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The Parker Report - May 2012

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Hot Topics - Special Guest Scott Hilk

On May 14, special guest Scott Hilk, Managing Director of Marina Community Partners, LLC will join Supervisor Jane Parker at Mountain Mike's Pizza in Marina for her weekly Hot Drinks and Hot Topics agenda review session. The meeting begins at 5:30 PM and will run until 6:30 PM. The public is invited to to join the meeting and learn about Mr. Hilk's plans for the former Fort Ord.

Supervisor Parker has been working with Mr. Hilk, who is the developer of the Marina Dunes project, to expedite the construction of the planned movie theatre and mixed-use portions of the development. California State Monterey Bay students and staff are eagerly awaiting more opportunities for nearby shopping, dining, and entertainment.  

Supervisor Parker is also working with Mr. Hilk to find sources of funding for the removal of the dilapidated  barracks and other structures that scatter the former military base. These structures were constructed using hazardous materials such as asbestos and lead paint, which require special handling during the deconstruction process. The high cost of removing these buildings has been a major roadblock to redevelopment.

The 429-acre Marina Dunes development (which includes the completed retail center at Second Avenue and Imjin Road in Marina) has been considered a catalyst for sustainable development in California communities, as it will feature pedestrian bikeways and paths, smaller homes, and traffic-slowing design elements on redeveloped land.

Calling All High School Seniors!

Reminder that the deadline to apply for the Jane Parker Instigator of Excellence Scholarship is quickly approaching on May 15th! Applications are availabe online at

Fort Ord Designated a National Monument

President Obama has decided to preserve 14,600 acres of lands on the former Ft. Ord in perpetuity as a National Monument! In a proclamation issued May 1, President Barack Obama called the former Army base, where 1.5 million soldiers went through basic training during its 77-year history, "a world-class destination for hikers, mountain bikers and outdoor enthusiasts who come to enjoy the area's history and scenic landscapes."

Supervisor Jane Parker has been working to protect the natural beauty of the former Ft. Ord, and this is a significant step in the right direction! Now generations of families will be able to share in the splendor we enjoy on Ft. Ord. Click here to read the entire news story.

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Centralizing County Human Resources

Supervisor Parker's commitment to centralizing County human resource services means saving money and better compliance with laws, regulations, and union contracts.  That's why it's significant that this month marks the second meeting of the Human Resources Centralization Steering Committee.  "The Committee will ensure that the centralization project moves forward on a timeline with full input from the Departments and the union," said Supervisor Parker.  The Committee was formed at the direction of Supervisors Parker and Armenta, who serve as the County's subcommittee on Labor and Human Resources.  "Centralizing Human Resources requires the cooperation of all the employees, the managers, and the union," she said.  "While change isn't easy, it will benefit everyone ultimately."


Details about the Human Resources Committee can be found online at:

Work the Polls!

The Monterey County Elections Department is recruiting Election Officials for the June 5th election, which will include candidates for local, Statewide, and Federal offices. This is a great way to serve your community and make a few extra dollars! If you are interested please read the requirements and submit your application online.

Additionally, the Elections Department also has a program specifically designed for service organizations wanting to raise funds while providing a service to their community. For more information, please contact the Precinct Services Coordinator at (831) 796-1499.

Finally, under the Student Election Officer Program, eligible students may be appointed to work as Election Officials participating in the operation of a poll site on Election Day. Teachers may nominate qualified students, and can download more information and the nomination form in PDF format here.

Ag Commissioner Releases Groundbreaking Economic Report

The Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner's office recently commissioned a study of the effects of agriculture on the local economy. This groundbreaking report examined the "ripple effects" of the agricultural industry, and brought to light its far-reaching impacts on jobs, services, and the overall healthy and vibrancy of Monterey County's economy.

This first comprehensive economic analysis of the county's leading industry unveiled some dramatic information, including confirmation that agriculture in Monterey County pumps $8.2 billion into the local economy and supports more than 73,000 jobs. The complete report is available on the Ag Commissioner's website at:

Restorative Justice Shows Results


As more California communities are being forced to re-evaluate their local justice systems due to AB109, the Public Safety Realignment bill mandating the reduction in state prison populations, some municipalities are adopting a "restorative justice" approach to dealing with offenders.


Under the principals of restorative justice, offenders are expected to take responsibility for their actions and change behavior.  Victims participate in the process of recovering losses and healing from the loss.


So far, there seems to be generally positive results when the program is implemented. For an excellent article on the results of implementing a restorative justice program in a San Francisco school system, please visit


For more information about Monterey County's Restorative Justice Program, please visit:

CAO Weekly Reports Available Online

These weekly reports are written and administered by the County Administrative Officer to the Board of Supervisors.  This report provides information on issues affecting the County and the progress of County activities. Supervisor Parker posts a link to these reports every week on her Facebook page.

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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.
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Kristi Markey, Chief of Staff -

Wendy Askew, Board Aide -

Virginia Jameson, Board Aide -
Lori Chappell, Office Manager - Phone: (831) 883-7570
Fax: (831) 384-1839

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Supervisor Jane Parker


Main Coastal Office
2616 1st Avenue
Marina CA 93933

(831) 883-7570


Supervisor Parker Seeks Appointees


Supervisor Parker is looking for interested persons to serve on two commissions:

In-Home Support Services Commission

Mental Health Commission


If you are interested in a position on either commission, please send a letter of interest and resume to Kristi Markey at


Join Jane on Facebook for up to the minute updates about Jane's work on the Board of Supervisors, pictures of Jane in action, and invitations to Jane's events. You can find and add her as your friend by following the link below.

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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 2010-2011 Strategic Plan Initiatives is posted online.

Hot Drinks and Hot Topics

Each week before a Board of Supervisors Meeting, Jane hosts a public meeting to review the upcoming Board agenda and listen to the thoughts and priorities of residents who attended. 

Seaside: Me 'n Ed's Pizza (2nd Mon.)
Marina: Mountain Mike's Pizza (3rd Mon.)
Salinas: Portobello's (4th Mon.)
When: 5:30 pm until 6:30 pm on Monday's prior to weekly Board of Supervisor Meetings.
Upcoming dates in 2012 include: 



16th: Mountain Mike's Pizza in Marina

23rd: Portobello's in Salinas



14th: Me-N-Ed's Pizza in Seaside

21st: Mountain Mike's Pizza in Marina

28th: Portobello's in Salinas


11th: Me-N-Ed's Pizza in Seaside

18th: Mountain Mike's Pizza in Marina

25th: Portobello's in Salinas



9th: Me-N-Ed's Pizza in Seaside

16th: Mountain Mike's Pizza in Marina

23rd: Portobello's in Salinas



13th - No meeting

20th - No meeting

27th - Portobello's in Salinas



10th: Me-N-Ed's Pizza in Seaside

17th: Mountain Mike's Pizza in Marina

24th: Portobello's in Salinas


8th: Me-N-Ed's Pizza in Seaside

15th: Mountain Mike's Pizza in Marina

22th: Portobello's in Salinas



No meetings



10th: Me-N-Ed's Pizza in Seaside

17th: Mountain Mike's Pizza in Marina

24th: Portobello's in Salinas

Hot Drinks and Hot Topics


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