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— January 20, 2015 —


ATTENTION MARINA BUSINESSES—New City of Marina “Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance” to become effective on March 19, 2015! The City of Marina is dedicated to helping reduce approximately 33 million single-use bags in Monterey County. Marina Municipal Code Chapter 8.60 “Use of Single-Use Carry out Bags, Recycled Paper Bags, and Reusable Bags…” requires certain Retail Establishments to be compliant by March 19, 2015. The purpose is to ban thin-film plastic single-use carryout bags and prohibit the free distribution of paper bags or reusable bags by certain types of retail establishments in the city in order to reduce litter and protect the natural resources and environment within the city. Approximately 13 billion single-use carryout plastic bags are consumed annually in California yet only 6% of these bags are recycled (CalRecycle 2014 and 2013). On a per-capita basis this is approximately 339 bags per person per year, or almost one bag per person per day. Assuming the statewide rate of usage also applies locally, over 142 million bags per year are used collectively in the County and 12 cities. At this rate over 35 million bags would be used by consumers living in the unincorporated areas of Monterey County. The proposed ordinance, if adopted, would be expected to reduce single-use carryout bags usage by 95% – a reduction of approximately 33 million single-use bags. Visit the City of Marina website for more information

Presidents Day Golf Tournament - The Marina Foundation

Monday, February 16th beginning at 9:00AM at Monterey Pines Golf Course—The first annual Presidents Day Golf Tournament to benefit the Jack Stewart College Scholarship Fund! Please join The Marina Foundation at this fun new event. Proceeds will benefit graduating high school students from Marina that are looking to enter the Veterinary Sciences. This scramble event can be played either as an individual or as a team. The entry fee of $75.00 includes your green fees, cart, and awards banquet following play. Click here for the Registration Form (PDF). For those wanting to come just for the banquet, the fee is $20. The banquet is planned to start around 1:00PM. There will also be a silent auction going throughout the award ceremonies. Sponsorships are available for as little as $100. Click here for the Sponsorship Form (PDF). See attached sponsorship form for more details. For additional information or questions, please call Steve Emerson at (831) 717-4117.

Healthfest Marina 2015

Saturday, February 28th from 10:00AM to 1:00PM at Rocky Han Community Center in Marina—HealthFest Marina 2015 FREE Health Fair! Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula will be holding a health fair at the Rocky Han Community Center (211 Hillcrest Avenue, Marina). Free blood sugar and cholesterol tests (non-fasting) and blood pressure screenings will be provided for adults 18 and over. In addition, there will be educational booths and information on insurance options (Medi-Cal & Covered CA) from Monterey County Department of Social Services. Click here for the Flyer (PDF) in English or en Español. For more information call (831) 625-4646.


THIS FRIDAY! January 23rd from 9:00AM to 3:00PM—Negotiation and Mediation Skills Symposium & Training Led By Senator Bill Monning. This training will provide valuable negotiation and mediation tools for effective public policy development and all forms of advocacy – whether you work in government, business or with a non-profit. There will be opportunities for networking. The event takes place at the Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Management at the The Monterey College of Law, 2620 Colonel Durham Street in Seaside. The speakers will be Bill Monning, California State Senator; The Honorable Fred Keeley, Treasurer, County of Santa Cruz; Mary Claypool, President, Monterey Branch, NAACP; Cesar Lara, Executive Director, Monterey Bay Central Labor Council; Sue McCloud, Former Mayor of Carmel; Dave Stoldt, General Manager, Monterey Peninsula Water Management District. The cost is $295 (includes lunch) and discounted rates for non-profit and public sector are $175, and students $150. Additional group discounts available. Register by phone, email or online at (831) 582-5234, or California State Bar attendees qualify for 6 hours of MCLE credit. Don't miss this important training event. Please share this email with your colleagues. Thank you!

CALL FOR REGISTRATION (Reply by February 1st)—It is almost that time of year again—The 9th Annual Marina Earth Day Event! This year's event will be on April 11th from 9:00AM to 1:00PM at Locke Paddon Park in Marina. If your group/organization would like a space at the event, please Click here for the Form (PDF) and let us know about your needs. Please reply by February 1st as it is important to have this information for the permit through the City. More information on parking and set up times will be sent to those participating. The event usually gets around 220 people in attendance. A free lunch will be provided by the Marina Rotary. There will be live music, and many wonderful park beautification projects happening. We hope you can participate and educate the public on your organization. For more information contact Natalie Zayas Delgado at

 The Marina Chamber has a Toll-Free phone number: (855) 420-4448

NEED MARINA DINING GUIDES? The ORIGINAL Marina Dining Guide produced by the Marina Chamber highlights Marina’s fine restaurants, specialty foods, local brewery and area fine wines. It recognizes and promotes the businesses that participate in the Chamber’s annual “International Flavors of Marina—Food, Wine & Beer Tasting” event, which showcases Marina as a diverse dining destination. Click here for a PDF version, or email to request hard-copies of the Marina Dining Guide (50-100 guides per business can be provided while supplies last).

NEED MARINA VISITOR GUIDES? The Marina Chamber Visitors Guide highlights attractions and things to do in and around Marina, California. E-mail the Chamber at to request Visitors Guides (50-100 guides per business can be provided while supplies last).

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