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The Parker Report - May 2014

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Parenting Speakers Series

A series of three nationally recognized authors are coming to the Monterey Peninsula to talk with parents and caregivers about family dynamics, work-life balance, and discipline strategies. The events are FREE and open to the public. (Click here for a link to a printable flyer)

Maegan Francis, Author Happiest Mom on the Block
Do you want a more peaceful and satisfying home life? Meagan, mom of 5, will explain how to create a strong, happy family unit by focusing on meeting everyone’s needs. Get tips for creating a fair division of labor that goes beyond a 50/50 split; ideas to help busy parents put guilt aside and make room for true self-care; and strategies for designing a family life centered on a sense of shared goals, cooperation, and teamwork. 

Katrina Alcorn, Author Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink
We’ll discuss juggling work and family, why parents burn out, why 
businesses should care, why this is a public health issue, what’s wrong with work, and how to fix it. Katrina will relate her personal story while weaving in research about the dysfunction between our work and home lives and the consequences to our health, ultimately offering a vision for a healthier, happier, and more productive way to work and live.

Elizabeth Crary, Author Star Parenting
Elizabeth helps parents deal with trying behavior in a positive way that reflects their own values and their child's temperament. Attendees will discover five points of healthy guidance, learn tools to guide children's behavior, explore a process to make guidance easier, and understand the impact of a child's age, temperament, and experience on his or her behavior

County Budget Hearings

Last week the Board of Supervisors received a report from the County Administrative Office on the status of the 2014-2015 Budget. This update included important analysis of departmental budget requests, potential service level impacts, and preliminary recommendations for mitigating these impacts with the limited resources available. 

The Staff Report explained that "Although County revenues are growing, resource levels are not sufficient to meet the County's growing list of operational and infrastructure needs. Staffing levels remain below pre-recession levels and departments continue their efforts to achieve efficiencies in an environment of constrained resources.  In their efforts to preserve staffing amid the fiscal pressures described earlier, departments have lost any flexibility to address new services needs or requirements, and in many cases they have deferred significant maintenance and capital infrastructure needs." 

We encourage you to review the Budget status update, consider the ways in which the County budget impacts the quality of your life, and let us know about your priorities and concerns.  2014-2015 Budget hearings are scheduled to begin on June 10, 2014 and, as always, will include formal opportunities for public testimony. 

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Birthday and Mother's Day Wishes

I spent my birthday this year, which fell on Mothers Day, thinking about how fortunate we all are to have mothers. My mother, Polly, was a local community activist and writer who inspired me to pursue public service. 

So many women I know are doing incredible work to improve our community. The unfortunate reality is however is that much of this critically important work is happening in the shadows. It is happening outside of our formal systems and structures and lacking the level of funding and resources needed to really move the needle for change.


Experts, and male CEOs repeatedly say that having women in the boardroom and in internal positions of leadership leads to better-informed decisions and more sustainable decision-making. The 30 % Solution theorizes that we only need to reach a goal of 30% women in leadership positions in order to see the institutional change that supports a healthy productive society for everyone. 


A friend recently sent me an email from and organization called 'She Should Run' that is working to increase the number of women in positions of elected public leadership. In celebration of my Birthday - and to honor all of our amazing mothers - please consider nominating and supporting a woman you know to run for public office

It's time to spread some of this leadership out of the volunteer and non-profit sector and into the business management and political sectors.

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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



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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

May 12 - Seaside

May 19 - Marina

June 9 - Seaside

June 16 - Marina

June 23 - Salinas

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

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