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Friday, October 13, 2017

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s not uncommon to lease or rent things like cars, homes, or even furniture.

But what if we told you pets are now being added to the list?

A growing number of breeders and pet stores are doing it, but as CBS2’s Kristine Johnson explained, not everyone thinks it’s a good idea.

“Our previous dog was hit by a car on Valentine’s Day,” Angela Kyme said.

With heartbroken kids at home Kyme said she thought Harley could help ease their pain. Then she realized she couldn’t afford the lab’s $2,000 price tag.

The breeder, Kyme said, suggested she opt for a special loan, which she understood to work like a credit card.

“They bring in this paperwork for me to sign on a tablet that I couldn’t read, and I was told it’s all your basic contract,” she said.

Friday, October 13, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today Assemblymember Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) announces that Governor Brown has signed Assembly Bill AB 300. This bill will give working families more options for quality childcare and will diminish the hardship families face when they struggle to find affordable child care.

The bill allows subsidy pilot programs in Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties to give local control and flexibility to change income eligibility guidelines for families to serve more children and offer higher reimbursement rates to providers in the region.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Marina – Lauded as a model for regional collaboration and innovation, and even the “wave of the future” for the rest of California, the Pure Water Monterey recycled water project was universally praised by a group of dignitaries at a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday.

But a key official acknowledged the already complex project still faces a number of hurdles before it begins construction or operation, including potential cost overruns that could end up on Monterey Peninsula water bills and a complicated discharge permit.

Friday, September 22, 2017

At the end of the recently concluded legislative session, lawmakers considered a bill that should have given them significant heartburn: whether to give the billionaire developers of a new Los Angeles Clippers arena in Inglewood a “get out of court free” card regarding the California Environmental Quality Act.

Though the bill failed to pass a policy committee, if history is any guide, the Democrat-controlled Legislature will eventually approve such a measure. In recent years lawmakers have granted this CEQA lawsuit “remedy reform” to the Legislature’s own office building project and to the owners of L.A. and Sacramento professional sports teams.

Not surprisingly, pandering to big money donors and shielding themselves from the regulations they impose on others is “business-as-usual” in Sacramento.

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.