Happy Friday evening, my friends — we made it.

A reminder that we will temporarily interrupt the splendid weather we’ve been enjoying with a little bit of rainfall and wind. Plan your Saturday events accordingly.

Lots of good stuff to end your week with here, so let’s get to those headlines….

Restaurant Malik Williams opens in Aptos; Scotts Valley’s Pizza Series expands to Stanford

The dining room at Restaurant Malik Williams incorporates natural touches with stone-top tables

EATERS DIGEST: The newest chef on Santa Cruz County’s fine-dining scene is also its youngest in 21-year-old Malik Williams, and Lily Belli gives you an introduction to his eponymous Aptos establishment along with other bits, bites and sips in her latest Eaters Digest. Lily has the scoop here.

Fade to black? Revival of Santa Cruz’s beloved Nick could be a fantasy

The downtown Santa Cruz Nickelodeon Theatre sits empty in March 2022.
Downtown’s Nickelodeon Theatre as it stands now. Credit: Max Chun / Lookout Santa Cruz

Collision of factors: Streaming and COVID-19 have dealt a double blow to the pastime of in-person moviegoing, and the half-century-old Nickelodeon looks like a casualty. Max Chun with the story.


Santa Cruz County’s lowest-paid teachers show up in force, asking for an 8% increase

New Brighton Middle School teachers Melissa Walding and Michelle Bell.
Credit: Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz

Standing up for pay: More than 50 teachers of the Soquel Education Association asked the five-school Soquel Union Elementary School District to rapidly bring up their wages. Their pay ranks at the bottom of the local districts, in one of the nation’s least affordable markets. Hillary Ojeda with the story.

Unveiling Live Oak’s big new community health and dentistry center

A rendering of the project at 1500 Capitola Rd. in Live Oak.
A rendering of the project at 1500 Capitola Rd. in Live Oak. Credit: Via 1500capitolaroad.org

Big step for health equity: Dientes and Santa Cruz Community Health will both open their fourth county locations this fall, this a joint one on Capitola Road near 17th Avenue. The aim: to serve the underinsured, uninsured and homeless. Grace Stetson with the story here.

Turning brokenness into beauty: Buddhists respond to anti-Asian violence

The Rev. Cristina Moon bows before a ceramic lotus flower at a Los Angeles Buddhist temple
The Rev. Cristina Moon bows before a ceramic lotus flower at the May We Gather event at the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles. Credit: Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times

The connection: Scholars say the history of anti-Asian violence in the United States has long been intertwined with anti-Buddhist sentiment. More from the LA Times.

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California slashes State Water Project allocation as year begins with record dryness

Farmworkers adjust sprinkler coverage south of Bakersfield. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Farmworkers adjust sprinkler coverage south of Bakersfield. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times) Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

The latest: After a record-dry start to 2022, California water officials have slashed State Water Project allocations from 15% to 5%. More from the LA Times here.

Student Lookout: Spring break, beach recs and great deals

Student engagement group photo
Credit: Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz

Max Chun has the latest deals, tips, puzzles, etc in the latest edition of Student Lookout right here.

More from here & elsewhere

Santa Cruz men arrested in alleged gang, drug, guns bust (Sentinel)
Suspected teen assailaints arrested in Watsonville stabbing case (Sentinel)
Missing 11-year-old girl last seen Thursday: Watsonville PD (KSBW)
Monterey Bay Aquarium to drop mask mandate (KION)
Raging structure fire in South Bay emits massive smoke plume (SF Gate)
‘You look like a Republican’: Anti-tech bro flyers pop up in SF (SF Gate)

Well, that’s it for another week. Have an amazing weekend and let’s get back at it on Monday.

Mark Conley
Deputy Managing Editor

Follow Mark Conley on: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. Mark joins Lookout after 14 years at the Mercury News and Bay Area News Group, where he served as Deputy Sports Editor on a staff that covered three...