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The Parker Report - July 2014

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First Things First - Welcome Stella Alba Beye

Allow me to introduce you to Stella Alba Beye who was born to my staffer Colleen Beye and her husband Travis Beye on June 30. Big sister Aria and Mr. Toad the cat have welcomed baby Stella into the family.

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Reusable Bag Ordinance

The long-awaited Reusable Bag Ordinance is expected to be considered by the Board of Supervisors on July 29, 2014, during the afternoon Board session.  The Reusable Bag ordinance would prohibit supermarkets and other specified stores from bagging goods with non-reusable plastic bags.  Stores would also be required to charge a fee for any bags that it provides, whether paper or reusable plastic. The new rules, if adopted, would apply only in unincorporated Monterey County, although the County is encouraging surrounding cities to adopt the same rules to make it easier for consumers and stores to comply.  Please check the Board of Supervisors agenda on the Friday before the meeting to confirm that the Reusable Bag Ordinance hearing is taking place, or call our office at 831-883-7570 for information.

Health Officials Urge Vaccination against Pertussis

Pertussis, also known as “Whooping Cough,” continues to spread in California, including in Monterey County.  Last week a statewide epidemic was declared.  In Monterey County, 72 cases of pertussis have been reported in 2014 to date, compared to 10 reported cases at the same time last year. 


“I strongly encourage pregnant women to get vaccinated.  Immunity developed by mothers during pregnancy is passed to newborn infants,” states Dr. Edward Moreno, Health Officer and Director of Public Health.  “I also encourage parents to vaccinate their babies on time, which helps babies strengthen their own immunity to pertussis.”  Adult healthcare workers and individuals who care for infants should receive a pertussis booster shot, called Tdap, so that they do not infect vulnerable individuals. 


Pregnant women and members of their households can receive reduced-cost Tdap vaccinations at the Health Department’s Alisal Health Center and Seaside Family Health Center.  Contact the clinics directly for information about hours and availability:

·         Alisal Health Center, 559 E. Alisal St., Ste 201B, Salinas           831-769-8870

·         Seaside Family Health Center, 1150 Fremont Blvd., Seaside   831-899-8100


The symptoms of pertussis vary by age. For children, a typical case of pertussis starts with a cough and runny nose for one to two weeks.  The cough then worsens, and children may have rapid coughing spells that end with a whooping sound.  Young infants may not have typical pertussis symptoms and may have no apparent cough.  Parents may describe episodes in which the infant’s face turns red or purple and episodes in which the infant stops breathing.   

First Five Monterey County is recruiting a Volunteer Commissioner 

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First 5 Monterey County, also known as Monterey County Children & Families Commission, is the public entity responsible for receiving and disbursing Monterey County’s Proposition 10 funds and carrying out the implementation of the California Children and Families Act.

First 5 Monterey County’s Vision is that all children reach their full potential in a family and community that values and respects childhood and the Mission is to serve as a catalyst to create sustainable change in systems, policies and practices that enrich the development of children in their FIRST 5 years of life.


First 5 Monterey County has a staff of eleven and is governed by a seven-member Commission. Maintaining a board of Commissioners that is balanced in expertise and representation is a key to our success as an organization.  The term is 3 years and the time commitment is at least 5 hours a month for participation in regular Commission meetings, committee meetings, special events and to review documents.

2014 Monterey County Homeless Veterans STAND DOWN

August 1-3, Fort Ord

The Monterey Stand Down will give homeless veterans the opportunity to have a place of safety and rest where they can avail themselves of medical, legal, housing, job, education, and life skills support. This event is scheduled from noon to noon on 1 - 3 August 2014 and will be located at the Old Ft. Ord Motor Pool complex. Veterans are encouraged to register in advance by calling 831-883-8387. For more information and to learn how you can support this event, visit

8th Annual Breastfeeding Awareness Walk


WIC is hosting its 8th Annual Breastfeeding Awareness Walk on Tuesday August 5, 2014 from 11am – 1:30pm at the WIC office, 632 E. Alisal Street, Salinas, CA 93905 . Our walk is one of many similar events planned across California during the month of August to celebrate World Breastfeeding Awareness Month. As part of this celebration WIC has invited local health agencies to provide free services, information, health screenings, food demos, and children’s activities to the public. The Farmers Market will be available during the event offering their services by providing shoppers with fresh quality fruits and vegetables (many certify organic).

The event is free and open to the public

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Supervisor Jane Parker welcomes direct communication with county residents. Please contact her office to share your thoughts and ideas about issues facing Monterey County.

Thank you for your interest in County Government. Working together, we can accomplish great things for our community.

Kristi Markey, Chief of Staff -

Wendy Askew, Board Aide -

Colleen Beye, Board Aide -

Lori Chappell, Office Manager -


Phone: (831) 883-7570

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Supervisor Jane Parker


Main Coastal Office
2616 1st Avenue
Marina CA 93933

(831) 883-7570


The Mission of Monterey County is to excel at providing quality services for the benefit of all Monterey County residents while developing, maintaining, and enhancing the resources of the region.


Information about the County Strategic Plan Initiatives is posted online.

Hot Drinks and Hot Topics

Before most Board of Supervisors meetings, Jane hosts a public meeting to review the upcoming Board agenda and listen to the thoughts, ideas and priorities of residents. Meeting rotate between Seaside (2nd Monday), Marina (3rd Monday), and Salinas (4th Monday) from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

Seaside: Me 'n Ed's Pizza, 800 Broadway 
Mountain Mike's Pizza, 266 Reservation Road 
1366 South Main St
Schedule for 2014
5:30pm - 6:30pm

July 21 - Marina

July 28 - Salinas

Aug 25 - Salinas

Sept 8 - Seaside

Sept 15 - Marina

Sept 22 - Salinas

Oct 13 - Seaside

Oct 20 - Marina

Oct 27 - Salinas

Nov 24 - Salinas

Dec 8 - Seaside

Dec 15 - Marina

Hot Drinks and Hot Topics

Commission Vacancies

Supervisor Parker is looking for qualified candidates to fill vacancies on the following Commissions. To apply, please send an email and your resume to

Learn more about Health Care Reform and explore the health care marketplace at

 Covered California

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