Sanctuary seeks council members
The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is seeking to fill seats on its advisory council, which represents the public's interests in sanctuary matters and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent.
Sanctuary staff are accepting applications for the following seats: two at-large and one each for business industry, commercial fishing, conservation, recreation, recreational fishing and research. Candidates will be selected based on their expertise and experience in these fields.
Deadline for applications is Nov. 23. For applications, contact Jackie Sommers, advisory council coordinator, at 99 Pacific St., Building 455A, or through the sanctuary's website at montereybay.noaa.gov.
For information, call Sommers at 647-4206.
Public safety briefing set for Wednesday
The Salinas Neighborhood Council is holding a holiday public safety briefing from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 200 Lincoln Ave.
Jenny Bryant of the Salinas Police Department will speak.
For information, see www.salinasneighborhoods.org.
Council votes against corporate influence
The Pacific Grove City Council passed a resolution Wednesday calling for a constitutional amendment stating that corporations are not people and money is not speech. The vote was 6-1.
The city joined a national citizens' movement against what it calls an overwhelming corporate influence in the U.S. government. The movement was sparked by the controversial Citizens United ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Marina City Council passed a similar resolution in 2011. Many communities passed such resolutions on Election Day, many with 70 percent of the vote.
90 minutes free parking at garage
Visitors to Oldtown Salinas can get 90 minutes of free parking in the Monterey Street garage through January, the city said.
The city is trying to attract more people to Oldtown ahead of the shopping season.
The garage can hold more than 400 vehicles.