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 A Weekly Newsletter Promoting Monterey County:
Open for Business

Business Council members identified as (BCM)

Friday, June 3, 2016

Edition 647

Opening this summer in Monterey: Dali17

More than 570 works of Salvador Dali go on display this summer, when Dali17 makes its debut in Monterey, where Dali lived and painted during the 1940s. The exhibition includes original etchings, mixed media, lithographs and rare sculptures and will be the second largest collection of work by the surrealist master in the United States and the first West Coast permanent exhibition of the artist, to be housed at the Museum of Monterey.

Dali17, showcasing the artist's iconic work and local history, introduces the artist's connection to Monterey, where Dali lived and painted in the 1930’s and 40’s. Active in the local art scene, he exhibited vintage-sourced photographs as an early member of the Carmel Art Association and for several summers, he lived and worked at the old Del Monte Hotel. 

Check out media coverage of this world-class exhibition from KQED, Monterey County Weekly and The Monterey Herald.

And don't miss a chance to hear exhibit organizers next Wednesday on KRML's Pub Talk. (See article below.)

Don't miss Dali 17 on 'Pub Talk' Wednesday 

Please tune in to MCBC member KRML every Wednesday from 5-6 p.m. for "Pub Talk," live from Peter B's Brewpub or, better yet, join them on the patio for great beer and lively talk. You can also tune in to listen at 102.1FM / 1410AM, or live stream at

Upcoming guests on Wednesday, June 8 are Monterey Beer Festival coordinator Jessica Porter, representatives from the River Road Wine Trail and the  Dali 17 Museum.

KRML's "Pub Talk" is sponsored by MCBC member Allterra Solar.

State honors TAMC for interchange project 

The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (BCM) along with their partners, CALTRANS District 5, Granite Construction and MCM Construction, Inc. received an award from the California Transportation Foundation for the San Juan Road Interchange Project. The agencies were recognized for excellence in transportation and received the “Interchange Project of the Year” award for the San Juan Road Interchange Project Wednesday at CTF’s 27th Annual Transportation Awards Ceremony in Sacramento.

Designed to address safety and operational concerns, the project removed at-grade crossings at three major intersections along Highway 101: San Juan Road, Dunbarton Road, and Cole Road. These intersections were replaced with a single interchange at San Juan Road and Highway 101. The project also extended San Juan Road so that it crossed over US Route 101, and constructed a new frontage road in front of the Red Barn to ease traffic congestion caused by at-grade conflict with customers of the Red Barn on Sundays. Additionally, this project converted a portion of US 101 within the project limits from expressway to freeway.

Construction of this $91 million project, which straddles Monterey and San Benito counties, began on Dec. 15, 2012. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on July 17, 2015 to celebrate the full opening of the project.

Monterey Bay PTAC to take part in 'Ask the Experts' Business Resource event

The San Benito County Workforce Development Board invites local business owners, managers and prospects to a complimentary, comprehensive business resource event to be hosted Wednesday, June 15 from 7:30-10 a.m. at Paines Restaurant, 421 East St., Hollister. The “Ask the Experts” resource event will provide information on a diverse array of resources available to businesses. For more information, see or RSVP.


Special thanks to the County of Monterey for its ongoing support of the Monterey County Business Council's efforts for economic development and education.


City of Seaside to host June 6 community meeting to help shape its future

The city of Seaside (BCM)  is hosting a series of community meetings for the General Plan to develop a vision for the future. Come meet your neighbors and share your thoughts about Seaside in a workshop from 6-8 p.m. June 6 in the Laguna Grande Room at Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby Ave., Seaside. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. RSVP here. Light refreshments will be provided.

MPUSD superintendent to speak at MCBC's June 10th Member Luncheon

The Monterey County Business Council is proud to welcome Dr. Daniel "PK" Diffenbaugh, superintendent of the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District (BCM), as speaker for our next member-only lunch on Friday, June 10. Come learn about the exciting plans Diffenbaugh has for the MPUSD and learn about some recent accomplishments that are truly moving MPUSD in the right direction. 

 A Harvard-educated Watsonville native, Diffenbaugh taught at public schools in Oakland and Mexico, then transitioned to Sacramento, where he spent six years leading the turnaround of one of the state’s lowest-performing high schools. He left Sacramento High School to enter the inaugural cohort of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership program at Harvard University, an innovative partnership between the Harvard Business School, Kennedy School of Government, and Graduate School of Education. Upon graduating from Harvard, he served as director of 7-12 Instruction for Garden Grove Unified School District. 

Please note that MCBC lunches are for members only. To become a member of MCBC, complete and send in our application form and/or contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington.

Salinas to start taking applications for commercial cannabis ventures

Salinas (BCM) is gearing up for commercialized medical marijuana.

On Monday, June 6, the city will launch applications for commercial cannabis. Applications will be available on the city website or at the City Attorney’s Office at City Hall. The city will also hold an informational meeting on the topic from 3:30 to 5 p.m. the same day.

City Attorney Chris Callihan said the city has received a lot of interest from potential applicants over the past several months. The city’s ordinance allows for a total of 12 permits, three permits each for dispensaries, growing operations, distribution/delivery systems and pot product manufacturing. Read more

Source: The Californian

See photos of the Monterey County Business Council's "Celebration of Small Businesses in Monterey County" on our website.
MST to receive funding for electric bus

Monterey County’s largest public transit system is slated to receive nearly $300,000 to buy a new electric bus.

On Wednesday, the California Department of Transportation announced the Monterey-Salinas Transit District (BCM) is among 131 agencies and projects in California that will divide more $74.6 million in funding from the agency’s Low Carbon Transit Operations Program.

MST will receive $298,890 to buy the bus, which would increase service, efficiency and reliability of service in disadvantaged communities while also reducing greenhouse emissions, according to a Caltrans document. Read more

Source: The Salinas Californian

Free workshops promote water conservation

Join the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (BCM) and California American Water (BCM) for the next of their free Spring Landscape Series, "Get to know your Irrigation Controller," from 9-10 a.m. Saturday, June 4, and "Quick and Easy Irrigation Changes to Save Water," from 10 a.m. to noon, both at California American Water, 511 Forest Lodge Road, Pacific Grove. Get details here


Friday, June 10 – MCBC Monthly Membership Luncheon (second Friday of the month), 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Club (BCM), Seaside. Special guest speaker Dr. Daniel "PK" Diffenbaugh, MPUSD superintendent. Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. RSVP now.  (BIO)

SAVE THE DATE â€“ Thursday, Oct. 27: Monterey County Business Council Annual Higher Education & Research Leadership Summit. 7:30-10 a.m., Monterey Marriott. 

SAVE THE DATE  â€“ Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017: Mark your calendar for next year's MCBC 22nd Anniversary Gala & Annual Economic Vitality Awards at the Hyatt Regency Monterey.

Founded in 1995, the Monterey County Business Council (MCBC) is a 501(c)(6) organization comprised of a diverse group of members representing all industries and geographic areas of Monterey County. It remains the only countywide organization focused on business advocacy, economic development and workforce readiness.

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