Local update on COVID-19 & more
March 10, 2021
Celebrating Women's History Month - Women’s Rights at the California Constitution of 1849
The California Constitutional Convention of 1849 may have been a short period in Monterey’s history, but its impact on history was enormous. Considering the time of its creation, the California Constitution of 1849 was very progressive for numerous reasons; one progressive ideal was women’s rights. At the time, American women were subjected to patriarchal rule; they were dependents of their fathers, husbands, and surrendered any privilege of wages, possessions, and were to be in total submission.

During this convention, 48 male delegates made a very controversial decision concerning women. The delegates needed to consider the Mexican culture of California before it became a part of the United States in 1848. Mexican women were able own property, and therefore, it was decided that married women could own and inherit land from their husbands and family. This was a very radical proclamation in the United States and an enormous accomplishment for women.

The California Constitution of 1849, Article XI: Promiscuous Provisions. 215. section 14 states:
"All property, both real and personal, of the wife, owned or claimed by her before marriage, and that acquired afterward by gift, devise, or descent, shall be her separate property; and laws shall be passed more clearly defining the rights of the wife in relation as well to her separate property, as to that held in common with her husband."

The next time women in the United States would receive such progressive treatment was in 1869 when women were given right to vote and hold office in the Wyoming territory, and vote in state affairs when Wyoming entered the Union in 1890. California became the precursor for women’s rights, leading the way for the vote in Wyoming.
Story credit: Museums and Cultural Arts Office Artifacts Specialist Jordan Leininger - visit for more information
"Tree of Hearts" at Friendly Plaza, Pacific and Jefferson Streets
The hearts are hung! Today we decorated the "Tree of Hearts" in observance of one year since we declared an emergency in Monterey caused by the pandemic. As we mourn lives lost, thank health care workers, and appreciate the community collaboration that helped us get through this past year, we invite the community to visit the "Tree of Hearts" and write a name on one of the hearts of someone you are remembering. Colton Hall will be lit in gold beginning Friday in memory of the lives lost to Covid-19. If you want to share a photo from your visit, please email it to and we will post them on
Close to 500 Additional Mail-In Postcards Received and Tabulated
The City of Monterey received an additional batch of approximately 500 postcard survey responses in the mail last week. The data has been entered and has been updated on this Survey Summary Report which compares postcard survey data with the online survey data.

The updated report is listed in the of Documents section on the Have Your Say Monterey engagement portal, as well as in the news feed at:

Thank you to the community for being so proactive about participating in this discussion. If you haven't already, we encourage you to sign up for Have Your Say Monterey. We will continue to present more important topics for discussion.
On-Demand Viewing of Today's Monterey Mornings with the Manager
Here's a video playback of this morning's Mornings with the Manager, hosted by City Manager Hans Uslar. The playlist is available at
On-Demand Viewing of March 8, 2021 Zoom Community Discussion // Hotel Redevelopment Project on North Fremont Street
Here's the video playback from the Zoom Community Discussion, held on March 8, 2021, on the Hotel Redevelopment Project at 2101 North Fremont Street. Additional discussion will follow. The projects will go to the Architectural Review Committee and then the Planning Commission in a few weeks.
NCIP Project Status Report and On-Demand Playback of the Finance Subcommittee Meeting from March 3, 2021
Along with the video recording of the recent Neighborhood and Community Improvement Program (NCIP) Finance Subcommittee is a newly posted NCIP Project Status Report. Find it on the NCIP Projects page under the Resident/NCIP section of
Vaccination 4-1-1
IMPORTANT NOTE: VACCINATION LOCATIONS WITH APPOINTMENT DATES AND TIMES UPDATED REGULARLY: Refer to the Monterey County Health Dept (MCHD) vaccine appointments web page for the latest information -
(We use this MCHD page to populate the list below.)

Vaccine clinics hosted by Safeway Pharmacy

Vaccine clinics hosted by CVS Pharmacy - DATES AND TIMES

Vaccine appointments Rite-Aid Pharmacy - Limited - DATES AND TIMES

Vaccine appointments Walgreens- Limited - DATES AND TIMES
Don't hesitate to get tested! Monterey County continues to provide local COVID-19 testing sites. Find sites near you at or call 211.
COVID-19 numbers for 93940 - County numbers are updated Tues - Sat
Please remember, it's important to maintain accurate data so the numbers we share are accurate, and help reduce community spread. If you have symptoms please get tested. Test Sites in Monterey County
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