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This 7 days in Santa Cruz County organization: Ag market struggles, downtown visions, Michaels in Capitola

As we arise from the COVID-19 pandemic and its lingering effects on economies just about everywhere, we’ll be getting a closer glimpse at the movers and shakers, the progress of industries, and what’s definitely driving the Santa Cruz County economic climate. I’ll be spotlighting some of the greatest locations for option, updates on neighborhood development and all matters underpinning the regional business scene, every single Wednesday.

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Santa Cruz County’s lately introduced crop report uncovered that the field created gains almost across the board in 2022, for a complete gross output benefit of nearly $667 million. The agricultural sector also contributes an believed 17,500 work opportunities to the community economy when you consist of output, processing and assist routines.

The previous couple years have dealt blow just after blow to our nearby agricultural group, from the impacts of COVID-19 to wildfires, climbing temperatures and, of course, the storms this past wintertime that hit the region difficult, main to flooding, erosion and delayed crops. That’s on leading of the various other worries linked to availability and value of labor, inflation and a great deal far more.

Santa Cruz County Agricultural Commissioner David Sanford has been in the prime place at the agency due to the fact June, immediately after serving as the deputy commissioner considering that 2016. He moved up following Juan Hidalgo remaining to turn out to be Monterey County’s agricultural commissioner. I not long ago spoke with Sanford to get a better idea of his agency’s priorities, his knowledge of the problems domestically and where he sees issues heading next.

Read through my complete interview with Sanford listed here.

ICYMI: Watsonville town council passes system for downtown’s foreseeable future

scenes from downtown Watsonville

(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Watsonville city leaders voted unanimously past 7 days to move ahead with the eyesight for the city’s downtown region. (I claimed on this in a prior roundup.) The prepare paves the way for additional growth along downtown corridors, from residential and business office to retail and restaurants. Christopher Neeley documented on the plan’s passage very last week. Among the other elements, the system could probably allow for up to six-story structures to enter the community. It also calls for a reduction of website traffic lanes on Major Road from 4 to two, aspect of initiatives to make an setting which is friendlier to bikes and pedestrians.

Christopher also took a further appear at how Watsonville’s next actions parallel attempts staying made in Santa Cruz to renovate the city’s downtown space listed here.

Ch-ch-alterations: Openings, closings and other developments

The restaurant Casa Nostra among the redwoods.

The restaurant Casa Nostra amongst the redwoods.

(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

  • New wine bar opening in Scotts Valley: The Saison Cellar & Wine Bar will host its grand opening in the Kings Village Purchasing Heart on Wednesday, Oct. 26. (Lookout’s Lily Belli has more details in this article, and she and wine correspondent Laurie Adore will have far more on the new location before long.)
  • New CEO at Parallel Flight Systems: The La Selva Beach-headquartered organization, which is effective with unmanned aerial motor vehicle engineering, has named Craig Stevens as its new leader.
  • Michaels coming to Capitola: A Michaels arts and crafts shop will be relocating into the old Mattress, Bathtub & Over and above Spot in Brown Ranch Marketplace on Clares Road in Capitola. A spokeswoman for the organization suggests the retailer ideas to open up in January.
  • Santa Cruz County Financial institution leaders recognized by American Banker Journal: CEO and President Krista Snelling was named one of the 25 Most Potent Ladies in Banking and Finance for 2023. Snelling, along with Main Economical Officer Cecilia Situ, Chief Advertising and marketing Officer Mary Anne Carson and Chief Operations Officer Shamara van de Voort also been given the publication’s Females in Banking Leading Groups Award.
  • Casa Nostra closing Ben Lomond area: The restaurant, which struggled immediately after this previous winter’s storms, is closing its doors as of Sunday, according to the company’s Fb page. New homeowners will be having around the place with a new identify and principle. Casa Nostra’s Scotts Valley location will continue to be open up.
  • Balefire Brewing normally takes around former Increased Goal place: A new brewery has taken more than the location in the East Cliff Village browsing middle in Stay Oak soon after Higher Objective Brewing shut this summer time. Balefire Brewing held a grand opening on Saturday. The new location specializes in American and English-design ales.

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Preserve the day

  • Wednesday, Nov. 1: Vita Collective, the Closet Shopper and Dwell Happier Wellness will host a mixer with other area business homeowners from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at The Closet Shopper at 1202 41st Ave. in Capitola.

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Enterprise information truly worth studying

A Tesla electric vehicle in front of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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