Welcome to Lookout’s Newsletter & Text Center!

Lookout Santa Cruz offers readers a variety of newsletters, with more to come soon. At present, we have three newsletters. You can sign up for two of them by simply entering your email address in the module to the right. The third is published exclusively for Lookout Leaders, our founding members. To learn more about membership, click here.


Morning Lookout: This is a weekday morning roundup of top headlines, events and features, and all the things that Santa Cruzans need to know for their day. You can see an archived example below and read older newsletters here.

Lookout PM: As we transition into a post-pandemic world, Lookout’s weekday evening newsletter will focus on economic recovery and headlines from around the state and country that have impact on Santa Cruz. Check out these newsletters by following this link.

Sunday Reads: A weekend check-in on the best stories of the week plus any new coverage coming in on Saturdays and Sundays. See what these look like here.

Weekender (formerly Best Bets): Wallace Baine’s weekly newsletter has a list of all the very best concerts, plays, art tours, family-friendly events and other happenings around Santa Cruz County. Check out Lookout’s BOLO events calendar here.

Lily Belli on Food: Join Lily as she explores Santa Cruz County’s unique food scene with news, tips, tricks, recipes, updates, and more. Sent mid-day every Tuesday. Read Lily’s newsletters here.

Breaking news email alerts: Whenever there is breaking local news you need to know about, we send an alert that comes straight to your inbox. See an archived example below.

Text alerts

Breaking news text alerts: Be in the know of all the big, breaking news in Santa Cruz as it happens. You sign up to get Lookout alerts sent straight to your phone here.

Story alerts from Wallace Baine: Be the first to know about the latest in arts, entertainment and culture news. Sign up here.

Story alerts from Lily Belli: Get the first notice on the latest food news in Santa Cruz. Sign up here.

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Meet the Team

  • Wallace Baine is Lookout’s City Life Correspondent, covering arts, music and culture, as well as the people who make...

  • Lily Belli is the daughter of a chef who fell deeply in love with Santa Cruz’s rich food culture while attending UCSC.

  • Mark Conley is the Deputy Managing Editor for Lookout Santa Cruz.

  • Grace Stetson covers affordability and equity issues for Lookout.

  • Hillary covers education issues at TK-12 schools, UC Santa Cruz and Cabrillo College for Lookout.

  • A veteran editor and jack-of-all-trades journalist, Will McCahill’s previous stops include ESPN, Newser and the San Jose...

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