• Police Chase: Two Arrested on Multiple Charges

    July 19, 2014

    Police car with light barLast night, Fri. July 18 at 11:40 PM, a Pacific Grove Police officer saw a vehicle run a stop sign at Presidio Blvd and Funston Ave. He recognized the car as belonging to suspects wanted for burglary. The driver refused to yield to the officer and took off on Hwy 68 and onto Hwy 1.

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    Monarch Overwintering Report 2013-14

    July 18, 2014

    Funded by the Helen Johnson Monarch Fund, this is the Summary of population trends in Central California’s Monterey County six overwintering sites. It was produced by Moria L. Robinson of the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History.
    Monarch Report 2013-14

    City Council Actions July 16, 2014

    July 18, 2014

    Major actions taken by the Council at its regular meeting on July 16, 2014 include: Read the rest of this story »

    Feast of Decor Entry Form

    July 13, 2014

    Brian Brooks declares candidacy for Pacific Grove City Council

    July 10, 2014

    Brian Brooks, a businessman and resident of Pacific Grove since 1998, has announced that he will run for City Council in the November 4 election.

    I have decided to seek a council seat, my first try at elective office, after giving the matter deep thought,” he said. “My wife, Theresa, and I feel that Pacific Grove is a very special and gorgeous place to live in and raise our young daughter. It has a great civic spirit and an involved citizenry. We love its small-town feel and warmth.”

    Brian Brooks

    Brian Brooks

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    2014 Feast of Lanterns Program

    July 8, 2014

    Jordon Pollacci Arrested for Taking Pictures Up a Woman’s Dress

    June 30, 2014

    Jordan Pollacci

    Jordan Pollacci

    Jordan Pollacci, 24, already on parole for a conviction involving home burglaries in Pacific Grove, was arrested June 26 when deputies investigated an incident at 17 Mile Drive at Bird Rock Road, Pebble Beach. A family had been standing and enjoying the views at the popular turnout when a man was spotted squatting down and reaching forward with a camera phone in his hand. The man was behind a woman taking pictures up her dress without her knowledge.

    The woman’s husband confronted the man, took his picture with his own phone and noted the license plate before the man fled in a 2006 Red Dodge Dakota pickup truck, license plate #8E83142.

    Investigation led to the arrest of Jordan Pollacci. He was booked into county jail for the misdemeanor evasion of privacy and felony probation violation.  He listed his employment as a waiter.

    MST Bus Service on the 4th of July

    June 30, 2014

    Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) will operate a Sunday schedule on Independence Day, Friday, July 4, 2014.  Only the following bus lines will be in service: Read the rest of this story »

    Draft EIR for Cal-Am Test Well Now Available for Comment

    June 30, 2014

    NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary  (MBNMS) has released a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) of a proposal by California American Water to develop and operate a temporary slant test well for obtaining information about the geologic, hydrogeologic, and water quality characteristics of coastal aquifers. Read the rest of this story »

    Summer Art “Camps” Offered at PGAC

    June 27, 2014

    Summer “camps” are being offered at the Pacific Grove Art Center. There are two more sessions which still have openings: “Under The Sea” meets from July 14-July 18, and “Feast of Lanterns” meets from July 21-25. Each session is $125 PGAC members/$150 non-members. Read the rest of this story »

    Lane closure alert for area highways

    June 27, 2014

    Following are the major scheduled road and lane closures for Monterey County from Sunday, June 29, through Sunday, July 6, 2014. Please keep in mind that construction work is weather-dependent. Read the rest of this story »

    Judge Finds for City in Pension Suit

    June 26, 2014

    By Marge Ann Jameson

    Judge Thomas Wills has found for the City of Pacific Grove in its countersuit to the suit brought against it by Sally Jean Aberg, Frances Grate and Daniel Davis (Aberg, et al v. City of Pacific Grove) concerning the “Citizen’s Initiative Petition,” which attempted to rescind the City’s adoption of an ordinance in 2002 which gave “3 @ 50” retirement to safety personnel.

    On Jan. 21, 2014, the judge had ruled that the City was bound to place the initiative on the November, 2014 ballot but he made it clear that he would not resolve the entire matter until the question of the City’s request for a declaratory ruling as to the legality of the rescission of “3@50” was settled. Also taken into consideration was the related Pacific Grove Police Officers Association suit against the City in which Judge Wills had ruled that contractual rights to a pension are vested.

    City Attorney David Laredo said, “The judge has put a lot of thought and has issued a careful decision. We have avoided a very expensive set of processes” including the ballot measure and future litigation. Not yet decided is the claim for legal fees. He said the judge told the parties that the City had complied with CalPERS regulations in the 2002 action and had not concealed actuarial information. The judge, said Laredo, found that the retroactive intent of the Citizen’s Initiative provided no way to carve out the language and make it enforceable. “The court also found the City Council based its decision upon appropriate actuarial data,” he added.

    City Manager Frutchey added, “The City has reached out to the petitioners [Aberg, Davis and Grate], and asks them return to the table to identify and implement prospective changes better able to meet the interests of our entire community.”

    “I hope this will allow the city to put behind it a 12-year-old question,” said Mayor Bill Kampe. “Pacific Grove has taken more proactive steps than most other cities we know of to contain pension costs.” He added that he hoped energy could be spent now focusing on pension reform at the state level.

    The City Council meets again on July 16, 2014. Judge Wills’s written decision is due late in the day on June 26, 2014.

    The petitioners did not respond to an email request from Cedar Street Times as of press time.

    Possible Pipe Bomb Detonated on Ocean View Blvd.

    June 18, 2014

    A citizen phoned in a suspicious item they saw in a flower bed on the bike trail along Ocean View Blvd., near the intersection with 10th Street at about 7:00 p.m. on June 17. Officers were dispatched and found what appeared to be a homemade explosive device.

    The area was cordoned off from Monterey Street to 8th St. on Ocean View Blvd.

    The Monterey County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad retrieved the item using a remote controlled robot, which fired a charge and destroyed the possible bomb. Fragments were collected and will be analyzed, according to Pacific Grove Police Department Cdr. Cassie McSorley. That may take several weeks. Cdr. McSorley said that all indications are that it was, in fact, a pipe bomb.

    There is currently no speculation as to who, what or why the device was placed and no notes or other communication have been given to the police department.

    Anyone with any additional information, or who might have seen the device being planted, is asked to contact the Pacific Grove Police Department at 831-648-3143.

    Downtown business owners meet on business vitality

    June 18, 2014

    Downtown business owners, by and large members of the Business Improvement District, met in an informal atmosphere on June 17 to discuss issues they confront which are peculiar to doing business in downtown Pacific Grove. Read the rest of this story »

    Highway 1 closures for next week

    June 13, 2014

    Highway 1 closures and delays for next week on the Coast Read the rest of this story »

    PG Mayor Bill Kampe to Seek Re-Election

    June 11, 2014

    Pacific Grove Mayor Bill Kampe announced today that he intends to run for re-election.  Kampe says “our city has made significant progress in several areas over the past two years and has achieved that with a civil and constructive dialog in our council chambers.”Bill Kampe Read the rest of this story »

    Measure O Improves, but Still Lags

    June 6, 2014

    The Yes on Measure O vote is improving, but it’s probably not enough to pass. Update as of Fri., June 6 with 8,160 votes left to be counted county-wide:

    Yes on O 10,011 or 44.84 percent; No on O 12,311 or 55.15 percent.

    If 3,700 votes remain in the Water Management District (the likely percent of the 8,160 votes left to count) then about 64 percent of the remaining votes would have to go for Measure O to pass. It’s not likely at this juncture.

    Meanwhile, Sheriff Miller’s re-election bid has lost a couple of percentage points to Steve Bernal, falling from 42.48 percent at first reports to 40.93 percent on Friday. The current numbers will not affect the runoff in the fall election.

    We will continue to report as numbers are revised.

    Convicted Serial Killer Sentenced to Death

    June 6, 2014

    Joseph Nissensohn Sentenced to Death

     On June 5, 2014, convicted serial killer Joseph Michael Nissensohn was sentenced to death, in El Dorado County, for the 1981 Monterey County murders of 13 year-old Tammy Jarschke and 14 year-old Tanya Jones, and for the 1989 South Lake Tahoe murder of 15 year-old Kathy Graves. Read the rest of this story »

    Measure O Goes Down: Full list of Results from Election Night

    June 5, 2014

    As Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over,” but even though some 22,969 mail ballots and ballots delivered to polling places remain to be counted, it’s probably over for Measure O. Supporters of the initiative, which would require a study into public ownership of water for a great portion of Monterey County, are looking at the figures and conceding defeat. Read the rest of this story »

    Leon Panetta Lecture Series Rebroadcast Dates

    May 31, 2014

    and times for Lecture Featuring Speakers David Axelrod, Erskine Bowles, Andrew Card and Kenneth Duberstein Moderated by Leon E. Panetta Read the rest of this story »

    Rotary to hear Salvation Army talk

    May 31, 2014

    The Pacific Grove Rotary Club, which meets at noon on Tuesdays at The Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach at 2700 Seventeen Mile Drive,will have as the speaker on June 3, the Salvation Army, Paul Swain and Ted Elisee – Lunch is $20 and reservations may be made by calling Jane Roland at 649-0657 or 333-0491.

    Quail Motorcycle Gathering: Wei Chang’s photos!

    May 31, 2014


    Smart Voter.org offers election information from League of Women Voters

    May 31, 2014

    There are two races which have received a lot of attention locally, and more than enough campaign material! But do you know about the other races and measures as the final weekend before the election is at hand?

    SmartVoter.org is a project of the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund. Every election candidates are invited to enter their information on the site, at no charge. Most candidates have participated. Also see media stories and videotaped candidates forums on this site.

    Voters access their personalized ballot by entering their street address and zip code under “Find My Ballot”. Any race with an underline means there is more information, just a click away.
    Try it. Nonpartisan, free. www.SmartVoter.org

    Cop Log for May 23, 2014

    May 22, 2014

    Cop Log


    Don’t sleep it off in the street

    A juvenile was reported lying in the street near Caledonia Park. He was found to be intoxicated and was turned over to the care of his mother. Read the rest of this story »

    Steve Collins, Former Water Resources Agency Director, Sentenced

    May 22, 2014

    District Attorney Dean Flippo announced May 22 that Judge Robert O’Farrell sentenced Stephen P. Collins, former Director on the Board of Directors of the Monterey County Water Resources Agency, for a felony violation arising out of his involvement in his official capacity as a director with the implementation contracts underlying the failed desalinization project while simultaneously making over $160,000 as a privately paid consultant and lobbyist on the same project. Read the rest of this story »

    Deadline Mon. May 19 to register to vote

    May 17, 2014

    County residents not yet registered to vote, or who have moved or changed their name must submit a voter registration form by midnight Mon., May 19 to vote in the June Statewide Primary Election. Register to vote, update your registration, or verify your registration status at the Elections Department, Monday – Friday, 8AM – 5PM at 1370-B South Main St, Salinas, or online at www.MontereyCountyElections.us.

    Local Water Issues: An Evening Forum of Young Voices

    May 12, 2014

    Sustainable Pacific Grove presents:

    Please join us as students from the Monterey Peninsula share research and new ideas for water solutions in an era of climate change. Participants include winners from the “Wicked Water Challenge” and the Monterey County Science Fair. Moderated by Dr. Carol Reeb of Hopkins Marine Station and hosted by Sustainable Pacific Grove. Wednesday, May 14, 7 pm, at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, corner of Central and Forest Avenues in Pacific Grove. The event is free and open to the public. More information: denyse@sustainablepg.org or 831-643-0707.


    Hostel Program: ‘Math Magic: From Guanajuato, Mexico to Monterey County’

    May 12, 2014

    Hostel Program: ‘Math Magic: From Guanajuato, Mexico to Monterey County’

    Math Magic: From Guanajuato, Mexico to Monterey County” is the topic of the May 19 potluck/travel program at the HI-Monterey Hostel, 778 Hawthorne at Irving, Monterey.  Hartnell College students in the Mathematical Adventures through Hartnell (MATH) Club traveled to Guanajuato, Mexico in January, 2014, to learn math outreach techniques and how to be “Math Magicians” from the mathematicians at CIMAT (Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas). Read the rest of this story »

    Leon Panetta Lecture Series Rebroadcast Dates for Lecture slated for 5/12/14

    May 10, 2014

    Featuring Speakers Barton Gellman, Michael Morell and Robert Mueller Moderated by Leon E. Panetta to be Rebroadcast

    The third event of the 17th annual Leon Panetta 2014 Lecture Series,  Security versus Freedom: Sedition to Internment to Surveillance,  to be held Mon., May 12, 2014 will be  rebroadcast  on the following dates and times. Look for our story in the May 23, 2014 issue of Cedar Street Times. Read the rest of this story »

    MTAL Trials Results

    May 10, 2014

    Finals set for Friday, May 16 at 3 PM


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