the damaged section of West Cliff Drive just west of Woodrow Avenue on Santa Cruz's Westside
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Morning Lookout: ‘Rich amount of ignorance’ in anti-trans letter; long-term West Cliff plan; Soulwise at Cali Roots

Hiya folks. It’s Wednesday, May 24, and the forecast is a familiar one around Santa Cruz County: more clouds than sun and temps in the 50s closer to the bay, bluer skies and warmer in the mountains.

There’s plenty new on Lookout as we hit hump day; if you’re looking to get right to it, head this way.
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An anonymous transphobic letter in Santa Cruz newspaper Good Times drew a swift reaction from organizers of a drag story time event in Watsonville, Hillary Ojeda reports. One of the performers who read at the story time called the letter “a rich amount of ignorance,” and told Lookout they were overjoyed by “a flood of love” at the event.

In Santa Cruz, city staff will get to work on a 50-year plan for West Cliff Drive as it faces coastal erosion, Max Chun reports. On Tuesday, the city council approved next steps for roadmaps for both the short- and longer-term challenges facing the iconic roadway.

And with the Cali Roots festival kicking off Thursday in Monterey, Wallace Baine catches up with local reggae act Soulwise, whose members will be realizing a dream when they hit the stage there Friday.

Wednesday’s headlines also feature the latest in Santa Cruz County food and drink news, including an award-winning local vodka and a Davenporter looking to get his face on beer cans nationwide — onward.

Drag Story Time organizers denounce anonymous transphobic letter

L-R: Zak Keith and Jorge Guillen, participate in drag story time at Raíces y Cariño in Watsonville.
(Via Lesley-Reid Harrison / Pajaro Valley Pride)

The organizers of a drag story time event in Watsonville say they are disappointed that a local newspaper published a transphobic anonymous letter suggesting the event harmed children. Good Times published an apology Tuesday, saying it would establish more stringent review processes and reach out to the LGBTQIA+ community. The letter comes as drag story time events are coming under increasing attack across the country. Hillary Ojeda reports.

Santa Cruz City Council backs proposed 50-year plan for West Cliff Drive

The Santa Cruz City Council discusses next steps for West Cliff Drive on Tuesday afternoon.
(via City of Santa Cruz)

The Santa Cruz City Council directed staff to move forward with developing a vision for West Cliff Drive as it faces coastal erosion accelerated by this winter’s storms. By the end of the year, city staff will aim to draft a roadmap for the next three years, as well as a 50-year plan. Details here from Max Chun.

PREVIOUSLY: Move the lighthouse on West Cliff? With possible sea cave collapse, city council looking at alternatives


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Upcoming events in Santa Cruz County

The Lost Boys feat. James Durbin @Bruno’s Bar and Grill
Tyler Rich @Felton Music Hall
CreateAbility Hour @Felton Branch Library
G Perico @The Catalyst
OS Muntates @Moe’s Alley
Pipe Down Official: Pipe Down w/ Koosh @Crow’s Nest Restaurant

Bike Month Community Ride @Watsonville Cyclery
#GOATyoga w/piglets @Beer Thirty Bottle Shop & Pour House
Fae Masquerade Ball @Brookdale Lodge
FALCON! with Kettle of Hawks @The Crepe Place
Afrobeats Nite Santa Cruz @Moe’s Alley
Poi Rogers @Fruition Brewing

Brown Babes Brunch with Dr. Terence Lester @Oswald Restaurant
Big Richard Band @Moe’s Alley
Hella Queer Market: Pride! @Greater Purpose Brewing Company
Mae Powell @The Catalyst
Poi Rogers @Malone’s Grille

Veteran Surf Alliance Memorial Day Paddle Out @Capitola Beach

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May your Wednesday be a good one, and I’ll see you next time.

Will McCahill
Lookout Santa Cruz