The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter was awarded a grant this week for a new program aimed at keeping dogs confined outside in a more humane manner. The $22,500 grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will provide nearly 300 trolley systems to willing pet owners throughout Santa cruz County as well as 200 dog houses. The trolley systems will replace tethered chains that currently keep dogs confined to yards outside. Santa Cruz Pet owners interested in having a trolley system installed can contact Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.
A Central Coast Bank plans to expand it’s headquarters. Santa Cruz owned Lighthouse Bank says it wants to invest 4-million dollars and buy an empty downtown bank branch on Pacific Avenue. The six year old bank is expected to expand from it’s current 5,400 square foot location to 8,500 feet in the new building, which will be completely renovated to accommodate a staff of 35. The Bank’s current employee count is 22. Work on the new location is expected to begin next year.
Headset maker Plantronics saw an increase in revenues while earnings dropped for the second quarter of fiscal year 2014. The Santa Cruz based company reported a sales increase of 8.1% from a year ago with earnings falling at 13.1%. Company officials attribute a down economy to the decline in the company’s call center business, but say they remain in the top position in the emerging unified communications sector while growing that part of the business at 36% during the year. Mobile net revenues were also up for the quarter at 28%.
The City of Marina welcomed two new electric car charging stations today. The dedication ceremony got under way after the city's Mayor Bruce Delgado cut a short length of fuel hose as the ribbon. The refueling spots, which handle 2 vehicles apiece at the same time, are located on the east side of the city’s community development office on Cypress Avenue. The stations now bring the number of refueling spots in Monterey County to 32. There are about 90 charging stations in the Tri-County area.
A Santa Cruz County Sports field is being closed because of safety concerns. City officials say they are closing Depot Field indefinitely after years of deterioration and now a lawsuit that’s been filed over field conditions. A construction company and architect are being sued for improperly designing the field after pools of water began collecting on the artificial turf and not draining shortly after the field was completed. Officials expect the field to remain closed until the lawsuit is resolved.
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