Past Events

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


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

Friday, August 25, 2017

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Overview of the Program:

The Young Legislators Program is a great introduction to the workings of government and the legislative process. The program provides a strong foundation for youth who want to get involved in the leadership of their community. Through these seminars, students will be exposed to the many aspects of the legislature and community issues.

The program is aimed at exposing students to the structure and responsibilities of state government and will give students the opportunity to sharpen their leadership, presentation, speaking, facilitation, and decision making skills.


  • A high school student who lives or attends school in the 30th Assembly District
  • Interested in learning about State and local government
  • Motivated to make a difference in the community
  • Willingness to express your thoughts and ideas
  • Ability to work as a member of a team


  • High School Students with at least a 2.5 unweighted GPA or higher
  • Complete an application by 5:00 p.m. July 7, 2017
  • Commit to the 3 week program length
  • (Salinas Cohort: Mondays and Wednesdays, July 17- August 2, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon;
  • South County Cohort: Saturdays July 15, 22, 29 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
  • Attend mandatory parent/student orientation meeting TBD

South County Young Legislators Program Cohort

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Salinas Young Legislators Program Cohort

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DEADLINE – SUBMIT BY Thursday 5 p.m. July 13, 2017

Yvonne Dorantes
Program Coordinator
60 West Market Street, Suite 110
Salinas, CA 93901
Phone: (831) 759-8676 | Fax: (831) 759-2961

Monday, August 28, 2017

Finding Solutions to the Farmworker Housing Crisis

A large coalition of local organizations, businesses and agencies have joined together to find a solution to the farmworker housing crisis in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties.

The California Institute for Rural Studies has been hired to conduct a survey of farmworkers in these two counties. They’re an independent research institute and will keep all information safe and confidential. One of their surveyors, a local community member, will be visiting selected employers to ask for a few volunteer workers to participate in their research.

Every participant will be able to choose where they would like to meet with the surveyor. All answers are voluntary. However, the more information you can share, the better we’ll be able to assess current housing conditions.

I want to encourage you to participate in this survey. Your information is confidential, your name or any other personal information, will NOT be made public. This work is important to our community; it is a vital step to helping us solve the problem of a lack of housing for farmworkers.

The study will be conducted June to September, 2017.

For more information, Please call my office at 831-759-8676 or visit:

Estudio Regional de Viviendas Para Campesinos
Buscando Soluciones a la Crisis de la Vivienda Para Campesinos

Una gran coalición de organizaciones locales, negocios y agencias se han unido para encontrar una solución a la crisis de viviendas de los campesinos en los condados de Monterey y Santa Cruz.

El Instituto de Estudios Rurales de California ha sido contratado para llevar a cabo una encuesta de trabajadores agrícolas en estos dos condados. Son un instituto de estudios independiente y mantendrán toda la información segura y confidencial. Uno de sus encuestadores, un miembro de la comunidad local, visitará a empleadores seleccionados para pedir a algunos trabajadores voluntarios que participen en su estudio.

Cada participante podrá elegir dónde desea reunirse con el encuestador. Todas las respuestas son voluntarias. Sin embargo, cuanto más información usted pueda compartir, mejor seremos capaces de evaluar las condiciones de vivienda actuales.

Quiero animarlos a participar en esta encuesta. Su información es confidencial, su nombre o cualquier otra información personal, NO se hará pública. Este trabajo es importante para nuestra comunidad; Es un paso vital para ayudarnos a resolver el problema de la falta de vivienda para los trabajadores agrícolas.

El estudio sera conducido de junio a septiembre, 2017.

Para más información, por favor llame a mi oficina al 831-759-8676 o visite la página de web:





Saturday, March 18, 2017

Dear Friend,

I am pleased to notify you that free tax preparation assistance is available in our area.

IRS-certified volunteers will be helping people with household incomes of $54,000 or less prepare and file a basic tax return for free through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. The VITA program specializes in assisting disabled taxpayers, those with low to limited income, and non-English speaking taxpayers.

Come prepared. Please bring your social security cards for all dependents & taxpayers, as well as your photo ID and tax forms. ITIN holders are welcome.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Hartnell Extension Site

1752 E. Alisal St, Room C-205


9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Please contact my office for more information on this event: 318 Cayuga Street, Suite 206, Salinas, CA 93901

Phone: (831) 759-8676

For other sites hosting a VITA program, please visit the United Way of Monterey Bay website or the IRS Free Tax Prep Help website.

Thank you, and good luck with your taxes!

Assemblymember, District 30

Estimado amigo,

Me complace informarle que la asistencia para la preparación gratis de impuestos está disponible en nuestra área.

Voluntarios certificados por el IRS estarán ayudando a personas con ingresos de $54,000 o menos con su preparación de impuestos básicos gratis, a través del programa de asistencia de impuestos voluntarios (VITA). El programa VITA se especializa en ayudar a los contribuyentes discapacitados, personas o familias de bajos ingresos y personas que no hablan ingles.

Venga preparado. Porfavor de traer sus tarjetas de seguro social para todos los dependientes y los contribuyentes, así como su foto formas de identificación y sus formas fiscales (W2/1099). Personas con un ITIN son bienvenidas.

Sábado, 18 de Marzo del 2017

Hartnell Extension Site

1752 E. Alisal St, Room C-205


9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Para más información, por favor póngase en contacto con mi oficina: 318 Cayuga Street, Suite 206, Salinas, CA 93901

Teléfono: (831) 759-8676

Para otros lugares que ofrezcan un programa VITA, por favor visite el sitio web de United Way de Monterey Bay o el sitio web de IRS Tax Prep Ayuda Gratis.

¡Gracias, y suerte con sus impuestos!

Asambleista, Distrito 30