• New Council Swearing-In Schedule: From The Mayor

    December 6, 2016

    On Wednesday, December 7, our new council will be sworn in.  Please come to City Hall at 6 pm for the event if you can make it.  I believe we will have a terrific council and your presence can help reinforce the essential connection with our community. Read the rest of this story »

    Monterey County Election Results are Certified

    December 2, 2016

    Election are now certified. The official results are posted at www.MontereyCountyElections.us

    “This election showed voter participation at 73.80% compared to 75.11% in the November 2012 Presidential General and 82.95% in the November 2008 Presidential General.” said Monterey County Registrar of Voters, Claudio Valenzuela. “Preparations for any election are rigorous and demanding, regardless of turnout. Preparations for this election began more than 6 months prior to the actual Election Day. This Presidential election attracted a large group of new voters. Our current voter registration is at 185,786, this is 11,110 additional voters than the voters we had only six months ago, a new record for Monterey County. This was also the first time since the change of voting system in 2005, that the ballot consisted of 3 cards, to accommodate the 24 local measures and 17 state propositions” Read the rest of this story »

    Have you seen this love note from Cal-Am?

    December 1, 2016

    New Rates Likely to Take Effect in March 2017

    PACIFIC GROVE, Calif., December 1, 2016 – Today the California Public Utilities Commission issued an order for new water rates and a new method for calculating water charges for California American Water customers on the Monterey Peninsula. Their ruling also includes changes to the emergency conservation and rationing plan administered by California American Water and the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District. While the Commission’s decision does not increase the amount of revenue California American Water will collect, it will result in a rate increase, as it approves recovery of $39.8 million in revenue, that was previously adopted by the Commission, but which was not collected due to increased water conservation. Collection of the $39.8 million will be reduced for revenue previously recovered in rates of approximately $8 million. The rate change is expected to begin around March, 2017 depending on when the Commission grants implementation approval. Read the rest of this story »

    Message from the President of Middlebury Institute: Aiding our undocumented students

    November 24, 2016

    The prestigious Middlebury Institute campus occupies a large area in downtown Monterey.

    November 23, 2016

    Dear Members of the Middlebury Community,
    I write today to underscore Middlebury’s support for all undocumented students, to state what our principles are as an institution in this area, and to announce two new steps we are taking to demonstrate this commitment. Read the rest of this story »

    Homicide near Cannery Row

    November 23, 2016

    On Wednesday,November 23, 2016, at approximately 1:41 am, the Monterey Police Department (MPD) responded to the 600 block of Wave Street in Monterey on the report of gunshots being fired. MPD arrived and located one victim at the entrance to the Cannery Row Parking Garage, located in the 600 block of Wave Street.

    The victim sustained several gunshot wounds and was transported to the Natividad Medical Trauma Center in Salinas, where he succumbed to his injuries. The victim was identified as Raul Melendez, 28 years-old of Monterey, California. Read the rest of this story »

    Monterey Police Officers Save Despondent Man’s Life

    November 22, 2016

    On Monday November 21, 2016, at approximately 4:07 p.m., Monterey Police Officers responded to the 300 block of Glenwood Circle in Monterey on a request from neighbors to check on the welfare of an individual who had not been seen recently. A first floor apartment was flooded with water, which had originated in the second floor apartment where the individual lived.

    When officers arrived they started to look through the apartment and located writing on a mirror that indicated the subject had taken his life. They observed what appeared to be gunshots into the ceiling, which had hit a water pipe creating the water leak.  Read the rest of this story »

    Coat drive helps local people in need stay warm

    November 20, 2016

    Warming Communities…One Coat at a Time

    The need has never been greater and it’s never been easier to make a difference in your community. Here is your opportunity to make sure that nobody goes without such a basic necessity as a coat this winter. Read the rest of this story »

    Major Actions by Pacific Grove City Council 11/18/16

    November 20, 2016

    Major actions taken by the Council at its regular meeting on Month 16, 2016 include: Read the rest of this story »

    The Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count marks its 20th anniversary

    November 18, 2016

    Monarch butterflies have returned to forested groves along the California coast for the winter, and once again volunteers for the Xerces Society Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count are heading out to observe and monitor this phenomenon. This year is particularly exciting because it marks the 20th time the count has been done!

    The Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count (WMTC) is the longest running and most comprehensive effort to monitor overwintering monarchs in California. During a three-week period centered on Thanksgiving, volunteers count the butterflies and assess the condition of the habitat they rely on.  Read the rest of this story »

    Red Cross Issues Safe Cooking & Travel Tips as Thanksgiving Approaches

    November 17, 2016

    Carmel, November 15, 2016 — Thanksgiving is almost here – a time when many people will travel home to visit loved ones and households will prepare the holiday feast. The American Red Cross has steps people can follow to have a safe holiday. Read the rest of this story »

    Attempted Child Abduction

    November 14, 2016

    Public Help Sought

    On November 14, 2016 at 1:32 PM, Monterey Police Officers responded to a report of an attempted child abduction at the Monterey Library, 625 Pacific Street. Two siblings, ages eight and six, reported an adult male attempted to lure the children into his vehicle, which was parked in front of the library. The children fled to Monterey High School where they reported the incident to a staff member.

    The suspect was described as a Hispanic male adult of middle age, with shoulder length white hair and a long white beard. He had a tattoo of a rose on his neck and wore several bracelets and rings on both hands. The male was last seen driving toward Larkin Street in a newer model white coupe, possibly with black graphics on the door panels, which had damage to the interior seating surfaces.

    Anyone who may have seen anything or may have information about this case is asked to call Detective Sergeant Blair with the MPD Investigations Division at 831-646-3814, the MPD General Number at 831-646-3830, or the confidential tip line at 831-646-3840.

    Lucky Stores in-store donation program to help the hungry starts today

    November 13, 2016

    Millions of Californians Still Struggling with Hunger

    The state’s economy may be doing well, but the prosperity hasn’t touched everyone. According to the California Association of Food Banks, an average of one in eight residents still doesn’t know where his or her next meal will come from. Out of those 5.4 million experiencing food insecurity in our state, nearly half of those are children. Read the rest of this story »

    Update: Veterans Day Weekend Ramp Closure Completed Early

    November 12, 2016

    The full closure of the southbound Highway 1 off-ramp to Holman Highway 68 will be completed ahead of schedule on Saturday, November 12.

    The Highway 1 off-ramp to Holman Highway 68 will be re-opened between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, November 12.
    No detours will be required once the ramp is open. Read the rest of this story »

    59,800+ ballots left to count in Monterey County

    November 10, 2016

    HERE’S WHY WE DON’T HAVE A TOTAL VOTE COUNT YET: Monterey County Elections is in the official election canvass process. The canvass is a 28 day period required by law to conduct a full accounting and tabulation of all ballots cast in the election. The ballots cast include provisional ballots and vote-by-mail ballots delivered on Election Day or received within the three days after the election with a postmark on Election Day.

    In processing vote-by-mail ballots, elections officials must confirm each voter’s registration status, verify each voter’s signature on the vote-by-mail envelope, and ensure each person did not vote elsewhere in the same election before the ballot can be counted. Other ballots that are processed after Election Day include provisional ballots (processed similar to vote-by-mail ballots), and ballots that are damaged or cannot be machine-read and must be remade by elections officials.

    State law requires county elections officials to report their final results to the Secretary of State for presidential electors by December 6, 2016, and for all other contests by December 9, 2016. The Secretary of State will certify the results for presidential electors to the Governor by December 10, 2016, and will certify the results of all state contests by December 16, 2016.

    As of Thurs., November 10, the estimated number of ballots to be processed is over 59,800. The next reports will be posted by close of business day on Wednesday, Nov. 16 and Friday Nov. 18, 2016.

    For election results visit MontereyCountyElections.us or call the Elections Office at (831) 796-1499.

    California Vote Counting—What To Expect

    November 9, 2016

    County elections officials are continuing to count ballots from the November 8, 2016 General Election. County elections officials have up to 30 days after Election Day to complete their extensive tallying, auditing, and certification work (known as the “official canvass”). The frequency of updated results varies by county.

    County elections officials must report their final results to the Secretary of State for presidential electors by December 6, 2016 and all other offices by December 9, 2016. The Secretary of State will certify the results of the presidential electors to the Governor by December 10, 2016, and will certify the results of all other offices by December 16, 2016. Read the rest of this story »

    Police Rescue Man as He Jumps from Hotel Ledge

    November 8, 2016

    Seaside, CA November 8, 2016

    Last night at about 7:30 pm, Seaside Police Officers responded to the report of a man with a knife who had just attempted to commit a robbery. A subject fitting a similar description also brandished a knife earlier in the day.

    At about 7:50 pm, officers spotted a man fitting the suspect’s description. He was hanging onto the outside of the 4th story railing of the Holiday Inn Express Hotel, Read the rest of this story »

    Election Night Results

    November 7, 2016

    If you’re not going to the Watch Party at the Masonic Lodge tomortow night with the rest of us, you may be planning to watch the local election all by your self. The November 8th Presidential General Election night results are semifinal official results until final official results can be released. Legal mandates provide for a 28 day canvass period in which to certify the election.
    The election night reports will be released on the following schedule: Read the rest of this story »

    MST Bus Service on Veterans Day

    November 7, 2016

    Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) will operate a “Saturday” schedule on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, 2016. Only the following lines will be in service:

    Read the rest of this story »

    End of Election Celebration

    November 6, 2016

    Message from Mayor Bill Kampe: End of Election Celebration – Just a few more days! Thanks to all who have given me so much encouragement during this election season.

    Please join me at the Masonic Lodge on Tuesday evening. Read the rest of this story »

    Kiwi the Cat is Missing

    November 6, 2016

    My husband and I enjoy your paper. We’re both disabled and home – getting and reading The Cedar Times is one of the few highlights of our week. Thank you!kiwi the cat
    I am writing to humbly ask you for your help. Everyone in P.G. reads your paper. Kiwi the Cat has been missing since Oct. 29. We’ve contacted the proper authorities and posted notices on PG-related Facebook sites. and Next Door. We’re still putting posters up. No Kiwi so far.

    LOST Since 10/29: Green-eyed “muted” calico cat With long grey, brown and orange fur (No white). Please check your yards, bushes, storage sheds, garages and behind anything. Read the rest of this story »

    Pacific Grove Road Closures on Big Sur Half Marathon Weekend

    November 2, 2016

    Pacific Grove will be the location for three races – the Half Marathon on Monterey Bay, Sunday, November 13, and the shorter distance Pacific Grove Lighthouse 5K and By the Bay 3K, both on Saturday morning November 12. On-street parking will be restricted from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m. both days. Read the rest of this story »

    Rubber Chicken Drop Prepping For Flight

    October 28, 2016

    The Monterey Peninsula College Foundation’s Lobos Booster Club is organizing its now infamous “Rubber Chicken Drop Raffle,” which will take place during MPC’s football game versus Hartnell College on November 5. Proceeds from the raffle support more than 225 student-athletes at MPC, who are all full-time students in addition to their participation on one of 14 collegiate sports teams. This is the third year in a row for the event.rubber chicken Read the rest of this story »

    Sentencing in Carmel home invasion robbery and elder abuse

    October 28, 2016

    On February 2, 2016 two individuals pushed their way into the home of an elderly Carmel couple. Once inside, the still unidentified intruders demanded items of value as they made threats to the elderly couple and waved around a large knife. Read the rest of this story »

    Break-in at Hopkins Marine

    October 25, 2016

    Pacific Grove Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance with an overnight break-in at the Hopkins Marine research facility. An unknown suspect(s) broke into the building sometime in the night of 10/24-10/25 and ransacked the facility, causing extensive damage. It is unknown if anything was stolen. Officers were dispatched at 6:30 a.m. The department continues to investigate the crime. If you have any information, please contact the department immediately at 831-648-3143.

    Record number of online registrations

    October 25, 2016

     California Secretary of State Alex Padilla has reported that there were 501,206 completed transactions on the California Secretary of State’s online voter registration website on October 23 and 24—the final two days to register to vote in the November 8, 2016 General Election. Read the rest of this story »

    Major Actions of Pacific Grove City Council 10-19-16

    October 21, 2016

    Major actions taken by the Council at its regular meeting on October 19, 2016 include:

    • Held second reading of an ordinance and adopted the 2016 Edition of the California Building Standards Codes and the amended 2015 International Property Maintenance Code.
    • Held second reading and adopted an ordinance to amend the Salary Classification schedule.
    • Received the Treasurer’s Quarterly Report.
    • Received the Quarterly Budget Report for the 1st Quarter Fiscal Year 2016-17.
    • Received the Workers’ Compensation Report for the 1st Quarter Fiscal Year 2016-17.
    • Approved the drafted responses to the 2015-2016 Monterey County Civil Grand Jury Report.
    • Discussed establishing a City Council Discretionary Fund to assist non-profit organizations in the City of Pacific Grove.
    •The agenda reports and supporting documents for all of these actions are on the City’s website, at http://www.cityofpacificgrove.org. 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.

    Cross Country: MTAL Center Meet at Pacific Grove

    October 20, 2016

    Girls race was won by Alex Stout of Pacific Collegiate in a course record time of 18:22 for the 5K course. Top team was Pacific Grove led by Christina Hashimoto.
    Boys race was won by Roman Munoz of King City in a time of 16:42. Greenfield won the team title for the boys.
    Complete results in link below:


    Friends of Laguna Seca Coming Out on Top

    October 14, 2016

    Leading the fan lap in 1983 on the old track

    Leading the fan lap in 1983 on the old track

    Following a closed-session meeting earlier in the week when the three top bidders submitted further proposals, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors directed staff to begin exclusive negotiations with Friends of Laguna Seca  regarding the concession which includes the iconic race track as well as the surrounding property, a Monterey County park.

    Friends is one of the three entities vying for the concession, and the only non-profit of the group. [We profiled Friends in our July 15, 2016 issue (page 7).] They are also the only one asked to enter into negotiations at this point.
    “We appreciate the vote of confidence,” in Friends of Laguna Seca, said Ross Merrill, President of the Board of Friends. “We look forward to providing the information.” Merrill adds that, unlike the other bidders, Friends has no
    shareholders. “All profits will go directly back into the community.” This is the model that SCRAMP (Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula) had followed since building the facility in 1957.
    Profits at the track have not kept pace with expenses in recent years, prompting the Board of Supervisors to seek another way to run the track.  Read the rest of this story »

    Student Mock Election Results

    October 13, 2016

    Interesting to see how the Secretary of State’s Student Mock Election turned out. We’re sharing the top offices. If you want to see how some of the propositions fared, click on this link:


    or just have a quick look at the top offices here:

    student mock election results

    Shooting Suspect Arrested: Bail set at $2,100,000

    October 12, 2016

    On Monday, October 10, 2016, at approximately 4:13 am, Seaside police officers and Detectives from the Monterey Peninsula Regional Violence and Narcotics Team (PRVNT) responded to the 1200 block of Ord Grove Avenue in Seaside on the report of a shooting inside a residence.

    Responding officers located an adult male victim suffering from a gunshot wound. Read the rest of this story »

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