Cesar Chavez Library expansion marks turnaround for Salinas

From the Monterey Herald: Six years ago, the city of Salinas faced closing its three libraries because of money shortages — a potentially huge civic embarrassment for the home of acclaimed author John Steinbeck.

Now, Salinas is embarking on a $2.9million construction project — partially paid for by sales taxes approved by city voters in November 2005 to save libraries and other public services — to greatly expand Cesar Chavez Library, the city's most heavily used branch.

VIDEO: Daniel Pace at our Hebbron Community Safety Kickoff

Daniel Pace works with Transitions for Recovery and Re-entry. He was at our Hebbron block party Sept 25 to share what he's learned, and to help others.

VIDEO: Our Hebbron Community Safety Kickoff

It was a block party Sept 15 at the Hebbron Center -- and the whole neighborhood was invited! It was the launch of the grassroots effort to make Hebbron safer for children. Here Georgina Mendoza of the Community Alliance for Safety & Peace explains what it's about:

There's more video at our YouTube channel.

A Decade of Investments Yields Benefits and Lessons

The latest issue of the Annie E. Casey Foundation newsletter reflects on a decade of investments in four interrelated areas: tapping the strengths of faith-based organizations; removing stumbling blocks to opportunity for people returning from incarceration and their families; providing a foundation for healthy relationships and marriages; and supporting strong and responsible fatherhood. The articles describe the impact of these efforts on individuals and family-serving organizations.

You can download the attachment to read the newsletter.


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