Morning Lookout: Arming voters on D and transitional kindergarten options explained

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Hello friends! It’s Thursday, June 2, and a mix of sun and cloud is forecast for Santa Cruz County today, with highs generally in the 70s.

We are in the last week before the end of the ballot, with Measure occupying a large part of local election bandwidth. The the rail-trail puzzle also takes up a lot of bandwidth for Guy Prestonand Mark Conley spoke to the executive director of the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission to try to sort out all the noise.

Another problem facing voters in the city of Santa Cruz is the division of the city into electoral districts, on the ballot in the form of E-measurement. Our neighbors across the bay recently went through a similar process, and Monterey City Council Member Tyller Williamson gives us his thoughts in an editorial in Community Voices.

We also learned a strand in the race from the Santa Cruz County Supervisor of the 4th District yesterday, with the local Democratic Party filing a cease and desist order against candidate Jimmy Dutra on what he says is a dishonest sender.

And the school might be closed for the summer, but there’s a lot of education correspondent Hillary Ojeda: She explains how the new expanded transitional kindergarten program offers parents more choices and more dilemmas; Hillary also features Ray Diaz, who packed a wealth of community organization in his freshman year at UC Santa Cruz and has plans for many more.

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The intermediate measure D

(Kevin Painchaud / Belvedere Santa Cruz)

The Regional Transportation Commission is the entity responsible for allowing us to move around Santa Cruz County in a smarter and more efficient way. The man leading the exploratory charge as the RTC’s nonpartisan director of personnel has had the toughest job of his working life with both sides of the Measure D issue digging deep with win-win attitudes price. But Guy Preston pledges to block out the noise and keep moving forward with clear eyes, arming the RTC voting committee with the best information he can provide. He first wants to arm the voters. Mark Conley goes deep.

➤ MUCH MORE ABOUT MEASUREMENT D: From funding to key executives to Community Voices opinion, find all of Lookout’s coverage here

How the New Expanded Transitional Kindergarten Program Gives Parents More Choices and More Dilemmas

A child pumps hand sanitizer in a kindergarten classroom.

(Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)

Leaders say they understand the challenges parents now face in choosing early education in Santa Cruz County. Lookout has put together a guide for parents on navigating the new landscape full of choices. Get details from Hillary Ojeda.

➤ CONTEXT: Welcome to the TK Challenge: Transitional Kindergarten Has Benefits for Families, Difficulties for Administrators (Lookout)

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UCSC sophomore Ray Diaz brings student and worker issues to the fore

Ray Diaz, student at UC Santa Cruz

(Kevin Painchaud / Belvedere Santa Cruz)

As Ray Diaz completes his freshman year at UC Santa Cruz — which included a run for student body president and meeting Angela Davis — he finally catches his breath and realizes he “has done a lot.” He has a dormitory full of memories to remind him of everything he’s done and everything he still wants to do. Hillary profiles him here.

➤ CAMPUS MORE: Time names UCSC professor Karen Miga one of its 100 most influential people of 2022 (Lookout)

Monterey survived the redistricting; Santa Cruz can also

Monterey City Council Member Tyller Williamson

Tyller Williamson, a member of the Monterey City Council, believes redistricting is good for minority communities because it allows them greater representation. He also “cautiously backs” an at-large mayor. Monterey moved to district elections in November and is still working through the issues. He looks at Santa Cruz with optimism and says that our two cities can learn from each other. Read his full opinion piece on Community Voices here.

➤ LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Read what Santa Cruz locals are saying about Measure D and more
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Santa Cruz County Democratic Central Committee Files Cease and Desist Order Against Jimmy Dutra

A controversial letter from Jimmy Dutra

Election day is less than a week away and some candidates are making a last ditch effort to get votes. For Jimmy Dutra, running for Santa Cruz County supervisor, however, the effort could lead to both confusion and contentious actions. Grace Stetson Reports.

➤ ON THE SCOPE: Consult our electoral guide

Around the county…

➤ Watsonville homicide defendants plead not guilty (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
➤ County launches summer wheelchair basketball program (The Pajaronian)
➤ A 4.1 earthquake wakes San Francisco Bay Thursday morning (SFGate)
➤ Three ‘questionable’ key Warriors players for tonight’s NBA Finals opener (San Jose Mercury News)

A full plate for a Thursday morning, of course – and if your thoughts turn to the end of the work week, well, Lookout has you covered too. Wallace Baine returns later today with his Weekender newsletter, and you can get his expert recommendations and more from the arts and entertainment scene by clicking our Lookout newsletter and text center. As always, keep an eye out throughout the day by bookmark our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and instagram.

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Now go out and make it a great day!

Will McCahill
Santa Cruz Lookout

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