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Greetings, Lookout friends! It’s Tuesday, Feb. 15, and a sunny day is ahead for Santa Cruz County, with high temps from the mid-50s into the lower 60s.

It’s an education-heavy morning:

We’ve got all that and then some in today’s headlines:

UC Santa Cruz first in U.S. for female leadership

Chancellor Cynthia Larive is the third woman to lead UC Santa Cruz.
Chancellor Cynthia Larive is the third woman to lead UC Santa Cruz. Credit: Carolyn Lagattuta / UC Santa Cruz

With more than a third of the campus’ deans and tenured professors being female, UC Santa Cruz — and its female chancellor, Cynthia Larive — leads the nation in gender diversity, according to a new ranking. Lookout’s Hillary Ojeda has the details.

MORE UCSC NEWS: Appellate court ruling a victory for UCSC in Student Housing West project, but two lawsuits ongoing (Lookout)

Court could force UC Berkeley to cut 3,000 undergraduate seats

The UC Berkeley campus
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The court-imposed freeze could have implications for other UC campuses, including UC Santa Cruz. Find out more from our partners at the Los Angeles Times.

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California school mask mandate will remain in place through at least Feb. 28

A child in a classroom at Gault Elementary in Santa Cruz
Credit: Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz

State health officials will reassess COVID-19 conditions at the end of the month before making a decision on school masking rules. More here from the Times.

MORE ON MASKS: Masks off again: Santa Cruz County to align with state as Omicron tapers off (Lookout)

Avocado spat with Mexico puts California farmers in spotlight

Avocados to make guacamole are prepared
California produces the majority of U.S.-grown avocados but only about 10% of the total consumed nationwide. Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

Trade groups are pressing for a quick resolution after the United States banned avocado imports from Michoacán following a threat to a U.S. inspector there. The Times maps out the impact.

Signs indicate Russia could be seeking to dial back tensions in Ukraine crisis

Russian president Vladimir Putin
Russian president Vladimir Putin. Credit: Via Pixabay

Russia says it will move some troops back from the Ukraine border to their garrisons, apparently telegraphing a lowering of tensions with the U.S. and NATO. Get the latest update here.

FROM MONDAY: U.S. relocating embassy from Ukraine’s capital amid fears of Russian invasion (Los Angeles Times)

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Around the county …

Santa Cruz resident Alix Wilkinson posts DNF in fast, tricky women’s downhill at Beijing Games (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
Housing identified as key for new vision of Watsonville’s downtown (The Pajaronian)
Second battery malfunction in less than six months reported at Moss Landing power plant (KSBW-TV)

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Have a great day!

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...