Morning Lookout: what are all these boats; Assembly Constituency 30 candidates honored

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If you’ve visited the Santa Cruz dock lately, you’ve probably seen how crowded the waters are with boats. A curious reader asked Lookout what was going on, and Lily Belli went in search of answers.

Mark Conley, meanwhile, kicked off a line for the five candidates running in the new State Assembly District 30, which covers parts of Santa Cruz County and stretches south to San Luis Obispo- read what they told him about problems, what they would do in the office and more.

And with the country reeling from another school shooting, our partners at the Los Angeles Times spoke to experts about how to help children cope with horror.

Let’s get to the headlines.

Ask Lookout: Why are there so many boats in the water around the wharf right now?

A fishing boat with the Steamer Lane lighthouse in the background

(Kevin Painchaud / Belvedere Santa Cruz)

Salmon anglers swim downstream from northern California, Oregon, Washington, and even Alaska to catch king salmon in Monterey Bay. Most work so hard that they sleep and eat on their boats to extend their days. Learn more about what Lily Belli discovered.

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Looking to lead ‘the Highway 1 District’

candidates for Assembly District 30

The newly configured State Assembly District 30 stretches along the coast from San Luis Obispo to Monterey and much of Santa Cruz County. Jon Wizard and Dawn Addis have extensive experience in 831, both having attended Cabrillo College, while Vicki Nohrden, Zoe Carter, and John Drake know this primarily from tours. Read what they told Mark Conley about why they’re the right person for the job.

➤ ELECTION 2022: Find coverage of Santa Cruz County issues and races for the County Supervisor and Assembly District 28 here.


Texas School Shooting: How to Help Children Through Unspeakable Horror

A woman and a child look at photos on the camera

Yet another school shooting has left many parents and carers wondering how to talk to children about the tragedy. Get expert advice here.

➤ THE LATEST FROM UVALDE: Shooting in a school in Texas: the 19 children and 2 adults killed in a single class (Los Angeles Times)

Andrea Nguyen’s local picks, Farm Discovery fundraiser and what does the term ‘foodie’ mean to you?

The Fall Feast returns to Farm Discovery at Live Earth on September 24.

Lily Belli’s latest newsletter covers some Santa Cruz County gems from a local cookbook author, a nonprofit’s annual gala and more. Check it here.

➤ LOTS MORE FROM LILY: All of Lookout’s food and drink coverage in one place

California bans watering ‘non-functional’ grass in some areas, tightening drought rules

water droplets on grass from a sprinkler in Pasadena

(Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times)

California water regulators have banned the watering of “non-functional” decorative grass in commercial, industrial and institutional properties. Our Los Angeles Times Report Partners.

➤ LEARN MORE ABOUT DROUGHT: It’s not even summer, and California’s two largest reservoirs are at “critically low” levels (Los Angeles Times)

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Around the county…

➤ Teacher shortage continues at Watsonville High School (Santa Cruz Local)
➤ Willowbrook Park renamed in honor of Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
➤ Pastor retires after 42 years at La Selva Beach church (The Pajaronian)
➤ Warriors’ Steve Kerr calls out Mitch McConnell and others on gun control after school massacre (San Jose Mercury News)
➤ Why California’s Rattlesnake Population Is Booming (SFGate)

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Have a nice Wednesday, and I’ll see you here tomorrow.

Will McCahill
Santa Cruz Lookout

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