Bright Futures, local collaborations and economic impact of higher education and research come into focus at MCBC's upcoming Higher Education & Research Leadership Summit.
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Friday, Oct. 23 -- MCBC Annual Higher Education & Research Competitive Cluster Leadership Summit. This important annual event offers a chance for regional higher education and research institutions to discuss their current projects while highlighting their regional economic impact with the public release of an economic impact report. (See story at right) Register now for discounted MCBC member admission, and see sponsorship opportunities, at Eventbrite

SAVE THE DATE: MCBC 21st Anniversary Gala and Annual Economic Vitality Awards, February 6, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. To find out about  sponsorship opportunities, contact MCBC Executive Director Brian E. Turlington at 831.216.3000 or via email

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Friday, Oct. 2, 2015

Edition 617

CPUC judge rules that city of Gonzales can participate in Charter proceedings

A CPUC administrative law judge has granted a motion to allow the city of Gonzales to become a party to proceedings in Charter Communication's quest to buy cable systems belonging to Time Warner and Bright House Networks.

Lawyers representing the companies involved on the one side, and representatives from the CPUC’s office of ratepayer advocates, consumer lobbying groups and a couple of cities, including Gonzales, on the other, appeared before the judge Monday, writes Steve Blum of Tellus Venture Associates.  Blum is assisting Gonzales (BCM) with its effort to upgrade broadband service for all its residents.

Gonzales asked for and received permission to become a party to the proceeding, since Charter has redlined tens of thousands of low-income people in California, leaving them with low-quality, analog television service. 

The city intends to request the California Public Utilities Commission condition the pending action to insure the intent of Digital Infrastructure and Video Competition Act (DIVCA) is met, correct the record regarding the extent of Charter’s broadband Internet access service footprint and condition the pending action on a binding requirement that Charter immediately upgrade all of its analog and otherwise substandard systems to be capable of providing broadband Internet access service at the same level of service it misleadingly claims to offer to “virtually all of its current customers in California.”

The next step will be to set a timeline for the process, which is expected to last well into next year.

It's a victory, but a small one, says Blum. "The heavy lifting comes later, when Gonzales tries to make its case that Charter should be required to upgrade its analog cable systems in the Salinas Valley to full digital capability. Monday's ruling allows Gonzales to make that case."

Read the full entry, and keep up to speed on the progress of the proceedings, here.

Steve Blum has worked closely with the Monterey County Business Council as part of the Central Coast Broadband Consortium (CCBC), of which he serves as director. The Monterey County Business Council has been working on this issue since AMBAG completed the first regional needs assessment in 1995. Currently, MCBC handles the administrative and logistical support for CCBC, including working with all jurisdictions in the tri-county area to adopt and endorse master broadband plans, including the Dig Once policy, which requires the installation of additional conduit in the public right of way when a street opening or encumbrance permit is processed on behalf of telecommunications providers, utility service providers or communications carriers. 

Source: Steve Blum/Tellus Venture Associates


Register now for Higher Education & Research Leadership Summit 

Our local colleges and universities not only prepare students for the world through degrees and workforce preparedness training, they also serve as centers of research and innovation. They create jobs and vitalize our local economy.

Each year, the Monterey County Business Council and the Higher Education & Research Competitive Cluster host an annual Higher Education & Research Leadership Summit. Scheduled for 7:30-10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 23 in the Monterey Marriott's Ferrante’s Bay View Room, the Annual Higher Education and Research Leadership Summit is the opportunity for the presidents and institutions that are members of the MCBC Higher Education and Research Competitive Cluster to showcase upcoming collaborations and projects and highlight the economic impact of education and research in the Monterey Bay region.  

Expect insights from, and the opportunity to network with, leading officials from Cal State University Monterey Bay (BCM), University of California Santa Cruz, Monterey Peninsula College (BCM), Hartnell College (BCM), Monterey College of Law (BCM), the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (BCM), Defense Language Institute (BCM, Naval Postgraduate School (BCM), and others. 

A special focus of this year’s Summit will be the  launch of the Bright  Futures Cradle-to-Career initiative in which regional partners are working together to ensure that every child is prepared for school, succeeds in and out of the classroom, completes a post-high school credential and enters a promising career. Attend and discover how you can help this crucial effort for our community. 

Advance registration for MCBC members is just $30, or $40 for non-members; those without advance registration will be charged $45 at the door.

Register now at Eventbrite to reserve your attendance.

Our thanks to our event sponsors

Major sponsors of this year's Higher Education & Research Leadership Summit include the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership, PG&E (BCM), Scudder Roofing, South Swell Ventures, Hartnell College, MBEP and the Monterey Bay PTAC.

Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available. Sponsors will be publicly acknowledged at our event through promotional announcements, fliers, social media, as well as a prominent note in our program. We offer three levels of sponsorship: (i) Platinum Sponsors in the amount of $5,000, each of whom will receive video and audio recognition on television and radio; listing on our event program; recognition at the event; recognition in all marketing publications; company brand/logo on the MCBC website; recognition in Friday Facts; and ten (10) tickets and preferred seating; (ii) Gold Sponsors for $2,500, who will receive listing on our event program; recognition at the event; company brand/logo on the MCBC website; recognition in Friday Facts; ten (10) tickets and preferred seating; (iii)Silver Sponsors for $1,000, who will receive listing on our event program; recognition at the event; ten (10) tickets and preferred seating. Breakfast will be provided to all attendees.

Get sponsorship details at Eventbrite or download a sponsorship request letter signed by CSUMB President Eduardo Ochoa, Hartnell College Superintendent/President Willard Lewallen, Ph.D., and Monterey Peninsula College Superintendent/President Walter Tribley here 
to become a sponsor of this high-visibility event. For additional information, email MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington or phone (831) 216-3020.



Alaska Airlines offers introductory $69 fare sale on Monterey-Los Angeles flights

Alaska Airlines is offering a fare sale for its Monterey-Los Angeles flight for only $69 each way. The deal started this week and must be purchased by Oct. 5.  

The airline is scheduled to begin its non-stop service between Monterey Regional Airport (BCM) and LAX on Nov. 5.

Design class at Marvin Design Gallery by Truitt & White Monterey benefits MCBC

Get Inspired at Marvin Design Gallery by Truitt & White Monterey: Join showroom manager Brian Borchert and sales manager Jack Lamon on Tuesday, Oct. 6th for the final class of 2015's "Inspiration Ideas and Expert Advice for Your Home" series, on the topic of replacing windows.

Marvin Design Gallery by Truitt & White Monterey's knowledgeable team will show “before & afters” as well as provide options for bringing efficiency and beautiful personality to a home.

Topics to be discussed include ‪weatherization‬ and insulation advice, measuring tips, help with rehabbing older double-hung windows and advice on prioritizing projects. Local wines, small bites, a tour of Marvin Design Gallery and a chance to meet the team will  be featured.

A $10 donation to attend will be given to Marvin Design Gallery by Truitt & White Monterey's charity partner, the Monterey County Business Council (MCBC), for support of the Sustainable Building & Design Competitive Cluster.

The event takes place 6-7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 1096 Canyon Del Rey Blvd., Seaside. RSVPs are required, contact Jack and Brian at (831) 393-9420 or e-mail the showroom.

For those who attend one of the "Inspiration Ideas and Expert Advice For Your Home" Series and decide to purchase a window replacement or new construction job from Marvin Design Gallery by Truitt & White, a percentage of their order, up to $500, will benefit the charity from the class attended.

Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom to Keynote MBEP’s State of the Region Conference

California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom will be the keynote speaker at the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership's (MBEP) first State of the Region Conference on Nov. 4 at the Chaminade Resort and Conference Center. Newsom will be sharing his vision of California in the next decade. 

“We are very glad to have the support of the Lieutenant Governor for this regional event that will address issues important to all Californians, such as affordable housing, infrastructure, workforce, environment, public safety and health care,” said Bud Colligan, MBEP Co-Chair and CEO of South Swell Ventures. MBEP is part of the California Stewardship Network and supports the efforts of CA Forward.  

Key decision makers from throughout the Monterey Bay region will be attending, and many prominent leaders will also be speaking, including: Leslie Conner, Executive Director, Women and Family Health Center; Larry DeGhetaldi, CEO, PAMF; Alfred Diaz Infante, President and CEO, CHISPA; Lorri Koster, CEO, Mann Packing; Alan McKay, CEO, Central Coast Alliance for Health; Rene Mendez, City Manager, City of Gonzales and Co-Chair of MBEP; Lenny Mendoca, Co-Chair, CA Forward; Nan Mickiewicz, CEO, Dominican Hospital; and Eduardo Ochoa, President, CSUMB.

Due to limited seating, this event will sell out in advance, so reserve your tickets now. MBEP would like to thank our generous sponsors for their support: PG&E, South Swell Ventures, City of Salinas, City of Gonzales, Driscoll’s, Newman’s Own Organics, the Monterey County Business Council, Mann Packing, Lakeside Organics, Ghosthand Productions and PP&Co. 

CSUMB President’s Speaker Series kicks off with look at housing challenge

The regional housing challenge will be the topic addressed by a panel of experts on Oct. 6, when the President’s Speaker Series returns to Cal State Monterey Bay (BCM).

A thriving region requires not only jobs and a trained workforce, but also an adequate and affordable supply of housing. The Monterey Bay region is in the midst of a housing crisis in terms of available stock and affordability. Only 15 percent of people in Santa Cruz County and 27 percent of Monterey County residents can afford to own a home.

How can the region ensure this essential component of a productive regional economy? What are the appropriate policy levers in zoning and strategic planning? What other economic elements, such as alternative funding sources, must be present? The panelists will address these and other issues.

Panelists include:

  • Carol Galante, professor of housing and urban policy at UC Berkeley and a former official at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Obama Administration. Earlier in her career, she served as president of BRIDGE Housing Corporation, the largest non-profit developer of affordable mixed-use developments in California.
  • Jennifer LeSar, an expert in real estate, urban revitalization and investment banking. She received a master’s of business administration degree and a master’s in urban planning from UCLA.
  • Owen Lawlor, principal of a land use and real estate development firm in Santa Cruz. He earned a master’s degree in real estate development from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from UC Santa Cruz.

This year’s speaker series is made possible by a generous contribution from Bud and Rebecca Colligan.

The discussion will start at 3:30 p.m. in the World Theater. A question-and-answer session and a public reception will follow.  

The community is invited to this free event. Reservations are requested and can be made by calling the World Theater box office at 582-4580, or online.

Center for the Blue Economy hosts events with Sylvia Earle, Deborah Cramer

The Center for the Blue Economy at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (BCM) presents two engaging evenings:

"An Evening with Sylvia Earle" will feature a screening of the documentary film "Mission Blue," from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21 at Middlebury Institute's Irvine Auditorium, 499 Pierce St., Monterey.

Mission Blue was formed in response to Earle’s 2009 TED Prize wish. Dr. Earle, a marine biologist, explorer, author and lecturer,
urged people “to use all means at your disposal – films, expeditions, the web, new submarines – to create a campaign to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas; Hope Spots large enough to save and restore the blue heart of the planet.”

"An Evening with Deborah Cramer," featuring the author of "The Narrow Edge : A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey," from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3. Cramer writes about science, nature, and the environment, and is a visiting scholar at MIT.  As she states on her blog, her latest book is "a story of loss and resilience, a firsthand account of the tenacity of a tiny bird and an ancient crab on an epic journey, and a story of courage — the courage of many people who season by season and beach by beach, and with so much love, provide both birds and crabs safe harbor. "

Cramer, whose other books are "Great Waters: An Atlantic Passage" and "Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water Our World," has lectured about her writing and the sea on both sides of the Atlantic, at science and maritime museums, at major environmental and teachers’ organizations, and at undergraduate and graduate schools in oceanography and journalism.  

Both events are free but registration is requested.

Silvia Earle photo by Kip Evans, courtesy of "Mission Blue."
Deborah Cramer photo courtesy of the author's website.


Marina to celebrate Century Theatre's grand opening with public ceremony 

Please join the City of Marina (BCM) as we celebrate the grand opening of Century Theater Marina with a special ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 8. 

The ceremony will take place at 100 10th St., in The Dunes shopping center near Best Buy. For details, see


Welcome to our newest MCBC member: South Swell Ventures

South Swell Ventures is a Santa Cruz-based early-stage venture capital firm focused on technology investments, focusing on sustainable technology, genomics and marine science, and farm-tech companies in Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties. 

Its founder and CEO is Bud Colligan, community activist, social entrepreneur, investor and company builder. Colligan is co-founder of Pacific Community Ventures, a non-profit community-development organization, on the Leadership Council of Opportunity Fund, a leading non-profit micro-lending organization, and former chairman and CEO of Macromedia, a multimedia software company. He serves as co-chair of the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership.

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