• 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



  • 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

  • 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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Prepare now to BYOB*

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Dr. Wayne Clark moving to key State leadership position

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