Walking into Salinas City Hall, the first thing you might notice are the business hours posted on the front door: “Closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday”. But this perpetual three day weekend is nothing to celebrate.
Salinas City Manager Ray Corpuz says, it’s a reflection of how the recession has hurt the city’s budget. “Trying to serve the public with just four days has been a very difficult challenge,” says Corpuz.
In the upcoming election, no race has been more contentious in Monterey County than the one for Sheriff. Deputy Steve Bernal is running to replace his boss Sheriff Scott Miller. The race between these two men highlights the discord within the Sheriff’s Department. During the course of the campaign -- Miller has been dealt a no confidence vote from the union representing his deputies – and settled a federal lawsuit brought on by the union over allegedly campaigning in uniform. Miller’s campaign calls these the acts of disgruntled employees, including his opponent.
Fort Ord closed on September 30, 1994. It was one of the largest U.S. military bases ever shutdown. The closure left behind an area of land the size of San Francisco.
Today the base is home to a university, National Monument and construction is underway on a new joint Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense heath care center. But after 20 years, a lot of work still remains.
Newspaper employees across, the country from the San Jose Mercury News to the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Monterey County Herald, have reached a breaking point. Last week, they took out ads in print and online in search of new community minded owners to take over their newspapers. And now it appears the company that owns all these papers is willing to sell.
As CO2 emissions increase, so will ocean acidification. The problem happens when the ocean absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and the seawater’s pH level drops. It’s already harming oyster hatcheries and coral reefs.
A solution could begin with the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPrize, an international competition for the development of accurate and affordable pH sensors. Lab trials for the prize are underway in Moss Landing at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).