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 A Weekly Newsletter Promoting Monterey County:
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Friday, Dec. 1, 2017

Edition 718

Leadership Monterey County now accepting applications

The Premier Course for Emerging Local Leaders in the Community

Leadership Monterey County builds awareness of local business and community concerns and encourages involvement and stewardship to help shape the future of Monterey County. Participants gain the knowledge and direction they need to achieve greater self- and community awareness through a combination of academic training, community exposure and small group interaction. Classes are held on the last Friday of the month, February through November. Topics for each class include: 

  • Hospitality
  • Agriculture
  • Healthcare
  • Military
  • Government/Law
  • Nonprofit
  • Art/Culture
  • Education
  • Environment

Tuition is $2,000, with an application deadline of 5 p.m. Jan. 22, 2018. Apply online at Email with any questions.

Hunter chosen as Leadership Monterey County facilitator

Jan Hunter is a longtime California resident with extensive experience in workforce development and consulting. She has held senior levels roles within human resources at John Muir Health, Banner Health and as director of the CareerSTAT Project, a national healthcare workforce development project funded by the Joyce Foundation and supported by Jobs for the Future.
Most recently she was director of Career Coaching at Impact Group a global company focused on outplacement, relocation and talent development. Jan holds a bachelor of science from Ball State University and Masters in Business Administration from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.
Pictured, Jan Hunter, MBA, IHR.

Supervisor Speaker Series to feature County Supervisor John Phillips

Please join us for the second event in our five-part Supervisor Speakers Series with Monterey County District 2 Supervisor John M. Phillips. This event is for MEMBERS ONLY.
When: Wednesday, Dec. 6, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch, 475 San Juan Grade Road, Salinas.
Admission: $50 donation, payable at the door to benefit Rancho Cielo Youth Campus.
Details: Lunch will be served.

This event is sponsored by the Monterey County Business Council and Scudder Roofing and Solar. 


Meet the speaker: County Supervisor John Phillips

Supervisor Phillips graduated from Boalt Hall Law School at Berkeley and practiced Law in Oakland for several years as a civil litigator for a private law firm before beginning a long career at the District Attorney’s office in 1971. He served as a Deputy D.A. from 1971 to 1975.
In 1975 he was appointed the Assistant District Attorney in charge of the Salinas office. He served as the Assistant District Attorney until he was appointed to the Monterey Superior Court Bench in 1984. He served on the Monterey County Bench for 21 years before retiring in 2004.
He served as presiding Judge of the Monterey Superior Court in 1989, 1996, 1998-2000. While on the Bench, he created the Domestic Violence Court and was the first chairman of the Domestic Violence Council. He also was responsible for the development of the Mental Health Court. He devoted many years on the Bench to the Family Law Court and was responsible for many of its current innovative services.
In 2000 he, along with other concerned citizens, founded Rancho Cielo, a successful and innovative program for at-risk youth. Since his retirement in 2004, he has devoted most of his time to the continued development of Rancho Cielo, including the establishment of the Drummond Culinary Academy where students work directly with professional chefs.
John and his wife Patti live in the Prunedale area; they have three adult children and two grandchildren.

U.S. Rep. Jimmy Panetta speaks at the Monterey Bay Defense Alliance breakfast on Friday, Nov. 17 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey.

Panetta speaks to Monterey Bay Defense Alliance

On Nov. 17th, Congressman Panetta spoke to 82 members of the Monterey Bay Defense Alliance and the Monterey County Business Council, addressing the important elements of the security and defense of our nation. Congressman Panetta is currently appointed to the House Armed Services Committee and reported the national perspective of military base realignment. MCBC and MBDA continue their strong partnership in promoting and supporting our defense community in Monterey County.

MCBC continues to advocate for the region's broadband connectivity

The California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) celebrated 10 years with the release of its new decade of connectivity report on Nov. 29, 2017 in San Francisco. The Central Coast Broadband Consortium (CCBC) is one of the regional voices involved in the statewide network.  CCBC and MCBC were mentioned at their presentation yesterday and MaryAnn Leffel was present to represent our region.  CCBC has been successful with mapping broadband assets and assisting with policy and community awareness on the importance of good connectivity to our communities.  Several regional projects have been funded, in part, through the statewide CASF (CA Advanced Service Fund) and the leadership of CETF.  MCBC supported the passage and signing of legislation that funds CETF for five more years.  We look forward to additional broadband coverage in the Monterey Bay Region. 

FORA to host Eastway Parkway Environmental Review workshop 

The Fort Ord Reuse Authority (BCM) seeks input on goals and objectives of a Southwest-Northeast arterial roadway (Eastside Parkway) to complete the Fort Ord on-site transportation network. Before FORA moves ahead with preparation of an Environmental Impact Report, it will conduct a community workshop, which is offered twice on Wednesday, Dec 6 (1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.) at the Carpenters Union Hall, 910 2nd Ave, Marina. The workshop includes a brief presentation on the background of FORA roadway planning, technical issues associated with completing the network and an overview of the CEQA process.The purpose is to solicit public input about Eastside Parkway goals and objectives. Spanish translation will be available, and light refreshments will be served.
FORA staff will provide a summary of workshop comments at the FORA Board Meeting anticipated on Jan. 12, 2018. Visit the FORA website for details.

Gonzales, Mann Packing team up for second wind turbine

 A second wind turbine will soon join the Taylor Farms (BCM) wind turbine in Gonzales. The Gonzales (BCM) City Council approved a wind turbine site lease agreement between the city and Mann Packing Co. Inc. (BCM) on Nov. 20. The wind turbine uses an alternative source of energy that advances the principles of the city's G3 Gonzales Grows Green initiative, said Deputy City Manager/Community Development Director Thomas Truszkowski. "It also provides a sustainable power source consistent with the City Council's Climate Action Plan." The wind turbine alone counts for 83 percent of the city's greenhouse gas reduction in the commercial and industrial sector, which is on top of what the Taylor Farms wind turbine provides. "We've well exceeded our goal for 2020," said Truszkowski. Read more
Source: Gonzales Tribune

CalAm to host public meet-and-greet

California American Water’s (BCM) president and other company officials will make a public appearance Friday morning to “address customer questions and concerns” in front of the Carmel post office.
Cal Am president Rich Svindland and members of the private water provider’s local management team are set to host a “meet-and-greet” in what the company is billing as a “casual gathering” from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the post office site on Fifth Avenue in Carmel.
“Between the water supply project, the company’s conservation water rate structure, and our ongoing efforts to provide the best customer service, I know there are many topics of interest to the community,” Svindland said in a company release announcing the event. “I’m more than happy to take a morning to discuss these important issues with our customers.”
A conservation booth with water efficiency tips and water-saving device rebate information will be manned by Cal Am conservation supervisor Joe DiMaggio, according to the release. Read more
Source: Monterey County Herald
Pictured, Cal Am President Rich Svindland.

Conference center nears completion

New lighting is up, the fiber optic wiring installed, and carpeting is being laid. When it comes to the Monterey Conference Center, the anxiety that’s grown from missed deadlines over the past few months has turned to excitement – and some relief – for the project’s construction firm, its architect and city officials. That was the sense Tuesday on a tour of the renovated facility, expected to be completed next month.

Aluminum composite material outlines the 50-by-15-foot oval skylight that covers the grand terrace, which extends out from the now remodeled Steinbeck Ballroom. Inside, the new ballroom has been transformed into a space that can be divided into five sections with a large pre-function area. The ballroom with its new lighting and fiber optic capability for internet use features 18-foot ceilings with angles and a wood décor that’s meant to reflect a nautical theme and abstractly reference Monterey’s maritime history. Read more
Source: Monterey County Herald

Housing Authority breaks ground on affordable housing in Castroville

Ground has been broken on "desperately needed" affordable housing for farm laborers and their families in Castroville. The Monterey County Housing Authority Development Corporation project will redevelop older, run-down units at the Castroville Farm Labor Center Development site. The $30 million, 54-unit project will be built on two sites, one mile apart off Seymour Street and Speegle Street in Castroville. Pre-fabricated units make for fast construction, similar to another HDC project in Salinas. The units will be ready for move-in early next year. Read more
Source: KION, The Salinas Californian. Photo courtesy of Cristian Ponce/The Californian.

TPO Employment Law & Leadership Conference set for Jan. 11, 2018

TPO's 14th Annual Employment Law & Leadership Conference, a premier conference for business owners, managers, human resource professionals, risk management and legal counsel in public, private and non-profit organizations, is taking place on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Embassy Suites, Monterey Bay. Learn from the leading Littler attorneys about the latest employment law twists and turns to bring you up to speed on the regulatory front as well as trends to watch for in the future. Learn about the many compliance issues that are of greatest concern to corporate counsel, human resource professionals, executives and other managers on a day-to-day basis. Littler’s Employment Law Update is a thought-provoking overview and analysis of the most critical employment and labor law issues confronting employers right now.

Plus…five timely afternoon breakout sessions:

  • Wage & Hour 2018
  • HR Q&A - Balancing Both Legal & Leadership Perspectives!
  • RESPECT & INCLUSION - Leveraging Cultural Differences & Diversity in the Workplace!
  • DO I COACH, CORRECT or SAY GOODBYE? - Where the Rubber Meets the Road!
  • THE AG EMPLOYER - A 2017 Overview and What Lies Ahead!

Monterey County Business Council members qualify for a special discount rate. Register with discount code "MCBC" for Monterey County Business Council discount rate of $249. Get complete conference details at


Monterey Bay PTAC offers Cyber Security Compliance webinar

Computer crimes and security breaches are just the tip of the iceberg: These days, cybersecurity is a growing concern for government and the private sector, with enormous implications for government security, economic prosperity and public safety. Yet the web of regulation can be baffling: More than 240 bills or resolutions related to cybersecurity were introduced in the U.S. in 2017 alone, with more than two dozen states enacting legislation, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

For those pursuing government contracts, it's crucial to be informed about new federal regulations on security controls and cloud computing.Starting Jan. 1, 2018, you must be cyber compliant. That's why it's a perfect time to sign up for a Cybersecurity Webinar, to take place at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8. The webinar, "Cyber Security Compliance," is offered by the Monterey Bay Procurement Technical Assistance Center.  To sign up, RSVP under the Training Events tab, or call Monterey Bay PTAC Program Manager Teri Williams at 216-3019.

Find out more about the services and resources Monterey Bay PTAC offers and learn about upcoming workshops at and the Facebook page: @MontereyBayPTAC.
SAVE THE DATE – MCBC 23rd Anniversary Gala & Annual Economic Vitality Awards, Saturday, March 24 at 5:30 p.m., Monterey Hyatt Regency. Stay tuned for details.

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

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