San Benito County Fair. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Government / Politics

Congress seeks funding for agricultural fairs

San Benito County Fair was held in-person in 2021 after a drive-thru model was tried in 2020.

Assemblyman Robert Rivas and MBEP President and CEO Kate Roberts. Image from Youtube.

Government / Politics

MBEP holds its 7th annual State of the Region event

Kanyon Coyotewoman Sayers-Roods of the Costanoan Ohlone-Mutsun and Chumash Tribe kicks off the event with a tribal blessing and land acknowledgment.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File Photo.

News Release

Report states the Expanded Child Tax Credit in American Rescue Plan will benefit 158,000 Central Coast children  

The Child Tax Credit provides families $250 per child a month and $300 for kids under six.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta touring a strawberry farm in his district. File photo.

News Release

Congressman Panetta votes to impeach President Trump

'Through this vote, we are not only holding the President accountable, we are abiding by our constitutional responsibility to secure and strengthen our democracy for our posterity,' Panetta said.

Photo courtesy of Marine Life Studies Whale Entanglement Team.

Environment / Nature

Congressman Panetta commends completion of Marine Debris Removal Project after helping to secure funding in 2019

Whale Entanglement Team received $91,000 in grant funding for its removal of abandoned fishing gear on the sea floor that posed a risk to the well-being of local marine life.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File Photo.

Government / Politics

Panetta and others introduce bipartisan bill to reauthorize WHIP program for 2020 wildfires

Legislation would support growers with crops impacted by smoke exposure.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File Photo.

Government / Politics

House passes Congressman Panetta-cosponsored FEMA Assistance Relief Act 

Bill aims to ease financial burdens for state, local, tribal and territorial governments that have received FEMA disaster assistance for emergencies, such as wildfires, in 2020.

The road leading to the San Justo Reservoir is closed to public access. File photo by Noe Magaña.

Environment / Nature

Congressman Panetta urges prioritization of San Justo Reservoir zebra mussel eradication in final FY2021 spending package

Local reservoir has been closed since 2008.

Farmworkers in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.


Panetta pushes for farmworker funding in next COVID-19 Relief Package

Letter sent to House leadership requesting $1 million toward improving housing conditions.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta

News Release

Congressman Panetta Co-Introduces the Opportunity Starts at Home Act

The act establishes a tax credit supporting affordable housing financed by the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit for vulnerable individuals and those with serious and long-term disabilities.

Image by Myriam Zilles from Pixabay

News Release

Congressman Panetta Announces 2020 Congressional Art Competition

Winning entry will be displayed in the corridors of the U.S. Capitol for one year.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File Photo.

Government / Politics

Panetta requests IRS provide update on coronavirus impact on filing season

In addition to requesting an evaluation of whether the April 15 filing deadline needs to be extended this year, the release said members asked Commissioner Rettig to consider the need for relief from certain filing and payment penalties for taxpayers and communities affected by COVID-19.

Congressman Panetta at the Monterey County Offices. District 20 includes Monterey and San Benito County and portions of Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties. Photo provided.

Government / Politics

Congressman Panetta Files Nomination Papers

Congressman Panetta prepares to run for office for the third time.


Government / Politics

Jimmy Panetta speaks at environmental meeting at Aromas Grange

Congressman Jimmy Panetta covered all the hot political buttons at the Aromas meeting, from immigration reform to rising sea levels.

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Government / Politics

Panetta responds to White House directive banning transgender service members from military

Local congressman says President Trump is "putting politics and prejudice above the best interests of our military"