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Since the early 1980s, the Arts Council for Monterey County has been on a mission to “improve the quality of life for everyone in the region through the arts.” That includes the council usually providing in-person arts education for school districts across the county. It’s now faced with adapting that program for distance learning.

Playing With Food: Artichokes galore

Apr 27, 2020
Liz Frost

The artichoke—California’s official vegetable—was brought here by the Spanish in the 19th century. With 99.9% of America’s artichokes grown here, they are as Central Coast as any produce can get, as Father Ian Delinger learns exploring the joys of artichokes in this episode of 'Playing With Food.'

Primary election day is fast approaching. In Monterey County, there is only one race being contested for the county board of supervisors. Four people are running for the District 4 seat, which stretches west of Salinas to the Pacific ocean.

In this episode of Issues & Ideas, we discuss affordability and housing issues on the Central Coast. Greta Mart speaks with journalist Kate Cimini of the Salinas Californian newspaper and CalMatters about her reporting on Salinas farmworking families. In another segment, we learn more about San Luis Obispo County’s YIMBY movement. YIMBY means 'Yes In My Backyard,' and the grassroots group advocates for creating more affordable housing stock in established city neighborhoods.

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The number of people sickened by the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from the Salinas growing region has increased. As of Wednesday, at least 67 people have fallen ill with over half hospitalized. Cases have been reported across 19 states. Federal investigators are working to narrow down the source of contamination. Meanwhile, loads of lettuce are being thrown out this Thanksgiving.

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In an instance of déjà vu, there’s a new E.coli outbreak in late November linked to romaine lettuce. The outbreak was quickly traced to romaine lettuce grown near Salinas

Cities step in to halt last-minute evictions

Nov 19, 2019
David Rodriguez/The Salinas Californian

Eufemia Aguilar has lived in her two-bedroom apartment on North Sanborn Road in Salinas for about 10 years. A garlic peeler at Christopher Ranch, she rises at 2:30 a.m. every day, packs her lunch and heads to work, leaving her 20-year-old son and 5-year-old grandson to sleep. 

There are lots of problems inside her apartment — peeling linoleum, a stove that only sort-of works, mold from the slow drip-drip-drip of her upstairs neighbor’s shower. But Aguilar likes to focus on the positive. 

However, her landlords have increased her rent by 30%, and then, a few weeks ago, they served Aguilar and some of her neighbors with a 60-day notice to vacate their apartments. They need to be out by Jan. 1.

Growing AgTech industry inspires new course at Salinas nonprofit

Sep 17, 2019
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Rancho Cielo is a nonprofit in Salinas that offers at-risk youth the chance to prepare for jobs in a range of industries, from culinary to construction. Their newest program trains youth to work in the growing AgTech sector.

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What will California's climate feel like in 60 years? For many urban areas, possibly just like much warmer and drier areas of Mexico. That’s according to a new interactive map based on global climate data released this week, which features several Central Coast cities.

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A Central Coast police department is making its debut as the star of an upcoming reality television show. Cable channel A&E’s documentary series “Live PD” will air its season three premiere from Salinas this weekend. Unlike other police reality television shows, “Live PD” offers a real-time view of a night of police operations. The Salinas Police Department is the first California agency to appear on the show.

Commuter train service ahead for Salinas

Aug 13, 2018
Erika Mahoney/KAZU

Work is underway on a local passenger rail project. It will create commuter train service from Salinas.

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California’s Department of Motor Vehicles announced this week new efforts to reduce wait times, such as a new text notification program, self-service kiosks and extended hours. On the Central Coast, part of that reprieve is new Saturday hours at the Salinas and San Luis Obispo offices. San Luis Obispo County specifically has seen a huge jump in wait times over the past year, almost doubling. They’re not the longest wait times in the state, but long enough to have customers lining up outside every morning.

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This week, the city of Salinas joined other cities across the U.S. that have created open data portals. Such portals are web tools that let anyone have a closer look at data that have been collected by different city agencies. Cities like Salinas provide data in the interest of being more transparent with their residents, but the practice could also help local governments function a little better.

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Marches and rallies held in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Salinas, Monterey and other Central Coast locales attracted thousands of participants Saturday, calling for gun control and honoring American school students killed in gun violence.  

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Customers of the water corporations California Water Services, Golden State Water Company and California-American Water may soon be seeing rate increases on their monthly bills. The three companies provide water to areas of Salinas, Monterey County, Los Osos and Santa Maria on the Central Coast, and all have asked the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to approve rate hikes. 

Buzzing around town, Salinas plans to use drones

Oct 12, 2017
Erika Mahoney/KAZU

From KAZU News: Drones are increasingly being used by city governments for things like land surveying and storm damage assessments. Locally, Salinas plans to be an early adopter of the technology. But first the city wants to get the community on board. 

Transformation coming to Salinas' Chinatown

Oct 10, 2017
courtesy of MidPen and KAZU

A transformation is coming to Salinas’ Chinatown. A new affordable housing development will soon break ground. 

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An investigation continues this week into a suspected June 22 insecticide poisoning of 18 farmworkers in Salinas.

The Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office is conducting the investigation. The county’s assistant AG commissioner, Bob Roach, said Monday afternoon that all but one of the sickened workers returned to the job the following day.

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The City of Salinas and Monterey County - along with 50 other cities and counties around the country - are among the official supporters of two lawsuits filed against President Donald Trump and his executive order to withhold federal funding from “sanctuary” jurisdictions. On Friday, attorneys gave oral arguments before a federal judge in the cases City and County of San Francisco v. Trump and County of Santa Clara v. Trump.

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In local government this week, Monterey County officials are slated to make decisions related to the new county jail expansion project. The $89 million dollar project is almost ready to go out to bid, but first the board of supervisors has to sign off on a staffing and operations plan for the facility for next 30 years. 

Proposed rules for pesticide use near schools diluted

Mar 16, 2017
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This week the state released revisions to its rules for pesticide use near schools, and the revisions are not what many residents in the Salinas Valley were hoping for. In December, hundreds of Salinas parents, health workers and educators attended a four-hour hearing to urge the state’s pesticide regulator to change the rules. 

On Wednesday, city officials in Salinas voted to sue the Trump administration in federal court over the president's executive order against sanctuary cities. 

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More than 600 people turned out for a city-sponsored immigration forum last week in Salinas. Hosted by the Salinas chief of police, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office and other city and county officials, the Spanish-language forum was scheduled in response the federal government’s recent focus on immigration reform and deportations. 

This week the city of Salinas is hosting a free public forum on immigration. The forum will be primarily held in Spanish with English translation. 

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A series of Central Coast events featuring candidates for President of the United States is underway, and it started Wednesday afternoon with Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton in Salinas. 

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The two people suspected of killing the children whose bodies were found in a Northern California storage locker will be tried on the Central Coast. Investigators believe the abuse that led to these deaths took place in Salinas. 

Portion of Highway 101 named for John Steinbeck

Oct 26, 2015
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A stretch of Highway 101 in the Salinas Valley will soon be renamed as the "John Steinbeck Highway." 

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The California Department of Public Health is warning you not to eat a specific lot of Salinas based organicgirl baby spinach. 

Monterey County's only food bank is struggling this week to distribute resources to those in need, following what investigators are now calling an arson fire.  Damage caused by the crime is far reaching.

The Salinas Fire Department said Monday it has video surveillance footage that confirms Saturday's fire was purposely set by an individual.

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A Central Coast woman got an early Christmas on Monday when she picked up a classic car that was stolen from her 28 years ago. It even came complete with a big red ribbon.

The California Highway Patrol office in Salinas matched the vehicle to a police report filed in 1986 by Lynda Alsip, who now lives in San Benito County, but was a Monterey County resident at the time of the theft.

The match was made by doing a vehicle identification number search on a 1967 Ford Mustang that was being registered.

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