Krista Almanzan

The new Taylor Farms building anchors downtown Salinas.  It’s a company built on three generations of farming,  a fixture in the Salinas Valley, but perhaps  just as important to the future of this region is what happed in the temporary tent set up just out front late last week.  It’s enormous.  The type of tent you’d find at an outdoor wedding.

A first challenger has emerged in next year’s campaign for the 20th Congressional District seat on the Central Coast.  She is Casey Lucius, a member of the Pacific Grove City Council for three years and a candidate for the Republican nomination against veteran Democratic Congressman Sam Farr.

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In 2008, Californians passed a law by a two-thirds majority to give egg-laying hens more space to move around. Farmers have had the last seven years to comply. Proposition 2 (the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act) went into effect this January. 

Farmer Frank Hilliker was against Proposition 2 from the beginning. He wasn’t sure he’d be able to stay in business when the law passed.

But, the long time egg producer has come around.

Krista Almanzan

The drought has taken its toll on many aspects of California life. Now it is shutting down a popular southern Monterey County recreation area.   Lake San Antonio will close on July 1st.   The water level on the lake is down to just 4%.

Getting to Lake San Antonio from the north takes you down roads flanked by oak trees, California’s iconic golden hills and not much else.   It all makes the tiny Lockwood Store seem like an oasis. 

Krista Almanzan

That path to success often starts with a dream, like the one belonging to 14 year old Chardonay Coates.  “When I graduate high school I really want to go to college or go into the Army,” says Coates.

She’s one of about 70 girls from Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties taking part in a one day conference called Dream It, Be It.  This new program was created by the volunteer organization Soroptimist International to help girls figure out how to live their dreams.