Community Connection November 2020

WELCOME TO THE COMMUNITY CONNECTION

Brought to you by the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau


 

AND THE WINNER IS....

From our famous sea otters and fabled coastal cliffs, to the agricultural beauty that abounds, the iconic and diverse offerings in Monterey County are what make this a remarkable place of inspiration for all. In an effort to preserve and protect our destination, and to encourage responsible (not to mention stylish) mask wearing, Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau, in partnership with Arts Council for Monterey County, commissioned four local artists to create inspirational Monterey County moments that were entered into a contest and voted on.

We received a ton of responses, so without further ado, the winner by popular demand is Jose Ortiz's "Salinas Valley Farmworkers".  Congratulations! Named a champion of the arts by Arts4MC in 1999, Ortiz has spent years pioneering the field of experimental studio space for visual art practitioners. He is the founder and director of Hijos del Sol Arts Productions, a non-profit arts organization based in Salinas. As a lead designer and painter, Ortiz has contributed to more than 70 mural projects throughout Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara and San José counties. His Monterey Moment is inspired by the pride his mother had in working as part of  one of the ground lettuce crews in Salinas.

All of the artists' work have been printed on reusable masks that are available for free at pop-up stations and Visitor Centers around the county in November.


 

STATE ISSUES LIMITED STAY AT HOME ORDER

Non-essential businesses and personal gatherings are prohibited between 10 PM and 5 AM beginning Saturday, November 21 at 10 PM

SACRAMENTO – In light of an unprecedented, rapid rise in COVID-19 cases across California, Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced a limited Stay at Home Order requiring generally that non-essential work, movement and gatherings stop between 10 PM and 5 AM in counties in the purple tier. The order will take effect at 10 PM Saturday, November 21 and remain in effect until 5 AM December 21.  Read full order here

 

WHEN A NEGATIVE EQUALS A POSITIVE

Monterey County remains in the Purple tier of the Governor’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The adjudication request the County submitted in hopes to move us to the red tier, was denied by the state.  In order to advance to get to the Red and beyond is going to take a lot of testing. That’s where you can help. Please consider getting tested. It is encouraged that the community take advantage of the many free testing sites available in Monterey County. A greater negativity rate could positively affect where we land on the scale. Click here for more information on testing sites throughout the County. To view the County's November COVID-19 newsletter, click here.

 

FIRE RECOVERY AND WINTER STORM PREPAREDNESS

Wednesday, November 18th, Supervisor Adams and the District 5 office will be hosting a webinar by the County of Monterey to provide an update on Post-Fire Winter Storm Preparedness for communities impacted by the 2020 Wildfires. This webinar will specifically address the 2020-2021 Winter Storm Outlook, Flash Flooding/Debris Flow/Mudflows, preparing your home, insurance, alerts and warnings, precipitation thresholds, evacuation zones, etc. Panelists include the National Weather Service, the National Resource Conservation Services, Monterey County Resource Management Agency, Water Resource Agency and the Office of Emergency Services.

When: November 18, 2020 05:30 PM

URL: https://montereycty.zoom.us/j/98761727076

Dial: +1 669 900 6833

Webinar ID: 987 6172 7076 

 

FEMA DISASTER ASSISTANCE

A reminder that you have until November 21st to apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) between 7 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. PST.

More information can be found on the County website here:

https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/administrative-office/office-of-emergency-services/response/2020-fires/virtual-local-assistance-center-2

 

OUTDOOR HEATERS IN THE CITY OF MONTEREY

The City of Monterey is hosting an informational session on outdoor heaters for outdoor dining within the city limits. This session will cover fire code and building code regulations as it relates to outdoor dining, and will be informative for any Monterey restaurateur, from Cannery Row and the Wharves to Old Town Monterey and North Fremont Street. Click here to read more and to register.


 

HELP KEEP OUR COMMUNITY CLEAN, SAFE AND PRISTINE

 

TMD Beach Litter

TMD Spanish Litter

TMD Fall Litter


 

WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR?

As the days grow shorter, the nights grow longer and the air continues to crisp like the edges of a homemade apple pie, we normally look forward to warm nights around the fire with family and friends enjoying hot chocolate or eggnog. The past few months have been riddled with such change and uncertainty, making it easy to forget all the things we still have to be grateful for.  I encourage you to stop for moment to write down three things you are thankful for.  I'm personally thankful for my daughter, laughter and second chances.

The holidays are a time for thanks, giving, sharing and celebrating.  For a lot of us, this means hosting dinners, attending parties and honoring long-time family traditions and customs. 

As we gather with loved ones this holiday season, health officials encourage us to be mindful of taking the proper precautions to protect ourselves and others.  Here are some recommendations for staying safe during the holidays.


 


 

WHO'S THAT GIRL?

 
As a native to Monterey County and third generation hospitality worker, I am proud to be in an industry that plays such a great role in the community.  The vision of the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau is to inspire the world to experience our extraordinary destination responsibly, and in a way that maximizes the benefits of tourism to our vast array of communities. 
 
Please feel free to contact me with any industry related questions or concerns: jkocher@seemonterey.com
 
We appreciate your partnership and support.  We couldn't do what we do without you. 
 
Stay well and take good care.
 
-Jeniffer

 


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