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Morning Lookout: The latest from Tuesday’s election and poetry meets art

Hello everyone! Today is Wednesday, June 8, and a mostly sunny day is shaping up for Santa Cruz County, with highs in the 70s and 80s.

Ballots are still being counted after yesterday’s primary election, and while the next update isn’t expected until Friday, according to County Clerk Tricia Webber, we have the numbers from her office. most recent version, at 2:48 a.m. this morning. Our Lookout team of Mark Conley, Grace Stetson, Max Chun, Giovanni Moujaes and Jody K. Biehl were burning midnight oil to bring you news and analysis, which you can find in our Election 2022 live story. You will find :

  • Updated vote totals on Measure D, where the “No” side has a clear lead.
  • A look at the races for State Assembly Districts 28 and 30, where Gail Pellerin and Dawn Addis, respectively, lead.
  • Counts in the Santa Cruz County Supervisor races, with City Council members Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson and Justin Cummings seemingly heading for a November showdown in District 3 and Jimmy Dutra vs. Felipe Hernandez in District 4.
  • How are other county and city of Santa Cruz ballot measures doing, including a separate tax by just a few dozen votes.
  • Some initial thoughts from seasoned political observers.
  • And lots of easy-to-read interactive charts so you can see it all for yourself.

We also have plenty from across the state, with incumbent Gavin Newsom leading the pack in governor’s raceAlex Padilla in front the vote for the United States Senatemore races for Los Angeles Attorney General, Comptroller and Mayorand San Francisco voting for recall his progressive prosecutor.

Lookout will be following all of this closely, of course, with reports and analysis ongoing in the days leading up to Friday’s report from Webber, so keep an eye out from here. bookmark our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and instagram. And if you want to be heard on all this, here is how to submit an editorial or letter to the editor for our new opinion forum Community Voices.

You’ll find all of that and Wallace Baine’s conversation with our County Poet Laureate ahead of some big June events in the headlines this morning, so let’s get to it.

Pellerin flexes his muscle, measures D down with votes still counted

(Kevin Painchaud / Belvedere Santa Cruz)

Former Santa Cruz County Clerk Gail Pellerin gobbled up 34.2% of the vote in the first part of State Assembly District 28 voting. Early votes on Measure D showed ‘No’ on the hotly contested train and rail measure topping ‘Yes’, 21,021 votes to 8,580. Receive the latest news from our team.

WANT A CONTEXT ON RACING? All local Lookout coverage in one place

Newsom advances in November as California primary returns arrive

California Governor Gavin Newsom holds a press conference

(Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)

Governor Gavin Newsom’s presentation in the California primaries shows how great he is even after COVID-19, devastating wildfires and worsening homelessness. Our Los Angeles Times Report Partners.

ATTORNEY GENERAL: The holder Bonta, but which Republican? (Cal Matters)
CONTROLLER: Republican Chen, but which Democrat? (Cal Matters)

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California Senator Alex Padilla advances in midterm primary elections

US Senator Alex Padilla of California

(Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times)

Alex Padilla was on the ballot twice – once to fill out the remainder of Kamala Harris’ term until early 2023 and in the primary for a full six-year term. He advanced in both to run twice again in the November general election. The Times takes a look at the competition.

MAYOR OF LOS ANGELES: Rick Caruso and Karen Bass head to November runoff (Los Angeles Times)

San Francisco voters recall progressive DA Boudin

District Attorney Chesa Boudin was recalled by San Francisco voters.

Progressive San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin is being recalled after a bitter and costly campaign amid growing fears over crime and homelessness. A look at voting and its wider implications.

STANDBY : Lots more about California politics here

‘Agents of Change’: Poetry about art, offering bits of hope

Santa Cruz County Poet Laureate David Sullivan

(Kevin Painchaud / Belvedere Santa Cruz)

Santa Cruz County Poet Laureate David Sullivan talks about upcoming events — a show opening Friday at the Downtown Library and a workshop scheduled for June 18 — and reflects on changing the world through the ‘writing. Read his Q&A with Wallace Baine.

MORE FROM WALLACE: Time for a New “Ohio”: Where’s the Protest Song We Need in 2022?

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Venus taps Chef John Harry for Beachside, Glaum Gains, Zayante Mysteries and ‘foodies’ vs. ‘amateurs’

Chef John Harry at work

(Via Liz Birnbaum/The Organized Feast)

Did all this democratic process make you hungry? You’re in luck, because Lily Belli has plenty of tasty morsels from the Santa Cruz food scene in her latest newsletter. Dig here.

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

Looking for a place to watch the Warriors?

Klay Thompson shakes off the rust in Santa Cruz on Monday, training with the Warriors.

(Kevin Painchaud / Belvedere Santa Cruz)

The Santa Cruz Warriors are hosting a watch party tonight as their parent club looks to take a lead in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on the road against the Boston Celtics. Click here for details.

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Around the county…

Head-on crash on Highway 1 outside Santa Cruz leaves one injured (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
Hours-long standoff ends on Kilburn Street in Watsonville (The Pajaronian)

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Enjoy your Wednesday!

Will McCahill
Santa Cruz Lookout

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