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Press Room - 2010 Archives

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, Public Information Officer, (831) 755-4447,

Press Releases:

October 21, 2010

The Monterey County Department of Social and Employment Services – Office for Employment Training in collaboration with California State University Monterey Bay will present a program on the... [more]

U.S. Department of Labor Assistant Secretary to Speak
October 13, 2010

Salinas, CA – On Thursday, October 21, 2010, the Monterey County Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities (MCCEPD) in partnership with the Monterey County Workforce Investment... [more]

September 22, 2010

When I stand before a meeting of our Board of Supervisors, it’s my job to assure them and the people of Monterey County that we are doing everything we can to prevent child abuse and neglect. [more]

Job Search for Unemployed Just Got Easier!
August 13, 2010

Salinas, Ca. – Job search assistance just got easier for Monterey County residents today with the kick-off of the One Stop Mobile Career Center, a new service offered by the Monterey County Office... [more]

Awards Luncheon for the Employment of People with Disabilities, Community Calendar Notice
August 12, 2010

When: Thursday, October 21, 2010, from 12:00noon to 2:00pm, at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa. [more]

Area Agency on Aging Seeks Members for Advisory Council
August 12, 2010

The Area Agency on Aging is seeking Monterey County residents to sit on its Advisory Council. The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is the unit of County government responsible for planning, assessment... [more]

Job Hunting Service Hits the Road, Mobile Career Center Visits Castroville Library, 11160 Speegle Street, Castroville, Ca
August 10, 2010

Salinas, CA – As part of local Workforce Investment Act activities and funding, the Monterey County Office for Employment Training is operating a Youth Employment Program for local youth ages 14-21. [more]

Youth Employment Program Now Accepting Applications
May 27, 2010

Salinas, CA – As part of local Workforce Investment Act activities and funding, the Monterey County Office for Employment Training is operating a Youth Employment Program for local youth ages 14-21. [more]

Two Monterey County Foster Care programs singled out for state recognition for turning lives around, strengthening community
April 29, 2010

Salinas, Ca. – On May 3, 2010 Kinship Center’s Family Ties Program and Peacock Acres Incarceration to Success, two service programs for foster and incarcerated youth, will be honored on the steps… [more]

Free Online Training, Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office Suite, The Elevate America Program
April 19, 2010

Salinas, Ca. – Vouchers for free online training on Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office Suite are available to the general public while supplies last through the Monterey County One Stop Career… [more]

New Free Senior Lunch Program at Los Abuelitos Senior Apartments in Salinas
April 12, 2010

Please join Department of Social and Employment Services Director, Elliott Robinson and Monterey County 1st District Supervisor Fernando Armenta on Friday April 16th, at 11:30 a.m. to celebrate the new… [more]

California Senior Legislature Election Filing Period Opens
February 12, 2010

The Monterey County Area Agency on Aging announces the opening of the filing period for the election of one senior senator and an assembly member to serve on the California Senior Legislature (CSL). [more]

Older Americans Act Workshop Invitation
February 11, 2010

For nearly 30 years, Monterey County adults age 60 and older have benefitted from the home and community services provided by a federal law called the Older Americans Act. The purpose of… [more]

Summary of Older Americans Act 2006 Re-Authorization
February 11, 2010

The following is taken from the "ALERT", published by the East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging October 2006. [more]

News Articles:

Volunteers prepare to file taxes for low-income earners
December 30, 2010

Dianna Carrillo of the Center for Employment Training in Salinas works with volunteers on free tax prep for low-income households. [more]

Monterey County expands job listings
December 24, 2010

Job seekers can find employment opportunity listings on the Monterey County Government Channel, MGTV Comcast Cable Channel 28.[more]

Monterey County employers honored for hiring disabled workers
October 20, 2010

They make minimum wage for picking up garbage, but the developmentally disabled people who work out of City Hall in Sand City have plenty of enthusiasm. [more]

Census report tallies impact of recession on Monterey County
September 29, 2010

A new batch of Census Bureau statistics for Monterey County shows how the tough economy has shaped downbeat trends for residents when it comes to income, home values, rental costs and...  [more]

Salinas-area leaders to attend White House-sponsored forum to address youth violence
September 28, 2010

A delegation of Salinas-area officials and community leaders will bring their work addressing youth violence to the nation's capital next week. [more]

Soapbox: Child welfare funding cuts hit hard locally
September 25, 2010

When I stand before a meeting of our Board of Supervisors, it's my job to assure them and the people of Monterey County that we are doing everything we can to prevent child abuse and neglect. [more]

Legislation would foster help for foster case
September 12, 2010

A few months shy of her 18th birthday, Christina Leon confided in her school counselor about the abuse she was facing at home. [more]

Youth worker program grows, With stimulus money, twice as many served
September 4, 2010

Bill Kerns has owned Jersey's Subs in Sand City for 18 years, but it wasn't until this year that he hired workers through the Youth Employment Program. [more]

Greenfield to host Day of the Farmworker on Sunday
August 26, 2010

Since its inception 16 years ago, the annual Día del Trabajador Agricola event has come a long way in honoring the contributions of farm workers, organizers said Tuesday. [more]

Monterey County program helps children with addict parents
August 22, 2010

Angelina was born to a drug-addicted mother. After a month in the neonatal intensive care unit, Angelina was sent to a foster home with a feeding tube in her stomach. Doctors said she likely would... [more]

Bleak jobs picture for U.S., Monterey County
August 20, 2010

Two reports on joblessness released Thursday showed few encouraging signs for Monterey County or the nation.For the third straight week, first-time jobless claims have risen nationwide, according... [more]

Compassionate Caring - Monterey center offers offers badly needed help to elderly
July 29, 2010

Daycare isn’t just for children. The organizers at Central Coast Visiting Nurse Association Adult Day Centers are hoping caregivers in Monterey will embrace that idea.  [more]

Thousands of unemployed Monterey County residents await jobless benefits after filibuster broken
July 21, 2010

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats broke through a stubborn Republican filibuster Tuesday and pressed to restart jobless benefits for 2.5 million Americans still unable to find work in the frail national... [more]

County fires back on claims funds abused
July 16, 2010

State review of federally subsidized jobs program faults employers, documentation. Workers who were laid off or fired by an employer were re-hired in the same or similar positions while their pay was... [more]

Wal-Mart baby-selling case: Grandmother seeks custody of baby put up for sale
June 30, 2010

Child-protection officials have been deluged with calls from people asking how they can help an 8-month-old girl whose parents allegedly tried to sell her to strangers for $25.  [more]

Monterey County 'Wounded Warrior Workforce' conference helps disabled veterans
June 10, 2010

MONTEREY — One of the biggest myths about military veterans returning from war is that they are too violent for the civilian workplace, according to San Jose-based Project HIRED. [more]

Monterey County layoffs may drop
June 10, 2010

Proposed budget spares 22 jobs; final vote set for June 29. Layoffs of Monterey County employees, originally estimated at 43, could be reduced by half when the Board of Supervisors passes its... [more]

Monterey County supervisors OK $970 million budget
June 10, 2010

County supervisors unanimously approved a $970million budget at the end of a public hearing Wednesday. In approving the 2010-11 budget, the board backed a number of measures designed to restore... [more]

Empowerment key to keeping services
June 9, 2010

The last place I expected to find myself last month was a convent. Of course, I know they exist, but I can't remember ever having occasion to visit one. I was a candy-striper in a Catholic hospital once, but... [more]

Monterey County Business Council receives grant to provide resources
June 5, 2010

The Monterey County Business Council has received a grant from the Monterey County Workforce Investment Board to provide a full range of resources to help sustain businesses and retain... [more]

Monterey County Business Council receives grant
May 31, 2010

The Monterey County Business Council has received a grant from the Monterey County Workforce Investment Board to provide resources that help sustain businesses and retain "at-risk" jobs in... [more]

Home care program a victim of state cuts
May 30, 2010

My aunt, Lana Mae Buhl, died last week at the respectable age of 63. I say respectable because she was "supposed" to have died more than 40 years ago. That's what the doctors said back then about... [more]

Monterey County jobs not enough for demand
May 27, 2010

Low-income youths want to work. There are twice as many jobs available this summer for low-income young people in Monterey County, but it's not enough to meet the demand. [more]

Monterey County unemployment drops to 12.7 percent in April
May 22, 2010

Unemployment in Monterey County dropped to 12.7 percent in April, the state's Employment Development Department said Friday. That's down from 16.8 percent in March, but up from 11 percent in April…[more]

Business briefs
May 22, 2010

The Monterey County Business Council has received a $250,000 grant from the Monterey County Workforce Investment Board to provide coordinated resources to help sustain businesses and…[more]

Six honored as Outstanding Women of Monterey County
May 21, 2010

Six local women received honors as Outstanding Women of Monterey County from the Monterey County Commission on the Status of Women. Receiving the awards were Carol Hayward…[more]

Editorial: Smiles & Scowls
May 19, 2010

Smiles to foster families. A host of Monterey County couples were honored Saturday at the annual Foster Caregiver Barbecue at Toro Park. These families fill a critical void in our community.  [more]

Governor: Eliminate welfare- to-work; 15,000 in Monterey County could be affected
May 15, 2010

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday called for eliminating CalWORKS, California's welfare-to-work program. It's one of the deep cuts he's proposed to close a $19 billion budget deficit in the coming… [more]

Celebration honors foster parents
May 15, 2010

Jose and Herlinda Gomez will be honored as 2010 Monterey County Foster Caregivers of the Year at an annual event at Toro Park today. The annual Foster Caregiver Barbecue will be held from… [more]

Monterey County supervisors OK job layoffs
May 5, 2010

Last-minute pleas from county employees and private builders Tuesday couldn't delay a series of layoff notices for a second week. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved sending 43 layoff … [more]

Monterey County Board of Supervisors approves 43 layoff notices
May 5, 2010

Monterey County will send layoff notices to 43 employees after the board of supervisors approved the move Tuesday in a 5-0 vote. The county is considering layoffs to help eliminate a $21.9 million… [more]

Salinas foster care programs get statewide honors
May 4, 2010

Two Salinas programs - Kinship Center's Family Ties and Peacock Acres' Incarceration to Success - were honored Monday on the steps of the state Capitol for helping to bring stability to the lives of… [more]

Monterey County delays decision on 43 layoffs
April 28, 2010

The Monterey County Board of Supervisors put off a decision Tuesday on whether to issue 43 layoff notices, but not before they heard from dozens of supporters and employees of the Animal…[more]

Protests postpone layoffs of county workers
April 28, 2010

Protests by county employees outside and inside the County Government Center on Tuesday took aim at a proposed layoff notice plan being considered by the Board of Supervisors. [more]

Monterey County supervisors considering layoff notices to 43 workers Facing $32.1 million deficit, county officials consider pink slips
April 27, 2010

With the county facing a projected $32.1 million budget shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year, the Board of Supervisors will be asked today to OK sending 43 layoff notices to employees working in…[more]

California Senior Legislature election filing period opens for Monterey County residents
February 16, 2010

The Monterey County Area Agency on Aging has announced the opening of the filing period for the election of one senior senator and an assembly member to serve on the California Senior Legislature. [more]

Boomer services boom in Monterey County
February 15, 2010

The number of Monterey County residents older than age 60 is expected to jump from about 14 percent of the population to 20 percent by 2030, as the massive baby boom generation continues to gray. [more]

East Salinas residents take another planning step toward healthy community
February 8, 2010

About 100 residents attend meeting to build on ideas for long-term improvement project. Dozens of residents took part Saturday morning, gathering ideas on how to best put the investment to use.  [more]

Simón Salinas tours social services, meets those who provide them
February 5, 2010

The lines in the welfare office, the faces of those seeking food stamps and the growing need in Monterey County were on display Thursday for Supervisor Simón Salinas. They are images he hopes to use…[more]

Wet weather pushes release of hotel vouchers for the homeless in Monterey County
January 21, 2010

Storms blowing through the Central Coast brought a victory to Monterey County's homeless population — vouchers for a night's stay in a dry hotel room. Previously, the vouchers were only available on… [more]

Monterey County jobs training program seen as way to keep kids out of gangs
January 18, 2010

Job training plan seeks support. Getting youths away from gangs and into jobs is no easy business. On Thursday, a Salinas teenager in a job training program for at-risk youth called to say he couldn't… [more]

County, Salinas officials welcome governor's job stimulus
January 7, 2010

A $500 million job creation stimulus package proposed Wednesday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger could pay off for Monterey County employers and job-seekers, local officials said. [more]

Business briefs - Hartnell offers green building program
January 5, 2010

Hartnell College and the Office for Employment Training are offering a Green Building Pre-Apprenticeship Program that starts Monday. Applications are available at the One-Stop Career Center… [more]