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The Parker Report - March 19, 2012

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Merging NMC and SVMH: An Opportunity for Efficiency a


This spring, Salinas-area medical leaders will have a rare opportunity to bring their two hospitals together, with the goal of reducing costs and avoiding duplication of services.

Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital (SVMH), struggling to emerge from a financial downturn, is seeking a suitable affiliation partner to help it survive. Because SVMH was built with public tax dollars, voters will have the final say on any affiliation. Meanwhile, the Natividad Medical Center (NMC), which is owned and operated by Monterey County, is flourishing.


Supervisor Parker first proposed the affiliation to Jim Gattis, president of the SVMH board of directors, in a letter in October 2011.


If the two hospitals could share administrative costs such as medical department heads and finance, billing, and IT, a significant amount of money could be saved.


The hospitals already provide complementary services; for instance, SVMH has cardiology and neurology services that Natividad does not, while NMC offers an acute rehabilitation program and the County's only secure psychiatric ward.


For more information on the potential affiliation, visit

Commission Vacancy: In-Home Support Services


Supervisor Parker is seeking an interested individual to appoint to the In-Home Support Services Commission for Monterey County. The purpose of the Commission is to make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and the In-Home Support Services Public Authority about the preferred modes of services to be provided within the County. Qualifications for service on the Commission include current or past use of, and familiarity with, publically or privately funded in-home and personal assistance services and the ability to attend meetings regularly.


The Commission meets the second Tuesday of each Month, 1:30 PM at 1000 South Main Street in Salinas.

Redevelopment Oversight Board Representatives Needed


The Redevelopment Dissolution Act (AB126) dissolves redevelopment agencies effective February 1, 2012 and transfers responsibilities for winding down redevelopment activities to Successor Agencies. The law requires the creation of Oversight Boards for each redevelopment agency, and that a member of the public serves on each board.


On March 27, 2012, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors will consider the appointment of public representatives for the County and each city. Individuals interested in serving on an Oversight Board as a Public Member are encouraged to call or send an e-mail to the District 4 office at: by March 23, 2012.


For more information, call Supervisor Parker\u2019s Chief of Staff Kristi Markey at 883-7576.


Youth Camp Seeks Board Members


The Monterey Bay Youth Camp is a non-profit organization working with the Monterey County Parks Department to establish a recreational camp on the former Fort Ord in order to provide educational and enrichment activities for youth while providing stewardship of the natural environment.


The Youth Camp is currently seeking additional members for its Board of Directors. If you are interested, please contact Art McLaughlin at or (831) 206-5138.

Hot Drinks and Hot Topics Spring Schedule


This year Jane is holding her Hot Topics meetings three times a month on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Monday, rotating between cities:


Meetings are 5:30 PM-6:30 PM. We will post the schedule on her website and issue announcements throughout the year to remind people of the rotation.


If you haven\u2019t had a chance to attend a Hot Topics yet this year, please take this opportunity to come and learn about what the Board is working on and voice your opinion. 


The spring schedule is as follows:


Hot Drinks and Hot Topics:



12th  Me-N-Ed's Pizza in Seaside

19th  Mountain Mike's Pizza in Marina

26th  Portobello's in Salinas



9th    Me-N-Ed's Pizza in Seaside

16th  Mountain Mike's Pizza in Marina

23rd  Portobello's in Salinas



7th    Me-N-Ed's Pizza in Seaside

14th  Mountain Mike's Pizza in Marina

21st  Portobello's in Salinas

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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.
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Fax: (831) 384-1839

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2616 1st Avenue
Marina CA 93933

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Hot Drinks and Hot Topics

Each week before a Board of Supervisors Meeting, Jane hosts a public meeting to review the upcoming Board agenda and listen to the thoughts and priorities of residents who attended. 

Seaside: Me 'n Ed's Pizza (2nd Mon.)
Marina: Mountain Mike's Pizza (3rd Mon.)
Salinas: Portobello's (4th Mon.)
When: 5:30 pm \u2013 6:30 pm on Monday\u2019s prior to weekly Board of Supervisor Meetings.
Upcoming dates in 2012 include: 



19th: Mountain Mike's Pizza in Marina

26th: Portobello's in Salinas



9th: Me-N-Ed's Pizza in Seaside

16th: Mountain Mike's Pizza in Marina

23rd: Portobello's in Salinas



7th: Me-N-Ed's Pizza in Seaside

14th: Mountain Mike's Pizza in Marina

21st: Portobello's in Salinas


Hot Drinks and Hot Topics


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