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    Thinking of opening a business in Pacific Grove?

    New Web Tool Smooths the Path

    Each year more than half a million new businesses are formed in the United States. These employers are a key element to creating strong communities, but their first interface with local government often relies upon pen, paper and in-person visits to City offices. Read more…»

    City Council Action 12-18-13

    Major actions taken by the Council at its regular meeting on December 18, 2013 include: Read more…»

    Community Calendar of Events 2014 Available

    Are you planning your year (or part of it) and want to know what’s going on in Pacific Grove and nearby communities? Are you planning an event of your own and want to be sure not to conflict with someone else’s? Here’s a place to start. The Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce has put out a calendar of events and we’ve added a few that we know about. If you want your event to be added to the calendar, please drop us an email at editor@cedarstreettimes.com

    It’s a pdf. Feel free to download it and print it out and post it on the wall! Here’s the link:

    http://www.cedarstreettimes.com/newpdf/2014-Event-Calendar.pdf

    Don’t Eat Sport-Caught Shellfish from Monterey Bay

    Just when you thought it was safe to go in the water: Well, you can go in, and you can even do some clamming, but don’t eat the clams. Or mussels. Or scallops.

    CDPH Warns Not to Eat Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Monterey Bay or Inner Tomales Bay Read more…»

    City Council Actions 11/20/13

    Major actions taken by the Council at its regular meeting on November 20, 2013 include: Read more…»

    We get a little rain and we forget to put the rain gauge in…

    …despite our faithful rain reporter’s best efforts.

    Rainfall for the week ending 11-21-13 is 0. 36”

    This year cumulative rainfall to date is 1.02”

    The historic cumulative average to date is 2.82”

    Summary of City Council Action 10-16-13 meeting

     Recognized Emil Font, a Pacific Grove resident, for his actions in accosting a burglar in his home and assisting Police in the follow-up investigation, which led to Read more…»

    4th Annual Blessing of the Monarch Sanctuary Sept. 22, 2013

    An overflow group of butterfly enthusiasts joined hands in a circle — that became more like an amoeba — to hear and repeat prayers in the Ohlone language, listen to a chant offered by the Rinpoche, partake in a smudging cleaning ceremony and toss flowers and native herbs into the sanctuary to bless the trees and pray for the return of the butterflies. Louise Ramirez, Tribal Chairwoman of the Ohlone-Castanoan-Esselen Nation of the Central Coast presented a plaque to Mayor Bill Kampe, as well as gifts to Helen Johnson and to Bob Pacelli.

    Young, old, residents and a few surprised tourists took part. The Sanctuary paths are clean and smooth, the butterfly trees are roped off, and butterfly bench donated years ago via Ro Vaccaro has been repaired and powder-coated. All that we need now is some butterflies.

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    Sprucing up the neighborhood

    by Dixie Layne

    The day we lost 9 trees.Thank you, Pacific Grove.

    It has been some years in the making but the businesses that surround Fountain Avenue at Lighthouse are feeling pretty good these days. We have been lit, paved, painted, and soon to be washed. We are feeling so good about things these days that we believe we’ll get our trees back.  Good things are happening all around our neighborhood.

    It has been “a long and winding road” but life is returning to our neighborhood.

    The deterioration of our neighborhood started many years ago – a “sink hole” formed in the middle of the parking lot and the roots from one tree near the bus stop caused the sidewalk to buckle; the theater closed and Holman’s was desperately in need of some TLC. About three years ago motorists took out two of our street lights – one above Lighthouse and the other below. Then to top it all off, PG&E came in to replace a transformer and managed to set fire to Favaloro’s Bistro, and for the past couple of years uninvited visitors began finding their way down Gardner’s Alley to pinch recyclables and sleep behind the buildings. Was the sad state of our neighborhood just the inspiration someone needed to break into Hauk Fine Art? Things were not looking good around the neighborhood. Read more…»

    Pacific Grove Feast of Lanterns Chalk Fest coming

    The Feast of Lanterns Chalk Fest will be held Saturday, July 20 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. Chalk will be provided at this free event. During a day dedicated to Pacific Grove folklore, Read more…»

    Aggressive deer reported in Pacific Grove

    The Pacific Grove Police Department Animal Control Officer has received reports of deer acting aggressively.

    Deer are not inherently aggressive animals. However, a doe may become aggressive if she perceives that her young are threatened and act in defense of her fawn, especially if she perceives a dog as a predator.

    To reduce the likelihood of an unfavorable encounter with deer, please adhere to these tips: Read more…»

    More info in Pacific Grove’s app

    Pacific Grove released their free new mobile application today, which allows users to quickly get information about the community, find businesses, learn about upcoming events and report issues using their Android or iPhone device. Read more…»

    Working to redeem the hyperbaric chamber (pictures)

    It and its monoplace predessor have treated an estimated 400 patients since 1966 but Pacific Grove’s hyperbaric chamber has been offline for a number of months for, of all things, insurance reasons. Read more…»

    We’re leaving for Nicaragua Feb. 14: What are you doing Valentine’s night?

    T.A.S.K 4 U & ME ~ Together Achieving Successful Kindness along with members of Monterey Pacific Rotary will be traveling to Nicaragua for the fourth straight year along with eight students from Pacific Grove. The group will be returning to Nicaragua, servicing five cities in six days!

    In a 4-year period these two programs together have connected hearts not just in Nicaragua, but right here in our own country. Read more…»

    Pot holes? City’s getting a smart phone app for that

    Pacific Grove will soon be able to get news to residents and visitors via a native smart phone application. Read more…»

    Architects tell timetable for Fountain Ave. project

    Ken Yamauchi, Architect presented an update to the school board at their recent meeting on the site improvement behind the Middle School which will create a permanent division on Fountain Avenue between Hillcrest Avenue and Sinex Avenue with cul-de-sacs and form a pedestrian walkway from the campus to the athletic field. Read more…»

    Popular elephant seal becomes a big bully

    By Thom Akeman

    The large elephant seal that has been visiting Pacific Grove on and off for the past six weeks turned mean this week and started chasing the smaller harbor seals off the beach they frequent at Hopkins Marine Station. Read more…»

    A great link to a newsletter about home remodeling and more, with an emphasis on the historical properties here in Pacific Grove

    Edmonds Design & Construction-

    Jeff Edmonds -Pacific Grove, Ca. 93950 /831-402-1347 www.edmondsconstruction.com

     

    Updated vote counts as of 5:00 PM on 11/16/12

    PACIFIC GROVE Mayor
    BILL KAMPE 4,846 70.42%
    CARMELITA GARCIA 2,036 29.58%
    Total 6,882 100.00%

    PACIFIC GROVE City Council (Top 3) Read more…»

    PGHS’s Arwa Awan takes Poetry Out Loud at County

    Now it’s on to Sacramento for Pacific Grove’s fourth year running

    Arwa Awan took first prize at the county level of Poetry Out Loud with her dramatic recitations of Emily Dickinson’s It was not Death for I Stood Up and The Meaning of the Shovel by Martin Espada. Lyla Mahmoud, PGHS runner-up, recited Cartoon Physics by Nick Flynn.

    Runner-up in the County competition was Chloe Reimann of Santa Catalina, who recited Spring and Fall by Gerard Manley Hopkins and The River Merchant’s Wife: A Letter by Ezra Pound. Santa Catalina’s runner-up was Mary Cho who recited Ecology by Jack Collom.

    Former Pacific Grove Poet-In-Residence Garland Thompson acted as emcee for the event. He told how, in 2007, he was driving down the highway near Spreckels and heard a broadcast on NPR about Poetry Out Loud. He was so amazed and excited that he pulled his car over and made the phone contacts that eventually brought the opportunity to Monterey County schools.

    Arwa will now go on to Sacramento to compete at the state level. Her three predecessors, Kylie Batlin (2009), Morgan Brown (2010) and Robert Marchand (2011) all went to the State level, and Brown and Marchand went on to the national level.

    My mommy sings a paean to PG thrift stores

    PG Bike Cam

    Pacelli takes his bike cam past Calendonia Park, turns right on Jewell, and winds up at the top of Lovers Point at the Rec Trail. Ignore him as he runs stop signs.

    Lighthouse renovators, docents celebrate gifts

    The Pt. Pinos Lighthouse restoration project recently got a $20,000 boost from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation in the form of a grant. The Monterey Peninsula Foundation hosts the AT&T Pro-Am, which opens next week and the proceeds of which go to charities. The Heritage Society itself, through fund-raising activities, sales in the Lighthouse gift shop and “door” donations, donated $4,000 recently.

    Read more…»

    Emily Dickinson flash mob

    Celebrating her birthday by invading Cannery Row with a flash mob reciting “I Am Nobody” and eating gingerbread. The Pacific Grove High School Young Writers Club, Poet-In-Residence Dr. Barbara Mossberg, English teacher Larry Haggquist, and probably some students from California State University, Monterey Bay and some bewildered tourists.

    Wasting our time and money

    From Cedar Street Times 01/20/12

    I have two items to talk about this week.
    The first is the Regional Water Authority, also known as the Mayors’ JPA, which I’m pretty sure is going to be a waste of money and time.
    The second is the “emergency” moratorium request to regulate adult-oriented businesses in Pacific Grove, which I’m pretty sure already was a
    waste of money and time. Read more…»

    We Pass This Way But Once

    Many of you have asked for a reprint of the serialized feature by Les Gorn, We Pass This Way But Once. We have made it into a single PDF. You can find it here: http://www.cedarstreettimes.com/newpdf/WePassThisWayButOnce.pdf

    Two-ton tourists

    Two elephant seals have come to visit Pacific Grove. Hauling up on the beach at Hopkins Marine on New Years Day, the first one made himself right at home among the harbor seals. A second arrived Jan. 7, 2012. In the video, you can see the first visitor in the back, on the left, covered with sand. He’s motionless until the last few frames. Video by Kim Worrell, aka oceanfoxx.

    Says Kim, “Initially, the Harbor Seals scattered into the water and watched the Elephant Seal make himself comfortable on their beach. That first day a few brave Harbor Seals would venture onto the beach but all the Elephant Seal had to do was lift its head and the Harbor Seals would scatter. Slowly the Harbor Seals began to come back onto the beach but still gave the Elephant Seal its space. On Tuesday, [Jan. 3] Hopkins Beach was covered in fish. I was told by someone from the Monterey Bay Aquarium that it was sardines and mackeral that may have been dumped by a fishing boat. The birds were going nuts. There were gulls, herons, egrets, mature and immature brown pelicans and cormorants all trying to get their fish. The Elephant Seal continued to lounge on the beach and the Harbor Seals were a little skittish with all the birds around and the Elephant Seal. On Friday morning, the beach was empty and I thought the Elephant Seal had finally gone on his way, but to my surprise he was in the water swimming. I watched him for approximately 45 minutes swimming around with 2 otters and the Harbor Seals who all kept a little distance from him. Finally, he made his way back onto the beach and claimed his throne again. Today, a second male Elephant Seal arrived on the scene….and then there were two.”

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    This is the Heal the Bay Beach Report Card for Monterey Peninsula beaches, which reports water quality grades, or when relevant, weather advisories. An A to F grade is assigned based on the health risks of swimming or surfing at that location. Look at the "dry" grade for all days except those "wet" days during and within 3 days after a rainstorm. Click here for more information on the Beach Report Card. Click the name of the beach when it pops up for more details, or choose a beach below.

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