2018 Excellence Award Recipients

Jennifer Cline, MST Navigator Program

Jennifer Cline is recognized for her dedication and service to others through her volunteer service with Monterey-Salinas Transit.

Serving as a volunteer in the MST Navigator Program for the past 5 years, Jennifer regularly rides the MST bus system aiding other riders as needed. She is also participated in the MST travel training program which enables her to help individuals with limited experience and encouraged them to ride the bus safely and independently.

Along with these acts of service, Jennifer volunteers to work alongside MST staff at community centers and outreach events to promote riding the MST bus system and to provide information on MSTs Mobility programs.


Monterey County “No on Prop. 6” Leaders

 The Monterey County “No on Prop. 6” Leaders were recognized for their active role in reaching beyond their own organizations to educate others in Monterey County about the negative impacts of Proposition 6. Their efforts, and the efforts of similar organizations and volunteers throughout the state, succeeded in defeating Proposition 6.  Their activities were of critical importance because the passage of Proposition 6 would have resulted in an annual loss of over $30 million in dedicated transportation funding to our region. As a result, this additional funding can now be used to match local Measure X and other monies to deliver transportation safety and congestion relief projects of local, regional and state significance.

The members of the Monterey County “No on Prop. 6” Leaders are:

  • Kevin Dayton, Salinas Valley Taxpayers Association
  • Barbara Meister, Monterey Bay Aquarium/Monterey County Hospitality Association
  • Kate Roberts, Monterey Bay Economic Partnership
  • Deanna Sessums, California League of Cities
  • Rod Smalley, Operating Engineers, Local 3
  • Nathan Stoopes, American Council of Engineering Consultants, Monterey Bay Chapter


Ciclovîa Gonzales

Ciclovîa Gonzales is a free community event that focuses on creating healthy communities through the building of partnerships among city residents, school districts, nonprofit agencies and the broader community.  This award recognized the Monterey County Health Department, the City of Gonzales and Building Healthy Communities for their partnership to create the first Ciclovîa event in south Monterey County. As a family event, that closes the streets to motor vehicle traffic, Ciclovîa Gonzales’ success can be measure by the 900 community members who came out to this open space to enjoy biking, walking, free activities, services, and information in a safe environment.


“Ride the 40’s On Us, Monterey-Salinas Transit

“Ride the 40’s On Us,” is a creative and innovative program to promote transit ridership in the Salinas area. Through this program, introduced by Monterey-Salinas Transit in September 2017, residents have been able to ride all bus lines numbered in the “40s”, and parallel ADA paratransit service, on holidays and weekends for free. Under this program, ridership on the weekends and holidays increased 80% – increasing MST’s overall systemwide ridership by 2.3% and bucking the national downward trend in bus ridership. 



Castroville Bike/Pedestrian Path & Railroad Crossing Bridge

The Castroville Bicycle Pedestrian Path and Railroad Crossing project constructed a 0.74-mile path from McDougall Street to Castroville Boulevard, that included constructing a 1,170-foot bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. This $10.6 million project was designed to create safe and healthy routes for students to walk or ride bikes to and from school. Prior to the construction of the project, students who walk or bicycle from Castroville would often go up and over an active railroad track, along a farm field, and then cross over a busy section of Castroville Boulevard to reach the existing bicycle/pedestrian path along Castroville Boulevard to get to their school.

The bridge now provides students a much safer route to school and connect downtown Castroville to Elkhorn Elementary School and North Monterey County High School. It also links various portions of the existing multi-modal transportation infrastructure improving access for all bicyclists and pedestrians from the Monterey Peninsula, Salinas to Watsonville, to Santa Cruz County.



Fremont Street/El Sausal Safe Routes to School 

In collaboration with the Monterey County Health Department and TAMC, the Fremont/El Sausal Safe to School Project is located next to Fremont Elementary School and El Sausal Middle School. The schools front East Market Street and are less than one block apart with a combined student population of 1,803 students from kindergarten to eighth grade. The schools are low-income area, resulting in higher pedestrian activity, with most students either walking, biking or skating to school. The remaining students commute to school using one of the two available school bus routes, public transit, or by car.

The Safe Routes to School project implemented a road diet that reduced the number of vehicle travel lanes from 4-lanes to 2-lanes, created buffered bicycle lanes and improved the pedestrian facilities on East Market Street between Sanborn Road to Williams Road. The reduction of vehicle travel lanes slows traffic and the addition of a center left turning lane reduced conflict points between turning vehicles and other road users.

Other enhancements include high visibility crosswalks, bulb-outs, the first installation of a separated bikeway in the City of Salinas, bike boxes, and the installation of two coordinated traffic signals which allows vehicles to drive along the corridor with minimal stopping times, reducing traffic delays during peak travel times.  




Mud Creek Land Slide 

Highway 1 through Big Sur is a symbol of Caltrans ability to design and construct infrastructure that strikes a balance with nature. This route includes a 70-mile-long ribbon of pavement which straddles a rugged coastline and is world-renowned for transporting people to a most beautiful, tranquil and serene place. Part of this natural beauty includes the dynamic landscapes, making every drive and bicycle ride a truly unique experience. Since the highway was completed in the 1930s, countless landslides and unceasing erosion have changed how the roadway traverses the coast.

In 2017, some of the most catastrophic storms in recent history severely damaged the highway and closed it for more than a year. There were numerous emergency highway closures including Paul’s Slide and the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, which cut off critical access for those who lived, and worked on, or traveled along the highway.  In January, sections of the embankment at Mud Creek failed. Rock, mud and debris continually slid down the mountainside. On May 20, 2017 50 acres of land and more than five million cubic yards of earth broke free from the mountainside. With a thunderous roar-likened to an earthquake-a new 15-acre peninsula was crated and 1,000 feet of Highway 1 was buried beneath 160 feet of earth materials.

After months of construction under challenging circumstances and trying times, the highway was reopened on July 18, 2018. Local residents can now use the highway to travel again and the need for a two-hour detour to travel south of Gorda has ended. Central coast business and economic interests are being met with the facilitation movement of goods, services and people. International visitors to the Big Sur area also appreciate that the iconic highway is open again along the entire Big Sur coast. 



West Broadway Avenue Improvements 

The West Broadway Urban Village Infrastructure Improvements Project was designed to increase bicycle and pedestrian safety and to promote multi-modal forms of transportation while revitalizing downtown Seaside, enhancing the accessibility of patrons and creating a visually engaging environment around the commercial hub of the city.

The project improvements in June 2018 include a corridor “road diet” that reduced the width of the roadway from a four-lane roadway to two vehicle travel -lanes, bike lanes, pedestrian sidewalks, and streetscape improvements.  This project is a good example of implementing “Complete Street” road features to benefit a wide range of people and interests. This investment in the public facilities will serve as a catalyst to draw private investment into the West Broadway Urban Village area, which will promote economic growth and the creation of an urban core/downtown in Seaside.


State Senator Anthony Cannella

State Senator Anthony Cannella was recognized for his service as a leader on transportation issues as a member of the California State Senate representing Monterey County, and a member of the Senate Transportation Committee. Over the years, he advocated for improved transportation in Monterey County, carrying legislation to support rail service and public-private partnerships.

Senator Cannella’s most significant contribution to transportation was his landmark vote in favor of Senate Bill 1. By doing so, he helped to assure that transportation would finally have a stable funding source over the long term. Senator Canella was the only Republican in the Assembly or Senate to vote in favor of this legislation, and in doing so, he suffered extensive criticism from his party and constituents. However, when asked to repeal Senate Bill 1, through Proposition 6, California voters validated Senator Cannella’s support by overwhelming rejecting efforts to repeal Senate Bill 1.

2017 Excellence Award Recipients


Heather Lanier and Carissa Chapellet,

Big Sur Bypass Trail Project

In February 2017, roads and bridges in communities throughout Monterey County were devastated by a series of winter storms. The Big Sur community was one of the most severely impacted with the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge being structurally compromised, necessitating an immediate closure, and eventual demolition. Making the situation even more dire in Big Sur, were mudslides further south on the coast, creating an enclave of approximately 450 people who found themselves completely isolated on “the Big Sur Island.”  People could not get to work. Children could not get to school.  Families were separated. Faced with the reality that it would be months before they could drive north along HWY1, Big Sur residents began calling for an immediate solution – the opening of an emergency trail which would bypass the closure of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge.

Although State Parks, the California Conservation Corps, and other partners such as State Senator Bill Monning and Big Sur Fire, were indispensable partners in this project, it was the volunteer effort initiated by Heather Lanier and Carissa Chappellet (cousins) that ultimately decreased the time this project took and allowed for the entire project’s completion in only 10 days. The result was a trail that was about a mile long that gained about 500 feet of elevation in the second half and included approximately 150 steps.

Under normal circumstances, this project would have taken a few years to develop and implement, however it was completed in a phenomenally short period of time due to the commitment and organization of the Big Sur volunteer community. Heather Lanier and Carissa Chappellet were indispensable to the project’s success. Because of their leadership, the community was reunited, families could bring in the groceries and supplies they needed to live, workers could go to and from work, and children returned to school.

John Viarengo, Salinas Traffic & Transportation Commission

John Viarengo has served on the Salinas Traffic and Transportation Commission, and as such, he as participated in many Salinas projects, including the revisions of the Salinas General Plan, the Alisal Street Roundabout Project; and parking and traffic issues throughout the city. Through his service, he has contributed to making Salinas a better place with better flowing traffic and safer streets.

John is also recognized for his volunteer service with the Salinas Police Department. For the past 17 years, he has been a volunteer in the department’s vehicle maintenance division.  This retired former auto shop teacher from the Salinas Union High School District and lifelong car enthusiast, spends two days of the week, providing routine checkups, minor auto repairs, road tests and even will drive cars to repair centers for major auto repairs.


MST Reduced Pricing Bus Passes, Monterey-Salinas Transit

Prior to the construction of the Holman Highway 68 Roundabout Project, MST was asked by the local hospitality community to assist with the congestion that was expected during the construction by encouraging people who travel through the intersection, or along the Del Monte/Lighthouse corridor in New Monterey, to utilize MST.

The MST Board of Directors approved a deeply-discounted bus pass for residents and employees of the following affected areas: Big Sur, Carmel, Carmel Valley, Monterey, Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach. MST’s 31-Day Basic bus pass was discounted from $95 per month to $13 and for seniors, youth, people with disabilities and veterans from $47 per month to $6.50 per month.

The reduced-price bus passes were available from August 15, 2016 through June 30, 2107. Overall, bus pass sales more than doubled and MST saved the community nearly $800,000 in commute costs over the 10-month construction period.

Walk and Bike Safe in Monterey Program, City of Monterey

The City of Monterey – Traffic Engineering applied for and successfully earned two highly competitive grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety in the amount of $110,000 in November 2015 and $74,000 in October 2016. The first grant funded a one-year Program Coordinator position responsible for establishing a comprehensive bike and pedestrian safety public education program to reduce bicycle and pedestrian collisions. The grant funded Program Coordinator launched “Walk & Bike Safety in Monterey,” an interactive public education program focusing on educating children and seniors as safe pedestrians and bicyclists.

Bike and Pedestrian safety audits were also conducted at 10 schools and surveys were developed to evaluate the program and to develop three, age-appropriate in-class PowerPoint presentations. The presentations included safety videos created by the city, live demos and quizzes for children to learn and practice simultaneously. These presentations were complemented with hands-on activities including bike rodeos and a “pedestrian rodeo, PSA videos, educational brochures and activities. Overall, the program successfully reached over 3,000 children who learned to stop, look, and listen before crossing the street.

Holman Highway 68 Roundabout Project, Caltrans and the City of Monterey

Extensive traffic delays were too common along Holman Highway, one of the Monterey Peninsula’s main transportation corridors. The busy signalized intersection joining the Highway 1 on and off-ramps to Highway 68 and the famous 17 Mile Drive caused commuter frustration, increased air pollution, restricted access to the local hospital and compelled impatient drivers to invent detours through adjacent residential neighborhoods.

The Holman Highway 68 Project, led by the City of Monterey implemented a muti-lane, sustainable, low-maintenance, user-friendly roundabout to relieve congestion at this important and busy intersection that is one of two vital gateways to the Monterey Peninsula. Keeping this critical arterial open throughout construction was crucial, and there was also a need for extensive public and stakeholder education and outreach concerning the roundabout.

In the end, this public-private partnership was a successful collaboration between the City of Monterey, Pebble Beach Company, Monterey Bay Regional Air District, County of Monterey, City of Pacific Grove, Caltrans and other community partnerships with CHOMP, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, MST, the Unitarian Church. It has improved the lives of those who travel through the intersection to get to work, home, school, the hospital, or to enjoy the beautiful Monterey Peninsula.

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, Caltrans

Highway 1 in Big Sur is a designated American National Scenic Byway. Road designated within the America’s Byways program are unique. However, Highway 1 through Big Sur is considered one of the crown jewels on the byways program. Views from the highway provide amazing visual experiences and that is why it is major destination for national and international tourism. Numerous businesses depend on this tourism for their success. Highway 1 is also the only major road connection for hundreds of residents that call Big Sur home.

A landslide, due to heavy rains which began in early January 2017 caused major damage to the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Highway 1 in Monterey County. By February 15, the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, which was built in 1968, was determined to be beyond repair and needed to be replace.

As this slide would cause a humanitarian and economic crisis for businesses and residents of the Big Sur coast, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) immediately jumped into action to replace the bridge as quickly as possible. Remarkably, the new $24,000,000 single-span steel girder bridge was built and opened to the public just eight months after the original concrete structure was condemned, a process that would normally take about 8 years.

Elkhorn Road Emergency Storm Damage Repair, County of Monterey

Winter storms battered the Central Coast in January and February of 2017. The damage was so great in northern California that FEMA declared the area a Major Disaster to provide federal funding to help communities recover from the severe winter storms, flooding and mudslides.

As this section of roadway serves as a critical roadway for emergency responders, as well as being the first road inland from Highway 1 that runs parallel to Highway 1, repairing and re-opening it quickly was a priority.  However, the damage was so severe and continued to worsen with continued storms, it was necessary to keep the roadway closed for the public’s safety until necessary repairs could be made to stabilize the site.

The County put together an emergency team that determined that it was best to wait for a clear weather pattern prior to the mobilization of the emergency construction crews. This quick and focused action of the County of Monterey and the Elkhorn Road Emergency Repair team resulted in the $1 million emergency roadway work being successfully completed; thereby re-opening a safe and critical access route for the community and emergency responders.

Ariana Green, 5 Years of Service

Ariana Green is recognized for 5 years of dedicated service and congratulated for reaching this significant milestone in her career with the Transportation Agency for Monterey County.  Her effort and dedication plays a tremendous part in the success of the Agency.

Maria Montiel, 10 Years of Service

Maria Montiel is recognized for 10 years of dedicated service and congratulated for reaching this significant milestone in her career with the Transportation Agency for Monterey County.  Her effort and dedication plays a tremendous part in the success of the Agency.

Todd Muck, 10 Years of Service

Todd Muck is recognized for 10 years of dedicated service and congratulated for reaching this significant milestone in his career with the Transportation Agency for Monterey County.  His effort and dedication plays a tremendous part in the success of the Agency.

Theresa Wright is the Transportation Agency for Monterey County Transportation Excellence Awards Program contact person. If you have any questions, you can reach her at (831) 775-0903, or via email at: theresa@tamcmonterey.org

2016 Excellence Awards Recipients

Dell Matt, Safety Advocate

In a room packed with onlookers, Prunedale resident Dell Matt received special recognition and a standing ovation from the Board and audience members. For more than 30 years, Dell has been the “voice of the community,” advocating for safety improvements, particularly those on the Highway 101 corridor through Prunedale. Her proactive role in attending TAMC Board meetings and advocating on behalf of the community has greatly improved transportation in Monterey County, most notably the landmark $225 million Prunedale Improvement Project which  makes Highway 101 much safer, reduces traffic congestion and improves access to local businesses and residents.  Dell received this special recognition from the Board as she “retires” from her public advocacy.


Shawn Atkins, Maintenance Manager, Monterey County Resource Agency, Public Works and Road Facilities

Shawn Atkins, the Maintenance Manager for the Monterey County Resource Agency, Public Works and Roads Facilities, was honored for his compassion response to the community and his leadership in creating the first “Sea Otter Crossing” on Moss Landing Road. After a tragic accident in which a vehicle struck and killed a sea otter crossing Moss Landing Road to reach Elkhorn Slough, Shawn led the collaboration between residents and agencies to design a sea otter crossing in the harbor, including signs, fencing, new road pavement and one of Monterey County’s first speed tables. Due to these improvements, traffic on Moss Landing Road is slowed, and safety is improved for drivers, pedestrians and sea otters.


Enrique Saavedra, Acting Chief of Public Works and Facilities, County of Monterey, Resource Management Agency, Public Works and Facilities Department

Enrique Saavedra, Acting Chief of Public Works and Facilities, County of Monterey, Resource Management Agency, Public Works and Facilities Department was honored  for his services going “above and beyond” his normal duties, in overseeing the response, repair work and activities associated with the Soberanes fire and the 2016 winter storms.


MacGregor “Goya” Eddy, Columnist, Salinas Californian

The Agency recognized MacGregor “Goya” Eddy for her weekly “We Could Car Less” column in the Salinas California dedicated to transportation mobility, safety and advocacy for transportation for all ages and abilities.


Jim Johnson, Reporter, Monterey Herald

Jim Johnson received honors for his journalistic skills as a staff reporter for the Monterey County Herald who reports on government issues. Jim’s in-depth reporting, particularly those about the Transportation Safety & Investment Plan, and its evolution as Measure X, were through, balanced and a service in informing the public about transportation issues in Monterey County.

The Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau received recognition for their transportation information campaign for Car Week 2016 in coordination with the Soberanes Firefighting public outreach efforts. Their campaign included the creation of user-friendly materials and website, coordinating with the firefighting team on Car Week logistics, media press releases and press conferences. As a result, there    was increased coordination between the event organizers and the firefighting team; increased public awareness about event activities and firefighting traffic. The public outreach strategies developed for Car Week 2016 were so successful that the strategies will be used for future major events on the Monterey Peninsula.


“Keep Monterey County Moving”

The group of community leaders who volunteered their services to “Keep Monterey County Moving by helping the Agency develop the Transportation Safety & Investment Plan was honored. As a result of their work, the Plan will now be funded through Measure X which received the required 2/3rd voter approval making Monterey County a “self-help” county with a dedicated local source of funding for transportation safety and mobility projects.



Two projects received honors during the ceremony. The first was the Highway 68 PG Corridor Study, that looked at ways to improve Forest Avenue and Sunset Drive. As a result of this needs assessment study, which included extensive public outreach and participation, the City of Pacific Grove and Caltrans now have a document which proposes location-specific design concepts and other recommendations. These recommendations include ways to create a more “complete” corridor that improves safety and serves the needs of pedestrians, bicyclist, drivers and people of all ages and abilities along this busy highway within the city limits.


The second was the SR 1/Cow Cliffs Viaduct Project, for improving safety and mobility along Highway 1 by repairing a 100-foot long section of Highway 1, located 1/10th of a mile north of the historic Big Creek Bridge. Overcoming challenges that included the harsh conditions, rough terrain and an aggressive construction schedule to minimize the impacts to the traveling public, this project restored and stabilized the highway, allowing traffic to flow freely and safely this this section of the national scenic highway.


Rita Goel, 10 Years of Service

Rita Goel is recognized for 10 years of dedicated service and congratulated for reaching this significant milestone in her career with the Transportation Agency for Monterey County.  Her effort and dedication plays a tremendous part in the success of the Agency.

Mike Zeller, 10 Years of Service

Mike Zeller is recognized for 10 years of dedicated service and congratulated for reaching this significant milestone in his career with the Transportation Agency for Monterey County.  His effort and dedication plays a tremendous part in the success of the Agency.

Dave Delfino, 15 Years of Service

Dave Delfino is recognized for 15 years of dedicated service and congratulated for reaching this significant milestone in his career with the Transportation Agency for Monterey County.  His effort and dedication plays a tremendous part in the success of the Agency.

Christina Watson, 15 Years of Service

Christina Watson is recognized for 15 years of dedicated service and congratulated for reaching this significant milestone in her career with the Transportation Agency for Monterey County.  Her effort and dedication plays a tremendous part in the success of the Agency.

Debbie Hale, 15 Years of Service

Debbie Hale is recognized for 15 years of dedicated service and congratulated for reaching this significant milestone in her career with the Transportation Agency for Monterey County.  Her effort and dedication plays a tremendous part in the success of the Agency.

Theresa Wright is the Transportation Agency for Monterey County Transportation Excellence Awards Program contact person. If you have any questions, you can reach her at (831) 775-0903, or via email at: theresa@tamcmonterey.org

2015 Excellence Awards Recipients

Ryan Chapman, Monterey County Public Works Traffic Engineer

 Ryan Chapman is a traffic engineer for Monterey County’s Public Works Department. He is an energetic leader who manages local roadway projects.

His innovative ideas contribute to the safety of the traveling public and saves taxpayer dollars. He oversaw the new green safety lanes on Davis Road protecting bicyclist commuting to Salinas from rural roadways. He is currently helping to manage the details for the Holman Highway Roundabout.

Mr. Chapman is a member of the TAMC Technical Advisory Committee and the Bicycle/Pedestrian Committee member. He is also a newly appointed Monterey County Road Commissioner. This dedication and commitment to safety and service has earned Ryan Chapman this honor on January 27, 2016.

Ryan Chapman

Luciano Rodriguez, Volunteer Instructor / Bicycle Advocate

Luciano Rodriguez is an avid bike commuter, who has served as a role model for using bicycling for transportation for more than 14 years. In addition to helping to break down stereotypes about bicycling for transportation, he is a role model for teens.

Since July 2012,  Luciano is a volunteer instructor for the Monterey County Probation Department Youth Center bike class, and since August 2014, he serves as class coordinator and official class provider too. While he also teaches a bike maintenance class at Rancho Cielo, most notable there was his initiative to create a network of trails on the campus.

Now, not only are these trails being used by the students on the campus, they are also being enjoyed by visitors during their Annual Family Play Day.

Luciano’s positive influence is so inspirational, that some of his students are bicycling and even racing in the Sea Otter Classic, as he does. It is for all of these reasons that we honor Luciano Rodriguez with a TAMC Transportation Excellence Award.

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Cynthia Suverkrop, Advocacy, Highway 156 Safety Improvements

Cynthia Suverkrop is a tireless leader, advocate and active participant in transportation matters relating to Highway 156, Prunedale, Castroville and the Oak Hills community.  She has worked with members of her community, elected officials and agencies to work towards making the highway safer for drivers.

She has been an official member and active participant of several Highway 156 safety committees and groups.  Her  proactive role in not just attending but coordinating meetings to help her community to be informed has greatly impacted community perception of transportation issues and TAMC projects. Cynthia’s commitment to speak up for public safety has earned her this honor.




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Mary Ann Worden, Advocacy, Salinas Traffic and Transportation Commission

Mary Ann Worden has served with distinction on the Salinas Traffic and Transportation Commission since December 1989. Her 26 years of service have been marked by her intense advocacy for safety in transportation.

Her tenacious commitment to safety is related to a personal loss, which she has turned into advocacy to protect others. She is specifically committed to pedestrian safety and advocates for better facilities for pedestrians.

She is also an advocate for transit services, even going so far as to invite MST’s Director of Operations on a trip around Salinas to point out the need for more shelters and transit stops. To Mary Ann’s credit, MST responded with shelters and new passenger stops in Salinas.

Even the poor workmanship by a contractor resurfacing city streets did not go unnoticed by Mary Ann. She contacted the City Public Works Director, who to his surprise found the contractor was not meeting one of the necessary requirements. This dedication to public safety has earned Mary Ann Worden this honor.

Mary Ann Worden

Monterey-Salinas Transit, Electric Trolley

California’s first wireless power transfer electric vehicle was debuted by Monterey-Salinas Transit in May 2015. The vehicle is the landmark zero-emission MST Trolley, used by visitors and residents along the waterfront in Monterey.

This award recognizes MST for embracing the innovative technology that transformed a 12-year-old diesel engine into a state-of-the art vehicle with a rechargeable battery and electric drive components. The re-vamped trolley charges wirelessly as it picks up passengers at the Monterey Transit Plaza.

The Transportation Agency for Monterey County congratulates Monterey-Salinas Transit with a Transportation Excellence Award for its Electric Trolley which saves fuel and reduces emissions.

MST Electric Trolley

River Road Overlay Project, County of Monterey, Graniterock Company

The County of Monterey and Graniterock Company are  recognized for the innovative method they used to overlay a four-mile stretch of River Road. The existing pavement on this two-lane rural road used daily by thousands of commuters and visitors was in major distress and failure.

The repaving of the road utilized a pavement recycling process called Cold-In Place Recycling, which involves grinding the existing pavement, mixing it with oil and cement and then placing it back down all in one process. This new process required only two truckloads to import asphalt emulsion and cement. The conventional method of repaving the road would have required 83 truckloads to remove the old pavement and haul in new paving material.

To address other safety needs, the project eliminated passing zones, installed a full-profile centerline strip that acts as a rumble strip and alerts errant drivers, and installed flashing curve warning signs. The County of Monterey and Graniterock Company are  hereby recognized for its innovative safety improvements on the River Road Overlay Project!

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Rio Road Repaving Project, County of Monterey, City of Carmel

The County of Monterey and the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea are hereby recognized for their collaboration on the Rio Road Repaving Project.

Through their partnership, they designed new lane alignments on Rio Road to make it safer for everyone who uses the road. By narrowing travel lanes to 11 feet, they were able to slow traffic to a safe speed and create new bike lanes. They also made other incremental improvements to make Rio Road safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists along this heavily- traveled road, and provide a “safe route” to schools for students.

We salute the County of Monterey and the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea and honor them with a Transportation Excellence Award.

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San Juan Road Interchange, Caltrans, Granite Construction, MCM Construction

Caltrans, Granite Construction and MCM Construction are recognized for improving safety and mobility along Highway 101 in North Monterey County by removing the last remaining left turns across the highway.

For too long, the San Juan Road area was a choke point for interregional travel along US 101 for truckers, commuters and visitors. The highway in this area also had a high crash history and has a daily traffic volume of 63,000.

The project improved the area by removing three at-grade intersections at Dunbarton Road, San Juan Road and Cole Road and constructing one interchange near the Red Barn. The completion of the new interchange improves safety, reduces congestion and provides better access to and from the highway.

This dedication and commitment to safety has hereby earned the San Juan Road Interchange Project Team this honor on this day, January 27, 2016.

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Skyway/East Alisal Street Modern Roundabout, City of Salinas

The City of Salinas is recognized for the construction of the Skyway/East Alisal Street Modern Roundabout.

Constructed in 2015, the Skyway/East Alisal Modern Roundabout replaced the existing two-way stop at the intersection to enhance traffic safety and efficiency.

The project included improvements to roadway striping, signage, lighting, landscaping and hardscape features. The roundabout has reduced traffic delays and improved safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, vehicles, and large trucks.

For their service to the public, the City of Salinas has earned this honor on  January 27, 2016.

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Elouise Rodriguez, 15 Years of Service

Elouise Rodriguez is recognized for 15 years of dedicated service and congratulated for reaching this significant milestone in her career with the Transportation Agency for Monterey County.  Her effort and dedication plays a tremendous part in the success of the Agency. ER3 (2)Elouise Rodriguez

Kimbley Craig, Past TAMC Chair

Board Chair Armenta presented a plaque of appreciation to outgoing TAMC Board Chair Kimbley Craig for her 2015 Chairmanship of the Transportation Agency for Monterey County Board of Directors, and for her contributions to improving transportation facilities and services in Monterey County. Kimbley Craig

Theresa Wright is the Transportation Agency for Monterey County Transportation Excellence Awards Program contact person. If you have any questions, you can reach her at (831) 775-0903, or via email at: theresa@tamcmonterey.org

2014 Excellence Awards Recipients

Homer Bosserman Jr., CHP Volunteer

Homer Bosserman Jr. has been a volunteer for the Monterey Area CHP for the past 14 years, and on June 20, 2014 Homer celebrated his 100th birthday at the California Highway Patrol’s Monterey Area Office. Homer’s duties entail filing citations, citation log book entry and stamping collision cards. Homer helps out around the office with miscellaneous duties, putting in 4 hours of volunteer work twice a week. The Monterey Area CHP is truly lucky for having Homer volunteer his time, and his life experience. Homer

 Susana Cruz, Caltrans Public Affairs

 Susana Cruz has handled public and legislative affairs for Caltrans District 5 in the Monterey Bay Area for the past 12 years. She has been closely involved in many large-scale projects such as the US 101/Prunedale Improvement Project and the SR 1/Salinas Road interchange. She is also main contact/liaison for the Big Sur community and all the Caltrans maintenance, construction and permit projects along the coast highway. She was instrumental in keeping the community informed about the Rocky Creek viaduct repair and the Rain Rocks/Pitkins Curve projects from 2010 thru 2013. She is Caltrans bilingual translator/interpreter which has been invaluable for communication with Latino residents of Monterey County, especially in the Salinas Valley. She works cooperatively with TAMC staff, providing timely and accurate Project Reports every month.  Susana

  Chris Flescher, Active Transportation Advocate

 Chris Flescher has been a tireless advocate for alternative transportation, as well as, working towards improving transportation. He is the most active alternate member of the TAMC Bicycle-Pedestrian Facilities Advisory Committee; with an excellence attend record, attending whether the primary member is there or not. He is a member of the Salinas Traffic and Transportation Commission, and ably represents RailPac at the Rail Committee. Chris’ tireless advocacy provides a significant contribution to the improvement of transportation in, as well as, to and from Monterey County. Chris

Steve Price, Caltrans Maintenance and Operations

Steve has served the Caltrans District 5 area very well and is retiring from a distinguished career with Caltrans.  For the residents of District 5, Steve has consistently gone above and beyond to ensure the  safety and wellbeing of the traveling public along our Highways.  As Steve says, it is “a real challenge managing a highway on the moving edge of a continent.”  Through wildfires, mudslides, road failures, raining rocks, disappearing pavement, rampant pampas grass, water overflowing highways, falling trees and any other challenge that Mother Nature can send our way, Steve has worked tirelessly to protect the residents of Monterey County and worked at all hours to keep our highways open. Steve

Bernard Green, Active Transportation Advocate

Mr. Green is recognized for his creative and tireless work to promote Transportation Demand Management (TDM) techniques on CSUMB’s campus and throughout Monterey County.  MST/CSUMB fund Bernard’s position as a way to encourage student professional development and coordinate transportation outreach efforts to approximately 6700 students and over 1000 staff and faculty. Although this is a paid, part time, 20 hours per week position, Bernard dedicates many more hours to his work on campus and throughout the County. Bernard

Moving Forward 2035 Monterey Bay MTP, AMBAG

The Moving Forward 2035 Monterey Bay MTP/SCS is the blueprint for a regional transportation system that further enhances our quality of life, promotes sustainability, and offers more mobility options for people and goods. The 2035 MTP/SCS contains a diversity of transportation projects and programs that will provide residents and visitors with a variety of travel choices. The 2035 MTP/SCS is built on an integrated set of public policies, strategies, and investments to maintain, manage, and improve the transportation system so it meets the diverse needs of our changing region through 2035. MovingForward

Free to Learn, MST and Monterey Bay Aquarium

The MST-Free to Learn program is a collaboration between the Monterey Salinas Transit and the Monterey Bay Aquarium to provide free transportation and admission for low-income constituencies, including families, youth at risk, seniors, veterans, foster families, and people with disabilities by partnering with nonprofit and government agencies who serve them. For many, the cost of travel or lack of reliable transport can be a barrier to traveling to Monterey to visit the aquarium. Since the fall of 2012, the aquarium has arranged free transport via MST for 5,079 children and adults from 20 nonprofit organizations throughout the MST service area. FreeToLearn

City of Marina Roundabouts-Reservation Road Improvements

The Reservation Road Improvement Project was a collaborative effort between the City of Marina and the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District (MPRPD) to improve vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle access through this gateway into Central Marina. With a grant from the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District and further funding through Public Facility Impact Fees, the $2.4 million project provided two new roundabouts at the Reservation Road intersections with Seaside Circle and Lake Drive. Improvements also include new pedestrian crossings at the roundabout intersections, improved bicycle access throughout the project site, as well as new pedestrian facilities (concrete sidewalk) connecting Central Marina to the Marina Branch Library and Beach Road Shopping Center. Marina

Prunedale Improvement Project

The landmark $225 million Prunedale Improvement Project provides safer access for residents and reduces congestion for 60,000 to 80,000 vehicles each day. The project upgraded a 13-mile segment of U.S. Highway 101 from Russell/Espinoza Road to just north of Echo Valley Road. The project constructed new interchanges at Crazy Horse Canyon Road and Sala Road, a new undercrossing for Espinosa Road and Russell Road, a new overcrossing for Blackie interchange, made various local road improvements, and installed a concrete median barrier at various locations throughout the project limits, permanently removing left turns across U.S. Highway 101. PIP

 Monterey County Mobility Coalition

 The Monterey County Mobility Coalition is a privately-funded volunteer committee of community volunteers that spearheaded the passage of Measure Q protecting vital transit services for seniors, veterans and the disabled. The committee was comprised of representatives from Alliance on Aging, LandWatch Monterey County, Monterey County Business Council, Monterey County Hospitality Association, United Veterans Council and more than 60 other endorsers from all sectors of the community. It relied entirely on private contributions for the resources to get the message out to voters with mailers, signs and other campaign materials. MSTMobility

Theresa Wright is the Transportation Agency for Monterey County Transportation Excellence Awards Program contact person. If you have any questions, you can reach her at (831) 775-0903, or via email at: theresa@tamcmonterey.org

2013 Excellence Awards Recipients

2013 Transportation Excellence Honorees are:


Richard Vasquez, CSUMB Student

Mr. Vasquez is recognized for his work to create an identity package, marketing materials, and façade treatments for the CSUMB Bike Bunker, a TRIPwise project. Mr. Vasquez’s work, part of his Senior Capstone, helped increase bike ridership at CSUMB, develop bike culture at CSUMB, and promote the much needed and highly used Bike Bunker.


Jim Warwick, Instructor and Coach, Salinas High

Mr. Warwick is a dedicated Salinas High instructor, advisor and assistant coach for Salinas High Cowboys Racing mountain bike team. Ways Jim boosts biking include volunteering as a guide for the Salinas Bike Party; acting as a riding role model by observing California bike laws and other Salinas Bike Party rules; being a supporter and positive role model at community events; sorting parts at the Monterey County Probation Department Youth Center for a bike repair class; and reaching out to get needed bikes for kids who couldn’t otherwise be on a team.


Casey Andrews, CSUMB

Mr. Andrews is being recognized for his work on TRIPwise, CSUMB’s alternative transportation program. Casey’s efforts to provide ongoing outreach and effective, creative advertisements have been important, and CSUMB has seen a substantial increase in transit ridership. Casey has made outreach for transportation on campus more fun and noticeable; the entire CSUMB community has benefited from his work.


Eric Petersen, Transportation Activist:

Mr. Petersen has been a transportation activist since he was 15 years old, and has been a transportation advocate in Monterey County since 1995. He has been with the City of Salinas’ Traffic and Transportation Commission for 15 years, serving as chair for five terms and on TAMC’s Bicycle Pedestrian Facilities Advisory Committee for 12 years. Eric is a long-time advocate for sustainable traffic solutions – promoting more than a dozen bicycle events in Salinas, and working with various non-profit groups to promote youth cycling.



ITN Monterey County

Independent Transportation Network Monterey County (ITN Monterey County) is a not-for-profit volunteer based service providing door-to-door, arm-though-arm transportation on the Monterey Peninsula and Salinas. Riders over the age of 60 and adults with visual impairments are eligible to use ITN Monterey County’s service. Rides can be taken any day of the week, 24 hours per day within the ITN service area. Since December 2011, ITN Monterrey County has provided over 5,200 rides!  


Ciclovía Salinas:

Ciclovía Salinas’ mission is to encourage the residents of Salinas to utilize city streets – harvesting an overall sense of well-being and vitality through physical activity. With their first event, in October 2013, Ciclovía Salinas worked to establish healthier transportation and living habits, positively impact economic development in Salinas, and foster a sense of belonging for the city residents. 



Pacific/Del Monte Intersection Improvement Project, City of Monterey:

The intersection of Pacific / Del Monte experienced the highest number of vehicle-pedestrian crashes of any intersection in Monterey in the last ten years, three times more than any other location in the City. This project reversed that trend. The intersection improvements created better separation between vehicles turning left and pedestrians crossing Pacific Street, which was the primary cause of vehicle-pedestrian crashes. 


Bike Bunker, CSUMB

The Bike Bunker is an indoor, secure membership-based bicycle parking facility on the CSUMB campus. The Bike Bunker has video surveillance, visual passage (for more safety), and membership-only swipe card access. The facility holds 32 bicycles and has various cost options for membership, and is currently FULL, answering a great demand for secure indoor bike parking.


Highway 1 Rocky Creek Viaduct, Caltrans:

On March 16, 2011 a 100-foot long section of State Route 1 in Monterey County located about 1/10 mile south of the historic Rocky Creek Bridge collapsed due to a series of severe winter storms. The Rocky Creek Viaduct Project was developed to ensure long-term stability, and restore the highway to its pre-collapse condition. Major challenges included the rough terrain and maintaining an aggressive schedule while minimizing impacts to the travelling public. Construction started in October of 2012 and the project was completed in November of 2013.


JAZZ Bus Rapid Transit, Monterey Salinas Transit:

Monterrey County’s first Bus Rapid Transit Line, the JAZZ route serves the busy Fremont and Lighthouse corridors. MST improved local streets and sidewalks, upgraded 24 traffic signals, installed queue jumps at two intersections, and expanded from five shelters to 19 – increasing seating capacity by 71 percent. Construction was completed in time for the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Jazz Festival. The thousands of passengers who commute using this route on a regular basis have seen commute times cut by 18 percent, while also easing local traffic congestion.  



Theresa Wright is the Transportation Agency for Monterey County Transportation Excellence Awards Program contact person. If you have any questions, you can reach her at (831) 775-0903, or via email at: theresa@tamcmonterey.org

2012 Excellence Awards Recipients

2012 Transportation Excellence Honorees are:


David Ewing, Graphic Designer, Caltrans District 6:

David Ewing has produced maps and graphics for Caltrans District 5 construction projects, from the Prunedale Improvement Project to Salinas Road, to Highway 156, to San Juan Road, since January 2012. For each project, he creates clear, easy-to-read-and-understand graphics that show where the projects are and what they will look like. Additionally, he has created numerous maps to show detour routes to help motorists navigate around closures and other issues, many times on very short notice. David’s work has been used in the media and is used extensively in various public meetings. His creativity, professionalism, flexibility, talent, and understanding of the time-critical nature of the work help get practical, accurate information out to the public in a timely manner.


Interagency Coordination Team

The Caltrans Interagency Coordination Team was formed in 2010 to bring together various agencies and groups that may be affected by Caltrans construction projects throughout Monterey County.  The Team improves transportation by sharing valuable, time-sensitive information about the status of projects through their monthly meetings. The improved communications helps identify and resolve issues quickly, minimizing adverse impacts on the traveling public. Examples of issues discussed and resolved include: emergency evacuation routes, access for emergency responders, school bus routes, address changes, special needs, and community complaints.


Caltrans District 5 Salinas Area Maintenance Crew

Local Caltrans District 5 maintenance crew in the Salinas area strive to provide high quality customer service and keep roadway facilities in a good and clean condition for bicyclists. They respond quickly, whether it’s cleaning up debris, installing delineation to keep vehicles from using the shoulder and negatively impacting bicyclists’ safety, or coordinating between project engineer and local agency staff during a construction project to address specific issues. This is an on-going program that builds upon the commitment to bicyclist safety shown by area Superintendent Dennis DeGroodt since 2008.



Salinas Road Aesthetic Design Advisory Committee:

The Salinas Road Interchange Aesthetic Design Advisory Committee developed the bridge concepts and landscaping aesthetic  designs for the Salinas Road Interchange overcrossing over the course of eight meetings. The designs reflect the both the heritage and the future of the communities in the area, with an artichoke relief to symbolize Castroville, and a strawberry relief to symbolize Watsonville. The committee’s work demonstrates Monterey County’s care and pride in building and maintaining excellent transportation systems, which enhances the reputation of our beautiful County and brightens the experiences for all travelers.



Regional Vanpool Program – Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments, CalVans, Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District, City of Greenfield:

The Regional Vanpool Program started its first vanpool in 2009. It provides a sustainable transportation solution and serves traditionally underserved population groups – including low income and minority populations, rural communities, and agriculture workers. The program has over 73 traditional and agricultural vanpools, each serving between 8-15 riders. Depending on the number of riders, the Vanpool Program is expected to reduce between 143,000 and 287,000 vehicle miles travelled each year.


Mobility Transit Program – Monterey Salinas Transit:

Monterey-Salinas Transit provides several programs and services for those who must get to work, school, shopping, medical appointment, etc., and cannot use regular bus services. These services include: ADA Paratransit (RIDES); MST Taxi Voucher Program; and MST Travel Training Program.

Monterey-Salinas Transit also provides several programs and services for seniors who want to supplement or replace the use of their private vehicle.  They include: Senior Shuttle; and Senior Taxi Voucher Program.

In addition, MST’s Special Medical Trips Program provides bus transportation two days per month along the San Jose-San Francisco corridor. This program is open to all Monterey County residents



Mark Thomas Sidewalk and Bike Lane – City of Monterey

The Mark Thomas sidewalk and bicycle lane project installed six-foot bicycle lanes and a wide sidewalk to create buffer space between cars and pedestrians, and a smooth weather-proof area to walk and ride bicycles. The project fills a critical gap in the pedestrian and bicycle network, and improves access to transit by providing a connection between neighborhoods and activity and employment centers, and the academic institutions of the Navy Postgraduate School, Monterey Peninsula College and Santa Catalina School. The City of Monterey was the lead agency for the project, and worked closely with Caltrans to add an ADA ramp, retaining wall and bicycle left turn lane at the intersection of Mark Thomas Dr. and Aguajito Rd.  Post-construction bicycle and pedestrian counts revealed that over 170 pedestrians and bicyclists travel on the newly constructed sidewalk and bike lane.


Theresa Wright is the Transportation Agency for Monterey County Transportation Excellence Awards Program contact person. If you have any questions, you can reach her at (831) 775-0903, or via email at: theresa@tamcmonterey.org

2011 Excellence Awards Recipients

2011 Transportation Excellence Honorees are:


Mari Lynch:

Ms. Lynch started the Bicycling Monterey website, an information hub for bicycling in Monterey County.  She also created the “HER” Helmet Thursday program, an ecology-economy partnership project in which bicyclists are given discounts when visiting local businesses on Thursdays.  Ms. Lynch is a major supporter of annual bike week events and is an advocate for local and regional bicycling issues, hoping to encourage more people to bicycle

Assemblymember Luis Alejo and Teresa Acuña

Assemblymember Alejo was instrumental in first sponsoring Assembly Bill 484, and then later serving as principal co-author of Senate Bill 436, to help streamline the habitat mitigation process.  Teresa Acuña of the assemblymember’s office was the lead staff person in the effort.  The passage of SB 436 will help to save the state money by allowing state agencies to transfer both the land and endowments needed to protect habitat as mitigation for impacts from transportation projects to non-profit organizations. SB 436 will directly impact projects in Monterey County projects such as the interchange at Highway 1 / Salinas Road, the Prunedale Improvement Project, and Highway 101 / San Juan Road interchange.



CHISPA, Inc. “Do You Really Need A Car?” Campaign:

This campaign encourages the residents of CHISPA’s largest development, Sherwood Village Senior Apartments in Salinas, to consider parting with their automobiles.   The video, “Do You Really Need a Car?”, recommends that residents take the bus, walk, bicycle, carpool, rent a car, and use taxi services. The video also describes the MST bus lines that serve Sherwood Village. As new tenants sign leases in the property, they are shown the video and are given a brochure on alternative forms of transportation.


Monterey Salinas Transit, Military Bus Service:

Monterey-Salinas Transit’s new partnerships with the Naval Postgraduate School, Presidio of Monterey, and Fort Hunter Liggett resulted in the creation of an extensive commuter bus operation, which is enjoyed by the military and the general public. Sixteen military commuter bus routes operate around the Monterey Peninsula and points beyond.  Combined monthly ridership for all sixteen military commuter bus routes has grown to over 42,000.



Big Sur – Highway 1 Slide Repair Caltrans – District 5:

Caltrans’ quick action and efficient work allowed vehicles to resume traveling on Highway 1 in record time after multiple mudslides occurred on both northbound and southbound Highway 1 in Big Sur. These mudslides temporarily closed sections of Highway 1 for days at a time. Within a short amount of time, Caltrans was able to reopen one lane at a time to allow traffic to pass during certain hours of the day.


Airport Blvd Interchange East Project:  Caltrans – District 5 & Pavex:

The completed project vastly improves safety for cars and trucks traveling in the area and provides needed traffic congestion relief.  This project facilitates the movement of 2,700 trucks per day transporting fresh vegetables to the rest of the nation, supporting a more than $4 billion a year agricultural industry. Overall, the project will address almost 75% of the congestion in the area over the next 10-15 years, and was constructed in record time.



Theresa Wright is the Transportation Agency for Monterey County Transportation Excellence Awards Program contact person. If you have any questions, you can reach her at (831) 775-0903, or via email at: theresa@tamcmonterey.org


2010 Excellence Awards Recipients

2010 Transportation Excellence Honorees are:


Richard Krumholz: Director, Caltrans – District 5:

In 2010 Mr. Krumholz worked tirelessly to obtain the Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 permit for the US 101 Prunedale Improvement Project. This critical permit will allow TAMC’s highest priority project to start construction in 2011. For the past several years Mr. Krumholz has been a strong supporter of highway safety and capacity improvements in Monterey County. He took the lead in acquiring state interregional funds to reinitiate the US 101 San Juan Road Interchange Project Study Report, and worked hard with TAMC to obtain state bond funding.


David Murray: Senior Transportation Planner, Caltrans – District 5:

During his 34 years with Caltrans, Dave Murray has assisted with the creation of the Monterey County Regional Development Impact Fee Program, and has coordinated with the Transportation Agency to negotiate mitigations for major land use developments, which will protect and improve regional transportation. He has also taken the lead in making Caltrans contributions to the development of Monterey County’s Regional Transportation Plans.


Megan Tolbert: Transportation Planner, California State University – Monterey Bay:

Ms. Tolbert has been a strong advocate for alternative transportation in Monterey County. Not only has she been an asset to the Transportation Agency as a Transportation Planner with CSUMB but her work with Monterey Green Action has been key to promoting the use of bicycles as a viable transportation alternative. She has taken a lead role in educating the public on the importance of rail projects in Monterey County.



Monterey Bay Electric Vehicle Alliance:

The Electric Vehicle Alliance has been successful in partnering with local agencies on different grant opportunities to help secure funding for a total of approximately 23 Level II charging stations in the Monterey Bay region. They are providing local leaders valuable information on electric vehicle producers, infrastructures, needs, challenges, and technical issues to enable local leaders to make sound decisions related to electric vehicles and its infrastructure needs.



East Laurel Drive Improvement Project: City of Salinas:

This federal stimulus funded project was not only completed within budget it was completed on a very aggressive construction schedule. It provides improvements to a 1.25-mile segment of East Laurel Drive, a major corridor that links residential areas, retail shopping areas, and major job destinations north and south with its connection to the US 101 highway. East Laurel Drive carries an average daily traffic of 36,000 vehicles per day.


Caltrans – District 5: US 101 Prunedale Improvement Project Team:

The City of Seaside made an exceptional effort to incorporate transit-oriented elements into this specific plan for the city’s downtown core. The plan incorporates mixed-use and high-density buildings as well as connectivity to the proposed light rail transit station. This plan will also provide for a more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly streetscape.

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Theresa Wright is the Transportation Agency for Monterey County Transportation Excellence Awards Program contact person. If you have any questions, you can reach her at (831) 775-0903, or via email at: theresa@tamcmonterey.org