County urges prompt reporting of storm damage; MPC Superintendent/President Dr. Walt Tribley to speak at this month's MCBC luncheon.
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Friday, March 3, 2017

Edition 681

Residents, businesses urged to report storm damage as soon as possible

Did you suffer serious storm damage from recent weather events? Report your damage right away to help the county and residents qualify for federal aid.
Please use the county’s new Virtual Local Assistance Center to access surveys and forms needed for damage reporting. The center also has recovery information, government tools and a disaster resource directory.

Private devices can't be used to shield government communication, court rules

California’s highest court decided unanimously Thursday that government officials may be required to make public what they said about official business on their private telephones and personal computers.
In a decision written by Justice Carol A. Corrigan, the California Supreme Court said the state’s Public Records Act requires public officials to disclose emails, texts and voicemails from private devices if the communications involved government affairs.
Advocates for public access have long complained that government officials were deliberately using private devices to shield their communications from public records requests. Thursday’s decision is expected to end or at least stem the practice. 
The court ruled in a case brought by a community activist who filed a public records request eight years ago for the communications of San Jose city council members and staff about a proposed downtown development. Read more
Source: Los Angeles Times

Dr. Walt Tribley to speak at MCBC's March 10 luncheon
The Monterey County Business Council's next Membership Luncheon is set for Friday, March 10, featuring as our special guest speaker, Dr. Walter Tribley, Monterey Peninsula College (BCM) superintendent and president. Our monthly luncheon meeting takes place on the second Friday of each month from 11:45 a.m.  to 1:30 p.m. at Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Club (BCM), Seaside and is for MCBC members and invited guests. Tickets are $25 and are on sale now.
Forum on Affordable Care Act kicks off Panetta Lecture Series on Monday

The first forum of the 20th annual Leon Panetta 2017 Lecture Series will focus on the Affordable Care Act and feature a former governor and a presidential health adviser as guest speakers.
The lecture series with a 2017 theme of “The Trump Presidency and the Future of America” will be held at the Sunset Cultural Center in Carmel. The first event, “The Affordable Care Act — Repeal, Replace or Gridlock?” begins at 7 p.m. Monday.
Panetta will moderate a discussion with 2016 presidential candidate and former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Chris Jennings, who was a deputy assistant to the president for health policy from 2013-14 and a senior health advisor to the president from 1994-2001.
Tickets are available and can be purchased by calling the Panetta Institute at 831-582-4200.
Viewers throughout Central and Northern California can watch a live TV broadcast on Comcast Cable and Comcast Hometown Network. The lectures are available for viewing on the Panetta Institute YouTube channel, aired live on public radio stations and are viewable via live web streaming. Read more
Source: Monterey Herald

Film screening, discussion to focus on roots of American foreign intervention
The World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay Area Middlebury Institute of International Studies (BCM) Veterans Organizations presents a screening of the documentary, "American Umpire," a 54-minute documentary film exploring the historical foundation of American foreign intervention, at 6 p.m. March 7 in Irvine Auditorium, 499 Pierce St. The screening will be followed by a dialogue about the future of U.S. foreign policy with director James Shelley and producer Elizabeth Cobbs, a research fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution. Get the details.
Public hearing set for Pure Water Monterey Advanced Water Purification Facility  
A public hearing for the Pure Water Monterey Advanced Water Purification Facility will be held at the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board’s regularly scheduled meeting at 9 a.m March 9 at Watsonville City Council Chambers, 275 Main St.  4th Floor (new building).

The Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency in partnership with the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (BCM) has developed the Pure Water Monterey Groundwater Replenishment Project to deliver 3,500 acre-feet per year (AFY) of purified recycled water to replenish the Seaside Groundwater Basin (Seaside Basin), in Monterey County. The MRWPCA is a joint powers authority operating in the Monterey Bay area, with 11 members including Monterey County (BCM), City of Salinas (BCM), Boronda County Sanitation District, Castroville Community Services District, City of Del Rey Oaks (BCM), City of Monterey (BCM), City of Pacific Grove (BCM), City of Sand City (BCM), City of Seaside (BCM), Marina Coast Water District, and Moss Landing County Sanitation District. Get details.
Help guide the future of CSUMB 

California State University, Monterey Bay (BCM) has initiated a process to update its campus master plan, envisioning the future of the campus as it grows over the next 20 years. CSUMB is seeking community feedback on its public Draft 2016 Master Plan document.  Download the document at Comments will be accepted through March 6 via email or send written comments to the Campus Planning Office – Mountain Hall (84) Suite A. For every comment, please provide the page number along with the comment.

Apply now to present at the Language Capital of the World Cultural Festival

This year's Language Capital of the World Cultural Festival is scheduled for 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, May 7 at Custom House Plaza in Monterey. Applications are now available for language teachers interested in participating in the Language Capital of the World Cultural Festival. Those participants who are selected will present mini language and culture lessons of 10-15 minutes in length, appropriate for all ages, during a one-hour time slot during the festival.
Application deadline is March 31. Download the Mini Language and Culture Sessions guidelines and application. For questions or more information, contact Patricia Szasz or call 647-3501.

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