Saturday, October 25, 2014
of Commerce and Agriculture

Dedicated to the success of our members by:

* creating a strong local economy

* promoting the community

* providing networking opportunities

* representing business to government

P.O.Box 1748 *    44 Brennan St. *    Watsonville, CA 95077 * *    Phone (831) 724-3900 *    Fax (831) 728-5300

Breaking News
Oct23 2 days ago by pvcManager

Please be aware of any phone calls you receive asking for information or trying to collect money over the phone.  If the caller is unable to give you a phone number to call back, or if the call sounds suspicious, please call District Attorney's Consumer Affairs unit at 831-454-2050.

Oct22 3 days ago by pvcManager


Ten years ago in 2004, Monterey Mushrooms renamed its scholastic achievement program the Carl Victor Fields Scholarship Awards in honor of the late Carl Fields, recognizing his passionate dedication and commitment to helping our youth. Since that time the program has continued its work awarding scholarships to the dependent children of Monterey employees so that this school year of 2014-2015, Monterey will be awarding $204,000 to 136 dependent students of Monterey employees. This brings the total scholarship monies awarded since the program's inception in 1992, to over $2,230,000.
Shah Kazemi, Monterey's president reflects, "As we look back on the beginning of this program to the present, we are gratified to see the many tangible rewards and benefits achieved through helping the children of our employees attain their scholastic goals. I know Carl would be pleased with the program's success." 
And successes are many. All of Monterey's facilities report multiple instances of dependent students entering and completing two and four-year programs in fields such as science, business, physics, engineering and targeted technical training. Of note, our Loudon, TN facility advises that four students including Juan Cahue are currently pursuing degrees in the medical field; Joe Cuevas and Juan Medina graduated and are now employed as mechanic and air-conditioning specialist respectively. Clarke Tajte from Monterey's Orlando, FL facility has graduated with plans to pursue a higher degree in her field of pharmacology. These same kinds of stories are repeated throughout all of Monterey's ten facilities.
Scholarship applications were received from Monterey's multi-site facilities located throughout North America and awards are based on academic achievement, financial need, and future potential. The awards are made for one year at a time - for a total of four years if the student continues to meet the criteria of the program. Monterey is proud of all recipients, past and present, and wishes them well as they continue striving to reach their goals.

Oct8 10/8/2014 8:51:00 AM by pvcManager


The Rotary Club of Freedom’s Community Service Committee under the direction of Patsy Gasca, Community Services Chair are accepting grant applications from local charities. Each year the amount of money available will vary.  To request a grant applications send an email to or call Patsy Gasca at  (831) 600-4902. Deadlines for submissions will be November 21st, 2014. Disbursements of funds granted will begin in May 2015.
Oct1 10/1/2014 10:16:00 AM by pvcManager

Chef Roger Gowen was born and raised in the South Bay area Roger was inspired by two good friends and chefs to learn the culinary arts. In 1996 he attended culinary school at LederWolf Culinary Academy in Sacramento. After returning to the South Bay he first worked as a line cook and Manager in some of the more reputable dinning establishments in Los Gatos. Moving over to Santa Cruz in early 2000 he was first was employed at Shadowbrook as a line cook. He later moved on for an eleven year career with a premier catering company in the Santa Cruz area. He then returned to Shadowbrook and was quickly promoted to Sous Chef and then to Chef.

Sous Chef William Poolman attended the California Culinary Academy where he apprenticed at Fleur de Lys with Chef-Owner, Hubert Kellar. He graduated from the CCA with the Danielle Carlisle Walker award for outstanding student in the graduating class and top GPA. After graduation, he took a job as the Pastry Chef at Ernie’s in San Francisco and worked there for two years before accepting a job offer at La Folie in San Francisco with famed chef, Roland Passot.  He was made Sous Chef there after 6-months and worked there for 3-years. William then moved from the independent restaurant industry to the corporate world taking employment with Hyatt hotels. After 6 years with Hyatt he was offered a job as assistant director of F&B for the famed Mauna Kea Beach hotel on the big island of Hawaii. He was there for two years before opening his own restaurant, The Koa House Grill in Waimea. He operated the Koa House for ten-years before selling and moving back to the mainland. As a new California resident William took a job as Executive Chef at the Charthouse in Monterey. From there he was promoted to a Regional Executive Chef position, overseeing the twelve Charthouse locations on the west coast before tiring of all the travel and wanting to settle in the Santa Cruz area.

Co-Owner, Ted Burke says of them both, “Roger has demonstrated by his passion and leadership the ability to continue the 67-year tradition of the Shadowbrook to provide both fine quality food and creative specials to complement the old world surroundings. And Will brings years of experience and wisdom to bolster our operating systems.” Burke goes on to state; "This duo is an excellent team that will continue to deliver Shadowbrook’s rich culinary tradition of Celebrating Special Occasions Since 1947.”

Oct1 10/1/2014 10:11:00 AM by pvcManager

In recognition of his 20 years of service, John F. Mullen, CLTC, CA Ins. Lic. #0B38439, has been named a Senior NYLIC of New York Life.


Mr. Mullen joined New York Life on 9/1/94. He began his career and continues to work out of the Silicon Valley General Office of New York Life.


Mr. Mullen has earned the professional designation of CLTC (Certified in Long Term Care).

He was a Court of the Table member of MDRT (Million Dollar Round Table) in 2007.

MDRT is recognized throughout the industry as the standard of excellence in life insurance sales performance.

He is a member of NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors) and a member of the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce. John resides in Watsonville, CA.


Upcoming Events
Oct25 Living Well 65 Health Fair
10/25/2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Watsonville Community Hospital and Physicians Medical Group will be hosting the Living Well 65 Health Fair on Saturday, October 25 from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the parking lot at Watsonville Community Hospital. It’s a FREE event. Join us for a morning of health and wellness activities, screenings and education. First 65 guests will be entered in a drawing to win a $75 gift card. Register by visiting or calling 831-600-3768.

Oct25 Watsonville Charter School of the Arts Fall Festival
10/25/2014 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Oct27 "Love Mondays" at Discretion Brewery
10/27/2014 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM

Discretion Brewing welcomes Second Harvest Food Bank to its weekly “Love Mondays” This coming Monday, October 27th, 2014, we are happy to announce that Discretion Brewing will be donating 20% of all beer sales that day to Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz. Stop by their great brewery at 2703  41st Ave in Soquel between 11:30 am – 9:00 pm to help support the cause   We will have a table set up from 3-9 pm so stop by and say hi!
About Us

The chamber board has committed itself to working in the following areas:

* Promote the community and develop tourism

* Provide networking opportunities

* Represent business to government

* Lead an economic development effort

* Assist member businesses in marketing. 

 The Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture welcomes you to the fastest growing area in Santa Cruz County, and one of the most vibrant and exciting business...More



Welcome to New Members
October 2014
10/21 Susie Strong from MassMutual Silicon Valley
10/21 Patrice Keet from Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
10/16 Miguel Cortes from Applebee's Watsonville
10/16 Marina Camahlinghi from Barbara & Company Catering
10/16 Logan Frahm, D.C. from Pajaro Community Chiropractic
10/08 Randy Castillo from T-Mobile Exclusive Wireless
September 2014
09/25 Richard Dwyer from Dwyer Services
09/16 Bill Hansen from Hansen Insurance
09/15 Ruth Williams from Alt Rock 106.7 FM
Events Calendar
October 2014


Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture offers an assortment of advertising opportunities for our members in our newsletter. Call us at (831) 724-3900 or email and let us help you market your business.



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