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Public Information Office:

The Public Information Office is located within the office of the Director and is the office responsible for the coordination of department communications. The goals of the Public Information Office are to present clear information to the public regarding the department's policies, programs, and services; to promote understanding and advocacy for the department's initiatives, vision, and mission; and to actively reach out to the community and media representatives, by promoting information that highlights and illustrates the work of the department.

Media Inquires Contact: Sam Trevino, Community Relations Manager, (831) 755-4447,

2009 Press Releases:

Green Building Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program Enrolling Students
December 17, 2009

Salinas, Ca – Hartnell College Center for Sustainable Design and Construction in partnership with the Monterey County One-Stop Career Center is enrolling up to 60 students for the Green Building… [more]

Greenfield’s Senior Lunch Program is Back at Los Ositos!
November 24, 2009

Greenfield’s Senior Lunch Program is Back at Los Ositos! Seniors age 60 and older, families and caregivers are invited to the Los Ositos Housing Community Room. Starting Monday, December 7th. [more]

70 children found safe and permanent loving homes
November 24, 2009

Families who have adopted children in Monterey County were recently honored by the Department of Social and Employment Services. [more]

Counties Dismayed State Pushing Ahead with Changes to In-Home Care Services, Leaving Elderly and Disabled Vulnerable
October 29, 2009

SACRAMENTO – A looming deadline to implement changes to the In-Home Supportive Services program will leave up to 450,000 elderly and disabled people vulnerable because the state has not provided accurate and complete instructions on the changes, county welfare advocates testified Wednesday at a joint legislative hearing. [more]

Workforce Investment Board Website Design Wins International Award
October 27, 2009

Salinas, Ca - The Website designed for the Monterey County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) by TMDCreative was selected by the International Academy of the Visual Arts today as recipient of the W3 award for outstanding Website. [more]

Computer System Upgrade for Community Benefits and Employment Services
October 23, 2009

Salinas, Ca. The Department of Social and Employment Services will be changing to a new computer system known as C-IV that is used to determine benefits and manage records. [more]

24 hour suspension of the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) SystemImpact upon Cardholders
september 18, 2009

Due to a statewide EBT system update, EBT cardholders will NOT be able to use their EBT cards from Saturday, September 19, 2009, beginning at 11 p.m. until Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 11:00 p.m. [more]

DTV Help for Seniors
June 17, 2009

On June 12 the mandatory transition from analog to digital TV transmission occurred yet many vulnerable older persons throughout Monterey County still need help making the transition. [more]

Fostering permanent family connections for 417 children and youth
May 15, 2009

Monterey County Foster Caregivers honored. Monterey County, Ca. – On Saturday May 16, 2009 Monterey County foster families will be honored at the Annual Foster Caregiver Barbeque at Toro Park from… [more]

Making a positive impact upon the lives of seniors
May 15, 2009

The Area Agency on Aging announces the 2009 John McCune Senior Recognition Award. Monterey Co. – Derek Renaut is the recipient of the 2009 John McCune Senior Recognition Award announced… [more]

Investment in Employment Support Activities $819,410 in Community Services Block Grant Recovery Funds
May 11, 2009

The Community Action Partnership receives one time allocation Monterey County, Ca. – The Community Action Partnership (CAP) received a one time allocation of $819,410 through the Community… [more]

Investment in Human Services Directly Stimulates Local Economies
April 27, 2009

Board of Supervisors to Hear Food Stamps and CalWORKs are Catalysts for Economy, Push for Policymakers to Preserve Funding for Safety Net Services. Monterey County, Ca. – On Tuesday… [more]

National Child Abuse Prevention Month - April
April 1, 2009

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Annually, the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Monterey County (CAPC) honors individuals, businesses, organizations, or corporations that have made… [more]

Area Agency on Aging - PUBLIC HEARINGS
February 10, 2009

Salinas, Ca. - Community public input hearings will be held throughout the County to gather feedback regarding the Area Agency on Aging 2009-2012 Area Plan Goals and Objectives. The Area Plan… [more]

Monterey County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) officially launched it's new website!
January 12, 2009

Salinas, Ca. - On January 12, 2009, the Monterey County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) officially launched it's new website! The new website provides a central location for businesses… [more]

2009 News Articles:

Salinas population shrinks, Latino percentage grows over decade
December 25, 2009

While the 2000s brought rapid technological changes to how we live, slow change in who makes up our community also took place. In Salinas, the Hispanic population continued its steady growth, more… [more]

Comic book approach to IHSS fraud disingenuous
December 24, 2009

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced $26.5 million in funding to counties to combat fraud in the In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program. In his typical "Terminator" style, the governor praised… [more]

Ceasing Fire
December 23, 2009

Salinas cops try offering soft services to gangbangers, as well as more tough talk. With Salinas surpassing its highest body count on record in 2009 – 29 gang-related homicides – police officials… [more]

Monterey County shelters can't meet demand
December 16, 2009

Homeless people struggling with winter weather will find that there aren't enough beds for them. While Monterey County shelters increase space available during the colder months by about 40 percent… [more]

Monterey County adoptions add to Thanksgiving tables
November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving will be bigger for some families this year. About 70 Monterey County children will break bread with their new, permanent parents. These families were brought together through the Department… [more]

In-home care cuts hit Monterey County
November 25, 2009

Tomasita Flores lost an important part of her daily life in the state's budget battle: a worker who helped her stay at home with her family. Flores' kidneys are only 5 percent functional. Simple tasks tire her. [more]

Anti-gang Ceasefire program begins call-in sessions in Salinas
November 18, 2009

Gang members attended their first meeting on Monday - A group of gang members identified as high-risk and violent under a newly introduced gang intervention program got a talking-to Monday at Salinas… [more]

'Call-in' of Salinas gang members marks start of Ceasefire program
November 17, 2009

Gang prevention program offers outreach services - The 10 Salinas men are known gang members, the kind of guys who've kept cops working late and neighbors trembling in fear.  [more]

State Senate rejects bill to delay rules for in-home care workers
November 5, 2009

Social service leaders hoping for a reprieve from new regulations for in-home care providers were disappointed Wednesday when the state Senate did not support a bill to delay the rules. [more]

Woes not over for in-home care
November 4, 2009

I remember watching old Abbott and Costello skits with my grandfather on Sundays. We'd spend hours laughing at their hilarious attempts to communicate and get out of one ridiculous scrape or another. [more]

State changes rules for in-home care services
October 30, 2009

New state requirements could jeopardize the ability of in-home care workers to assist some elderly and disabled residents in Monterey County who request help for staying in their homes, officials said… [more]

Salinas hosts one-stop fair to help 'new faces of homelessness'
October 29, 2009

Carrying four plastic bags filled with T-shirts and apples, Norma Camacho said she was exhausted. The 36-year-old mother of five said she drove from King City to Sherwood Hall in Salinas seeking…[more]

Hartnell College gets federal stimulus money
October 6, 2009

Federal stimulus money to train Salinas residents in green construction is here Hartnell College, in a partnership with the Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties Workforce Investment Board and Cabrillo… [more]

Denika Boardman: You are your best advocate
October 1, 2009

There have been many times in my life when I've had to choose whether to advocate for myself as a person with a disability. Should I speak up or not? [more]

Supervisors optimistic about county budget
September 30, 2009

There's still work to be done, but it appears Monterey County officials will be able to make it through this fiscal year without major program cuts or layoffs. [more]

Monterey County officials look to replace $23.5M in state funding
September 30, 2009

Monterey County supervisors Tuesday praised the "creative" approach officials took to patch an estimated $23.5 million hole hacked into the county's budget by fiscal wrangling in Sacramento. [more]

Monterey County poverty deepens
September 29, 2009

More Monterey County residents lived in poverty in 2008, as the worldwide recession deepened, and the ranks of the unemployed grew nearly 30 percent over the past two years, according to census… [more]

Monterey County rethinks budget plan
September 28, 2009

Monterey County supervisors Tuesday will search for ways to plug an approximately $23.5 million fiscal hole blown into its budget when state lawmakers and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger passed the… [more]

California food stamps not available Sunday
September 19, 2009

California families that depend on food stamps will not have access to their electronic benefit transfer cards this weekend because of a system upgrade. [more]

Monterey County unemployment office plans new program to prevent layoffs
September 14, 2009

The Monterey County Workforce Reinvestment Board wants to help employers before they lay off people. Using federal stimulus money, the group is seeking bids for a program that would consult with… [more]

California budget cuts money from Monterey County women's shelters
September 10, 2009

Monterey County advocates for women and children are trying to plug a 33 percent hole in the budgets of programs that provide havens for domestic violence victims. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's… [more]

State delays some cuts in aid for disabled
September 3, 2009

Twitter, Facebook and the Internet have made our access to information almost instantaneous. I fell off a treadmill at a health club the other day and 10 seconds later all I could think was the incident… [more]

State cuts create budget gap for Monterey County
August 26, 2009

Two months after county supervisors approved a budget designed to close a $41.6 million funding shortfall, they are faced with another $23.6 million gap as a result of state budget cutbacks.  [more]

Monterey County officials to present ideas for how departments will handle cuts
August 26, 2009

California's budget may force drastic changes to the way Monterey County protects agricultural land, assists needy families and helps the mentally ill. [more]

Thousands in Monterey County uninsured
August 26, 2009

A larger percentage of Monterey County residents are uninsured than in the Central Coast region or in California as a whole. In the six-county region stretching from Santa Cruz to Ventura, only 12… [more]

California budget hits services vital to families in Monterey County
August 22, 2009

The adult day care that their 82-year-old mother Betty Siegrist loves the one the brother-and-sister team depends on for respite lost its funding in California's budget battle.  [more]

Monterey County's jobless up 4% from 2008
August 22, 2009

As California's unemployment rate climbed to 11.9 percent in July, the highest number in modern record-keeping, Monterey County saw a slight improvement over its June numbers.  [more]

HUD pledges to pay $440K to keep people on rental assistance
August 21, 2009

Federal funds help save Section 8. Families that depend on federal rental assistance received a reprieve Thursday: No one in Monterey County will be kicked off the program known as Section 8.  [more]

Money’s All Gone, Central Coast VNA and Hospice’s Seaside adult day care center closes its doors
August 20, 2009

The Seaside center allows patients with dementia and other handicaps to “come in on a daily basis and they can be who they are and there’s no judgment,” says Faith Collins, who oversees the elderly… [more]

Low-income renters face increase
August 15, 2009

In a few weeks, thousands of Monterey County residents who receive rental assistance will have to pay up to 20 percent more per month for their homes due to federal funding cutbacks. But federal… [more]

County seeks stimulus funds for housing assistance
August 12, 2009

County housing officials have made their bid for federal stimulus funding aimed, in part, at helping people who live in the area's worst housing conditions. Jane Barr, the county's housing program manager,  [more]

Monterey County gears up for 2010 census
August 12, 2009

Monterey County community leaders gathered Tuesday in Salinas to strategize for the U.S. Census 2010, which will help determine the amount of federal and state dollars flowing into the region. [more]

Community column: State cuts to disability programs among the ugliest
August 6, 2009

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger released his final cuts to the state budget on July 28, calling his line-item revisions, "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly." For people with disabilities, the cuts are simply ugly.  [more]

Governor signs budget, vetoes funding for Monterey County children, seniors
July 29, 2009

In the county's social services office Tuesday, a white board highlighted the latest budget cuts. Red indicated vetoes to state welfare and medical-program funding more cuts in a year filled with them. [more]

State budget sends some money back to Salinas Valley, takes other cash away
July 25, 2009

Monterey County leaders said the state budget that lawmakers passed Friday will prove a mixed bag for locals. While leaders in Sacramento backed off a plan to seize about $1 billion in gas tax money… [more]

Proposed state budget to have effects on Monterey County
July 22, 2009

Schools, road projects would face cuts if agreement is OK'd. Salinas-area officials scrambled Tuesday to determine what a tentative state budget deal mean for local schools, health services and parks. [more]

Royal Calkins: In-home caretaker worthy of state aid
July 7, 2009

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger tried to make the case last week in a Los Angeles Times opinion piece that welfare cheats and other ne'er-do-wells are at the root of California's budget crisis. To make his… [more]

County supervisors adopt $967.3 million budget
June 24, 2009

County supervisors put the final touches on the 2009-10 budgets Tuesday, but not before shooting off more angry letters to state officials in protest of proposals to raid local coffers. The board… [more]

Officials suspend new Section 8 vouchers because of funding shortage
June 24, 2009

The 54 Monterey County families with Section 8 vouchers who haven't yet found a place to rent will have to put their searches on hold. The federal Housing and Urban Development's fund for the… [more]

Monterey County budget savings used for vets, visitors
June 24, 2009

As it finalized its budget for next year, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors decided unanimously Tuesday to dip into savings and restore funding for veterans and tourism programs. After tough… [more]

County sees 71% spike in ranks of homeless
June 23, 2009

A floundering economy has helped drive a 71 percent increase in the numbers of homeless people in Monterey County over the past two years, according to the 2009 Homeless Census and Survey.  [more]

Monterey County's only safe house for abuse victims at risk
June 16, 2009

Escaping an abusive partner in Monterey County could become much harder if the governor's proposed budget is approved this year. The YWCA of Monterey County's Lawson Safe House, the… [more]

Recession forcing retirees back to work and spooking younger workers
June 13, 2009

At 71, Neita Bemiss is working. She's not alone. Economic swings have hit those on fixed incomes hard. In an AARP survey released earlier this month, about 20 percent of the association's members… [more]

Monterey County budget cuts save jobs, programs
June 9, 2009

Some of the expected consequences of balancing a budget in Monterey County at a time when the drooping economy is leaving government coffers shorter than they've been in decades include: [more]

Monterey County plans cuts, awaits state budget decision
June 9, 2009

There are few guarantees during hard economic times, but fewer sheriffs’ deputies in emergencies, worsening roads and dirtier county park bathrooms are a pretty safe bet for Monterey County… [more]

Parents should build trust with children
June 6, 2009

Parents wanting to protect their children need to start by throwing out old assumptions about who poses a threat, experts say. About 91 percent of all child abuse comes from someone who knows the… [more]

Welcome to the Poor House - Schwarzenegger’s plan would cut welfare money to low-income families and kids.
June 4, 2009

As an undocumented immigrant, Sandra Rangel says her job opportunities are largely limited to field work, hotels and restaurants. Rangel tried picking strawberries but says the work was too difficult. [more]

Budget cuts mounting for Monterey County's disabled community
June 4, 2009

Every year I participate in Disability Capitol Action Day in Sacramento. It is an opportunity for people with disabilities to communicate with our legislators about the state budget. The budget process has…[more]

Rants-Cut off welfare?
June 1, 2009

RANT: Cut off welfare? Close most of the state parks? Lay off more state workers? If all these budget¬ cutting moves come to pass, we might as well change the state flag. No more Bear Republic. [more]

New budget cut plan may affect Monterey County
May 30, 2009

The state's budget crisis played out on two stages in downtown Salinas on Friday. At the Monterey County Administration Building, officials discussed what the economic downturn and the state…[more]

Monterey County fears cuts to social services under Gov. Schwarzenegger's budget proposal
May 29, 2009

More than 14,000 low-income Monterey County residents would be stripped of state assistance under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's budget proposal unveiled earlier this week, Elliott Robinson…[more]

State welfare cuts aimed at 11,500 Monterey County children
May 28, 2009

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposal to eliminate the state's program for needy families could cut assistance to as many as 11,500 Monterey County children, local officials said. The proposal also…[more]

Smiles- Increase in Foster Families
May 23, 2009

Smiles to the families signing up for foster care. Monterey County reports an increase in the number of households stepping up to take in children in need. The county needs even more than 118 homes…[more]

Monterey County's unemployment rate continues to decrease slightly
May 23, 2009

The jobless rate in Monterey County continued to drop last month, according to numbers released by the state Friday. The unemployment rate in the county fell from 15.7 percent to 11.7 percent in April…[more]

Monterey County: Impacts of state budget crisis
May 21, 2009

Financial news for Monterey County was mixed a day after voters rejected five propositions designed to prop up the state's ailing budget. The failure at the ballot box requires state lawmakers to …[more]

Monterey County summer youth job program seeks workers
May 19, 2009

The One Stop Career Center of Monterey County is operating a Summer Youth Employment Program for youth ages 14 to 24 as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 "Recovery…[more]

More families fostering Monterey County children; volunteers still welcome
May 16, 2009

While Monterey County's foster family rolls are far from bursting, the number of families signing up to care for kids in transition is growing. Families who take children into their homes give the Monterey… [more]

Looking after future seniors
May 9, 2009

When President Kennedy established Senior Citizens Month, now known as Older Americans Month, only 17 million living Americans were 65 or older. Today, the number stands at almost 38 million,… [more]

May 6, 2009

In the post-World War II decades, an American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars hall was a refuge where former soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen could get together, swap stories, shoot pool… [more]

River Ranch Fresh Foods warns of layoffs in Salinas
May 2, 2009

River Ranch Fresh Foods expects to lay off 210 employees and end harvest operations at its Abbott Street facility in Salinas on or about June 1, the company said in a notice to the Monterey County… [more]

Utilize job-skills resources - Mind Your Business
April 28, 2009

We do not need an economist to tell us that the economy is still in a slump. It is obvious when you walk through the malls or down the street and you see fewer people out shopping and willing to open… [more]

Monterey County looks to slash $41.6M
April 25, 2009

Officials: Without union concessions, budget gap will hit services. If a family had to cut $3,000 from its $43,720 budget, where would it start? That's the situation Monterey County government faces… [more]

Welfare cuts could increase downturn
April 21, 2009

Recipients likely to spend on necessities, officials say. So-called "safety net" social services programs may be caught in the vice of increased demand and decreased funding, yet county officials from… [more]

Monterey County welfare director joins statewide push for more cash
April 21, 2009

Officials: Need increases just as budgets shrink. County welfare officials plan to fight for their cash. [more]

INDEPENDENCE DAY: Event teaches foster teens basic skills to help land jobs
April 20, 2009

There was a lot of controlled commotion going on in the Hartnell College gymnasium early Saturday. In one corner, young men were looking in a mirror and learning how to tie a tie. At another table, teens… [more]

Monterey County expects federal funding to create jobs for teens, young adults
April 17, 2009

More than $5.2M from federal government would go to creating jobs for local teens, young adults. [more]

Child abuse council sets awards breakfast
April 15, 2009

The Monterey County Child Abuse Prevention Council will hold an awards breakfast at 7:15 a.m. Thursday at Stilwell Community Center, 4260 Gigling Road. The local council gives out nine awards annually… [more]

California disability groups need bailout help, too
April 9, 2009

I cannot begin to count the number of times I've heard the term "bailout" lately. A year ago, it wasn't even in my vocabulary. Sure, you might have heard the occasional reference to the need to bail… [more]

Monterey County youth, unemployed to benefit from stimulus funds
April 8, 2009

The stimulus bill President Barack Obama signed two months ago is sending $7.1 million to the Monterey County to help the unemployed and create hundreds of jobs, officials said Tuesday. [more]

Monterey County caregivers unite against cuts in pay
April 3, 2009

Dozens of workers who help elderly and disabled people rallied Thursday against a $2-an-hour pay cut, reaffirming support for their cause from state Assemblywoman Anna Caballero, D-Salinas.  [more]

Keeping families safe in troubled times requires priority funding from state
March 31, 2009

Across America the economic crisis is having an impact on individuals and families. Here in Monterey County: The unemployment rate is approaching 16 percent. Salinas has one of the highest.… [more]

1 in 5 out of work in Salinas
March 21, 2009

California's jobless numbers rose to 10.9 percent last month, but the rate in Salinas is double that. Unemployment in the city reached an alarming 22.3 percent in February, up from 12 percent in the… [more]

Budget uncertainty: County waits to see impact from state reductions
March 18, 2009

Frustration boiled over Tuesday as Monterey County supervisors took another look at the ever-worsening county budget picture. Already planning for deep cuts, including layoffs, as a result of a projected… [more]

Parker suggests pay cut for Monterey County supervisors
March 18, 2009

Jane Parker surprised her colleagues on the Monterey County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday by asking them to take a 10 percent pay cut. "We need to show some leadership before we go to the unions…[more]

Board of Supervisors to review local effects of state budget cuts
March 17, 2009

Monterey County supervisors today will receive an estimate on how state budget cuts will affect county departments, as well as services some residents depend on. Nearly a month after lawmakers… [more]

Budget: higher taxes, deeper cuts
March 15, 2009

SACRAMENTO — After the drama in the capital early this year, you might think the state was done with its budget debate for a while. But there's one more big decision to make this month about how much… [more]

To invest in our children
March 11, 2009

California not only has a moral obligation to do more for the thousands of foster youth who "age out" of the system every year. It also has strong financial incentives to help support them to age 21. [more]

State budget cuts disability aid
March 3, 2009

When I was a little girl, my mother took me to different service clubs to request donations for my physical therapy. These days, the disability community would frown on that approach. Children with… [more]

Monterey County child services provider about to fold
March 3, 2009

The largest provider of affordable child care and preschool services in Monterey County is going out of business, but another firm is slated to take over its operations, including the care of about 2,000… [more]

County will see stimulus effect
February 18, 2009

Some Monterey County residents will benefit from the massive federal stimulus package, but how much will depend largely on local agencies going after their share of the pie. President Barack Obama… [more]

Region awaits big slice of stimulus
February 14, 2009

SACRAMENTO - Monterey County and its neighbors in the district of U.S. Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel, will get an estimated 7,500 jobs out of the federal stimulus package, the White House said Friday. [more]

Monterey County joins other local governments in multi-billion lawsuit against the state
February 12, 2009

Monterey County will sue the state, supervisors announced on Feb. 10, joining a host of other California counties that will go to court to fight missed payments from the state. The state requires counties…[more]

County supervisors to join controller suit
February 11, 2009

Faced with the first delay in payments from the state by the end of the week, Monterey County is likely headed to court. On Tuesday, supervisors gave the go-ahead for the county to join several other…[more]

200,000 California workers on furlough - Unpaid days off ordered in response to the $42 billion budget deficit
February 6, 2009

If you're lucky, you won't notice that nearly 200,000 state workers aren't at their posts today. If you're unlucky, you're one of them. On California's first public-employee furlough day, when the…[more]

County cuts $2 million - Planning, building departments affected; union objects
February 4, 2009

Facing declining revenue, county supervisors approved a series of deep cutbacks in the planning and building departments Tuesday. But not before department managers and union leadership… [more]

County weighs the loss of $45M - State plans to defer program payments for seven months
February 3, 2009

Monterey County officials said they could lose up to $45 million in state funding if legislators go through with plans to defer payment for programs, including social services, for seven months. [more]

Grant awarded for gang intervention, job training
January 30, 2009

A $500,000 grant to provide job training and steer youths away from gangs has been awarded to the Monterey County Office for Employment Training. The funds are part of more than… [more]

Foster Mom Truly Mom - County Looks To Place Children In Adoptive Homes
January 10, 2009

Her children call Kathy Grab of Salinas "Mama," though Grab is not biologically related to them. Still, in every other way, the 52-year-old semi-retired nurse is mother to the two. Grab provides food and… [more]