An aerial view of the collapsed sidewalk along West Cliff Drive
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)
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Morning Lookout: West Cliff erosion fallout, UCSC strike uncertainty and holiday events calendar

Greetings, Lookout fam! It is Wednesday, Nov. 30, and though we’ve got a mostly sunny day with highs in the 50s on tap for Santa Cruz County, rain is in the forecast overnight and likely to continue into the weekend.

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If you’ve been along West Cliff Drive in the past week you’ll likely have noticed a section of collapsed sidewalk — and the continued erosion along the iconic Santa Cruz roadway has sparked more talk about plans to convert it to a one-way street, Max Chun reports.

Up the hill at UC Santa Cruz, uncertainty abounds for students and faculty as the academic workers strike drags on. With the quarter’s end in sight, Thomas Sawano reports, it’s complicated.

And with December right around the corner, that means holiday events are revving up around the county — and who better to give us the scoop than Wallace Baine?

We’re also still seeking nominations for our upcoming Unsung Santa Cruz series, so if you know someone who is working every day at a vital but overlooked job or undertaking with little to no appreciation, read on for how you can get them recognized. You can also revisit our 2021 series right here.

Wednesday’s headlines also include the latest local food and drink news from Lily Belli, so let’s dig in.

Will West Cliff sidewalk collapse, continued erosion eventually pave the way for a one-way street?

The collapsed walkway on West Cliff Drive between Woodrow Avenue and Columbia Street.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

The collapse of a section of sidewalk along West Cliff Drive last week shows that eroding cliffs pose a danger to roads and walkways along the coastline. Though some projects within the West Cliff Drive Adaptation and Management Plan are set for an undertaking, one idea — converting West Cliff Drive to a one-way street — is still just a concept. Could the recent cave-in change that? Here’s what Max Chun found out.

PREVIOUSLY: A one-way West Cliff Drive? Remove ice plant? Inside the plan to fix Santa Cruz’s iconic, eroding street (Lookout)

With finals looming, UCSC students face unknowns as academic worker strike likely to continue through quarter

Second-year students Lola Quiroga (left) and Nazalin Dickerson (right) stand in front of UCSC's McHenry Library.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Though a Tuesday deal for University of California academic researchers and postdoctoral scholars marks progress on the bargaining front, undergraduates and professors alike still feel the weight of the largest academic worker action in history as UC Santa Cruz heads into final exam season. Thomas Sawano has the details.

FROM TUESDAY: UC strike: Postdoctoral scholars, researchers reach tentative deal but will honor pickets (Los Angeles Times)


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Will McCahill
Lookout Santa Cruz