Press Release

Thursday, December 21, 2017

SOLEDAD — Six agencies came together on the evening of Dec. 13 to distribute over 500 presents and approximately 100 new bicycles to local children and their families at the South County YMCA.

The annual “Cops Giving Tree” saw a special guest appearance from Assembly Member Anna Caballero, who presented all six agencies with special recognitions for the event.

Soledad Police Department, Soledad Unified School District, the California State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Correctional Training Facility, Salinas Valley State Prison and the South County YMCA collaborated on meals for the attending families and gifts for disadvantage youth and their families for the eighth annual “Cops Giving Tree.”

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Thinking about giving a puppy or kitten as a holiday gift? If so, animal welfare advocates advise that you make sure the recipient is eager and ready for a pet, and they strongly suggest sourcing the animal from a shelter or a rescue group.

If you are determined to get one from a breeder or a pet store, you might want to double-check that you are actually buying the fluffy little bundle and not leasing it.

That’s right: Pet leasing is a fairly new but very real industry, and it is getting growing scrutiny from lawmakers and animal organizations such as the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. They say it is a predatory practice for pushing expensive puppies on people who cannot afford them and do not always understand they are essentially renting an animal for months — and paying far more than they might have realized.

Monday, December 18, 2017

SALINAS - In July 2015, 32-year-old Kate Steinle was out for an evening stroll with her father in San Francisco when she was struck by a bullet, and died in her father's arms. 

The shooter was 54-year-old Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, an immigrant from Mexico who had been deported five times prior. 

The tragic story became a talking point in the national debate over immigration policy, and whether jurisdictions should take stronger steps to protect people from crimes committed by undocumented immigrants. It also became the impetus in Monterey County for Sheriff Steve Bernal to launch a pilot program about two months later, giving federal agents Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, access to the Monterey County Jail and inmate records. 

“We don’t want things like that to happen here in Monterey County,” Bernal told the Weekly of Steinle's death and his decision to launch the relationship with ICE back in 2015.

Friday, December 15, 2017

SOLEDAD - Assemblymember Anna Caballero joins the Soledad Police Department, Correctional Training Facility, Salinas Valley State Prison, and Soledad Unified School District at the South County YMCA during the 8th Annual "Cops Giving Tree" event. Over 500 presents and close to 100 new bicycles were distributed to local children and their families.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

MONTEREY - Assemblymember Anna Caballero joins the Organic Grower Summit to discuss organic policy and to encourage healthy eating in California. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

WATSONVILLE - Assemblymember Anna Caballero recognizes the communities of Pajaro and Watsonville who are promoting early literacy for children and parents though the Paso a Paso learning App. Paso a Paso is an early literacy app in Spanish and English for the community to promote reading in children 0 years to 3rd grade.  Watsonville, Pajaro and Aptos secured a 3.5 million dollar grant and invested about $1 million dollars to place this free app in the hands of families.  In addition to truly closing the reading gap for students when they reach the 3rd grade, it is found that parents who ha

Friday, December 1, 2017

SALINAS – Increased affordable housing and proposed redevelopment of what was described as underperforming areas in Salinas were the highlights of the housing community meeting Thursday.

Salinas City Councilman Steve McShane and Assemblywoman Anna Caballero held the community meeting at city hall to discuss housing issues facing Salinas.

“It’s such a relevant topic for Salinas and our region,” said McShane. “It’s what we all experience, whether it’s skyrocketing rent or just the inability to find a place.”

Caballero said there is a need to build smaller units like condos that allows first-time homeowners to enter the marketplace and said there is a real cost in not building more houses.

“When you don’t build, there is lost revenue because people are spending too much money on housing costs and not buying things they need,” said Caballero. “It also means lost wages because when you build homes it creates more jobs.”