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‘Public Interest Media' Funding Bill Advances

SB 911 would provide $50M in public funding for journalism in California. It is heading to the state Senate floor with outside support still tepid.


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King City educator named Monterey County Teacher of the Year

KING CITY — Monterey County Superintendent of Schools Deneen Guss recently surprised Annette Zambrano of Del Rey Elementary with a $500 check for receiving the Monterey County Teacher of the Year award. Zambrano, who has taught for 19 years, is …


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Who’s missing from California’s community colleges?

California’s community college enrollment plummeted during the pandemic. Here are the stories of some of the students who left.


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A zoning change in Salinas could move affordable teacher housing forward.

The lack of affordable housing is no elephant in the room. It’s recognized as a main motivation for new teachers and staff at Monterey County schools to seek opportunities elsewhere. Dan Burns, superintendent at Salinas Union High School District, says…


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Monterey County library branches offer new language-learning system

MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County Free Libraries has announced the availability of Transparent Language Online for Libraries, a complete language-learning system with courses and lessons designed to build listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. “We are excited that students receiving …


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Hartnell College board officially hires a new superintendent/president.

The Hartnell Community College District Governing Board made it official who their choice is for the incoming permanent superintendent/president. The board voted 7-0 to ratify the contract of Michael Gutierrez. He starts work on July 1.


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With MBARI planning to build a new research facility, Phil’s Fish Market needs to find another home.

On April 13, officials representing the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute will present to the County Planning Commission a proposal to build a new 33,000 square foot research facility to replace its existing building at 7600 Sandholdt Road, which it’s…


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A research project aims to understand predatory lending in Salinas.

Unforeseen circumstances – a sudden illness or an eviction notice – can put low-income families in a predicament: Get the money they need to stay afloat in the short term, but risk falling into clutches of predatory lenders.


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Federal funding helps Greenfield students stay connected

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Union School District is among several school districts in the Salinas Valley that have received federal funding to expand local broadband access and help close the digital divide for students. Rep. Jimmy Panetta announced Monday that his …


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FARMS Leadership Program brings Gonzales, Soquel students to college campus

SALINAS — Students from Gonzales and Soquel high schools participated in the FARMS Leadership Program at Hartnell College’s Alisal Campus on Feb. 15. Led by Program Assistant Celia Anderson, students toured the diesel-driving simulation lab and completed a microscope slide …


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Hartnell College Board selects Gutierrez to lead district

SALINAS VALLEY — Hartnell Community College District Governing Board on March 15 selected Michael Gutierrez, president of Sacramento City College, as the district’s new permanent superintendent/president, pending agreement on terms of his employment. The Governing Board voted unanimously to pursue …


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Superintendent firing leaves Gonzales Unified School District without a leader.

On Friday, March 11, when the Board from Gonzales Unified School District met to deliberate on choosing an interim superintendent, two defined factions were waiting outside: parents and staff.


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Community Foundation for Monterey County offers $1.4M in scholarships for local students

Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) has been working with donors to help close the funding gap for local students aspiring to attend college, announcing that more than $1.4 million in scholarship awards is available this year. “These dollars represent …


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Hartnell College reveals finalists for superintendent

Hartnell Community College District Governing Board last week announced three finalists for the position of permanent superintendent/president and has scheduled in-person open forums this Friday. The finalists are: Michael Gutierrez, president of Sacramento City College; Brian Sanders, vice president of …


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Gonzales school board fires superintendent

GONZALES — Gonzales Unified School District Governing Board has terminated the employment agreement with Superintendent Yvette Irving “after careful deliberation,” the district announced in a news release Wednesday. School board members met Tuesday evening for their regular meeting, during which …


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Hartnell’s rent and utility relief nears $7 million

SALINAS VALLEY — In partnership with United Way Monterey County, the Hartnell College Foundation has helped more than 400 low-income households receive $2.75 million in emergency rent and utility assistance since March 2021 and plans to distribute nearly $4 million …


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Monterey County Free Libraries announces new online catalog

MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County Free Libraries has announced the migration of the online library catalog from Polaris to Koha by Bywater Solutions. The online catalog is how patrons and staff locate the books, audiobooks and DVDs in the library …


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King City High School unveils brand-new agricultural building

KING CITY — On the east end of the King City High School campus, the new agricultural building has officially opened.  The 24,000-square-foot Career Technical Education (CTE) facility was honored by advisers, alumni, teachers, friends and family on Feb. 8. …


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State leader visits Preschool Service Corps in Greenfield

GREENFIELD — Last month California’s Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday paid a visit to the Monterey County Preschool Service Corps, an early learning program hosted by United Way Monterey County. Fryday, who leads the California Volunteers state office, took a …


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