Covered California

October 29 ,2013

Millions of Californians will be able to choose affordable, quality health insurance coverage offered through Covered CaliforniaCovered CaliforniaCovered California is the marketplace that will connect Californians to accessible, high-quality health coverage.™ that will take effect January 2014. Covered California is a new, easy-to-use marketplace where you and your family may get financial assistance to make coverage more affordable and where you will be able to compare and choose health coverage that best fits your needs and budget. By law, your coverage can't be dropped or denied even if you have a pre-existing medical conditionPre-existing Medical ConditionAny illness or condition a patient has prior to obtaining insurance. or get sick.You may have thought you couldn't afford health insurance, but Covered California will provide the tools for you to shop for health insurance that meets your health care needs and financial realities. The federal law called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care ActAffordable Care ActEnacted in March 2010, the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as "Obamacare," provides the framework, policies, regulations and guidelines for implementation of comprehensive health care reform by the states. The Affordable Care Act will expand access to high-quality affordable insurance and health care. provides a number of ways for individuals and employers to help make coverage more affordable. For individuals, financial assistance is available on a sliding scale, with more support for those who earn less. Covered California will help you determine if you qualify for these types of assistance programs.Covered California is a part of the state of California and was created to help you and your family get health coverage to protect yourself and your loved ones. Having insurance is an important way to stay healthy and to pay for health care if you get sick or injured. Health insurance can not only assure your access to care to keep your body healthy, it also protects your peace of mind & #8212; you can rest assured that you will have help when you need it most.

Rick Antle & Brant Good

The Wharf Marketplace

November 5, 2013

The Wharf Marketplace is the first fresh food hall in Monterey County, offering locally produced provisions at their seasonal best…The Bounty of the County. The Wharf Marketplace is located at the historic Southern Pacific Railroad Passenger Station, and features only the best local produce, cheese, wine, flowers, seafood, meats, bakery items, and other artisanal, local products, along with a grab-and-go café.  All items featured at the marketplace are unique to the Monterey Bay Area. Seasonally, The Wharf Marketplace expands to host a local farmers’ market, for fresh items available direct from growers to give shoppers a chance to connect with their food source.

Pioneered by produce industry leader Tanimura & Antle, the mission of The Wharf Marketplace is to serve as a central meeting spot that showcases only the freshest, most flavorful product, while communicating information about the farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and artisan suppliers in the diversely rich region of Monterey County.

As CEO of the Cort Companies, Dan Cort has been actively involved in the preservation and renovation of historic real estate in Northern California for the past 30 years, including National Historic Landmarks. Cort Companies has purchased, restored, and created over a million square feet of mixed-use environments in which office, retail, and affordable housing are combined for quality living ( Mr. Cort and his team have helped communities nationwide restore and revitalize neighborhoods and downtown districts, with the emphasis on creating the urban village. Cort Companies has been a major force in reversing the trend from urban sprawl to the infill of our recovering central urban areas.

Dan Cort originally came to Stockton, California as a student at the University of the Pacific and holds a graduate degree in education with a lifetime teaching credential and an undergraduate degree in history and sociology, both from University of the Pacific. After leaving his teaching career, he began his real estate/development interest with the restoration of landmark Victorian homes; Cort was instrumental in establishing the mid-town Magnolia National Historic District in Stockton. He developed Eden Square, an urban village with apartments, adult and child day care centers, Italian-style cafes, schools and shops. He then became fascinated with downtown historic commercial buildings. Cort was a founding member of The Children’s Museum and Vice-Chair and founding member of the Downtown Stockton Alliance, a property based improvement district.

Cort lectures throughout the United States on the preservation of our inner cities, housing, job creation, and public/private partnerships. As a consultant for public agencies revitalizing their downtowns, Mr. Cort offers practical and innovative approaches to the renewal of our cities.

Dan Cort was the Mayor of Pacific Grove, California. During his tenure he actively led the city in green and sustainable practices. Mr. Cort and his wife Beth founded "Trees for PG," a pioneering program in which 2,000 trees were planted in the urban forest. He is cofounder of "Sustainable PG."

Mr. Cort resides in San Francisco and Pacific Grove with his wife and son. He is the author of Downtown Turnaround: Lessons for a New Urban Landscape, which was published in 2010 ( He is currently working on his second book, The Do-It-Yourself Nation.

Dan Cort

The Future of Peninsula Cities

November 12, 2013

~~Mr. Stoldt joined the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District as General Manager in September 2011. He has over 20 years of experience in the public infrastructure sector, including investment banking and consulting to public agencies. He has also served as chief executive and chief financial officer for early stage start-up companies where his roles have included cross-functional experience in strategic planning, finance, marketing, logistics, and management. Mr. Stoldt has also served in various positions in the public sector, both appointed and elected, leading to an understanding of how to achieve results amidst the delicate balance of public and political interests. His analytical and financial background has resulted in creating high-impact outcomes working in the context of legal agreements, organizational constraints, and political frameworks. He served MPWMD as a consultant several times over past two decades, including the Regional Desalination Project proceedings at the CPUC in 2009, Carmel River Dam investigations in 1997, and he was lead investment banker for the public-private Water Reclamation Project benefitting Pebble Beach in 1992. He has worked on 40 other public agency projects totaling over $3 billion, including the Castroville Seawater Intrusion Project, the Monterey Regional Waste Management District, and Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency.

Dave Stoldt

December 10, 2013