Dino Pick named to Del Rey Oaks city post; Fort Ord film heading to Washington; Monterey Regional Waste Management District celebrates 65 years of service with community open house.
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 A Weekly Newsletter Promoting Monterey County:
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Edition 683

Del Rey Oaks names Dino Pick to interim city manager post

Dino Pick, the current Monterey (BCM)  deputy city manager of plans and public works, has been selected as Del Rey Oaks (BCM) interim city manager, the council announced Monday.

Pick has been with Monterey for the past three years and takes the reins of the position vacated by Dan Dawson, who resigned after almost eight years with Del Rey Oaks. Pick, 51, was commandant of the Defense Language Institute from 2010 to 2014. Del Rey Oaks Mayor Jerry Edelen said Pick’s experience, background, integrity, leadership and sterling reputation placed him “head and shoulders above the rest.” The mayor said Pick is a leader in the movement to save DLI and the Naval Postgraduate School from the next round of closures and his knowledge of what goes on in Monterey County, Sacramento and Washington will be essential to keep those institutions functioning to the benefit of the entire Monterey Bay region. Read more
Source: Monterey County Herald

CSUMB professor Enid Baxter Ryce's Fort Ord feature film, 'A Land for War,' will be highlighted by The Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project on Friday.
CSUMB works to be showcased in Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art

The work of California State University, Monterey Bay (BCM) filmmaker and professor Enid Ryce is receiving national exposure this week. Ryce’s Fort Ord feature film “A Land for War” will be highlighted by The Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project on Friday in Washington. The next day her film, plus a collection of her student’s documentaries in “Fort Ord: A Sense of Place,” will screen at the National Gallery of Art as part of the DC Environmental Film Festival.

A professor of cinematic arts and technology, Ryce currently serves as chair of Cinematic Arts. She will see the culmination of the 10-year Planet Ord project she led, with the premiere of her feature film in the nation’s capital. Her 50-minute film took over 10 years to create with the help of CSUMB students. The movie uses different images including footage from Vietnam War-era basic training at Fort Ord, murals painted by anonymous service members and interviews with veterans participating in the biennial Stand Down – an event which brings services to homeless veterans in the region. The student film program is a compilation of students’ documentary and experimental shorts focused on the ecology, community and history of the base. Read more
Source: Monterey County Herald

Services to take place Friday for former P.G. Mayor Morrie Fisher
Former Pacific Grove mayor Morris "Morrie" Fisher died Monday at age 79. He served on Pacific Grove's city council for over 22 years, including three terms as mayor. He served on the Monterey Salinas Transit Board of Directors for 23 years, the Monterey County Transportation Commission, Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG), Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency,  the Fort Ord Re-Use Authority Finance Committee, director of the Water Management District, director of SCRAMP and more. A graduate of Monterey Peninsula College, he served in the U.S. Navy and later became vice president and manager of the Pacific Grove branch of Coast Federal Bank, from which he retired in 1996. Funeral services are Friday. See his obituary hereRead more
Monterey Regional Waste Management District to host Open House Saturday

The Monterey Regional Waste Management District will observe 65 years of service to the community from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 18 with a free Open House and ribbon-cutting at its Community Franchise Collection Facility, 14201 Del Monte Blvd., two miles north of Marina.

“This is an opportunity for the community to come out and tour our operations and get a close look at our new Community Franchise Collection Facility and Compressed Natural Gas fueling station for local recycling and refuse trucks,” said Tim Flanagan, general manager of the MRWMD.  “We have earned a reputation for effective reuse, composting, recycling and renewable energy programs and this is a great opportunity for the public to see them up close.”

The family-oriented day will include environmental art activities for children, food and entertainment, composting clinics, walking tours and an overview of the Materials Recovery Facility improvement project that is under construction and will boost local recycling numbers. Bus tours will be offered from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Last Chance Mercantile will feature special promotions and customer appreciation discounts, offering the public the opportunity to buy a wide range of used items including, books, scrap lumber, furniture, clothing and household items. District representatives will be on hand to answer questions from the public. For details, see

Free seminar helps small business owners compete for government contracts
The Monterey Bay PTAC hosts two upcoming seminars this month designed to help small business owners demystify the process of competing for government contracts.
"How To Do Business With The State of California" is a free, fast-paced seminar, focusing on educating and informing small business owners on how to effectively do business with the state of California, navigate the State's Cal eProcure system, complete Small Business and Veteran Enterprise certifications, as well as connect with various resources and opportunities in the Central California region. Wayne Gross with the California Department of General Services will make an informative and engaging presentation on key aspects of the state's procurement process, who the decision makers are, and how you can best position your firm to do business with state government. The Monterey Bay Procurement Technical Assistance Center works closely with small businesses throughout Central California to help them compete for contracts in the government marketplace. In addition to providing pre- and post-award assistance, we offer a no-cost bid-matching service that aligns bid opportunities from cities, counties, educational institutions, states, and most federal agencies across the United States with the services and products offered by the small business community. MBPTAC staff will be on hand to highlight these no-cost services, as well as answer specific questions. Attendees will also have an opportunity to network with contractors, small business development center, and agency representatives. Time permitting, there will be an open question and answer session. 

How to do Business with the State of California
When: 8:30 a.m. -noon, March 21
Location: Visalia Convention Center,"San Joaquin B" Conference Room, 303 E. Acequia, Visalia 
When: 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. March 22
Location: Best Western Plus Sonora Oaks Hotel and Conference Center, 19551 Hess Ave., Sonora
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