Nearly a month after the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive immigration bill, the debate in the House drags on. Meanwhile, local farmers are eager for a solution. They’re facing an ongoing labor shortage that many feel could be solved by immigration reform.
This November, Monterey County voters will face dueling initiatives with different visions for a piece of land on Fort Ord. One measure seeks to maintain the original plan to develop some 500 acres on the former Army base, the other to prohibit development of the land.
Many don’t have vivid memories of when they were just seven-years-old, but Jason Chelius does. That’s how old he was when his father was murdered back in 1979. “I remember sitting in the bathtub, and I mean still to this day, I can hear the rap on the door. So I hear the knock on the door, and the blood curdling screams of my mother, just echo through your body,” said Chelius.
Today Governor Jerry Brown signed the new state budget. It partially reinstates adult dental benefits for the poor; the program that was slashed four years ago. But even in this victory for patients in need, challenges lie ahead.