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Saturday, September 23, 2017

SALINAS - Assemblymember Anna M. Caballero joined the Monterey County Office of Education for the Quality Matters Recognition Celebration to recognize the 45 Early Care and Education sites that have participated in Quality Matters for the 2016-2017 fiscal year and which will continue for the next two years. The sites consist of child development programs and licensed family child care providers who have committed to continuous improvement, so they raise the high quality early learning experiences to help children grow, develop, and learn.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

SALINAS - Assemblymember Anna M. Caballero joins the Salinas Union High School District Board of Trustees to celebrate the dedication of the next Middle School: Dolores C. Huerta Middle School. The Board is in the process of completing architectural renderings and will look to begin construction at the end of next year for the school to be located in the land north of the intersection of Hemingway and Boronda. Dolores Huerta was present at the event.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

(Salinas, CA) – Assemblymember Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) gathered experts and officials from the worlds of agriculture and technology at Hartnell College for a special committee hearing focusing on Agriculture Technology: Innovation, Startups and Workforce Readiness. “The great thing about this hearing is we have an opportunity to hear about what is happening in the tech field so we can have a better understanding about how we can capitalize on the kind of investments that are happening,” said Assemblymember Caballero.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

 

Presented by the Assembly Committee on Agriculture and the Assembly Select Committee on Economic Development And Investment in Rural California

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Hartnell College - Alisal Campus, Salinas

AGENDA

1. Welcome and Opening Comments :  Assembly Member Caballero and Members
2. The Start-Up Ecosystem: An Innovation Platform Sprouts in Salinas  

Mayor Joe Gunter, City of Salinas
Dennis Donohue, Western Growers Innovation and Tech Center
Mareese Keane, Platform Director, THRIVE Accelerator
Seana Day, Partner, The Mixing Bowl – Better Food Ventures

3. Readying Rural Students for Tech Innovations in Agriculture

Dr. Susan Pheasant, Director, Agricultural, Business and Technology Institute, Hartnell College
Maggie Melone-Echiburú, Program Director, DojoCoder and CSin3 Hartnell College
Terry Brase, Agricultural Science Instructor, Farm of the Future West Hills Community College
Nancy Gutierrez, Statewide Sector Navigator: Agriculture, Water and Environmental Technologies, California Community Colleges

4. Workforce Readiness: Opportunities and Challenges

Nathan Harkleroad, Education Program Manager, Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association
Jacob Martinez, Founder and Executive Director, Digital NEST
Marco Lizarraga, Executive Director, La Cooperativa Campesina

5. Public Comments

6. Closing Remarks: Assembly Member Caballero and Committee Members

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

IRVINE, Calif. — Converge 2017, UnitedAg’s 4thAnnual Health Benefits Forums were held in Fresno, Santa Maria, and Salinas, September 26 – 28. The program builds upon UnitedAg’s ethos by showcasing the nontraditional way UnitedAg creates the health plan from the patient outwards. The theme of ‘Converge’ emphasized UnitedAg’s commitment to focusing on the members and creating a culture of innovation through collaboration.

“We are reimagining healthcare as something that is centered around the patient and their personal experiences,” said Christopher McDonald, Director of Product Development and Underwriting. “We are building relationships with members and health providers that share the same vision as us, such as those at their regional clinics including our Mexico Panel and Teladoc.”

Monday, October 16, 2017

A new law requiring hotels and other lodgings to post information on resources for victims of human trafficking could greatly help combat it in Salinas, advocates say.

"It really has the potential to make a huge difference," said Deborah Pembrook, an outreach advocate at the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center who specializes in human trafficking. 

Over the weekend, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill, Assembly Bill 260. It requires all motels, hotels and other lodgings to prominently post resources available for victims of human trafficking in a community, said Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, (D-Los Angeles), who wrote the bill. 

"(The law will) provide victims at various lodging places with crucial information that can lead to rescue and follow-up services," Santiago said in a press release.

Salinas' representatives, Assemblywoman Anna Caballero (D-30) and state Senator Anthony Cannella (R-12), both voted for the bill. 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

It should be noted, for posterity or something, that the Prunedale Bypass has suffered one final ignominious setback.

This time, it came on Oct. 4 in the form of a governor’s veto. And, once again, it left local transportation officials disappointed and feeling powerless. But in the context of the Prunedale Bypass, a gubernatorial veto seems poetically appropriate.

The fact that any lingering issues regarding the bypass might still exist was stunning. I thought the Prunedale Bypass was dead and buried long ago, entombed in a shrine engraved with a pithy epitaph about government inefficiency and squandered opportunity.

Imagine my surprise to learn that Assemblywoman Anna Caballero, D-Salinas, had carried legislation this year that, if passed, would have finally put the Prunedale Bypass to rest once and for all, and in a way that might have benefited Monterey County at least a little.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

In Monterey County last year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials arrested 29 suspected undocumented immigrants, 28 from Mexico and one from El Salvador, out and about in the community, at their homes or on the street. Over the same time period, they made 391 arrests at the Monterey County Jail. That’s according to data obtained by the Weekly via a U.S. Freedom of Information Act request to ICE.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Big Sur is no longer split in two.

As of 5pm on Oct. 13, traffic will resume in both directions allowing for locals and tourists to travel further south on Highway 1 from Monterey.

The bridge, which is located just south of Big Sur Station on Highway 1, was damaged beyond repair after heavy storms in February caused a landslide that cracked a support column.

At a ribbon cutting on Oct. 13, many politicians spoke, including Sen. Bill Monning and Assembly member Anna Caballero.

Big Sur locals and business owners, including Nepenthe owner Kirk Gafill also spoke about how the community and local government worked together to help those residents stranded on the south end of the bridge collapse, including the importance of a one-mile hiking trail through Pfeiffer State Park allowing people to hike goods over to the south.