Jim Johnson, Monterey Herald

Jim Johnson

Monterey Herald

California, United States

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Past articles by Jim:

Monterey County board set to consider hospitality rehire ordinance

A proposed urgency ordinance to require all local hospitality industry businesses to rehire former employees laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions is headed back to the Monterey County… → Read More

COVID-19: Monterey County will have to wait until at least May to move to lower tier

While local test positivity rates have both dropped into the “minimal” or yellow tier, the local case rate is still well within the “moderate” or orange tier where the count… → Read More

Marina community water forum focused on cost disparity

CSUMB social work policy master’s candidate Tami Young will host a virtual community water forum to tackle the issue entitled, “Marina: One City, Two Water Rates.” The forum will … → Read More

Judge rejects Cal Am, county bid to limit desal plant project re-do

A Monterey County Superior Court judge has affirmed her earlier ruling that the Monterey County Board of Supervisors’ approval of the California American Water desalination plant project must… → Read More

Marina Coast water storage upgrade starts up, district adds new GM

A new $15 million Marina Coast Water District water storage project designed to increase water storage by more than 3 million gallons and replace a septuagenarian Army water tank and other aging in… → Read More

Monterey County Board of Supervisors reviews efforts to end homelessness

Praising progress being made on addressing homelessness in recent years, including current initiatives to meet the local challenge, while acknowledging the need for continued efforts in the future,… → Read More

COVID-19: Testing, vaccination stipends debated by Monterey County board

With COVID-19 testing numbers dropping and mass vaccination sites struggling at times to fill all available appointments, Monterey County health officials and community leaders are proposing a $10 … → Read More

Monterey County board considers fiscal year 2021-2022 spending plans

Taking its first crack at the upcoming year’s budget, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors considered baseline budgets and $55.9 million in spending augmentations during a lengthy worksho… → Read More

COVID-19: County to move into orange tier Wednesday

After a brief hiccup last week, Monterey County is headed into the orange tier thanks to the state’s vaccination effort in the most at-risk communities. → Read More

South Monterey County battery storage project serving Apple set to go

An Apple-backed battery storage project at California Solar Flats in southern Monterey County is poised to go ahead after key permits were issued by county officials last month. → Read More

Pure Water Monterey expansion SEIR revision work approved

A $230,000 revision of the Pure Water Monterey expansion project’s environmental review document will move forward after the Monterey One Water board approved the work earlier this week. → Read More

Grand Jury blasts county’s handling of vacation rentals

According to a Monterey County grand jury report, the County’s failure to adopt vacation rental rules in a timely fashion after more than seven years in development and conduct adequate enfor… → Read More

Natividad CEO to retire in June after 20 years at county hospital

After two decades at Natividad, including six years at the helm of the county-owned hospital, CEO Dr. Gary Gray is retiring in June. → Read More

Monterey County water agency board balks at dam maintenance report

Amid concerns about the fairness of a tax assessment, the Monterey County Water Resources Agency board declined to back a key report for a proposed dams maintenance project at Lakes San Antonio and… → Read More

COVID-19: County board seeks separate vaccine pact with state

Monterey County officials have decided to pursue a COVID-19 vaccine allocation agreement with the state instead of third-party administrator Blue Shield. → Read More

COVID-19: County data drops into orange tier

Monterey County’s COVID-19 data has edged into the orange tier and could move into the even less restrictive “moderate” tier by April 7. → Read More

Historic motorcycles poised to visit Laguna Seca raceway

A “vintage” motorocycles festival could be officially added to Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca’s “premiere” event schedule this season, serving as a bookend with the p… → Read More

Still rebuilding, Toro County Park set to reopen next month

After a months-long rehabilitation effort following last summer’s River Fire, Toro County Park is expected to open by the end of April, and perhaps sooner, according to Monterey County offici… → Read More

Board approves Pure Water Monterey expansion report spending

Acting in advance of its Pure Water Monterey expansion project partner, the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District board has agreed to spend an additional $180,000 on updating the project&#82… → Read More

Monterey County marks COVID-19 anniversary

Monterey County is observing the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic shelter-in-place order with a week-long series of online remembrances and calls for community participation → Read More