Doug McKnight

Former Assemblywoman Anna Caballero hopes to return to the California State Assembly.

Her announcement Thursday came as a surprise to some who thought she would run for the Congressional seat of retiring Representative Sam Farr.

But standing in the sunlit courtyard of the Salinas City Hall where she served 15 years as councilwoman and mayor, Anna Caballero announced she is running for the state Assembly seat now held by Luis Alejo.

Doug McKnight

The first thing you may notice about Evolutionary Biologist Dr. Beth Shapiro is how good she is explaining complex science to non-scientists.

You see it not only in her book, “How to Clone a Mammoth, The Science of De-Extinction”,  but also in how she uses humor to inform like in her 2013 TEDx presentation where she introduces herself saying: “I am a molecular Paleontologist, sound sophisticated?  Actually, I just made it up.”

Explaining complex subjects in simple terms is a skill she developed early in life.

Doug McKnight

Monterey County Deputy District Attorney Jimmy Panetta has become the first Democrat to enter the race for retiring Congressman Sam Farr’s seat.

Panetta made the announcement Tuesday in front of Monterey’s historic Custom House.  He’s the youngest son of former US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta

Krista Almanzan

Congressman Sam Farr will retire when his current term ends in January 2017.  He made the announcement Thursday at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas to a room filled with family, friends and supporters.

“I don’t have any doubts that I could’ve gotten elected again and because you in this room have elected, almost counting primaries, 40 times,” said Farr.

But he said looking ahead to his next birthday on the Fourth of July helped motivate his decision.  He’s turning 75 and wants to spend more time with family.

Doug McKnight

Fourteen year old Luke Herzog rummages through a night stand in the bedroom of his Pacific Grove home.  He holds up three notebooks filled in long hand. They are the first draft of a book he began at age nine and published when he was eleven.

And that book wasn’t his first attempt at writing.

“I wrote a 30 page book, I’m doing air quotes with my fingers, back when I was in the third grade. It was called ‘The Triangle of Illusions’. I don’t remember what it was about but it had a cool name,” says Herzog