Pebble Beach celebrates opening of Fairway One; Mann Packing breaks ground in Gonzales; At MPUSD, the 'growth mindset' applies to more than just students.
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Friday, Aug. 11, 2017

Edition 703

MCBC lunch with U.S. Rep. Jimmy Panetta at new SpringHill Suites

Please join the Monterey County Business Council from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 for a special luncheon to celebrate the Grand Opening of SpringHill Suites in Marina, an all-suite hotel. The luncheon will be hosted on their unique new rooftop venue, with a spectacular 360-degree view of the ocean and City of Marina. Our guest speaker is Congressman Jimmy Panetta. The luncheon and presentation will be followed by a ribbon cutting for SpringHill Suites. RSVP NOW!

Pebble Beach debuts Fairway One in time for Car Week

Fairway One officially opens Friday at The Lodge at Pebble Beach, adding 38 rooms to The Lodge. That includes 30 hotel rooms, two golf cottages with four bedrooms each, and meeting space that overlooks the greens.
The first group to book the Fairway One meeting space is Ferrari, which will celebrate its 70th anniversary during Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance, during Monterey Car Week.
Pebble Beach Co. (BCM) CEO Bill Perocchi said in addition to Fairway One, a project that got started in 2016, Pebble Beach has been making a series of upgrades including renovations to all of its guestrooms. The upgrades are in preparation for more than just Car Week, Pebble Beach Co. is getting ready to host the U.S. Amateur in 2018 and the U.S. Open in 2019.
In 2019, Pebble Beach will also celebrate its 100th anniversary and getting Fairway One ready to go was part of the big centennial celebration as well. Read more
Source: KSBW

Celebrating MPUSD's 'growth mindset' 

There's a radically new culture taking shape at the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District that's empowering and energizing district employees and teachers, boosting student attainment
The district's “growth mindset,” and the role that Superintendent PK Diffenbaugh has played in leading that that shift, is profiled in The Monterey Herald this week.
When Diffenbaugh took over as MPUSD superintendent three years ago, he aspired to transform it into one of the best in the United States. Trustees wanted more immediate results: they wanted him to build trust and change the district’s culture. They also wanted to see improvement in the academic performance of the district’s more than 10,000 students.
Says MCBC President Mary Ann Leffel, “PK Diffenbaugh is the best gift the MPUSD board could have given the Monterey Peninsula community. His energy, innovative attitude and ability to inspire those around him appears to be boundless.”
Read how Diffenbaugh has challenged personnel to "think big for the student and then gave them freedom to implement their ideas" here.
Source: Monterey County Herald

Mann Packing breaks ground on Gonzales processing facility

Mann Packing Co. (BCM) broke ground earlier this month on its new 130,000-square-foot processing facility in Gonzales. The new site will employ 250 people, generating new jobs for the region. It will use wind turbine energy for heating and cooling, with a goal of electric sustainability.
Mann’s existing facility in Salinas will continue to process some fresh-cut but mainly serve as a central warehouse, cooling and shipping facility for the company, according to the company. Mann Packing expects to complete the Gonzales facility in early 2018, with production starting in the spring. Read more
Source: The Packer; photo rendering courtesy of Mann Packing.

Downtown Vibrancy Plan work gets underway in Salinas

The transformation of what used to be known as "Oldtown" Salinas is underway, as work begins on rebranding the downtown region as City Center.
The city's Downtown Vibrancy Plan, adopted in 2015, outlines plans for an urban environment that includes housing, businesses and events, all safe and family friendly. The plan encompasses the area between Salinas and Monterey Streets, south of Market Street.
Plans call for updated street design, changing several one-way streets into two-way roads, and adding much-needed housing in the downtown district.
Survey crews started identifying the location of utility lines Monday, with groundbreaking scheduled for next summer. The project will cost between $10-12 million, funded by voter-approved Measure X. Read more
Source: KION

Monterey Regional Airport gets federal grant to upgrade lighting systems

The Monterey Regional Airport (BCM) has been awarded a federal grant totaling $1,814,764 from the Department of Transportation. “Our local economy relies heavily on tourism and local business travel,” said U.S. Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.), in announcing the grant late last month. “This federal grant will provide our regional airport with the necessary funds needed to keep travelers safe.”
This project will fund the full rehabilitation of both the current Runway 10R/28L lighting system and the current Taxiway A lighting system. The new lights will enhance safe airfield operations during low visibility conditions. Read more

Middle schoolers attend Bruce W. Woolpert Algebra Academy 
More than 100 local middle school students arrived this week at Graniterock headquarters in Watsonville for the kickoff of the eighth annual Bruce W. Woolpert Algebra Academy.
The soon-to-be eighth-graders from 11 middle schools — from Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties — attended the highly selective, free, week-long program from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The goal of the academy is to provide students with a strong math foundation as well as expose them to how math is used in real life. 
“In the afternoons, we spend about an hour on math games,” said Rose Ann Woolpert, widow of late Graniterock president Bruce W. Woolpert for whom the academy is named. “The staff and students have fun and the games teach them basic math skills as well.”
“We are trying to build a culture of excitement about math,” said Woolpert. “It’s OK to be smart, it’s OK to be good at math, it’s OK to be a high achieving student. That’s what we are telling these students.” Read more
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel

Shopping center hosts family-friendly bear affair
It's almost too cute for words: Northridge Mall will host a Teddy Bear Picnic from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15 in the Grand Court. Bring your teddy bear (or favorite stuffed animal) for a free sing-a-long MallStars event featuring giveaways, an art project and children's songs, plus special guests Paulette and Bearmy from Build-A-Bear. Meet at Starbucks near the Blaze Pizza entrance. Event is sponsored by the  Monterey County Fair. 

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