The Salinas Downtown Community Board started as the Downtown Social Services Board in the 1980’s and has progressed with the Salinas community to be the guardians and stakeholders of Salinas’ Chinatown neighborhood. Chinatown is rich in cultural history and reinvention. We are the voice of the under-served people in Chinatown, representing their history and culture, with the goal to rebuild this neighborhood for all to live in safety and enjoyment.
|Interim Chair||Larry Hirahara, [email protected]|
|Interim Vice Chair||Jill Allen, [email protected]|
|Secretary||Marilyn Dorman, [email protected]|
|Treasurer||Herb Wong, [email protected]|
Government Agencies and Institutions
|City of Salinas Council Member District #4||Orlando Orsonio|
|City of Salinas Community Development Department||Luis Ochoa|
|Monterey County Behavioral Health||Melanie Rhodes|
|Monterey County Department of Social Services||Glorietta Rowland|
|CSU Monterey Bay Community Health Engagement Center||Jacqui Smith|
|Buddhist Temple of Salinas||Larry Hirahara|
|Filipino Community Center||Mars Rocamora, Jr.|
|Chinese Association of Salinas||Herb Wong|
|Moon Gate Plaza||Grace Gomez|
Residents and Community Members
|Asian Cultural Experience||Cathy Chavez-Miller|
|Asian Cultural Experience||Jean Vengua|
|Community Member||Marilyn Dorman|
|Community Member||Karen Cusson|
|Community Member||Rick Moreno|
Social Service Providers (Non-profits)
|Coalition of Homeless Services Providers||Roxanne Wilson|
|Franciscan Workers/Dorothy’s Place||Jill Allen|
|Victory Mission, Inc.||(Vacant)|
|Interim, Inc.||Juliana Saldana|
The Board receives input from three Action Teams.
Chinatown Business Committee (CBC)
The #1 priority and need for the community is to become a safer place where persons feel secure and invited. Illegal drug dealing must stop, bullying and belittling has no place here.
The health and livability of every community, no matter how diverse its residents, rests in large part on how people treat each other. Neighborhoods are strongest where people respect each other, each others’ property, and the common areas which they share (streets, parks, public buildings, etc.).
Local businesses in Chinatown suffer when illegal activities take over the respectful and safe environment that businesses strive to create to serve their consumers. The CBC supports neighborhood safety, sanitation and respectful environments where businesses can grow, serve and give-back.
To join the activism of CBC, contact Chair Larry Hirahara.
Asian Cultural Experience (ACE)
ACE is committed to preserving, recording, documenting and exhibiting the history and culture of the Salinas Chinatown area where several ethnic groups have lived, worked, and gathered together since 1872. Chinatown is a historical “gold mountain.” If walls could speak, this tiny rundown neighborhood (on the other side of the railroad tracks from Salinas City Center), would tell a rich multi-ethnic story of agricultural development, labor movements, daily life and low life, collaboration and tension, discrimination and solidarity. Culture offers an abundance to celebrate! No one culture or historical period can claim a monopoly on this neighborhood.
To understand Salinas’ Chinatown, and the steady work of the Salinas Downtown Community Board, it helps to be informed of the history, the advantages and disadvantages, and the compelling interests for rebirth and new growth of our neighborhood. The following provides those with an interest to know more about social change in our Chinatown a primer of essential issues.