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The central coast of California home to irreplaceable, pristine public lands and unspoiled coastline and waters. Travelers from around the world visit our district to explore Pinnacles National Park, Fort Ord National Monument, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Ventana Wilderness, Los Padres National Forest, and part of the California Coastal National Monument, which spans along the California coastline.

As your Congressman, I want to ensure that these natural wonders are available for future generations to enjoy. In Washington, I am fighting to combat environmental problems such as sea level rise and ocean acidification. I am also working to maintain and improve the balance between a highly productive agricultural industry, a diverse and sensitive environment, and sustainable tourism.

I will continue to work with my fellow members of Congress on the Climate Solutions, Trails, and Oceans Caucuses to find innovative solutions to protect our environment.


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December 7, 2017 Page

Congressional staff members will be available in Watsonville, Hollister, and Soledad to assist constituents with issues concerning Social Security, Medicare, immigration, veterans affairs, expediting paperwork for passports, searching military records, or any other federal matters. To schedule a meeting, please call my Salinas office at 831-424-2229.



Wednesday, December 13 — Watsonville

Watsonville Public Library

275 Main Street, Suite 100

Watsonville, CA 95076

December 6, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) today led 21 of his colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) and Ranking Member Nita M.

November 2, 2017 In The News
Public input sought on draft report
October 10, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) issued the following statement after U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to repeal the Clean Power Plan:

October 5, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Panetta announced that the State of California’s Office of Emergency Services and Rescue Division (CalOES) received a federal grant totaling $1,380,867.70 from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). The funds will be used to reimburse CalOES for the fire suppression and structure protection provided during the Soberanes Fire.

September 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressmen Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20) and Carlos Curbelo (R-FL-26) introduced a bipartisan bill to ensure federal agencies complete implementation of a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS) for government-funded infrastructure projects to reduce exposure to flooding.

September 20, 2017 In The News

National Institute of General Medical Sciences Grant Awarded to UCSC

The University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) received a federal grant totaling $377,776 per year for five years from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to study T cell signaling.

“Our research addresses a fundamental process used by our immune T cells to recognize virus-infected cells and developing tumors in the body,” said Professor Nikolaos Sgourakis, a professor in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

September 20, 2017 In The News

At a meeting to discuss the impact of climate change on tourism, Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo, co-chair of the bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus, weighed in on Hurricane Irma, which decimated the Florida Keys that he represents.

September 9, 2017 In The News

Monterey >> When Leon Panetta and a bipartisan coalition in Congress established the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary 25 years ago, it protected the large swath of the Pacific Ocean off the Central Coast from oil and gas exploration while solidifying decades of conservation efforts into federal law.

August 30, 2017 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) announced that the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) will receive a federal grant totaling $566,827 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The funds will be used to develop the framework to identify climate-resilient management strategies and evaluate the impacts of climate change on marine species and fishing communities off of the West Coast of the United States.