The southern corner of the East Meadow at UCSC
The southern corner of the East Meadow at UC Santa Cruz is one of two sites proposed for development as part of Student Housing West.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)
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Morning Lookout: Jackson Browne ruling, UCSC housing explainer, famous author inbound, storm latest

Good morning, all. It is Tuesday, March 14, and it’s another rainy one in Santa Cruz County, with flooding possible and the forecast calling for winds gusting to 55 mph or higher. We should get a respite with some sun Wednesday and Thursday, but chances are Mother Nature’s not done with us yet.

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In a ruling Max Chun gave us the backstory on Monday, a Santa Cruz judge essentially affirmed his earlier decision in the property between singer-songwriter Jackson Brown and an Aptos couple seeking to build on a neighboring property. Monday’s decision should allow Christopher Wheeler and Sarah Claus to move forward, Max reports, though Browne could still appeal.

UC Santa Cruz is also looking to build, and school officials are asking the University of California regents this week for almost $146 million for the school’s Student Housing West project. Hillary Ojeda is along with an explainer about the project and the resistance it’s facing.

The UCSC campus will also be the setting Wednesday for a visit from Jennifer Egan, and Wallace Baine talks to the author about her latest work, ChatGPT and the future of fiction for the latest Lookout Q&A.

Tuesday’s headlines also include opinion from Lookout Community Voices columnist Claudia Sternbach on aging, Christopher Neely’s newsletter on the local political scene and plenty more, so let’s see what’s what.

Santa Cruz judge issues final ruling in Aptos property dispute involving singer Jackson Browne

Plaintiffs Christopher Wheeler and Sarah Claus (top); Jackson Browne (bottom).
(Thomas Sawano / Lookout Santa Cruz (top); Jackson Browne / Facebook (bottom))

In affirming his earlier decision, Judge Timothy Volkmann essentially ruled that plaintiffs Christopher Wheeler and Sarah Claus can access their property using a driveway that runs through Browne’s land. There was no word on whether Browne and his son, Ethan, would appeal. Max Chun has the update.

PREVIOUSLY: Nightmare in Aptos paradise as Jackson Browne property dispute heads toward court decision

Student Housing West construction could begin this year if UC regents approve budget this week

A proposal to build family student housing and a child care center for students at staff on UCSC's East Meadow
(Via UC Santa Cruz)

At meetings Wednesday and Thursday of the University of California Board of Regents, UC Santa Cruz officials will ask for almost $146 million to fund building on the school’s East Meadow, at the corner of Hagar and Coolidge drives. Read an explainer from Hillary Ojeda.

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Will McCahill
Lookout Santa Cruz