Muddy mattresses and other household goods on the streets of post-flood Pajaro
Muddy mattresses and other household goods on the streets of post-flood Pajaro.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)
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Morning Lookout: Lawsuits coming over winter floods; Weekender and Corralitos wine

Hiya, folks. It is Friday, July 7, and Santa Cruz County is looking at another summery forecast, with morning clouds giving way to sunnier skies and highs in the mid-70s for most of us — with more of the same on tap for the coming weekend.

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Hundreds of residents of Watsonville and Pajaro who suffered damage in winter flooding have filed claims against a host of local and state entities, Christopher Neely reports. An attorney working on the cases says the claims are a precursor for a potential mass-action lawsuit against the government agencies.

The weekend is in sight, and who better to turn to for recommendations for things to do all over Santa Cruz County than Wallace Baine? Read on for his Weekender newsletter, including a taste of First Friday offerings, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, Cabrillo Stage and more.

The weekend-friendly Friday headlines also include our updated guide to the Corralitos wine scene, so saddle up and let’s take a look.

Watsonville, Pajaro residents send warning shot as winter flood lawsuits against governments appear imminent

Flooding in Pajaro after a breach of the Pajaro River levee
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

The City of Watsonville, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties and a number of local and state agencies have been named in claims made by hundreds of residents on both sides of the Pajaro River, according to the Los Angeles-based firm representing them; those claims are a precursor for a potential mass-action lawsuit. Read more from Christopher Neely.

ROAD TO RECOVERY: Find all of Lookout’s coverage of the winter storms and their aftermath here

Weekender: Santa Cruz Shakespeare revs up, a vibrant First Friday and who’s remiss about reading

Chris Mosley's "Blue Bird" from the Radius Gallery's "Melanated Expressions" group show.
(Via Radius Gallery)

It’s another busy weekend around Santa Cruz County, and Wallace Baine is back with his recommendation-packed stroll through our local arts and culture scene. Check it out here.

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Upcoming events in Santa Cruz County

Midtown Fridays @1111 Soquel Ave.
Food Truck Friday @Skypark
Mountain Film on Tour Santa Cruz @Rio Theatre
Roosevelt @The Catalyst

Out of The Darkness Santa Cruz County Walk @Skypark
Community Crafters-Basic Earring Making Workshop @Boulder Creek Branch Library
Farm Dinner @1481 San Miguel Canyon Rd.
Big Mountain @Moe’s Alley
MaMuse, WildChoir & The Feelings Parade @Rio Theatre

Halloween Pop-up Event @Little Trends
Rail & Trail Festival @Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
David Luning @Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Marc E. Bassy @The Catalyst

Still hungry for more from Lookout? This being Friday, Lily Belli has you covered — she’ll be along later with another piping-hot edition of Eaters Digest. You can sign up here for that and all of Lookout’s other newsletters (don’t sleep on Sunday Reads or Christopher Neely’s In the Public Interest, out Monday, either), plus breaking news alerts via email and text. And don’t forget to follow Lookout on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay current with Santa Cruz County news and views.

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Enjoy what’s looking to be a pleasant summer Friday, and have a safe, relaxing weekend beyond.

Will McCahill
Lookout Santa Cruz