Morning Lookout: an Icy East Coast Fave, New Watsonville Hospital CEO and a Packed Weekend

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Morning mode: activated. It’s Friday, Sept. 22, and Santa Cruz County should gradually see less of the smoke that’s been hanging around the past few days, leaving mostly sunny skies and highs in the 70s and 80s through the weekend.If you’re fully caffeinated and ready to hit the headlines solo, dive on in.

We journalists like our scoops, and Lily Belli has them by the cupful this Friday. Italian ice, a popular treat on the East Coast, has arrived in downtown Santa Cruz courtesy of a New York transplant, and Lily takes us inside Izzy’s Ices. Watsonville Community Hospital is set to welcome a new CEO, Hillary Ojeda reports, with Sutter Health exec Stephen Gray the choice to lead the hospital’s efforts to find firmer financial footing.

With the weekend just about here, Wallace Baine has the lowdown on things to do all over Santa Cruz County, including neo-psychedelic band Dinosaur Jr. on the beach as part of the celebration of Santa Cruz Skateboards’ 50th anniversary.

Our Friday headlines also include news on a deal that will bring home insurers back to fire-prone areas, Lookout’s athletes of the month and a bunch more. Let’s go. Italian ice, a popular frozen treat back East that’s like “a cross between a snow cone and gelato,” has found its way west to Santa Cruz, courtesy of native New Yorker Scott Edelstein. Get a taste via Lily Belli.

Watsonville Community Hospital’s governing board is set to vote next Wednesday to appoint Stephen Gray as its next CEO. Gray is the current chief administrative officer and operations executive for Sutter Bay Medical Foundation – Santa Cruz Division. Hillary Ojeda has details.

Source: LOOK OUT