The fourth-largest city in Monterey County and the setting for the novel Of Mice and Men, Soledad followed the same trajectory as many locales in Steinbeck Country. First came the missionaries, then the ranchers, the wheat farmers, and the dairy workers. In 1921, when the City of Soledad incorporated, the latest thing was row crops—until the 1940s, when the California Department of Corrections built the Soledad Training Facility. That sector of the economy expanded in 1996 with the creation of the Salinas Valley State Prison. But with the presence of such companies as Dole Fresh Vegetables and Taylor Farms, agriculture is still going strong.
The five-member Soledad City Council is made up of four councilmembers and a mayor, all of whom are elected at large. Meetings take place the first Wednesday of the month and are open to the public.
Political newcomer Fernando Cabrera is leading in a three-way race for two open seats on Soledad City Council, while Mayor Anna Velazquez has a strong lead over challenger Maria Corralejo, who is a member of City Council.
MONTEREY COUNTY — Digital equity and infrastructure in Monterey County are receiving a record investment of state broadband funding, with the announcement of $2.5 million in broadband technical assistance grants to local municipalities to support efforts to close the digital …
The new roundabout at the intersection of East Street and Metz Road in Soledad was greeted with a ribbon cutting on July 6, marking the first such roundabout in South Monterey County.(July 16, 2021) → Read the full Salinas Valley Tribune report
Soledad currently uses an at-large voting system in which local voters can support any city council candidate. At its June 16 meeting, the Soledad City Council discussed the prospect of switching to district-based elections.(July 15, 2021) → Read the full Salinas Valley Tribune report