SALINAS — This past Monday, Jan. 31, marked the opening of the Declaration of Intention filing period for judicial seats in the June 7, 2022, Statewide Direct Primary Election. All interested candidates must file their Declaration of Intention no later than 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9. Judicial candidates must pay their non-refundable filing fee and/or submit Signature In-Lieu Petitions at the time they file their Declaration of Intention. Candidates are encouraged to schedule an appointment by calling 831-796-1499 or toll-free 866-887-9274 or via email at [email protected]. The Elections Office, at 1441 Schilling Place – North Building in Salinas, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Visit MontereyCountyElections.us for more information.


MONTEREY COUNTY — Goodwill Central Coast will continue its Round-Up Program in 2022, starting with Max’s Helping Paws Foundation on Wednesday, Feb. 9. Described as “change for change,” the Round-Up Program asks customers to donate leftover change rounded up to the nearest dollar, with other donation options displayed on the credit card terminal machine. The Feb. 9 Round-Up will take place at all Goodwill locations in Monterey County, with proceeds going directly to Max’s. The nonprofit foundation supports all Monterey County veterinary practices to provide financial assistance to clients with pets in need of both critical short-term or longer-term care for chronic illness. Goodwill will continue this program for other community nonprofits throughout the year.


KING CITY — In partnership with the King City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, the City of King is working on a number of economic development efforts. An important component of these efforts is the attraction and development of new small businesses, particularly in the downtown area. The City can help provide ideas, options and technical assistance for potential new business owners. Other partners include the Monterey County Small Development Center and El Pájaro Community Development Corporation. Contact King City Hall at 831-385-3281 for more information.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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