CSU Monterey Bay
California State University Monterey Bay opened in 1994 in Seaside, California. It is on a small part of the site of the former Fort Ord which closed the same year. CSUMB now has about 3,500 students, and the campus is still growing and developing parts of the old army fort.
Leon Panetta, a Monterey native and former White House Chief of Staff to Bill Clinton, was a strong proponent for the creation of CSUMB to help reduce the impact of loss of Fort Ord. He and his wife still live in the area, and they started the Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy in 1998 on the CSUMB campus. Panetta is a professor at UC Santa Cruz and CSUMB.
Panetta was a member of the Iraq Study Group in 2006 which provided recommendations to President Bush on future courses of action in Iraq.
Seaside - Why isn't Seaside on the sea?
Seaside, a town just north of Monterey near the Monterey Bay, is not on the sea, the bay, the ocean, nor any other body of water. The incorporated area of Seaside parallels the water for about 4 miles, but only has a tiny 1/10 of a mile long stretch of beach front. Most of Seaside is blocked from the sea by the town of Sand City, and to the north Fort Ord Dunes State Park lies between Seaside and the sea.
I live in Monterey and occasionally venture to Seaside for some of their unique restaurants and shops along the town's two main commercial routes: Del Monte Blvd and Fremont Street. This areas is full of hotels, restaurants, shops, and more including Korean markets, Vietnamese restaurants, and the long strip of car dealerships and repair shops. It seems like there is more shopping along these two busy routes in Seaside than in all of Monterey.