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Paul Ryan to spell out proposal to help the poor

Rep. Paul Ryan will lay out his plan Thursday to fight poverty, a pilot program that would combine 11 federal programs into one pool of money for participating states.


Registration open for those who want to run for office in Monterey County

Monterey County elections officials say that any registered voters interested in running for office in the November 4 Consolidated General Election can do so between July 14 and August 8.  Candidates for schools and special district Offices file with Monterey County Elections; city office candidates file with their respective city clerk.


Salinas economic director retires after 7 years

After seven years of service weathering a severe downturn and then helping a city begin reinventing itself as an emerging AgTech capital, Salinas Community and Economic Development Director Jeffrey Weir will step down next week.


Supreme Court rejects challenge to law banning gay therapy

The Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to California's law that bars mental counseling aimed at turning gay minors straight.


Monterey County to benefit from jail overcrowding bill

Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday that will help ease overcrowded conditions in county jails, like Monterey County, by extending the existing law to allow inmates to be transferred to other counties with adequate jail space.


Governor signs $108 billion California budget

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed California's $108 billion budget for the coming fiscal year that pays down debt, builds a rainy day fund and provides additional money for schools and health care.


Governor to sign budget in Southern California

Governor Jerry Brown will join Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins and Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg Friday in San Diego to sign the 2014-15 state budget.


Monterey Abalone Company honored as a small business

Monterey Abalone Company was honored by Assembly Member Mark Stone at California Small Business Day Tuesday.

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Monterey County candidate statements

Monterey County Sheriff: Steve Bernal

Party/Affiliation: Republican
Current job: Deputy Sheriff
Family: Wife Leslie, daughter Jennifer, sons Jace and Jordan

Monterey County Sheriff: Fred Garcia

Party/Affiliation: Republican

Monterey County Supervisor, 2nd District: John Phillips

Current Job: President of Rancho Cielo

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Santa Cruz County candidate statements

Santa Cruz County Supervisor, 3rd District: Bob Lamonica

Party/Affiliation: I am an independent, not beholden to the progressive establishment

Soquel Union Elementary School Board: Amanda Jackson Miller

Party/Affiliation: nonpartisan office
Current Job: stay at home parent/nonprofit attorney
Family: husband Andy, two daughters in the district, and a preschool-aged son

Santa Cruz County Sheriff: Roger Wildey

Party/Affiliation:  Independent

Santa Cruz County Sheriff: Jim Hart

Jim Hart is the current Chief Deputy Sheriff of Santa Cruz County under Sheriff Phil Wowak, who is retiring.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff: Bob Pursley

Robert Pursley is a retired Santa Cruz County Sheriff's lieutenant.

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