Morning Lookout: Vote updates; Westside cannabis dispensary advances; celebrating lowriders – Lookout Santa Cruz

Good morning! It is Wednesday, March 13, and Santa Cruz County has a mainly sunny day ahead with highs in the low 60s, per forecasts, though it’s going to get a little breezy.

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Lookout’s tireless Election Central team digested another round of vote totals from the county clerk’s office Tuesday afternoon and evening; we’d already called most of the races, but the latest tally leaves two local contests too close to call: Measure N, the Watsonville Community Hospital bond initiative, and the race for Santa Cruz City Council District 5. More below.

Wednesday means business around Lookout – that is, Jessica M. Pasko’s roundup of news and notes from local business. Her latest update includes a proposed new Westside cannabis dispensary getting the OK from Santa Cruz’s planning commission.

If you read Wallace Baine’s recent look at a renaissance for lowrider culture in Watsonville, you’ll want to keep reading for more on Sunday’s cruising event and an ongoing exhibition at Pajaro Valley Arts celebrating that culture – with photos aplenty from Kevin Painchaud.

The Wednesday headlines also include the latest in Santa Cruz County food and drink from Lily Belli … consume!

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