COVID-19 and More...Local Update
October 20, 2020
Sunset over Monterey's Del Monte Beach Neighborhood and Mt. Toro
Have you been enjoying the painterly sunsets and sunrises this season? You may have also noticed that sunsets are getting earlier and earlier. Daylight Saving Time ends next week, when the sun will set a little after 6 p.m. By Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year on December 21, the sun will go down around 4:48 p.m. "Morning people" will rejoice at the return of the annual ritual of “falling back”- moving more daylight hours into the morning and darkness into the evening hours.
COVID Testing Sites - Week of October 19
A new state-supported testing site has opened at Seaside High School today. Cesar Chavez Library in Salinas is still open Tuesday-Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for appointments and walk-ins. Peninsula residents can continue getting drive thru tested at Monterey Peninsula College on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn more at
Food Box Program for MPUSD Families
Monterey Peninsula Unified School District is a recipient of a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant which allows them to provide fresh produce, dairy and protein to their families. First come, first served during the Grab & Go Meal program hours from 12 - 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays (at designated sites listed in the above flyer).
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Drug Take Back Day will happen on Saturday, October 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at various locations throughout Monterey County, including Monterey Police Department at 351 Madison Street (though MPD accepts prescription drugs any day!).

9.9 million Americans misuse controlled prescription drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths. Locate a collection site near you at
Election 2020 Countdown
Yesterday was the registration deadline to receive your vote-by-mail ballot. Did you miss it? It's not too late to vote! You can still come in-person to one of two early voting locations, where you can register and vote a conditional provisional ballot:
  • Monterey County Elections Office, 1441 Schilling Place - North Building, Salinas
  • Early Voting Center at Embassy Suites, 1441 Canyon del Rey Blvd, Seaside 
For more information, call Monterey County Elections at 831-796-1499

Monterey-Salinas Transit has also announced that they will offer FREE rides on Election Day, November 3. No matter where your polling location is, MST will get you there. All aboard! Vote!
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