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SOLEDAD — City of Soledad has announced the availability of Soledad Mini Grants for community groups or organizations eager to make a difference. Whether it’s planting community gardens, hosting artsy events or anything in between, the grants are ready to turn their dreams into reality. Deadline to apply is March 1 at 5 p.m., but applicants must attend an information session first. English sessions are planned for Jan. 30 and Feb. 1 at 3 p.m., with Spanish sessions set for Feb. 1 and Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. For more information, contact [email protected].


KING CITY — King City’s annual State of the City Address is scheduled at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds. The mayor, city manager and police chief will provide an update on the city’s efforts and plans. The new commander of Fort Hunter Liggett will also participate by introducing himself and providing an update on activities at the military base. The luncheon event is co-sponsored by the King City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture and the Rotary Club of King City. Contact the Chamber at 831-385-3814 to RSVP or for more information. An additional bilingual presentation of the State of the City Address will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 5:30 p.m. at the City Council Chambers, 212 S. Vanderhurst Ave. The event is free, and refreshments will be provided. Contact City Hall at 831-385-3281 for more information on this presentation.


SALINAS — Monterey County Workforce Development Board has planned a series of in-person job fairs, online recruitments and workshops this month. On Friday, Jan. 26, an in-person job fair will take place at America’s Job Center, 344 Salinas St., Suites 205-206, in Salinas from 2 to 5 p.m. On Wednesday, Jan. 31, a Workforce Wednesday event will take place at America’s Job Center from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Attendees can participate in a resume workshop, interview preparation and mock interviews. Also on Jan. 31, an online industry spotlight recruitment for hospitality is set for the Premier Virtual platform from 2 to 4 p.m. To register, go to and click on “Events.” Jobseekers are encouraged to contact America’s Job Center at 831-796-3335 for more information or for help registering for these events.


MONTEREY COUNTY — The nomination period to qualify as a write-in candidate for the March 5, 2024, Presidential Primary Election ends Feb. 13 for presidential candidates and Feb. 20 for voter-nominated offices. Candidate forms will be available only during this time and must be submitted by the deadline. Official documents may be obtained from and filed at the Monterey County Elections Department, 1441 Schilling Place – North Building, in Salinas. Schedule an appointment via email at [email protected] or by phone 831-796-1499. For more information related to the election, including filing requirements and qualifications, visit

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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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