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www.montereycountyweekly.com MAY 2-8, 2024 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY 3 1. Value yourself Self-love is important. Treat yourself with kindness and respect and try to avoid self-criticism. Make time for your favorite hobbies or do something special for yourself. Get outside and plant a garden, get a massage, or try something new that you have always wanted to try. 2. Take care of your body When you take care of yourself physically, you also take care of yourself mentally:  Eat balanced, nutritious meals  Practice healthy sleep habits — studies show that lack of sleep contributes to high rates of depression  Avoid smoking, drugs, and alcohol  Drink plenty of water  Exercise — physical activity can decrease depression and anxiety, and improve your mood  Practice mindfulness — relaxation exercises and meditation can improve your state of mind and your outlook on life 3. Surround yourself with good people A support network can make all the difference. Relationships are important to our mental health. Make plans with supportive family members and friends, or seek out activities where you can meet new people, like a class or support group. 4. Set realistic goals Decide what you want to achieve and work toward your goals in steps. Whether you want to start exercising more or quit smoking, set achievable goals that will help you get there. Aim high, but be realistic and don’t let setbacks keep you from your end goal. 5. Get help when you need it Seeking help is a sign of strength. If you need help, Montage Health offers complete mental and behavioral health services personalized to your needs. Programs like Ohana, our inpatient and outpatient services, and substance use programs can help you reach a healthier future, build resilience and confidence, and strengthen your relationships with the help of supportive professionals. Five things you can do for your mental health Approximately one in five adults in the United States lives with a mental health disorder, according to a 2023 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and less than half of them receive mental health services. Whether or not you are currently struggling with mental health challenges, it is important to take proactive steps to take care of yourself. Here are five tips to practice every day. For more mental health services and resources visit montagehealth.org/mentalhealth

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6 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY may 2-8, 2024 www.montereycountyweekly.com may 2-8, 2024 • ISSUE #1865 • Established in 1988 David A. Litman (Sony Rx10 Mark4) A pair of pigeon guillemots (Cepphus columba) are spotted under a pier during a guided tour of Elkhorn Slough Reserve in Moss Landing. Monterey County photo of the week Send Etc. submissions to etcphoto@mcweekly.com; please include caption and camera info. On the cover: Some of the ingredients for angel hair pasta surround the finished dish at Rosine’s in Monterey. The recipe is included in a recent cookbook featuring favorites from the restaurant, as well as treasured family recipes. Cover photo: Daniel Dreifuss etc. Copyright © 2024 by Milestone Communications Inc. 668 Williams Ave., Seaside, California 93955 (telephone 831-394-5656). All rights reserved. Monterey County Weekly, the Best of Monterey County and the Best of Monterey Bay are registered trademarks. No person, without prior permission from the publisher, may take more than one copy of each issue. Additional copies and back issues may be purchased for $1, plus postage. Mailed subscriptions: $300 yearly, pre-paid. The Weekly is an adjudicated newspaper of Monterey County, court decree M21137. The Weekly assumes no responsibility for unsolicited materials. Visit our website at http://www.montereycountyweekly.com. Audited by CVC. Founder & CEO Bradley Zeve bradley@mcweekly.com (x103) Publisher Erik Cushman erik@mcweekly.com (x125) Editorial editor Sara Rubin sara@mcweekly.com (x120) associate editor Erik Chalhoub ec@mcweekly.com (x135) features editor Dave Faries dfaries@mcweekly.com (x110) Staff Writer Celia Jiménez celia@mcweekly.com (x145) Staff Writer Pam Marino pam@mcweekly.com (x106) Staff Writer Agata Pope¸da (x138) aga@mcweekly.com Staff Writer David Schmalz david@mcweekly.com (x104) Staff photographer Daniel Dreifuss daniel@mcweekly.com (x140) MONTEREY COUNTY NOW PRODUCER Sloan Campi sloan@mcweekly.com (x105) contributors Nik Blaskovich, Rob Brezsny, Tonia Eaton, Caitlin Fillmore, Jacqueline Weixel, Paul Wilner Cartoons Rob Rogers, Tom Tomorrow Production Art Director/Production Manager Karen Loutzenheiser karen@mcweekly.com (x108) Graphic Designer Kevin Jewell kevinj@mcweekly.com (x114) Graphic Designer Alexis Estrada alexis@mcweekly.com (x114) Graphic Designer Lani Headley lani@mcweekly.com (x114) SALES senior Sales Executive Diane Glim diane@mcweekly.com (x124) Senior Sales Executive George Kassal george@mcweekly.com (x122) Senior Sales Executive Keith Bruecker keith@mcweekly.com (x118) Classifieds business development director Keely Richter keely@mcweekly.com (x123) Digital Director of Digital Media Kevin Smith kevin@mcweekly.com (x119) Distribution Distribution AT Arts Co. atartsco@gmail.com Distribution Control Harry Neal Business/Front Office Office Manager Linda Maceira linda@mcweekly.com (x101) Bookkeeping Rochelle Trawick rochelle@mcweekly.com 668 Williams Ave., Seaside, CA 93955 831-394-5656, (FAX) 831-394-2909 www.montereycountyweekly.com We’d love to hear from you. Send us your tips at tipline.montereycountyweekly.com. We can tell you like the print edition of the Weekly. We bet you’ll love the daily newsletter, Monterey County NOW. Get fresh commentary, local news and sundry helpful distractions delivered to your inbox every day. There’s no charge, and if you don’t love it, you can unsubscribe any time. NOW IN YOUR INBOX Sign up today at montereycountyweekly.com/mcnow

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8 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY MAY 2-8, 2024 www.montereycountyweekly.com THE BUZZ FREE SPEECH Former President Donald Trump loves to rant about the New York Times’ coverage of him, but he begrudgingly granted the publication several interviews. President Joe Biden, however, has not. On April 25, Politico published an article, titled “The Petty Feud Between the NYT and the White House,” stating “the relationship between the Democratic president and the country’s newspaper of record—for years the epitome of a liberal press in the eyes of conservatives—remains remarkably tense, beset by misunderstandings, grudges and a general lack of trust,” which reportedly stemmed from Biden’s campaign team not inviting Times staffers to Biden’s first public appearance after announcing his candidacy in 2019. The author, Eli Stokols, quotes an unnamed Times journalist, who claims publisher A.G. Sulzberger is so annoyed by Biden’s refusal to be interviewed that he “quietly encourages all the tough reporting on his age.” Times spokesperson Charlie Stadtlander dismissed the claim, saying “The notion that any line of coverage has been ordered up or encouraged in retaliation for declining an interview, or any other reason, is outrageous and untrue.” It’s reportedly been more than 60 years since a sitting president has refused a formal interview with the Times. Good: Young people in South County will have a new place to hang out soon, because the City of Gonzales broke ground on its community center on Saturday, April 27. The Dennis & Janice Caprara Community Center Complex is a 23,000-square-foot project to be built at Gavilan Court and Fifth Street near Fairview Middle School. The space will include a teen innovation center and amphitheater, a Monterey County Free Libraries branch (the library will relocate from Gonzales Shopping Center) and more. The second phase of the project includes a community hall, meeting rooms, fitness center and commercial kitchen. The project has an estimated cost of $35 million. The city has enough funds for Phase 1, including $5 million from the state, $1.8 million from the county, and a $10 million capital campaign (the city has raised $6.6 million so far). Phase 1 is expected to be completed by the end of 2025. GREAT: Nonprofit Big Sur Land Trust added another puzzle piece to its portfolio of land holdings with the recent acquisition of an 84-acre parcel south of Highway 68 and across from the Monterey Regional Airport, a deal the nonprofit announced April 23. The purchase, facilitated in part by a $2.75 million grant from the State Coastal Conservancy, protects a slice of oak woodlands and chaparral and is part of a larger patchwork of open space, including the Joyce Stevens Monterey Pine Preserve, Jacks Peak County Park and Palo Corona Regional Park that acts as a wildlife corridor connecting the Santa Lucia Range to the Fort Ord National Monument. The property includes two creeks and wetlands, and per a statement from the land trust, “proper management of this land will reduce wildfire risk for the surrounding wildland-urban interface of Monterey and Del Rey Oaks.” GOOD WEEK / GREAT WEEK THE WEEKLY TALLY Number of applications to the City of Monterey’s new rental assistance program when it opened for its debut eight-hour window on April 17. The City Council allocated $250,000 to the program in March, and those accepted can get up to $5,000 over a threemonth period for rental assistance and up to another $3,000 for other expenses. Source: City of Monterey 270 QUOTE OF THE WEEK “They brought some va-vavoom that was needed.” -Ashley Wolff of JeJu Kitchen, speaking about new restaurants reigniting the Carmel dining scene (see Best Of Monterey Bay® Eat+Drink magazine, inserted in this issue). Federally Insured by NCUA | Equal Housing Lender 831.479.6000 • www.bayfed.com • 888.4BAYFED Business Loans to Help You Grow ƒVehicle Loans ƒEquipment Loans ƒLines of Credit Proudly serving the businesses that build our community. Visit a branch today! 1524 N. Main Street | Salinas

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10 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY MAY 2-8, 2024 www.montereycountyweekly.com 831 The great Mario Andretti logged almost 1,140 race laps around WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Bobby Rahal—equally legendary—turned 1,550. With practice and qualifying laps, it’s likely both drivers tacked on another 1,000 to their career tallies. It’s no wonder sections of the track honor their exploits. Turn 3 has been dubbed the Andretti Hairpin. The steep climb between Turn 6 and the Corkscrew is known as the Rahal Straight. But there is nothing at the iconic tangle of asphalt to tell about Greg Garneau—even though the Carmel Valley native has made the loop about 15,000 times on race weekends. He would certainly chuckle at the comparison. He laughs recalling his most recent win at the track. Last year at the Rennsport Reunion, Garneau took the checkered flag during the Porsche tractor race, a whimsical and popular event. “The German family that restored the tractor were cheering me on,” he says, beaming. Most of Garneau’s time at the track is devoted to more serious tasks. He serves as a pace car driver at Laguna Seca. At major racing events he is often leading cars around the course as they line up for the green flag or slowing them to a safe speed under caution. During the annual MotoAmerica Superbike weekend, his purpose is even more important. For that event, Garneau drives the medical car. He must keep the car behind the motorcycles for the opening lap as they rip into corners and threaten to disappear down straights. First-lap chaos is common in motorcycle racing and he keeps the doctor close, just in case. If riders go down, the doctor makes an immediate decision on whether to stop and provide aid. If not, Garneau must keep up with the pack—while dodging downed riders and machines. During a race, the pace car sits in pit lane. The only action Garneau typically sees is vehicles whizzing past. Yet he does get to have a bit of fun, tearing around Laguna Seca at 120 miles per hour with VIP guests strapped in the Hyundai Elantra N for a few hot laps. “For a lot of people, they’ve never been in a car on the track,” Garneau says. “You’re building memories for them.” And while the pace car may not reach the speed of a Trans Am series Dodge Challenger or an IMSA prototype, Garneau doesn’t tread lightly. “The Hyundais are a blast—they slide around,” he adds. “We abuse the daylights out of them.” Garneau began filling in as a pace car driver in 2008, eventually leading the program. When he’s not behind the wheel at Laguna Seca, however, Garneau pampers cars. His Monterey company, Revival Road, not only maintains the track’s stock of pace cars, but also the classic car collections of a number of clients. Revival Road offers concierge services. They keep vehicles garaged, do maintenance work and exercise them on occasion to make sure the cars are road-worthy. “Our clients are—how should I put it?—money is no object,” he explains. “This is the lane we found that works the best.” Garneau has not always worked with classic cars. After graduating from Chico State in 1992 with a degree in business, he took a job at his father’s company, which oversees private water systems at resorts and residential developments, making sure they remain in compliance. Garneau now helps his brother operate the company. But Garneau is first and foremost a car guy. His great-grandfather opened the first Chevrolet dealership on the Peninsula. His father ran the original Flying A service station in Carmel Valley. Garneau has competed in club racing and in 1995 opened a classic car restoration shop, Greg Garneau Autoworks, in the Village. He moved the shop to Monterey in 2009. Eight years later, Garneau grew tired of restoration work and transformed the shop into Revival Road. He still tends to his own collection, which includes a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT350 and a number of classic Alfa Romeos. “I’m always fixing something,” he says. “A workaholic, for sure.” Track Record Laguna Seca’s pace car driver, Greg Garneau, doesn’t mind taking a few hot laps. By Dave Faries Greg Garneau says he misses “to some extent” restoring classic cars, but not the stress and countless hours that come with it. “By the time you’re done, you want them to go away.” “We abuse the daylights out of them.” TALES FROM THE AREA CODE DANIEL DREIFUSS The Chamber Connects At the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, we are connectors, providing our members with valuable introductions to new customers and referral sources. If you're looking for a platform to initiate important conversations and grow your business, we invite you to join our business association on the Monterey Peninsula! Join Today! • montereychamber.com • info@montereychamber.com • 831.648.5350

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12 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY may 2-8, 2024 www.montereycountyweekly.com news Over the past few months, Salinas residents have seen an increase in street vendors in high-traffic areas, including food trucks. This can make it easy to grab a bite to eat, but also comes with issues. Residents have been calling city officials to report things like litter and oil on the streets. On Monday, April 22, the Salinas Police Department announced officers had shut down seven illegal street vendors over the weekend of April 20-21 after receiving complaints. “It’s not about trying to impact anybody in a negative way. It’s just about making sure we’re looking out for the health and safety of our community,” says Sophia Rome, community relations manager for Salinas. Permitted vendors echoed that message on Tuesday, April 23 during a meeting of Salinas City Council. Unpermitted vendors operate mainly on weekends at busy corners such as East Alisal and North Sanborn near Cardenas Market, or North Main Street and Boronda, by Northridge Mall. According to police, they aren’t local and some come from as far away as the Central Valley. “They arrive and set up in a caravan throughout the Alisal,” Jesus Perez says in Spanish. Perez owns La Paloma, a food truck that sells tacos and seafood on Griffin Street. For Perez, the issue is lack of regulations. He fears customers could get ill from eating at unpermitted locations and regulated businesses would be blamed. He pays about $2,000 per year in city and county permits, including health and fire inspections to make sure his truck is clean, the fridge is properly cold and fire extinguishers are working. Perez notes he isn’t against entrepreneurship. “The sun shines for everyone,” he says. “They also have the right to sell.” Food Fight Salinas begins cracking down on an increased presence of unpermitted street food vendors. By Celia Jiménez On a recent morning, the whirs of construction carry through the air at 2300 Garden Road in Monterey, and Brad Slama, a developer, leads the way through a massive former office building that he’s converting into 64 apartments. It’s the type of building that’s become a dinosaur in this digital age, and Garden Road is full of them. Slama currently has three active projects to turn offices into housing on the road, and a fourth in the pipeline, if things work out. As he walks through the site, he draws attention to a quirky feature. In office buildings, there’s dead space in the middle, and apartments need to have windows to the outside. That means creating units within these bones can be complicated. In this case, Slama has decided to create a community room for the residents, and in another dead space, a laundry room. All throughout the building, walls have been knocked out and pillars of fresh 2-by-4s reveal its future layout, rectangular units that Slama thinks will hit the market in the $1,700- $2,400 per month range. As a developer, Slama has to respect his bottom line, but he also seems genuine in his desire to mitigate the housing crisis. “We’ve got to find a way to build more,” he says. His Garden Road projects are a way to do that, and unlike so much development on the Monterey Peninsula, they’re not facing heated opposition. Notably, 13 of the units— 20 percent—will be deed-restricted for low income residents. Slama is also working on a development that would combine both 2560 and 2600 Garden Road by demolishing the structures and building anew, and another at 2000 Garden Road on a site that’s already been cleared of trees. Kim Cole, Monterey’s community development director, credits Slama with helping to change the city’s zoning overlay so as to allow multifamily development on the road. “He saw that development opportunity, he approached the city, and in response we changed a lot of the codes,” Cole says. It’s a win-win for the city, which is compelled to meet the state’s regional housing allocation requirements to zone for at least 3,600 more housing units by 2031. Elected officials in many cities statewide have bristled at those requirements, but Monterey officials and residents have largely been receptive, recognizing that the hospitality workforce that fuels its economy could benefit from a home closer to work. The City of Monterey tried to give Slama water credits to upsize his plans at 2600 and 2000 Garden Road, but the state refused, as the ceaseand-desist order against Cal Am prohibits intensification of water use. Slama says the project at 2300 Garden Road is expected to be done in the first three months of 2025, and he expects it to fill up quickly; in 2022, he completed a conversion of the Rabobank building in downtown Salinas into 50 apartments that filled up within five months. He grew up in San Benancio Canyon, and hopes this project— and others he has in the works on Garden Road—helps reduce traffic on Highway 68, which he’s long seen go both ways. “The middle class is getting crushed, and we just need more units,” he says. “Until we get the shackles off of the supply, we’re going to be at an imbalance.” The inside of the former office building at 2300 Garden Road is humming with construction, and what were once cubicles are being converted to apartments. Growing Anew Disused office properties on Garden Road are finally turning into something useful: homes. By David Schmalz In 2021, Salinas changed its food truck ordinance, relocating existing vendors away from busy streets. Permitted vendors include Whitey’s Classic Burgers, owned by Anthony Azevedo. “We’ve got to find a way to build more.” Daniel Dreifuss Daniel Dreifuss

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14 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY may 2-8, 2024 www.montereycountyweekly.com For the past four years, All-In Monterey County has helped distribute food, clothing and more to thousands of residents every month. Its volunteers were deployed throughout Pajaro following flooding in 2023, helping disaster-stricken residents clear out the mud from their homes while providing them with the necessities to stay on their feet. Now, the organization is in need of an assist of its own. With grants running dry, All-In Monterey County can no longer afford its warehouse at 555 Broadway Ave. in Seaside. The organization’s volunteers have reached deep into their personal pockets to continue at the space, says secretary Audrey Cray, but the roughly $10,000 a month in rent and overhead costs is unsustainable. “We’ve done so much with so little,” she says. “But it’s just not sustainable when we have such a small organization.” In 2023, the organization, which incorporated in 2022 as a nonprofit, received grants from the Community Foundation for Monterey County based on its flood relief efforts in Pajaro. But, Cray says, its recent grant applications have been unsuccessful. All-In Monterey County leaders are now looking for an affordable space to store the items that will be distributed through its various events. Storage units are a possibility, but even those are pricey, Cray says. They are also searching for a board member who will focus on fundraising, and are encouraging the public to donate what they can. Roxanne Wilson, the County of Monterey’s homeless services director, says All-In has played a “key role in services necessitated by disasters.” “Having emerged during the Covid19 pandemic, their humane approach to meeting people where they are, built on a foundation of compassion and empathy, has filled service gaps beyond the scope of traditional service provision,” she says. All-In was the first community-based organization to bring Covid vaccinations into encampments and emergency shelters, according to Wilson. It also rented space at both fairgrounds in Monterey and Watsonville to distribute donated goods for 2023 flood victims, and, among other things, delivers groceries to schools for families experiencing homelessness. “I love All-In,” Cray says. “If you’re coming to us, it’s because you need help. You don’t need to jump through hoops or prove to us that you need help. We are such a worthy organization and we want to continue what we’re doing as long as we can.” The Salinas Valley Health board of directors is getting closer to choosing a replacement for former president and CEO Pete Delgado, who stepped down in October 2023 after 10 years. In a closed session meeting on Thursday, April 25, the publicly elected board of the special district was presented with three candidates to choose from, after vetting by a national search firm and the board’s own search committee. The names of the three candidates are not being disclosed. One possible candidate could be Dr. Allen Radner, who was chosen to serve as interim president and CEO shortly after Delgado left. Radner was SVH’s chief medical officer for 10 years and one of the main infectious disease experts working in Monterey County during the first years of Covid-19. He began working as interim on Dec. 1. Delgado announced his resignation to SVH staff on Oct. 9, with no specified effective date, followed by an announcement four days later that he would remain until June 30, 2024, while the board looked for a new leader. (Despite that date, Delgado is no longer on the payroll, and has not been working since Dec. 1, according to a spokesperson. That’s when Radner took over as interim.) The California Controller’s Office shows that in 2022, Delgado was paid approximately $1.4 million in total compensation and benefits. The new president and CEO will lead a system with over 2,300 employees and a payroll of $227.5 million, with $69.4 million in retirement and health contributions, as of 2022. For the 2023-24 fiscal year, the district projected (as of March 31) approximately $543.5 million in operating revenue and $552 million in operating expenses, a deficit of $8.5 million. Nonoperating income, which comes from investments, grants and other sources, is projected as a positive, at nearly $23 million for the fiscal year. The full board will interview all three candidates and make a hiring announcement, possibly in May or June. Priced Out Costly rent is forcing All-In Monterey County to look for more affordable options. By Erik Chalhoub news POLICE STATION Carmel Mayor Dave Potter hosts a community listening session for residents to give input on the city’s police building renovation. Comments are encouraged. 4pm Thursday, May 2. Carmel City Council chambers, Monte Verde Street, Carmel or via Zoom. For questions, email nromero@ci.carmel.ca.us. 6202016. GROWING GREENER The UC Master Gardeners of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties holds a workshop to learn how to grow your own summer bounty by planting in the spring. There will be live interactive demonstrations, including instructions on how to know when to plant from a seed versus from a start. 9-11am Sunday, May 5. Pinto Lake County Park, 757 Green Valley Road, Watsonville. Free; registration required. 759-7351, mbmg.ucanr.edu. GARDEN GAIT Walk through and admire seven home gardens, the C4SM Oak Woodlands and one of the Club Perc Pond Projects at Marina Tree and Garden Club’s Garden Tour. A map of all the gardens will be provided prior to the tour at check-in. 10am-3pm Sunday, May 5. 190 Seaside Circle, Marina. $10/in advance; $15/ day-of. info@marinatreeandgarden. com, bit.ly/4bhuCFd. HOUSING BLOCK The County of Monterey is seeking public comment on the recommendations for Community Development Block Grant funding. A total of $1.3 million is recommended to be allocated among the cities of Del Rey Oaks, Gonzales, Greenfield and Sand City for CDBG projects. Tuesday, May 14 is the deadline to submit comments. Comment by mail to Dawn Yonemitsu, 1441 Schilling Place, 2nd Floor South, Salinas, CA 93901; via email to housingprograms@countyofmonterey.gov; or by calling 755-5387. OPEN FOR BUSINESS The Monterey County Business Council holds workshops for its Building Business Back program. Topics in English and Spanish include discussions on cybersecurity and how to launch a food business from home. The cybersecurity webinar is held in English Noon-1pm Wednesday, May 8 and then in Spanish from noon-1pm on Wednesday, May 22. The food business launch workshop is held 1-2pm in English and then 2-3pm in Spanish Thursday, May 9. Filipino American Community Club, 192 Paddon Place, Marina. Free; registration required. linktr.ee/MontereyCountyBusiness. Higher Search The Salinas Valley Health board is evaluating three candidates for the CEO spot. By Pam Marino All-In Monterey County once envisioned 555 Broadway Ave. in Seaside as a community hub. 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16 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY May 2-8, 2024 www.montereycountyweekly.com The California Office of Health Care Affordability Board voted 6-1 on Wednesday, April 24, to set a 3-percent cap on spending increases for hospitals and medical facilities. It will be phased in over five years, with a 3.5-percent cap in 2025 and 2026, then lowered to 3.2 percent in 2027 and 2028, and then finally 3 percent in 2029 and beyond. In doing so, California joins the ranks of several other states that have set medical spending caps, in an effort to slow the rise in costs passed on to consumers, universally considered to be unaffordable for many. “This is a crucial step toward reining in health care costs over time and encouraging the health care industry to engage in much-needed change,” said California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, who chairs the HCA board, in a statement released after the vote. Ghaly chaired the meeting in Sacramento, where the committee debated whether to approve the staff-recommended 3-percent target beginning in 2025, or some other formula. The one that ultimately won was Ghaly’s recommendation of phasing in the cap. “The spending target is rooted in consumer affordability and based on the average growth rate of median household income from 2002-2022. It is a signal that health care spending should not grow faster than the incomes of California families,” according to a statement by the California Department of Health Care Access and Information. Steve McDougall of Salinas, who was representing the California Federation of Teachers at the meeting in Sacramento, says it’s a good step for the state, but medical costs in Monterey County are still way over the average compared to other regions. (McDougall also serves on the executive committee of the Municipalities, Colleges, Schools Insurance Group, aka MCSIG, a collective that provides health insurance to public employees in 27 organizations, including school districts.) “When this enforcement period finally comes to fruition it will be a new day for all commercial insurance payers throughout California. It is long overdue,” McDougall says. “Unfortunately we needed something for Monterey County like this over a decade ago. “MCSIG projects rate increases of 15.9 percent and with no new money in the state budget for education, teachers are going to take a pay cut next year because their insurance is going up,” he adds. Starting in 2026, the Office of Health Care Affordability can begin taking “progressive enforcement action” against health care entities, including health plans, provider organizations with at least 25 physicians and hospitals, that exceed the spending growth target. Progressive enforcement could include technical assistance, imposing performance improvement plans and ultimately assessing financial penalties. Cap and Spend State board approves a phased-in 3-percent medical spending increase target. By Pam Marino The concept is that by limiting annual increases in spending for health care providers, the costs that are passed on to patients should stay lower. NEWS “This is a crucial step toward reining in health care costs over time.” NIC COURY 201 Alvarado St. Downtown Monterey 831-647-9000 • Spaontheplaza.com Deepen your spa experience, your beauty and your well-being. Don’t Forget About giFt CertiFiCAteS MAke the perFeCt Mother’S DAy giFt Mom Mother’S DAy SpeCiAlS roses for Mom package $185 - 80 minutes this package includes a 30-minute rose infused private tub that will have mom feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Followed by a 50-minute rose oil infused full body massage. this package will have mom feeling refreshed and renewed! radiant and relaxed Special $195 - 80 minutes this facial combines a beautiful blend of rose and chamomile extracts packed with antioxidants while restoring the skin’s barrier followed by a relaxing CbD facial oil application with a gua-sha facial massage. this healing technique helps with detoxifying the lymphatic system. ’23 VoteD beSt Skin CAre 12 tiMeS AnD beSt SpA 7 tiMeS Breeding Season is Here! Get the perfect cage and supplies to help your winged friends grow their feathered family! 101 W. Laurel Dr, Salinas • (831)443-6161 Mon-Sat 9am-6pm Sun 10am-5pm $5 OFF Any purchase of $25 or more $10 OFF Any purchase of $50 or more $20 OFF Any purchase of $100 or more Cannot be combined with other offers. Limit 1 coupon per customer. Not valid on hay shavings, Frontline/Advantage, or Seresto collars. Must present coupon at time of purchase. Small Cage 12” (w) x 9” (d) x 16” (h) $24.99 Medium Cage 24”(w) x 16” (d) x16” (h) $31.99 Large Cage 30” (w) x 18” (d) x 36” (h) $84.99

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18 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY may 2-8, 2024 www.montereycountyweekly.com Musical Chairs I have been receiving anonymous text messages telling me to demand the Salinas City Council call for a standalone election, but I am wondering if that is unnecessary (“Appointment or election? Salinas will weigh its options to fill a council vacancy,” posted April 22). This seems like it could be an opportunity for some groups to take advantage of low voter turnout to sneak a candidate into the City Council who normally couldn’t be allowed in. I live in this district and I didn’t vote for Steve McShane, but waiting a few months until the next regular election might be better for voters if that also meant a bigger selection of candidates could run. Jason Pineda | Salinas So four members of the Salinas City Council don’t support democracy (“Salinas City Council decides to fill a vacancy in District 3 by appointment,” posted April 23). That will be good information to share each November until they are voted out. Joseph W. Borawski | via web Homing In The article about the new state-mandated housing fails to put into perspective the effect this mandate is set to have on the Carmel Valley (“Carmel Valley residents won a housing unit cap in court. New state laws are going to break it,” April 19-24). It is not “some” of those will need to be in Carmel Valley as stated in the article; it is 2,500 of those 3,326, or over 75 percent of the whole statemandated housing for the entire county are aimed straight at Carmel Valley between Highway 1 and MidValley. Sheer madness! Eric Sand | Carmel Valley Fire Time A friend recently framed the issue to me in the same way in terms of Prop. 103 and the problematic nature of ballot initiative-driven legislation (“A 1988 voter-approved measure may bear some responsibility for today’s insurance crisis,” posted April 23). The framing makes sense to me. It’s time for some major changes in California. Shannon Rose | East Garrison Propositions are a necessity when legislators don’t act. Government loved the high revenues on property, when Proposition 13 took the wind out of their sails, and they scrambled looking for alternatives. Many people lost their property, unable to pay their taxes, until Proposition 13 was passed. I’m sure many of the others were well received. Walter Wagner | Salinas Get Schooled Nice article on the Monterey Peninsula College board (“Infighting on MPC board makes even the most basic tasks impossible,” April 18-24). We need to do better. Ken Wright | Big Sur This is just embarrassing. The community used to be proud of MPC. Arnold Seibel | Pacific Grove feel the churn Seems like the average length of employment for city managers in Monterey County is about 24 months! (“Upheaval in Seaside continues as the city council places the city manager on administrative leave,” posted April 24.) Jay Donato | Salinas Logo No-Go I find it very sad that the powers that be at CSU Monterey Bay would not have turned to their student body, including the artistically talented students in the science illustration program, to generate art (“Squid Fry: No Logo,” April 18-24). It could have then been voted on by the student body as part of the rebranding process. A golden opportunity for student engagement, ownership and spirit missed. Peter Hiller | Carmel On Tour I enjoyed your article on the San Antonio Valley Historical Association 2024 Spring Tour! (“A tour of King City’s historical sites was full of unexpected twists and turns in the countryside,” posted April 19.) It was a fun one and so was your article. Thank you for including SAVHA as part of your rainy Saturday adventures. Patricia Ashe-Woodfill | Lockwood Do No Evil Type “change” in the Monterey County Weekly search engine. You will soon learn that the Weekly has a deep-seated disdain for anything that is not in a constant state of flux. There has to be more change and more people. Things that have worked forever must change. Change! Change! Change! An evil newspaper. Joseph Bridau | Seaside change is here I like the new website look. Looks fresh. Nice job. Mike McCullough | Salinas round and round I thought readers would be interested in recent developments regarding the long-proposed roundabouts for Highway 68 and the Transportation Agency for Monterey County’s vote on April 24 (“Two retirees with ideas are causing agencies to rethink roundabouts on Highway 68,” Feb. 15-21). After hearing public comments opposing the roundabouts and advocating for AI Adaptive Signals instead, there was vigorous discussion among the board members about the way forward. Although the TAMC board voted to continue the process to evaluate roundabouts, including a new, untested hybrid design, and cut back from nine roundabouts to three for now, they also voted to recommend that Caltrans do an immediate installation of AI Adaptive Signal controls at all nine intersections. This comes after months of receiving significant pushback from the public and having many of their claims disproved by new information. Barry Jones | Monterey In Pictures I just picked up my first copy of your publication. I’m not familiar with cartoonist Rob Rogers but if he’s got the MAGA types up in arms, he must be great (“Letters,” April 18-24). Looking forward to seeing his work! Randy Hansen | Seaside Letters • CommentsOPINION Submit letters to the editor to letters@mcweekly.com. Please keep your letter to 150 words or less; subject to editing for space. Please include your full name, contact information and city you live in.

www.montereycountyweekly.com may 2-8, 2024 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY 19 Jevin West studies the science of science. His research, in his words, focuses on “turning the microscope on science itself.” A professor at the University of Washington in Seattle (and visiting faculty at UC Berkeley at present), he teaches classes with mundane names like “Intro to Data Science.” He also teaches “Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data.” West is deeply interested in calling bullshit—and in teaching others how to call bullshit, too. He helped develop Misinfo Day, an immersive day-long experience for high school students, inviting them to learn skills in distinguishing between factual information and misinformation. Since starting in 2019, the event has been replicated elsewhere. For the first time, Misinfo Day is coming to California when it runs in Monterey on Tuesday, May 7, hosted by the newly formed Media Literacy Coalition (of which Monterey County Weekly is a member). Ninety students from Monterey, Marina, Rancho San Juan, Salinas, Everett Alvarez, Alisal and York high schools (plus 14 teachers) are set to participate in a day of learning. There’s fun—an Escape Room activity encourages participants to distinguish between truth and untruth in order to solve puzzles—and there’s plenty of serious stuff. James Boren, executive director of the Institute for Media and Public Trust at Fresno State, presents on how to use fact checking tools online. Daisy Martin, founding director of the History & Civics Project at UC Santa Cruz, presents on how to read and share (or not share) in the clickbait economy. West also presents, on scientific disinformation and misleading data. The local coalition was formed by former journalist Susan Meister, who lives in Pebble Beach and has taken up the cause of media literacy with a passion. “The forces of disinformation are overwhelming and voluminous,” she says. “It’s a symptom of the sickness of our society right now. We don’t agree on anything, especially on facts.” She hopes that eventually the Misinfo Day curriculum in Monterey County might be incorporated throughout the state. New legislation, Assembly Bill 873, requires media literacy education to be incorporated into all K-12 subjects over time. I hope it takes. This is all much more engaging than the dry “Current Events” activity I grew up with in school. Our task was simply to cut out a newspaper article, then stand up in front of class to present a summary of the article. It was simply a reading comprehension exercise, and one that made me wrongly think the news was boring. Misinfo Day should be far more interactive and relevant than just rehashing—it will invite students to ask questions and think about their own thought process. Meister expects participants to ask: “Is it trying to persuade me of something? Am I emotionally reacting to it? I know something’s fishy, and now I know how to investigate it.” (These are, of course, useful tools for adults—and programming for adults is coming from the coalition later this year.) Meister is hopeful, about the future. “We will get back to a fact-based society,” she says. “We have a formula, and our formula is understanding what we are looking at and critically evaluating it. I think it is achievable. But it will take years. I don’t think it will be in our lifetimes. But we start with the leaders of tomorrow.” I asked West to help me imagine this future, in which we return to a fact-based society. What does that look like? Some of his suggestions are remarkably simple. We would pause before sharing on social media (on whatever platforms of the future don’t yet exist)—“a little more thoughtful, less speedy.” Ultimately, we’d learn to be discerning. We would understand we can’t be experts on everything—if you have questions about a vaccine, rely on experts on vaccines. Or for questions about ballot counting, experts on elections. The question is how to know which experts are genuine, and who to trust. It’s important to note that none of this teaching is motivated by a particular politics, but establishing ground rules that enable informed politics. “We can build a more informed society,” West says. “I think most everyone wants that.” Sara Rubin is the Weekly’s editor. Reach her at sara@mcweekly.com. Between the Lines A new media literacy coalition launches with an immersion for students. By Sara Rubin In the Dark…Squid oozed over to the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 20 to score a sweet taco wagon party for 50 of Squid’s friends under the sea, as well as for the insatiable bulldog Rosco P. Coltrane, during the Salinas Valley Fair’s kick-off fundraising event. The outright price to buy the “fiesta on wheels” was $4,000, which Squid considers a steal in this day and age (have you seen the prices of tacos lately?). All joking aside, the food experiences and baked goods at this event routinely sell for thousands at auction, thanks to generous bidders. But before Squid could raise one of Squid’s tentacles with a bid, the room went black from a power outage that affected a portion of the city. That was fine for Squid—cephalopods are used to traversing the deep, dark sea—but for everyone else, they couldn’t see very far in front of them, making it nearly impossible for the auction spotters to call out the bids. Fair organizers decided to end the event early, although there were still 17 items left to be auctioned off. To Squid’s relief, the auction is back on, at least virtually: Bidders can battle each other through May 10 online. Squid, though, is disappointed that the tacos to be served up on the wagon don’t come with shrimp. Squid may instead bid on The Club Carmel custom knife to prepare for next year’s fair kick-off, and share it with attendees so they have something to cut through the darkness. Fire and rain…Since Highway 1 slipped out at Rocky Creek in Big Sur, Squid has been taking some time to fix up the old jalopy to get ready for the next outing down the coast. To Squid’s delight, Caltrans announced on Sunday, April 28, that twice-daily convoys between Big Sur and the Monterey Peninsula would continue—but were opening to the general public, not just local traffic, effective Monday, April 29. That meant Squid could go for a drive and do Squid’s part to support the Big Sur economy. As State Sen. John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, acknowledged in Caltrans’ press release: “The community has taken hit after hit with fires, floods and road outages.” By Tuesday, April 30, Squid was ready to get a beer in Big Sur. But Squid didn’t get very far, because at 3pm, a quarter-acre brush fire was reported near the Bottchers Gap campground. (Good news is that as of the Weekly’s deadline, Cal Fire officials didn’t expect the incident to spread more than 10 acres.) A fire at a campground—even though Bottchers Gap is located at the upper end of Palo Colorado Road, which has been closed to the public for seven years and counting. Disaster just keeps striking—Big Sur can’t seem to catch a break. Squid, meanwhile, will park the jalopy back in the garage for now. the local spin SQUID FRY THE MISSION OF MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY IS TO INSPIRE INDEPENDENT THINKING AND CONSCIOUS ACTION, ETC. “We will get back to a fact-based society.” Send Squid a tip: squid@mcweekly.com