Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Monterey County’s top elected women – Assemblymember Anna Caballero and Supervisors Jane Parker and Mary Adams – inspired applause and cheers from a sold-out crowd at the DWMC’s opening event of 2017.

In a conversation moderated by Caballero, the three women discussed what issues most concerned them about the incoming presidential administration and their plans for meeting the challenge. Adams expressed greatest concern for Monterey’s safety net and cited the danger to natural resources if protective regulations are dismantled.

Parker, who pointed to Monterey County’s commitment to “caring policies” such as civil rights, housing and prison reform, voiced concerns “about the degradation of the American spirit of tolerance and generosity” that the Trump Administration may bring.

Friday, February 24, 2017

State officials in a key oversight hearing Monday will consider whether patients should be told if their doctor’s license to practice is on probation for serious offenses ranging from substance abuse to sexual misconduct.

The state Medical Board, which governs physician licensing, lists 497 doctors who are licensed to practice in California with an in-state address as being on probation, including several dozen in the Bay Area. But the only way for patients to learn if their doctor is among them is by searching the state Medical Board’s online database of disciplinary proceedings.

Friday, January 27, 2017

It is tax time in America, and many Californians look forward to receiving their tax refunds in the mail. However, for millions of Americans, tax season provides another significant opportunity – applying for their Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Today is EITC Awareness Day, which is why I am bringing attention to this key tax credit many hard-working Californians qualify for, but have never heard about.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

BIG SUR, Calif. —

Plans to build a single span steel bridge across Pfeiffer Canyon along Highway 1 in Big Sur are approved and permitted.

Construction is expected to take between nine months and a year.

The preliminary bridge design is for a 320-foot single span steel bridge that will sit between abutments on the north and south side of Pfeiffer Canyon. The design has no columns holding up the bridge.

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge failed because it sits on active landslide that pushed out one of two columns holding up the bridge. The new design is for a longer bridge and Caltrans engineers said no part of it will sit on the slide. 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO — Dr. Wanda Heffernon, a former UCSF anesthesiologist, made headlines in 2001 when she pleaded guilty to stealing credit cards from her fellow physicians and forging prescriptions to feed her drug addiction.

While facing those charges, she worked as a physical therapist at a nursing home in San Mateo County, where she was accused — and later convicted — of elder abuse after prying a diamond wedding ring off a 94-year-old patient, bruising the woman’s finger in the process. The judge who sentenced Heffernon to two years in prison noted the extreme vulnerability of the victim and remarked that there was “a dark side to Ms. Heffernon that is difficult to fathom.”

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Scores of farmers, ranchers and others with an agricultural interest made the rounds at the state Capitol in Sacramento to discuss a range of legislation with ramifications for how California agriculture does business.

The legislative visits, which focused on topics including employment, transportation, water and wildlife, came last week during the annual California Farm Bureau Federation Leaders Conference.

Chelsea Molina, CFBF political affairs manager, said approximately 100 Farm Bureau members took part, meeting with about 95 legislative members and their staff.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

When Assemblymember Anna Caballero, D-Salinas, was on the campaign trail last year, she pledged to work on ways to temper skyrocketing housing prices. 

Her first legislative attempt to do that comes in the form of the California Middle Class Affordable Housing and Homeless Shelter Act of 2018.

It's a bill Caballero introduced Monday that would impose a quarter-cent sales tax statewide beginning on Jan. 1, 2019, generating upwards of $1 billion a year, to fund affordable housing incentives. 

Those incentives, according to the language of ACA 11, could come in the form of loans, grants, tax credits, bonds or other financing options from a state fund. Those incentives could then be used by local jurisdictions to buy or build affordable housing projects, including homeless shelters. 

Monday, March 27, 2017


Only one group of women outshone all of the Latino leaders in the Sacramento region during the 18th Annual convening of the Latino Leaders Reception.

Who were they?

The record-breaking number of Latina elected officials at the state Capitol.

Last Wednesday evening at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Sacramento, Latino leaders in business, law, constitutional officers, appointees, and leaders in the governmental sector gathered for the highly anticipated annual awards presentation and recognition of state elected officials.

In previous years, the annual event takes place in January when lawmakers return from legislative holiday, but this year, the event was postponed due to a number of unforeseen circumstances.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

April 21 water forum to feature national, state, regional and local experts to inform farmers, businesses, leaders, staff and community on the state of local water

Want to know the latest information on local drought conditions, agricultural water allocations, the health of our regional groundwater basins and more?

The San Benito County Business Council is hosting the 2017 San Benito County Water Information Forum on April 21 to update farmers, businesses, local officials, staff and our community on the status of agricultural water allocations, the drought, local flooding, federal, state, regional and local water agencies, implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), water-related issues, local supplies, projects, policy, quality, use, conservation and more.

Saturday, April 8, 2017
Senate Bill 1 raises the gas tax, adds vehicle fees to help fund transportation projects
Assemblywoman Anna Caballero (D-Salinas), who represents California in the state legislature, this week cast her vote in support of SB 1, a $52 billion transportation bill that raises the gas tax and adds new vehicle fees to fund transportation-related projects in California. The bill is expected to generate approximately $3.5 million annually for San Benito County, $12.4 million for Santa Cruz County, $18.4 million for Monterey County and $62.1 million for Santa Clara County.