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Press Room - 2008 Archives

2008 Press Releases:

Getting People Back to Work
December 23, 2008

Salinas, CA – The Monterey County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) is the recipient of a job training economic stimulus grant in the amount of $291,561. The grant comes at a time of increasing …[more]

December 15, 2008

The Monterey County Department of Social & Employment Services, Community Action Partnership is conducting a Public Hearing. The Community Action Partnership provides services to the…[more]

77 waiting children found safe and permanent loving homes
November 13, 2008

The Monterey County Department of Social and Employment Services and its Family and Children’s Services Branch celebrate National Adoption Awareness Month on November 20, 2008. [more]

USDA Announces 2008 Hunger Champion Mentor Awardees
October 28, 2008

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces that Monterey County Department of Social and Employment Services is a recipient of the 2008 Hunger Champion Award…[more]

Fewer Working Families, Less Protection for Seniors
September 24, 2008

Governor cuts services for families, seniors and adults with disabilities…[more]

Access to community benefits made easier
September 17, 2008

The Monterey County Department of Social and Employment Services are pleased to announce a new toll free number for the public seeking seeking information and assistance with community benefits…[more]

Seniors Influencing Service Priorities
July 22, 2008

The Monterey County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) announces the release of the 2008 Senior Survey to determine service priorities and identify unmet needs. [more]

Pine Canyon Voluntary Evacuation Order Protecting Seniors and People with Disabilities
June 18, 2008

The Monterey County Department of Social and Employment Services immediately swung into action upon learning of the voluntary evacuation notice for residents of upper Pine Canyon in South Canyon due to the Indian Fire… [more]

Budget proposals take new aim at immigrants
May 15, 2008

Once again immigrant families and the working poor are targeted victims of the state’s budget crisis with release of the Governor’s May Revise Budget… [more]

Local Counties Oppose Proposed Budget Cuts To Child Welfare & Adult Protective Services
May 13, 2008

The Monterey County Department of Social and Employment Services and the Santa Cruz County Human Services Department in a joint release are prepared to respond to the Governor’s proposed cuts to Child Welfare Services (CWS) and Adult Protective Services (APS) programs… [more]

California Named Among Top States on Child Fatality Transparency
May 1, 2008

Two nationally recognized children’s advocacy organizations have named California among the leaders in transparency and access to information when children die due to abuse or neglect… [more]

May is Older Americans Month
April 30, 2008

Beginning in 2011, the first of 78 million baby boomers (people born between 1946 and 1964) will start transitioning into retirement, kicking off an expansion in the number of seniors that will continue for decades… [more]

Monterey County’s Office for Employment Training to fill jobs for Safeway’s new Del Rey Oaks store
April 21, 2008

The Monterey County’s Office for Employment Training is proud to announce that it is working very closely with Safeway to support the recruitment efforts to fill open positions at their newly renovated store in Del Rey Oaks, California… [more]

Services for Seniors & People with Disabilities
April 7, 2008

A public hearing is scheduled to review the 2008-2009 Area Plan Report of the Monterey County Area Agency on Aging (AAA)… [more]

For Healthy Kids and Families
April 7, 2008

The Community Benefits Branch of the Monterey County Department of Social and Employment Services is pleased to announce the release of the MC-CHOICE website… [more]

Free Tax Assistance Program
March 13, 2008

VITA a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program coordinated by the Monterey County Department of Social and Employment Services is offering FREE income tax assistance for low to moderate income County residents… [more]

2008 News Articles:

State grant helps fund county's job training
December 25, 2008

To help counter an increasing unemployment rate, the Monterey County Workforce Investment Board has received a $291,561 job training economic stimulus grant from the state. The grant to the county… [more]

County gets $300K to train jobless
December 24, 2008

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has awarded an economic stimulus grant worth nearly $300,000 to help train jobless workers in Monterey County. The funds will be used by the Monterey County… [more]

Governor vows veto of Dems' budget
December 19, 2008

SACRAMENTO - Democratic lawmakers on Thursday pushed through an $18 billion package of cuts and tax increases to reduce California's burgeoning budget deficit, but Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger… [more]

Monterey County experts speak on lessening the blow of job loss
November 25, 2008

Ninety-three percent of Monterey County workers still have a job. But even if you haven't gotten a pink slip, near-daily reports of rising unemployment rates, industry-wide cutbacks and impending layoffs … [more]

Economic downturn raises Monterey County foster family need
November 21, 2008

It's been more than a year since 2-year-old Alberto came into the home of foster parents Veronica and Hector Perez of Gonzales. They're now trying to adopt the energetic child they already consider… [more]

MC-CHOICE honored by U.S. Department of Agriculture
November 15, 2008

MC-CHOICE, an outreach program with the county Department of Social and Employment Services, is the recipient of the 2008 Hunger Champion Award announced by Nancy Montanez Johner… [more]

Monterey County food aid program wins national award
November 14, 2008

MC-CHOICE, an outreach program with the Monterey County Department of Social and Employment Services, has received one of the country's two 2008 Hunger Champion Awards from… [more]

Monterey County home-care workers face pay cut
November 13, 2008

SEASIDE - In-Home Supportive Services held a luncheon Wednesday afternoon to honor workers who care for the needy ill, elderly and infirm in their homes. [more]

Jobless rate at record high - Monterey County number is 6.6 percent
November 8, 2008

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Friday that national unemployment jumped in October from 6.1 to 6.5 percent - a 14-year high. But Monterey County jobseekers don't need gloomy numbers to… [more]

Community Columnist: A 'forever family' truly matters
November 1, 2008

November is National Adoption Awareness Month - a time to focus national and local attention to the growing number of children in the foster care system available for adoption and in need of… [more]

Firms feted for hiring disabled
October 23, 2008

County employment officials have long known that the potential of a single human being far outweighs mere physical ability, one of the reasons local firms that hire people with disabilities are being… [more]

State cuts senior tax-rebate program
October 2, 2008

Almost 400 seniors in Monterey County are among those who will feel the impact of state budget cuts that will, among other things, eliminate a Homeowners and Renters Assistance Program that… [more]

Vet cemetery plans advance
September 22, 2008

After years of work, plans for a veteran’s cemetery have received their first stamp of approval. On Sept. 11, the Fort Ord Veterans Cemetery Citizens Advisory Committee agreed to support a draft… [more]

Budget delay adds to local uncertainty
September 17, 2008

With the state budget under veto threat, local officials continue to face the uncertainty that has come to define the record-breaking budget impasse. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday .… [more]

Dollars and Change: Busy career centers streamline services
August 12, 2008

Monterey County's One Stop Career Centers have always been busy places, typically serving 3,000 to 4,000 people a year who come to search job listings, polish résumés or get career counseling or… [more]

Senior Survey open to all residents
August 5, 2008

The Monterey County Area Agency on Aging is inviting residents to participate in its 2008 Senior Survey, a questionnaire intended to help the organization plan for the county's changing demographics… [more]

Hundreds of thousands of dollars for veterans’ training will go away in two months
July 3, 2008

Joseph Werner desperately wants to give away nearly $200,000– before the money disappears… [more]

Mary Claypool: Help with the hiring process
June 24, 2008

I know firsthand that one of the greatest challenges facing businesses is the recruitment and retention of skilled employees because I have been trying to fill one position for many months with no luck… [more]

Immigrants worry about budget cuts
June 1, 2008

At a time of increased economic hardship for California's immigrants, many people who provide them support say Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is proposing to deliver another financial blow… [more]

Governor’s revised budget hits hard at education and social services
May 22, 2008

Per usual, poor people will most acutely feel the state budget pinch… [more]

Budget: good, bad
May 15, 2008

The $144.3 billion state budget released Wednesday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would eliminate a massive, $15.2 billion deficit in tax revenue by selling lottery bonds… [more]

Local officials a mixed bag from state budget proposal
May 15, 2008

Local officials said Wednesday they still need to study the governor's May budget revision to see how it will affect services in Monterey County… [more]

County food bank sees less food, more people who need it
April 24, 2008

Last week, the New York Times ran a photo of dozensof people scavenging for food in a dump in Haiti… [more]

April 1, 2008

Smiles to Sunday's honoring of women in Monterey County by the County Commission on the Status of Women… [more]

IRS to promote stimulus tax rebate at two events
March 26, 2008
The IRS will hold two "Super Saturday" events to promote the economic stimulus tax rebate for those who do not normally file federal income tax returns… [more]

Survey will identify best work places
March 24, 2008
Local businesses now have a chance to see how they compare as employers and find out if they are one of the best places to work… [more]

Governor signs budget bills that authorize $2 billion in cuts
February 16, 2008
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a series of bills that begin to chip away at a $14.5 billion budget deficit that's spread over two fiscal years… [more]

State's budget trimmed by $2B
February 16, 2008
The state Legislature on Friday approved roughly $2 billion in budget cuts that will affect schools, health-care providers and low-income people as part of an effort to lower the state's deficit and help avert a potential cash crisis… [more]

Veterans cemetery project takes a step
February 15, 2008
Nearly 13 years have passed since the Fort Ord military base shut down and about 180 acres of its land were set aside for a veteran’s cemetery… [more]

County considers budget cuts
January 31, 2008
Monterey County's supervisors will spend the coming weeks trying to find their way out of potential reductions of up to $25 million to the county budget… [more]

County employees donate $174,000
January 30, 2008
Monterey County employees contributed nearly $174,000 to a variety of charities through the county's employee giving campaign in 2007, according to a report delivered to the supervisors Tuesday… [more]