• “Stuff the Bus” Launches Distributing Backpacks to Kindergarten Students

    June 15, 2017

    A calculator, pens, pencils, notebooks and binders are all basic necessities for success in the classroom, but for more than 8,200 students across Monterey County living in homeless or near homeless conditions, these essentials are out of reach.

    To address that need, United Way Monterey County, the North Monterey County Unified School District and the Monterey County Office of Education are spearheading the popular backpack drive,  Stuff the Bus, to send every child to school fully equipped to succeed.

    These families struggle not only to buy school supplies but also to buy uniforms, food and other essentials. New this year,  Stuff the Bus  will kick off with an early distribution of backpacks to kindergarten students participating in a United Way-funded Summer Bridge Pre-K. Attendees are children who have previously participated in center-based care and need to the boost to be prepared for success in kindergarten. Read the rest of this story »

    DUI Collision Arrests: Cell Phone Footage Sought by Police

    June 14, 2017

    On June 13, 2017 at approximately 9:30 a.m., Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Tide in Monterey reference a head-on traffic collision with injuries. One of the drivers, identified as John Mendoza, 20, of Marina, ran away from the scene. Mendoza was contacted a short distance away by a police officer.

    Officers contacted Mendoza and he resisted arrest. Officers believe Mendoza was under the influence of drugs and he was charged with felony driving under the influence of drugs, felony hit and run, and resisting arrest. Read the rest of this story »

    3 easy steps to becoming a Red Cross summer blood donor

    June 13, 2017

    (June 13, 2017) – The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood this summer for hospital patients in need and offers three easy steps people can take to help save lives. 
     
    1. Schedule – Use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment.
    2. Prepare – Get a good night’s sleep, eat a nutritious meal and drink extra fluids.
    3. Give – The donation process start to finish takes about an hour. The actual donation only takes about 10 minutes.

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    Peninsula Pride Celebration And Parade Returns After 10-Year Hiatus

    June 12, 2017

     The Peninsula Pride Celebration and Parade is coming to Seaside on Saturday, June 17, 2017. The parade will kick off at 11 a.m. from Monterey County Social Services on Broadway Ave. in Seaside and continue down Fremont Blvd. toward Hilby Ave. Following the parade, the celebration will take place at 12:00 p.m. at the Oldemeyer Center. Read the rest of this story »

    Major actions taken by the Council at its special meeting on June 7, 2017 include:

    June 10, 2017

    Carmel-By-The-Sea reaches settlement with PG&E over home explosion in March 2014

    June 7, 2017

    With legal assurances included to protect the safety of its residents and visitors, the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea has reached an out-of-court settlement in the lawsuit that it filed against Pacific Gas & Electric in connection with a gas leak and explosion that destroyed an unoccupied single-family residence at the southwest corner of Guadalupe Street and Third Avenue on the morning of March 3, 2014. Read the rest of this story »

    Major actions taken by the Council at its special meeting on May 31, 2017 include:

    June 2, 2017

    • Received a presentation from MRWPCA Government Affairs Administrator Mike

    McCullough regarding the Agency’s proposed Prop 218 rate increase.

    • Authorized the City Manager to amend the Professional Services Agreement with Knight

    Communications to provide technology support services, extending the agreement date through August 31, 2017, in an amount not to exceed $20,000 for an Agreement total of $255,500.

    •Approved the appointments to Boards and Committees as follows:

    o Rec Board, Jay Tully, 6/1/17 – 1/31/21

    o HRC, Joe Rock, 6/1/17 to 1/31/19

    o Admin Panel, John La Londe, 6/1/17 – 1/31/18

    • Discussed, reviewed, and considered the draft Fiscal Year 2017-18 Budget. Read the rest of this story »

    Arrest in Armed Robbery Case

    June 1, 2017

    On May 28 at 12:35 a.m., Monterey Police Officers were dispatched to the 300 block of Tyler Street in Monterey for a robbery. Two victims had been walking though the area when they were approached from behind and knocked to the ground by the suspect. The suspect took a purse from one of the victims and threatened to shoot them with a firearm. No firearm was actually observed. The suspect fled on foot and was then observed driving away in a vehicle. Read the rest of this story »

    You’re Invited to a Kitten Shower

    June 1, 2017

    SPCA Kitten Shower

    Help kittens rescued by your local, independent SPCA for Monterey County by donating to our Kitten Shower! Similar to a baby shower, a kitten shower offers you the chance to help rescued underage and orphaned kittens.

    Right now, your SPCA is caring for 149 kittens, with more arriving every day. Read the rest of this story »

    Murdered hero of Portland train attack was a Stevenson student

    May 29, 2017

    Facebook photo by Prof. Noelwah Netusil released by Reed College

    The world is now aware of an alleged hate crime that took place on an Oregon train last week. A white supremacist confronted two teen-aged girls, one of them wearing hijab, and began shouting anti-Islam and racial epithets at the frightened girls. He shouted that they should go back to Saudi Arabia and should kill themselves. The girls moved to the back of the train. According to one of the girls, Destinee Magnum, who said they were ready to get off the train, three strangers intervened with the ranting criminal, telling the man that he “can’t disrespect these young ladies like that.”

    The man instead attacked the three, stabbing them and sending “blood everywhere,” Magnum told reporters. She and her friend escaped the train and ran away. The perpetrator was captured and arrested and is facing two counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder, two counts of intimidation, and being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon.

    Of the three Good Samaritans, Ricky John Best, 53, of Happy Valley, OR died at the scene. The military veteran worked as a technician for the city of Portland.

    Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, of Portland, died at the hospital. It has come to light that Meche was once a student at Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, and would have graduated with the Class of 2012. He withdrew and finished high school in Ashland, OR where he was raised. He had graduated from Portland’s Reed College with a degree in economics last year and had just begun his career working at an environmental consulting agency.

    The third victim, Micah Fletcher, 21, is still in the hospital being treated for serious injuries.

    Sam Radseresht, a fellow student with Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche at Stevenson during those formative years, is now living in New York. He writes of his friend, “Tilly:” Read the rest of this story »

    Rebroadcast dates/times of 3rd Panetta Lecture

    May 28, 2017

    The third event of the twentieth annual Leon Panetta 2017 Lecture Series, The Trump Presidency and the Future of America, that will be held Monday, May 29, 2017 at the Theater of the Sunset Cultural Center will be rebroadcast on the following dates and times:

    Monterey Peninsula and Salinas
    MCAET, Comcast Cable Channel 26 (Monterey Peninsula and Salinas)
    MCAET, Over the Air Channel 38.1 (Monterey Peninsula and Salinas)
    Sudden Link, MCAET Channel 15 (Fort Ord and Presidio of Monterey)
    Campus Televideo Cable Channel 72.1 (CSUMB)

    Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Saturday, June 10, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 

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    Save Our Shores to manage waste & educate beach goers at Monterey Bay hotspot beaches during Memorial Weekend

    May 27, 2017

     With temperatures predicted to be in the 70s this Memorial weekend, Monterey Bay beaches are bound to see a high-volume of visitors. This is great for the local economy, but is potentially messy for waste management and water quality along the coast. To manage the inundation, marine conservation nonprofit Save Our Shores will be providing their annual pollution prevention outreach on Memorial Day, bracketed by mass cleanup efforts across the Monterey Bay the morning before and after the holiday. The nonprofit is seeking volunteers.

    OUTREACH: Pollution prevention outreach will take place at the two most visited beaches in the Monterey Bay: 

    • May 29th: Cowell/Main Beach in Santa Cruz (12-4pm)

    • May 29th: Del Monte Beach in Monterey (12-4pm)

     The outreach effort is a part of the nonprofit’s 2017 Holiday Relief Program to reduce litter at hotspot beaches on Memorial, Independence and Labor Day from entering the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. By reminding beachgoers to enjoy their holiday responsibly and offering ways to do so, Save Our Shores removes significantly less waste during mass cleanup efforts at hotspot beaches. Last year, SOS volunteers and staff managed to hand out 538 bags at Cowell/Main Beach in Santa Cruz on Memorial Day. Read the rest of this story »

    SPCA still caring for 64 bunnies

    May 24, 2017

    Since Easter, the SPCA for Monterey County has rescued and sheltered 91 rabbits. These include 54 rabbits rescued by SPCA humane officers and 37 brought to the SPCA by owners who could no longer care for them.

    Thanks to adopters and rabbit rescue groups, the SPCA has found placement for 27 of the rabbits but is still caring for 64 rabbits of all shapes, colors, and sizes. Currently seven of these rabbits are available for adoption, with more than 20 almost ready for adoption. Read the rest of this story »

    Major actions taken by the Council at its regular meeting on May 17, 2017 include:

    May 22, 2017

    Helicopter to make low-level flights over Northern Salinas Valley

    May 19, 2017

    Beginning May 14, 2017, residents of Marina, Neponset, Castroville, Moss
    Landing, Blanco, and Salinas, may see a low-flying helicopter towing a
    large hexagonal frame. This unique equipment is part of a project to map
    groundwater aquifers and subsurface geology in the area. Read the rest of this story »

    Mazda Extends Partnership Agreement for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

    May 17, 2017

    Long-Term Contract Discussions Continue as Brand Retains Naming Rights to Raceway IRVINE, Calif. (May 17, 2017) – Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) and the Monterey County Board of Supervisors recently reached a contract agreement for a one-year naming-rights extension for the iconic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca facility. The current partnership will extend through March 31, 2018, while Mazda works directly with the County on plans for a long-term partner relationship with the track. Mazda will retain a six-month exclusive right-of-first-negotiation to enter into a new or continued exclusive agreement with the County. Read the rest of this story »

    Letter to CEMEX

    May 16, 2017

    Assemblymember Mark Stone sent us a copy of the letter that went out to CEMEX, the sand mining operation in Marina, which is on the edge of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and has for years threatened sensitive coastal habitat, damaged public and private property, and exploited state resources without paying for them. CEMEX Lapis plant letter 5-16-17

    3 Pacific Grove schools will compete in Mathletics on Saturday

    May 11, 2017

    A Year of Learning Adds Up for Monterey County Students at Annual Mathletics Event

    Over 300 upper elementary, middle and high school students from Monterey County public and private schools, including Robert H. Down, Pacific Grove Middle School, and Pacific Grove High School will assemble at Hartnell College from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017 for the 49th annual Mathletics Competition.

    The morning begins with the competition, held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., where students take exams in Integrated Math, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, and Statistics. Professors then grade the exam while students enjoy lunch and a rotation of various STEM learning opportunities. Demo topics this year include: Hartnell STEM Student Research Poster Demonstrations, A Carting demo, and a Coding demo. The Awards Ceremony begin at 1:45 p.m. Read the rest of this story »

    Decision in Hanes v. City of Pacific Grove

    May 4, 2017

    Click here to read the city attorney’s press release in the case of Bruiser the Pig.Release re Hanes v. PG

    City Youth Track Meet Schedule

    May 3, 2017

    Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Pacific Grove High School
    No pre-registration needed
    Just be ready when your group is called
    Call Don Mothershead 648-3130 with questions

    5.6.17 ORDER of EVENTS

    Mandatory Conservation Standards for Urban Water Suppliers Have Been Rescinded

    April 26, 2017

    Today, April 26, 2017, the State Water Resources Control Board rescinded the water supply “stress test” requirements and remaining mandatory conservation standards for urban water suppliers while keeping in place the water use reporting requirements and prohibitions against wasteful practices.

    The action by State Water Board Executive Director Tom Howard was in response to Governor Brown’s announcement earlier this month ending the drought state of emergency and transitioning to a permanent framework for making water conservation a California way of life. Read the rest of this story »

    Bil Minor pens — and Composes — an Ode to Pacific Grove

    April 26, 2017

    The Welsh singing bard, poet Dylan Thomas, attached a “Note” to his Collected Poems, regarding work he wished to “preserve,” and incessant revision: “If I went on revising everything that I now do not like in this book I should be so busy that I would have no time to try to write new poems.”

    I’m no Dylan Thomas, but I understand and share his sense of trepidation when it comes to “finished” work. As a “tease,” I have posted two work-in-progress portions of a song I wrote (words and music) that has now reached a state of completion (I hope) as a YouTube video. The song is called “Pacific Grove,” and it’s a celebration of the town my wife Betty and I (and formerly our sons, Tim and Steve) have inhabited for 46 years—since 1971, when we came to the Monterey Bay area so I could teach at Monterey Peninsula College (which I did for twenty-five years; and now enjoy “retirement,” just writing and composing and playing music—which I love doing).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-8Nvjn_sUo&feature=share Read the rest of this story »

    Major Actions Taken by City Council on April 19, 2017

    April 21, 2017

    Major actions taken by the Council at its regular meeting on April 19, 2017 include: Read the rest of this story »

    Rudy Fischer selected chairman of Water Pollution Control Agency

    April 14, 2017

    After serving as the city’s representative to the board of the MRWPCA (two years as Vice Chair), Pacific Grove Councilman Rudy Fischer was elected as Chair of the agency’s board at their February meeting. ‘Mostly in this role I will be responsible for running the board’s monthly meetings, getting involved in some of our outreach activities, and coordinating subcommittee roles,” he said.
    The Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency is dedicated to meeting the wastewater and water recycling needs of our member agencies while protecting the environment. Their Vision Statement: The Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency will be a model customer service provider for the efficient, innovative utilization of wastewater.”
    “I also hope to be a sounding board for the General Managers as the agency goes through an interesting time” said councilman Fischer. The MRWPCA is in the process of expanding their coverage area, looking at major capital improvements to make the wastewater system more reliable, and is spearheading the Pure Water Monterey project. The latter project will eventually provide the Peninsula with just over 3,500 acre feet of potable water each year.Cal Am also wishes to use the PCA’s outfall for discharge from their planned desal plant. The agency is negotiating an agreement to allow that while ensuring the brine produced by the plant does not damage or impair the outfall in any way.

    Tuesday’s scoping meeting cancelled

    April 13, 2017

    In your new issue 4/14/17 you will find a notice for a scoping meeting concerning moving water credits for an address on Lighthouse. We were just advised that the meeting has been cancelled. Sorry if there’s inconvenience.

    Update on robotics story

    April 13, 2017

    Zach Goodwin got this info after we’d gone to press.
    The donation was for $15,000.
    It came from Sara and Bill Morgan on behalf of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.
    Without the donation, the team were planning on taking 6 team members to the World in Texas. With the donation, the whole team can go, 17 members.

    Interview re Plans to Rebuild Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge

    April 12, 2017

    The Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on State Route 1 was closed to pedestrian and vehicular traffic February 15, 2017, after heavy rains caused a landslide under the structure damaging one of its main support columns. The bridge, which was built in 1968, was demolished over the span of a week. Engineers used a 6,000 ton wrecking ball and other equipment to strike precise points on the bridge to force it to break apart. Read the rest of this story »

    School Board seeks a new member

    April 10, 2017

    Trustee John Thibeau resigned from the Pacific Grove Unified School District Board of Education as of Friday, March 31, 2017. As per Education Code, it is now the Governing Board’s duty to fill the vacancy. At the April 6, 2017 Board meeting, the Trustees passed Resolution 993, formally opening the vacancy for a Board member seat. Anyone interested in being considered for the position may request an application by contacting the Superintendent’s Office at 831-646-6510 or visiting the District’s website at www.pgusd.org. A copy is also attached here on our website. Board Appointment Application 2017 Read the rest of this story »

    Pacific Grove to receive SB1 “fix it first” maintenance funding

    April 7, 2017

    After over two years of discussion, California legislators yesterday approved SB1 to invest in California’s transportation system. The bulk of the money in this bill is devoted to “fix it first” maintenance funding for existing county roads, city streets, state highways and bus transit. Pacific Grove stands to receive $351,000 in the first of 10 years. Read the rest of this story »

    Major actions taken by the Council at its regular meeting on April 5, 2017 include:

    April 7, 2017

     Presented Patty Maitland,departing City Finance Director (pictured with Mayor Kampe and City Manager Harvey), with a certificate of appreciation for her service to the City of Pacific Grove.

     Directed that the law firm of Read the rest of this story »

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