Young people with masks at a protest
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)
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Sunday Reads: Seeking a protest song for 2022; design in affordable housing

Time for a new ‘Ohio’: Where is the protest song we need in 2022?

The crowd outside the downtown Santa Cruz courthouse Tuesday.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Uvalde. Buffalo. George Floyd. Jan. 6. Can political protest music make a difference? A lesson from 50 years ago gives musical artists a blueprint for meeting the challenges of 2022. Read Wallace Baine’s Sunday column.

MORE FROM WALLACE: Read all of his columns here

Design matters in affordable housing

Mike Rotkin, five-time mayor of Santa Cruz, says the city needs more affordable housing, but we also must be careful what we build. Design, including open space and access to the San Lorenzo River, are key, he says. He cautions against cost-cutting, which could undermine increasingly strong public support for more affordable units. Read his full Community Voices opinion piece here.

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD: Here’s how to contribute a letter to the editor

Santa Cruz Pride in full swing

A man waves a flag during the Santa Cruz Pride Dyke/Trans March
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Lookout photojournalist Kevin Painchaud was on hand Saturday as Santa Cruz Pride festivities continued downtown with the Dyke/Trans March to the town clock, and events continue today, with the Pride Parade kicking off at 11 a.m. on Pacific Avenue, followed by the Pride Festival at Abbott Square beginning at noon. Read more here from Wallace about this year’s Pride slate, and plans to mark the upcoming 50th anniversary.


A cheat sheet for your Measure D migraine

A section of the rail line through Seabright
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

We asked the leaders of both Yes Greenway and No Way Greenway for their best succinct closing arguments on time to build, cost, equity and environmental impact, among other core issues in the rail-trail debate. With voting set to close in Santa Cruz County on Tuesday, here is a side-by-side look at those arguments.

The Measure D middle man: RTC lead Guy Preston must drive down two sets of tracks, neither without its peril
(Mark Conley)
Who is Bud Colligan? (Wallace Baine)
Meet the No Way Greenway leaders, Mark Mesiti-Miller and Melani Clark (Mark Conley)
Find the rest of our coverage, including Community Voices opinion pieces, here


A voter submits a ballot at a drop box
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

From Santa Cruz County ballot measures and candidates to statewide offices, Lookout and our content partners at CalMatters and the Los Angeles Times have you covered. Don’t fill out your ballot without perusing the links below.

ELECTION GUIDE: What to know down the stretch
BALLOT MEASURES: What they aim to accomplish and who’s for and against
COUNTY SUPERVISORS: Coverage of the races in Districts 3 and 4
STATE ASSEMBLY: Coverage of the races in Districts 28 and 30
COMMUNITY VOICES: Read op-eds from all the candidates plus opinion pieces on Measure D and more
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: What Santa Cruzans are saying about it all and how to have your say
U.S. SENATE: Why Alex Padilla is on the ballot twice
CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR: Coverage of the gubernatorial race
CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL: Coverage of the attorney general race
CALIFORNIA CONTROLLER: Coverage of the controller race
STATEWATCH: Find more on California politics here

In case you missed it ...

The home at 1307 West Cliff Dr. near the end of Fair Avenue.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Ask Lookout: Is the one iconic coast-side home along West Cliff Drive getting knocked down or restored? (Grace Stetson)
Eaters Digest: New Driscoll’s strawberry, Avant Garden Party returns and fun summer drinks (Lily Belli)
Santa Cruz CORE founder Jaimi Jansen pleads guilty in federal COVID fraud case (Max Chun)
Five Santa Cruz city parks vehicles set afire, causing $300,000 in damages (Grace Stetson)
Explained: How the new expanded transitional kindergarten program offers parents more choice — and more quandaries (Hillary Ojeda)