The plan to renovate the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium took a small step forward after an advocacy group endorsed a $20 million improvement plan for the downtown entertainment hub. The group Friends of the Civic Auditorium formed in 2012 and has championed the nearly 80-year-old facility. The group envisions the funding coming from a mix of public and private sources. No plans are underway for a fundraiser or a public bond measure but more information can be found at FriendsOfTheCivic.org.
Streets in the Capitola Village will close Saturday and Sunday for the 13th annual Capitola Rod and Custom Classic Car Show. Businesses and drivers can expect closures of the Esplanade, San Jose Avenue, Monterey Avenue and Capitola Avenue. Parking is available in the upper and lower beach and village parking lots behind city hall. Displaced residents can get parking permits from the Capitola Police Department.
Seaside is set to see its first cannabis dispensary within the week. The 2,000-square-foot business is on the corner of Canyon Del Rey and Del Monte boulevards and is one of a dozen expected in the Seaside. The city issued 12 permits in the last year authorizing marijuana dispensaries, testing businesses and manufacturing operations.
The Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office is suing two companies after alleging they found dangerous levels of lead in baby formulas in toddler formula produced by them. The office announced Thursday it would join the state and nine other California district attorneys in the lawsuit against Nutraceutical Corp. and Graceleigh Inc. The lawsuit Nutraceutical’s Peaceful Planet Toddler Supreme Formula and and Graceleigh’s Sammy’s Free Range Goat Milk Toddler Formula had lead levels above federal guidelines.
Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz still is on the 10 dirtiest beaches list. The list rates beaches on bacterial content in the water. For two years Cowell rated as the dirtiest beach before dropping to the third place in 2017. This year Cowell beach dropped to eighth place on the list.
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