MONTEREY COUNTY — Community members are invited to attend a virtual meeting on the County of Monterey’s Housing Element on Thursday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m. to learn how they can shape the future of housing in their area. The Housing Element is the County’s plan to meet the housing needs of everyone in the community by identifying plans, programs and potential changes to create opportunities for new housing. At the workshop, staff will provide an overview of the Housing Element progress and seek community input. The Zoom meeting link is For more information, go to


SALINAS — Youth Orchestra Salinas (YOSAL), the renowned musical organization dedicated to nurturing young talent, has announced its Spring Concert will take place Thursday, June 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Sherwood Hall, 940 N. Main St., in Salinas. The concert promises to be a memorable evening of music, showcasing the exceptional talent and dedication of the young musicians who have been part of YOSAL. The orchestra — made up of students from various schools in the Salinas area — will perform classical favorites, such as “Ode to Joy” and “Triumphal March” from Aida. Additional highlights include a more contemporary repertoire with “Star Wars” theme music and Latin music, including “Guantanamera,” “La Bamba” and the YOSAL Mariachi Banda interpreting “Los Laureles” by Gilberto Parra. Tickets for the YOSAL Spring Concert are free, but reservations are required at


GONZALES — Gonzales Police Department is warning the community about scams involving fake prizes, sweepstakes and lotteries. With these types of scams, individuals will receive a letter, email or a call that they have won a sweepstakes, lottery or prize and they are then asked to pay money or provide their account information in order to receive the prize. “If you pay any money in an attempt to receive a prize, you will lose your money and will ultimately find out there is no prize coming your way,” police warn. Recently, a community member received a letter announcing their sweepstakes “win” and a check for more than $10,000, which was fake. “If you read the letter, you will notice the grammatical errors,” police said. “Just remember that if something appears too good to be true, it most likely is. Avoid being a victim by ignoring these types of scams.”

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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