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Chamber Honor Roll


Chamber Trip to Italy


INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Marketing 101 P.6 | Leadership Monterey County P.7 | Member Restaurants P.12

City Budget Crisis: Overtime Costs

Awards Honorees Sparkle Like Diamonds

by Paul J. Farmer, Chamber CEO This is the second article in a series where we focus on the City of Salinas’s major challenge with an ongoing budget deficit. Last issue, we wrote about the ever-increasing cost of its employee benefits and pensions. This issue, we’ll focus on exorbitant overtime costs. The Chamber is taking a pro-active role in first identifying the factors that are contributing to the budget crisis, discussing possible solutions and then applying our pressure and influence to assist the City in addressing the tough questions. We’re in this together. Please read on.

Overtime – What’s the Source? All of the numbers shared below come from an analysis of City overtime paid over the last nine years. During this time period, the City of Salinas has spent an average of $5M per year on overtime. The vast majority of that overtime comes from just two departments: Police and Fire. Police Department overtime costs have averaged $3.1 million per year, while the Fire Department costs have averaged $1.9 million. Even though overtime (at 1.5 or 2 times the regular rate of pay) is much more costly for salaries, the City points out that the total cost of paying an existing staffperson overtime is about the same as a new position with salary and benefits. This is because the City doesn’t have to pay all of the benefits they pay for a new staffperson.

The title of this article is a subtle reference to the Chamber’s Diamond year anniversary this year (that’s 100 years of makin’ it happen). Our Annual Awards Luncheon theme this year is “Shining Bright Like a Diamond.” Of course, all of these honorees do just fine shining brightly on their own. Before we put our spotlight on these local luminaries, here’s a reminder of a couple of details about the event. With attendance of over 500, the Annual Awards Luncheon (presented by Rabobank) is the Chamber’s biggest event of the year. Guests will get to meet the esteemed Chamber Susie Brusa, Board of Directors as well as hear about the Chamber’s recent Rancho Cielo, accomplishments and future focuses. The heart of the program Businesswoman will see the Chamber honoring businesses and individuals for of the Year their accomplishments and contributions. Tammy Blount, President & CEO of the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau has shared some very kind words about our team and event: “Great luncheon today – great honorees, appropriate words, good food, easy parking, and of course my favorite parts – you’re awesome, it was efficient, and ON TIME. I go to literally DOZENS of awards events each year. This was my favorite.’ Aww, thanks Tammy. But enough about us…as Ed Sullivan used to say, “On with the shew…” [Did we just quote Ed Sullivan? He-hem.] This year, the Raymond Costa, Citizen Chamber will honor of the Year the following businesses and individuals for their contributions:

Small Business of the Year: AquaBlue Skin & Body Spa

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Frank and Debbie Savino, Small Business of the Year, AquaBlue Skin & Body Spa

Co-owned by Frank and Debbie Savino, AquaBlue has consistently lived up to its mission statement “to be a great corporate citizen through volunteerism

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Take a Step Toward Better Health Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System has launched a new program to connect you to your best life. Join our physicians on a monthly walk and talk that will inspire and inform. WHEN: February 24, 2018, 9:00am WHERE: Fort Ord National Monument, Badger Hills Trailhead Across Highway 68 from Toro CafĂŠ PHYSICIAN LEADER: Vincent DeFilippi, MD TOPIC: Heart Health For more information and to reserve your spot, call our Health Promotion Department at 831-759-1890. New physicians and topics every month.



Here’s our “Honor Roll” for 2017 by Jim Bogart, Chamber Board Chair

I’d like to start off 2018 by thanking the Chamber’s biggest financial supporters. We thank ALL of our members for enabling our organization to do the valuable work we do in building a stronger Salinas. — Jim Bogart, 2018 Chamber Board Chair (& President, Grower-Shipper Association)

CHAMBER HONOR ROLL PLATINUM invest greater than $10,000


invest between $5,000 and $10,000

Aera Energy Associated Builders and Contractors NorCal Chapter Braga Fresh Family Farms City of Salinas Comerica Bank Hartnell College Mann Packing Company Noland, Hamerly, Etienne & Hoss Attorneys at Law Pinnacle Bank RHC Management Co dba McDonalds Scheid Vineyards Tanimura and Antle The Don Chapin Company. Wells Fargo Northern and Central California Region


invest between $2,500 and $5,000 Alliant Insurance Services Altai Brands Alvarez Technology Group American AgCredit Central Coast Federal Credit Union - Seaside


Chukchansi Resort and Casino Cloverfield Management Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula Credit Consulting Services Driscoll's Strawberry Associates Fenton & Keller Geisler3 Green Rubber - Kennedy Ag Hastie Financial Group Hayashi Wayland International Paper Lopez Tax Service Monterey County Bank Monterey Peninsula College Ottone Leach & Ray LLP Pacific Gas & Electric Company Sam Linder Auto Group Smith Family Wines SSB Construction Union Bank


invest between $1,000 and $2,500 A & O Clinic Pharmacy Alvarado Street Brewery & Tasting Room American Supply Company - Salinas AquaBlue Skin & Body Spa Ausonio Inc Bagel Corner Bank of America - S Main Branch Belli Architectural Group Bianchi Kasavan & Pope LLP Blach Construction California Water Service Company Chevron Chilton and House Attorneys Costco Wholesale Corp CSUMB CSUMB @ Salinas City Center D'Arrigo Bros. Co., of California Disaster Kleenup Specialists Dole Fresh Vegetables Dynegy Moss Landing El Camino Machine & Welding Embassy Suites Monterey Bay - Seaside Farm Fresh Deli & Cafe First Solar Food 4 Less Furey's Old Town Barber Granite Construction Company

GRID Alternatives Harden Ranch Plaza Haute Enchilada Housing Authority of the County of Monterey iHeartMedia InterContinental - The Clement Monterey JCPenney JM Electric Johnson Electronics JRG Attorneys at Law Katherine Healthcare Center KION TV KSBW 8 (NBC) · Central Coast ABC · Estrella TV Central Coast La Mexicana Market & Deli La Plaza Bakery & Café Laurel Inn Leavitt Central Coast Insurance Mapleton/Radio Monterey Bay Matsui Nursery Maureen Wruck Planning Consultants McDonald's Salinas/Monterey McSherry & Hudson Mission Linen Supply Monterey County Housing Authority Development Corporation Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa MY Cars-MY Chevrolet/MY Nissan Kia/ MY Jeep Chrysler Dodge Natividad Medical Foundation Northridge Mall / Starwood Retail Partners Notre Dame High School Office Depot/Office Max NCP Pacific Valley Bank Pinnacle HealthCare Quail Lodge & Golf Club Quintes Administrative & Insurance Services Reyes Coca Cola Bottling Co Ryan & McDonald LLP Salinas City Center Improvement Association Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation Salinas Valley Recycles SC Works dba SignWorks Smith & Enright Landscaping Swenson & Silacci Flowers The Home Depot The Nunes Company The Salinas Californian (Gannett) TMD Creative Top 10 Produce LLC Turner's Outdoorsman Valley Fabrication. Vegetable Growers Supply Company Vilmorin North America Wal * Mart Stores. #2458 Waste Management Carmel-Marina Recycling Center Windsor Gardens Rehabilitation Center of Salinas Windsor Skyline Care Center


Noble Boss, Membership Director ■ Sydney Allred, Member Services Coordinator ■ Phillip Saldaña, Operations Manager ■ Thom Taft, Finance Manager ■ Paul Farmer, CEO & Chief Member Advocate


of the Board Jim Bogart (Grower-Shipper Association) ■ Past Chair Frank Geisler (Geisler3) ■ Vice Chair, GRC Kevin Dayton (Labor Issues Solutions) ■ Vice Chair, Membership John Bailey (Alternative Dispute Resolution) ■ Vice Chair, Finance William J. Hastie (Hastie Financial Group) ■ Vice Chair, Events Julie Ann Lozano (MBS Business Systems)


Berg-James (Noland, Hamerly, Etienne & Hoss) ■ Mark Boos (Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast) ■ Kalah Bumba (Consultant Community/Health) ■ Raymond Costa (RHC Management - McDonald's) ■ John Haupt (Blach Construction) ■ Jeff Lamb (Farm Fresh Deli & Café) ■ Adrienne Laurent (Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System) ■ Rodney Meeks (Credit Consulting Services) ■ Tom Meyer (1st Capital Bank) ■ Esmeralda Montenegro Owen (Hartnell College) ■ Cody Ramsey (Mann Packing) ■ Kristy Santiago (KION TV) ■ Ba Tang (Union Bank)


Kasavan (SPARC)

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Join us for our biggest annual event where over 500 local businesspeople get together for lunch and to honor our own.

Presented by

Small Business of the Year: Aquablue Skin & Body Spa

Large Business of the Year: Noland Hamerly Etienne & Hoss, Attorneys at Law

Businesswoman of the Year: SusieBrusa, Rancho Cielo

Citizen of the Year: Raymond Costa

Agricultural Leadership: Wesley Van Camp

Spirit of the Community: Starla Warren 4

Register online by 2/19 Or (831) 751-7725


Chamber Trip - Italy! with Chamber CEO Paul Farmer

Have you traveled with our Chamber (and me) yet? If not, read on – you might want to join us. Traveling with the Chamber is a fantastic way to travel internationally with someone you trust and our group travel rates will save you plenty of dough and headache. The Chamber and our travel partner agency handle all the details so all you have to do is enjoy yourself. Especially with the new friends you’ll make on our trip, that’s not hard! Our Chamber travel group travels on our own private motor coach. A professional tour guide accompanies us on the trip, takes care of the logistical details and shares with us the background and histories of the places we visit. Some good news this year. Good news? Actually, it’s great if you don’t like packing and unpacking. And if you like staying in really nice hotels, I’d say the news is even greater. We’ll be staying in the beautiful Bristol Hotel in Sorrento for our entire stay. This hotel is perched on the hillside overlooking the glorious Amalfi Coast. We’ve learned – a very nice hotel is key to having a top-notch vacation experience. The sites we will be visiting are nearby, meaning the bus rides each day are short. And if you want some leisure time to yourself, that’s easy enough with this trip. We have two

optional days built in, take advantage of them so you can do your own discovering or take it a little slower if you like. You won’t need a vacation to recover from your vacation. Our travel partner this year has bent over backwards for us. This is the third year in a row we’ll be traveling with them. Those who joined us last year in Ireland know about all the special treatment we enjoyed. If you haven’t been to Italy before, you’re probably going to want to add a 2-day post-trip extension to visit Rome. There’s a reason Italy is the #1 destination in Europe. This will be my third time in Rome and I absolutely love it. If you want to spend even more time in Italy, we can easily arrange that into this trip. There are so many cool things to share, you’re going to have to learn more about it. Please join us for the no-pressure Travelers Information session on March 1 (details in the ad beside this article). Or shoot me a note: Our traveler satisfaction is very high because the tours are top-notch, the pricing is very competitive (thank you, group discounts) and…let it never be said that I don’t know how to show people a good time!

2018 Chamber Trip


Oct 10 - Oct 17, 2018

8 Day Journey of a Lifetime Includes Breakfasts & 2 Dinners Highlights: Stunning Amalfi Coast, historic City of Pompeii (where Mount Vesuvius erupted), Sorrento, Capri, Ravello, Positano Our 4-star Bristol Hotel overlooks the coast DISCOUNTED RATE:

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over half of our travelers are couples, but we also get a lot of singles who like to travel with our always-friendly group. Also, every year we get a few groups of friends who decide to leave the spouses at home and have their own adventure with us. So…set aside any reasons you might have for not joining us and at least come hear about the trip! ■


Amalfi & Pompeii

You’re invited to a

Travel Presentation When: Tuesday March 1, 6-7pm Where: Salinas Valley Chamber 119 E Alisal St, Salinas Info: (831) 751-7725


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Clarify Your Marketing Message For 2018 Your website might be sending the wrong message to those who visit. Often, businesses are guilty of focusing on search engine optimization as opposed to telling prospective customers what they want to hear. It happens so often that you might not even be aware that you have fallen into the same trap. Also, if your website is talking heavily about your accolades, how long you've been in business, and the whole life story of your company, you could be losing people before you've had a chance to really try to sell to them. A visitor to your website should learn these three very distinct points about your company, within just five seconds of arriving at your website; 1. Be clear about what you offer The moment someone lands on your website, they need to know what you offer. If they don't know what you offer, they will likely hit the back button and move on to another website. That other website is your competition. Convey your message using strong headings, text and images to promote

what you offer, whether it's a product or a service. 2. What are the benefits People are visiting your site because they want to know how you can help them. Although you might want to let people know about your most recent community volunteering project, the average person doesn't want to know. Instead, they want to know how your company is capable of changing or improving their lives. Your message should touch on their pain points. Explain what you can do for them and how it is going to benefit them. Make your site about them instead of you.

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(TOT), infrastructure and economic impact in Monterey County. The industry executives we have scheduled for each course throughout the program are deeply involved with advocacy, innovation, as well as challenges that their industry faces. LMC gives an opportunity for local leaders to hear directly from decision makers about what their organizations are doing to address those issues in Monterey County. Our first class, "Hospitality Day" includes touring properties and professional discussions scheduled with the following: • Teddy Balestreri, Vice President of Hospitality Operations and Community Relations, Cannery Row Company

by Jobs for the Future. Most recently, she was director of Career Coaching at Impact Group a global company focused on outplacement, relocation and talent development. Jan holds a Bachelor’s degree in science from Ball State University and Masters in Business Administration from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. In her free time, Jan loves to kayak, listen to live music, and walk her dog on the beach or on one of the Monterey Bay area’s many scenic trails. ■


The Monterey County Business Council is excited to have partnered with the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce in developing the new Leadership Monterey County program. The program kicks off in February 2018, providing participants an opportunity to learn of important businesses and organizations that create a thriving economy in Monterey County. The program provides a comprehensive view of our key industries, and even more importantly an opportunity to network with the business leaders who are operating successful companies within the county. Additionally, participants will have time to learn from their peers in the program. Class days provide a well-rounded overview of critical economic drivers for Monterey County, including: • February 23 - Hospitality • March 23 - Defense and Security • April 27 - Healthcare • May 25 - Government and Law • June 22 - Agriculture • July 27 - South County • August 24 - Nonprofit Sector • September 28 Infrastructure/Environment • October 26 - Art/History/Culture • November 16 - Education The first class offers an overview of the hospitality industry and its importance to workforce, affordable housing, transient occupancy taxes

Jan Hunter (MBA, IHR) is a longtime California resident with extensive experience in workforce development and consulting. She has held senior levels roles within human resources at John Muir Health, Banner Health and as Jan Hunter (MBA, IHR) Director of the CareerSTAT Project, national healthcare workforce development project funded by the Joyce Foundation and supported


by Kimbley Craig, Monterey County Business Council

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Leadership Monterey County

• Julie Weaver, General Manager of The Lodge at Pebble Beach and Casa Palmero, Pebble Beach Resorts We also have a variety of sponsorships available, should you or your company wish to support this fantastic program. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kimbley Craig, Executive Director of Leadership Monterey County. (831) 216-3020 ■

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California Gains 53k Jobs By Andrew Khouri LA Times The California economy closed out 2017 on a robust note as the state added 52,700 net new jobs in December and the unemployment rate fell to 4.3% from 4.6% a month earlier, according to data released Friday by the state Employment Development Department. The Golden State has now gained jobs for four straight months, after several months of alternating job losses and gains. November's figures were upwardly revised to a growth of 53,700 jobs from 47,400, and the unemployment rate set a new record low for a survey that started in 1976, when the method for collecting the unemployment rate changed. "California's economy ended 2017 with a roar," said Lynn Reaser, chief economist of the Fermanian Business and Economic Institute at Point Loma Nazarene University. "The job gain was particularly significant in its breadth across industries." The biggest gains last month were seen in government, which added 10,300 jobs, and the leisure and hospitality sector, which saw an increase of 10,100. Professional and business services, information and construction also saw big gains. The trade, transportation and utilities sector and the mining and logging sector were the only sectors to see job losses last month. In Los Angeles County, payrolls expanded by 6,000, and in Orange County, they expanded by 9,700. Riverside and San Bernardino counties gained a combined 3,500 jobs. Payrolls were flat in Ventura County. Michael S. Bernick, director of the state's employment department from 1999 to 2004, called the December statewide report exceptionally positive, noting that California accounted for 36% of the U.S.' job growth last month. Economists say the California’s economy is benefiting from a variety of factors. The state's diverse jobs base is allowing it to ride a national upswing, and wealth created by tech companies is


spilling over to other sectors. It's also boosting the revenues of local governments, enabling them to restore services they cut during the Great Recession and its aftermath, said Robert Kleinhenz, an economist with Beacon Economics. "The recession is in the rearview mirror," Kleinhenz said. "We are headed into 2018 on a strong footing." One reason, according to Reaser, is that the new federal tax law slashed business taxes and should lead companies to invest more. Republicans pitched the plan in part by arguing that those benefits to companies would trickle down to the average worker in wage gains. Some companies have announced one-time bonuses recently, and others — such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. — also have announced raises. Economists generally expect a short-term boost to the economy from the tax cut, even though they doubt it will be a game changer for long-term economic growth. Reaser said the federal tax overhaul will help lift pay some, but the main reason she expects wage growth to pick up this year is that the falling unemployment rate will force companies to compete more fiercely for workers. Low-wage workers have seen relatively strong gains in recent years as the labor market tightened, but overall growth has been more subdued so far. Average hourly U.S. earnings rose 2.5% last month compared with a year earlier, not much faster than inflation. Bernick said that could be because many people have only part-time employment and are out looking for better jobs, giving workers less bargaining power than the unemployment rate would suggest. Wage growth has been stronger in California than in the U.S. overall. December wage data for California is not yet available, but in November, wages climbed 3.1%, compared with 2.4% nationwide. ■


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Types of Overtime:

For the Police Department, the main categories of overtime are as follows (with average amount paid per year): • Callback / Hold Over ($1.2 million) • Other Patrol and Investigation overtime ($244k & $198k, respectively) • Court ($196k) – overtime from going to court on a day not scheduled to work • Special Events ($139k) – Staff are paid overtime for events such as the Air Show, Rodeo, and more.

For the Fire Department, the main categories of overtime are as follows (with average amount paid per year): • Minimum Staffing ($1.8 million average for the last 4 years) – For each shift,

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the fire department requires at least 23 staff members plus 4 additional on a second ladder truck. These requirements are stated in a Memo of Understanding between the City and the Fire Department that began in July 2016. [The added costs and burden to the City from this MOU and the Fire Department’s “binding arbitration” will be a topic for an upcoming article in this series.] Holiday Pay ($313k average for the last 4 years) – Staff who work on any one of the 12 paid holidays receive overtime for working the holiday. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Overtime ($178k average) – Staff are paid for working more than the minimum number of hours in a work period. Cost Recovery ($70k average) – Staff are paid overtime to go outside the City on fires, and the City is reimbursed for the cost. All other overtime include hold over, training, and special events ($105k average)

Main Cause of Overtime: Police Department • Vacancies • Getting called in to work on your day off or being held over to work longer after the shift ended • Maintain minimum staff levels on each shift • Overtime triggered with leave taken as if the leave were worked per FSLA standard Fire Department • Maintain minimum staffing levels • Vacancies • Overtime triggered with leave taken as if the leave were worked per FSLA standard • Shift swapping is not coordinated for planned time-off to avoid overtime

Problem with Overtime: An analysis of the overtime stated above shows that the Police Department, even with overtime, comes in under its total payroll budget. This shows that the issue there is vacancies within the department. It is hard for the Police Department to hire and maintain new officers. With the Fire Department, an analysis shows the issue is that staff is working more overtime than what is needed just to cover vacancies. Cutting back on overtime expenses in the Fire Department is one of many strategies the City could explore to resolve the budget crisis. Again, we will delve into this issue in greater detail in a future article. ■

in community events, leadership in the community, and charitable donations to all organizations with any need." A graduate of Leadership Salinas Valley, Frank Savino has been a director of American Cancer Society Relay for Life for 10 years. He has served the community in many ways including as past board vice president of the Women's and Family Crisis Center, president of the Old Town Salinas Foundation, president of the Old Town Salinas Association (two terms), Event Chair of the Holiday Parade of Lights (for six years). In addition to running a successful local business, the Savinos are renowned for their generosity to others. They can often be seen supporting many local nonprofits with their volunteerism, leadership, and donations.

Large Business of the Year: Noland Hamerly Etienne & Hoss Celebrating 90 years of service, Noland Hamerly Etienne & Hoss is one of the largest and most respected law firms serving our Central Coast area. Noland Hamerly’s attorneys provide a wide range of legal services, including estate planning, trust administration, employment, business, real estate and land use law, and civil litigation. Since 1928, Noland Hamerly has been deeply rooted in the local Noland Hamerly Etienne Hoss, community, with its Large Business of the Year attorneys participating in local organizations, and serving on Boards, including the Salinas Rodeo, Monterey Jazz Festival, Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce, Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, National Steinbeck Center, Salinas Valley Leadership Group, Ag Against Hunger, Elkhorn Slough, Hartnell College Foundation, Carmel Bach Festival, Rotary, and numerous other organizations. Noland Hamerly believes community involvement is key to the health and cultural diversity of our area. Recent Awards include: Top Ranked Law Firms in the United States by MartindaleHubbell (the company that sets the standard for law firm ratings) and 2013 & 2016 Monterey Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award for Professional Services.

Businesswoman of the Year: Susie Brusa, Rancho Cielo Susie is truly a professional role model for all business leaders. While the "business" she runs is technically a non-profit, she approaches it with business acumen. Susie has overseen the growth of Rancho Cielo, both in programs and in number of young people served, tripling the number of graduates contributing to our local economy. Under her leadership, the balance sheet has grown from $4M to $15M, and revenues raised annually have increased from $750,000 to $2.5M. This year, after completing a $10M Capital Campaign, Rancho Cielo breaks ground on the Ted Taylor Vocational Center. The Taylor Vocational Center will benefit many local businesses by creating a talented employee pool. Susie has contributed to many other local organizations. She is a founding member of YoSal, and works with the Carmel Bach Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival to make all kinds of music accessible. She also has led strategic planning sessions pro bono for many local non-profits and churches. She is a very well-respected member of the community and has recruited many powerful and influential business leaders to the board of Rancho Cielo. She is a convener and works hard on behalf of the kids at Rancho Cielo and also for our community overall.

Citizen of the Year: Raymond Costa Raymond Costa is a strong contributor to the Salinas Valley, both economically and philanthropically. He prefers to direct his many charitable donations to nonprofit organizations that help local children. AWARDS - Continued on page 11



Handling Complaints of Harassment in 2018 Hardly a day goes by that the news doesn’t announce another well-known public figure who has been accused of sexual harassment. As outside observers, we just see the fallout with the accused seemingly being automatically fired after an accusation is made. In fact, there are several steps that employers must follow when an employee makes an accusation of harassment. Complaints of harassment may be presented in a variety of ways. One employee may specifically use the terms “harassment” or “hostile work environment.” Another may say that he or she feels “uncomfortable” at work. Sometimes an employee does not complain, but a supervisor witnesses an employee being harassed. In any of these instances, it is important to take action. Under both federal and California law, an employer is liable for harassment if a supervisor knows about harassing conduct and fails to take immediate and appropriate corrective action. First, the employer should get as much detail as possible from the employee alleging harassment asking the classic “who, what, when, where, and why.” The employer should then investigate the employee’s claims. However, it must first take action to ensure that the employee feels protected. For example, the employer may place the accused on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation. Or it may separate the complainant and the accused pending the results of the investigation. In doing so, an employer must be careful to not transfer the complainant to an undesirable shift or department. It is unlawful for an employer to retaliate against an employee for complaining about harassment, and an undesirable transfer could be seen as a form of retaliation. An investigation should take place as soon as possible while facts are still fresh in everyone’s minds. The investigation can be conducted


in-house by someone who does not regularly work with the employees involved, or by a neutral licensed private investigator or attorney. The investigation should give the complainant and the accused the full opportunity to tell what happened, including naming any witnesses who, if relevant, should also be interviewed. Often harassment complaints involve incidents with no witnesses. In those situations, the investigator will need to assess the credibility of the complainant and the accused. At the end of the investigation, an employer may find that harassment occurred. In that case, disciplinary action commensurate with the conduct must be taken, which may range from training, to a disciplinary notice, to suspension, to termination. It is important to remember that even if the investigation concludes that there was no harassment, no retaliatory action can be taken against the complaining employee. Retaliation can include actions like demoting, disciplining, or terminating the employee. California employers are required to have a written policy prohibiting harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. The policy must specify to whom employees can report complaints, and must require supervisors to report any complaint of harassment. California employers are also required to post the Department of Fair Employment and Housing’s (“DFEH”) poster, “California Law Prohibits Workplace Discrimination and Harassment,” which can be found in English and Spanish at https://www. Employers can also find guidance in the DFEH’s publication that can be found at

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by Sharilyn Payne, Fenton & Keller

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: Kathy Torres, VP MCB; Ray Retez, Luis Solano, Kim Solano, Haute Enchilada Cafe and Gallery Owners; Charles T. Chrietzberg, Jr., MCB President/CEO

The Haute Enchilada Cafe and Gallery boasts an eclectic menu of sustainable seafood and local organic produce, wine and beer tasting plus two art galleries with local artists’ original work. From palate to palette the Haute Enchilada Cafe and Gallery has something for everyone! Open daily from 11 AM to 9 PM for lunch and dinner as well as full bar, espresso bar and dessert. 7902 A Moss Landing Rd., Moss Landing, CA 95039 (831) 633-5843

“Monterey County Bank” has provided us with exceptional customer service and has made it possible for us to move forward making much needed improvements to our property and business.” Ray Retez, Luis Solano and Kim Solano, Owners

Call Monterey County Bank Today! Monterey (831) 649-4600 Pacific Grove (831) 655-4300 Carmel Rancho (831) 625-4300 Salinas (831) 422-4600

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California Employment Report for December 2017 The Center for Jobs and the Economy has released our initial analysis of the December Employment Report released by the California Employment Development Department. For additional information and data about the California economy visit

Unemployment Rate Improves


Unemployment Rate EDD reports California's unemployment rate (seasonally adjusted) in December dropped to 4.3%, the best performance since the current unemployment series began in 1976. Total employment was up 39,000 from November, while total unemployment dropped 46,000. As a result, the total labor force eased by 8,000. The US unemployment rate remained steady at 4.1%. National employment was up 104,000, unemployment down by 40,000, and the labor force grew by 64,000.

Nonfarm Jobs Up

52.7k Job Gains

Nonfarm wage and salary jobs grew


52,700 (seasonally adjusted) in December. November's gains were revised to 53,700 from the previously reported 47,400..

Counties with Double-Digit Unemployment


Counties with Unemployment Above 10% Three counties, Imperial, Colusa, and Tulare had an unemployment rate at 10% or higher. The number with unemployment rates at or below 5% eased to 30, with 21 counties at 4% or below

MSAs Continue to Have Worst Unemployment in US

7 MSAs in Lowest

National Unemployment Rate Seven California Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) were in the worst 10 unemployment rates nationally in November. Nine were in the worst 20. ■

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Ray is a partner with RHC Management Inc, which owns and operates ten McDonald’s franchises throughout the Salinas Valley. Hundreds of locals work for the RHC Management team, which strongly believes in promoting from within. Several of RHC’s management staff started out as line workers in their McDonald’s restaurants. A member of the Salinas Valley Chamber Board, Mr. Costa has sponsored the Salinas Holiday Parade of Lights and has been a longtime supporter of KSBW’s Share Your Holiday. In 2017, in addition to a $10k donation to Share Your Holiday, Ray paid another $5k to have the rights to the parking space of KSBW General Manager Joseph W. Heston. He was nominated by Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter, who, when asked for nominations for this esteemed recognition did not flinch a moment “Ray Costa, without a doubt.” After reviewing Ray’s many contributions, the Chamber’s Awards selection committee agreed wholeheartedly with that. Ag Leadership Award: Wesley Van Camp – Tanimura & Antle Wesley has provided true leadership in resolving the challenge of farm worker housing with her successful spearheading of the Spreckels Crossing housing project. Tanimura & Antle set out to stabilize their workforce by building first-class housing on their home ranch complex, offering space for up to 800 farm workers to live in a safe, clean, and affordable environment. Wesley was instrumental in securing project approvals and permits, as well as leading the efforts in the community to gain support for their vision. Since the project was completed, Wesley has been more than gracious in offering and guiding tours of this important project. Tanimura & Antle has been recognized with several awards for their forward vision in proactively addressing this challenge. The Salinas Valley Wesley Van Camp, is in dire need of farm worker housing and Wesley set the bar Tanimura & Antle, Ag Leadership high in providing a blueprint for others to follow. In addition to her leadership with Spreckels Crossing, Wesley has served as a guide and mentor for many young professionals in the ag industry. We salute her for her selfless professionalism and the sterling example she embodies.

Spirit of the Community: Starla Warren Starla is the President of the Monterey County Housing Authority Development (HDC). In that role, she has earned the respect of virtually all who work with her and her team for being fearless, persistent and creative in addressing our area’s housing challenges. HDC is the non-profit development arm of the Monterey County Housing Authority; they are constantly working to bring more affordable housing to the area. In 2017 alone, they began construction on two new affordable housing developments which will add a total of over 100 newly-constructed affordable housing units to the community. In Castroville, 50 of those units are earmarked for farm laborers and their families. With the completion of Dai-Ichi Village, an affordable housing Starla Warren, development for seniors in Salinas’s Chinatown, HDC was Spirit of the Community honored in 2017 by the City of Salinas with the David G. Swanson Award recognizing their tremendous contributions to the viability of the community. At one of HDC’s recent housing development groundbreaking ceremonies, a community partner stated that in his 25 years in the industry, he has never met anyone who is as good as Starla at figuring out the nuances of bureaucracy to turn a “no” into a “yes.” Her spirit, energy and intelligence have benefited our community tremendously in addressing the challenge of affordable housing. ■


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Little Sicily

Bayonet & Blackhorse Golf Course

Luigi's Italian

Buffalo Wild Wings

Loose Caboose

Max Fit

Castle Rock Coffee and Mercantile Chef Lee's Mandarin House 2 Farm Fresh Deli & Cafe Flying Artichoke Restaurant Gino's Fine Italian Foods Gordon's CafĂŠ and Catering Haute Enchilada InterContinental- The Clement Monterey La Plaza Bakery & Cafe -Gonzales -N. Sanborn Rd. -Greenfield -Soledad

McDonald's -N. Main -Greenfield -S. Main -Kern St. -Salinas/Monterey -King City -Abbott St. -Northridge Mall -E. Alisal St. -Soledad -E. Boronda -Williams Rd. -Gonzales Monterey Coast Brewing Monterey Plaza Hotel Old Fisherman's Grotto Pastability's

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New Member Profiles Artistic HangUps Artistic HangUps has been in business for over 25 years. We are committed to providing convenience and the highest quality service possible. We understand that everyone's needs are different, so we offer several services to make life easy. They include, but are not limited to: custom framing, pickup and delivery, home and office consultations, art consultations, same day service, original art, local photography, passport photos, online quotes through email. 257 John Street • (831) 757-4703 •

Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) is the world’s largest biotechnology trade association. Its members provide more than 242,000 jobs in California in the bioscience industry and are leading bioscience innovation in health, energy, agriculture and the environment. California’s life sciences companies lead the country in research and development. The tools of biotechnology are solving some of society’s most pressing problems and creating high-skill and high-wage jobs for the betterment of our lives and our communities.

Furey's Old Town Barber We are a traditional barbershop located in the heart of downtown Salinas. The shop is open 7 days a week and appointments are preferred but we are able to accommodate walk ins during the week. It is best to book ahead. We offer haircuts, beard trims, hot shaves, waxing, skin care and manicures. Everything a man needs to look his best. We have online booking to make scheduling easy. fureys-old-town-barber We offer a discount to active duty military, police & fire personnel. The first Tuesday of the month is our “Senior Appreciation Day” in which we offer $15 haircuts all day to our gentlemen 65 and older. 237 Salinas St, Ste 1 • (831) 917-4586 FEBRUARY 2018

California Armed Guards Threats to businesses today are increasingly complex and intense at a time when company operations are becoming more interrelated and important. Investment in security can help significantly reduce a company's vulnerability to the many factors that threaten performance. Security is probably the only true effective form of reducing theft, vandalism, damage to property, and aggressive behavior toward staff and customers. California Armed Guards was established specifically to meet this demand by providing a professional, proactive, and consultative service to businesses seeking security solutions. If you are interested in a quote, send an e-mail to or call us at (831) 786-0804 •

Grainger Grainger is a leading distributor of industrial supplies, MRO equipment, tools and materials. With access to over 1.5 million industrial supply products available online and in our print catalog, we provide maintenance, repair, and operational solutions for your business. MRO, manufacturing, supply chain, tools, and more – for the ones who get it done. 1334 Dayton St, Salinas (831) 757-0991 · (800) 472-4643 •

LightWorks Since 1993, SignWorks products define the highest standard in outdoor graphics on the Central Coast. We're now expanding our electrical services department, specializing in all your lighting needs. LightWorks is our proudest expansion and we're in the business of serving Monterey with not only the highest quality of signage, but also the highest standard in lighting. Light repairs, commercial lighting, merchant lighting, and industrial bulb replacements. 1805A Contra Costa Street, Sand City (831) 899-8700 • www.


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Look What We Found! We’ve started preparing for the Chamber’s 100 year anniversary next year. Check out what we’ve found in our vault!

Little Sicily

Little Sicily has opened their doors in Oldtown Salinas. After years of running a large Italian restaurant in Monterey, Michael and his family have opened their own place on Gabilan St. When you bite into the Lasagna you know it is homemade and made with love. Don’t fill yourself up on the yummy garlic bread because you want to leave room for Clams, Gnocchi, Ravioli, Spaghetti, or Pizza and don’t forget a Cannoli. 16 E Gabilan St. • Salinas • 831-676-0064

Monterey Cleaning Service Monterey Cleaning Service is a locally owned family business. While cleaning is the best way to protect your investment, with us you can be worry-free and live in a cleaner, healthier environment. One thing we excel at is detailed, deep cleaning. Services we offer consist of: move outs, post construction cleanups, office cleaning, window washing, pressure washing, tile and grout, strip and wax, odor control, fire and smoke cleaning, and emergency water extractions and professional drying. Counties we serve: Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey. (831)595-7071 •

Paylocity Since our founding 20 years ago, Paylocity has maintained a 97% client retention. We have done this by delivering a high level of service and technology, and by providing a customizable solution for Payroll and Human Resource needs. At Paylocity, 33% percent of our workforce is comprised of programmers and IT personnel who deliver cloud solutions to give our clients the power to configure their Payroll and HR anyway they like. If you are interested in HR services, send an e-mail to or call (669) 253-3075

Sunbelt Rentals

Press releases stated “Sherwood Hall is a concert hall and event space for the community people. The hall is open for rehearsals, gatherings, theatrical plays and primarily hosts musical events. Its spacious ambiance makes it a perfect fit to host any event, gathering or party.” The Salinas Chamber was the first to use Sherwood Hall for a banquet shortly after its opening.


One of the largest equipment rental companies in North America and backed by a network of more than 625 locations, Sunbelt Rentals successfully services a variety of customers - from those in the commercial, residential, industrial, municipal, and specialized service industries, to weekend do-it-yourselfers. Sunbelt's extensive fleet exceeds $7.0 billion and includes general construction equipment, industrial tools, pumps and power generation equipment, trench shoring, scaffolding, remediation & restoration equipment, and more. 21915 Rosehart Way • (831) 676-2510


Chamber Ambassador

David Weber

David Weber is a Certified Risk Management professional, and a Commercial Insurance Broker at McSherry & Hudson. David specializes in providing risk management and insurance programs for mid -large sized agriculture, construction, and commercial property businesses. He earned his Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist (CLCS) designation for understanding and analyzing insurance policy. This designation is regarded as one of the highest in the industry. David has also earned the Certified Risk Architect (CRA) designation for his expertise in risk management techniques. He is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach with a degree in

Organizational Communication. He is a committee member of the Grower-Shipper Association, and is involved in serving many associations throughout the area. David is married to the “love of his life,� Heidi, and they have two beautiful children, Gia (3 years old), and Jack (1 year old). McSherry & Hudson, has been serving this region for over 100 years. McSherry & Hudson’s name is well known in the local market, is well respected, and has a great reputation. We are a niche oriented firm that specializes in working with agriculture, construction, and commercial property businesses. Our safety, and loss control services make us unique in the industry. We go above and beyond providing just

an insurance policy, we partner with businesses as their outsourced risk management department. David is excited to get involved with the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce in order to better serve the community in which he works every day.

At McSherry & Hudson we believe in supporting our community. As a company we want to make a positive impact on the issues that we care about. Our team works with local non-profits and organizations to ensure a better future, where communities are able to achieve their fullest potential.

Please contact David Weber at (831) 724-3841

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Focus on Non-Profits Rancho Cielo Gang violence is the leading cause of youth homicide in Monterey County. Education and job training are the leading tools to combat this violence. Rancho Cielo offers opportunities for at-risk youth to re-engage with their community, develop self-worth, and transform into Monterey County’s strongest conduits toward positive change. Rancho Cielo programs have served nearly 1,000 at-risk youth to work toward a high school diploma, job training, and a passport to hope. Rancho Cielo’s core programs include: Drummond Culinary Academy for students aged 16-24 who spend half their time in the kitchen training with an Executive Chef and half their time earning their high school diploma. Rancho Cielo’s Friday Night dinners are the highest-rated compared to other restaurants listed in the “Local Cuisine” category on TripAdvisor. Construction Academy mirrors the Culinary Academy with students sharing their time between learning construction fundamentals, working on construction job sites, solar installation, and earning their high school diplomas. Silver Star Youth Program is a Community Day School that emphasizes achieving a high school diploma for students ages 15-18 who are on probation.

Solar installation students at work

Youth Corps builds an employment bridge for probation/parole youth from ages 18-24, who would otherwise have difficulty obtaining regular, full time jobs in construction, woodworking and related trades.

For more information call (831) 444-3533 or visit

Non-Profit Calendar Feb 15: Non-profit Executive Retreat 9am- 1pm • 2600 Sand Dunes Drive, Monterey 831-375-9712 • Non-Profit: Community Foundation for Monterey County

Feb 21: Luncheon:

Lessons from the Olympic Field w/ Monica Abbott, 2008 Silver Medalist 11:30am- 1pm • 523 Work St, Salinas 831-261-1779 • Non-Profit: Salinas Valley Business Women's Network

Feb 23: Tikki Tikki Tembo

7pm • 320 Main Street, Salinas 831-775-0976 • Non-Profit: ARIEL Theatrical

Feb 24: Tikki Tikki Tembo

2 pm & 7 pm • 320 Main Street, Salinas 831-775-0976 • Non-Profit: ARIEL Theatrical


Feb 25: Rancho Cielo's

9th Annual Culinary Round Up 5- 8pm • 710 Old Stage Road, Salinas 831-444-3533 • Non-Profit: Rancho Cielo

Feb 28: Volunteer Managers

Brown Bag Lunch 11:30am - 1:30pm • 2354 Garden Road, Monterey 831-373-4606 • Non-Profit: NAMC and CFMC

March 9: Wonderland!

7pm • 940 N. Main Street, Salinas 831-775-0976 • Non-Profit: ARIEL Theatrical

March 9: Non-profit Workshop:

Making Change - Even When You're Not "In Charge" 9am- 1pm • 1636 Ercia Street, Salinas 831-375-9712 • Non-Profit: Community Foundation for Monterey County

March 9: Next Generation Jazz Festival 7- 11pm • 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey 831-373-3366 • Non-Profit: Monterey Jazz Festival

March 10: Next Generation Jazz Festival 9am - 11pm • 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey 831-373-3366 • Non-Profit: Monterey Jazz Festival

March 11: Next Generation Jazz Festival 9am - 5:30pm • 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey 831-373-3366 • Non-Profit: Monterey Jazz Festival

Feb 16 & after: Friday Night Dinners

5:30- 7:30pm • 710 Old Stage Road, Salinas 831-444-3521 • Non-Profit: Rancho Cielo

On going event:

Free-to-learn Affordable Access Program 886 Cannery Row, Monterey (831) 648-4800 • Non-Profit: Monterey Bay Aquarium


Chamber Events

Schools Excluded from Extra State Help by Jessica Calefati

Daughter Celeste gets all fancied up to help Mom Angela Savage cut the ribbon for Steinbeck Real Estate & Mortgage’s new location in Salinas City Center.

Lowe’s invited a mariachi band to help celebrate the opening of their company’s $25M+ investment to do business in Salinas. Arriba!

Chamber member and company owner Tania Arvizu does the honors for A&T Tax Payroll and Bookkeeping, located at 1273 N Main St.


Dozens of California school systems with some of the state’s worst test scores and biggest academic achievement gaps won’t get any extra help this year under a support system launched recently by the state. The new dashboard system rates districts in several categories that impact student learning. But—mirroring a nationwide shift away from a narrow focus on tests—it offers special help to ones with sagging academics only if they also suspend a high number of students or graduate too few of them. If extremely low, declining performance on math and reading exams alone were enough to trigger state support, the number of California districts that could expect it would almost double from 228 to more than 400, a CALmatters analysis shows. The analysis also revealed that well over 100,000 students across the state belong to key demographic subgroups that scored poorly on the test but won’t get help. The disparity for students in the Latino subgroup with poor test results is especially stark: More than 95 percent are missing out on extra state support. Part of the problem, experts say, is that categories such as suspension and graduation rates are susceptible to manipulation by districts seeking to avoid scrutiny. They also questioned why the lowest test scores don’t automatically activate outside help. “Under this system, districts can escape notice or attention simply by shining in categories that are less than academic and whose outcomes they control,” said Chad Aldeman, an education policy expert whose Boston-based nonprofit group flagged this problem in a recent report on California’s school accountability system. Raising similar concerns, the federal government recently notified the state

that California’s school accountability system might be out of compliance with federal education law, in part because of its diminished focus on academics. The state created the color-coded dashboard system to identify its lowestperforming school districts. To determine them, the state isolates about a dozen student subgroups (such as Latino students or poor students) and rates them in four categories: academic test performance, suspension rate, graduation rate and success teaching English to students who can’t speak the language. Earning red ratings in any two categories triggers special state help for the underperforming subgroups in that school system. But numerous subgroups of students with some of the states’ worst test scores didn’t make the cut. About a third of California’s roughly 1,000 school districts have at least one lowperforming subgroup that’s not set to get any extra assistance. Districts that do get flagged qualify for increasing levels of state intervention—starting with a data analysis conducted by a county office of education that’s aimed at understanding the root causes of poor performance, and escalating up to possible state takeover if a district fails to improve. The dashboard does not explicitly record the size of the achievement gap— even though state officials call narrowing it a top goal. ■


California Online Privacy Protection Act

Member News Maya Appoints Welman

by Patrick Casey Online security is important to everyone as the Internet becomes more a part of everyone’s daily life. There are various federal and state laws designed to protect personal information that any user provides to any website. In 2004, California enacted the California Online Privacy Protection Act (at Business and Professions Code section 22575), which requires operators of any website that collects personally identifiable information on the Internet about individual consumers residing in California who visit or use the operator’s website or online service to develop a privacy policy and to either conspicuously post its privacy policy on its website or to make the policy available to any consumer or user. In addition, the Act requires website operators to do the following: (1) Identify the categories of personally identifiable information that the operator collects through the Web site or online service about individual consumers who use or visit its commercial Web site or online service and the categories of third-party persons or entities with whom the operator may share that personally identifiable information. (2) If the operator maintains a process for an individual consumer who uses or visits its commercial Web site or online service to review and request changes to any of his or her personally identifiable information that is collected through the Web site or online service, to provide a description of that process. (3) Describe the process by which the operator notifies consumers who use or visit its commercial Web site or online service of material changes to the operator’s privacy policy for that


Web site or online service. (4) Identify the effective date of its privacy policy. (5) Disclose how the operator responds to Web browser “do not track” signals or other mechanisms that provide consumers the ability to exercise choice regarding the collection of personally identifiable information about an individual consumer’s online activities over time and across third-party Web sites or online services, if the operator engages in that collection. (6) Disclose whether other parties may collect personally identifiable information about an individual consumer’s online activities over time and across different Web sites when a consumer uses the operator’s Web site or service. When using websites or online services, most people do not bother to review the privacy policy. Typically they click on “I accept” and proceed with their online activity. However, any user should review and understand the privacy policy before engaging in online transactions. If the user is not prompted to review the privacy policy or the user cannot find the privacy policy or the website has no privacy policy, then the user should not provide any personal information to the website. Although checking the privacy policy may slow down the user’s online transaction by a minute or two, it may save hours of frustration and difficulty if the user’s information is disclosed to parties that the user would not want to have such information. This article is written by Patrick Casey, who is a business attorney with the L&G, LLP law firm in Monterey. You may reach the author at (831) 269-7114 or at

Maya Cinemas has announced the appointment of Jeremy P. Welman as its new Chief Operating Officer. Welman has over three decades of experience and achievement in the motion picture exhibition industry. Welman succeeds Frank Haffar who has elected to retire and who has served Maya since its founding and throughout its growth. Haffar will have a continuing role in the growth of the company as a consultant for Maya Cinemas, overseeing and advising on the construction of future theater developments in various western states. Haffar’s exemplary history of theater management and construction includes over 90 theaters throughout the United States.

MBS Adds Reese MBS Business Systems is pleased to announce the addition of Terry Reese as the Director of Sales. Terry joins the MBS Business Systems family from Greenville, SC with his wife Jenny and their three dogs. Terry has more than twenty years of experience in sales and management, and as a technology consultant to help businesses improve their productivity and security through Terry Reese, the use of software solutions and technology. MBS Business Founded in 1982, MBS Business Systems is committed Systems to providing great products and solutions, outstanding customer service, competitive pricing and resource-rich technical, IT and sales teams. Our people are diligent, knowledgeable and most importantly customer oriented.

Aera Builds Solar Aera Energy announced a major solar project with GlassPoint Solar. Together, they will construct California’s largest solar energy project in Kern County (about 45 minutes northwest of Bakersfield). The project will be the first of its kind in the world to use solar steam and solar electricity to power oil field operations. By integrating solar energy into existing operations, Aera will minimize its impact on the environment by reducing the field’s carbon emissions. Once complete, the Belridge Solar project will deliver the largest peak energy output of any solar plant in California. The facility is projected to off-set carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to 80,000 cars. The project is also expected to create hundreds of direct and indirect jobs in California throughout the oil and gas supply chain and supporting industries.


February March 2018 14

Government Relations Committee (GRC) Meeting


New Member Orientation


15 Feb


11:30am- 1pm, Chamber Office 7:30- 8:30am, Chamber Office

97th Annual Awards Luncheon presented by Rabobank ''Shining Bright Like A Diamond'' 11am- 1pm, 940 N Main St.

Annual Awards Luncheon


Ribbon Cutting Turner's Outdoorsman


Ambassador Committee Meeting


26 Feb

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12- 1pm, 1411 N Davis Rd. 12- 1pm, Chamber Office

11am-1pm Sherwood Hall, Salinas

Ribbon Cutting Valley Trophies & Detectors 3- 4pm, 256 S. Main St.Â

Connect at Lunch Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill

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