A sandwich from Steamer Lane Supply on West Cliff Drive
Portability is key at Steamer Lane Supply.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)
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Morning Lookout: Newel’s parting words, West Cliff Drive eats & weekend things to do

It’s me, hi, I’ve got the news, it’s me. It is Friday, June 16, and, whaddaya know, the forecast is for morning clouds dissipating into a sunny afternoon around Santa Cruz County, with temps headed into the 60s and 70s.

Plenty to dig into as the weekend nears, but if paraphrasing Taylor Swift has discouraged you from the guided tour, shake it off and explore Lookout’s latest to your own tune.
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Thursday marked the last public event for Dr. Gail Newel, Max Chun reports, with the retiring health officer assessing the state of public health in the county. Newel underlined the local toll of the opioid epidemic, and also pointed to housing conditions as a crisis-level threat to Santa Cruz County residents, particularly renters.

Fridays are for food and drink news here at Lookout, and this one is no exception. Laura Sutherland takes a stroll along West Cliff Drive to explore where you can get breakfast, lunch and dinner along our iconic coastside roadway. From joe and pastries at Shrine Coffee to Steamer Lane Supply’s spin on quesadillas to finer fare at Jack O’Neill Restaurant, options abound.

This being Friday, the headlines also include the latest Weekender from Wallace Baine, with recommendations for things to do all over the county plus news and notes from the local arts and culture scene. There’s a graduation edition of Student Lookout, too, so let’s get to it.

In final public speech, retiring Newel talks opioid, housing crises as major issues facing Santa Cruz County

Gail Newel speaks to the assembled media on Thursday.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Dr. Gail Newel made her final public appearance as Santa Cruz’s County health officer Thursday evening at a virtual event to discuss the current state of public health in the county. The topics were wide-ranging, from sexually transmitted diseases to opioids and housing. Max Chun has details.

MORE: Three decades, 10,000 babies and one pandemic later, county health officer Gail Newel announces retirement

These views weren’t made for just walking: Where to get breakfast, lunch and dinner along West Cliff Drive

A drone view of the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse along West Cliff Drive
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Iconic West Cliff Drive is a Santa Cruz favorite for locals and tourists alike, and whether you need breakfast and a caffeine pick-me-up, a snack or lunch on the go or a sit-down dinner with killer views, the food and drink options aren’t bad, either. Laura Sutherland gives us the tour, with stops at Shrine Coffee, Steamer Lane Supply and Jack O’Neill Restaurant & Lounge.

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Upcoming events in Santa Cruz County

Midtown Fridays @1111 Soquel Ave.
Embroidery Workshop @Wallflower Santa Cruz
Zayante Fire Fundraiser @Felton Music Hall
Stephen Marley @The Catalyst Club
Bodhi Mojo @Woodhouse Blending & Brewing
Frequency Festival @Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History

Santa Cruz Elks Oktoberfest @Santa Cruz Elks Lodge
Foodie Fruity Wreath Making Extravaganza @Scotts Valley farmers market
Vegan Italian Cooking & Wine Pairing Class @Flipjack Ranch
Teen Kitchen Project Everett Farm Dinner @Everett Family Farm
Echos Of Empire @Civic Auditorium

For the love of dogs @Chaminade Resort & Spa
41st Santa Cruz Triathlon @Depot Park
Music at the park @Skypark
Jean Dawson @The Catalyst

A varied Friday news diet, and there’s always more coming from Lookout, so follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay current with Santa Cruz County news and views. We also offer breaking news alerts via email and text, which you can sign up for here along with all of our other newsletters. That includes the specially curated Sundays Reads and In the Public Interest, Christopher Neely’s Monday briefing on Santa Cruz County politics and policy.

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Keep it real this Friday, and cheers to a safe, relaxing Father’s Day weekend.

Will McCahill
Lookout Santa Cruz