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Carnival Celebrates “Fair Fun in the Summer of Love”

Carnival Celebrates “Fair Fun in the Summer of Love”

81st Annual Monterey County Fair, Aug. 31- Sept. 4, 2017 MONTEREY — Fairgoers will enjoy “Fair Fun in the Summer of Love” at the Fair’s popular Carnival this year with friends, family and loved ones during the 81st Annual Monterey County Fair (Aug. 31-Sept. , 2017). Come ride on the safe and exciting rides from Helm […]



Back to School Includes Vaccinations

Back to School Includes Vaccinations

SACRAMENTO — With students heading back to school, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) urges parents and guardians to check the vaccine record of their children. Many vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, can easily spread in childcare and school settings. “By getting children all of the vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control […]



Panetta Appointed to House Armed Services Committee

Panetta Appointed to House Armed Services Committee

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) announced that he has been appointed to the House Armed Services Committee (HASC). “I am honored to be selected to serve on the House Armed Services Committee,” said Congressman Panetta. “The central coast of California is home to numerous military installations that teach foreign languages to our armed forces, research and develop […]



Fire Prevention Fees Still Due, According to State Agency

Fire Prevention Fees Still Due, According to State Agency

SACRAMENTO — Property owners who owe fire prevention fees are still required to make payment for fiscal years 2011-12 through 2016-17. Passage of the bipartisan cap and trade bill, Assembly Bill 398 (AB 398), suspended the fire prevention fee going forward, but does not impact existing fire prevention fee obligations. Effective July 1, AB 398 suspends fire prevention […]



Coastal Commission Approves CEMEX Settlement

Coastal Commission Approves CEMEX Settlement

Monterey Bay Sand Mining Ends Coastal Operations In the United States SEASIDE — California Coastal Commissioners unanimously approved the proposed settlement to remove the Lapis Lustre Sand Mine in Marina, Calif. This historical settlement was signed by CEMEX on June 23, after almost two years of investigations and confidential negotiations. Fifty advocates and supporters attended […]



California Transportation Commission Adopts Key Road Repair Programs

California Transportation Commission Adopts Key Road Repair Programs

SACRAMENTO — The California Transportation Commission (Commission) has adopted guidelines to implement portions of Senate Bill (SB) 1. The Commission’s actions for the State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP), the Transportation Asset Management Plan, and the Active Transportation Program (ATP) are the first major step toward awarding the funds specific to those project areas. SB […]



Talk the Line: Preparing for Life Outside

Talk the Line: Preparing for Life Outside

By Edita McQuary David Empey, member of Toastmasters in Santa Cruz and Aptos, has had another interesting adventure at Soledad State Prison. A computer programmer by day and, like so many creative Santa Cruzans, a published writer by night, Dave has been a Toastmasters member for 20 years. He has been an Area Director, local […]



Caltrans Reminds Motorists to Secure Loads Before Traveling

Caltrans Reminds Motorists to Secure Loads Before Traveling

SACRAMENTO — Transporting unsecured loads is unsafe, illegal, and pollutes California’s roads and waterways. Caltrans wants motorists and commercial vehicle operators to make sure their load is secure before driving. Vehicle-related debris can create unsafe conditions for motorists, contributes to litter on highways and could lead to pollution in waterways. “This is a safety, environmental, […]



Local’s Book Signing in San Juan Bautista

Local’s Book Signing in San Juan Bautista

Amazing things are happening at Jardines De San Juan Mexican restaurant, located in the heart of historical San Juan Bautista. Jardines is known for its traditional Mexican cuisine and expansive garden patio. The restaurant will host a book signing Saturday, July 15, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., outside among the flowers and shade trees. Featured […]



July 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

July 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

Thursday, July 20 California Fish and Game Commission Marine Resources Committee Meeting, time to be determined, Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa (95405). For more information, please visit www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2017/index.aspx. Weekends Ecological Reserve Tours at Elkhorn Slough. Volunteers lead walks every Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Binoculars and bird books are […]



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