Morning Lookout: County’s first public defender and a home for local playwrights
Good morning, friends! Today is Wednesday, March 23, and what’s been a foggy morning in some places is forecast to give way to more sun and highs in the 70s and nearing 80.
The Lookout machine is up and running this morning — here’s what’s new:
- Max Chun spoke with Heather Rogers, a Santa Cruz native who’s taking over as the county’s first public defender, about her philosophy on her new role.
- Wallace Baine caught up with Kate Hawley, a homegrown playwright whose latest work is getting the world-premiere treatment from Jewel Theatre Company.
- And Wallace has a Q&A with Jewel’s artistic director, whose goal is to produce one play a year from a local talent.
All that plus an update on outdoor dining in downtown Santa Cruz and a win for UCSC student-parents, so let’s dive in:
Heather Rogers, the first public defender in Santa Cruz County history, doesn’t see cases, only people
“You know how when you find something that you love, it just feels like you don’t want to stop? That was how public defense was for me from the very beginning.” Read her full Q&A with Max Chun.
Homegrown Kate Hawley spins a new tale of middle-age angst
Jewel Theatre is set to give Santa Cruz playwright Kate Hawley a world premiere of “Remains to Be Seen.” It’s the third time the company has debuted her work. Wallace Baine traces Hawley’s path.
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Julie James looking for jewels from local playwrights
Jewel Theatre Company artistic director Julie James says she has one goal: To produce one local play a year. James gets the Q&A treatment from Wallace.
➤ FROM NOVEMBER: Change in scenery gives Jewel Theatre ‘new vision’ for long-awaited revival of ‘Pump Boys and Dinettes’ (Lookout)
- Housing Now Housing Navigator III at Housing Matters
- Associate Director for Outreach & Prevention at UC Santa Cruz
- Director, Stroke & Disability Learning Center (SDLC) and Adaptive Physical Education at Cabrillo College
- Finance Director at Gateway Center of Monterey County
- Finance Manager at O’Neill Sea Odyssey
Outdoor dining to stay in downtown Santa Cruz
What might have looked like workers dismantling parklets on the 1100 block of Pacific Avenue is in fact just modifications as the block prepares to reopen to one-way vehicle traffic. Lily Belli scopes out the next steps for outdoor dining and more in her latest newsletter.
➤ MORE FROM LILY: Find all of Lookout’s food and drink coverage in one place
A baby step: UCSC students celebrate reopening of infant care program
Graduate students at UC Santa Cruz are celebrating a small but impactful decision: The school is reopening its infant care program after it closed in December 2019. Hillary Ojeda has the details.
➤ MORE FROM HIGHER ED: A plan for 300 on-campus beds for Cabrillo College students? Here’s how that is taking shape (Lookout)
Humanitarian crisis in Ukraine deepens as Biden travels to Europe
Ukrainian officials say Russian forces hijacked an aid convoy bound for Mariupol, the scene of the worst humanitarian crisis of the nearly monthlong war. Our partners at the Los Angeles Times have the latest.
➤ COMING SUNDAY: Singing for the children of Ukraine, Santa Cruz Chorale matches the moment (Lookout)
Around the county ...
➤ Santa Cruz County takes steps to mitigate rental eviction (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
➤ Watsonville officers apprehend teen with gun near Watsonville High (KSBW)
➤ Pajaro River levee engineer’s report open for public comment (The Pajaronian)
➤ Downtown Santa Cruz library renderings released (Santa Cruz Local)
➤ Why Santa Cruz punk bands have the world’s attention (Good Times)
And we’re off and running into this hump day. Much more in store, of course, so keep tabs throughout the day by bookmarking our website and following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And if you’re enjoying our coverage, please tell your family and friends about our Lookout Newsletter & Text Center, where they can sign up for all the newsletters and alerts we offer.
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Have a fantastic Wednesday!
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