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Salinas City Council approves increasing council compensation.

On Tuesday, Jan. 23 Salinas Salinas City Council voted 5-1 to approve increaes to councilmember compensation, with Steve McShane opposing.

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Salinas City Council unanimously approves a two-year contract for police officers.

Salinas City Council voted 6-0 on Tuesday, Jan. 23 to approve a new contract with the Salinas Police Officers Association. Negotiations took place in record time of just three months. The previous contract expired on Dec. 31.

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City of Salinas approves Red Light Abatement Act ordinance to combat a surge of visible sex work.

On Tuesday, Jan. 9, Salinas City Council voted 5-0 to approve the Red Light Abatement Act ordinance. (Mayor Kimbley Craig and Carla Viviana González were absent.)

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The state and cities fight to save units meant for those without homes after a developer defaults.

The State of California and five cities – including Salinas and King City – are working to save hundreds of Homekey apartments from foreclosure, due to a developer who the state says improperly took out third-party loans on seven properties.…

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Seeking to abate a surge in sex work, Salinas officials look to nuisance law.

Women dressed in skimpy clothing walking along streets in Salinas has become a common scene near some apartment complexes. Residents living around Kings and Roosevelt streets see sex workers regularly when they go to work, take their kids to school…

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Salinas City Council will address a proposed increase in compensation for council members.

The cost of rent, groceries and mortgage payments have steadily increased over the past four decades, but there is one figure that has remained stagnant: city council compensation.

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Salinas recieves $16 million for Williams Road to improve safety.

In its budget, the City of Salinas allocated $7.8 million for street repairs for the 2023-2024 fiscal year. That amount will be divided equally among the city’s six political districts, each represented by a different city council member. Each district…

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Salinas approves a pilot for a mobile clinic to reach unhoused people where they are.

Emergency calls generate a reaction from first responders wherever you are and whether or not you have a roof over your head. Every month, Salinas police and fire departments respond to about 1,200 calls to aid unhoused individuals.

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Salinas weighs a tax district to fund infrastructure at Ag Industrial Center project.

Salinas city officials are exploring the formation of a new tax district to fund infrastructure improvements that would help develop the long-gestating Salinas Ag Industrial Center.

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Salinas residents are fed up with sex workers in their neighborhoods, and want them gone.

On a sunny Saturday afternoon on Oct. 14, a handful of women wearing high heels and little clothing are walking along Kings and Roosevelt streets in Salinas. A block away, on North Madeira Avenue and Kern Street, neighbors are protesting…

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Clean California Murals highlight Salinas community culture

SALINAS — Caltrans, the City of Salinas and the Arts Council for Monterey County have announced the completion of the Clean California Murals Project that features bright, life-size murals, drought-resistant landscaping and improved lighting at East Market Street, Alisal Street …

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After a pilot program, Salinas agrees to a one-year private security contract at Closter Park.

Going for a walk, spending a day in the grass and playing basketball are part of the routine for people who live near Closter Park, the most-visited park in Salinas.

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Salinas City Council votes unanimously to fire city manager Steve Carrigan.

During a special meeting on Oct. 4, Salinas City Council voted to terminate City Manager Steve Carrigan’s contract. The council deliberated for two hours in closed session, then announced their unanimous vote, 6-0, to fire Carrigan (Councilmember Steve McShane was…

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Salinas City Manager Steve Carrigan withdraws application from San Bernardino, announcing plans to stay.

They say love is a powerful force, and it is one force keeping Salinas City Manager Steve Carrigan in Salinas.

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Central Coast Water Board and Salinas agree on a settlement over alleged sewage discharge.

The City of Salinas has reached a settlement with the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Board for an alleged spill that occurred on April 15, 2022. The settlement is for a total $193,879 in administrative civil liability for violating state…

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Salinas City Manager Steve Carrigan is a finalist for the city manager job in San Bernardino.

Salinas City Council hired Steve Carrigan in a hard time for cities. It was January of 2021, deep in the throes of the Covid-19 pandemic. Out of 78 applicants, he was unanimously selected.

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City of Salinas begins a $1 million renovation project at City Hall.

Decades ago, two buildings – one from 1968 and one from the mid-1970s – were joined to form Salinas City Hall. Now, the property is getting renovated, with construction set to begin as early as Aug. 15. “The building hasn’t…

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Missteps have kept Salinas’ original Homekey low-income apartments half full since 2020.

Within a few months after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, California officials launched a mad dash to permanently house thousands of people by converting motels and hotels into apartments under the name Homekey, using $646 million in federal, state…

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It’s budget season, and the numbers in Monterey County’s 12 cities tell a story.

Sara Rubin here, thinking about the many city services I use every day, sometimes without thinking about them—storm drains and asphalt maintenance are not always so obvious to me. Then, of course, there are things that are more explicitly transactional—checking…

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Salinas City Council votes unanimously to repeal cruising ban.

With applause and cheers, dozens of people celebrated a unanimous vote on Tuesday, May 16 by Salinas City Council to repeal a ban on cruising on city streets.

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