Monterey County Supervisor Mary Adams to be featured guest at January's MCBC membership luncheon; Monterey Bay PTAC celebrates its clients' successes!
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Friday, Jan. 6, 2017

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Monterey County Supervisor Mary Adams to speak at MCBC members' luncheon

MCBC members: Mark your calendars now for our first membership luncheon of 2017, featuring Mary Adams, incoming Monterey County Supervisor representing the county's fifth supervisorial district.Our members-only luncheon will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 at Bayonet and Blackhorse Grill (BCM). 

Come join us to welcome Adams, who is scheduled to be sworn in on Tuesday. We will have an informal discussion of her vision for Monterey County.

Adams previously served for 14 years as CEO of United Way Monterey County, where she helped raise $50 million to provide crucial services for thousands of local people. She worked with the county on many of these issues, helping homeless children, providing meals for seniors, preventing gang violence, and increasing economic opportunity for working families. Adams is the recipient of Woman of the Year Awards from the Board of Supervisors’ Commission on the Status of Women and CSU Monterey Bay (BCM) School of Business. Prior to leading United Way Monterey County, Adams held senior leadership positions at the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Foundation.
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Monterey Bay PTAC celebrates its clients' successes: Pleasure Point Electric
The Monterey Bay PTAC is proud of the work of its many clients and celebrates all of their hard-earned success. This week, Monterey Bay PTAC client Pleasure Point Electric shares video of some of its outstanding work.

Pleasure Point Electric, which services the greater Monterey Bay region, specializes in commercial and residential electrical work from troubleshooting and repair to lighting design panel upgrades, solar systems, thermography, generator systems and layout. Owner David Stallings has worked as an electrician in Santa Cruz and the Monterey Bay region for the past 10 years. Check out video of some of Pleasure Point Electric's work on the Monterey Bay PTAC's Facebook page here.
Cal Am desal project draft environmental review to be released next week
Look for the draft environmental review document for the proposed Monterey Peninsula desalination project to be released next week, according to a state Public Utilities Commission representative. Delayed by three weeks after originally scheduled, the project’s draft combined environmental impact report and environmental impact statement will be released “mid to late next week,” according to CPUC spokesman Christopher Chow.

California American Water (BCM) spokeswoman Catherine Stedman reiterated that the delay would not affect the project’s permitting and construction schedule. Stedman said company officials “look forward to reviewing the document” and urged customers to “take this important opportunity to learn more about the project and its impacts.”

The Carmel River pumping cutback order, which made the desal project and replacement Peninsula water supply necessary, requires CPUC approval of the project by September next year, followed by other key permits, and Cal Am has indicated it still expects to finish the desal project by March 2020, well ahead of the Dec. 31, 2021 deadline. Read more
Source: Monterey County Herald
Monterey Bay PTAC to host 'Marketing to the Corp of Engineers'workshop in January
The Monterey Bay PTAC is staffed with counselors experienced in government contracting and provide a wide range of services, including classes and seminars, individual counseling and easy access to bid opportunities, contract specifications, procurement histories, and other information necessary to successfully compete for government contracts. PTAC counselors have backgrounds in government acquisition and all receive ongoing training to keep pace with continually evolving acquisition procedures and policies. Find out how the Monterey Bay PTAC can help your business with no-cost counseling and guidance at the PTAC website.

Upcoming workshops include "Marketing to the Corp of Engineers" on Jan. 31 at the SBA Office in Fresno. This presentation provides a few suggestions 8(a) companies might want to consider when seeking procurement opportunities within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
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Del Rey Oaks city manager to resign in 2017
Dan Dawson, Del Rey Oaks’ (BCM) city manager since 2009, had his resignation accepted by the City Council at a special meeting Tuesday night. Dawson says he will continue to work “tying up loose ends until at least June 2017.” Dawson, 55, said he will continue to be paid as an employee and the specific follow-through work has not been determined.
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Source: Monterey County Herald
California sales tax rate decreases
As of New Year’s Day 2017, the statewide sales and use tax rate decreased one-quarter of 1 percent. That drops it from 7.50 percent to 7.25 percent. The decrease in the statewide rate is effective for all cities and counties in California; however, in many jurisdictions, the actual sales and use tax rate may still be higher than the statewide rate due to the addition of district taxes.

Why is the sales and use tax rate decreasing? Proposition 30, that was approved by California voters in November 2012 to temporarily increase the sales and use tax by 0.25 percent, expired Dec. 31, 2016.

A retailer who continues to charge and collect the higher statewide sales and use tax rate after Jan. 1, 2017, must either refund the excess tax collected to their customer or pay the excess tax to the Board of Equalization. If the excess tax collected has been paid to the BOE, the retailer may request a refund on behalf of their customer by completing form BOE-101, Claim for Refund or Credit.

For merchandise delivered after Jan. 1, 2017, the applicable sales and use tax rate is the rate that is in effect at the time the sale occurs. Generally, the sale occurs when the merchandise is delivered to the customer, unless the sales contract specifically states that title to the merchandise passes to the customer prior to delivery. With returned merchandise, the customer should be refunded the amount of tax at the rate that was charged and collected from the customer at the time of the original sale.

For information on how this affects fixed-price contracts, partial tax exemptions, fuel sales, and filing split returns, visit the Board of Equalization website, or call 800-400-7115.
Source: Central Valley Business Times
Have you registered yet? TPO's Employment Law & Leadership Conference is fast approaching 
Don't miss a chance to attend TPO's 13th Annual Employment Law & Leadership Conference, taking place on Thursday, Jan. 19. The annual conference highlights hot topics in labor and employment law designed to bring you up to speed on the regulatory front and trends to watch in 2017. Afternoon breakout sessions will focus on "The Digital Revolution at Work,""Confirming the Value of HR: The Big Picture," "Delegation Done Right: How to Free Up Your Time While Developing Others," and more.

Monterey County Business Council members qualify for a special discount rate. Register with code "MCBC" for Monterey County Business Council discount rate. Get complete conference details at
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Friday, Jan. 13 – MCBC Monthly Membership Luncheon: Special guest will be newly elected Monterey County Supervisor Mary Adams. 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, Seaside. For details, call 831.216.3000. RSVP

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