SANTA CRUZ

OpenCounter awarded $450,000

OpenCounter, a Santa Cruz startup, got $450,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for open-source software that makes registration and permitting faster for businesses.

It's led by Peter Koht, who worked on the project as the city of Santa Cruz economic development coordinator. He has given notice to the city to focus on expanding OpenCounter.

Koht said the funding "means that we'll be able to support OpenCounter, deliver it to new communities and continue refine the software to make it easier for new businesses to start and scale."

Moving on is "profoundly bittersweet," he said.

The Knight Foundation awarded a total of $1.13 million to three startups as part of its Knight News Challenge on Open Government. Two other winners are in the Bay Area.

CAPITOLA

I-Bank OKs loan to city

The California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank, known as I-Bank, has approved a $1.37 million low-interest loan for Capitola's Pacific Cove parking lot project.

The project consists of relocating coaches and owners of mobile homes from Pacific Cove Mobile Home Park, and construction of a new parking lot, a walkway to an adjacent city parking lot and installing signs and pay meters in both parking lots and elsewhere in the city. It also includes relocating a city-owned mobile home adjacent to the new parking lot for additional storage and office space.

"Capitola is considered a highly desirable tourist destination, and customer parking patterns show that the primary use of the parking is for retail, restaurant, beach and residential purposes, this project will facilitate economic development in the area," said Roma Cristia-Plant, I-Bank assistant executive director.

The I-Bank provides low-cost loans of up to $10 million for up to 30 years to local governments for public infrastructure. Eligible projects include streets, highways, drainage, water supply and flood control and public safety facilities, among others.

SALINAS

Leadership workshop offered

Assemblyman Luis Alejo announced the third annual Young Assemblymembers Program. The application deadline is July 1.

The program focuses on empowering high school students to be community leaders.

During four weeks, participants take part in leadership training, community event planning and tours of local facilities where they can learn about important issues.

Participants who complete the training receive a recognition certificate and a letter of recommendation from Alejo at a Young Assemblymembers Program Graduation Reception on Aug. 2.

For information, contact Laura Cabrera at 831-759-8676 or email at Laura.Cabrera@asm.ca.gov.

CAPITOLA

Jazz singer at Capitola Beach

Jazz singer Barbara Lopez will perform Sunday afternoon for Art & Music at the Beach in Capitola Village.

Local artists display their work in the Esplanade Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and live music is featured 2-4 p.m. on the Esplanade Stage overlooking Monterey Bay.

The music series is sponsored by Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott-Capitola & Slatter Construction. It's free and open to the public. Other dates are:

  • July 14: 7th Wave (Acoustic Soft Rock)

  • July 21: Singing Wood Marimba (World Music)

  • Aug. 4: Harpin & Clark (Acoustic Guitar & Harmonica)

  • Aug. 18: Singer Ron Kaplan (Jazz)

    For information contact: Leslie Fellows at 831-419-7485; leslieafellows@yahoo.com or the city of Capitola, 831-475-7300; http://www.ci.capitola.ca.us/capcity.nsf/AboutUpCmEvt.html

    WATSONVILLE

    Class of 1973 plans reunion

    The Watsonville High School class of 1973 will hold its 40th reunion at 6:30 p.m. July 13 at the Watsonville Elks Lodge, 121 Martinelli St.

    Cost is $65 per person through July 1.

    To RSVP, mail checks to WHS class of 1972, 18 Brook Court, Watsonville, CA 95076.