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    December 14, 2018

    Winter Holiday Fire Safety

    December 13, 2018

    Winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together, but that also means a greater risk for fire. Following a few simple tips from Monterey Fire will ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season.

    Holiday Decorating:
    Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
    Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
    Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both; use them appropriately.
    Replace any string of lights with worn or damaged cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
    Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
    Keep decorations away from windows and doors.
    Holiday Entertaining
    Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
    Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
    Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
    Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
    Ask smokers to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with them so young children do not touch them.
    Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding.
    Before Heading Out or to Bed:
    Blow out lit candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
    Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.
    Facts from the National Fire Protection Association:
    Two of every five home decoration fires are started by candles.
    Nearly half of decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source.

    Monterey Fire Department wishes you and your family a safe and happy holiday season. For additional fire safety tips and information please visit www.nfpa.org.

    Major actions taken by the Council at its regular meeting of December 5, 2018 include:

    December 10, 2018

    Approved a resolution declaring the results of the November 6, 2018 Municipal Election.
    City Clerk administered oaths to Mayor-Elect Bill Peake and Councilmembers-Elect Joe Amelio, Jenny McAdams, and Amy Tomlinson (see photos below).
    City Manager bestowed Certificates of Appreciation to outgoing Councilmembers Ken Cuneo and Rudy Fischer, and outgoing Mayor Bill Kampe (see photos below).
    Received words of gratitude from Councilmember Rudy Fischer, and outgoing Mayor Bill Kampe.
    Received words of praise from the public.
    Received Councilmember Fischer’s Report of Attendance at Regional Meetings – October thru December 2018.
    Received Community Human Services Minutes of their Regular Meeting of October 18, 2018.
    Approved the proposed schedule of City Council Meetings for 2019 and 2020.
    Introduced and held first reading of an ordinance to amend the salary classification schedule to modify salary ranges for Police Officer and Police Sergeant; and direct a summary of the ordinance be published as approved by the City Attorney.
    Selected Council Member Robert Huitt to serve for one year as Mayor Pro Tempore in accordance with the Charter of the City of Pacific Grove from open nominations by the members of the City Council.
    Approved a resolution appointing the Mayor as Director and Councilmember Smith as Alternate Director to the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority, terms starting December 5, 2018 and ending December 2, 2020.
    Approved the appointment of council members to regional boards and liaisons to City committees, boards and commissions.
    Received a Cigarette Filter Pollution and Coastal Signage Update and awarded Certificates of Appreciation to City volunteers Lila Seldon, Susan Pierszalowski and Lynn Mason for their assistance and hard work.
    The agenda reports and supporting documents for all of these actions are on the City’s website, at http://www.cityofpacificgrove.org/about-city/city-council. Details of the actions taken will also be available, upon completion and adoption of the meeting minutes, which will also be posted on the website.

    Dec. 7, 2018 issue

    December 8, 2018

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    November 29, 2018

    Early Thanksgiving Counts Show a Critically Low Monarch Population in California

    November 29, 2018

    Xerces Society are still completing the count for this year, but preliminary results from the Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count (WMTC) show disturbingly low numbers of monarch butterflies overwintering in California.

    Preliminary count results from 97 sites, which includes many of the most important overwintering groves, show only 20,456 monarchs. In 2017, these sites accounted for 77% of the total monarch overwintering population, hosting approximately 148,000 monarchs. The 2018 numbers represents an 86% decline from 2017—which was already a low population year.

    We were not expecting this to be a great year because we knew it had been a rough season in the breeding and migratory range, but it’s looking worse than anyone had expected. If the rest of the Thanksgiving Count data show the same trend as these sites, we anticipate seeing less than 30,000 butterflies overwintering in California this winter. In comparison, last year there were more than 192,000 butterflies counted; in 1997, it was estimated that more than 1 million overwintered; and research suggest that there were at least 4.5 million monarchs overwintering in California in the 1980s.

    If you want to read more about the count and what may be causing this abrupt fall in numbers, please see an article on our blog, (https://xerces.org/2018/11/29/critically-low-monarch-population-in-california/).

    Historical November Election Results Certified

    November 28, 2018

    Monterey County Registrar of Voters, Claudio Valenzuela has certified the results for the November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election.

    The official results at www.MontereyCountyElections.us show a voter turnout of 62.8%.

    “This election showed voter participation at 62.8% compared to the last two similar statewide elections of 2014 and 2010 which had a voter turnouts of 45.32% and 63.32% respectively.” said Monterey County Registrar of Voters, Claudio Valenzuela. “This election saw the highest voter registration level in the history of Monterey County, with 187,286 registered voters.”

    “We are very appreciative to the 800 poll workers, temporary employees and the owners of the facilities that served as polling places for providing an invaluable service to our community”, added Registrar Valenzuela.

    The Monterey County Elections team will have only a short time to catch their breath, as preparation for the March of 2020 Primary Presidential Election will start in August of 2019.

    For more information visit www.MontereyCountyElections.us or call (831) 796-1499.

    November 22, 2018

    The SPCA Offers $1,000 Reward in Abandoned Dog Case

    November 19, 2018

    The SPCA for Monterey County is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who abandoned a dog in Monterey today.
    The terrier mix was found by a local resident inside a taped-up diaper box at 900 Cass Street. He is approximately one or two years old and matted, dirty, and dehydrated.

    The dog, named Linus by the SPCA, was immediately examined by a veterinarian and is now resting comfortably with clean water, fresh food, and cozy bedding.
    If you have any information about this case or can identify the dog, please contact the SPCA at 831-373-2631. All calls are confidential.  To donate to help abused and neglected animals, please call the SPCA at 831-264-5421 or donate online at www.SPCAmc.org.
    If caught, the owners could potentially be charged with the following offenses: Penal Code 597 (Animal Cruelty), Penal Code 597(b) (Deprivation of Food, Water, and Shelter), and Penal Code 597s (Abandonment).

    MST Schedule for the holiday weekend

    November 19, 2018

    Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) will provide a holiday bus service schedule on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, 2018. Limited Thanksgiving Day service will be available on the following bus lines:
    · JAZZ A Monterey–Sand City via Hilby: Service between Monterey Transit Plaza and Sand City Station only. No service to MPC.
    · JAZZ B Monterey–Sand City via Broadway: Service between Monterey Transit Plaza and Sand City Station only.
    · Line 1 Monterey: Service from Lighthouse and Fountain to Monterey Transit Plaza only. No service to Asilomar.
    · Line 2 Pacific Grove: Service from Lighthouse and Fountain to Monterey Transit Plaza only.
    · Line 19 Del Monte Center–CSUMB via East Campus: Will operate from 9am to 6pm on Thanksgiving Day.
    · Line 20 Salinas–Monterey via Marina
    · Line 23 Salinas – King City
    · Line 24 Grapevine Express: Service between Monterey and Carmel Rancho only.
    · Line 41 Northridge–Salinas via East Alisal
    · Line 49 Salinas – Santa Rita via Northridge

    Lines 55 and 86 San Jose Express will operate a Sunday schedule Thanksgiving Day. All other bus lines will not be in service.

    On Friday, November 23, MST will operate a Saturday schedule on JAZZ A, JAZZ B, 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 11, 16, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 41, 42, 44, 45, 49, 55, 61, 67, 69, 78, 82, 84, 85, 86, 91, 92, 94, 95, and MST On Call Marina. Lines 19 and 25, will operate a weekday schedule.

    Regular MST bus service will resume on all lines Saturday, November 24.

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    November 15, 2018

    SPCA Takes In Pets from the Camp Fire

    November 14, 2018

    Today, a team from the SPCA travelled to Butte County to take in cats and dogs who were in shelters before the fire began in order to give their local shelters room for more fire evacuees.

    The SPCA took in 21 cats and kittens, including eight feral cats, five dogs, and one puppy. Twenty five of the pets were in the shelter before the fires began, and two were surrendered by their owners who could no longer keep them. Pets who were lost during the fire are still in Butte County to give their owners the chance to be reunited.

    These 27 pets will be placed up for adoption after we provide veterinary treatment, vaccinations, and spay or neuter surgeries. You can help by adopting one of the 112 animals currently in our shelter looking for homes to help make room for more animals in need. Right now, all cats five months and older can be adopted for no fee.

    The SPCA has also offered assistance to Ventura County Animal Services and we have a skilled animal rescue team ready to rescue animals from fire areas once requested.

    How to Help:
    Prepare for a Disaster. Please create a disaster plan and kits for your family, including your pets. A fire or other disaster could happen here at any time: www.spcamc.org/disaster-preparedness
    Adopt. Help us make room for more animals in need. www.SPCAmc.org/adopt. Right now, all cats 5 months and older can be adopted for no fee!
    Donate to Help. Learn how to help organizations in the fire areas at www.SPCAmc.org/california-fires

    The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for Monterey County is your nonprofit, independent, donor-supported humane society that has been serving the animals and people of Monterey County since 1905. The SPCA is not a chapter of any other agency and does not have a parent organization. They shelter homeless, neglected and abused pets and livestock, and provide humane education and countless other services to the community. They are the local agency you call to investigate animal cruelty, rescue and rehabilitate injured wildlife, and aid domestic animals in distress. Online at www.SPCAmc.org.

    Major actions taken by the Council at its regular meeting of Nov. 7, 2018 include:

    November 12, 2018

    Received Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.
    Received a Volunteer Program Presentation.
    Approved minutes of the October 16, 17, and 29, 2018 City Council Special and Regular Meetings.
    Adopted a resolution approving changes to Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program Guidelines as amended via Errata.
    Held second reading and adopted an ordinance to amend Pacific Grove Municipal Code (PGMC) §16.08.030, § 16.08.040 and §23.70.060 to change meeting dates, and Title 16 (commission composition, duties and responsibilities).
    Held second reading and adopted an ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2018-19 Operating and Capital Improvement Budget.
    Received the Treasurer’s Quarterly Report – First Quarter Fiscal Year 2018-19
    Received the Quarterly Budget Report – First Quarter, Fiscal Year 2018-19
    Received the Workers Compensation Report – First Quarter Fiscal Year 2018-19
    Adopted a resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the City of Monterey to amend the Fire Services Agreement and extend it through June 30, 2019.
    Received minutes from the ARB, BNRC, EDC, GLAC, PC.
    Received the Council Water Policy Subcommittee report, and directed City staff to take the action steps itemized in the report so Council can consider pricing and terms of use to begin the sale of water entitlements.
    Approved a resolution to Adopt Council Policy 600-4 (Water Distribution, Water Use and Water Entitlements) and repeal former (outdated) Council Policy 600-4 (Water Allocation Policy).
    Introduced and hold a first reading of an Ordinance to Repeal Former Chapter 11.68 and Adopt Revised Chapter 11.68 of the Pacific Grove Municipal Code, and direct publication of a summary of that measure as approved by the City Attorney.
    Modified salary range for Recreation Assistant I, Recreation Assistant II and Crossing Guard; approved the amendment; and directed that a summary of a proposed ordinance be published as approved by the City Attorney.
    Received the City Council Goals Wrap-Up report.
    Adopted a resolution approving the Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Pacific Grove and the Police Officers Association to cover the period of July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021
    The agenda reports and supporting documents for all of these actions are on the City’s website, at http://www.cityofpacificgrove.org/about-city/city-council. Details of the actions taken will also be available, upon completion and adoption of the meeting minutes, which will also be posted on the website.

    Half Marathon Cancelled

    November 10, 2018

    Race Canceled Due to Poor Air Quality

    Due to the rapidly declining air quality situation in the Monterey Bay area, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Monterey Bay Half Marathon scheduled for tomorrow, November 11, 2018. For the last several hours, we have been monitoring weather outlets and tracking wind patterns in our area. This morning, during our 3K and 5K events, air quality was deemed “moderate” and safe for outdoor activity. Saturday afternoon, however, the wind shifted dramatically, blowing smoke from the northeast directly onto our peninsula. Weather maps forecast that air quality in our area will remain in the “unhealthy” to “very unhealthy” area into Sunday afternoon. After consulting with our Medical Director and the National Weather Service, we have determined that it is not safe for runners, volunteers, staff, and other race-related personnel to participant in tomorrow’s scheduled events. We deeply apologize for the inconvenience and disappointment that comes with canceling the race but we feel it is the appropriate course of action at this time.

    We will notify all participants regarding future event considerations via email early next week. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

    1-09-18 Issue

    November 8, 2018

    It’s Mayor Bill Peake (Updated 11/7/18 at 6:50 AM)

    November 6, 2018

    Pacific Grove will see a familiar face on the dais, but in the mayor’s seat, as Bill Peake pulled ahead of Rudy Fischer, cornering 42.4% of the vote compared to 33.09% for Fisher, Read the rest of this story »

    Paean to Election Day from retiring Mayor Bill Kampe

    November 6, 2018

    Nov. 6, 2018
    Dear Marge Ann Jameson,
    It’s a big day today. I look forward to learning the election results and beginning to coordinate the transition to a new mayor for our city.
    Until the transition is complete, we still have a bit of business to do with our current council.
    Election Day
    It’s today; please vote! You have probably already mailed your ballot.  If not, it’s going to be a lovely day for stopping by your polling place. Your vote is important at every level of the ballot, and especially so for this election. We have national, state, and local topics vital to our future.  Let’s keep Pacific Grove at the top of the chart in Monterey County for voter turnout. Read the rest of this story »

    Ballot Drop-Off Locations for Midterm Elections Nov, 6, 2018

    November 4, 2018

    Elections Department
    1441 Schilling Place – North Building, Salinas, CA 93901
    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Monterey County Health Department (Front Desk)
    1270 Navidad Rd., Salinas, CA 93906
    Monterey County Government Center (Front Desk)
    168 W. Alisal St., 1st Floor, Salinas, CA 93906
    Gonzales City Hall (Front Desk)
    147 Fourth St., Gonzales, CA 93926
    Soledad City Hall (Front Desk)
    248 Main St., Soledad, CA 93960
    Greenfield City Hall (Front Desk)
    599 El Camino Real, Greenfield, CA 93927
    King City – City Hall (Front Desk)
    212 S. Vanderhurst Ave., King City, CA 93930
    Sand City – City Hall (Front Desk)
    1 Pendergrass Way (Sylvan Way), Sand City, CA 93955
    Monterey City Hall (Front Desk)
    580 Pacific St., Room 6, Monterey, CA 93940
    Carmel-by-the-Sea City Hall (Front Desk)
    Monte Verde St., Between Ocean & 7th Avenues
    Del Rey Oaks City Hall (Front Desk)
    650 Canyon Del Rey Blvd., Del Rey Oaks, CA 93940
    Marina City Hall (Front Desk)
    211 Hillcrest Ave. Marina, CA 93933
    Pacific Grove City Hall (Front Desk)
    300 Forest Ave.
    Pacific Grove, CA 93950

    Seaside City Hall (Front Desk)
    440 Harcourt Ave., Seaside, CA 93955
    Castroville Library
    11160 Speegle St., Castroville, CA 95012
    Prunedale Library
    11762 Moro Rd., Salinas, CA 93907
    Monterey Public Library
    625 Pacific St., Monterey, CA 93940

    Winner of the Downtown Scarecrow Contest!

    November 3, 2018


    Congratulations to the Pacific Grove Public Library – WINNER of our 2018 Scarecrows in Downtown PG Contest!

    We will be donating $250 to the charity of their choice!

    Meet Lilith the Librarian, stuffed with recycled book pages! Her head is also made out of Mod Podge and recycled book pages, as is her amazing skirt.

    Thank you to all the downtown businesses that participated this year! From Minions to Uncle Sam – the creativity exhibited was amazing! We truly appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm and participation and look forward to next year’s Annual Fall events!

    November 3, 2018

    October 26, 2018

    City of Pacific Grove
    Annual Notice of Vacancies
    BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES

    The City of Pacific Grove is seeking applications for the following Boards, Commissions and Committees for vacancies that currently exist and/or will expire January 2019. For a complete description of the purposes and meeting schedule of each of the available Boards, Commissions, and Committees, please visit the City’s website at https://www.cityofpacificgrove.org/about-city/boards-commissions

    Administrative Enforcement Hearing Officer Panel (4)
    Architectural Review Board (3)
    Beautification and Natural Resources Commission (4)
    Economic Development Commission (5)
    Golf Links Advisory Commission (3)
    Historic Resources Committee (4)
    Library Board (3)
    Planning Commission (1)
    Recreation Board (2)
    Traffic Safety Commission (3)

    Appointees must be registered Pacific Grove voters, with the exception of the Economic Development Commission.

    Applications for these vacancies will be accepted until positions are filled. Interested persons may pick up an application at the City Clerk’s Office, 300 Forest Avenue or a copy may be downloaded from the City’s website at: https://www.cityofpacificgrove.org/sites/default/files/forms/city-clerk/application-app-boards-commissions-12-14-09_0.pdf

    Further information may also be obtained by contacting the City Clerk at (831) 648-3181 or by emailing cityclerk@cityofpacificgrove.org

    NO WRITE-IN CANDIDATES FILED FOR NOV. 6 ELECTION

    October 25, 2018

    There are no official write-in candidates for the upcoming November 6 Statewide General Election. The last day to be an official write in candidate was Tuesday, October 23. Voters can only vote for eligible candidates printed on their ballot.

    Did you know election officials still must review any messages in the write-in spots on the ballot? Fictional characters, “None of the above”, celebrities (if not an official write-in) and other unqualified write-ins (i.e., your own name, your spouse, etc.) require election officials to look at the contest to determine voter intent. This means real resources are allocated to review all markings and potentially delay the reporting of results. Votes for unqualified write-ins are not counted, all other contests are counted.

    To vote for a candidate that is already listed on the ballot, simply fill in the oval next to the candidate’s name. There is no need to re-write the candidates name in the write-in space.

    To learn more about the contests on your ballot, please review your voter guide available online at www.MontereyCountyElections.us.

    For more information call 831-796-1499.

    Conditional Voter Registration Allows Californians Who Missed Traditional Deadline another Opportunity to Register to Vote

    October 23, 2018

    There is a new option for Californians who missed the October 22 deadline to register or update their voter registration for the November 6, 2018, General Election. A new option known as conditional voter registration allows eligible citizens to register and vote on the same day, today through Election Day.

    “There is a new opportunity for California citizens who missed the voter registration deadline — conditional voter registration,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. “If you missed the regular voter registration deadline you may not be able to vote at your local polling place or by mail, but you still have an opportunity to cast a ballot. Between now and Election Day, you can go to your county election office or a designated satellite location to complete the conditional voter registration process by filing out a voter registration card and a ballot. Once county elections officials complete the regular voter registration verification process, your ballot will be processed and your vote will be counted. This is yet another step we are taking to expand voting rights in California.”

    “If you are unsure of your voter registration status, you can quickly check it at voterstatus.sos.ca.gov,” Padilla added.

    Click here for a searchable list of conditional voter registration locations by county.

    To learn more about the Voter’s Choice Act, visit: http://voterschoice.sos.ca.gov

    Last Call for Write-In Candidates

    October 22, 2018

    The write-in candidate filing period for the November 6, Statewide General Election ends on Tuesday, October 23 at 5:00 PM. To qualify, candidates must meet the requirements of office and file nomination forms. Write in candidates for city offices will file with the appropriate city clerk. All other write-in candidates will file at the Monterey County Elections Office located at 1441 Schilling Place – North Building, Salinas, CA 93901. There are no filing fees or candidate statements and the write-in candidate’s name will not appear on the ballot.
    For more information please call 831-796-1499.

    October 11, 2018

    Early Voting Starts Monday!

    October 7, 2018

    Early Voting Begins Monday for the November Statewide General Election
    Get ready to vote! Monterey County local voter information guides will be shipping by the end of this week and continue next week coinciding with the October 8 ballot mailing.

    Local voter guides are available online at http://www.montereycountyelections.us/Locator.asp. State voter guides are available online at http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/.

    Voters can vote early beginning October 8th during regular business hours and during extended hours on Saturday, October 27th and Saturday November 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Early voting is available at the new Elections Office, 1441 Schilling Place – North Building in Salinas.

    To request a vote by mail ballot call (831) 796-1499. Applications to vote by mail are available in your local voter guide or online at www.MontereyCountyElections.us. The last day to request a vote by mail ballot is October 30th.

    For more information call (831) 796-1499.

    October 4, 2018

    Update on 10/3/18 Pacific Grove City Council meeting thanks to Rudy Fischer
    We went through the Master Fee Schedule and approved it after some discussion. This sets the fees the city charges people and businesses for permits, reviews, and other special needs.

    The council Water Subcommittee was extended for another month in order to finish our work. So Cynthia and Bill Peake and I will try to finish our ordinance and council policy.

    We did extend the contract with a consulting company which is helping us with our Local Coastal Plan for submission to the Coastal Commission.

    We had a Monterey County Tourism Improvement District presentation (MCTID) about dissolving our HID and adopting the MCTID model. They want us to sign up right away, but I don’t think we are prepared to act on this item without more information and review. We also can’t act on something that was just presented. Apparently Monterey has been working on this for a year or more, but we feel it has now just been sprung on us.

    October 4, 2018

    September 27, 2018

    Congressman Panetta Accepting Applications for Service Academy Nominations

    September 24, 2018

    Applications due October 26, 2018
    Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) announced that his office will be accepting applications for service academy nominations. Candidates interested in attending one of four U.S. service academies, including the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, or U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, must submit applications and other necessary documents by Friday, October 26, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. PST.
    “As a U.S. Representative, I have the privilege of nominating young people from our communities to our nation’s military academies,” said Congressman Panetta. “I commend the candidates for their pursuit of service to our country, and I look forward to assisting them in any way that I can.” Read the rest of this story »

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