MONTEREY COUNTY

Gaps widen

in local

elections

The Monterey County Elections Office released more results from the Nov. 6 election late Friday, showing gaps widening slightly in some close local races.

On Wednesday, officials had reported 47,000 votes still to be counted.

By Friday, former Seaside Mayor Ralph Rubio posted a 211-vote lead for that office over incumbent Felix Bachofner.

In the two seats up for grabs on the Marina City Council, Frank O'Connell maintained a healthy lead, while a tight margin between Jim Ford and Gail Morton widened slightly, with Morton ahead by 27 votes.

County officials said around 8,000 provisional ballots were cast.

On the office's Facebook page, elections officials said there will be two more updates on Monday and Wednesday.

MONTEREY COUNTY

Homeless programs

seek new funding

Monterey/San Benito County Continuum of Care has formed a working group to help homeless assistance programs apply for newly available federal funding.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the funds Nov. 9. The money will pay for development, rehabilitation or leasing of housing and for supportive services for programs serving homeless with disabilities.

An orientation meeting for applicants will be held 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Martinez Hall, 220 12th St., Marina.

To participate or for information, call the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers at 883-3080.


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For information on the federal funds, see www.hudhre.info.

Local applications are due by Dec. 18, with full applications due by Jan. 18.

SALINAS

Ex-insurance agent

admits embezzlement

A former Salinas insurance agent pled guilty this week to embezzling more than $20,000 in customers' premium payments, District Attorney Dean Flippo announced Friday.

Jesse R. Molina, 39, an agent for Farmers Insurance Group, accepted the payments from December 2010 to Nov. 7, 2011, but instead of sending the money to Farmers, deposited the money into his personal account.

He faces a maximum of three years in local custody when he is sentenced Dec. 18.