Green light for affordable housing project; Share input on SR 68 Highway Plan; MPUSD Superintendent presenting at MCBC member luncheon today!
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Friday, June 10, 2016

Edition 648

Planning Commission approves Pebble Beach affordable housing project

Cheers to the Monterey County Planning Commission for unanimously approving the Pebble Beach Co.’s (BCM) affordable housing project in Del Monte Forest on Wednesday, praising the much-debated proposal as a “model.”

The Monterey County Business Council has been a strong supporter of the project as a vital step toward addressing the need for adequate workforce housing in the region. Both MCBC President Mary Ann Leffel and Executive Director Brian Turlington spoke in support of the proposal at Wednesday's meeting.

Commissioner Paul Getzelman commended the Pebble Beach Co. for following through on the project, which was specifically requested by the Board of Supervisors when it approved the company’s Del Monte Forest concept plan, rather than simply falling back on a multimillion-dollar in-lieu fee to meet its inclusionary housing obligation. “This is a model we need to use going into the future,” Getzelman said.

Also speaking in to support the project were the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership, Landwatch, Monterey Pine Forest Watch, CHISPA, COPA, the Pacific Grove and Monterey Peninsula Chambers of Commerce, the League of Women Voters and a Pebble Beach Co. employee union. Read more

Source: Monterey County Herald

Moravia earns top honors from Microsoft 

Moravia (BCM) has been honored as one of Microsoft's most valued suppliers. The company is the recipient of Microsoft's "2016 Supplier of the Year Award" in the large category, as part of its Microsoft Supplier Program (MSP) Excellence Awards. Moravia was nominated for its partnership with its innovative Machine Translation evaluation platform to improve supply-chain management and help Microsoft deploy Machine Translation.

Moravia is a leading globalization solution provider, enabling companies in the information technology, e-learning and life sciences industries to enter global markets with high-quality multilingual products. Moravia's solutions include localization, product testing, internationalization, multilingual publishing, technical translation, content creation, machine translation and workflow consulting. Moravia maintains global headquarters in the Czech Republic and North American headquarters in California, with local offices and production centers in Japan, China, Latin America, Ireland, USA and throughout Europe. It recently opened an office in downtown Monterey.

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Officials mark historic dam removal 

Officials on Monday celebrated the completion of the $83 million San Clemente Dam removal project, a collaborative effort between the dam's owners, California American Water, the state Coastal Conservancy and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

In 2015, the 1,425 acre-foot-capacity reservoir was 95 percent filled with sediment and could hold only about 70 acre-feet of water. It had been declared seismically unsafe by the California Department of Water Resources Division of Safety of Dams.

The dam’s removal has restored returning steelhead trout access to 25 miles of upstream spawning and rearing habitat for the first time in 95 years.The dam removal and river rerouting project also allows sediment within the river to move downstream, replenishing sand to the beach and dunes near the mouth of the Carmel River.

“This represents a project that defies orthodoxy,” said state Sen. Bill Monning. “It brought all stakeholders together to bend, break or create the rules to accomplish a great project — the river restoration.”

According to Monning, key legislation was U.S. Rep. Sam Farr’s, which allowed public funds to be used for public/private project partnerships like the dam removal and river reroute project. Read more

Source/photo: Monterey County Herald

MPUSD superintendent to speak at MCBC's June 10th Member Luncheon

The Monterey County Business Council is proud to welcome Dr. Daniel "PK" Diffenbaugh, superintendent of the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District (BCM), as speaker for our next member-only lunch on Friday, June 10. Come learn about the exciting plans Diffenbaugh has for the MPUSD and learn about some recent accomplishments that are truly moving MPUSD in the right direction. 

 A Harvard-educated Watsonville native, Diffenbaugh taught at public schools in Oakland and Mexico, then transitioned to Sacramento, where he spent six years leading the turnaround of one of the state’s lowest-performing high schools. He left Sacramento High School to enter the inaugural cohort of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership program at Harvard University, an innovative partnership between the Harvard Business School, Kennedy School of Government, and Graduate School of Education. Upon graduating from Harvard, he served as director of 7-12 Instruction for Garden Grove Unified School District. 

Please note that MCBC lunches are for members only. To become a member of MCBC, complete and send in our application form and/or contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington.

Share your input on SR 68 Scenic Highway Plan

Didn't find time to attend the Transportation Agency for Monterey County's (BCM) first SR 68 Scenic Highway Plan workshop? Or have additional ideas or comments to share? Review the Project Overview Presentation online, then click here to participate in our On-Line Workshop Survey.

State Route 68 is a designated scenic route that connects the Monterey Peninsula to US Highway 101 and the Salinas Valley. SR 68 is a key route commute travel between Salinas and Monterey for 25,000 to 30,000 vehicles each day, as well as tourism and special event traffic.

The SR 68 Scenic Highway Plan will be a comprehensive, performance-based evaluation of current and future travel patterns along Highway 68 between Salinas and the Monterey Peninsula. The analysis will inform the selection of a preferred corridor concept that includes mid- and longer-term improvements focused on improving safety and reducing congestion. The Scenic Highway Plan will also enhance environmental sustainability by addressing the potential for wildlife connectivity enhancements to reduce vehicle collisions with wildlife by providing safe crossings along SR 68 for wildlife. The SR 68 Scenic Highway Plan will be developed with public input and be coordinated with other on-going regional transportation studies and improvements in the County. The virtual workshop continues through June 30.

Tunes, Trucks & Tastes celebrates great local food, wine on River Road Wine Trail

As the days grow longer and summer approaches, the Monterey County Vinters & Growers Association is helping promote a season of great wine-related events and celebrations at Monterey County wineries. Check out upcoming events on their website.

This weekend, eight wineries located in the vineyards on River Road’s Wine Trail will provide a unique pairing of premium Monterey wines, gourmet food trucks, and live music at each winery. Participating wineries include Odonata, Pessagno, Smith Family Wines (Paraiso), Puma Road, Manzoni, Hahn Family Wines, Ventana and Scheid. 

Chow down on the gourmet food from The Waffle Roost, Kuki-s Bowl, The Choke Coach, Ate3One, Street Fusion, The Bratwurst, Melt Your Heart & Rustic Oven. Rock out to bands like The Closeouts, Retrospect, The Money Band, After Hours Band, Triple Threat, Miss Lonely Hearts, Red Beans & Rice and the David Holodiloff Band.

Tunes, Trucks & Tastes takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 12. Get details and buy tickets at

And read more about the River Road Wine Trail here.

Folk artist, David Wilcox on KRML 'Pub Talk' 

Please tune in to MCBC member KRML every Wednesday from 5-6 p.m. for "Pub Talk," live from Peter B's Brewpub or, better yet, join them on the patio for great beer and lively talk. You can also tune in to listen at 102.1FM / 1410AM, or live stream at

Upcoming guests on Wednesday, June 15 are folk artist Vincent Randazzo and David Wilcox of Monterey Humidor. KRML's "Pub Talk" is sponsored by MCBC member Allterra Solar.

Urban Wine Row to open in Marina

A new wine-tasting venue is coming to Marina this summer, when three local wineries open a tasting room in the Marina Business Park, 3344 Paul Davis Drive. The Urban Wine Experience will feature Saturday afternoon wine tastings from Comanche Cellars, Cima Collina and Sinecure Wine. A kickoff benefit is scheduled for Saturday, July 2. Read more
Source: Edible Monterey Bay

Volunteers needed for 'Stand Down' homeless veterans resource event

Stand Down for Homeless Veterans, a three-day event serving homeless veterans, is scheduled to take place from noon Friday Aug. 19 to noon Sunday, Aug. 21 at 4499 Joe Lloyed Way, Seaside. Stand Down provides supplies and services, such as food, shelter, clothing, healthcare (physical and mental), benefits referrals, and other services to homeless veterans. Resources to include:

  • Clothing Issue
  • Meals
  • Event Housing
  • Counseling
  • Legal Services
  • Health & Dental Services
  • Mental Heath Services
  • Spiritual Counseling
  • AA/NA Meetings
  • VA Claims Assistance
  • Getting & Reviewing your military records & documents
  • Requesting Discharge Upgrades
  • Employment Referrals
  • Veterinary Services for your Pet

All levels of military service discharge are welcome. Free transportation is available to and from the event, and homeless veterans family accommodations will be available at the Stand Down. Pre-register at the Veterans Transition Center of Monterey County, Santa Cruz Veterans Center, VA Monterey/Seaside Clinic, Monterey Veterans Services Office, Salinas Veterans Services Office, King City Veterans Services Office or the San Benito County Veterans Services Office in Hollister. The event  is sponsored jointly by the United Veterans Council of Monterey County and the Veterans Transition Center in Marina.

Donations are welcomed. Make checks payable to: Monterey County Stand Down 2016, 220 12th Street, Marina, CA  93933, Attention:  Marlene. Volunteers are also needed. For more information, call Marlene at 831.883.8387, Ext. 238

Monterey Bay PTAC to take part in 'Ask the Experts' Business Resource event

The San Benito County Workforce Development Board invites local business owners, managers and prospects to a complimentary, comprehensive business resource event to be hosted Wednesday, June 15 from 7:30-10 a.m. at Paines Restaurant, 421 East St., Hollister. The “Ask the Experts” resource event will provide information on a diverse array of resources available to businesses. For more information, see or RSVP.

Getting to know...

Monterey County Economic Development Director David Spaur was recently featured in The Californian's "County Snapshots," detailing his extensive professional experience and outlook on the region.

Spaur has more than three decades in both the private and public sector, with expertise in planning, community and redevelopment, workforce issues, site selection and economic development. He says the chance to work with its ag-based and tourism-based community drew him back to Salinas. "Monterey County offered the best combination of opportunity to work in rural, urban, agriculture, technology and hospitality. Also, Salinas is close to Monterey Bay where I grew up sailing in Santa Cruz."

His favorite part of the job ? "Helping companies find a location and expanding, second getting people placed in a new and better job, third providing a home for those that really need it." Read the profile

Source: The Californian


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, June 10 – MCBC Monthly Membership Luncheon (second Friday of the month), 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Club (BCM), Seaside. Special guest speaker Dr. Daniel "PK" Diffenbaugh, MPUSD superintendent. Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. RSVP now.  (BIO)

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

SAVE THE DATE  â€“ Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017: Mark your calendar for next year's MCBC 22nd Anniversary Gala & Annual Economic Vitality Awards at the Hyatt Regency Monterey.

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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