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Sunday Reads: Santa Cruz arts at a crossroads; Asian American activists on Cabrillo name change

As old guard passes baton on Santa Cruz arts scene, how will new leaders weather generational shift?

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Many of the steady hands that have guided the likes of the Cabrillo Festival and Santa Cruz Shakespeare for years are stepping down even as the performing arts are at a crossroads nationally. There’s no guarantee it will be business as usual as a diverse group of millenials and Gen Z makes up larger shares of potential audiences, and whatever comes next will be fascinating to watch. Read Wallace Baine’s Sunday column.

MORE FROM WALLACE: Civic minded: Will Santa Cruz ever get the proper performing arts arena it needs and deserves?

Santa Cruz County Asian Americans support Cabrillo College name change: Let’s empower the next generation

Asian American activists support the Cabrillo College name change.
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Local Asian American activists write that they believe changing the name “Cabrillo” to one of Indigenous origins is a positive step toward a stronger, more inclusive future. “Standing in solidarity with the Indigenous community,” they write, “we state that this name change is a small but crucial step toward righting a grievous historical wrong.” Read their Community Voices opinion piece here.

LATEST: Cabrillo College governing board set to vote Monday on delaying name change

Santa Cruz County 2023 point-in-time count shows lowest homelessness level in over a decade — but ‘still a lot of gaps’

An unhoused individual stands outside his tent in a section of Pogonip that was not yet slated to be cleared out on June 5.
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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 reports.

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