Greetings, Lookout friends! It’s Thursday, June 23, and with the marine layer back, we’re looking at a wide range of temperatures for Santa Cruz County today, from 60s and 70s closer to the water to the mid-90s in the mountains.

Our Community Voices opinion forum takes center stage this morning, with UC Santa Cruz student and Black Lives Matter activist Faith Brown writing about a dress code at downtown nightclub Motiv she sees as “an invitation to racism.” “Why am I the only one noticing this? Why has a supposedly progressive community like Santa Cruz allowed this policy to remain for ‘a while’?” she writes. “Our community isn’t noticing or calling out its own latent racism. That makes me feel even more isolated.”

Meanwhile, though summer is officially here, county educators are focused on implementing new transitional kindergarten classes for younger students, and Hillary Ojeda has an update on how planning is going and what’s still left to do.

Hillary also has a Q&A with delfin bautista, with the new director of UC Santa Cruz’s Lionel Cantú Queer Resource Center talking about their plans for outreach, inclusivity and integrating queer studies into the UCSC curriculum.

We’ve also got an update on vote tallies from the June 7 primary and the latest county COVID-19 data, so let’s drop in on today’s headlines.

Motiv nightclub needs to change dress code; Santa Cruz ‘isn’t noticing or calling out its own latent racism’

Aptos resident Kelly Spellman at the Blossom's Farmstore & Coffeeshop.
Credit: Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz

Motiv nightclub in downtown Santa Cruz has a dress code that prohibits visible tattoos, “gang-affiliated” colors, excessively baggy clothes, sandals and flip-flops. In a Community Voices op-ed, UC Santa Cruz student and Black Lives Matter activist Faith Brown writes that the policy is an “invitation to racism.” Motiv refused to talk to Brown, but told Lookout its dress code is not regularly enforced. Read her full Community Voices opinion piece here.

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Santa Cruz school districts’ transitional kindergarten plans taking shape, but much still left to do

Children play math games at Esperanza Elementary School on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019 in Los Angeles, Calif. L.A.
Transitional kindergarten, or “T-K” classes, would be provided to all 4-year-old children in California under a budget proposal by Gov. Gavin Newsom. (Liz Moughon / Los Angeles Times) Credit: Liz Moughon / Los Angeles Times

While summer is just now officially kicking off, the school year already feels around the corner for Santa Cruz County school districts preparing to add a new grade level to their campuses: transitional kindergarten for 4-year-olds. Several districts have already submitted their TK plans — to meet a June 30 deadline — to the California Department of Education. Hillary Ojeda has the update.

MORE: How the new expanded transitional kindergarten program offers parents more choice — and more quandaries (Lookout)

Everyone in the pool: UCSC’s new Lionel Cantú Queer Resource Center director builds on a 50-year program

A sexual abuse victim points to the photos of Catholic priests accused of sexual misconduct
Credit: Courtesy of delfin bautista

delfin bautista joined UC Santa Cruz this spring as director of the center that supports and advocates for the university’s LGBTQIA+ community. They have big plans for outreach, inclusivity, challenging wider Santa Cruz — and integrating queer studies into the UCSC curriculum. Here’s bautista’s Q&A with Hillary.

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Primary election: With most votes counted, only Measure F hangs in the balance

Senior Account Clerk Daisy Williams prepares ballots to be counted.

After the Santa Cruz County Clerk updated the tallies from the June 7 primary election on Tuesday, turnout had surpassed 45%, with the vast majority of the 76,344 votes cast coming via mail. Get the latest on the vote count.

ELECTION 2022: Find all of Lookout’s coverage in one place

COVID Dashboard: Jabs officially available for children 5 and under

Christian Loza, 7, left, receives a vaccination
Christian Loza, 7, left, receives a vaccination from Christopher King at a Kaiser Permanente clinic in Tustin on Nov. 4. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times) Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

“I think this is a major milestone,” Santa Cruz County Deputy Health Officer Dr. Cal Gordon told Lookout about approval of COVID vaccines for our youngest. “Finally, our last cohort can be vaccinated.” Find more on the rollout and the latest local data here.

BIG PICTURE: This new California coronavirus wave isn’t sticking to the script: Big spread, less illness (Los Angeles Times)

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Around the county …

Watsonville teacher, civil rights advocate Mas Hashimoto dies (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office aiding investigation into illegal steel traps, larger rewarded offered (KSBW-TV)
Swimmer is recovering after shark bite off Pacific Grove (Monterey County Weekly)

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Enjoy your Thursday!

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...