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From 120-foot Salmon Creek Falls in Big Sur to the postcard splendor of Monterey Bay in the north, along with the rural landscape made famous in John Steinbeck's Cannery Row and East of Eden, Monterey County—or “County of Monterey,” as it prefers to be called—got many of its place names when Sebastián Vizcaíno explored the region in 1602. The area boasts such natural protected areas as Los Padres National Forest, Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge and Ventana Wilderness. It is also ranked as one of America's 10 most expensive counties. Today, the county's economy thrives on tourism on the coast and agriculture in the Salinas Valley, known for its lettuce, broccoli, spinach, celery, mushrooms, strawberries and more.

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The five members of the Monterey County Board of Supervisors represent a county that is both geographically and demographically diverse. Meetings are open to the public.

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When it comes to getting a home built in Monterey County, it’s good to be king—or, a knight.

While the housing crisis continues to deepen, there is one set of people seemingly immune to the local constraints of building a new home: the mega-rich.

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Monterey County begins planning process for Family Justice Center in King City

KING CITY — Monterey County District Attorney’s Office has scheduled a community forum on Thursday to discuss the planning process for creating a Monterey County Family Justice Center, South County Office in King City. Members of the public are encouraged …

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MPUSD Weighs Safe Parking Program on District Sites

Monterey Peninsula Unified School District is considering implementation of a safe parking program for families experiencing homelessness. The Monterey County Department of Social Services presented a proposal for the program to the Board of Trustees.

(Sept. 17, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Monterey County Moves Ahead on Vacation Rental Policy

Monterey County officials took a step toward updating the vacation rental policy for unincorporated parts of the county and will hold a Sept. 19 at 1 p.m. for the environmental analysis of draft ordinances to create regulations for short-term rentals.

(Sept. 14, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
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