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    Smuin Ballet is Coming

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

    11/16/18

    Ballot Drop-Off Locations for Midterm Elections Nov, 6, 2018

    Elections Department
    1441 Schilling Place – North Building, Salinas, CA 93901
    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Monterey County Health Department (Front Desk)
    1270 Navidad Rd., Salinas, CA 93906
    Monterey County Government Center (Front Desk)
    168 W. Alisal St., 1st Floor, Salinas, CA 93906
    Gonzales City Hall (Front Desk)
    147 Fourth St., Gonzales, CA 93926
    Soledad City Hall (Front Desk)
    248 Main St., Soledad, CA 93960
    Greenfield City Hall (Front Desk)
    599 El Camino Real, Greenfield, CA 93927
    King City – City Hall (Front Desk)
    212 S. Vanderhurst Ave., King City, CA 93930
    Sand City – City Hall (Front Desk)
    1 Pendergrass Way (Sylvan Way), Sand City, CA 93955
    Monterey City Hall (Front Desk)
    580 Pacific St., Room 6, Monterey, CA 93940
    Carmel-by-the-Sea City Hall (Front Desk)
    Monte Verde St., Between Ocean & 7th Avenues
    Del Rey Oaks City Hall (Front Desk)
    650 Canyon Del Rey Blvd., Del Rey Oaks, CA 93940
    Marina City Hall (Front Desk)
    211 Hillcrest Ave. Marina, CA 93933
    Pacific Grove City Hall (Front Desk)
    300 Forest Ave.
    Pacific Grove, CA 93950

    Seaside City Hall (Front Desk)
    440 Harcourt Ave., Seaside, CA 93955
    Castroville Library
    11160 Speegle St., Castroville, CA 95012
    Prunedale Library
    11762 Moro Rd., Salinas, CA 93907
    Monterey Public Library
    625 Pacific St., Monterey, CA 93940

    Early Voting Starts Monday!

    Early Voting Begins Monday for the November Statewide General Election
    Get ready to vote! Monterey County local voter information guides will be shipping by the end of this week and continue next week coinciding with the October 8 ballot mailing.

    Local voter guides are available online at http://www.montereycountyelections.us/Locator.asp. State voter guides are available online at http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/.

    Voters can vote early beginning October 8th during regular business hours and during extended hours on Saturday, October 27th and Saturday November 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Early voting is available at the new Elections Office, 1441 Schilling Place – North Building in Salinas.

    To request a vote by mail ballot call (831) 796-1499. Applications to vote by mail are available in your local voter guide or online at www.MontereyCountyElections.us. The last day to request a vote by mail ballot is October 30th.

    For more information call (831) 796-1499.

    City Council

    Major actions taken by the Council at its regular meeting of
    August 1, 2018 include:
    • Received a presentation from the Ohlone-Costanoan Esselen 2018 Tribal Chairwoman Louise J. Miranda Ramirez
    • Presented service awards to Orlando Perez, Police Department and Khoa Nguyen, Public Works Department for their service to the City. 
    • Received a presentation on the refurbishing of Sandy the Whale. 
    • Approved the minutes of the July 18, 2018 City Council Special and Regular Meetings as amended by Errata.
    • Adopted Amended Resolution 18-025 to add one ballot measure to increase the Uniform Transient Occupancy Tax at the Municipal Election, which was consolidated with the General Election, set for November 6, 2018. 
    • Received report on Sidewalk Development Policy Maps.
    • Received the Treasurer’s Quarterly Report – Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2017-18.
    • Received the Workers Compensation Report – Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2017-18.
    • Received a Periodic Regional Update from Councilmember Garfield.
    • Received the Community Human Services minutes.
    • Approved the appointments of Pat Davis to the Library Board for 08/01/18 to 01/31/2022 and Matt Crawford to the Museum Board for 08/01/18 to 01/31/2020
    • Authorized the City Manager to enter into an agreement with 3D Datacom for the Structured Cabling System: City Hall, Police Department and Corp. Yard Project for a cost of $151,330.
    • Received minutes from the Historic Resources Commission for June 27, 2018.
    • Conducted a de novo hearing, adopted the CEQA Notice of Exemption (NOE), approved the architectural/use permit and findings included as Attachment K, page 118 of the packet, that affirms the Planning Commission’s approval and conditions for Architectural Permit & Use Permit #18-364 pursuant to Pacific Grove Municipal Code (PGMC) §§ 23.70.060(c)(1) and 23.70.080(a)(2), with the amendment to Finding #11, page 119, replacing commission with Council. 
    • Received the report regarding the establishment of a short-term rental license waiting list.
    • Approved the attached response, authorized the Mayor to sign the cover letter on behalf of the City Council, and directed the City Attorney to forward it to the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court as the City’s response to the Final Report of the 2018 Monterey County Civil Grand Jury.   

    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.

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    Cat Days of Summer at the SPCA

    Visit the SPCA today through Sun., July 6-8, for the Cat Days of Summer. Adoption fees for all cats 6 months and older have been waived, and kittens can be adopted 2 for 1!
    Adoptions include the cat or kitten’s spay or neuter surgery, permanent microchip ID, vaccinations, SPCA ID tag, a health evaluation, and lots more. It’s an amazing value of over $500! Regular adoption fees range from $35 to $125.
    The SPCA is located at 1002 Monterey-Salinas Highway, across from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Adoption hours are 11-5 weekdays and 11-4 weekends.
    For more info, call The SPCA at 831-373-2631 or visit www.SPCAmc.org.
    Can’t adopt? Here’s how you can still help:
    Foster: www.SPCAmc.org/foster
    Send Gifts to Rescued Pets: www.SPCAmc.org/kitten-shower

    Vote Counting Update

    The California Secretary of State as of June 5 reports that there are 180,266 registered voters in Monterey Co, and only 32,483 – or 18% – turned out to vote. All precincts in the county have reported their Election Night results. County elections officials will continue counting ballots (vote-by-mail, provisional, etc.) during the 30-day post-election canvass period. These results are Semi-Final until the Secretary of State certifies results of all state contests on July 13, 2018.

    Warning: Data Breach at Chili’s

    Notice of Unauthorized Access to or Acquisition of Chili’s Grill & Bar Guest Data

    What Happened?
    On May 11, 2018, we learned that some of our Guests’ payment card information was compromised at certain Chili’s restaurants as the result of a data incident. Currently, we believe the data incident was limited to between March – April 2018; however, we continue to assess the scope of the incident.

    We are working diligently to address this issue and immediately activated our response plan upon learning of this incident. We are working with third-party forensic experts to conduct an investigation to determine the details of what happened. Read more…»

    Short-Term Rental Lottery Tuesday

    Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 3:00 P.M.
    Council Chamber – City Hall – 300 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA
    AGENDA
    SHORT-TERM RENTAL LOTTERY
    This meeting will be conducted by staff to comply with the Lottery
    requirements pursuant to Ordinance 18-005, passed February 21, 2018 and
    adopted March 23, 2018. The Notice is posted to allow Council presence.
    No Council action will be taken.
    This meeting will be video/audio recorded, but not live-streamed.

    Police: shooter threats at PGHS

    Since March 1, person(s) left several written threats at the Pacific Grove High School campus. Since that time, PGPD investigators and the School Resource Officer are working closely with school staff and students to identify the culprit(s). The information we have include: the threats were found in girl locker and bathrooms; the threats were reported to law enforcement on March 1st, 5th and 7th; investigators have interviewed numerous students and staff; reviewed 24 hours of surveillance video that revealed numerous students near or accessing the locations where the threats were left; and investigators continue to conduct interviews with potential witnesses. Our investigators have notified the FBI and other Monterey County law enforcement agencies.

    Our priorities are to identify the person(s) responsible, and evaluate security and preparedness. Police and Pacific Grove Unified School District administrators met and reviewed safety protocols, attended and continue to attend faculty meetings to discuss campus safety and the investigation, and increased police presence on the campus.

    We are aware the threats have many students, staff and parents fearful. We are hopeful that sharing this information will assist investigators with identifying and apprehending those responsible for the threats on school campus. Chief Christey said, “Police and school staff are doing all that they can to track down the culprits and restore the sense of safety and security at the high school. If you are the person who is doing this, please come forward so we can put an end to this. These cases are being investigated as felony terrorist threats and we ask anyone who has information that will help us, please contact the police department as soon as possible.”

    Trains and Christmas

    By Ted Prichard
    The tradition of including a model train setup around or near the Christmas tree has been common in many homes over the decades, blossoming in the post-war ’40s and ’50s. Young boys … and even
    some girls … dreamt of having his or her private railroad empire to help celebrate the holiday season.
    Lionel Trains were fueling this fire, often included in store displays with a rather elaborate complex of tracks, trains and accessories that presented the latest offerings. Typically they were judiciously
    placed near Santa Claus to help inspire wish lists. More recently, The Polar Express film helped us to rekindle that excitement, too.
    A huge influence on the hobby _originated locally with the wartime arrival of a man named John Allen, ultimately a renowned and visionary model railroader dubbed “The Wizard of Monterey.” Born in
    1913, at around age 30 he moved to Irving Street, off Cannery Row. It was there that he began his first model railroad and developed skills that catapulted him to virtually regal status among his peers.
    Photos of his work were in the model train press regularly, continuing up to his death in 1973.


    In the early 1950s, John bought a home on Cielo Vista Terrace, situated near the top of the hill south of Monterey. There, he designed and constructed an extensive rail line that became known around the world. Today its status continues as a legendary example of the hobby at its finest, a miniature empire named the Garre and Daphetid (read that as “gory and defeated”). Ultimately he grew tired of the name’s inferences, referring to the railroad as the G&D or the GD Line. Able to devote his life’s work to creating this small world, he required little in the way of help in constructing it. His attention to detail in the planning was amazing, with so much of the infrastructure laid down even years before it might be needed. He did, however,welcome help in its operation. Local hobbyists became the nucleus of his “operating group,” while others came from some distance for the bpportunity to run trains. Numerous servicemen who were stationed at Fort Ord, DLI or the Naval Postgraduate School also volunteered their time.
    Vestiges of the G&D Operators group remain in this area, although none of the original members are with us. The late Allan Fenton, a Carmel resident, was among those in John Allen’s circle, later being a prime mover in sustaining the nearly-annual model railroad show. This year it’s being held at the American Tin Cannery, Friday and Saturday December 9 and 10. There is no charge to attend.

    Upcoming Road Closures- FY17/18 Crack Seal and Slurry Seal CIP Project

    This notice is to inform Pacific Grove residents that the City will begin its Annual Crack Seal and Slurry Seal Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Project on October 18, 2017. The purpose of this work is to prevent rapid pavement deterioration and potholes due to inclement weather. This work is an important part of the City’s pavement management program.

    Specific closure dates and locations can be found in the chart at the below link.

    road closures

    Arrest in Armed Robbery Case

    On May 28 at 12:35 a.m., Monterey Police Officers were dispatched to the 300 block of Tyler Street in Monterey for a robbery. Two victims had been walking though the area when they were approached from behind and knocked to the ground by the suspect. The suspect took a purse from one of the victims and threatened to shoot them with a firearm. No firearm was actually observed. The suspect fled on foot and was then observed driving away in a vehicle. Read more…»

    You’re Invited to a Kitten Shower

    SPCA Kitten Shower

    Help kittens rescued by your local, independent SPCA for Monterey County by donating to our Kitten Shower! Similar to a baby shower, a kitten shower offers you the chance to help rescued underage and orphaned kittens.

    Right now, your SPCA is caring for 149 kittens, with more arriving every day. Read more…»

    Helicopter to make low-level flights over Northern Salinas Valley

    Beginning May 14, 2017, residents of Marina, Neponset, Castroville, Moss
    Landing, Blanco, and Salinas, may see a low-flying helicopter towing a
    large hexagonal frame. This unique equipment is part of a project to map
    groundwater aquifers and subsurface geology in the area. Read more…»

    They’re back…

    Laura Twohig sent us a couple of pictures of “tuna crabs” from the sands at Lovers Pt. Today in Pacific Grove we experienced an “invasion” of Tuna crabs, which are so named because they are often found in the bellies of tuna. Pleuroncodes planipes is a bright red critter which occasionally floats in the thousands onto area beaches and die there, leaving a red, smelly carpet. It seems to depend on warm currents, particularly in El Niño years, to bring it from Southern California to our shores.

    Last time they visited in numbers like today was October, 2015.

    It is around five inches long.It resembles a lobster, but has a shorter abdomen. Hence one of its other common names: Squat Lobster. While edible by humans, there’s not enough meat to make it worth the trouble. But then again, the French love winkels… It’s probably not a good idea to eat a dead one from the beach because you don’t know how long it has been there. Read more…»

    Assembly Member Mark Stone Honored as Legislator of the Year by California Special Districts Association

    Special districts in Monterey County and across the state recognized Assembly Member Mark Stone as their 2016 Legislator of the Year. Assembly Member Stone was selected because of his non-partisan spirit, support of local flexibility, and close work with the local service specialists responsible for delivering waste management, water, fire protection, parks, and other essential services.

    Dennis Allion, MRWMD Board Member; Bruce Delgado, MRWMD Board Chair; Assembly Member Mark Stone; MRWMD Board Member Gary Bales; MRWMD General Manager Tim Flanagan

    The recognition is awarded by the California Special Districts Association (CSDA), and was presented Friday at the Monterey Regional Waste Management District in Marina, CA. Bruce Delgado, Chairman of the District Board of Directors said, “Waste Management districts vary enormously across the state. Assembly Member Stone has shown a deep understanding of the complexity of waste management and the value of special districts in diverse communities. Assembly Member Stone is an advocate for local flexibility and a champion for local residents.”  Read more…»

    Panetta Statement Regarding President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration 

    Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.  Read more…»

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