La Perla del Pacifico's seafood molcajete.
La Perla del Pacifico’s seafood molcajete, overflowing with shrimp, heads-on prawns, mussels, calamari, octopus and scallops in a deeply flavorful diablo sauce.
(Laura Sutherland / Lookout Santa Cruz)
Latest News

Morning Lookout: Watsonville lunch fare, Highway 9 update, 4/20 haze & Student Lookout

And we’re back! It’s Friday, April 21, and another sunny day is ahead around Santa Cruz County, with highs approaching 80 in some spots.

No time for the tour? By all means, scope out Lookout’s latest at your own pace.
JUMP TO ... Latest News | Opinion | Events | Guides | Puzzles | Obituaries

To Watsonville we go to start this Friday, where Laura Sutherland has a sampling of the wealth of lunch options — a seafood standby, farm-to-table fare, runway views and a speakeasy-style taqueria with a stellar craft beer selection are just a taste of what you might find.

From the Santa Cruz Mountains, Max Chun has good news about Highway 9, which could fully reopen to two-way traffic next week, nearly four months after the San Lorenzo Valley artery was blocked by a storm-driven landslide.

This being Friday, you won’t want to miss Wallace Baine’s Weekender, packed with recommendations for things to do all over the county, plus news and notes including what the Boardwalk has planned on the music and movies front this summer.

The day’s headlines also include a look at 4/20 festivities at UC Santa Cruz and a reason to be careful about honking your horn — so keep it locked in as we check it out.

A (definitely not definitive) guide to lunch in Watsonville

Ranch Milk Mexican Grill features gas station pumps and a spacious taqueria inside.
(Laura Sutherland / Lookout Santa Cruz)

There’s no shortage of options when the noon hour finds you in Watsonville with a rumbly tummy. Laura Sutherland has a few suggestions, from a seafood standby to farm-to-table and airport views to a taqueria/craft beer gem tucked speakeasy-style inside a gas station. Get a taste here.

IN VINO VERITAS: A guide to Westside Santa Cruz’s walkable wine scene

Highway 9 overnight closures set for next week; two-way traffic could return by midweek

Caltrans crews work to clear a massive landslide on Highway 9 that destroyed a guardrail and exposed a buried water main.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

A half-mile section of Highway 9 hasn’t seen two-way traffic since it was struck by a New Year’s Eve landslide. Crews will work to put finishing touches on repairs next week to fully reopen the key artery through the Santa Cruz Mountains. Max Chun reports.

INSIDE THE PROCESS: What goes into clearing a landslide? On Highway 9, it’s a lot of hours, people and uncertainty

Small Business Summit 2023

Santa Cruz County Job Board

Plenty to chew on as we roar through Friday and coast into the weekend. But as promised, there will be a quiz: Wallace Baine’s weekly check of how closely you’ve been following Santa Cruz County news is coming later, so maybe brush up here on past quizzes and follow Lookout on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you don’t miss this week’s. Lookout’s fleet of newsletters and our breaking news alerts are a great way to keep up with all our coverage (and score high on quizzes), so sign up for those here.

Our content isn’t possible without community support, so if you’re not already, please consider becoming a Lookout member.

Here’s to a great Friday and a safe, relaxing weekend — see you all back here Monday.

Will McCahill
Lookout Santa Cruz