• February 14, 2019

    February 7, 2019

    SPCA to release rehabbed Turkey Vulture Thurs. 2/6

    February 5, 2019

    SPCA Media Invitation: Rescued Turkey Vulture Release 2/6/19

    On January 3 the SPCA for Monterey County Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center rescued a Turkey Vulture in Elkhorn Slough. The Turkey Vulture was suffering from severe lead poisoning.

    When he was rescued, the Turkey Vulture was unresponsive with a low body temperature and signs of crop stasis. SPCA wildlife rescuers provided supportive care with fluids, nutrition, and heat to stabilize the Turkey Vulture. Once the lead toxicity results came back positive, skilled SPCA wildlife rescue staff began treatment to help him. After three weeks of intensive treatment, the Turkey Vulture made a full recovery and began pre-release conditioning in one of our large outdoor flight aviaries.

    After one month of treatment, the Turkey Vulture is finally healthy and ready to be released back into the wild! We invite all media to witness him fly free again. We will release him tomorrow, February 6, at 11:00 am in Elkhorn Slough. If you can join us, please contact Beth at 831-760-0426 or bbrookhouser@spcamc.org for the location details.

    Turkey Vultures are common scavengers in our area. They are large birds with bald, red heads and wingspans of 63–72 inches. They are often seen soaring overhead in groups, feeding off carrion, or sitting in exposed trees in the morning with their wings spread wide to warm themselves.

    Lead poisoning is seen in local rescued wildlife when an animal consumes a lead bullet while feeding off the carcass of an animal that was shot. It can also be seen when an animal is shot but survives.

    The SPCA Wildlife Center is available for emergency wildlife rescues 24 hours a day. To support our work, please visit www.SPCAmc.org/donate. To report injured, sick, or orphaned wildlife in Monterey County, please call 831-264-5427.

    The SPCA Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is the only full service wildlife rehabilitation center serving Monterey County. We operate under permits from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Your support is extremely important to us, as we do not receive funding from any federal, state or local government agency. Each year, The SPCA Wildlife Center admits over 2,000 animals for treatment and care.

    The 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.

    STORM NEWS IF YOU’RE HEADED SOUTH

    February 4, 2019

    Caltrans has received confirmation from National Weather Service (NWS) data that a significant storm will continue in the areas of Mud Creek (PM 8.9) and Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) on State Route 1 in the Big Sur area over the next 24 hours. The previously announced hwy closure will continue today between Ragged Point (SLO PM 72.87) to Gorda (MON PM 10.12). The Highway 1 closure, for traveler safety, will include the areas of Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide and will remain closed today, Monday, Feb. 4 until further notice. SEE ATTACHED CLOSURE MAP.
    Storm activity is currently forecast through Tue., Feb. 5.
    Businesses along the Big Sur Coast on Hwy. 1 remain open and are accessible via Highways 101, 68 and 46. Read the rest of this story »

    Smuin Ballet is Coming

    February 1, 2019

    02-01-19 issue

    January 31, 2019

    Wildfire Preparation Talk Thurs., Jan. 31

    January 30, 2019

    Monterey County 5th District Wildfire Preparation Community Meeting Following the 2016 Soberanes Fire and devastating fire seasons in northern California over the last two years, Monterey County residents are concerned about how to be prepared for the next wildfire. 5th District Supervisor Mary Adams will host a community meeting for residents to find out what key agencies are doing and what the community can do to prepared for the next wildfire. District 5 includes communities along the Highway 68 corridor, Jacks Peak, Del Monte Forest/Pebble Beach, Carmel Valley, Cachagua, Carmel Highlands, Big Sur Coast and the Monterey Peninsula cities. “After the devastating Camp Fire, my office received many phone calls with questions about emergency preparedness and evacuation in these areas,” says Adams. This community meeting is set for January 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Palo Corona Regional Park. It is an opportunity for residents to come ask questions and learn from our emergency services experts. Key agencies will provide an overview on preparedness planning from the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services, Monterey Regional Fire Protection District, CalFire, Monterey County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Forest Service.

    SPCA Will Perform 150,000th Spay/Neuter Monday, Jan. 28, 2019

    January 28, 2019

    The SPCA for Monterey Veterinary Clinic is performing our 150,000th spay/neuter surgery today. To celebrate, the owner of the 150,000th pet is being surprised with a free surgery and SPCA gift basket at 1:00 today.

    Since the SPCA Veterinary Clinic opened in 1976, we have focused on reducing pet overpopulation and making a difference for the pets and people who count on us by providing high-quality, affordable surgeries.

    Just imagine if each of those 150,000 pets had “just one litter.” That’s over a million lives saved, not even counting the litters their future offspring would have. This is all made possible by the caring support of our community whose donations make our services possible.

    In addition to our standard low-cost surgeries, we also offer $25 spay and neuter surgeries for pets owned by Salinas residents, which is by far the largest source of unwanted and stray pets in our community. Since April 2017, over 1,200 pets have been altered through this service.

    How to Help:
    Donate: www.SPCAmc.org/donate
    Book a Surgery Appointment: www.SPCAmc.org/vet-clinic
    Online at www.SPCAmc.org.

    Weather report correction

    January 20, 2019

    The weather ‘bot contacted me this morning and advised that I messed up the rain gauge last week. so here it is as it was sent this morning. Can’t argue with a weather ‘bot.
    As of early 1/20/19:
    -this year to date (7/1/18 thru 1/19/19): rain = 6.45 in
    -yesterday (1/19/19): rain = 0.00 in
    low = 49.1 F, high = 72.0 F
    -last week (1/13/19 thru 1/19/19): rain = 1.22 in
    low = 46.5 F, high = 72.0 F
    -last year to date (7/1/17 thru 1/19/18): rain = 4.59 in
    —————————————————–
    Week ending 1/20/19…………………… 1.22″
    Total for the season (since 7/1/18)…….. 6.45″
    Last week low temperature………………46.5 F
    Last week high temperature……………..72.0 F
    Last year rain to date (7/1/17-1/20/18)…. 4.59″

    After the Storm

    January 17, 2019

    City Council this week (1/9/19)

    January 11, 2019

    Major actions taken by the Council at its regular meeting of January 9, 2019 include:

    Approved the minutes of the December 19, 2018 City Council Regular Meeting
    Held second reading and adopted an ordinance that amends Pacific Grove Municipal Code §18.36.040, related to camping or sleeping in trailers or motor vehicles overnight.
    Received the MST Highlights of December 10, 2018.
    Received minutes from the Beautification and Natural Resources Commission, Historic Resources Commission, and Library Board.
    Introduced and held first reading of an ordinance to amend the Pacific Grove Municipal Code (PGMC) to add a Chapter 15.30, Utility Encroachments in Public Rights-of-Way.
    Received the Annual Financial Audit Report, which included the Auditor’s Opinion on the City’s financial statements, from the City’s independent auditor, Chavan & Associates, LLP; received a financial update based on the Fiscal Year 17/18 financial statements; and received a status on improvements based on the auditor’s recommendations that are being implemented.
    Approved appointments to City Boards, Committees and Commissions with amendments.
    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.

    1-11-19 was a very good issue

    January 10, 2019

    Here’s the link:

    First Issue of 2019 — 1/4/19

    January 3, 2019

    Here’s the URL. Cut and paste into your browser: http://www.cedarstreettimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/CST-1-4-19-web.pdf

    Or go to https://issuu.com/cedarstreettimes/docs/001_cst_1-4-19_print
    for the flipping pages version.

    Link to 12-28-18 Issue

    December 27, 2018

    MST TO PROVIDE LIMITED BUS SERVICE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

    December 20, 2018

    Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) will operate limited schedules for the upcoming holidays.  Read the rest of this story »

    City Manager Given Exclusive Power to Grant Cell Tower Permits

    December 20, 2018

    No public input for future cell tower permits. Applies only to permits in the public right of way

    Ny Gary Bailey
    In a unanimous vote Wednesday evening the Pacific Grove City Council adopted an ordinance amending the Municipal Code to transfer authority from the Planning Commission to the City Manager to process applications for cellular communications facilities including cell towers. The ordinance also exempts from the permitting process cellular antennas strung on lines between poles as well as modifications to permitted sites provided the footprint is not materially changed.

    The City Manager under this ordinance will have exclusive power to grant or deny applications with no public input unless decisions are appealed to the City Council which requires an appellant fee exceeding one thousand dollars.

    Several members of the public including two members of the Planning Commission, Mark Chakwin and Don Murphy spoke against the ordinance and urged not rushing into the decision before fully understanding the legal, technical, and administrative ramifications.

    Commissioner Garfield observed that the FCC’s recently reduced time constraints for approval–the shot clock—meant that the Planning Commission may not be able to process applications in time, resulting in them being “deemed approved” per FCC regulations.

    Mayor Peake noted that there is an increasing body of evidence on the negative health effects of cellular radiation, but the FCC’s regulations forbid denying a cell tower permit based on health concerns.

    Assistant City Attorney Heidi Quinn reminded the council that this ordinance is strictly targeted at areas in the public right of way and is intended as a temporary ordinance in advance of revisions to the zoning code.

    December 14 issue link

    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

    THE NEWEST ISSUE IS UP AT
    http://www.cedarstreettimes.com/…/12/001-CST-12-7-18-WEB.pdf

    Cedar St. Times 11-30-18

    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.

    11/16/18

    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.

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