles Times)

Around the county ...

Santa Cruz boundary oversight agency elects all-female leadership (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
Main Street project goes skyward in Watsonville (The Pajaronian)
COVID-19 outbreak puts a damper on local prep and college sports (The Press Banner)
Remembering Betty White: Actress, animal advocate, and Central Coast local (KAZU-FM)

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Be safe out there, power through this first Friday of 2022, and have an excellent weekend! See ya back here Monday morning.

Will McCahill
Lookout Santa Cruz

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