Don't miss tonight's Roast for Mary Ann Leffel... it's going to be one HOT night! Just a few tickets available, so act now!
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 A Weekly Newsletter Promoting Monterey County:
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Business Council members identified as (BCM)

Friday, Oct. 14, 2016

Edition 664

Don't miss tonight's roast of MCBC president/founding member Mary Ann Leffel 
For more years than anyone can count, Mary Ann Leffel has made it her business to know people. And to know their business.

She's inquisitive, genuinely interested, and when need be, absolutely, resolutely insistent. She's a woman who knows how to get a job done -- sometimes by bringing the right people together -- and those traits have served her well.

Leffel, founding member and longtime president of the Monterey County Business Council, takes the hot seat tonight at a roast in her honor at the  InterContinental the Clement Monterey, from 6 to 10 p.m. Just a few tickets remain, so RSVP now.

Leffel, 71, is so well known that a local judge had a hard time believing she could not be served with a subpoena when she was sued in 2013. She was interviewed recently about her years as a top banking executive, her accomplishments and her broad community involvements by The Monterey County Herald, where she was described as Monterey County's grand dame of economic development. Read the story here.

The Roast of Mary Ann Leffel event takes place Friday, Oct. 14 and is a benefit for MCBC  For details, contact MCBC Projects Manager Melody Burgess or (831) 216-3000. 
MCBC's Friday Facts sponsor for October

This month, the Monterey County Business Council celebrates Bianchi, Kasavan & Pope, LLP, one of our valued MCBC member organizations, as our sponsor of Friday Facts. Learn more about them below and support them as a thriving and valuable part of the Monterey County business community. To find out about sponsorship opportunities, contact MCBC Projects Manager Melody Burgess or call 831.216.3000.

A full-service accounting firm with offices in Monterey, Salinas, Hollister and Morgan Hill,  Bianchi, Kasavan & Pope, LLP (BKP) specializes in tax planning and preparation, retirement planning, audit services, estate and trust tax preparation, payroll services, business valuations and management advisory consulting.  Additionally, BKP provides information technology services through Professional Computer Solutions, an in-house department providing clients with systems hardware and accounting software expertise, support and troubleshooting.

Bianchi, Kasavan & Pope brings an unmatched level of business and financial expertise to the region, with a combined 100 years of professional accounting experience among its partners. With offices in Monterey, Salinas, Hollister and Morgan Hill, BKP reaches across industries to help individuals and companies manage life passages and everyday business.

Professional affiliations include American Institute of Certified Public Accountants,  American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers, California Society of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Accountants, among others. Bianchi Kasavan & Pope also takes an active role as a community participant, with involvement in the American Heart Association, California Rodeo, Grower-Shipper Association of Central California and Rancho Cielo Board, and service organizations ranging from Jaycees and Kiwanis to Lions and Rotary clubs. Learn more about the active role BKP plays in its communities, and the range of services it offers, by contacting them at 831.373.1697 (Monterey), 831.757.5311 (Salinas) or through their website.
"Property Taxes and Other Issues in Monterey County" with Monterey County Assessor County-Clerk Recorder Stephen L. Vagnini
Join your fellow MCBC members for this informative luncheon with Stephen L. Vagnini Monterey County Assessor/Clerk/Recorder. Please note that MCBC lunches are for members only.  

A graduate of the University of Virginia with a BA in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies, Steve Vagnini was first elected to the office of Assessor County Clerk Recorder in 2001 and he has successfully run unopposed for three subsequent four-year terms. In addition to his role as County Assessor, Vagnini has chaired numerous county committees including the Department Head Council; the Cost Savings Committee and the GIS committee.

In addition to his life as a public servant, Vagnini has been promoting benefit concerts, music festivals and local bands for 35 years.  In 2010, he co-founded the Monterey County chapter of Guitars Not Guns, a non-profit that provides free guitar lessons and guitars to youth throughout Monterey County. In the last six years, the chapter has donated over 1,300 guitars and has held classes in Castroville, King City, Gonzales, Seaside, Marina and Salinas. The all-volunteer organization has developed working relationships with Rancho Cielo Youth Campus, Alisal Center for Fine Arts, Community Partnership for Youth, Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Club and others.

Vagnini has also sat on a number of local boards, served on the MPUSD 711 Committee and was chairperson for the Alliance for Better Schools.  He has also served as chair of the Marina Economic Development Commission, sat on the Pacific Grove Art Center Board; is a member of the Old Monterey Foundation Board of Directors and was recently appointed Chair of  the County of Monterey’s Juvenile Justice Commission.

When: Friday, Oct. 14 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30p.m.
Where: Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Club - 1 McClure Way, Seaside
Committee recommends signing on to Monterey Bay Community Power initiative
In a key preliminary step, a county alternative energy and environment committee recommended on Wednesday the Board of Supervisors sign on to a resolution of intent to join the Monterey Bay Community Power agency, which promises to take over local control of electric power purchasing from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and promote renewable energy. The nonbinding resolution would allow the county to begin participating in the process of developing a governing joint powers authority agreement, financing and other key details for the proposed tri-county power agency.

The “community choice energy” initiative proposes a collaborative including Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties and representing 245,000 customers who would be able to use its combined purchasing power to increase the ratio of renewable energy in its portfolio, and accumulate savings from lower-cost power to invest in renewable energy generation projects. PG&E would still deliver power through its existing infrastructure. It is expected to generate thousands of jobs and a multimillion-dollar economic boost. Customer bills could increase or decrease slightly based on the ratio of renewable energy and the size of the PG&E “exit fee.” Read more
Source: Monterey County Herald
Green energy boom picks up speed
Investors in wind and solar power are getting more capacity for their money as the cost of the technology tumbles, making alternatives to fossil fuel more competitive. That’s the conclusion of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which found dramatic improvements in wind and solar technology is helping to boost the amount of power generated from each plant -- and the cash they yield. That allowed installations to grow by almost 70 percent in the last five years even as investment flat lined.

“If you look at installations they have powered ahead,” Liebreich said at the research group’s conference in London on Tuesday. “The history of the last 15 years can be divided into two periods. You’ve got the ‘spend more get more’ period up to 2010, but then you’ve got the ‘spend same get more’ period.” Read more
Source: Bloomberg
Monterey's Girls Who Code: Breaking down the coding barrier
For eight computer science-savvy high school girls, a college computer lab is exactly where they want to be spending their Saturday mornings. Girls Who Code Club members have a passion for coding. Coding involves giving computers commands in a programming language “to create programs that are useful and relevant to our everyday lives,” says Monterey Girls Who Code president Lauren Morgenthaler, a senior boarder at Santa Catalina High School. 
Girls Who Code meets from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Monterey Peninsula College. The first meeting was on Oct.1, but more members are welcome to join. Members learn about artificial intelligence, cryptography, graphics, mobile development, game design and more. For many of the girls, computer science is the pastime they’ll pursue in college and as a career.

The national nonprofit organization has about 40,000 young female members across all 50 states. Attorney and activist Reshma Saujani founded the club after running for Congress in 2010. During her campaign, Saujani traveled to schools and noticed a palpable gender gap in computer science education. She was motivated to make a change.

But the Monterey club doesn’t revolve solely around bridging the social gender gap between young women and technology. Sisterhood “is a big part of Code Club. It’s about building a community so that the girls feel they’re not alone in the process,” says Morgenthaler. Read more
Source: Monterey County Herald. Photo by David Royal/Monterey Herald.
Pictured, Girls Who Code Club organizer Lauren Morgenthaler, right, helps Carmel Middle Schooler Annabelle Schierer, 12, during an exercise looking up Kenyan coder and activist Ory Okolloh, on Saturday at Monterey Peninsula College. 
Tickets onsale for Monterey Bay Economic Partnership State of the Region 2016 
Act now to get early bird pricing for the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership's State of the Region 2016, to take place at the Embassy Suites in Seaside on Dec. 1, 2016.  The second annual conference will explore and showcase elements that contribute to community well-being, including afe, affordable and accessible housing; well-being beyond traditional health care; education as the engine of well-being; activating our rivers as a key part in our community well-being; and transportation system needed to optimize our health and community.
Get your tickets now!
Don't delay: RSVP now for Higher Education and Research Leadership Summit

MCBC's Higher Education and Research Leadership Summit is fast approaching!  This important event will take place from 7:30-10:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 27 in the Monterey Marriott's Ferrante's Bay View Room. The annual summit is the opportunity for the presidents and institutions that are members of the Monterey County Business Council's 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. Contact Monterey County Business Council Projects Manager Melody Burgess or (831) 216-3000. for information regarding the Summit and sponsorship opportunities. 

The MCBC thanks our event sponsors.
Our Platinum Sponsors

Our Gold Sponsors
Scudder Roofing
Our Silver Sponsors
Hartnell College

Thank you to our media sponsor KRML.

Special thanks to the County of Monterey for its ongoing support of the Monterey County Business Council’s efforts for economic development and education.
Make sure your news gets noticed!

If you are a voting MCBC member, you can submit news items of general interest about your organization or upcoming events for consideration for free inclusion in Friday Facts, our  weekly MCBC e-newsletter that reaches a vast audience of key decision-makers, industry leaders, movers and shakers in Monterey County and the greater region. It's just one more valuable perk of being a member of an organization that's helping to shape the future of Monterey County for the better. 

Non-voting members can contact MCBC Projects Manager Melody Burgess or (831) 216-3000 for rate information.

And if you aren't yet a member, join us now.  Download the membership application or call 216-3000.


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



Friday, Oct. 14– MCBC Monthly Membership Luncheon (second Friday of the month), 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Club, Seaside. Special guest speaker will be Stephen L. Vagnini, Monterey County Assessor/Clerk/Recorder, who will discuss "Property Taxes and Other Issues in Monterey County." Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. RSVP or call 831.216.3000. (BIO)

Friday, Oct. 14: This is an event you won't want to miss! It's our roast of founding MCBC Member and President Mary Ann Leffel! Event will take place at the Intercontinental The Clement Monterey. See above for details. RSVP now!

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

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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