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  • MST Celebrates 125 Years by Handing Out Commemorative Coins

    April 28, 2016

    Trolley 125 Years Commemorative Coin

    April 30, 2016, marks the 125th anniversary of the start of public transportation in Monterey County. On this date in 1891 the Monterey & Pacific Grove Street Railway system inaugurated transit service locally with horse-drawn street cars operating on a series of rails laid in the existing road network. The rail network connected then world famous Del Monte Hotel (now the home of the Naval Postgraduate School) through Oak Grove neighborhood to downtown Monterey and the Presidio of Monterey via Del Monte Ave, Alvarado, Munras, and Tyler Avenues continuing on Lighthouse Avenue through New Monterey and terminating at 17th street in downtown Pacific Grove.

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    Adam Roach of Pebble Beach becomes four-time winner at Big Sur International Marathon

    April 24, 2016

     The Big Sur International Marathon is known for its hills – and its wind.  Today’s conditions were among the most challenging in the event’s 31-year history.  Gusty headwinds of up to 25 mph greeted more than 7,100 runners taking part in today’s six race distances.

    Despite the challenging conditions, local runner Adam Roach, 32, stayed strong to win his fourth Big Sur title, a record surpassed only by one other runner, Brad Hawthorne, from the early years of the marathon.  In addition to this year’s victory, Roach took the title in 2012, 2013 and 2015. His 2016 time was 2:35:36.

    credit Alheli Curry

    credit Alheli Curry

    Remarking about the conditions Roach said, “It’s always really windy from 5 to 9 (miles), but at Hurricane Point the wind came swirling off the hill. I felt like I was going to fly into the ocean it was so strong.” Read the rest of this story »

    They’re All In: 3K By the Bay

    April 23, 2016

    A record gathering of more than 5,000 participants from 44 Monterey County schools took part in the Big Sur Marathon’s fun run Saturday morning.  The By the Bay 3K (or approximately 2 mile) race took place along Ocean View Blvd. in Pacific Grove.

    3K runner 3K Group A cash purse of $13,800 was awarded to 20 schools who registered runners in the race. Read the rest of this story »

    Pacific Grove Track: More Medals at Los Gatos Top Eight Meet

    April 23, 2016

    Pacific Grove High School participated in the Central Coast Section Top Eight Meet in Los Gatos Friday evening.

    Zack Miller placed 3rd in the varsity 400 in an excellent time of 49.94 and 4th in the varsity long jump. Freshman Jake Alt posted the best time ever for a PG freshman or sophomore placing 8th in the frosh soph 1600 with an excellent time of 4:32.74.

    The girls 4 x 400 relay team of Anna Stefanou, Taylor Biondi, Kulaea Tulua and Taylor Rainey improved on their school record performance of April 9 with an outstanding 4:17.56 mark enroute to winning their section. Taylor Rainey also ran a personal record of 49.92 placing second in her section of the girls 300 LH.

    Other local teams participating were Santa Catalina, Greenfield, King City, Palma, Salinas, Alisal, Watsonville, York and Carmel.

    Roman Munoz of King City won the boys varsity 1600 in a very good time of 4:17.71.

    Next up for the Breakers is the Peninsula meet at Carmel Thursday, April 28. Link for full results is at the link below. Mikayla Revera of Santa Catalina finished in both the 200 and 400.

    Here’s the link to the stats:

    http://lynbrooksports.prepcaltrack.com/ATHLETICS/TRACK/2016/Top%208_Los%20Gatos%20HS.htm

    April 21, 2016

    Carmel Mission

    Carmel Mission

    The Carmel Mission Foundation has announced it is making a $2,000,000 grant to restore the Carmel Mission’s Quadrangle Courtyard. This large Courtyard in the center of the Mission is the venue for many important parish and community events. Work has now begun and plans are to have it completed by early August. Read the rest of this story »

    Measure X Passes

    April 19, 2016

     7 out of 7 precincts counted. Total votes 3,764 or 40.31% of eligible, registered voters. Yes votes 2,247 or 59.70% of the votes. No was 1,517 or 40.30%. The ayes have it.

    Survey Finds Race Track Contributed More than $60 million to County Economy

    April 19, 2016

    Room nights, food and dining retail, transportation, and entertainment were factors in the total contributed by the Volunteer-Run Track.

    The total direct spending figure of $62.1 million represents nearly one-fourth of the direct spending produced annually by the Monterey Bay Aquarium according to 2013 data, and is four times the spending produced annually by the Big Sur Marathon (according to 2011 data). A copy of the report may be found at the following link:

    MRLS Report FINAL (1)

    April 15, 2016

    starting lineRecap from Sunny Day 2 of Subaru SEA OTTER CLASSIC
    Sea Otter is in full swing after a busy Friday with highlights ranging from a busy expo area to North America’s first eMTB race and the U.S. branch of the Brompton World Championships on the famous turns of the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Pro men and women took to the rolling roads nearby for the road race while the mountain bike pros thrilled the assembled crowds on the short track inside the Expo area. Read the rest of this story »

    PG Cluster Results

    April 15, 2016

    Pacific Grove competed against teams from Anzar, York, Stevenson, Pacific Point, Pacific Collegiate, Oakwood, Marina, Georgiana Bruce Kirby, Trinity Christian and Santa Catalina. Pacific Grove won every match up with the exception of the Pacific Grove Girls vs. Santa Catalina.
    Zach Miller won the LJ, 400 and 200 as well as being a member of PG’s winning 4 x 4 relay. Mikayla Revera of Satna Catalina won the 100, 200 and 400. Kulaea Tulua of PG won the girls LJ and TJ. Anna Stefanou of PG won the 1600 and was on PG’s winning 4 x 4 relay. Nick Coppla won the 100 and ran on the winning PG 4 x 4 relay. Charles Shim of Stevenson won the SP and DT. Cece Rivera of Stevenson won the SP and DT. Next up for Pacific Grove will be the MTAL Frosh Soph Championship meet at Carmel Next Thursday.
    Full results and team scores are at…pg cluster meet 4-14

    Robert Down Elementary Recognized at the State Level

    April 13, 2016

    State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson named four Monterey County schools among the 758 elementary schools honored under the Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program. Creekside Elementary, Monte Bella Elementary, and Virginia Rocca Barton Elementary from the Alisal Union School District, and Robert Down Elementary from the Pacific Grove Unified School District are recipients of the 2016 California Gold Ribbon School Award. Read the rest of this story »

    Independent Fiscal Analysis Report for Proposed Hotel Bella Submitted

    April 12, 2016

    Report concludes project will generate annual revenues of $3.0 million to $4.1 million

     

    An independent report, commissioned by the City of Pacific Grove, was prepared and delivered to the City on April 6, 2016 by Applied Development Economics (ADE).  The report is intended to estimate the potential cost/revenue balance for the City government of the proposed Hotel Bella project. The analysis evaluates the proposed project at full development and operation and compares the resulting tax revenues and City service costs to the existing retail use in the American Tin Cannery Building.  Read the rest of this story »

    Teen Driving Class Focuses on Distracted Driving

    April 11, 2016

    The California Highway Patrol is asking parents and teens to take some time to attend a free driving safety class aimed at young motorists on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at the Monterey Area CHP office at 6:00 PM in Salinas. Read the rest of this story »

    Chamber Ups Reward to $1000 in Campaign Sign Case

    April 11, 2016

    From Heather Hubanks, Chamber representative to Moe Ammar, Chamber president: “Today [Monday 411/16] at approximately 10:35, a man came into the TIC [Tourist Information Center at Central and Eardley] asking about our “Yes on X” sign in the parking lot. He said that since this is public property, he was allowed to place his “No on X” handwritten sign underneath our sign. He said that he knew we would take it down once he left.

    He was extremely aggressive in his questioning. Renee Crocker told him that this is a private parking lot for the three businesses here, and to speak with you [Ammar] about any further questions about it. He was incredulous that we received no federal funding on this property, and continued aggressively questioning Renee. Read the rest of this story »

    Democratic Women announces membership endorsements for local and statewide elections

    April 11, 2016

    The Democratic Women of Monterey County has announced its membership’s endorsements for local and statewide elections in 2016. In closely watched races, DWMC members voted to endorse the following: Read the rest of this story »

    Retired Pacific Grove Police Chief now Interim Chief of King City PD

    April 11, 2016

    It may sound like a round of “Musical Police Chiefs.” but retired Pacific Grove Police Chief Darius Engles said his new assignment as Interim Police Chief of King City was part of the plan made when he stepped into the position of captain with that troubled police force in December, 2015.

    Chief Darius Engles

    Chief Darius Engles

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    Salinas Invitational Results: Breakers set a Girls Relay Record

    April 9, 2016

    The Pacific Grove High School Track team competed at the North Salinas Invitational today. Zack Miller posted a win in the long jump and 400. His 400 mark of 50.32 is second best all time for Pacific Grove High School. Kulaea Tulua won the triple jump and long jump. Douglas Dow was 4th in the 1600, Nick Coppla was 3rd in the 100, Jacob Wren was 6th in the pole vault. The girls 4 x 400 relay team won and set a new school record for the Breakers. In the attached picture is the record breaking relay team of Anna Stefanou, Taylor Rainey, Taylor Biondi and Kulaea Tulua. They posted a new record time of 4:20.02 besting the 2013 mark of 4:22.28.

    Also placing for the Breakers, Taylor Rainey winning the 300 low hurdles. Kismet Isik 4th in the frosh girls 1600 and Jake Alt placing second in the frosh soph 1600 and posting the second best all time Pacific Grove frosh soph time of 4:39.99.

    Next up for the Breakers is a cluster meet at Pacific Grove this Thursday afternoon. For full results see link below.

    Anna Stefanou, Taylor Rainey, Taylor Biondi and Kulaea Tulua.

    Anna Stefanou, Taylor Rainey, Taylor Biondi and Kulaea Tulua.

     

     

    http://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=264035#1171

     

     

    Track meet at Carmel

    April 7, 2016

    Pacific Grove participated in a track at Carmel 4/7/16. Team scores were kept for Carmel vs. Gonzales and Soledad and Pacific Grove vs. Gonzales and Soledad. Team scores as follows: Read the rest of this story »

    Suspect who stole political signs caught on tape; suspect who removed other political signs is also identified

    April 7, 2016

    More than 100 yard signs imprinted with a “Yes on Measure X” message have been stolen or removed throughout Pacific Grove at residential and commercial sites.
    Project Bella, the partnership which seeks to build a LEED Platinum hotel on the American Tin Cannery site should the citizen-originated measure be approved, is underwriting the cost of the election, which will be held on April 19. Ron Meer, Project Bella partner, says that the signs which have been stolen amount to some $1,200 in value.
    Moe Ammar, Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce President, today provided video evidence of Yes on Measure X signs being removed or stolen from in front of the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce office located at 584 Central Avenue in Pacific Grove.
    Five videos taken from cameras located inside the Chamber office were submitted to the Pacific Grove Police Department as evidence. The videos plainly show two separate incidents of the illegal act of impinging on the Chamber of Commerce’s right to freedom of expression. One of them also depict the theft of at least two of the signs.
    The Pacific Grove Police Department are conducting an investigation and attempting to identify the suspects in the videos.
    To view the videos go to: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/yb9sn739fsm8u4c/AACFda8XeJlzRKVRiphRBwoda?dl=0
    If you have any information about the incidents, or if you can positively identify the peop

    Baseball: Trinity Christian Rallies to Defeat the Breakers

    April 5, 2016

    Pacific Grove PD Gains a New Officer

    April 3, 2016

    ofc hankesOfficer Justin Hankes graduated from the police academyThursday March 31, 2016.  He also received the Dr. Susan Oliviera Leadership Award.
    In the photo, Chief Steve Belcher, Officer Hankes’s brother Santa Cruz County Sheriff Deputy  Chris Hankes and Officer Justin Hankes.

    Pacific Grove’s winners at the King City Invitational

    April 2, 2016

    The Pacific Grove High School Track team participated in the King City Invitational today. Zack Miller won the boys varsity 100 and 200, Kulaea Tulua won the girls long jump and triple jump. Jake Alt and Henry Loh finished first and second in the boys frosh soph 1600. Mary Gebing placed in the girls pole vault and long jump. Anna Stefanou placed second in the girls 1600. Douglas Dow placed third in the boys varsity 1600. Nick Coppla placed 4th in the 100 and 3rd in the 200. Taylor Rainey won the girls 300 low hurdles. Link for full results is  below. Next up for Pacific Grove is a meet at Carmel Thursday, April 7.

    http://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=263761#1171

    Good Old Days Program, 2016

    March 31, 2016

    Police Union endorses Measure X

    March 31, 2016

    Pacific Grove Peace Officers’ Association (PGPOA) is pleased to announce that our membership has endorsed Measure X, a ballot measure in the April 19th election. This measure would change the zoning of the American Tin Cannery Outlet Center to allow a hotel. A hotel would generate a transient occupancy tax (TOT), which goes directly to the City of Pacific Grove. Other forms of taxes, such as sales taxes, gas taxes and property taxes are split between different government entities. ALL revenue generated from the TOT goes directly to the city.

     We feel that the quality of this project, along with its proximity to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, provides the City of Pacific Grove a wonderful opportunity to benefit financially from visitors who already visit the Aquarium but often stay elsewhere. It would also provide a coveted facility for local groups that must leave Pacific Grove for conferences, meetings, and special events. The proposed Project Bella would be a source of pride for our town and would help fund necessary services for our town.

    The PGPOA urges all Pacific Grove citizens to vote YES on Measure X.

    Weekly Sports Results – 24 March – 30 March 2016

    March 30, 2016

    Driver in double fatality in Moss Landing released from hospital to jail

    March 30, 2016

    Lynnea Hernandez, driver of the Lexus SUV which struck and killed a Prunedale man in Moss Landing, was released from the hospital yesterday and booked into Santa Clara County Jail. If Hernandez is able to post bail she is not to leave the state.lynnea hernandez

    Since the CHP did not know when Hernandez was going to be released from the hospital they issued a warrant for her arrest. The arrest warrant was issued for $3 million for the charges related to the collision –  two charges of gross vehicular manslaughter, DUI and possession of methamphetamine. CHP had an officer standing by when she was released to notify her of the arrest. She was then transferred to Santa Clara County Jail via ambulance. If she does not post bail, she will then be transferred to the Monterey County Jail. For warrants CHP books at the nearest county jail and the county jails are responsible for the transfers. In this case the deputies at Monterey County Jail will be responsible for transporting her back to Monterey County.

    Four Republicans pull names from their Presidential Primary Ballot in California

    March 30, 2016

    The names of Governor Jeb Bush and Governor Chris Christie , and Florida Senator Marco Rubio will not appear on the Republican Party’s Presidential Primary ballot in California. Read the rest of this story »

    The Search for the Wild Easter Egg!

    March 27, 2016

    Youngsters and parents were thrilled to attend the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Pacific Grove Golf Links. All photos by Peter Mounter, and each has a cuteness factor of 10!untitled-0826 Read the rest of this story »

    Farewell, Mr. Williams!

    March 26, 2016

    aIMG_5964This poster says it all! See snippets from the Farewell Assembly for Gary Williams, much-loved kindergarten teacher who will retire April 1 Read the rest of this story »

    SoDAonStage Season Features the Family Fun Musical Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland Jr”

    March 25, 2016

    City of Pacific Grove Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form

    March 25, 2016

    Please download and submit by April 5, 2016

    2016 VolunteerNominationForm

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