Grant Boosts Veterans Job Seeking Services in Monterey County California


Veterans looking for jobs in Monterey County are now getting additional help thanks to a $50,000 grant to the Veterans Transition Center from the Community Foundation for Monterey County.
According to a news release, the grant will support expansion of the center’s Job Development Center at Martinez Hall on the former Fort Ord. The program is titled VET-PREP – Veteran Preparation, Reintegration, and Employment Program.
“This generous grant … will help homeless Veterans become self-sufficient by making them ‘employment-ready’ and competitive in the job marketplace,” said Terry Bare, VTC’s executive director.
The center started a new program, Operation: Job Search 2016, last month to instruct veterans with employment skills such as resume building, interview skills, application advice and education opportunities. The program will feature speakers through May from employment agencies and local employers.
The next Veterans Job Fair is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 at Martinez Hall. Employers interested in participating can call x 226, or email to
Report: Parks help drive tourism, local economy
Regional parks and open space districts are pistons in the economic engines of local communities such as the Monterey Peninsula, according to a study conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association.
Parks and districts generated nearly $140 billion in economic activity and supported 1 million jobs nationwide in 2013, the report says. In California, parks and open space accounted for over
$17 million in economic activity and supported over 126,000 jobs.
The Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District protects some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Local pristine beaches and world-famous views are drivers of local tourism, generating economic revenue for local business.
“Tourism is the backbone of our local economy,” Jody Hansen, president-CEO of the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce said in a news release. “It’s no surprise that the natural beauty of the Monterey Peninsula attracts visitors from around the world. When tourists come to visit our region, they eat at our restaurants, shop in our stores and stay in our hotels, bringing revenue to our communities and protecting thousands of local jobs.”

Read the entire study at

Tri-county effort combats child sexual exploitation
A coalition between Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties has formed to serve children victimized by commercial sexual exploitation. In recognition of National Human Trafficking Month, the Coalition to End Human Trafficking in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties has launched the Tri County CSEC Program.
“Human trafficking is widely thought of as a problem that only occurs in large cities, or outside of the United States. … It also happens here in our own backyard,” Patricia L. Hernandez, who heads up the program, said in a news release.
The goal of the Tri County program is to bring together child welfare and other child serving agencies and community partners to work collaboratively to figure out how the problem manifests here on the Central Coast, and what can be done to help child victims in our community, said Hernandez.
The Tri County CSEC Program is a multi-agency, multi-county response to the issue of commercial sexual exploitation of local children.
The Coalition to End Human Trafficking in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties is a collaboration of organizations, businesses and individuals working to end human trafficking and modern slavery through education, advocacy, policy change, services for survivors and prosecution of offenders.
SUHSD seeks bond watchdogs
Are you good with money? Want to fulfill a public watchdog role? The Bond Oversight Committee in the Salinas Union High School District is looking to fill seven vacancies on the panel. To qualify, you must be either:

  • A parent or guardian of a student in the district
  • Active in the PTA or School Site Council
  • Business owner or merchant in district attendance area
  • Member of a senior citizen group, taxpayer group or community member at-large.

Applications are available online on the district website at
The committee is responsible for oversight of Measure B, the $128 million bond passed in 2014; and the  remainder of Measure M, a middle school bond with a balance of $15 million. The committee meets at least quarterly.
The application deadline is 11 a.m., Feb. 16. Information: contact Karen Luna, Facilities and Planning Manager, at or


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