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The Parker Report - April 2014
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Fracking in Monterey County

Over 200 letters have been received by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors urging the County to adopt a moratorium on hydraulic fracking, a controversial technique of extracting oil and gas from deep underground.  The method poses risks to water supply and geologic stability. “I have signed onto a letter from California public officials to Governor Jerry Brown, urging the state to enact a moratorium until the state has thoroughly assessed the risks of this technology,” Supervisor Parker said. “The County is considering its own actions to protect the Salinas Basin, but the matter has not yet been scheduled for a Board hearing.”  Stay tuned!


Fast Charger

The region’s first “fast-charger” for electric cars has been installed at the Monterey campus of CHOMP (Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula). The fast-charger adds 60 miles to the Nissan Leaf battery in 20-30 minutes. This project was a collaboration of the office of Supervisor Parker, Nissan corporation, and dedicated CHOMP staff.  Supervisor Parker provides staff support to the Monterey Bay Electric Vehicles Alliance, which brings government, labor and private business together to promote electric vehicles.

 

“In order to advance adoption of electric cars, we need more public charging locations,” said Supervisor Parker. “Electric vehicles provide many benefits to our community, including health through cleaner air.”

 

In addition to the fast-charging unit, CHOMP also received 4 Level II charging units, which charge at a slower rate of approximately 20 miles per hour. The fast charger, and two of the level II units, are open to public use.


How do you use your Voice? 

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In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month, Supervisor Parker participated in the Use Your Voice, Use Your Power campaign through the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center. Her image and message, “I use my voice to remind girls of our astonishing strength” was shared throughout the County. The Monterey County Rape Crisis Center is a nonprofit agency whose mission is to advocate for all victims and survivors of sexual assault and child sexual abuse, to prevent sexual violence in our community through education, and to provide ongoing support and healing to survivors of sexual assault. MCRCC operates a 24-hour crisis line that is free to the public 831-375-4375. Learn more about their services at www.mtryrapecrisis.org



Looking for Lupine? 

  

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Springtime in Monterey County brings with it thousands of wildflowers, especially the bright purple lupine that seems to be exploding all over our public and private land this month. An avid hiker and nature enthusiast, Supervisor Parker would like to share her favorite trail for enjoying wildflowers this month. To access it, start at the Creekside Trailhead  http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/hollister/fort_ord/creekside.html)/ and proceed up the paved road about 50 yards until you reach an unpaved trail on your left. Take that trail to the left and explore as far as you are able. Be sure to bring water – it can be quite warm in the bright sun. 


The Value of Our Oceans

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Did you know our ocean economy is almost two-and-a-half times larger than other natural resource industries like farming? Learn more by visiting the National Ocean Economics Program (http://www.oceaneconomics.org/) of the Monterey Institute of International studies and download their recently released report, State of the U.S. Ocean and Coastal Economies report. Local economist, Dr. Jason Scorse, leads the Center for the Blue Economy which houses the National Ocean Economics Program. 


Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Clean out the garage, under the sink, and bring your unwanted or unused toxic household products to this collection event. Items accepted include: household cleaning products, paint, pesticides, fertilizers, auto products, batteries, lightbulbs, e-waste, and more. 

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Saturday May 10

9 am - 2 pm


Monterey Peninsula College - Parking Lot A

980 Fremont St, Monterey 


For more information, click here


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Supervisor Jane Parker welcomes direct communication with county residents. Please contact her office to share your thoughts and ideas about issues facing Monterey County.

Thank you for your interest in County Government. Working together, we can accomplish great things for our community.

Kristi Markey, Chief of Staff - markeyka@co.monterey.ca.us

Wendy Askew, Board Aide - askewwr@co.monterey.ca.us

Colleen Beye, Board Aide - beyec@co.monterey.ca.us

Lori Chappell, Office Manager - chappellla@co.monterey.ca.us

 

Phone: (831) 883-7570 
Jane.Parker@co.monterey.ca.us
www.janeparker.org

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Supervisor Jane Parker

www.janeparker.org

 

Main Coastal Office
2616 1st Avenue
Marina CA 93933

Phone
(831) 883-7570

 


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Supervisor Parker Seeks Appointees

Supervisor Parker is looking for interested persons to serve on the following commissions: 

Commission on the Status of Women

If you are interested in a position on a commission, please send a letter of interest and resume to jane.parker@co.monterey.ca.us



The Mission of Monterey County is to excel at providing quality services for the benefit of all Monterey County residents while developing, maintaining, and enhancing the resources of the region.

 

Information about the County Strategic Plan Initiatives is posted online.


Hot Drinks and Hot Topics

Before most Board of Supervisors meetings, Jane hosts a public meeting to review the upcoming Board agenda and listen to the thoughts, ideas and priorities of residents. Meeting rotate between Seaside (2nd Monday), Marina (3rd Monday), and Salinas (4th Monday) from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

 
Seaside: Me 'n Ed's Pizza, 800 Broadway 
 
Marina
Mountain Mike's Pizza, 266 Reservation Road 
 
Salinas
Portobello's, 
1366 South Main St
 
Schedule for 2014
5:30pm - 6:30pm


May 12 - Seaside

May 19 - Marina


June 9 - Seaside

June 16 - Marina

June 23 - Salinas


July 21 - Marina

July 28 - Salinas


Aug 25 - Salinas


Sept 8 - Seaside

Sept 15 - Marina

Sept 22 - Salinas


Oct 13 - Seaside

Oct 20 - Marina

Oct 27 - Salinas


Nov 24 - Salinas


Dec 8 - Seaside

Dec 15 - Marina


Hot Drinks and Hot Topics


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