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13 March 2020
03/13/2020: City Manager Issues Local Emergency Proclamation to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 - City Facility Closures, Programs and Events Postponed

03/13/2020: City Manager Issues Local Emergency Proclamation to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 - City Facility Closures, Programs and Events Postponed

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City Manager Hans Uslar issued a local emergency proclamation today to help slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The proclamation will come before the Monterey City Council for ratification at its meeting on Tuesday, March 17. The emergency proclamation coincides with the State’s recent executive orders that provide cities more ability and resources to help contain the new virus. Despite having no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Monterey County to date, scientists and medical experts report that slowing the spread (also known as “flattening the curve”) of COVID-19 by reducing opportunities for transmission will save lives by giving police and fire personnel, hospitals, doctors, and vaccine-manufacturers time to respond and prepare for the outbreak. 

First on the list of new protocols are city facility closures, and city programs and event cancellations or postponements beginning Saturday, March 14 through at least March 31, 2020. 

“Our priority, first and foremost, is the health and welfare of the Monterey community.  While our community centers, library, museums, and sports center are valued by residents, visitors, and the public, we know that social distancing works and that these closures will help slow the spread of coronavirus in our community,” said City Manager Hans Uslar. “The Monterey community is compassionate, caring, and resilient.  Together, the City of Monterey and its residents, businesses and neighbors, will persevere through this epidemic and protect our community.” 

The City’s decisions are based on the Cal OES (California Office of Emergency Services) directive of three criteria for closures or cancellations: 1) if the gathering involves
over 250 people; 2) if the event allows people to maintain a six foot distance from one another; and 3) if the event attracts people in the high-risk category. The City also considered whether the service or event is essential.

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02 March 2020
03/02/2020: City and County Agencies Address Coronavirus Concerns - Cruise Ship Visitors Following CDC Protocol

03/02/2020: City and County Agencies Address Coronavirus Concerns - Cruise Ship Visitors Following CDC Protocol

With guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health, the Monterey County Health Department is the lead agency locally providing protocols for addressing any potential local cases of coronavirus. Together, the County, local cities, and hospitals are coordinating efforts to contain the potential spread of the virus and to share accurate information to the community. NEWS RELEASE IN PDF

04 December 2019
12/04/2019: Monterey Model Wins Army Partnership Award

12/04/2019: Monterey Model Wins Army Partnership Award

An intergovernmental support agreement (IGSA) between the cities of Monterey and Seaside’s Presidio Municipal Service Agency (PMSA) and Presidio of Monterey (POM) has earned a 2019 Army Community Partnership Award from the Department of the Army. Known as the Monterey Model, the public-public partnership has been a nationwide benchmark for other communities with defense installations since its start in 1998. NEWS RELEASE IN PDF

01 November 2019
11/01/2019: Facts About Potential 1/2 Cent Sales Tax Measure - City Council to Consider a March 2020 Ballot Measure at the Nov. 19, 2019 Regular City Council Meeting

11/01/2019: Facts About Potential 1/2 Cent Sales Tax Measure - City Council to Consider a March 2020 Ballot Measure at the Nov. 19, 2019 Regular City Council Meeting

At the October 15, 2019 City Council Regular Meeting, the City Council, staff, and members of the public discussed the immediate and long-term budget challenges facing the City, and the exploration of a fiscal emergency declaration. A declaration of fiscal emergency would allow a general transactions and use tax (“sales tax”) to be included on the March 3, 2020 special election. NEWS RELEASE IN PDF

1/2 cent sales tax fact sheet

20 June 2019
06/20/2019: City Manager Uslar Announces Mr. Nat Rojanasathira as Choice for New Assistant City Manager

06/20/2019: City Manager Uslar Announces Mr. Nat Rojanasathira as Choice for New Assistant City Manager

City Manager Hans Uslar is pleased to announce today the appointment of Mr. Nat Rojanasathira as the new City of Monterey Assistant City Manager. Rojanasathira is a local government management executive with over 16 years of experience, including four years on the Monterey Peninsula where he worked for both the City of Pacific Grove and the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau. He comes back to Monterey from the Town of Danville in the East Bay, where he was Administrative Services Director, acquiring strong experience managing human resources, information technology, finance, economic development, community engagement, special events, performance management, and legislative advocacy. His roles also extend to working closely with libraries, museums, and parks.

Mr. Nat Rojanasathira

23 January 2019
01/23/2019: Peninsula Cities, County, CHP, and CHOMP to Discuss Emergency Evacuation Plans

01/23/2019: Peninsula Cities, County, CHP, and CHOMP to Discuss Emergency Evacuation Plans

Based on an initiative by the Mayors of the cities of Pacific Grove and Monterey, the City of Monterey is hosting a summit with emergency personnel from neighboring agencies to discuss the current status of emergency evacuation plans.

08 November 2018
11/08/2018: New Parks and Recreation Director Announced

11/08/2018: New Parks and Recreation Director Announced

McclureCity Manager Hans Uslar announced today the appointment of Kristi McClure Huckaby as Parks and Recreation Director. Ms. Huckaby has over 25 years’ experience working in and managing Parks and Recreation Departments in Southern California; cities both large and small, including the cities of Long Beach, Downey, Signal Hill, Placencia, Sierra Madre, Chula Vista, and most recently the City of Corona.

01 August 2018
08/01/2018: Monterey City Council Names Uslar City Manager

08/01/2018: Monterey City Council Names Uslar City Manager

After a unanimous decision at last evening’s closed session, the Monterey City Council is happy to announce Hans Uslar was selected as the next City Manager.  This selection follows a rigorous recruitment process with many qualified candidates, conducted by Dave Morgan, an Executive Recruiter with Ralph Anderson and Associates.  The Council voted to offer Uslar a three year contract with a $241,632 annual salary.  The Council will vote on the contract in open session on August 7, 2018.

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