The Parker Report - September 2009

Dear Friends,

Is there a County issue or topic that you would like to learn more about? Let us know by sending an email to jane.parker@co.monterey.ca.us.


COMMUNITY MEETING ON HEALTHCARE - SEPTEMBER 20

Join Supervisor Parker at her third quarterly community meeting to learn and share your ideas about healthcare in Monterey County.

There is a great deal of attention being paid to national health care reform, and there are some exciting opportunities to improve our local healthcare system right here in Monterey County.

Did you know that Monterey County is one of the few counties in California that still owns a County hospital? The County also runs a network of community health centers that provide primary care to thousands of people every month.

At this community meeting we will review the role of the County in delivering healthcare, look at some healthcare system models that are being used in other counties, and share our thoughts about the outcomes that we’d like our local healthcare system to achieve.

What: Community Meeting on HealthCare in Monterey County
When: Sunday, September 20th from 3pm - 5pm
Where: Marina Library, 190 Seaside Circle, Marina

Let us know that you will join us by sending and email to jane.parker@co.monterey.ca.us. Everyone is invited - Please help us spread the word!

www.janeparker.org


UPDATE ON THE COUNTY BUDGET

ImageOn August 25th, the Board of Supervisors accepted a preliminary report on the impacts of State budget cuts and adopted a resolution to provide direction to County staff to rebalance the current year budget. Working from the package signed by the Governor on July 28, the staff has identified a preliminary budget impact for the current fiscal year of $22.3 to $23.6 million. These include diversion of expected revenue and delay in expected payments.

Some of the program cuts may be offset by one time solutions, such as funding through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, but service reductions cannot be avoided. Program reductions will affect health and welfare services to the County’s most vulnerable citizens and will almost certainly reduce the quality of life for all who live in Monterey County.

The Board of Supervisors remains committed to finding long term strategic solutions that serve the stated mission “to excel at providing quality services for the benefit of all Monterey County residents while developing, maintaining and enhancing the resources of the area.”

The staff report on State Budget Impacts may be found at http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/admin/badivision/.

Monterey County Budget and Analysis Division


MONTEREY COUNTY CIVIL GRAND JURY 2010

The Superior Court of California for the County of Monterey invites applications for volunteer members of the Monterey County Civil Grand Jury for 2010. Each year the Civil Grand Jury closely examines local governmental agencies and investigates citizen concerns. The annual report of the Civil Grand Jury provides a foundation for discussion and action to improve local government services.

I urge you to consider this form of public service. It is a big commitment of time and provides a fascinating inside look at education, health issues, the justice system and other responsibilities of government in Monterey County.

At the end of its term, the Grand Jury publishes a final report. The final report summarizes the year's activities and contains findings and recommendations for action and study. Copies of the final report are distributed to public officials, libraries, the news media, any interested parties, and any entity that is the subject of one of the reports. Departments and agencies must respond to the report outlining actions that they intend to take as a result of the findings of the Grand Jury.

You can learn more about applying to serve on the Civil Grand Jury and read the reports from previous Grand Juries at http://www.monterey.courts.ca.gov/grandjury/

Montery County Civil Grand Jury


MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS IN MONTEREY COUNTY

ImageDid you know that Military veterans and their families make up more than 25% of the County‘s population? (and that figure doesn’t even include active duty military!)

Monterey County’s Military & Veterans’ Affairs Office (MVAO) provides advocacy, assistance and services designed to enhance the lives of the County's veterans who served their country in the Armed Forces. A team of dedicated MVAO staff are available to assist veterans, their families, and their survivors in obtaining entitlements and services. MVAO staff files an average of 1,500 claims on behalf of County veterans and their families, bringing over $3 million in benefits into the County’s economy every year.

Veterans, their families, and their survivors are invited to check with MVAO to learn more about this valuable County resource. You may visit an MVAO office conveniently located in Seaside (on the former Fort Ord) at the VA Clinic, 3401 Engineer Lane, or call the office at 883-3811.

The MVAO also staffs a Fort Ord Veterans Cemetery Citizens Advisory Committee that is working in partnership with the Central Cost Veterans Cemetery to raise the funds necessary to maintain a Central Coast Veterans Cemetery at the former Fort Ord Army Base. The Federal Government will grant federal funds to build the cemetery but will not fund the maintenance. Visit http://www.ccvcf.com/ and http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/va/adhoc.htm for more information about volunteering or donating to this important community effort.

The Board of Supervisors will host a Welcome Home Troops ceremony on September 22nd. If you know of anyone who has recently returned from a tour of military duty in a combat zone who you would like to see recognized by the Board, please contact Tom Griffin at 647-7619 or by email at griffint@co.monterey.ca.us.

Military and Veterans Affairs Office


CERTIFICATES OF RECOGNITION FROM SUPERVISOR PARKER

Jane would like to know who is making a difference in our community. Do you have a colleague, friend or peer who deserves to be recognized? Is there a teacher, coach, or mentor who is working hard to make our community a better place to live? Please send an email to jane.parker@co.monterey.ca.us to make your nomination.

Email Jane with your nomination!


WEEKLY AGENDA REVIEW WITH SUPERVISOR PARKER

Every Sunday evening prior to a Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Jane Parker hosts a citizen outreach meeting to review the meeting's agenda with constituents. Residents are encouraged to share their thoughts and priorities about the agenda and other issues facing Monterey County.

Did you know the Board Meeting Agendas and full staff reports are posted online? Click here to go to the webpage, or subscribe to the RSS feed to have the agenda sent to your email inbox or your favorite RSS reader. Updates are Thursdays prior to each meeting.

What: Agenda Review with Supervisor Jane Parker
Where: Mountain Mikes Pizza, 266 Reservation Rd #D, Marina
When: 5pm – 6pm Sundays prior to weekly Board of Supervisor Meetings

Upcoming Agenda Review dates this summer include: September 20th, & 27th, October 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, November 1st,

*** There will be NO agenda review on September 13th or November 8th, 17th, or 24th, (since there is no Board meeting the following Tuesday.)

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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.

Supervisor Jane Parker



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