Message from the Mayor

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  • Joe Gunter, Mayor of Salinas

Salinas is located on the Central California Coast and is known as the "Salad Bowl of the World." Salinas has over 150,000 residents and our community is one of California's jewels. Surrounded by agriculture on all sides, with the El Gabilan Mountains overlooking the City from the east, Salinas is a beautiful place with an active and diverse citizenry. A mere 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean and Monterey Bay, Salinas serves as the county seat of Monterey County where agriculture is a $2.2 billion-dollar industry. Salinas is committed to preserving agriculture as our major industry and maintaining our community's high quality 
of life.

Salinas' hospitality blends yesterday's charm with today's modern conveniences. Salinas' moderate climate encourages year-round use of its parks, golf courses, tennis courts and swimming pools. The Salinas Community Center regularly hosts symphonies, ballets, concerts and conventions. Salinas is host to the world famous Steinbeck Festival, the California Rodeo and the California International Airshow and is the home of the National Steinbeck Center.  

Visitors can explore the nearby Monterey Peninsula; our historic missions; the world-class wineries of south Monterey County and Pinnacles National Monument.

Whether you are a visitor or a local resident seeking information, thanks for taking the time to visit our web site and learning a little more about the place we call home.