Sunne McPeak, president and CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund, to speak at 'Broadband Means Business' breakfast meeting.
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 A Weekly Newsletter Promoting Monterey County:
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Friday, June 9, 2017

Edition 695

MCBC's Hosts a Can't-Miss Breakfast Meeting: Broadband Means Business!

Please join us for a June 28th breakfast meeting focusing on broadband access on the Central Coast. Our keynote speaker will be Sunne McPeak, president and CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund, a statewide non-profit organization whose mission is to close the Digital Divide by accelerating the deployment and adoption of broadband. The event will include panel discussions with major internet service providers, city officials and other movers and shakers on the broadband scene.

Broadband is a business necessity in the 21st century. You will not want to miss this cutting-edge discussion regarding the Central Coast. This important and informative meeting takes place from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 28 at the Monterey Plaza Hotel. Learn more 
Thanks to our sponsor: Central Coast Broadband Consortium.

Meet our speaker: California Emerging Technology Fund's Sunne McPeak

Sunne Wright McPeak is the president and CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF), a statewide non-profit organization whose mission is to close the Digital Divide by accelerating the deployment and adoption of broadband. She assumed the position as CETF's first chief executive in December 2006 after serving for three years as Secretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.  With McPeak's vision and drive, CETF has positioned California as a national leader in closing the Digital Divide, initiating groundbreaking applications such as the California Telehealth Network, Digital Literacy, Smart Housing Policy, School2Home (to improve education), and Get Connected! (to drive adoption).

As Secretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, McPeak oversaw the largest state Agency, including the Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Department of Motor Vehicles, California Highway Patrol, Office of Traffic Safety, Department of Housing and Community Development, California Housing Finance Agency, Department of Real Estate,  Office of Real Estate Appraisers, Department of Financial Institutions, Department of Corporations, Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control, Department of Managed Health Care, Office of Patient Advocate, Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank, California Travel and Tourism Commission, California Film Commission, Small Business Guarantee Program, Office of Military and Aerospace Support, International Trade Promotion Program, and New Motor Vehicle Board.  She was responsible for more than 42,000 employees and a budget in excess of $11 billion.  Under McPeak's leadership, performance and productivity in all departments of the Agency improved significantly-cutting average wait times at the DMV from over an hour to 21 minutes, reducing by two-thirds the time to issue real estate licenses, and generating more than $180 million in savings.  She also provided key policy leadership in support of the Governor to develop and implement major investments in infrastructure and to foster groundbreaking regional "smart growth" planning.

Before being recruited to the Governor's Cabinet, McPeak served for seven years as President and CEO of the Bay Area Council, a major employer-led policy organization addressing regional economic prosperity issues.  For three years prior, she served as the President and CEO of the Bay Area Economic Forum, a public-private partnership between the Bay Area Council and the Association of Bay Area Governments.  Sunne McPeak also served for more than 15 years as a member of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors.

Take this year's California Budget Challenge

Next 10's latest iteration of the California Budget Challenge for 2017-18 has launched. The state is facing a small deficit of $200 million this year – less than 0.2% of the total general fund budget – absent corrective measures to balance the budget. Despite federal uncertainty on a number of key funding issues, the Governor and state legislature have demonstrated a commitment to maintaining California's progress and funding for education, climate change mitigation, and to improve essential transportation infrastructure.  This Thursday marks the deadline for approving a new state budget. Take the California Budget Challenge today to learn more about what options are before the state and to build your own budget that prioritizes the issues you care about most. 

Panetta Institute for Public Policy hosts Leadership Seminar for students

This week, the Panetta Institute for Public Policy is hosting 27 student body officers from various California colleges and universities for an eight-day program addressing leadership in government, business and other fields. The program features nearly two dozen presentations, events and exercises including discussions with former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and former Rep. Sam Farr. The former congressmen will participate in a joint panel discussion on leadership in the legislative and executive branches.
Monterey County Supervisor Luis Alejo, Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter, Cannery Row Co. CEO Ted Balestreri and former Monterey County Business Council executive director Mary Claypool are among the speakers and discussion leaders scheduled to meet with students. Read more
Source: Monterey County Herald

MST partners with National Safe Place to help youth in crisis

Monterey-Salinas Transit (BCM) buses are becoming mobile Safe Place sites intended to assist youth in crisis in accessing help immediately, through a partnership between MST and the Community Human Services’ Safe Place program. Safe Place is Monterey County’s only comprehensive program for runaway and homeless youth. As of June 13, most MST buses and trolleys are prominently displaying National Safe Place logos on the exterior and Safe Place posters inside with contact information about the program. The logo will indicate to at-risk youth that the buses and trolleys are safe places to ask for help. When a youth asks for help, transit staff will then contact Safe Place staff who are available 24 hours a day and will respond to the youth immediately to link them to food, shelter, and other emergency services as needed.

“Throughout the country, many other transit agencies have partnered with Safe Place to keep youth safe. MST is happy to help Safe Place expand its support to youth in distress here in Monterey County. MST provides transit services throughout the Monterey Bay region, and this partnership is an opportunity to keep vulnerable members of our community safe,” said Carl Sedoryk, General Manager/CEO of MST.

Monterey Bay PTAC offers workshops designed to help with government contracts
The Monterey Bay PTAC offers details of several upcoming workshops designed to give small business owners the tools to succeed. Get additional details about workshops and register through the Monterey Bay PTAC website under the Training Events link.

"Responses to a Request For a Proposal" webinar, 10:20 a.m. June 
Date: Jun 19, 2017 10:20 a.m. Monday, June 19. This free webinar will focus on "the 10 things you need to know when responding to RFP's (Request for a Proposal)." Register at the Monterey Bay PTAC website.

Big Sur shuttle service to launch this summer
Relief may be in sight for tourism-dependent Big Sur businesses south of the collapsed Pfeiffer Canyon bridge and north of two slides blocking Highway One to the south. Caltrans says a pedestrian trail through the canyon will open to the public on July 1 and Monterey County is planning a new shuttle bus service to take visitors from the parking lot at Andrew Molera State Park to the trailhead and then pick them up on the other side. The 10-seat shuttle service would then drop people off at businesses such as Post Ranch Inn and Nepenthe which are normally bustling with summer tourists.
Monterey County Supervisor Mary Adams, who represents the impacted areas of Big Sur, has worked to secure the $275,000 for the new service.
It's money well spent, according to Adams, as a new tourism study shows Monterey County is losing $15 million a year in tourism spending because of the closures on Highway 1. “Anything we can do to encourage tourism in Big Sur, and help the workers, and ensure that businesses can continue, is important,” she said.

Caltrans has pushed back the reopening of Highway 1 at Paul’s Slide until mid-July, but once that is cleared visitors will be able to access Big Sur via the winding Nacimiento-Fergusson Road from King City.  Read more
Source: Edible Monterey Bay, KSBW

Carmel hires new public works director

Robert M. Harary, who has spent 25 years in public works for municipalities and handled a wide variety of duties and responsibilities, has been hired as Director of Public Works for the City of Carmel (BCM). He will begin his new duties on June 19.
Harary has been principal engineer and capital programs manager for the city of Monterey (BCM) since 2012.  With Monterey, Harary was in charge of the design and construction of the Highway 68 roundabout at Highway 1 and the renovated Monterey Conference Center. He has also worked for the cities of Parksville, British Columbia, and Rialto and Vista in California.  Included in his diverse background are nine years as assistant public works director for engineering in the city of North Las Vegas, when it was the second-fastest-growing city in the nation, and four years with the San Diego County Water Authority. His government work has included 12 years in senior management positions. Harary also spent eight years in the private sector including with Bechtel Power Corp. in Phoenix and Stantec Consulting in Sacramento. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering at Arizona State University, graduating Cum Laude.  

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