Scotts Valley's Amber Boothby will continue her track career at UC San Diego
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Morning Lookout: Pogonip homeless sweep ahead; Scotts Valley athletes’ signing day

Good morning to you, Santa Cruz County. It is Wednesday, May 17, and while your mileage may vary as always, the forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and temperatures ranging from the 70s to upper 80s.

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The City of Santa Cruz is moving to clear the homeless encampment that has sprung up in Pogonip, Christopher Neely reports, with the first phase set to begin Monday in the city park where some residents of the San Lorenzo River Benchlands moved after the city cleared that encampment.

Student-athletes were in the spotlight Tuesday in Scotts Valley, Max Chun reports, as five standouts in track and field, golf and lacrosse made their college choices official.

And I’ve got the latest in Santa Cruz County food and drink news, including a look inside Firefly Tavern, which has alighted in the downtown Santa Cruz spot formerly occupied by 99 Bottles of Beer.

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Santa Cruz’s phased sweep of Pogonip homeless encampment to begin next week

The City of Santa Cruz began clearing the Sycamore Grove homeless encampment May 9.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Last fall, after the City of Santa Cruz finished clearing the Benchlands homeless encampment, many people began relocating to the Highway 9-adjacent city park known as Pogonip. Next week, the city will begin evicting people from Pogonip. Christopher Neely has details and the timeline.

PREVIOUSLY: With Benchlands clearing complete, Santa Cruz aims for spring park reopening

On Scotts Valley High School’s signing day, student-athletes look forward to their next chapters

From left: Sam Freeman, Amber Boothby, Elana McGrew, Ellie Raffo and Siena Wong rocking merch from their future schools.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Five Scotts Valley High athletes participated in signing day Tuesday, announcing to peers where they will be continuing their sports and academic careers come fall. While change, stronger competition and new settings will mean some adjustments, the student-athletes say they are ready to take it on. Max Chun was on hand.


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COMING THURSDAY: Christopher Neely is moderating a discussion on the housing squeeze in Santa Cruz County, part of Housing Santa Cruz County’s Affordable Housing Month programming. On hand for the Zoom session will be Santa Cruz Mayor Fred Keeley, Watsonville Mayor Eduardo Montesino, Scotts Valley Mayor Jack Dilles, Capitola Mayor Margaux Keiser and County Board of Supervisors Vice-chair Justin Cummings. Get more information here.

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Have a good Wednesday, and I’ll catch you all back here Thursday a.m.

Will McCahill
Lookout Santa Cruz