• Will a new face help CalPERS find its way?

    September 17, 2018

    The California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) has endorsed Corona Police Sergeant Jason Perez for the Public Agency Seat of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) Board of Directors.
    “CalPERS is in trouble and needs Sergeant Jason Perez on its Board,” said CPCA President, David Swing. “Jason is the only candidate with a real plan to save the pension fund and ensure that police officers and all public employees throughout California will have a stable and secure retirement when their careers come to an end.”
    Established in 1966, the California Police Chiefs Association represents municipal police chiefs and their agencies in California. Association members provide public safety for more than 26 million Californians.
    “I am deeply honored to have the support of California’s Police Chiefs,” Jason Perez said. “One of the most vital tools these chiefs need to attract the best and most professional police officers to their departments is the pension benefit. As a member of the CalPERS Board of Director’s, I will work hard every day to ensure that the CalPERS pension fund is solvent and provides those who have paid into the system with the reasonable retirement they were promised.”
    Jason Perez is committed to steering the CalPERS Board away from failing divestment strategies that have resulted in catastrophic financial losses for California’s pension fund. Prior to the current Board makeup, CalPERS was 108% funded. Today CalPERS is roughly 70% funded, resulting in employees across the state have had their retirements cut.
    Jason Perez is a sergeant with the Corona Police Department and currently serves as the president of the Corona Police Officers Association. Perez’s candidacy for CalPERS Board of Directors is supported by rank and file law enforcement officers and a large collection of municipal and county employees throughout the state of California.


    September 17, 2018

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) on October 3, 2018. The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 PM EDT and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether technological improvements are needed.

    October 3 was the previously scheduled back-up date for the test, which was originally set up for this Thursday, September 20. A backup date is always planned in case of widespread severe weather or other significant events on the primary test date. FEMA and the nation’s emergency management community remain committed to the life-saving activities occurring through parts of North Carolina and South Carolina.

    September 14, 2018

    September 13, 2018

    September 25 is National Voter Registration Day

    Attend a voter registration training and help register voters.

    Monterey County Elections will host a registration training at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, 2018 in preparation for National Voter Registration Day (NVRD).
    NVRD is a massive 50-state effort to register thousands of voters.

    The training is open to members of the public with an interest to help other community members to register to vote. In order to help citizens, register to vote, you do not need to be a registered voter, be a particular age or even be a resident of the area. However, if you help someone fill out an affidavit of registration, you do have certain obligations and responsibilities to comply with.

    The goal is to increase participation by encouraging Americans to register to vote and update their information in time for the November 6, 2018 Election.

    Community members attending the training will receive instructions in voter registration, treatment of completed registration cards and prompt delivery of completed registration forms to the Elections Department.

    Training will take place at 1441 Schilling Place – North Building, Cayenne Room in Salinas. There is no cost to attend and confirmation of attendance is desired but walk-ins will be welcome. To register for the event please email MCE.Outreach@co.monterey.ca.us or call 831-796-1499.

    For information on the upcoming election visit www.montereycountyelections.us.


    September 6, 2018

    August 24, 2018

    Major actions taken by City Council at the meeting of Aug. 15, 2018 include:

    August 17, 2018

    •Mayor Kampe proclaimed September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Pacific Grove.
    •Received a presentation from Todd Muck of TAMC regarding Measure X and Gas Tax Projects.
    •Approved the minutes of the August 1, 2018 City Council Regular Meeting.
    •Approved Resolution No. 18-027 amending Council Policy 000-11 City Council Benefits to reflect accurate benefits and updated information.
    •Approved Resolution No. 18-028 amending Council Policy No. 000-19 to update the City records retention and records management schedule and reflect revisions from City departments.
    •Received quarterly report on progress of the Pacific Grove-Monterey Area of Special Biological •Significance (ASBS) Wet-Dry Weather Stormwater Capture and Diversion (Prop 1) Project.
    •Adopted Sewer System Management Plan (SSMP) Revision #2 and authorize City staff to certify the document in the California Integrated Water Quality System (CIWQS).
    •Supported resolutions offered for consideration at the League of California Cities’ Annual Conference and direct City of Pacific Grove (City) Delegate or Alternate to vote in favor of the resolutions during the Conference General Assembly.
    •Approved response to the 2017-2018 Monterey County Civil Grand Jury Report “Who’s In Charge? Stepping up on Homelessness: The need for strategic leadership and comprehensive planning.” Staff further recommends the Mayor be authorized to send a response letter to the Monterey County Civil Grand Jury. Read the rest of this story »

    August 9, 2018

    August 9, 2018

    August 9, 2018

    August 4, 2018

    City Council

    Major actions taken by the Council at its regular meeting of
    August 1, 2018 include:
    • Received a presentation from the Ohlone-Costanoan Esselen 2018 Tribal Chairwoman Louise J. Miranda Ramirez
    • Presented service awards to Orlando Perez, Police Department and Khoa Nguyen, Public Works Department for their service to the City. 
    • Received a presentation on the refurbishing of Sandy the Whale. 
    • Approved the minutes of the July 18, 2018 City Council Special and Regular Meetings as amended by Errata.
    • Adopted Amended Resolution 18-025 to add one ballot measure to increase the Uniform Transient Occupancy Tax at the Municipal Election, which was consolidated with the General Election, set for November 6, 2018. 
    • Received report on Sidewalk Development Policy Maps.
    • Received the Treasurer’s Quarterly Report – Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2017-18.
    • Received the Workers Compensation Report – Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2017-18.
    • Received a Periodic Regional Update from Councilmember Garfield.
    • Received the Community Human Services minutes.
    • Approved the appointments of Pat Davis to the Library Board for 08/01/18 to 01/31/2022 and Matt Crawford to the Museum Board for 08/01/18 to 01/31/2020
    • Authorized the City Manager to enter into an agreement with 3D Datacom for the Structured Cabling System: City Hall, Police Department and Corp. Yard Project for a cost of $151,330.
    • Received minutes from the Historic Resources Commission for June 27, 2018.
    • Conducted a de novo hearing, adopted the CEQA Notice of Exemption (NOE), approved the architectural/use permit and findings included as Attachment K, page 118 of the packet, that affirms the Planning Commission’s approval and conditions for Architectural Permit & Use Permit #18-364 pursuant to Pacific Grove Municipal Code (PGMC) §§ 23.70.060(c)(1) and 23.70.080(a)(2), with the amendment to Finding #11, page 119, replacing commission with Council. 
    • Received the report regarding the establishment of a short-term rental license waiting list.
    • Approved the attached response, authorized the Mayor to sign the cover letter on behalf of the City Council, and directed the City Attorney to forward it to the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court as the City’s response to the Final Report of the 2018 Monterey County Civil Grand Jury.   

    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.

    Read the rest of this story »

    Structure fire displaces occupants

    July 30, 2018

    At 8:42 AM on July 30, 2018, the Monterey Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 428 Dela Vina Avenue in Monterey. Units arriving on scene found smoke coming from an apartment at 486 Casa Verde Way. All occupants had safely evacuated the involved apartment prior to the fire department’s arrival. The fire was confined within a shared wall between two apartments on the second floor.
    Monterey Fire responded with three engine companies, one truck company, and a Division Chief. The Seaside Fire Department sent an engine company on automatic aid. Fire personnel were able to extinguish the fire and ensure all occupants were out of the adjacent apartments within 15 minutes. The fire was caused by a plumber doing some soldering work on pipes in the wall. People from four apartment units were displaced and received assistance from the American Red Cross.
    The Monterey Fire Department would like to remind people to be cautious when working with open flame devices. When using such devices always check for possible ignition of structural components and have a fire extinguisher close at hand. Immediately call 9-1-1 if material gets ignited.

    Pet Parade 2018

    July 28, 2018

    Steve Hauk went to the Pet Parade yesterday, July 27. If you didn’t, you missed meeting Randolph the pet stinkbug… and Mathilda, the retriever who pooped out and refused to go any farther.

    July 26, 2018

    Feast of Lanterns Fireworks Show Safety
    Sat., July 28, Monterey Fire will have a strong presence in the area before and during the fireworks show for the Feast of Lanterns. The Deputy Fire Marshal will meet with the pyrotechnics company representative and inspect the entire system for launching fireworks to ensure it is compliant with applicable codes. An extra engine will be staffed with 3 personnel near the launch site to provide for safety and fire suppression in the immediate area. The regularly scheduled engine company at the Pacific Grove Station will stage close to the fireworks area, outside of the crowd to ensure mobility, and will monitor for embers and other fallout from the fireworks as well as any illegal fireworks use by citizens (we will work closely with PGPD on enforcement of illegal fireworks use). The engine company from Station 12 (New Monterey) will respond to calls in Pacific Grove as appropriate to reduce the out-of-service time of the Pacific Grove engine so that they can remain in the fireworks area. The Incident Command Vehicle will be present at the event to provide a command post for Fire and Law Enforcement and other agencies. This vehicle has telescoping cameras that will assist in monitoring the fireworks and possible embers from them.
    This increased presence will serve to ensure the safety of both people and structures in the area. It is important to communicate to residents the importance of calling 9-1-1 immediately if they observe embers falling onto homes so that we can investigate right away. The same applies to observing illegal fireworks use.

    Be a Foster Parent to an Adorable Puppy or Kitten

    July 18, 2018

    Adorable kittens and puppies need your help! SPCA for Monterey County fosters raise and care for rescued underage or injured pets. Fostering can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

    The SPCA provides all the food, supplies, advice, and veterinary care you need to foster a rescued pet. You provide the love, late-night feedings, and snuggles.

    Right now, the SPCA is caring for 257 cats and kittens, with more arriving every day. We are also caring for 17 underage rescued puppies. To learn more about fostering, visit www.SPCAmc.org/foster or call 831-373-2631.

    Other Ways to Help:
    Give gifts to rescued pets: www.SPCAmc.org/kitten-shower
    Donate: www.SPCAmc.org/donate
    Adopt: www.SPCAmc.org/adopt (Pick Your Price on adult cats all July!)

    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.

    City Council will Discuss Transient Occupancy Tax Increase

    July 13, 2018

    On the agenda for Wed., July 18, 2018:
    1. An increase in the TOT from 10 – 12% of the amount paid by the transient is estimated to yield an additional $1,135,000 in revenues annual. This estimate is based upon updated projections for the period ending in Fiscal Year 17/18, and DOES NOT take into consideration any adjustments for the short-term rental license lottery held earlier this year, or the proposed citizen’s short-term rental initiative that will be on the November 6, 2018 ballot.
    2. The estimated cost of consolidating the next election (November 6) with the Monterey County Elections Office is $6-$8 per voter or $58,206 to $77,608. This estimated cost, provided by the Monterey County Elections office in January 2018, is for the City’s local candidates, and any City measure and/or initiatives.

    Enter Drawings for Big Sur International Marathon

    July 13, 2018

    Registration to enter a series of random drawings for next year’s Big Sur International Marathon, set for April 28, 2019, will begin Sunday, July 15.

    The Big Sur International Marathon has sold out for years and is a “bucket list” race for runners from around the globe. To increase accessibility to this popular event, the Big Sur Marathon Foundation offers various drawings and categories to earn a spot in the late-April race. The Groups & Couples drawing will be held first, followed by Loyalty, Locals, First-Timers, and finally, the Last Chance drawing. Prospective participants wishing to bypass the random drawings can enter through one of four first-come, first-served categories: Big Sur VIP, Marathon Tours, Boston 2 Big Sur, and JUST RUN Charity Entries.

    The schedule to register for the various categories is as follows:

    GROUPS & COUPLES: Registration takes place 7/15 – 7/24 with results announced on 7/26. This category is for groups of two to 15 people who want to participate only if everyone in the group is chosen.

    LOYALTY: Registration open from 7/27 – 8/5; results announced 8/6. For those who have finished one or more 26.2-mile Big Sur Marathons.

    LOCALS: Registration open from 7/29 – 8/7; results announced 8/8. For both veteran and first-time marathoners whose primary residence is in Monterey County, CA (939XX zip code).

    FIRST TIMERS: Registration open from 7/31 – 8/9; results announced 8/10. For those who have never finished the 26.2-mile Big Sur Marathon.

    LAST CHANCE: Registration open from 8/11 – 8/19; results announced 8/20. For anyone not selected or who didn’t participate in earlier drawings.

    There is no fee to enter any of the drawings.
    Non-drawing, first-come, first-served options include:
    · The new Big Sur VIP Program, already open, that offers specialized training and start-and finish amenities.
    · The Just Run charity entry program opens July 15. This higher-priced entry supports the Foundation’s popular youth fitness program.
    · Marathon Tours offers a confirmed race entry with one of their full travel packages including hotel, on-site travel, race hospitality, and other race perks.
    · Marathoners interested in running in the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge (B2B), two marathons separated by 13 days, have the opportunity to register for this division beginning October 1 following their separate admittance into the Boston Marathon.
    · The Marathon is also working with 13 charities with race entry available for those who meet minimum fund-raising levels. The affiliated charities will be announced later this month.

    Detailed information on the special categories and the full registration process is available on the Big Sur International Marathon website. Additional distance events taking place along the Big Sur Marathon course on April 28, 2019 are open for first-come, first-served registration beginning September 1, 2018. These distances include a Relay, 21-Miler, 11-Miler, 12K and 5K.

    About the Big Sur Marathon Foundation
    The Big Sur Marathon Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create beautiful running events that promote health and benefit the community. Under the brand are four individual race weekends: Big Sur International Marathon in April, Run in the Name of Love 5K and 2K in June, Salinas Valley Half Marathon and 5K in August, and the Monterey Bay Half Marathon, 5K and 3K in November. In addition, the Foundation oversees the award-winning JUST RUN® youth fitness program. www.bsim.org #bigsurmarathon

    CHP Report: Collision with major injuries – Carmel Valley

    July 13, 2018

    On 07/12/2018 at approximately 1940 hours, a brown Pathfinder, driven by Margot McNally was traveling WB on Carmel Valley Rd E of Country Club Dr. Due to McNally’s high rate of speed and alcohol impairment she was unable to safely negotiate a curve in the roadway and crossed over the double yellow line onto the eastbound lane, directly into the path of a white GMC Suburban, being driven by a 69-yr-old female. After the collision both vehicles came to rest within the EB lane of Carmel Valley Rd and the GMC’s engine compartment caught fire. An off duty firefighter who arrived after the collision assisted the driver of the GMC to safety. McNally, her unconscious 16-yr-old passenger, who was not wearing her seatbelt and the driver of the GMC were transported to Natividad Medical Center. Alcohol was a contributing factor in this collision. We are working with Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) to determine where McNally and her passenger were able to obtain the alcohol. McNally’s passenger is currently in critical condition. McNally was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol and causing great bodily injury. EB and WB Carmel Valley Rd were closed for approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes due to patient care, fluids in the roadway, vehicle recovery and the investigation.

    Reminder: Seatbelts save lives and driving impaired is 100% preventable.

    Fire update last week

    July 12, 2018

    Structure Fire – On July 7, 2018, at 6:50 a.m., Monterey Fire Department personnel responded to a structure fire at 831 Marino Pines, Pacific Grove. Engine 14 arrived on scene of a single story family dwelling that was under construction and reported to be unoccupied. Light smoke was showing from the eave vents. There was dense smoke from floor to ceiling throughout the house. Engine 14 forced entry and located the fire in the bedroom. The fire was contained within a small are of the bedroom and burned a hole in the floor. Quick response times contributed to the fire being extinguished quickly. A Fire Investigator was dispatched to the scene to assess the damage and determine the cause of the fire.

    Auto Aid to Pebble Beach for Vegetation Fire – July 9, 2018, Monterey Fire Department Engine 14 was first on scene to a vegetation fire at Congress and Chaparral in Pebble Beach. Engine 14’s crew along with Cal Fire extinguished a half acre fire before it could grow and threaten structures.

    4th of July is over: Take down the bunting and put up the lanterns!

    July 7, 2018

    General Rules for the 2018 Feast of Décor, sponsored by Cedar Street Times
    Enter the Feast of Decor by decorating your home or business for Feast of Lanterns! To participate in the contest, applicants are welcome to submit their name, phone # and address (photo optional) to Cedar Street Times at www.cedarstreettimes.com or by mail to 306 Grand Ave. Pacific Grove, CA 93950. You can even use Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cedarstreettimes/Winning homes and businesses will be posted in Cedar Street Times and on the Feast of Lanterns website www.feast-of-lanterns.org You may also submit an entry via mail to the Feast of Lanterns PO Box 809 Pacific Grove, CA 93950. You must formally apply by July 17, 2018 at midnight to be considered for the Feast of Décor House Decorating Contest. Judging will take place on July 18, 2018. Read the rest of this story »

    Cat Days of Summer at the SPCA

    July 6, 2018

    Visit the SPCA today through Sun., July 6-8, for the Cat Days of Summer. Adoption fees for all cats 6 months and older have been waived, and kittens can be adopted 2 for 1!
    Adoptions include the cat or kitten’s spay or neuter surgery, permanent microchip ID, vaccinations, SPCA ID tag, a health evaluation, and lots more. It’s an amazing value of over $500! Regular adoption fees range from $35 to $125.
    The SPCA is located at 1002 Monterey-Salinas Highway, across from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Adoption hours are 11-5 weekdays and 11-4 weekends.
    For more info, call The SPCA at 831-373-2631 or visit www.SPCAmc.org.
    Can’t adopt? Here’s how you can still help:
    Foster: www.SPCAmc.org/foster
    Send Gifts to Rescued Pets: www.SPCAmc.org/kitten-shower


    July 3, 2018

    Water pipe broken Ocean View and Siren, 30 foot plume of water. Avoid the area till someone can cap it. Advised PGPW 7:50 a.m.
    Photo of Simon Shapiro and his dad, Gennadi, by Webster Slate.

    4th of July Max Enforcement by CHP

    July 3, 2018

    The CHP’s Maximum Enforcement Period will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3, and conclude at midnight on Wednesday, July 4. Officers will be on the lookout for drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs.

    Impaired driving does not just mean alcohol. It is also illegal to drive while impaired by drugs, regardless if they are legal or illegal. If you are going out and plan to drink, designate a sober driver or have an alternate transportation plan.

    If you are hosting an event, have plenty of non-alcoholic beverages on hand. Fourth of July gatherings often extend into the evening, as people wait for fireworks. Stop serving alcohol well before the end of your party. If any of your guests become impaired, take their keys and call them a cab or ride-share, or give them a ride home.

    During the Independence Day MEP in 2017, which was four days, 47 people were killed in collisions on California roads. Within CHP jurisdiction, more than half the vehicle occupants who died were not wearing seat belts. The CHP also made 1,244 arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs during last year’s Independence Day MEP.

    November Ballot Measure Numbers

    July 1, 2018

    Secretary of State Alex Padilla Assigns Numbers to
     November Ballot Measures, Invites Ballot Arguments
    Secretary of State Alex Padilla has assigned proposition numbers to the legislative and initiative measures set to appear on the November 6, 2018, General Election ballot. Secretary Padilla also invited interested Californians to submit arguments to be considered for inclusion in the Official Voter Information Guide. The guide is mailed to every voting household in California and posted on the Secretary of State’s website.
    The propositions are listed below, along with the Legislative Counsel’s digest or the Attorney General’s official circulating title and summary.
    For more information on ballot measures, candidate filing requirements, and election deadlines, please visit: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/upcoming-elections/general-election-november-6-2018/

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    Monterey Fire Get 4th of July Breakfast

    July 1, 2018

    The Monterey Firefighters Association will hold their annual pancake breakfast fundraiser on the 4thof July from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the fire station at 600 Pacific Street. Cost is $10 and will include pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee and juice. Proceeds will benefit My Museumand Movies in the Park.Tickets available atmymuseum.org/us/events/, and can also be purchased at the door. There will be a parade starting around 10:00 a.m. downtown Monterey as well as arts and crafts for children, face painting, the Big Little Backyard Bar-B-Que and Entertainment Extravaganza on the Colton Hall lawn, topped off with an evening of patriotic music at the Golden State Theatre. These events are open to the public and alcohol free. Events begin at 7:00 a.m. and continue until 8:30 p.m.

    Monterey Firefighters will participate in the Annual 4thof July Celebration Downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea. There will be family-style celebration in Devendorf Park across from Carmel Plaza on Ocean Avenue from noon to 4:00 p.m. There will be hot dogs, cold drinks, chips, ice cream, watermelon, and cookies. Popcorn will be handed out by Monterey Firefighters. Get there early, supplies are limited. All food and festivities are free!

    A Celebration of Clean Air, Community and Clean Energy

    July 1, 2018

    Featuring interactive booths, local vendors, community organizations, food and live music

    Test drive electric vehicles • Learn about solar power and clean energy Test ride electric bikes • Explore a future without fossil fuels • Enjoy live music • Meet Your New Electricity Provider – Monterey Bay Community Power

    Support local non-profits making a difference in your community

    Learn about the interplay between energy, emissions, electricity, transportation, and one of Monterey’s greatest natural resources – CLEAN AIR!


    Custom House Plaza – Monterey State Historic Park downtown – by the Wharf and Dali 17.

    July 1, 10a-4p FREE Event

    Save Mart Celebrates Remodeling Grand Opening

    June 30, 2018

    The Save Mart Companies is celebrating the opening of its fourth Lucky California store with the completed renovation of its Pacific Grove’s Lucky grocery store, located on 200 Country Club Gate Center, tomorrow, June 30th, with a special ribbon cutting ceremony.

    To celebrate the grand opening, Animal Friends Rescue Project will be hosting a special “Lucky Dogs and Cats Adoption Day” sponsored by Lucky California! Shoppers and community members will have the opportunity to meet the wonderful dogs and cats from the Animal Friends Rescue Project website. Volunteers will be on site to answer any questions and facilitate adoptions. Ten to Fifteen dogs and cats will be available for adoption at Lucky California’s grand opening.

    We will also have a special appearance of the Feast of Lanterns’ 2018 Royal Court. The Royal Court will perform the story of the pageant with vibrant story boards and the significance of their gemstones, elements, and animal representations during the ribbon cutting ceremony. Lucky California is a Pageant Sponsor for the 2018 Feast of Lanterns and will be the exclusive grocer sponsor for the event. 

    Join The Save Mart Companies, Animal Friends Rescue Project, the Feast of Lantern’s Royal Court and Pacific Grove High School as we cut the ribbon to an entirely new shopping experience in Pacific Grove:

    DATE:                  Saturday, June 30, 2018

    TIME:                  10:00AM

    LOCATION:         200 Country Club Gate Center, Pacific Grove, CA 93950


    July 4th & Feast of Lanterns Pet Safety Tips

    June 30, 2018

    Does your pet cower, quiver, behave frantically or become destructive in response to noise? Noise phobia triggered by fireworks, garbage trucks, and thunder storms need behavior modification. You can temporarily address these problems quickly with a few pet precautions.

    Pets exhibit noise phobia differently and so while some critters might just hide under furniture, many may become destructive to the environment and often injure themselves as well. All negative responses come from diverse triggers and the age of your pet, socialization, experience, and breed can also influence their reactions.

    Accidental reinforcement can escalate the symptoms of this pet problem so avoid cuddling, petting, holding, and attempting to physically relieve the stress. Good verbal reassurance is okay as it doesn’t usually reinforce stress behavior.

    Generally, animals with an established history of problems will likely worsen while elderly animals may get better simply because they lose their hearing. There are ways to work through noise phobia exhibited before and during thunderstorms or throughout firework displays, but it takes time and preparation. In the meantime use some quick tips and tools to address the problem behavior prior to any holidays or events where fireworks are prevalent. Read the rest of this story »

    Cone Zone for June 29 and later

    June 29, 2018

    Highway 1 Storm Repair Along the Big Sur Coast
    Due to past slides, State Route 1 is now closed at the Ranger Station North Ragged Point Inn and at Mud Creek.

    Highway 1 Climbing Lane Project: July 2 – July 6

    Our area is expected to experience heavy holiday traffic this weekend through next Sunday.  Highway 1 will be especially affected.  Please plan accordingly, allow extra travel time.  Check travel apps such as Waze for sigalerts related to this intersection. Read the rest of this story »


    June 29, 2018

    Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) will operate a “Sunday” schedule on Independence Day, Wed., July 4, 2018. Only the following bus lines will be in service on July 4:

    JAZZ A Aquarium – Sand City via Hilby

    JAZZ B Aquarium – Sand City via Broadway

    1    Asilomar – Monterey

    2    Pacific Grove – Carmel

    3    CHOMP – Monterey

    4    Carmel – Carmel Rancho

    7    Del Rey Oaks – Monterey

    11  Carmel – Sand City

    16  Marina – The Dunes via CSUMB

    18  Monterey – The Dunes via CSUMB

    20  Salinas – Monterey via Marina

    21  Pebble Beach – Salinas Express

    22  Big Sur – Monterey

    23  Salinas – King City

    24  Monterey – Carmel Valley Grapevine Express via Carmel

    28  Watsonville – Salinas via Castroville

    29  Watsonville – Salinas via Prunedale

    41  Northridge – Salinas via East Alisal

    42  Westridge – Spreckels via East Alisal

    44  Northridge – Salinas via Westridge

    45  Northridge – Salinas via East Market

    49  Salinas – anta Rita via Northridge

    55  Monterey – San Jose Express

    61  Salinas – VA-DOD Clinic

    67  Presidio – Marina

    69  Presidio – Del Monte Center

    78  Presidio – Santa Cruz Express

    82  Fort Hunter Liggett – Salinas Express

    84  Soledad – Paso Robles

    85  Fort Hunter Liggett – Templeton

    86  King City – San Jose/San Jose Airport

    91  Sand City – Del Mesa Carmel

    92  CHOMP – Del Mesa Carmel

    94  Sand City – Carmel Rancho

    95  Williams Ranch – Northridge

    MST    On Call Marina

    MST    Trolley Monterey

    Regular service on all lines will resume Thursday, July 5. Customer service locations and phones and the 19 Upper Ragsdale Drive administration offices will be closed, reopening Thursday, July 5.

    For more information, visit www.mst.org or call MST toll free at 1-888-MST-BUS1 (1-888-678-2871). For RealTime bus arrival information, text “Next” and your four-digit bus stop ID (ex., “Next 9103”) to 25370, call 1-888-MST-BUS1 with your four-digit bus stop ID, download the free Transit App, or use Google Maps. Follow MST on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mst_bus for the latest service alerts.


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