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California Bill to Split Coroner-Sheriff Offices Moves Ahead in Legislature

California is one of three states that allows counties to combine the offices of the coroner and sheriff, and in most of the state’s counties, the elected sheriff also acts as the county’s coroner, investigating the cause and manner of deaths. But that could soon change.

(June 30, 2022) → Read the full The Californian report
California Lawmakers Give Nod to $307.9B Budget

California lawmakers have approved a spending plan that includes sending cash to most taxpayers to help offset record-high gas prices. The budget continues a turnaround for the nation’s most populous state, which just two years ago raised taxes and slashed spending.

(June 29, 2022) → Read the full The Californian report
Monterey Councilmember Tyller Williamson to Run for Mayor

Earlier this month Tyller Williamson—the Monterey City Council’s youngest member at 34 years old—filed papers announcing his intent to enter the mayoral race. Williamson says he hopes to usher Monterey into a new era.

(June 29, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Monterey County Tests Emergency Response Capabilities

More than 100 representatives and employees from the state, county governments and transportation agencies gathered in Salinas to test Monterey County’s emergency response capabilities.

(June 28, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Huge Reservoir Could be Expanded to Store More Water

San Luis Reservoir, 7 miles long and a key part of California’s water supply irrigates farmland across the Central Valley and provides drinking water for Silicon Valley and other cities. A $1.1 billion plan by the federal government will strengthen the huge earthen dam, but more than earthquake safety work is involved.

(June 27, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Monterey County Doctor Learns a New Language to Help More People

When Dr. Olga Padron Lopez arrived in Monterey County, she and her colleagues realized there was a language barrier for Indigenous residents of Greenfield. The family doctor has been learning Triqui de Copala, a language spoken in and around San Juan Copala in Oaxaca, Mexico.

(June 27, 2022) → Read the full The Californian report
Local Authors Share Techniques of Compassionate Communication

Lee Garland and Dr. Arnie Buss, two students of Selwa Said’s Monterey-based courses on “heart-aware communication” have published “Hear, Here,” a book that will help readers develop an understanding of effective communication techniques and how to apply them.

(June 27, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Sand City Turns to Ballot Measure to Boost Some Taxes

The City Council of Sand City is aiming to have a measure on the Nov. 8 ballot to increase the city’s current transactions and use tax by 0.5% to 1.5%, and bringing its sales tax to 9.25%, which would conform with other Monterey Peninsula cities.

(June 27, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Future of Housing ‘Uncertain’ as Salinas Faces Slow Growth of New Homes

In 2015, the Salinas City Council approved a state-mandated plan to build 2,229 new housing units over an eight-year period. So far, 986 have been approved. Without new housing, residents continue to experience overcrowding, homelessness and unaffordable costs.

(June 27, 2022) → Read the full The Californian report
Monterey County Election Department Certifies Results

The Elections Department announced certification of the June 7 Statewide Direct Primary Election, in which a little over 31% of Monterey County’s 208,274 registered voters cast ballots.

(June 25, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Seaside’s Broadway Avenue improvement Project Moves Ahead

The Seaside City Council has approved the first phase of the Broadway Avenue Corridor Complete Street Improvement Project, which will transform a four-lane roadway to two lanes with curb extensions, bike lanes, roundabouts and features to improve pedestrian safety.

(June 25, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Palenke Founder Juan Sánchez Honored for Teaching Art to Peninsula Youth

Helping other people’s kids awaken to a new passion is how Juan Sánchez, the married father of three creative kids, enriches his own life. He spends much of his time in a converted locker room at Seaside’s Martin Luther King Elementary School, now home to his nonprofit multicultural arts organization.

(June 23, 2022) → Read the full Voices of Monterey Bay report
Disc Golf Returns to Monterey’s Ryan Ranch Course

Since the Ryan Ranch Disc Golf Course closed in 2018, members of the Monterey Stinging Jellies Disc Golf Club have made do with makeshift courses and meet-ups at alternative Monterey Bay disc golf spots.

(June 23, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Where the Bodies Are Buried: Food Fights, Chapter 2

The Lettuce Strike of 1936 remains a dark stain on the history of Salinas. In the second part of a series, reporter Joe Livernois writes about how powerful business interests could coordinate an effective campaign against common enemies.

(June 22, 2022) → Read the full Voices of Monterey Bay report
Monterey County Officials Tackle Water, Cannabis Tax

The Monterey County Board of Supervisors gave a green light on private ownership of desalination projects and took a step closer to allowing errant cannabis producers to catch up on owed taxes. The board also approved a spending plan that will face difficulties ahead.

(June 22, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Salinas Fire Department Brings on New Chief

Monterey County native Samuel Klemek spent nearly three decades climbing the ranks within the Salinas Fire Department. Now he’s got the top job as the new fire chief.

(June 21, 2022) → Read the full report
Making Schools Safer Requires Time, Relationship-Building

As a parent organizer for Padres Unidos, an advocacy group based in Salinas, Alma Loredo has been helping local parents get more involved in local school accountability and advocacy for years. She understands that safety is built over time.

(June 16, 2022) → Read the full Voices of Monterey Bay report
Seaside to Appoint City Manager

The Seaside City Council is set to appoint Jaime Fontes, current city manager for East Palo Alto, as its next city manager. If the City Council approves his employment contract on June 16, Fontes can start July 1.

(June 10, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Salinas Now Home to First Indigenous-Owned Barbershop

Gabriel Toledano, a 30-year-old Salinas man, opened Mixteco Barber Shop five months ago. He's been working long days to secure a better future. He also wanted a place where other Mixtec speakers could feel at ease while getting a haircut.

(June 10, 2022) → Read the full The Californian report
PG&E Pleads Not Guilty in Charges Related to Deadly 2020 Wildfire

Pacific Gas & Electric pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other charges in connection with the Zogg Fire, which killed four people and destroyed hundreds of homes in Northern California two years ago. A preliminary hearing was set for January.

(June 10, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Local Man Volunteers to Help Refugees on Ukraine Border

Donovan Corbett, a 37-year-old groundskeeper at Carmel Unified School District, recently returned from six weeks of volunteering in Poland and Ukraine.

(June 9, 2022) → Read the full Voices of Monterey Bay report
Memoir Spotlights the Pacific Grove of Yesteryear

“My Life in Pacific Grove,” a May release that chronicles W.R. Holman’s life, has roots back to 1979, when the then 95-year-old businessman dictated his life story to his caretaker, Louise V. Jaques.

(June 9, 2022) → Read the full Carmel Magazine report
Grassroots Campaigning Triumphs in Off-Year Primary Election

County sheriff candidate Tina Nieto’s campaign consultant, Cristina Medina, said Nieto’s showing is proof that hard work by a good candidate with little money can prevail over a flawed candidate with tons of money.

(June 9, 2022) → Read the full Voices of Monterey Bay report
Pacific Grove City Attorney David Laredo Moving On

Pacific Grove City Attorney David Laredo, who has served as the city’s legal counsel for more than 17 years, will leave his office on July 1.

(June 9, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Monterey County District 2 Supervisor: Church, Craig Likely Head Toward Runoff

One of the more competitive races on the June ballot is the Monterey County Board of Supervisors District 2 seat, with six candidates looking to succeed outgoing Supervisor John Phillips and represent North County.

(June 9, 2022) → Read the full The Californian report
Annette Yee Steck Leads Race for Monterey County Board of Education Seat

As votes were being counted on June 8, Annette Yee Steck has 57.56% of the 11,196 votes in the race for the Trustee Area 1 seat on the Monterey County Board of Education, which includes New Monterey, Pacific Grove, Del Monte Forest, Carmel, Carmel Valley and Big Sur.

(June 8, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Del Rey Oaks: Measure B Shows Lagging Support

A ballot measure that would block a trail project through Del Rey Oaks is lagging in early returns with only 48.88% of the votes needed for passage. But the difference between passage of the measure and defeat is only 10 votes.

(June 8, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
RANA Integrates Habitat Restoration Into Inspiring Structures

Carmel Valley residents Paul and Marta Kephart, along with their three children, embody the ecologically based lifestyle of their business, Rana Creek Habitat Restoration.

(June 8, 2022) → Read the full Carmel Magazine report
Marine Mammal Center Is Back After Getting an Overhaul

Caring for animals rescued along 600 miles of coastline from Mendocino County to San Luis Obispo County, the Marine Mammal Center just ended its longest public closure since its founding in 1973.

(June 7, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Addis Takes Early Lead in State Assembly District 30 Race

Dawn Addis has pulled into the lead in the State Assembly District 30 race, with Vicki Nohrden in second place. In this contest of four Democrats and one Republican, the two candidates with the most votes will face off in November.

(June 7, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Salinas Residents Push Lawmakers to Address Pesticide Use Near Schools

California residents living in agricultural communities have long been concerned about pesticide exposure. Now, Californians for Pesticides Reform is proposing a 2.5-mile buffer zone between schools and pesticide application.

(June 6, 2022) → Read the full The Californian report
State Lawmakers Weigh Buying Out Farmers to Save Water

A proposal in the state Senate would spend up to $1.5 billion to buy “senior water rights” that allow farmers to take as much water as needed from the state’s rivers and streams.

(June 6, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report

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