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California Statewide Fire Summary

California Statewide Fire Summary

Monday, November 12, 2018 Approximately 8,000 firefighters covering 1027 fire engines, 138 dozers, 145 hand crews, 101 water tenders, 48 helicopters and numerous firefighting air tankers from throughout the state are battling three large wildfires in California. Out-of-state resources continue to arrive. These wind-driven fires have burned more than 209,103 acres and destroyed thousands of structures. […]

Congressman Panetta to Incentivize Automation

Congressman Panetta to Incentivize Automation

SALINAS — Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), co-chair of the Congressional Agriculture Research Caucus, introduced the Specialty Crop Mechanization Prize Challenge Act. The bipartisan legislation incentivizes innovative agriculture technology development and deployment. The bill encourages public-private partnerships between the agriculture industry and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop mechanization technology that can alleviate stress on farmworkers or […]

Helping Seniors Find a New Balance 

Helping Seniors Find a New Balance 

RSVP Volunteers Deliver Evidenced Based Program Nationwide For many individuals walking through the neighborhood, taking out the garbage, or driving to the grocery store are simple and unremarkable tasks. But, for some in the community, these activities are overwhelming due to the rigors of aging, declining health, and limited mobility. Falls are the leading cause […]

10 New State Laws That Could Affect You

10 New State Laws That Could Affect You

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed 1,016 of the 1,217 bills that came his way in 2018 making them new laws for us Califonrians. Here are 10 that might affect you: Voting By Mail Is Now Postage Free Assembly Bill 216 (Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego) If you choose to vote by mail, you’ll no longer have to […]

Caltrans Releases 2018 CalState Rail Plan

Caltrans Releases 2018 CalState Rail Plan

SACRAMENTO — Caltrans released the 2018 State Rail Plan – a bold vision for state rail that aims to boost the economy, help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve safety statewide over the next 20 years. “Rail is a key part of the solution for addressing California’s transportation challenges,” said Caltrans Director Laurie Berman. “In […]

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge Competing For National Award

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge Competing For National Award

Public’s online votes for Big Sur Bridge will determine winner SACRAMENTO — Caltrans is asking the public to vote for the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge project in Big Sur, one of 12 projects competing nationally for the Socrata People’s Choice Award for the nation’s best transportation project. “This is exciting! We’re very proud of this project,” […]

McCaslin Returns to Monterey Jazz Festival

McCaslin Returns to Monterey Jazz Festival

By Jon Chown Santa Cruz County native Donny McCaslin returns to the Monterey Jazz Festival this month, Sept. 21-23, to promote his new album “Blow,” scheduled for release in October. The festival will showcase jazz legends Dianne Reeves, Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, along with more contemporary artists such as Jon Batiste, Norah Jones, Lucinda Williams […]

$690M for Road Repair and Improvements

$690M for Road Repair and Improvements

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Caltrans announced that the California Transportation Commission (CTC) approved funding for more than 100 transportation projects funded entirely or at least partly by $690 million from SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. “These projects are a just a small portion of the key improvements we need to maintain […]

Caltrans Accelerates Highway 1 Repairs

Caltrans Accelerates Highway 1 Repairs

Eight Bridges in Monterey County Will Work Done to Improve Safety MONTEREY COUNTY — Caltrans continues repair work to eight bridges on State Route 1 from Willow Creek to Garrapata Creek due to funds from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. “This route hugs the scenic coastline, serving the tourists […]

Northern California Renaissance Faire

Northern California Renaissance Faire

Six Weekends of Spellbinding Mystery and Adventure at Casa de Fruta September 15 through October 21 Huzzah! This fall, immerse yourself in an authentic Renaissance village, with live music, themed celebrations, hearty food, and a thriving marketplace of unique, hand-crafted goods. For the first time, due to the growing demand to partake in this one-of-a-kind […]

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