Below is a short, pictorial history of Protect Monterey County’s grassroots effort to put Measure Z on the ballot and to defend Measure Z. We begin with the most recent events and go backward in time, down memory lane…

2017 Events

Nov 16, 2017 – Measure Z trial ends after 4 days. Judge will render a decision within 90 days. 


Nov 13, 2017 – Measure Z supporters rally outside courthouse just before the trial begins. 


Oct 24, 2017 – Measure Z supporters speak to Supervisors about Measure Z exemption process.


June 7, 2017Monterey County Superior Court Judge sets Measure Z trial for November 13. 


May 3, 2017 – Measure Z supporters at first meeting of the new Monterey Bay Community Power.


March 17, 2017 – PMC wins right to intervene in Big Oil’s lawsuits and help the County defend Measure Z.


March 16 – PMC members urge BLM to halt oil drilling on Federal estates in Monterey County.


Feb thru April, 2017 – Measure Z supporters lobby 12 cities to join Monterey Bay Community Power.


Feb 9, 2017 – PMC members speak at DOGGR hearing against aquifer exemptions in County.


View video of PMC speakers at Feb 9, 2017 DOGGR hearing (click on arrow below)


Jan 24, 2017 – Measure Z supporters urge Monterey Supervisors to implement Measure Z.

2016 Events

Dec 13 2016 – Measure Z supporters rally to urge Supervisors to stand up to oil industry’s lawsuits.


Nov 8, 2017 – Measure Z wins with 56% of the vote. Supporters celebrate on election night.


Nov 5, 2016 – Volunteers prepare GOTV materials at Measure Z office in Salinas.


Nov 4, 2016 – College students host a rally for Measure Z at CSU Monterey Bay.


Oct 28, 2016 — CA Sen. Bill Monning’s TV ad for Measure Z (click on arrow below to view)


Oct 26, 2016 – Musician Michael Franti tweets his support for Measure Z.


Oct 25, 2016 – Actor Leonardo Di Caprio tweets in support of Measure Z.


Oct 22, 2016 – Musician Ruben Albarran of Cafe Tacuba supports Measure Z in a video.


Oct 21, 2016 – Actor Mark Ruffalo tweets for Measure Z & makes a video. (He meant Measure Z, not Prop Z)


Oct 2016 – Measure Z rally in Greenfield.


Oct 9, 2016 – Measure Z supporters take part in Ciclovia bike tour in Salinas.


Oct 4, 2016 – Dolores Huerta speaks in support of Measure Z at Salinas march & rally.


Dolores Huerta’s ad for Measure Z (click on arrow below to view)


Oct 3, 2016 – Dennis Banks (AIM co-founder) leads Water Ceremony by Salinas River to support Measure Z.


Sept 10, 2016 – Salinas Measure Z campaign office opens with a kickoff celebration.


Sept 4, 2016 – Measure Z supporters at Marina’s Labor Day Parade with Connie Condor puppet.


Sept to Nov 8, 2016 – Volunteers canvass door to door for Measure Z.


June 1, 2016 – Bernie Sanders visits Spreckels (south of Salinas) to endorse Measure Z.


 View video of Bernie Sander’s speech (click on arrow below).


May 4, 2016 – PMC members submit 16,000 petition signatures to Monterey County Elections Office.


March to April, 2016 – Over 230 volunteers collect signatures to put Measure Z on the ballot.

2015 Events

Nov to Dec, 2015 – Coalition to Protect Monterey County hosts meetings to plan an initiative.