4 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY FEBRUARY 15-21, 2024 www.montereycountyweekly.com THE BUZZ FREE SPEECH Lots of journalists got their start as students, but whether or not student journalists go on to pursue it as a career, there is a lot of power and learning to be done through shining a light on public institutions— chiefly schools—that serve students. Student Press Freedom Day on Feb. 22 celebrates that spirit. (This year’s theme is “Powerfully Persistent.”) And for the occasion, the Student Press Law Center, First Amendment Coalition, Society of Professional Journalists and others are offering a virtual workshop for student journalists. The focus is on promoting accountability and transparency, and how public records can be used to that end. Speakers include experts on open government from FAC, and student journalists. Staffers from The Citizen at Peralta Community College District will speak about taking a public records battle to court. Delilah Brumer, the 2023 California High School Journalist of the Year, will speak about using public records in stories she wrote at Daniel Pearl Magnet High School in Southern California. High school and college journalists can register to attend the webinar (at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 21) at firstamendmentcoalition.org. Good: York School’s Musical Theatre stands proud as one of 17 schools chosen from across the country for the opportunity to showcase Stephen Schwartz’s musical, Children of Eden, at the newly renovated David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center in New York. Scheduled to captivate audiences on Feb. 18, the production will be under the expert direction of Broadway Tony Awardnominated performer Tony Yazbeck, featuring nearly 400 voices on stage and a 30-piece orchestra. Over the past two months, 27 students from York School, ranging from grades 8-12, have diligently immersed themselves in the beautiful choral-based score under the guidance of Performing Arts Director Spencer Williams. Williams expressed his excitement, stating, “In my almost 20 years of teaching, this is one of the most thrilling opportunities I’ve provided to students.” GREAT: Ending homelessness continues to be a goal at all levels of government, which is why solutions are prioritized at budget time. It’s a great week in the TriCounty region, after U.S. representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) and Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development was allocating $13.2 million to nonprofits and agencies. Monterey County groups set to receive money include Bay Area Community Services that operates the SHARE Center in Salinas and Step Up on Second Street, which is assisting people in Salinas and King City. Others receiving funds include: Community Homeless Solutions; YWCA of Monterey County; Interim Inc.; Coalition of Homeless Service Providers; Community Human Services; Gathering for Women; Epicenter of Monterey; and the Veterans Transition Center. GOOD WEEK / GREAT WEEK THE WEEKLY TALLY Total funds raised during Monterey County Gives! in 2023, a 7 percent increase compared to 2022. This year’s campaign included 8,024 individual donors who supported the more than 200 nonprofit organizations benefiting from MCGives! Source: Community Foundation for Monterey County $11.9 QUOTE OF THE WEEK “We are in an insurance crisis in the State of California.” -Insurance broker Eileen Topete, describing the skyrocketing rates for homeowners in fireprone areas (see story, mcweekly.com). million 9 MONTH CERTIFICATE 5.29%APY 22 MONTH CERTIFICATE 4.50%APY SPECIAL LIMITED Time CERTIFICATes APY = annual percentage yield. Minimum opening deposit $10,000. Maximum opening deposit $999,999.99 Funds to open this certificate must be new to Monterey CU. New to Monterey CU means the funds must not have been on deposit with Monterey CU in the last six months. Limit one promotional share certificate per member. This offer is available for a limited time starting January 1, 2024, and subject to change or cancellation without notice. Early withdrawal penalties apply. Visit us at www.montereycu.com or call us at 831.647.1000 Is it time for a Room Refresh? Your home is your sanctuary and should support personal growth. Let’s have a conversation about what’s missing in YOUR space… VENTANADESIGN.CO A Monterey Bay Interior Design Firm