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Gonzales High School senior athletes Andrew Zarate and Celeste Camarena have been named the Gonzales Spartans’ Male and Female Athletes of the Year, respectively. Zarate is a two-sport athlete — football and wrestling — who excelled as a grappler this year, placing fifth in the CCS Masters.
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Happy 5th Anniversary to our friends at Sacramento Digs Gardening!
Highway 198 Reopens After Repairs to Damages from Winter Storms
Highway 198 in Monterey County fully reopened on June 2 after repairs were completed to a washout of the roadway caused by damage from winter storms.
Process of Ranking 103 Proposed Neighborhood Projects Begins
Neighborhood representatives are preparing to vote on which projects they think the city of Monterey should fund to improve their quality of life.
The New Payday Loans? California Moves to Regulate Cash Advance Apps
In May, a video featuring a young woman named Brooklyn in heart-shaped glasses implored viewers to tell the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation how important a company named EarnIn was to their day-to-day life. EarnIn is part of a relatively new app-based industry that provides cash advances to people based on their wages.
The One Big Flaw in California’s Local Redistricting Reforms
The state Assembly has passed legislation to require large cities, counties and school districts to use independent commissions to redraw districts for their governing boards, but the measure exempts five major counties.
Chartwell School Receives a $45 Million Gift, and Plans to Expand Teacher Literacy Training
Chartwell School, a private school in Seaside focusing on students with dyslexia and other learning differences, received a $45 million donation from Charles “Chuck” and Claire Jacobson’s estate.
Salinas Union Appoints New Principal for Salinas High School
Salinas Union High School District has appointed Hugo Mariscal as the new principal of Salinas High School.
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Carmel High Faces Next School Year with New Administration
Puente’s resignation is the latest administrative turnover at Carmel Unified in the last few months. With her departure, Carmel High School will face an entirely new administration next school year.
Battle Heats Up to Grow the Perfect Artichoke
This artichoke revolution that has uprooted thousands of acres of artichokes across Castroville—the “Artichoke Center of the World”—and replaced them with new hybrids is pitting technology over tradition and playing out at farm stands and on dinner tables across the country.
Salinas Valley Farmers Seek Rebound After Floods, Virus Hit Lettuce Crops
Farmers in 2022 suffered an estimated $150 million in crop losses due to the impatiens necrotic spot virus and an additional $54.4 million from flooding.
Greenfield Welcomes Six New Officers
Five new police officers and one community service officer, all bilingual speakers, have joined the Greenfield Police Department.
CA Legislature Beats Deadline on Key Bills
The deadline for bills to pass their first house in the California Legislature has come and gone. Most made it. A few failed. And a handful of intriguing bills that didn’t pass may resurface because their authors aren’t giving up.
In Fight Over Digital Privacy, California Seeks to Ban ‘Reverse Search Warrants’
California is considering banning the use of “reverse search warrants,” which compel tech companies to disclose the identities of individuals based on the location of their phone and internet search history. Abortion activists call it vital.
The New York Times Magazine spends an entire issue explaining why California matters, and CalMatters wins gold for giving the state the coverage it deserves.
Renewable energy sources provided 37 percent of California electricity in 2021, a new record for the state as it moves toward its 2045 goal of 100 percent clean energy. Battery storage will play a huge role in reaching that goal.
California’s new CARE Court system that compels treatment for people with severe mental illness is set to roll out in seven counties this October, despite efforts by civil liberties groups to stop it.
Let’s face some hard facts—and still be able to celebrate the beginning of the best season of the year.
A new analysis shows that the California State University system doesn’t make or receive enough money to cover its costs, even with state support. The report and lawmakers urge the system to increase tuition, but even that might not be …
More than 4 percent of death penalty convicts have been wrongfully convicted, data shows. But courts including the U.S. Supreme Court have failed to provide protections for the innocent facing death at the hands of the state.
The death penalty remains legal in California, but Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered a moratorium on executions in 2019. Will capital punishment end in the state? Here’s what’s happening.
California will cut use of water from the Colorado River drastically under a new agreement announced by the Biden Administration on May 22. Nevada and Arizona have also agreed to the cuts.
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On the Santa Cruz City Council, then as mayor, and then as county supervisor, Ryan Coonerty learned to love politics.
The California Supreme Court has kept the state at the forefront of legal issues surrounding abortion, the death penalty and same-sex marriage, starting in its earliest days in the Gold Rush era.
The state’s most important industry relies on workers who are not given a chance to obtain legal status.
The future of farming in California is changing as the planet warms, altering the rain and heat patterns that guide which crops are grown where. “We’re adjusting for survival,” one grower said.
California stands as America’s agricultural powerhouse, growing half of its fruits and vegetables. Here’s how California farming has shaped the state, from the early missions to today’s “factories in the field.”
How the SF state senator was changed by California; how our great state spawned a cultural phenomenon; how many Californians are being denied life's most basic necessity.
Comics may have been born in New York, but they came of age in California. And there’s more to the story than San Francisco comix.
Members of the California Legislature took nearly $1 million worth of trips sponsored by interest groups in 2022. The California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy accounted for 40% of the travel spending. Over the years, some of its …
Ezra Klein talks to state Sen. Scott Wiener about why progressive policies have failed in a state with no Republicans in power.
Monterey County Newsletter
Weekly digest of curated state and local news, upcoming government meetings and community events.
Gonzales Police Officer Nathan Cordoba was selected as the Monterey County Peace Officers Association’s 2022 Peace Officer of the Year. Last month the Monterey County Peace Officers Association hosted its annual awards banquet to recognize professional and uniformed staff members for their outstanding efforts and contributions to public safety in 2022.
A historic $45 million gift from the estate of local philanthropists Charles E. and Claire R. Jacobson will enable Chartwell School to elevate their mission to empower students with dyslexia and associated learning differences to reach their full potential in academics and their life pursuits.
“The Teacher of the Year and Classified School Employee of the Year Program recognizes school employees who are dedicated and passionate about improving students’ learning,” said Monterey County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Deneen Guss. "The program recognizes those that go above and beyond the call of duty to positively influence the lives of our children and their future.”
Notre Dame High softball infielder Julie Ann Lopez of Soledad has signed a Letter of Intent to attend Hiram College in Ohio and will receive a full-ride softball and academic scholarship. Hiram is a Division III college for softball.
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