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    200 Lincoln Ave
    Salinas, CA 93901
    (831) 758-7227
    (831) 758-7368 (fax)
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    Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm

    About Us

    Salinas' earliest inhabitants were small tribes of Native Americans who were largely undisturbed during the Spanish era. It wasn't until Mexico gained independence from Spain in 1822 that outside read more
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      Salinas' earliest inhabitants were small tribes of Native Americans who were largely undisturbed during the Spanish era. It wasn't until Mexico gained independence from Spain in 1822 that outside settlers began to arrive in Salinas. Named for a nearby salt marsh, Salinas became the seat of Monterey County in 1872 and incorporated in 1874.
      In the mid-1800s, Salinas' agricultural industry began to grow. In 1867, several local businessmen laid-out a town plan and enticed the Southern Pacific Railroad to build its tracks through Salinas City.
      Agriculture continued as the area's major industry and by the end of World War I, the ''green gold'' growing in the fields helped make Salinas one of the wealthiest cities (per capita) in the United States. Today, ''The Salad Bowl of the World'' fuels a $2 billion agriculture industry which supplies 80% of the country's lettuce and artichokes, along with many other crops.
      In 1924 Salinas had the highest per capita income of any city in the United States. During the growing seasons of the Great Depression, the volume of telephone and telegraph transmissions originating in Salinas was greater than that of San Francisco. This activity was reflected in a burst of building construction, many employing the streamlined shapes and organic patterns of Art Deco or Art Moderne. Many examples remain, including the National Register-listed Monterey County Courthouse and the Salinas Californian newspaper building. Photographs of these and many other structures can be seen in the brochure: Salinas Art Deco and Moderne, a wealth of architecture.

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    • Whom to Contact

      • Jose Arreola
        Community Safety Admin/Director
        Phone: (831) 758-7396
        Fax: (831) 758-7368
      • Lisa Brinton
        Senior Planner
        65 W. Alisal Street
        Salinas, CA 93901
        Phone: (831) 775-4239
        Fax: (831) 758-7368
      • Chris Callihan
        City Attorney
        200 Lincoln Ave
        Salinas, CA 93901
        Phone: (831) 758-7227
        Fax: (831) 758-7368
      • Emmanuel Cauntay
        Purchasing
        200 Lincoln Ave
        Salinas, CA 93901
        Phone: (831) 758-7371
        Fax: (831) 754-7554
      • Recreation Center
        320 Lincoln Ave
        Salinas, CA 93901
        Phone: (831) 758-7217
      • Ray Corpuz
        City Manager
        200 Lincoln Ave
        Salinas, CA 93901
        Phone: (831) 758-7412
      • Joseph DeSante
        Permit Center Manager & Building Official
        200 Lincoln Ave
        Salinas, CA 93901
        Phone: (831) 758-7930
        Fax: (831) 758-7368
      • Gwen Foote
      • Marina Gallegos
        Human Resources Officer
        200 Lincoln Ave
        Salinas, CA 93901
        Phone: (831) 758-7417
        Fax: (831) 758-7368
      • Brett Godown
        Airport Manager
        200 Lincoln Ave
        Salinas, CA 93901
        Phone: (831) 758-7214
        Fax: (831) 758-7368
      • Courtney Grossman
        Planning Manager/Planning Division
        65 West Alisal
        Salinas, CA 93901
        Phone: (831) 758-7206
        Fax: (831) 758-7215
      • Kristan Lundquist
        Salinas Recreation Department
      • Sheila Molinari
        Recreation Department/Sherwood Hall
      • Matt Pressey
        Budget & Finance Director
        200 Lincoln Ave
        Salinas, CA 93901
        Phone: (831) 758-7420
      • Firehouse Recreation Center
        216 W Alisal St
        Salinas, CA 93901
        Phone: (831) 758-7217
      • Don Reynolds
        Project Manager
        200 Lincoln Ave
        Salinas, CA 93901
        Phone: (831) 775-4245
      • Sophia Rome
        Asst. to City Mayor & City Manager
        200 Lincoln Ave
        Salinas, CA 93901
        Phone: (831) 758-7204
        Fax: (831) 758-7368
      • Elizabeth Soto
        Deputy City Clerk
        200 Lincoln Ave
        Salinas, CA 93901
        Phone: (831) 758-7227
      • Andrea Weaghington
        Senior Accounting Clerk
        200 Lincoln Ave
        Salinas, CA 93901
        Phone: (831) 758-7331
        Fax: (831) 758-7368