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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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Board of Supervisors

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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Monterey County, Bay Area health officers urge caution as Covid cases rise

MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County’s health officer is joining 10 others from the Bay Area in stressing the importance of taking safety precautions, such as masking indoors, as the region experiences a new swell of Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations. The …

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Monterey County approves $9.7M in repairs to Laguna Seca

SALINAS — Monterey County Board of Supervisors has approved $9.7 million in funding for crucial repairs at the legendary WeatherTech Raceway at Laguna Seca, the only major track in the United States that is government owned. Work that will be …

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Monterey County Grand Jury Report Advocates for Systemic Changes in Cannabis Industry

A Monterey County civil grand jury report determined the Monterey County Cannabis Program has lapses in transparency, oversight and analysis that need to be addressed.

(May 18, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Monterey County Sheriff Race Highlights Law Enforcement Styles

In the race for Monterey County sheriff, two candidates are Sheriff’s Office insiders and two are outsiders. One of the outsiders is Chief Tina Nieto of the Marina Police Department, who has not minced words about what she says are serious shortcomings in the Sheriff’s Office.

(May 13, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
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