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LOOKOUT PM: Electric cars, no masks on the subway and a new behavioral health hotline

Well, my friends, I hope you passed Monday unscathed.

Even though we all had to leave our comfortable weekend mode to start a new week, the weather was beautiful and sunny most of the day. More are also on the way, with temperatures expected to top 65 degrees all week.

Before we start Monday’s news, I’d like to remind all Lookout members and partners reading this that we’re having an open house at our office this Thursday, April 28, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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And now for the headlines.

COVID dashboard: Metro ends mask mandate despite cases still ongoing

Motorists lined up at a COVID-19 testing site at Long Beach Airport

(Pablo Unzueta for CalMatters)

The last: Although cases are increasing locally, Metro Santa Cruz has canceled its mask mandate for vaccinated patients. See the most recent data here.

COVID Dashboard: Cases Rise, California Delays K-12 Vaccine Mandate

The Future Looks Electric: The City of Santa Cruz Has Committed to Updating Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, and the County Should Follow

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

(Kevin Painchaud / Belvedere Santa Cruz)

Load!: As California aims to ban the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035, the race is on to build the infrastructure Santa Cruz County needs to keep up with the burgeoning fleet of electric options. Thanks to the details.

‘A big push’ to launch 988: Lots to do and lots to need as Santa Cruz County prepares to roll out new behavioral health hotline

Heather Blume

More help: Health officials and organizations across the country, including in Santa Cruz County, are gearing up for a major overhaul in how services respond to behavioral health crisis calls. A new 988 number, launched nationally in July, will provide people with a trained responder who can help the caller with a mental health crisis. Learn more about Hillary here.

‘People don’t think clearly in a crisis’: California police bring in mental health clinicians for the toughest 911 calls

April storms make small dent in California drought, but it’s not enough

Shaun burns

Environment: Although April’s rain and snow were impressive, nearly the entire state remains in significant drought conditions, officials said. More information on the LA Times here.

California could cut water use in cities by 30% or more, study finds

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

Culture of pizzas: With its super cheap shirt and slice promotion, Pizza My Heart created a surf culture vibe that made waves throughout the Bay Area. Wallace Baine delves into the phenomenon in the latest installment of our series highlighting the people, places and things immediately identifiable in Santa Cruz County. Check out Wallace’s story here.

Icons of Santa Cruz: Fountain of Uke – how Santa Cruz fell in love with the friendly, humble ukulele

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More from here & there

Anti-Semitic flyers appear in Danville; local rabbi says fight hate with love (KSBW)
Watsonville: Residents of Hillcrest Estate could be held responsible for soil contamination issues (Sentinel)
COVID-19 cases are rising sharply again – should we be worried? (Mercury)
PVUSD Leader Named Regional Superintendent of the Year (Pajaronian)
Elon Musk buys Twitter for $44 billion (CNN)

…and another Monday in the books. I have to say, I think I get this newsletter thing pretty well here! That said, thanks for reading. I’ll get back to it tomorrow.

Max Chun