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FRIDAY, November 8, 2013
CSUMB breaks ground on Business-Information Technology Building
Community leaders and friends of the university joined the campus community on Nov. 12 to mark the groundbreaking for CSU Monterey Bay’s (BCM) new academic building.
The $43 million, 58,000-square-foot structure will house the College of Business and the School of Information Technology and Communication Design.
Housing the two programs together allows students to integrate technology and business practices, and encourages the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship crucial for learning.
Located on the south side of Divarty Street next to the Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library, the technology-rich building will house eight classrooms, 12 labs, offices, conference rooms and student study areas.
Sustainability strategies are incorporated into the design. Spaces are organized to ensure learning environments and staff areas receive natural light; storm water runoff will be contained on site; water conserving plumbing fixtures will be used; and heat-producing direct sunlight kept to a minimum with the exterior screen wall. The building has been designed to be LEED Gold certified.
The project is expected to be completed for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Latino college achievement critical for workforce needs
Increasing the rate at which Latino students complete college will have a huge positive impact on California’s competitiveness in a global economy, according to a study released Wednesday.
The "State of Latinos in Higher Education in California" report, released by the Campaign for College Opportunity, found that the Latino population in California is large, growing rapidly and on its way to attaining majority status by 2050, but college degree attainment is low in spite of a significant increase in college-going rates.
The trend has significant implications for the California workforce and development of the state’s economy. California is forecasted to face a shortage of 2.3 million college graduates by 2025. Given the large and increasing size of the Latino population, the college-degree gap cannot be bridged without addressing the issue of degree completion by Latinos, the study concludes.
California’s economic growth is increasingly tied to growth of industries with high-skilled jobs, many requiring college degrees. In addition, lifetime earnings for college graduates dwarf earnings for residents with a high school diploma or less.
SVMH, Stanford collaborate on lung center
The opening this week of a clinic in Ryan Ranch was forged of a partnership between Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital (BCM) and Stanford Hospital & Clinics.
The Stanford Center for Interstitial Lung Disease and Transplant Outreach in Monterey located at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System’s Ryan Ranch Center for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging brings a respite for sick patients who would otherwise have to drive several hours a day to be treated at Stanford for ailments that could ultimately require lung transplants. The disease category — interstitial — simply means any disease that turns lung tissue fibrous, impeding the transfer of oxygen into the blood stream.
Before the clinic, patients would have to be driven to Palo Alto to receive the sophisticated treatments available only at major teaching hospitals like Stanford.
“People with advanced lung disease used to have to travel to the Ivory Tower for diagnosis and treatment — we have brought the tower here,” said Dr. Vincent DeFilippi, a heart and chest surgeon, and the medical director of the Stanford Cardiac Surgery Program at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital.
Source: Salinas Californian
Monterey College of Law president named to State Bar Presidential Task Force
Monterey College of Law (BCM) President and Dean Mitchel Winick has been appointed by State Bar President Luis J. Rodriguez to the Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform.
Chaired by former State Bar President Jon Streeter, the task force is charged with implementing three significant changes to the regulation of legal education and admissions to the California Bar. The proposed changes will mandate additional skill-based competency training in law school, new pro bono legal service requirements as a condition of licensure, and additional continuing legal education requirements during the first year of practice that focus on law practice competency.
Winick, Dean of Monterey College of Law since 2005, has been active in regulatory reform of the California accredited law schools. He previously served as one of two law school deans on the Rules Advisory Committee of the Committee of Bar Examiners and is the former Vice Chair of the Law School Council of the State Bar of California.
During his tenure as dean of MCL, Winick has been instrumental in integrating the type of changes included in the new proposals. “My initial assessment is that MCL is well ahead of most law schools and may, in fact, already be in compliance with each of these proposed changes,” Winick said. “I look forward to sharing our experience with the other members of the task force.”
Act now on water rebates
The Commercial Customer Rebate Program for fixtures and appliances will be closing on Dec. 31, 2013. All California American Water (BCM) customers within the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District are eligible and the rebates are very generous. Some rebates include up to $200 for a high-efficiency toilet or up to $1,000 for a commercial-grade clothes washer.
Businesses and commercial property owners are urged to act, as these water-efficient fixtures and appliances become requirements on Jan. 1, 2014.
For more information, visit www.montereywaterinfo.org or call 658-5601.
State shuts down imitation ‘Covered California’ sites
Ten private health insurance websites have been shut down after the state said they misled Californians by imitating the official Affordable Care Act insurance exchange known as Covered California.
“These websites fraudulently imitated Covered California in order to lure consumers away from plans that provide the benefits of the Affordable Care Act,” says California Attorney General Kamala Harris. “I urge Californians to avoid healthcare scams by visiting coveredca.com.”
In September, the California Attorney General’s office began an investigation into websites that imitate the state’s Covered California website. Multiple website operators were sent cease and desist letters informing them that their websites were in violation of state law and demanding the immediate removal of the website or transfer of the domain name to the state’s official exchange.
These websites were operated by private health insurance brokers or companies that were not affiliated with Covered California, according to Harris. The websites have domain names similar to the state’s official healthcare exchange and contain unauthorized references to the official exchange’s trademarked logo and name.
In several cases, websites used the phrases “Get Covered,” “Covered California” and “California Health Benefit Advisers,” according to the Attorney General’s Office.
The California Affordable Care Act forbids individuals or entities from claiming to provide services on behalf of Covered California without securing a valid agreement with the state Exchange.
State law also prohibits solicitations that falsely imply a governmental connection, the use of a domain name that is confusingly similar to another entity, making or disseminating untrue or misleading representations with the intent of selling goods or services and unfair competition through untrue or misleading advertising.
To date, all website operators who have been contacted by the Attorney General’s office have complied.
Source: Central Valley Business Times
Confused by sales tax rates? BOE has a map for that
A new online tool from the California State Board of Equalization aims to ease the confusion that can dominate the sales tax world.
The online mapping service lets retailers and consumers enter their address and find the sales and use tax rate there. The tool is important because sales and use tax rates sometimes vary within a county.
“In addition to the statewide sales and use tax rate of 7.5 percent, some cities and counties have voter approved district taxes,” the Board of Equalization announced in a news release. “Multiple district taxes may also be in effect at a specific location.”
Find a tax rate at a specific address at the BOE website, or check out a list of taxes by city and county.
Source: Business Journal
MRWMD hosts community presentation
The cities of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Del Rey Oaks, Marina, Pacific Grove, Sand City, Seaside and the Pebble Beach Community Services District have requested proposals for solid waste, recycling and organics collection services.
The Monterey Regional Waste Management District (BCM) will host a community presentation from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 at Seaside City Hall for the public to learn about new services being planned.
The presentation will feature a summary of solid waste, recycling, and organics collection services proposals received.
Current franchise collection contracts expire in 2015 and have not been subject to a competitive bid process in the past. A competitive Request for Proposal process is underway to solicit proposals for future programs and services, and select the future contractor(s) for the collection services to be provided to the participating agencies.
The goals of this proposal process include:
Maximizing the quality and consistency of services provided to customers at rates comparable to or less than those currently paid by residents and businesses;
Providing state-of-the-industry services to residents and businesses that maximize the value of recovered resources and opportunities for customers to participate in recycling and composting; and
Meeting the state’s 75 percent recycling goal by 2020 and supporting the Monterey Regional Waste Management District’s mission to provide the highest quality, cost-efficient, integrated waste management services to the greater Monterey Peninsula.
The Monterey Regional Waste Management District is assisting the participating agencies in the Request for Proposals process and is hosting this community presentation. For more information, call 384-5313.
MIIS hosts conference on Understanding Justice in Conflicts
Dianne Barker Harrold, the first female Native American district attorney for the state of Oklahoma, kicks off the second annual conference hosted by the Monterey Institute of International Studies’ Center for Conflict Studies (BCM).
The conference, titled “Maneuvering the Maze: Understanding Justice in Conflicts,” will run Nov. 14-16 at the Monterey Marriott. Opening with a reception and Harrold’s keynote address (“The Complexities of Delivering Justice: Experiences in Indian Country”), the conference will include a series of panels featuring scholars and practitioners in the conflict resolution field on Friday and Saturday, with the conference concluding Saturday at 2 p.m.
All conference panels on Friday and Saturday are free and open to the public, although registration is required. Online registration for all conference events is available here.
Email email@example.com or 647-7104 for more information.
Names in the news...
Heidi Scheid, senior vice president of Scheid Vineyards Inc., has been elected chairman of the California Association of Winegrape Growers. It’s a position that has familial roots. Her father, Al Scheid, served as CAWG chairman in 1978. She takes over the CAWG leadership post from Bill Pauli, of Pauli Ranch in Mendocino County, who completed a two-year term.
Source: Central Valley Business Times