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Monterey joins in tri-county energy initiative, Panetta Lecture Series proves its relevance in season opener.
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Friday, March 10, 2017

Edition 682

Monterey joins with 19 local governments in new regional energy initiative

Monterey City Council members on Tuesday unanimously agreed to have Monterey join in the Community Choice Energy Program, a tri-county initiative that will take over power purchasing control from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and put it into the hands of a new regional agency called Monterey Bay Community Power. It's also geared to keep its revenue from consumers local while doubling Monterey County’s renewable energy portfolio for the same price that is is currently under PG&E, according to Ted Terrasas, sustainability coordinator for the city of Monterey.
Nineteen local governments including Santa Cruz and San Benito counties had already indicated they wanted to join the agency.  As part of the new agreement, PG&E would still maintain power lines and provide customer service. Read more

Salinas to file suit against President Trump

The Salinas City Council has voted in favor of filing a lawsuit against President Donald Trump to prevent implementations of Trump's executive order against sanctuary cities, which threatens to cut federal funding from cities that "willfully violate federal law in an attempt to shield aliens from removal from the United States."
While Salinas (BCM) has rejected a resolution to become a sanctuary city, City Attorney Chris Callihan said any attempts on behalf of the federal government to withhold federal funding from Salinas, should it become a sanctuary city, "would be an unconstitutional act."
Salinas is not joining any current lawsuits against Trump, and will file its own suit later this month. Mayor Joe Gunter said the city's lawsuit will seek "to protect not only the tens of millions of dollars in federal funding the city receives each year, but also to protect all its residents, regardless of their immigration status." Read more
Source: KSBW

Dr. Walt Tribley to speak at MCBC's March 10 luncheon
The Monterey County Business Council's next Membership Luncheon is set for Friday, March 10, featuring as our special guest speaker, Dr. Walter Tribley, Monterey Peninsula College (BCM) superintendent and president. Our monthly luncheon meeting takes place on the second Friday of each month from 11:45 a.m.  to 1:30 p.m. at Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Club (BCM), Seaside and is for MCBC members and invited guests. Tickets are $25 and are on sale now.
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Timely forum on Affordable Care Act kicked off 2017 Panetta Lecture Series

If you need any further proof of the relevance of the Leon Panetta 2017 Lecture Series, look no further than this week's opening event. Entitled “The Affordable Care Act – Repeal, Replace or Gridlock?," Monday's event at the Sunset Center opened the 20th annual Panetta Lecture Series on the same day as House Republicans released their plan for unraveling President Barack Obama’s health care law. Featuring Bobby Jindal, former presidential candidate and governor of Louisiana, and Chris Jennings, senior health policy advisor for six Democratic presidential campaigns, the forum couldn't have been more timely. 

Still to come: Robert Reich, David Gergen, Condoleezza Rice, Bill Kristol, Donna Brazile and Carly Fiorina are among the speakers scheduled to take part in upcoming lectures addressing the economy, democracy and national security as part of this year's series theme examining "The Trump Presidency and the Future of America."

Source: Monterey Herald
Pictured, Robert Reich, Carly Fiorina are among upcoming speakers in the Panetta Lecture series.

County budget committee considers using reserves for disaster repairs, other needs
Monterey County officials are considering the possiblilty of dipping into strategic reserves fro the first time, due in large part to costs associated with this winter’s storms and last summer’s Soberanes Fire. A county budget committee this week backed a proposal to tap about $31 million from general fund strategic reserves for “significant and unplanned events.” More than half of it is aimed at paying for “critical repairs” caused by the storms and the fire. The first-ever use of reserves would cut the current $56.1 million general fund reserve by more than half, and about $28.3 million would be needed during the current fiscal year. The county’s overall strategic reserve is at $73.9 million.

Monterey County storm damage cost estimates climb to $53 million
According to a report from county Public Works interim director Benny Young, disaster damage costs have risen to $53 million as of March 3. Young said there are 20 locations countywide that require at least $500,000 in repairs. Young said county officials believe about 75 percent of the damage costs will be eligible for state and federal funding. He noted the county’s recovery plans will rely heavily on that reimbursement, though he also acknowledged actually getting the funding can be challenging.
The report came on the heels of the news that Gov. Jerry Brown had issued an emergency declaration for a number of counties, including Monterey County, that makes them eligible for state relief. Read more
Source: Monterey County Herald
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 
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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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Apply now to present at the Language Capital of the World Cultural Festival

This year's Language Capital of the World Cultural Festival is scheduled for 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, May 7 at Custom House Plaza in Monterey. Applications are now available for language teachers interested in participating in the Language Capital of the World Cultural Festival. Those participants who are selected will present mini language and culture lessons of 10-15 minutes in length, appropriate for all ages, during a one-hour time slot during the festival.
Application deadline is March 31. Download the Mini Language and Culture Sessions guidelines and application. For questions or more information, contact Patricia Szasz or call 647-3501.

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EVENTS CALENDAR

Friday, March 10 – MCBC Monthly Membership Luncheon: Special guest will be Monterey Peninsula College Superintendent/President Dr. Walter Tribley. Membership luncheons are by invitation only and take place on the second Friday of the month from 11:45 a.m. -1:30 p.m., at Bayonet & Black Horse Grill (BCM), Seaside. For details, call 831.216.3000. RSVP

Tuesday, March 21 – Salinas AgTech Meetup: Harnessing the Energy of the Future, 6 p.m., Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology, 150 Main St. Suite 130 Salinas. Featuring Wexus Technologies, Alta Energy and Concentric Power. RSVP

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