Village Corner

Vision Capitola Completed

Vision Capitola Completed

By Nels Westman The Vision Capitola project has been completed. Vision Capitola was an all-volunteer, grassroots effort to get the most current picture of the Capitola community’s thinking about two questions: “What do you value most about Capitola?” and “What would you like to see happen in Capitola in the next 5-15 years?” The final […]






The Other Capitolas

The Other Capitolas

Yes, there’s more than one! By Linda Hanson, CVRA member On a recent six-week, cross-country car trip, I had finally turned my car westward and was starting the long trip home. As I was pulling into Tallahassee, Florida, imagine my surprise when a local road sign told me that the next right turn would take […]






CVRA Board supports VISION CAPITOLA

CVRA Board supports VISION CAPITOLA

Nels Westman, CVRA Board President The CVRA Board is pleased to learn of community leader Gayle Ortiz’ efforts to organize a grassroots project called VISION CAPITOLA. Over 30 community volunteers have joined her to help organize this project. VISION CAPITOLA will be a community based effort done completely by volunteers in order to get an […]






Vacation Rentals in Capitola

Vacation Rentals in Capitola

By Margaret Kinstler and Nels Westman, CVRA members Rentals of homes for less than 30 days are prohibited in most areas of Capitola. Vacation rentals are almost always for less than 30 days and are thus illegal. An exception for vacation rentals is in the Transient Occupancy Overlay District (essentially the Capitola Village area) where […]






Is Bay Avenue Being Iron Clad?

Is Bay Avenue Being Iron Clad?

By Rich Didday, CVRA Member Road Work Ahead,” “Lane Closed,” “Share the Road,” “Sidewalk closed,” “Tow Away—NO Parking,” “Road Closed” Why is there so much activity? So many signs? Natural gas is delivered to Capitola via distribution pipelines, one of which runs underneath Bay Avenue. PG&E is undertaking a several month-long project of testing and […]






Village Corner: September 2015

Village Corner: September 2015

By Rich Didday CVRA Neighbors’ Summer Party This year’s CVRA Summer Party on August 16 was a great opportunity for Capitolans to meet and greet their neighbors. If you’d like to come next year, and you’re not already a member of the Capitola Village Residents’ Association, please send an email to CapitolaCVRA@gmail.com, with “Join” in […]






This House Was Built 100 Years Ago (But Not in Capitola!)

This House Was Built 100 Years Ago (But Not in Capitola!)

By Rich Didday, CVRA San Francisco’s Panama–Pacific International Exposition was a world’s fair held in 1915. The only building that remains in its original location is the beautiful Palace of Fine Arts. However, one of the houses built for fair workers survives here, in Capitola. Capitola Village Residents Association (CVRA) member Steven Woodside recalls his grandfather telling him about […]






CVRA Neighbors’ Night

CVRA Neighbors’ Night

March 24 was the latest CVRA Neighbors’ Night event. The twin goals are to encourage Capitola residents to have a good time while meeting their neighbors, and to help local restaurants during the “off” season. This time, Neighbors’ Night was at the Paradise Beach Grille. The fare included a donation to the Capitola Historical Museum. […]






Jim Reding: 1927 ~ 2014

Jim Reding: 1927 ~ 2014

Jim Reding was a long-time advocate of preserving the Capitola Village charm. The 1960’s and ‘70s brought about pressure to change the historic charm of the Village that Jim fought to preserve. He purchased a building that had been red tagged for demolition: the historic Hihn building in downtown Capitola. With extensive restoration and research, […]






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