• Major actions taken by the Council at its regular meeting on January 20, 2017 include:

    January 20, 2017

    January 20 Regular City Council Meeting. Read the rest of this story »

    Breakers: Get an option on this kid!

    January 20, 2017

    Dilbar Dhaliwal with Elk member Joseph Villa from the Elk’s District contest last Saturday.

    Dilbar Dhaliwal, a 6th grader at Pacific Grove Middle School, won the local Elk’s Free-throw contest (making 17/25 free-throws) held at P.G. High on November 12.

    He then competed in the Monterey Peninsula contest on January 14, winning in a tie-breaker (20/25 free-throws).
    Last Saturday, Dilbar won the Elk’s District competition in an other tie-breaker (16/25 free-throws).
    This Saturday, January 21 he will participate in the Northern California championship contest in Sacramento.
    Dilbar is competing in the Elk’s Lodge Annual National Free-Throw HOOP SHOOT contest.
    Please wish him luck for continued success as he represents our community.

    Local Coastal Program to meet March 1

    January 20, 2017

    The amended Local Coastal Program is tentatively scheduled for March 1, 2017 (note date change) for Council consideration and subsequent submission to the Coastal Commission for certification. An amended Local Coastal Program will be available for public review at least two weeks prior to the meeting.

    Please note the Historic Resources Committee will discuss historic resources and Local Coastal Program Land Use Plan scenic policies at their January 25, 2017 meeting.

    Together With Love Run/Walk registration is open

    January 19, 2017

    On Sunday, February 12 join the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center for its 32nd Anniversary of the Together With Love Run/Walk at Lovers Point Park in Pacific Grove. The 10K and 5K races starting at 9:00 AM are open to competitive runners, joggers, and fun walkers – rain or shine!
    The registration fee for the 5 and 10K is $38 through February 3 and then $42 through race day. The 1K Kids’ Fun Run begins at 8:15 a.m. The price is $12 through February 3 and then $15 through race day. Read the rest of this story »

    Carmel will cap Centennial Observances and display time capsule

    January 19, 2017

    The City of Carmel-by-the-Sea — incorporated in 1916 – will hold a ceremony in City Hall Council Chambers at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2017, to cap its centennial celebrations year. Read the rest of this story »

    A Steinbeck House is for Sale

    January 14, 2017

    As we work on the 2016 Year in Review, we have uncovered a couple of pieces which have been lost for a number of years due to the vagaries of the computer medium and the lack of organization on the part of the editor. This piece was written in February, 2009 and published then. Since it was written, the house was sold and has been undergoing a long — and no doubt expensive — renovation. Read the rest of this story »

    The Steinbeck Interview

    January 14, 2017

    As we work on the 2016 Year in Review, we have uncovered a couple of pieces which have been lost for a number of years due to the vagaries of the computer medium and the lack of organization on the part of the editor. This piece was once one of the most popular on our website. We are happy to publish it again, as we have located the original submission by the author. Read the rest of this story »

    Homeless Shelters Listed

    January 13, 2017

    With cold weather upon us, Coalition of Homeless Services Providers Executive Officer Katherine Thoeni released the Monterey County Homeless Shelter listing to the community. “No resident should have to spend nights in the cold when shelter options exist,” said Thoeni. “ Programs throughout the County expand winter shelter beds to the greatest degree possible.”

    The Coalition of Homeless Services Providers (CHSP) is a group of private nonprofit and public organizations working together to address the complex issue of homelessness. Their mission is to “eliminate homelessness in Monterey and San Benito Counties by promoting interagency coordination to develop and sustain a comprehensive system of housing and support services designed to maximize the self-sufficiency of individuals and families.” The programs of CHSP and its member agencies alleviate the human deprivation caused by family and individual homelessness and prevent the continuation of conditions of extreme poverty by breaking the cycle of homelessness.

    ~Shelter listing Read the rest of this story »

    City Council Work Plan/Strategic Planning Meeting

    January 13, 2017

    The City Council will convene a work plan/strategic planning meeting on Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 9:00AM to 3:00PM at Point Pinos Grill, 77 Asilomar Boulevard in Pacific Grove. The work plan/strategic planning meeting will be open to the public, but with an agenda focused on the City Council’s discussion, deliberation and review of the City’s Mission, Vision and Values, leading to the formulation of specific, prioritized City goals for the next two years (the length of time that this seated City Council will be working together before the next City Council elections). Questions regarding the meeting may be directed to the City Manager at bharvey@cityofpacificgrove.org

    Panetta Testifies on His Amendment to Protect Health Care For Millions

    January 13, 2017

    Yesterday evening, Jan. 12, 2017, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) testified in support of Panetta Testifying web.12.2017his amendment to the budget resolution (S.Con.Res.3) to allow people to keep their health care plan if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. Congressman Panetta’s amendment would protect health care for 30 million people nationally, including 5 million Californians, half a million Californian children and 65,000 Central Coast residents.

    “I’ve received many phone calls and emails from my constituents voicing their concerns about the Republican majority’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and I’m honored to carry their messages to my colleagues in Congress. Since the passage of the ACA, millions throughout our nation have gained health insurance coverage and people are living healthier lives. I know the plan isn’t perfect, but the ACA should be improved not abolished. That is why I offered and testified about this amendment before the House Rules Committee last night. Although the Republican majority blocked my amendment from moving to the House Floor for a vote, I will continue working to repair the ACA, not repeal it,” said Congressman Panetta.

    PGPD gains conviction in financial elder abuse case

    January 13, 2017

    On Jan. 11 James Kline, 62, was convicted of financial elder abuse and grand theft.

    In the summer of 2015, Kline, a handyman, did various home repairs for an elderly victim, then age 87. He went with the victim to her credit union to assist her in obtaining an ATM card. Over a period of several weeks, he unlawfully withdrew over $2000 using the ATM card he helped the victim obtain. The victim’s son, who was monitoring his mother’s accounts, notified the credit union of these abnormal withdrawals. The credit union then notified the Pacific Grove Police Department of this suspicious activity.

    Sgt Rachel Beuttler of the PGPD began investigation into the thefts which ultimately resulted in the conviction.

    Kline is scheduled for sentencing on February 24, 2017 before Judge Pamela Butler and faces a maximum of 4 years in local jail pursuant to realignment. 

    January 13, 2017

    The Monterey County Chapter of the ACLU of Northern California presents

    The Constitution Under Siege: Civil Liberties and the Policy Proposals of Donald Trump

    Sunday, January 29, 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Community Room, Marina Public Library, 190 Seaside Avenue, Marina

    The event is free and open to the public. Social with refreshments at 1:30 p.m.

    Featured speaker: Alan L. Schlosser, Senior Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period. Read the rest of this story »

    People’s Rally for Unity and Equality to be held on Inauguration Day at Window on the Bay, Monterey

    January 11, 2017

    By Judy Karas

    A People’s Rally for Unity and Equality will be held at the Window on the Bay, Del Monte Avenue at Camino El Estero, Monterey, January 20 from 1-6 pm. The rally has been called to bring people together to stand up for common values: making our community a safe place for immigrants, LGBTQ people, Muslims, people of color, women and others, protecting women’s right to full reproductive health care, workers’ right to receive fair wages and to organize unions, and our children’s right to a livable world without catastrophic climate change. Read the rest of this story »

    PG&E Leak Detection Survey Coming

    January 8, 2017

    PG&E will be deploying its state-of-the-art enhanced leak detection and repair team across Monterey County starting the first week of January on 1/3/17. Though their schedule is volatile and subject to change based on weather conditions and resources PG&E will make sure to update you on any upcoming variance. The PG&E team will survey portions of Del Monte Forest, Carmel, Del Rey Oaks, Sand City, Marina, Pacific Grove, Monterey, Seaside, and Salinas. PG&E anticipate surveying the Central Coast from 1/3/17-1/13/17.

    Attached please find a program fact sheet.  Read the rest of this story »

    Breakers take league opener from Marina 62-22

    January 6, 2017

    By Marge Ann Jameson

    The MTAL opener is in the book for the Pacific Grove Breakers and the Marina Mariners.

    The JV game went quickly, with few time-outs, and the Breakers subs got a lot of play. “Marina is a young, up-and-coming team,” noted Breaker JV coach Jordan Gasperson. They have seven players on the JV team, with a lot of sophomores already on the varsity squad.

    Breakers JV took it 53-17.

    When the varsity team hit the floor, the Breakers had the lead from the first minutes of the game though Marina got the tipoff. First quarter score 15-0. At the half it was 38-12 Breakers. By the third quarter, the score was 55-17. And the game ended on a final score of 62-22. Read the rest of this story »

    Inaugural meeting of Pacific Grove Monarchs Lions Club

    January 6, 2017

    Volunteer to help in your community by joining our Pacific Grove Monarchs Lions Club. This club will help the Blind and Visually Impaired Center at 225 Laurel Ave. in Pacific Grove and do other community service projects. The meeting Jan. 11 at 3 p.m. will include an induction of new members. These Lions will be Centennial members and receive a special 100 year pin. Lion International will celebrate a hundred years of community service June 7. Guests are welcome. For more information call 831-649-3505 or email carousel21@hotmail.com.

    Wet & Windy Weather – Are you Prepared?

    January 6, 2017

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    The weekend forecast calls for very wet, windy weather this weekend. The SPCA for Monterey County reminds you to keep your family and your pets safe during the storm and potential flooding, mud slides, and power outages.

    The SPCA for Monterey County offers free disaster preparedness information for people, pets, and livestock in English and in Spanish on our website, including a list of items that should be included in a disaster preparedness or evacuation kit. This vital information can be found at www.SPCAmc.org/prepare. Read the rest of this story »

    Community Hospital urges flu vaccinations, adds protections for patients in the form of restrictions on visitors

    January 5, 2017

    Due to a significant increase in flu cases, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula is adding protections for its patients, staff, and visitors, and strongly recommends that community members also take precautions.

    People with cold or flu symptoms are no longer allowed to visit Community Hospital’s Family Birth Center.  Access to the Family Birth Center’s nursery is further limited to only those over the age of 15. The restrictions were put in place to protect the delicate immune systems of newborns, as well as their mothers.

    In general, community members with flu or cold symptoms are urged not to visit the hospital until they are well, to protect all patients, visitors, and hospital staff. Read the rest of this story »

    Demonstration to end Illegal Sand Mining in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

    January 5, 2017

    Save Our Shores and Surfrider Monterey team up to conclude documentary filming on Jan. 16. Public urged to come

    Save Our Shores and Surfrider Monterey will host a demonstration at the CEMEX sand mining plant in Marina  on Martin Luther King Day. The demonstration will be part of a documentary about the illegal operation and the environmental, economic, and social impact the mine has along the Southern Monterey Bay. Save Our Shores and Surfrider Monterey are asking interested community members and ocean advocates to join them in their effort to build community awareness about why the mining operation needs to be shut down. More details at saveourshores.org/save-sand Read the rest of this story »

    Drive safely this weekend…and always!

    December 30, 2016

    Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) are reminding motorists to drive safely this New Year’s Day weekend by taking the following steps:

    • Abide by the posted speed limit and reduce your speed in areas where congestion or hazards may occur.  Motorists should maintain a safe distance between their vehicle and the one in front of them.
    • Slow down and move over when Caltrans workers, law enforcement or tow truck drivers are working near the roadway.  The public is encouraged to call 911 to report any hazardous conditions or impaired driving.
    • Be aware of electronic message boards and other road signs with information on incidents, changing road conditions, lane closures or detours.
    • Make sure that vehicle brakes, windshield wiper blades and tires are in good condition and inspect your head and tail lights for maximum visibility on the highway.
    • Share the road safely with everyone, especially bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians.

    Caltrans and the CHP are prepared to respond to any emergencies that may affect the state highway system.  Motorists should also consider designating a driver before celebrating. 

     

    No roadwork/lane closures are scheduled from Thursday, December 29 at 3 pm until Tuesday January 3 at 8 am.

    Pacific Grove florist is retiring

    December 29, 2016

    An icon of the downtown Pacific Grove business community is closing their doors and retiring.

    Pacific Grove Florist, 217 Forest Ave., in business for some 45 years, was the go-to place for flowers for every landmark in Pacific Grove peoples’ lives: births, deaths, birthdays, dinners, Mother’s Days, proms, and notification of queens and princess of Feast of Lanterns for years and years. Read the rest of this story »

    Gearing up for the AT&T: Shuttle Bus Will Run Again from Pacific Grove

    December 27, 2016

    For the 15th straight year, the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce will run a shuttle bus service to the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament on Wednesday through Sunday, February 8-12.

    The shuttle will depart in front of the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History starting Wednesday, February 8, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Thursday through Saturday, February 9-11, 6:30 am to 6:00 pm, and Sunday, February 12, 6:30 am to 5:00 pm for the estimated 20-minute trip to the tournament at Pebble Beach.  The cost is $20 for all day.  A five-day pass is available for $60. Read the rest of this story »

    Free MST Bus Service to First Night Monterey on New Year’s Eve

    December 27, 2016

    Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) will offer a free ride to anyone wearing a First Night Monterey New Year’s Eve celebration button starting at 3:00 PM on December 31, 2016.  On New Year’s Eve, MST bus lines will operate a Saturday schedule. After normal operating schedules have ended, MST will provide additional service in association with the First Night New Year’s celebrations as follows: Read the rest of this story »

    Arrest in Stabbing on Arkwright Ct. (Too Late for Press)

    December 22, 2016

    tatum booking photoEarly Tuesday morning, December 19, 2016, Pacific Grove Police Officers were dispatched to an address on Arkwright Court in regard to a stabbing that occurred inside of an apartment. Within minutes officers arrived at the residence and found the victim, a 40-year-old female, inside of the apartment. During the investigation, officers arrested a relative of the victim and he was charged with attempted homicide. Nanak Dakota Tatum, 18, was booked at the Monterey County Jail. The department worked in conjunction with the District Attorney’s Office on this case. Commander Lakind stated, “The Pacific Grove Police Department works on various crimes throughout the year. Rarely do we have a crime of a violent nature. The department takes extra care and precaution on this type of felonious assault.”

    If you have any information about this crime, please contact the department at 831-648-3143.

    Street Closures and Parking Information in Monterey, for 1st Night

    December 22, 2016

    FIRST NIGHT MONTEREY, NEW YEAR’S EVE 
    The 24th annual First Night Monterey community celebration of the arts will take place on Saturday, December 31st from 3 p.m. to midnight. This alcohol-free family New Year’s Eve celebration features a procession, live music and interactive art activities in downtown Monterey at both inside and outside locations all within walking distance. Indoor venues include a few business locations on Alvarado Street, the MIIS Irvine Auditorium, Golden State Theatre, Monterey Museum of Art, Masonic Lodge and the City Council Chambers. Event kicks off on Colton Lawn at 3 p.m. Read the rest of this story »

    DMV Reminds Motorists of New Laws for 2017

    December 21, 2016

    With the New Year just around the corner, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) wants to inform the public of several new laws or changes to existing law that, unless otherwise noted, take effect on January 1, 2017. The following are summaries of some transportation-related laws taking effect. Read the rest of this story »

    “Safe Space” Status at Monterey Peninsula College

    December 15, 2016

    By Walter Tribley
    In response to recent rhetoric on the national level about changing immigration policies that may negatively affect undocumented immigrant students, Monterey Peninsula College governing board members, administrators and staff have communicated to students that the college provides a safe space, providing education to all students regardless of immigration status.

    In concert with my leadership team, a letter was recently distributed to the MPC community stating that MPC supports the academic and career goals of all of our students through our educational and student services programs. These quality programs will continue to be offered to our “Dream Act Students” on an ongoing basis. Further, MPC values our diverse student and workforce population. We are a college of inclusion. A college that creates “safe spaces” so our students can be challenged and grow. The national conversation will not change our mission or our resolve to teach and support – so ALL our students can grow. Read the rest of this story »

    Council Meeting Wrap-Up

    December 9, 2016

    Major actions taken by the Council at its regular meeting on December 7, 2016 include: Read the rest of this story »

    New Council Swearing-In Schedule: From The Mayor

    December 6, 2016

    On Wednesday, December 7, our new council will be sworn in.  Please come to City Hall at 6 pm for the event if you can make it.  I believe we will have a terrific council and your presence can help reinforce the essential connection with our community. Read the rest of this story »

    Monterey County Election Results are Certified

    December 2, 2016

    Election are now certified. The official results are posted at www.MontereyCountyElections.us

    “This election showed voter participation at 73.80% compared to 75.11% in the November 2012 Presidential General and 82.95% in the November 2008 Presidential General.” said Monterey County Registrar of Voters, Claudio Valenzuela. “Preparations for any election are rigorous and demanding, regardless of turnout. Preparations for this election began more than 6 months prior to the actual Election Day. This Presidential election attracted a large group of new voters. Our current voter registration is at 185,786, this is 11,110 additional voters than the voters we had only six months ago, a new record for Monterey County. This was also the first time since the change of voting system in 2005, that the ballot consisted of 3 cards, to accommodate the 24 local measures and 17 state propositions” Read the rest of this story »

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