Friends of CV Library: Grand Jury Discussion Scheduled

Friends of the Carmel Valley Library
Media Contact: Kristen Calcatera
PO Box 248
Carmel Valley, CA 93924


Dr. Gary Breschini, featured speaker at Carmel Valley’s First Saturday Program Series on November 4, 2017 at 10:15 am.

Friends of the Carmel Valley Library is proud to welcome as our guest, Gary Breschini, Ph.D.

Dr. Breschini will discuss the Monterey County Civil Grand Jury.

The title of the talk is “The Monterey County Civil Grand Jury.”  Dr. Breschini served on the 2013-2014 Grand Jury as an alternate, and was called up for the last three months of the term.  He served a full year on the 2014-2015 Grand Jury, and served as a consultant (editing and formatting) on the 2015-2016 panel.

While all states in the U.S. currently have provisions for grand juries, only half of the states actually employ them and twenty-two require their use, to varying extents. They have three functions, to indict, refuse to indict, and investigate the conduct of government institutions.  The County Civil Grand jury investigates and reports on the operation of the local governments the Monterey County, including the County, Cities, and many Special Districts.  It is composed of 19 members who are appointed for a one-year term.  Annually, at term ending in July, it publishes a report on its work and findings.  Among the subjects of the most recent reports – creation of a county mental health facility, traffic congestion, mosquito abatement, the effectiveness of English language learning and the preservation of local historic documents.

Dr. Breschini is a Salinas resident.  He has a doctorate in anthropology specializing in the archaeology and prehistory of Monterey County.  He is the co-author, with Trudy Haversat, M.A. of The Esselen Indians of the Big Sur Country. He has published widely in his field, and additionally has co-authored four books on local history.

This free program at the Carmel Valley Branch is being hosted by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library as part of the popular First Saturday Program Series.  Refreshments will be served.  Seating is limited.  For information, please call the Library at 659-2377.


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