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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

SALINAS, CA, September 5, 2017- People living with diabetes now have a comprehensive community resource to treat and manage their disease. Today is the public opening for the Salinas Valley Medical Clinic Diabetes & Endocrine Center located in Salinas. The 10,000 square foot center expects to serve hundreds of patients on a monthly basis, including 600 follow-up patients and 260 new patients just in the month of September.

“Diabetes is the number one community health need in Monterey County,” says Pete Delgado, President/CEO of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. “Fifty-seven percent of the population in Monterey County has diabetes or pre-diabetes. With the newly expanded Diabetes & Endocrine Center our Board Certified endocrinologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, diabetes educators, and nutritionists will be treating more people living with this disease.”

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Even as the digital revolution has changed the world, there are thousands of California residents in rural areas that do not have an internet connection adequate for engaging in modern technology.

With offices in all California counties and several research centers located in remote locations, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Vice President Glenda Humiston and UC ANR Chief Innovation Officer Gabe Youtsey believe UC ANR is in a position to forge partnerships with government, industry, and other academic organizations to connect rural Californians with high-speed internet.

Youtsey testified at a rural broadband informational hearing in Sacramento on Aug. 28 held by the Assembly Select Committee on Economic Development and Investment in Rural California, chaired by Rep. Anna Caballero (D-Salinas), and the Communications and Conveyance Committee, chaired by Rep. Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles.)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Ottawa: Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) President Ron Lemaire and CPMA Chair Rick Alcocer will meet with State officials in California this week to highlight the benefits of free trade between Canada and the United States for fresh produce.

The meetings, on Thursday, July 27 and Friday, July 28 in San Francisco, Salinas and Monterey, will be held prior to the start of talks next month between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico to renegotiate and modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

“CPMA supports an integrated North American market for fresh produce,” said Mr. Lemaire. “Open trade is critical to ensuring Canadians have access to fresh fruit and vegetables year-round, as well as ensuring growth and economic sustainability.”

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Gripe: The dog days of summer are coming as August is here. Before you know it will be fall. I believe my favorite time because of the sunflowers, leaves and cattails all bright red, yellow, orange and fits the season perfectly. Time to put away your summer things, and look for outfits for fall. Fires are ongoing, though water is here and I hate it; it’s wasted on so many fires, on dying lawns, brown hills and dry landscape.

Gripe: Things in the city are looking nice and the downtown is to encourage shoppers. Bloom Again in King City with trees having to be replaced with wind sculptors. We do have wind and dare not plant trees over the gas lines, yet is there anything so lovely as a tree, and now lost to the past? Also loss of Radio Shack and the Photo Center and as yet nothing fills in the gap, like loss of the trees also makes me feel sad. Changing the shape of the city is on the planning commission agenda so best pay attention to their meetings.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The much-maligned pavement on the roads of Highway 152 that pass through Gilroy will get a much-anticipated makeover in 2019 after the California Transportation Commission approved over $14.1 million in repaving funds. First, however, the nearly 100 year water lines running underneath 1st Street will need to be replaced, which will cost the city approximately $4 million after the bidding process has been completed.

“We’re working in a partnership with Caltrans to replace the water lines so we don’t need to tear up our roads multiple times,” City Administrator Gabriel Gonzalez said. “Our construction timeline is about 12 to 14 months. In the meanwhile Caltrans will be preparing an environmental work for the repavement of Highway 152 which is estimated to take up to 12 to 13 months which will coincide for the construction timeline for our waterline.”

Friday, August 11, 2017

MONTEREY, Calif. — Bathrooms in Big Sur are few and far between and tourists have been finding other places to relieve themselves for years, but locals say this year the problem has reached new level of disgusting.

“People are open defecating,” said Big Sur resident Joel Depola. 

At Friday’s Big Sur Multi-Agency Advisory Council the problem of human waste was on the agenda and Assemblywoman Anna Caballero volunteered to take on the challenge.

“What you see is residents walking out to their mailboxes, going out to their driveways, and finding human waste in their yard, and it's unacceptable,” Caballero said.

Big Sur resident Martha Diehl said she is one of those Big Sur residents picking up human feces in her driveway.

“This is not a job I signed up for,” Diehl said at the meeting on Friday.

Monday, August 28, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — People commonly lease homes, cars, even furniture. Now, add pets to that list of things that can leased and repossessed.

Angela Kyme admits she was vulnerable when she first laid eyes on a puppy named ‘Harley.’

“Our previous dog was hit by a car on Valentine’s Day and my kids were heartbroken,” she says.

She says negotiating the pup’s price got emotional too.

“I was in tears,” says Kyme. The breeder told her, “you need this dog, you need this dog to replace your other dog.”

But when Kyme told the breeder she couldn’t afford to pay $2000, the breeder offered her a loan, which Kyme understood would work like a credit card.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Caballero calls DACA a "promise made and one that should not be broken"

Politicians representing San Benito County voters spoke out Sept. 5 against new information put out by the Trump administration related to undocumented children who have immigrated with their families to America. Assemblywoman Anna Caballero stated in a news release, “I am saddened by the news that the Trump administration will end DACA.” Caballero was referring to Reform of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Dreamers are younger undocumented immigrants who typically came in to the country with their parents.

According to reports in the Washington Post, Trump is “unwinding” the program that has allowed undocumented children, some of whom have grown to be young adults, to live in the country with less fear of being deported.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera reached a $400,000 settlement Wednesday with Lacayo & Associates, an immigration consulting business that the city sued last year, charging that it was providing immigration-related legal services it was neither authorized nor qualified to perform.

Calling the San Francisco business a “predatory” operation charging thousands of dollars for “incompetent or nonexistent” legal work, the city sued the firm’s owners, Leonard Lacayo and his mother, Ada, in August 2016 for allegedly defrauding clients by leading them to believe that Leonard was a licensed attorney and advertising legal services to the city’s immigrant community for decades.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Legislature burned some midnight oil last weekend acting on many bills—including a number being watched closely by California farmers and ranchers—before adjourning for the year in the early hours of Saturday.

Among the bills approved by the Assembly and Senate, and now awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's decision, is Assembly Bill 822, which would require state-owned or -operated institutions, except public universities, colleges and school districts, to buy California agricultural products if the bid is no more than 5 percent higher than a similar bid from out of state. School districts would have to take the California bid if it doesn't exceed the lowest out-of-state bid. The California Farm Bureau Federation sponsored the bill, authored by Assemblywoman Anna Caballero, D-Salinas.

In urging the governor to sign AB 822, CFBF noted that California farmers and ranchers produce food under the strictest environmental and workplace regulations in the country.