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After Wallace Baine went looking for whether the part of Santa Cruz east of downtown should be called “Midtown” or...

Hello again, Lookout friends. It is Monday, Nov. 6, and Santa Cruz County will see some lingering showers and temperatures mainly in the 60s.

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Watsonville Community Hospital is the subject off the top for Hillary Ojeda, who’s got a deep dive into where the hospital stands just over a year after it came under public ownership after years of financial woes under for-profit management. While there are success stories aplenty, much remains to be done.

Ahead of his In the Public Interest newsletter, coming later Monday, Christopher Neely looks at a trend that’s been disrupting public meetings nationwide and which recently came to city council meetings in Capitola and Watsonville: Zoom bombing, wherein remote participants spew vulgar, often racist and antisemitic language. And that’s left officials around Santa Cruz County contemplating how to strike the delicate balance between First Amendment rights and protecting communities from hate speech.

The Monday headlines also includes Wallace Baine on reader reaction to his exploration of the Midtown vs. Eastside debate, plus Community Voices opinion from Cabrillo College trustee Adam Spickler ahead of national Transgender Awareness Week. Let’s have a look.

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Against the odds, Watsonville Community Hospital survived bankruptcy. Will it survive the next few years?

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While Watsonville Community Hospital recently celebrated a year since its rescue from bankruptcy, it continues to face enormous challenges. Hailed as a success story in how to save a distressed California hospital from closure, the hospital’s leaders point to the changes they are making to keep the doors open. But the hospital’s financial woes still loom large. Hillary Ojeda reports.

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‘Zoom bombing’ tests the boundaries of free speech and access in local government meetings

A recent meeting of the Capitola City Council.
A recent meeting of the Capitola City Council. Credit: Via YouTube

Recent city council meetings in Capitola and Watsonville have been disrupted by remote participants using vulgar, often racist or antisemitic language. The issue has thrust local officials onto a wobbly tightrope where they will need to balance First Amendment rights with a desire to shield public meetings from hate speech. Christopher Neely digs in.

IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: In first Assembly session, Pellerin picks fight with Northern California conservatives

Riding the electric wave: Navigating the road to e-bike safety in Santa Cruz

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And with that, a new week is off and running. There is more coming from Lookout, though: Christopher Neely’s newsletter covering Santa Cruz County politics and policy, In the Public Interest, is headed for inboxes in a few hours, and we’ll also have our latest high school sports roundup. Sign up here to get all of Lookout’s newsletters delivered right to you, plus breaking news alerts via email and text. Following Lookout on social media is also a great way of staying current with local news and views — find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Threads.

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Now get out there and grab Monday by the tail.

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...