LOOKOUT PM: Forum Fireworks, Vegan Sweets and Cabrillo Music Festival

Goodnight all.

My friend Max, who has been driving this PM Train admirably for the past few weeks, needed a break. So I’m back to say hello.

And to welcome you to the crucial moment of the primary elections. Maybe it’s the old sportswriter in me, who likes to look for metaphorical meaning in all competitions, but I’m just going to say after last night’s forum that the 3rd district candidates are going to have their game faces during the last three weeks of this race.

But I apologize on this Friday the 13th because it’s ahead of the hot weekend weather ahead of us.

Now back to politics and all the other fun stuff today…

Sparks fly as Kalantari-Johnson and Cummings clash over homelessness and district

(Kevin Painchaud / Belvedere Santa Cruz)

District 3 Forum Fireworks: As the June 7 election nears, the three candidates vying for the county supervisor seat that covers most of Santa Cruz and the North Shore — Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson, Justin Cummings and Ami Chen Mills — delivered to a lively and sharp back and forth. Thursday evening. Meanwhile, four candidates — Liz Lawler, Gail Pellerin, Rob Rennie and Joe Thompson — for newly redesigned State Assembly District 28 discussed a wide range of state and local topics and discussed where to spend money. California’s $68 Billion Surplus. I was there to watch the action.

➤ How would 3rd District candidates lead, make a difference, and build community?
➤ How would they address homelessness, affordability and climate change?
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Measure C: County Disposable Cup Tax Explanation

A plastic cup near San Lorenzo Park.

(Kevin Painchaud / Belvedere Santa Cruz)

What does it mean? As Santa Cruz County follows the cities of Santa Cruz and Watsonville in levying a new tax on single-use cups, voters can decide how to divide the estimated $700,000 in new revenue. Max with the story here.

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Vegan sweets from Sweet Bean, Newtown Noir apple wine and Live Earth pick-your-owns are back

Sweet Bean Bakery's breakfast treats are made without animal products.

(Provided by Sweet Bean Bakery)

Summary of eaters: From a premium Aussie wine pairing from Alderwood to vegan breakfast pastries, we’ve got you covered for a great foodie weekend ahead. Lily organizes the weekend here.

➤ ALSO: Glass shortage spells death for innovative kitchen witch bone broth

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The Cabrillo Festival announces a new season, to commemorate the traumas of 2020

Conductor Cristian Măcelaru conducts the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra

The last: After a two-year struggle to transform itself into a temporary media production company, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music triumphantly returns to live performances at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium in late July and early August. Wallace with the news here.

California surplus expected to hit record $97 billion under Newsom’s budget plan

Governor Gavin Newsom spoke to the media

(Miguel Gutierrez Jr./CalMatters)

Even more money: The plan would spend billions on an inflation-fighting program, drought and wildfire conditions, health care system subsidies and increased funding for schools. More information on the LA Times here.

Student Lookout: Hike, Eat Pizza, and Visit the Historic Santa Cruz Fair

The first members of the Sempervirens Club pose in the "Auto Tree" in what is now Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

Read the latest from Max here.

More from here & there

➤ Bay Area health workers urge safety precautions as COVID cases rise (thank you)
➤ Three students arrested after reporting gun near Watsonville High School (Sentinel)
➤ This group decided to clean up Lake Tahoe. He found over 25,000 pounds of submerged trash (LA Times)
➤ The California Coastal Commission rejects the Huntington Beach desalination plant project (LA Times)
➤ Missing woman found after years of ‘quiet’ home (SF Gate)
➤ America’s first all-black team reaches Mount Everest and makes history (USA today)
➤ Australian Sudden Infant Death Syndrome study ‘provocative’ but not yet groundbreaking (USA today)

That’s all for this beautiful Friday. Go out and have an amazing weekend.

Marc Conley
Associate Editor

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