Press Release

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.)