LOOKOUT PM: COVID hospitalizations remain low, award-winning vodka and MFC’s artistic touch

Welcome to a new week, friends,

I hope your weekend was fun, relaxing and gave you ample opportunity to recharge and recover from today. That being said, if you’re anything like me, getting out of bed this morning was a monumental challenge.

As we announced last week, Lookout begins election coverage ahead of the June 7 primary. As part of this, we will be hosting and moderating two roundtables: one with the county supervisor candidates from the 3rd District and another with the candidates from the 28th California Assembly District. Attendees can hear candidates talk about their top priorities and the most relevant community issues. Click on the banner to register!

Now on to the news…

COVID Dashboard: Transmission Rates Rise in Bay Area, but Few Severe Cases

A visiting nurse prepares a syringe to be used for the vaccine.

Numbers: COVID-19 cases are on the rise across the Bay Area, but thankfully hospitalizations and ICU admissions remain low. See the most recent data here.

COVID dashboard: Metro ends mask mandate despite cases still ongoing

It’s Election Season: Let’s Respect Our Public Figures and Their Privacy at Home

Aptos resident Kelly Spellman at Blossom's Farmstore & Coffeeshop.

(Kevin Painchaud / Belvedere Santa Cruz)

Councilor Meyers shares her story: Donna Meyers spent a year as mayor of Santa Cruz and had her home surrounded by angry protesters and yelled profanities at her family. She wants the public to be more respectful of the public-private divide and to remember that our behavior reflects our values ​​as a community. See what she has to say in her op-ed.

2022 Santa Cruz County Primary Election Guide

Westside’s Luna Sea vodka wins platinum and mixes up a new trick

Heather Blume

(Kevin Painchaud // Belvedere Santa Cruz)

Lily’s latest: Distiller Deven Wek’s Butterfly Pea Blossom Vodka turns from moody indigo to purple when he adds citrus; he hopes to open the distillery for tasting by this summer. Check out Lily Belli’s piece here.

EATERS DIGEST: Wine Tasting at Regan Sandor Katz at Santa Cruz British Bookstore and Chippy

Wallace Baine: How Made Fresh Crew is leaving its artistic mark, refreshing the visual landscape of Santa Cruz

Shaun burns

(Anne Wernikoff/CalMatters)

Catchy: As a loose affiliation of street art-oriented artists begins to make waves in Santa Cruz, Made Fresh Crew reflects a new big moment in the local art scene. An exhibition at the Curated By The Sea gallery downtown introduces us to the artists behind the work. Wallace has the story.

California’s population continues to decline, driven by coastal losses; inland areas continue to grow

State Senator Richard Pan prepares to announce bill that adds COVID vaccines to California's list of vaccines required for K-12

Demographic trends: Population growth remained strong in the Central Valley and the Inland Empire, but the majority of California counties saw declines in 2021. More information on the LA Times here.

Paradise with declining population: Santa Cruz County saw 3,069 fewer residents last year

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More from here & there

‘I couldn’t let that happen’: Asparagus festival CEO promises revival of Gilroy Garlic Festival (KSBW)
King City High student arrested for shooting threats against Hispanic students (KION)
Opposition mounts as Newsom’s mental health care overhaul clears early hurdles (Mercury)
Nurses reach agreement with Stanford, ending week-long strike (Sentinel)
GOP primary for Ohio Senate will be a test for Trump — but likely a victory for Trumpism (FiveThirtyEight)

… And it’s over on Monday! Good night and thank you for reading.

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