Salinas, CA – The original plan was for the county and SVMH to form a Joint Powers Authority, or JPA, to manage Natividad. The county would retain ownership, but SVMH would absorb a few million dollars a year in losses. That plan has now been scrapped. KAZU's Ben Adler speaks with Monterey County Administrative Officer Lew Bauman about the negotiations.
Salinas, CA – The only public hospital in Monterey County has become a financial disaster. Natividad Medical Center in Salinas is losing so much money - more than 20 million dollars this fiscal year - that the Board of Supervisors wants out of the hospital business. The county is negotiating with nearby Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital to manage Natividad and help absorb some of the losses. KAZU's Ben Adler reports.
Would Prop 82's "front-loading" help the Monterey Bay Area's gang problems?
by John Sepulvado
Pacific Grove, CA – A look at Prop 82, the universal preschool measure. TV ads tend to stress more immediate educational merits, but supporters of Prop 82 say one of the strongest arguments for the measure is that it front-loads social services spending. What do the experts say? KAZU's John Sepulvado takes a look.
Many Monterey Bay Area Democrats lackluster on Governor's race
by Ben Adler
Pacific Grove, CA – Tuesday is Election Day. Monterey Bay voters will have their say in primary races for statewide office and two new propositions. What do Monterey Bay Area Democrats think about their gubernatorial primary? KAZU's Ben Adler reports.