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Sara Boyns, Workplace Law: Using social media to screen applicants: good idea?

By Sara Boyns

Workplace Law

Q: As a small employer, I do not perform pre-hire background checks, but I have been Google-searching candidates and looking at their Facebook profiles before making hiring decisions. I am shocked by the amount of information available on the internet. Are these types of screenings risky?

A: Yes.

Beth Peerless, Where it's at: The Latin flavor to this year's Monterey Jazz Fest

In a couple of firsts at the 61st Annual Monterey Jazz Festival this weekend, Oscar Hern#xe1;ndez and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra with special guest Hubert Laws will be performing the 2018 Monterey Jazz Festival Commissioned work as the headlining act in the Saturday afternoon program on the Jimmy Lyons Stage at the Monterey Fair & Event Center.

Monterey County juvenile court changes its name

Salinas >> After being known as the Juvenile Delinquency Department for years, Department 12 of the Superior Court of California in Monterey County recently changed its name to the Juvenile Justice Court, though Judge Stephanie Hulsey says the objective of the court remains the same.

“The objective of juvenile court is to provide rehabilitative services and guidance,” said Hulsey, who served with the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office for 16 years before her election to the bench in 2014.

Wild & Scenic Film Fest comes to Monterey Bay area

Monterey >> For the first time, this year’s annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival is expanding its world tour on the Central Coast to showcase its wilderness films in both Santa Cruz and Monterey.

The event, which is sponsored by the Ventana Wilderness Alliance and is in its sixth year, will be holding film screenings on topics ranging from the Big Sur back country to the migration of raptors at the Golden State Theatre in Monterey on Saturday.

Education: September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention month

Monterey >> The California Department of Education announced September will be recognized as Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month.

“The suicide of a student is a terrible tragedy that devastates a family, a school, and an entire community. We must do everything we can to prevent suicide,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

Steven Merrell, Financial Planning: Is your financial thinking distorted?

By Steven Merrell

Financial Planning

The human brain is a wonderful thing, but sometimes we suffer from what psychologists call “cognitive distortions.” Cognitive distortions cause us to perceive the world inaccurately. When we act on these distorted perceptions, we make poor decisions and undermine our own happiness.

Monterey state of the city: Improving roads, financial health

Monterey >> Road improvements, future revenue and the city’s robust reserves were the focus of the Monterey annual State of the City address Monday evening.

City Manager Hans Uslar told an audience of approximately 75 inside the Monterey Bay Ballroom at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa that “All numbers for 2018 look very positive.

Seaside councilwoman alleges sexual harassment while serving on the governing body

Seaside >> A Seaside city council member has leveled allegations of sexual harassment which were referenced at last week’s council meeting and in a post on a social media website prompting the council to add an item addressing those charges to this week’s meeting consent calendar.