Morning Lookout: Unhoused numbers fall, Cabrillo name-change delay, new Boardwalk Ferris wheel
Greetings, friends, neighbors and fellow caffeine enthusiasts. It’s Friday, Aug. 4, and Santa Cruz County should see a bit of a warming trend into the weekend, with Friday highs in the upper 80s in warmer spots and mid- to upper 70s closer to the bay, with another step up Saturday.
The numbers are in from the county’s latest survey of its unhoused population, and they’re the lowest since 2011, Max Chun reports. The 2023 point-in-time count, conducted Feb. 23, saw a 21.5% decrease over last year, though one advocate says that could be something of a mirage.
The Cabrillo College renaming process took another turn Thursday, Hillary Ojeda reports, with word that the name-change subcommittee is recommending that the school’s board of trustees push back a vote on the matter that had been scheduled for Monday.
And the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, without a Ferris wheel since 2017, could soon have a new one, though next steps will have to wait until Aug. 17 after a vote by the city’s planning commission was delayed Thursday. Read on for details from Max.
With the weekend in sight, Friday’s headlines also bring Wallace Baine’s recommendation-filled stroll through our local arts and entertainment scene — including a First Friday honor for Lookout’s own Kevin Painchaud — so stick around.
PHOTOS OF THE DAY
This past Tuesday evening, more than 35 Lookout members and readers joined us on the Santa Cruz Wharf for another installment of Lookout’s Inside Santa Cruz event series. We kicked off the event at Humble Sea’s new beer garden overlooking the ocean. Then, City of Santa Cruz Wharf Recreation Coordinator Annalise Bryant captivated the group with the stories and rich history on a walking tour of the wharf.
Our Inside Santa Cruz Series works to bring people together to explore unique, noteworthy or “under the radar” happenings and offerings of Santa Cruz County. Stay tuned for our next one. You’ll see it soon in our Member Center.
Santa Cruz County 2023 point-in-time count shows lowest homelessness level in over a decade — but ‘still a lot of gaps’
Santa Cruz County’s homeless population decreased by more than 20% compared to last year, according to a February survey. But local officials point to ways the county can continue to improve, including better financial-assistance resources and tenants-rights education, paired with more support from federal and state governments. The one-day count has its limitations, and one advocate says “it doesn’t feel like there have been a lot of big wins” in the past year. Max Chun has more.
Cabrillo College governing board set to vote Monday on delaying name change
A subcommittee is recommending that the Cabrillo College board of trustees delay its previously scheduled Aug. 7 vote to select a new name for the college. After listening to community feedback and hearing concerns of a community task force, the subcommittee says the board should give it more time “to engage the wider community on a naming timeline and process that unifies rather than divides the greater college community.” The subcommittee intends to return to the board with a recommended course of action by Nov. 6. The latest from Hillary Ojeda.
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Upcoming events in Santa Cruz County
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
A full slate as we head into this first weekend of August (and last weekend before it’s back to school for many local students and educators). Hope you’re hungry for more from Lookout, because Lily Belli is on deck with her latest Eaters Digest, a mainstay for weekend food and drink planning. That arrives later Friday in newsletter form, so click right here to sign up for that and all of Lookout’s other newsletters, which also include our specially curated Sunday Reads and In the Public Interest, Christopher Neely’s Monday look at local politics and policy. (You can get breaking news alerts via email and text, too.) If you’re the social media type, you’ll find Lookout there: We’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Threads.
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Ciao for now, mischief makers — have an excellent Friday and a safe, relaxing weekend.
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