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Monterey County Declares Hepatitis A Outbreak Among Homeless Population
Since early 2017, the San Diego and Santa Cruz County Health Departments have been investigating local hepatitis A outbreaks among individuals who are homeless or use illicit drugs. Unfortunately, disease levels in Monterey County have now reached outbreak levels. Since October 2017, hepatitis A has been diagnosed in 9 individuals with a history of homeless in Monterey County. These individuals did not travel outside of Monterey County so are assumed to have become ill due to transmission within the homeless and illegal drug use communities in Monterey County.
2/5/2018 4:46:00 PM
Monterey County Animal Control Program Advisory Board Meeting
Monterey County Animal Control Program Advisory Board will meet Thursday, March 22nd at 3:30 pm at the Monterey County Animal Services Center, 160 Hitchcock Road in Salinas
3/19/2018 11:49:00 AM
Bayer Issues Recall of Alka-Seltzer Plus® Products
Bayer is voluntarily recalling Alka-Seltzer Plus® packages that, were sold only in the U.S. at Walmart, CVS, Walgreens and Kroger (including Dillons Food Stores, Fred Meyer, Fry’s Food Stores, Ralphs, King Soopers and Smith’s Food and Drug) after February 9, 2018. The packages can be identified by checking the Bayer logo located on the lower left corner of the front of the carton. If the logo has an orange or green background, the product is included in the recall The affected packages are being recalled because the ingredients on the front sticker may not match the actual product in the carton.
What does Monterey County’s Reusable Bag Ordinance do?
The ordinance does four key things to promote a consumer shift to reusable shopping bags. First, the Reusable Bag Ordinance prohibits free plastic (thin-film), single-use carryout bags at most retail stores Second, reusable bags and/or paper bags may still be provided only if the store charges a minimum of 10 cents per bag. Third, it describes what specific types of paper and reusable bags may be provided. Fourth, it lists other kinds of bags that are exempted (still allowed).(Click here to see the full ordinance)
When did the ordinance take effect and what area does it cover?
March 27, 2015 throughout all unincorporated areas of Monterey County.
Which stores are affected?
All types of stores are affected with two exceptions; restaurants and some specific non-profit charitable re-users.
What qualifies as a restaurant? Why are restaurants exempt?
Restaurants (i.e., “Public Eating Establishments”) are businesses that receive 90 percent or more of their revenue from the sale of prepared food. They are exempt. Restaurants account for only about 5% of plastic bags. Also take-out food is more prone to spillage and customers are less likely to bring reusable bags to a restaurant.
What about Farmer’s Markets, festivals and events?
Retailers at Farmers Markets, festivals and events in the unincorporated areas are included. Food vendors that get 90% or more of its revenue from prepared food are exempt.
What other kinds of plastic bags are still allowed?
The ordinance still allows free, smaller plastic bags needed to protect and separate items that might contaminate each other. For example free plastic bags are still allowed to separate items such as; produce, bulk foods, cooked foods, meat, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.
Can customers bring their own plastic, paper and/or reusable bags?
Yes. Consumers are encouraged to bring any type of bag (including single-use plastic bags) to a store for their purchases. Customers are only charged for bags provided by the store at check-out.
What if customers don’t want to bring a reusable bag or purchase a paper/reusable bag?
Customers can carry their paid purchases out by hand, or put their goods back into a shopping cart or basket to transport to their vehicle to unload.
What about bag ordinances in the different cities and the new state law the passed last summer?
All cities except Sand City and Del Rey Oaks have passed similar ordinances. They take effect on different dates, but will all be in effect by summer of next year. The city of Salinas and the County have the exact same ordinances with the same implementation dates. The new state law does not apply if a local ordinance has already been passed. Therefore the state law will only apply in Sand City and Del Rey Oaks. The state law is currently under review.