Santa Cruz Mayor Fred Keeley (back to camera) shaking hands with Senate candidate Adam Schiff.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)
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Morning Lookout: Capitola Wharf repair timeline, Senate hopeful Schiff, Metro’s safeguards

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Max Chun is up first, reporting on the timeline for repairs to the Capitola Wharf after it battered by last winter’s storms. A late-summer 2024 reopening is the goal, but the project manager says an uncertain forecast for the coming winter could make that a moving target.

From Santa Cruz, Christopher Neely has the scene at Tuesday’s visit by Rep. Adam Schiff, the second candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Dianne Feinstein to come through the area this week. “The central challenge to our democracy,” Schiff told the crowd, “is to make the economy work for people.”

And in Lookout’s Community Voices opinion section, a veteran Santa Cruz Metro bus driver responds to a recent op-ed by Lookout intern Izabella León on harassment during her commute from Santa Cruz to Watsonville. Rhiannon Axton describes the safety protocols the agency has in place, her experiences with the “creep problem” and opportunities for outreach.

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Capitola Wharf repairs to begin in September, with plans to reopen next summer

A large section of the Capitola Wharf was destroyed and lay in pieces along the beach.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

The Capitola Wharf has been inaccessible since the first week of the year, when raging swells from the winter storms damaged wharf infrastructure and split the deck. With a project to repair and strengthen the wharf set to begin next month, project leads hope to avoid further winter weather delays. Details here from Max Chun.

STORMS 2023: Find Lookout’s coverage of the winter storms and ongoing recovery efforts here

In Santa Cruz, Adam Schiff tries to separate himself from rival Senate candidates

Rep. Adam Schiff, running for U.S. Senate, speaking in Santa Cruz.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Santa Cruz County received its second visit of the week from a major U.S. Senate candidate Tuesday as Rep. Adam Schiff arrived in town for a Democratic fundraiser, only days after Rep. Katie Porter stopped to make her own appeal to local voters. Rep. Barbara Lee, the other major Democratic candidate in the race to replace Dianne Feinstein, is expected to make an appearance later this year. Christopher Neely reports.

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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

That’s the lay of the land this penultimate Thursday of August. You’re certainly allowed a peek ahead at this point in the week, and Wallace Baine has you covered — he’ll be along later with his latest Weekender, scoping out Santa Cruz County’s arts and culture scene and delivering recommendations for things to do all over. Sign up here for that and all of Lookout’s other newsletters, plus breaking news alerts via email and text. Lookout is also on social media, of course — give us a follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Threads to keep up with local goings-on.

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Once more into the fray!

Will McCahill
Lookout Santa Cruz

FOR THE RECORD: An item in Wednesday’s Morning Lookout about Senate candidate Rep. Adam Schiff’s visit to Santa Cruz misidentified Gail Michaelis-Ow’s name. Lookout regrets the error.