Cannabis production to be included in Monterey County Crop Report; CSUMB researcher receives Department of Defense grant for fog collection research; Monterey announces State of the City.
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Friday, Sept. 13, 2019

Edition 808

Assemblymember Robert Rivas featured at our next Members Only Luncheon

We are excited to welcome Assemblymember Robert Rivas to our monthly members-only lunch. Robert Rivas, who is in his first term, represents the 30th District, which includes parts of Monterey and San Benito counties. Assemblymember Rivas will be discussing with MCBC members some of his current legislation for our district.

Monterey County Business Council Monthly Luncheons are for MEMBERS ONLY.

Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Bayonet Black Horse Golf Course, Seaside

Attend This Event

Bill allowing cannabis numbers in crop report could attract investment, increase crop diversity

A bill authored by State Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, that would allow the reporting of cannabis in the annual Monterey County Crop Report was signed into law last week by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

“I’m in favor of giving growers as many crops as can be grown in Monterey County,” said Henry Gonzales, Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner. “Along with hemp production, it gives Monterey County strength in its diversity of crops it grows.”

The legislation would add a section to the Business and Professions Code relating to cannabis cultivation authorizing a county agricultural commissioner to report to the condition, acreage, production, and value of cannabis produced in the commissioner’s county under a cultivation license issued under the Medicinal and Adult-use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act.

“SB 657 is based on the fact that Monterey County will soon be one of the top five counties for cannabis cultivation in the state,” said Sen. Monning. “The bill will help to highlight the impact of the cannabis crop and provide concrete data that will help potential investors, as well as encourage unlicensed growers to become legitimate, permitted, tax-paying businesses, which in turn will benefit the County.” Read more
Source: Monterey Herald; photo courtesy of County Supervisor Luis Alejo. Pictured, Agriculture Commissioner Henry Gonzales, State Sen. Bill Monning, and County Supervisor Luis Alejo testify before the Senate Agriculture Committee earlier this year. 

California State University, Monterey Bay Professor Dan Fernandez, at a 2011 TEDxMonterey talk, discusses the idea of turning fog into water.

Defense Department awards grant to CSUMB professor for fog collection research

The Defense Department has awarded a $266,589 grant to California State University, Monterey Bay (MCBC member) professor Dan Fernandez for fog collection research and to learn more about the processes that lead to advective fog events along coastal California. Part of the study will be to conduct field tests to determine the efficiencies of mesh-based devices used worldwide to collect water as a function of different environmental conditions.

According to the National Weather Service, advection fog forms as warmer, moist air moves over cold ground. The air is cooled to saturation by the cold from the ground below cooling the air above. Unlike the tule fog of the Central Valley, which is a type of radiation fog, advection fog may form under cloudy skies and with moderate to strong winds.

The grant will fund new devices that will help to measure and increase the amount of water collected from fog capture. Fog collection can produce potable water for drinking or irrigation. The research aims to expand knowledge about the generation and dissipation of fog, which can be critically important for airports and locations where fog density can adversely affect transportation and other activities. Read more

Source: Monterey County Herald

Middlebury Institute announces 2019 Great Conversations lineup 

Join the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MCBC member) at the seventh annual Great Conversations, from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 at InterContinental The Clement Monterey. The Institute's premier community event, Great Conversations brings together members of the Monterey community with Institute faculty and experts for lively discussions on diverse and stimulating current topics. Institute experts host the conversations at each of the tables.  

Tickets are $125, including reception and dinner. Get tickets or learn more.

Noland, Hamerly, Etienne & Hoss attorney joins Legal Services for Seniors board

Noland, Hamerly, Etienne & Hoss (MCBC member) attorney Robert S. Simpson has joined the Legal Services for Seniors Board of Directors.

Simpson carries on the firm’s commitment to Legal Services for Seniors, a vital non-profit organization providing legal services at no charge to Monterey County residents who are 60 or older, with emphasis on the disadvantaged.

NHEH attorney Leslie Finnegan recently served the board for three years, including two as secretary. Attorney Chuck Des Roches was on the board for eight years, including one as president. Attorney Steve Pearson helped establish Legal Services for Seniors 35 years ago and is currently on its advisory council.

Rob Simpson is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in probate, estate planning and trust law. He is a graduate of the William S. Boyd School of Law,

Monterey's 2019 State of the City to take place Sept. 26

Join the Monterey Commercial Property Owners Association and co-hosts, the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 26th for the Annual State of the City Address, featuring Monterey Mayor Clyde Roberson and Monterey City Manager Hans Uslar. The event takes place from 6-8 p.m. at the Portola Hotel, where wine and appetizers will be served. 


Free Community Power Festival to showcase clean energy, sustainability

Monterey Bay Community Power (MCBC member) hosts its second Annual Community Power Festival from 10 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at Monterey's Custom House Plaza. This outdoor, family-friendly event includes electric vehicle test drives and e-bike test rides, interactive booths, local vendors, community organizations, live music and sustainable food trucks, with opportunities to share and learn more about clean energy, community and sustainability. The first 200 attendees will receive a $10 Community Bucks token that they can donate to one of the seven incredible nonprofits that will be tabling at the event.  Admission is free. Learn more

Fenton & Keller to host Workplace Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Workshops

As of January 2019…
Workplace Sexual Harassment Prevention Training
For Supervisors and Non-Supervisors
The law firm of Fenton & Keller (MCBC member) presents in Spanish (Sept. 23) and another in English (Sept. 24) the California required workplace harassment and discrimination prevention training for supervisorial and non-supervisorial employees.

OJO: Este entrenamiento también se presentará en español el 23 de septiembre, 2019. 
September 23, 2019 (IN SPANISH)

September 24, 2019 (IN ENGLISH)

$50 for Supervisors
$25 for Non-Supervisors
*(Includes light breakfast)
WHERE: Hampton Inn & Suites Salinas, 523 Work St., Salinas


Technology Showcase and Acquisition of Capital Seminar for the Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturer
Date: Thursday, Sept. 26                                                       
Time: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: Cabrillo College Room 2100 B, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos
For details and to register, visit

Made in Monterey Bay Manufacturing Meetup
Date: Thursday, Sept. 26
Time: 4-6:30 p.m.
Location: Annieglass, Inc., 310 Harvest Drive, Watsonville
For details and to register, visit:

Startup Investment & Community Capital Expo
Date: Friday, Sept. 27                                                                
Time: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Embassy Suites Hotel, Seaside
For details and to register, visit

Get Connected 2019 – Doing Business with State, County, and Local Agencies
Date: Thursday, Oct. 3
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Location: SJC Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave, Stockton
For details and to register, visit:

We at Monterey Bay Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) help businesses navigate the labyrinth of the government procurement system. Visit the website to learn about upcoming workshops or sign up to become a client. Call 831-216-3000 or see us on Facebook: @MontereyBayPTAC.

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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