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.
A Marina man faces numerous charges after being arrested today on suspicion of victimizing girls and women he knew through Facebook. 55-year old Richard Allen Miller was taken into custody after an investigation revealed 11 known victims were familiar with him through family and friends he knew on the social network. Miller was booked into Monterey County Jail of suspicion of 8 counts of annoying or harassing through electronic communication, 6 counts of annoying or molesting a minor, and 3 counts of possession of child pornography. He is being held on $500,000 bail.
Permits to operate new marijuana dispensaries in Santa Cruz County will continue to be issued after an ordinance to renew a soon to expire moratorium was approved today. Board of Supervisors voted 3-to-2 in favor of approving the ordinance that allows new dispensaries to apply for permits starting in December. The County’s dispensary moratorium was set to expire on November 15th. The number of dispensaries in the County are expected to double because of the vote.
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