• Reusable Bag Ordinance

    BYOB—Bring Your Own Bag!

    Beginning March 27, 2015, single-use plastic bags will no longer be available at stores in Unincorporated Monterey County.  

    The ordinance is intended to encourage the use of reusable bags while reducing litter and keeping plastic bags out of local waterways.

    Stores must charge a minimum of 10¢ for each paper or reusable bag.

    Learn More

  • Measles

    Measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus. The disease of measles and the virus that causes it share the same name. The disease is also called rubeola. Measles virus normally grows in the cells that line the back of the throat and lungs.

    Measles is highly contagious and can be spread to others from four days before to four days after the rash appears.   Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected with the measles virus.   
    Learn more about measles

    More information about the current national outbreak



  • potter feb15Find your new friend

    Looking for a furry face to greet you when you come home?  Doesn't matter if you are a dog person or a cat person, your new companion may be waiting for you.  Visit the Monterey County Animal Shelter at 160 Hitchcock Road in Salinas, meet the animals.  Shelter hours Noon to 5:30 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

    See the animals available for adoption now 

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Set your Clocks, Check Your Stocks

March 8th we turn the clocks forward and say “Hello” to Daylight Saving Time. The Monterey County Health Department would like to remind everyone when setting clocks forward; it is also time to check their emergency preparedness stockpile. On Sunday, March 8th, most people in the United States will set... Read more →

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Documentary about Maternal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Coming to Salinas

Wednesday March 18, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm at Hartnell College, Steinbeck Hall, 411 Central Avenue in Salinas A very special screening of The Dark Side of the Full Moon will be held on Wednesday,March 18th at  5:30 pm at Hartnell College’s  Steinbeck Hall. Spanish interpretation will be offered and refreshments will... Read more →

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Nominations for the 11th Annual Fiesta of Hope

The 11th annual Fiesta of Hope is scheduled for Thursday, May 7th. The Mental Health Commission, which sponsors the Fiesta of Hope, plans to present six awards at the dinner. Candidates selected for consideration in each category come from the community. This is your opportunity to recognize and honor those... Read more →

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Prepare now to BYOB*

*Bring your own bag Now is a good time to prepare to bring your own bag (BYOB).  Single use plastic bags will no longer be available at the places you shop in unincorporated Monterey County beginning Friday, March 27th.  “Single use plastic bags plague our waterways, oceans and natural environments,... Read more →