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August 12, 2022

Locals express optimism, confusion on big Californian ‘opening day’

Santa Cruz Mountain reopen
While June 15 marked the day California was to return to “business as usual,” according to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, local residents were all over the map as far as how they said they’d react to “opening up.” On Tuesday, California ditched its system of...

Felton Music Hall Continues Pandemic Rebound

Felton Music Hall
Thomas Cussins, president of Ineffable Music, wants to thank the community of San Lorenzo Valley for keeping Felton Music Hall’s doors open. As other entertainment venues have struggled—and faltered—during the crush of the pandemic, Felton Music Hall has stood strong.  Cussins, who is the managing...

Casa Nostra comes to Scotts Valley

HOME AWAY FROM HOME Ibarra (left) and Cristallo (right) proudly welcome customers to their new location on Mount Hermon Road.
Mario Ibarra and Raffaele Cristallo, co-owners of the beloved Ben Lomond restaurant, Casa Nostra, opened a new location in Scotts Valley this week. After nine delicious years off Highway 9 and months of hard work converting their new location, their dishes will be available for...

The Making of Superheroes in Business

When you think of superheroes’ characteristics, what comes to mind? You might think they have superpowers and they fight against oppression and wrongdoing. But in business today, just being fair is nothing compared to having the ability to lead and engage others to become their...

County’s Cannabis Tax Revenues See Major Drop

Santa Cruz County is seeing a decline in its cannabis industry, with tax revenues falling far short of projections for the 2021-22 fiscal year. County officials say that current revenues of $1.68 million are lagging behind projections by more than $1 million, and by $1.6...

Disposable cups fees won’t start until 2022

Santa Cruz County
The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on May 11 voted unanimously to delay a 25-cent fee for disposable cups at businesses in the unincorporated parts of the county until January 2022. County officials crafted the ordinance to reduce the amount of disposable cups that...

Housing woes hit home for San Lorenzo Valley seniors

Shirli and customer
The end of the month seemed to approach faster than usual for Shirli McLaughlin. The 76-year-old Felton resident, a longtime Ben Lomond shopkeeper, was told her current rental was being sold. “It’s an important word, ‘home’—don’t you think?” she asked rhetorically, May 27. “That, and...

Felton Feed picks up the pieces after car smashes into storefront

Felton Feed
Chantal Vaughan was at work as a manager at Felton Feed & Pet Supply on May 23 when her world was shaken—figuratively and literally—by a driver who lost control of his car and careened into the front of her store, leaving shattered glass and...

New loan, grant opportunities arise for small businesses

Scotts Valley business
After a greatly stressful year, 2021 will begin with many economic opportunities for small business owners in Scotts Valley.  The newest federal stimulus package, passed by Congress on Dec. 21, will begin to benefit small business owners and many others this January. The state has...

Felton Community Hall reopens, looks for new members

felton community hall
From birthday parties to weddings to Jazzercise and Zumba, the Felton Community Hall has been a local place to host events and make memories. After 100 years as a neighborhood hub, members of its board of directors are looking for the community to help keep...



Ukrainian Festival Supports Refugees Through Cultural Education

On Tuesday, Morgan Hill-based woodworking business California Craft House had to pull out of Sunday’s fundraiser for Ukrainian refugees set to be held in...