Retiring KSBW-TV reporter Phil Gomez
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Morning Lookout: All-in on Election 2022, Phil Gomez calls it quits and not-so-Merry Pranksters

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One person you won’t see covering Santa Cruz County election news this year? That would be Phil Gomez, as the gloriously mustachioed KSBW-TV newsman is heading off into retirement in Aptos — “I’m nervous,” he tells Wallace Baine, but says he’s ready to leave the daily deadline grind behind.

And in our Community Voices opinion section, Evan Quarnstrom writes about what he has learned about his late father, Dean, via his writing — including about Dean Quarnstrom’s time in the orbit of counterculture heroes the Merry Pranksters.

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On the Campaign Trail: Inside Election 2022 in Santa Cruz County

A roundup of news, notes, quotes and more on the candidates and measures up and down the ballot around Santa Cruz County in Election 2022, with Thursday’s updates including the race for Capitola City Council, county supervisor candidates and thoughts from a Watsonville City Council member. Check it all out here.

LOOKOUT ELECTIONS 2022: Three candidate forums, On the Campaign Trail, Access Democracy and deep looks at candidates and measures (Lookout founder and CEO Ken Doctor)

The ’Stache goes off into the sunset: After 40 years, KSBW’s Phil Gomez retires from TV news

After nearly 40 years as a TV newsman, Phil Gomez is retiring to find out what life off camera is like.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Phil Gomez has been a fixture and a comfort for Santa Cruz County viewers during his decades at KSBW-TV, and while he says, “I’m scared. I’m nervous. I don’t know what to expect” about stepping away, he’s plenty ready to trade in the deadline grind for a chill Aptos retirement. Wallace Baine on a local legend.

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