Rep. Jimmy Panetta
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Join us April 9 for ‘A Fireside Zoom with Congressman Jimmy Panetta’

Lookout announces another free virtual event, in partnership with the Santa Cruz County Business Council and Kaiser Permanente. Join us as our Wallace Baine sits down with Rep. Jimmy Panetta to talk economic recovery, infrastructure, politics and more.

It’s been a year of transition in Washington, D.C. So what does that mean for residents and businesses in the Monterey Bay area?

Lookout’s Wallace Baine will sit down with U.S. Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, to explore that and a litany of other subjects during an hourlong virtual conversation that’s set for 5 p.m. on Friday, April 9. Between health care, immigration, and the latest on how the latest COVID-19 federal aid package impacts the region, this is a Zoom event you won’t want to miss. To register for free, click here.

The event is being organized by the Santa Cruz County Business Council, a nonprofit business advocacy organization that represents Santa Cruz County’s largest employers. Kaiser Permanente health is serving as the event’s primary sponsor, along with Lookout as its media partner.

About Congressman Jimmy Panetta

Jimmy Panetta serves California’s 20th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. His district includes Monterey and San Benito Counties, and parts of Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties. First elected in 2016, he is serving his second term in Congress. He currently serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means, the House Committee on Agriculture, and the House Committee on Armed Services. He also serves as an Assistant Whip in the 117th Congress.

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Before being sworn in to Congress, Panetta served as a deputy district attorney for Monterey County. In this role, he prosecuted violent gang members to pursue justice for victims and make communities safer.

In 2007, he volunteered for active duty and was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He worked with Special Forces units and as a result of his meritorious service in a combat zone, Panetta was awarded the Bronze Star. Upon returning home, he served as a board member of the Veterans Transition Center where he focused on ending veterans’ homelessness and improving resources for his fellow veterans and their families. He also worked with local leaders and veterans to establish the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery on the former Fort Ord.

Growing up in Monterey County, Panetta attended Monterey Peninsula College and the local public schools. He graduated from UC Davis with an undergraduate degree in International Relations and earned his law degree from Santa Clara University. His wife, Carrie McIntyre Panetta, is a Superior Court judge in Monterey County, and they have two daughters, Siri and Gia.

About Wallace Baine

Wallace Baine is Lookout’s City Life Correspondent, covering arts, music and culture, as well as the people who make Santa Cruz and neighboring communities tick. He also writes “The Here & Now,” a periodic column that offers his take on the news of the day — and the news you’d otherwise miss.

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Lookout Correspondent Wallace Baine
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Baine also is chronicling for Lookout the challenges the people of Santa Cruz County are facing as they emerge from the pandemic.

Baine launched his full-time journalism career on Oct. 17, 1989, the day the Loma Prieta Earthquake destroyed much of downtown. He joined the Santa Cruz Sentinel in 1991 and established himself as the authoritative voice on music, movies, local art and entertainment and daily Santa Cruz life. Over the years, he has also written four books, and co-launched and led the top artist-recognizing Gail Rich Awards for 22 years. After leaving the Sentinel in 2017, he was the leading storyteller for the Good Times alt-weekly.

He joined Lookout Santa Cruz for its launch in November 2020.