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Painted by noted Santa Cruz County muralist Taylor Reinhold, the artwork on the development between Cedar and Center...

An excellent morning to you, Santa Cruz County friends and neighbors. It’s Tuesday, Nov. 7, and sunny skies return, drying us out a little as temperatures head into the 60s for just about everyone.

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Christopher Neely is up first with a dip into local politics, where Sheriff Jim Hart has signaled that he won’t run to replace retiring District 5 Santa Cruz County Supervisor Bruce McPherson next year by endorsing nonprofit CEO Monica Martinez. “It shows people are feeling confident in me as a candidate,” says Martinez, who’s in a three-person race with Christopher Bradford and Theresa Bond.

After a subcommittee of two trustees recommended that Cabrillo College’s governing board not censure trustee Steve Trujillo over offensive Facebook posts, the board did just that Monday night, Hillary Ojeda reports, voicing its disapproval in a 6-1 vote with Trujillo as the only dissent. Trujillo reiterated his defense that his account was hacked and that he didn’t write the posts in question.

From downtown Santa Cruz, Wallace Baine scopes out the mural gracing the new development between Cedar and Center streets, a creation by the prolific Taylor Reinhold that aims to evoke classical Japanese art. That’s just the latest installment in Lookout’s ongoing Changing Santa Cruz series covering downtown’s facelift.

And in Lookout’s Community Voices opinion section, local educator Michael Levy writes about responses he’s seeing around the world and in Santa Cruz County to the Israel-Hamas war, and what he’s learned as he tries to tame his own anger through research.

The Tuesday headlines also include a conviction for the captain of the dive boat where a fire killed six Santa Cruz County residents in 2019, our latest high school sports roundup and more. Onward.

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Sheriff Jim Hart makes decision on District 5 county supervisor race

Sheriff Jim Hart during a news conference on Aug. 31
Credit: Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz

What Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart might do was a big unknown in the race to replace the retiring Bruce McPherson in District 5, which stretches from north of the city of Santa Cruz to the Santa Clara County line. Nonprofit CEO Monica Martinez announced Oct. 30 that Hart had endorsed her candidacy, giving her a boost in a three-person field that also includes Christopher Bradford and Theresa Bond. Christopher Neely has the lay of the land.

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Cabrillo College governing board censures trustee Steve Trujillo after offensive social media posts

The Cabrillo College board of trustees in the packed Horticultural Center on Aug. 7.
The Cabrillo College board of trustees in the packed Horticultural Center on Aug. 7. Credit: Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz

In a 6-1 vote Monday, with Steve Trujillo as the lone dissent, Cabrillo College trustees registered their disapproval of Trujillo’s Facebook posts and found that the posts violated policy; Trujillo reiterated his defense that the account had been hacked. The formal censure also prohibits Trujillo from serving as an officer of the board for three years. Hillary Ojeda was on hand.

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Enjoy what’s shaping up to be a nice little Tuesday — I’ll see you back here Wednesday a.m.

Will McCahill
Lookout Santa Cruz

A veteran jack-of-all-trades journalist who is Lookout’s copy editor, writes and compiles Morning Lookout newsletter and produces Lookout’s other editorial newsletters and helps run Lookout’s social...