1:05 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Tri-Centennial of the Birth of Fr. Serra

Carmel Mission Basilica
Credit Doug McKnight

The Carmel Mission Basilica is a 200 year old adobe that is small and simply constructed. In its day this was headquarters for a string of missions that stretched from Monterey to the Mexican border. The man who established the Mission system was a short elderly Franciscan Friar named Junipero Serra.

Outside the Basilica, CSU Monterey Bay archeology professor and Serra scholar Dr. Ruben Mendoza stands in the church’s courtyard. The mission now sits in the fashionable city of Carmel-by-the-Sea. But in the seventeenth century it was a different story.

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3:08 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

After Years of Cuts, Salinas Police Chief Says It’s Time to Add Back

Credit Salinas Police Department

In the city of Salinas, gang violence is a persistent problem that is killing dozens of young people each year. Some city leaders, including the police chief, says the rest of the city suffers, too, from the economic consequence of living in a place where people think you could get shot just for walking down the street. The chief, a council member and other city leaders want to change that, by hiring more police officers to bring down the violence on the streets.

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1:03 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Measures M and K Results Draws Reaction

Road on the land at the center of Measure M
Credit Doug McKnight

  Monterey County still has some 7000 absentee ballots that need to be counted, but it appears voters have rejected two opposing initiatives on Tuesday’s ballot. Measures M and K dealt with the future of some 500 acres on the former Fort Ord.

Don Jensen, Larry Thornley and Louis Distefinio straddle their bikes along Giggling Road on the former Fort Ord. They are all seniors and have been ridding here for years. Larry Thornley started in 1998.

“When I first came out here, there were wild pigs,” he says.

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9:37 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Control an issue for Measures M and K

Chairs and a table across from Measure M site
Credit Doug

Monterey County voters face two opposing initiatives on Tuesday that deal with some 500 acres on the former Fort Ord. While some say this election is about preserving open space or helping the proposed Central Coast Veterans Cemetery – others say the election puts a land use decision in the wrong hands.

Gordon Smith is a photographer and veteran whose exhibit at the Seaside Peace Resource Center showcases the land in dispute in next week’s election. He points at one of his photos and says, “This is right next to where they want to build the racetrack.”

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2:51 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Farm to School Survey

Students at Frank Paul Elementary School in Salinas learn about farming at Coke Farms in San Juan Bautista.
Credit Vinnee Tong

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture surveyed school districts around the country to find out how much of their food is purchased locally -- and how much they’re teaching students about nutrition and farming. The results of the so-called farm-to-school census are out this week. 

And here in the salad bowl of the world, schools benefit from their proximity to farms big and small.


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