Monterey County’s top elected women – Assemblymember Anna Caballero and Supervisors Jane Parker and Mary Adams – inspired applause and cheers from a sold-out crowd at the DWMC’s opening event of 2017.
In a conversation moderated by Caballero, the three women discussed what issues most concerned them about the incoming presidential administration and their plans for meeting the challenge. Adams expressed greatest concern for Monterey’s safety net and cited the danger to natural resources if protective regulations are dismantled.
Parker, who pointed to Monterey County’s commitment to “caring policies” such as civil rights, housing and prison reform, voiced concerns “about the degradation of the American spirit of tolerance and generosity” that the Trump Administration may bring.
Caballero cautioned that the Trump Administration is likely to have a negative impact on California, referencing his intention to favor states that voted for him. She noted that Trump’s fight with China could itself lead to an increase in unemployment in California.
However, each of the officials described ways to fight back by developing programs and policies to protect rights, secure the economy and defend the environment. Thanking the DWMC membership for supporting their campaigns, they asked everyone to continue their watchdog efforts, maintain hope and be pro-active towards local causes and initiatives they voted for in November.
The event generated primetime coverage by NBC/ABC Television affiliate KSBW/Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz with a feature story filed by reporter/anchor Lauren Seaver (transcript here: http://www.ksbw.com/article/democratic-women-of-monterey-county-discuss-the-future-of-america/8618355) and Telemundo 23 (KMUV-TV) (story here: http://www.kion546.com/t23/lderes-la-administracin-de-trump-est-poniendo-en-riesgo-el-acceso-mdico-para-miles/279896926).