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The Parker Report - April 2012

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Jane Parker Instigator of Excellence Scholarship

Do you know a graduating high school senior who inspires excellence in those around them? Encourage them to apply for the Jane Parker Instigator of Excellence Scholarship.

Candidates for this $250 scholarship must be a graduating High School Senior, reside within the District 4 Supervisorial boundary, and have plans to continue education at an accredited community college, college, or university.

Special consideration will be given to students who:
  • have served in an elected position during their High School career.
  • have worked to make their community a better place through their employment or volunteer efforts.
  • are engaged in local government, by attending and speaking at public meetings, writing letters to the editor, or serving on a volunteer government commission.
  • are planning to attend Monterey Peninsula College or Hartnell College.

Write to to request a 2012 application.

Supervisor Parker Seeks Appointees:

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

In-Home Support Services Commission: The purpose of the Commission is to make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and the In-Home Support Services Public Authority about services to be provided within the County. Qualifications for service on the Commission include current or past use of in-home and personal assistance services and the ability to attend meetings regularly.

The Commission meets the second Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at 1000 South Main Street in Salinas.

Mental Health Commission: The purpose of the Mental Health Commission is to review and evaluate the community\u2019s mental health needs and services, and to advise the Board of Supervisors on matters related to local mental health programs, and to help improve the delivery of mental health services in Monterey County.

The Mental Health Commission typically meets the last Thursday of the month.

If you are interested in a position on either commission, please send a letter of interest and resume to Kristi Markey at

Salinas Recognized for Efforts to Reduce Youth Violence

Attorney General Eric Holder recently recognized six cities, including our very own City of Salinas, for their progress in preventing youth violence at the second annual summit of the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention held in Washington, D.C.

The City of Salinas has experienced extraordinary levels of youth violence over the last few years. Core stakeholders have been working  through the Community Alliance for Safety and Peace (CASP) to assemble in a collaborative those who are able and willing to address this community-wide issue and to develop a comprehensive strategy for a community-wide reduction in violence. The commitment and participation of CASP has been the leading factor in keeping Salinas focused on the priority of developing a strategic work plan aimed at reducing gang and youth violence and building a "City of Peace."


Learn more about the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention and the Salinas Comprehensive Strategy for Community-wide Violence Reduction at:

Supervisor Jane Parker has championed the work of CASP as an active participant at twice monthly 7:00 A.M. meetings, and by offering her staff as administrative support. With the support of the Board of Supervisors, a number of County Department Heads are also actively engaged in the work to prevent youth violence in our community. Last month, the County Board of Supervisors held a special meeting to receive reports and recommendations from eight County Department Heads charged with providing programs and resources for countywide violence prevention, intervention, suppression, and reentry activities. Materials from that meeting are posted online at (by selecting the 3/30/12 meeting).

Local Re-entry Program Receives Statewide Recognition

Monterey County's KickStart Ex-Offender Re-Entry Employment Program received a 2011 Challenge Award from the California State Association of Counties.

"The KickStart Ex-Offender Re-Entry Employment Program is about providing ex-offenders with the tools to find a job. Through a series of workshops, ex-offenders learn everything from writing a resume and dressing for an interview, to how to show contrition for their offenses. But the value of this program runs much deeper-it's changing the outlook ex-offenders have of themselves and their lives."


For the full article, see

Alliance on Aging Seeks Ombudsman

The Monterey County Alliance on Aging is seeking a volunteer Ombudsman for the Salinas area. Ombudsman volunteers visit local licensed care facilities for the elderly and respond to reports of abuse or complaints and represent residents as advocates. Contact Jackie D. Woods at or (831) 655-7560.

County-wide Cleanup Day Set for April

Celebrate Earth Day! Volunteer to clean up your community from 8:00 A.M-12:00 P.M. April 21st.

Monterey County is looking for volunteers to help clean up our community by organizing a clean-up, joining an existing group, sponsoring an event, or handing out free bags, gloves, and vests. Contact Gabriela Carbajal at Monterey County Environmental Health at 831-755-8909 or for more information.

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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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Kristi Markey, Chief of Staff -

Wendy Askew, Board Aide -

Virginia Jameson, Board Aide -
Lori Chappell, Office Manager - Phone: (831) 883-7570
Fax: (831) 384-1839

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Supervisor Jane Parker


Main Coastal Office
2616 1st Avenue
Marina CA 93933

(831) 883-7570



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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 2010-2011 Strategic Plan Initiatives is posted online.

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 until 6:30 pm on Monday's prior to weekly Board of Supervisor Meetings.
Upcoming dates in 2012 include: 



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


11th: Me-N-Ed's Pizza in Seaside

18th: Mountain Mike's Pizza in Marina

25th: Portobello's in Salinas



9th: Me-N-Ed's Pizza in Seaside

16th: Mountain Mike's Pizza in Marina

23rd: Portobello's in Salinas



13th - No meeting

20th - No meeting

27th - Portobello's in Salinas



10th: Me-N-Ed's Pizza in Seaside

17th: Mountain Mike's Pizza in Marina

24th: Portobello's in Salinas


8th: Me-N-Ed's Pizza in Seaside

15th: Mountain Mike's Pizza in Marina

22th: Portobello's in Salinas



No meetings



10th: Me-N-Ed's Pizza in Seaside

17th: Mountain Mike's Pizza in Marina

24th: Portobello's in Salinas

Hot Drinks and Hot Topics


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