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If educating future stewards of the environment is a matter of dollars, it’s good policy to find those dollars.

Good Morning.

I consider myself lucky having grown up close to natural resources. In Marina, I was able to explore the dunes and foggy coastline. (Give me a misty morning on a craggy shore over sunny, white sand beaches any day.) 

On Fort Ord, instead of attempting to play on the run-down and rusty playgrounds, I ran wild in the old oak trees with only the occasional case of poison oak. In high school cross country, I ran under fragrant Monterey pine trees and raced in all different parts of the county, from the rolling hills near the wetlands of the Elkhorn Slough in North County to the woodlands near Stevenson School.

I didn’t necessarily have a family that hiked, so if it weren’t for this everyday accessibility and closeness of nature, I don’t think I would have the same sense of ownership, pride and protectiveness about our environment that I do. It was heightened when I covered South County and I’d take long trips through rolling hills that bloomed green, purple and yellow in the spring—and when I met people who just wanted better neighborhood parks and a wider sidewalk to get there.

So I was overjoyed when I found out that the Monterey County Board of Supervisors voted to suspend day-use fees for anyone who visits county parks, effective July 1. Though greenery wasn’t in short supply when I was growing up, I know ownership, pride and protectiveness about our shared green spaces is in part a muscle that had to be built through feel, through sight and through repeated moments of breathlessness and appreciation. 

If the difference between educating future stewards or feeling apathetic about environmental issues is a matter of dollars, I say it’s good policy to find the dollars.

-Marielle Argueza, staff writer, marielle@mcweekly.com

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  1. Restaurateurs had hoped for a quick recovery, but the future is precarious as relief funds dry up. The $26.6 billion allocated by Congress to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund has all been spent, distributed to 101,000 restaurateurs. But more than 278,000 applied, requesting over $72.2 billion. Gladys Parada is among the struggling business owners who applied, but didn’t get relief.
     
  2. A new study shows why thousands of red crabs get stranded on Monterey County shores. Seemingly every few years, thousands of tiny red crabs wash up along Monterey County shores. Now we know a bit more about why.
     
  3. A pianist known for playing in churches switched gears during shelter-in-place, with an entertaining music game. A conversation with Tim Bennett.
     
  4. The Dog Park Four get close to realizing the dream of an off-leash park at Palo Corona. The “Plan Your Park” open house happens today, July 17, starting at 10am. Visitors will get a chance to walk the area and give input into what they want to see in the designs.
     
  5. With precision and lightning speed, heist crews are cashing in on catalytic converter theft in Monterey County. Since last October, about 200 Monterey County residents have gone to their vehicles, gotten in and tried to drive off, only to find those vehicles wouldn’t start because their catalytic converters had been cut out.
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