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    Major actions taken by the Council at its regular meeting on May 17, 2017 include:

    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…»

    Mazda Extends Partnership Agreement for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

    Long-Term Contract Discussions Continue as Brand Retains Naming Rights to Raceway IRVINE, Calif. (May 17, 2017) – Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) and the Monterey County Board of Supervisors recently reached a contract agreement for a one-year naming-rights extension for the iconic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca facility. The current partnership will extend through March 31, 2018, while Mazda works directly with the County on plans for a long-term partner relationship with the track. Mazda will retain a six-month exclusive right-of-first-negotiation to enter into a new or continued exclusive agreement with the County. Read more…»

    Letter to CEMEX

    Assemblymember Mark Stone sent us a copy of the letter that went out to CEMEX, the sand mining operation in Marina, which is on the edge of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and has for years threatened sensitive coastal habitat, damaged public and private property, and exploited state resources without paying for them. CEMEX Lapis plant letter 5-16-17

    3 Pacific Grove schools will compete in Mathletics on Saturday

    A Year of Learning Adds Up for Monterey County Students at Annual Mathletics Event

    Over 300 upper elementary, middle and high school students from Monterey County public and private schools, including Robert H. Down, Pacific Grove Middle School, and Pacific Grove High School will assemble at Hartnell College from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017 for the 49th annual Mathletics Competition.

    The morning begins with the competition, held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., where students take exams in Integrated Math, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, and Statistics. Professors then grade the exam while students enjoy lunch and a rotation of various STEM learning opportunities. Demo topics this year include: Hartnell STEM Student Research Poster Demonstrations, A Carting demo, and a Coding demo. The Awards Ceremony begin at 1:45 p.m. Read more…»

    Decision in Hanes v. City of Pacific Grove

    Click here to read the city attorney’s press release in the case of Bruiser the Pig.Release re Hanes v. PG

    City Youth Track Meet Schedule

    Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Pacific Grove High School
    No pre-registration needed
    Just be ready when your group is called
    Call Don Mothershead 648-3130 with questions

    5.6.17 ORDER of EVENTS

    Mandatory Conservation Standards for Urban Water Suppliers Have Been Rescinded

    Today, April 26, 2017, the State Water Resources Control Board rescinded the water supply “stress test” requirements and remaining mandatory conservation standards for urban water suppliers while keeping in place the water use reporting requirements and prohibitions against wasteful practices.

    The action by State Water Board Executive Director Tom Howard was in response to Governor Brown’s announcement earlier this month ending the drought state of emergency and transitioning to a permanent framework for making water conservation a California way of life. Read more…»

    Bil Minor pens — and Composes — an Ode to Pacific Grove

    The Welsh singing bard, poet Dylan Thomas, attached a “Note” to his Collected Poems, regarding work he wished to “preserve,” and incessant revision: “If I went on revising everything that I now do not like in this book I should be so busy that I would have no time to try to write new poems.”

    I’m no Dylan Thomas, but I understand and share his sense of trepidation when it comes to “finished” work. As a “tease,” I have posted two work-in-progress portions of a song I wrote (words and music) that has now reached a state of completion (I hope) as a YouTube video. The song is called “Pacific Grove,” and it’s a celebration of the town my wife Betty and I (and formerly our sons, Tim and Steve) have inhabited for 46 years—since 1971, when we came to the Monterey Bay area so I could teach at Monterey Peninsula College (which I did for twenty-five years; and now enjoy “retirement,” just writing and composing and playing music—which I love doing).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-8Nvjn_sUo&feature=share Read more…»

    Major Actions Taken by City Council on April 19, 2017

    Major actions taken by the Council at its regular meeting on April 19, 2017 include: Read more…»

    Rudy Fischer selected chairman of Water Pollution Control Agency

    After serving as the city’s representative to the board of the MRWPCA (two years as Vice Chair), Pacific Grove Councilman Rudy Fischer was elected as Chair of the agency’s board at their February meeting. ‘Mostly in this role I will be responsible for running the board’s monthly meetings, getting involved in some of our outreach activities, and coordinating subcommittee roles,” he said.
    The Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency is dedicated to meeting the wastewater and water recycling needs of our member agencies while protecting the environment. Their Vision Statement: The Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency will be a model customer service provider for the efficient, innovative utilization of wastewater.”
    “I also hope to be a sounding board for the General Managers as the agency goes through an interesting time” said councilman Fischer. The MRWPCA is in the process of expanding their coverage area, looking at major capital improvements to make the wastewater system more reliable, and is spearheading the Pure Water Monterey project. The latter project will eventually provide the Peninsula with just over 3,500 acre feet of potable water each year.Cal Am also wishes to use the PCA’s outfall for discharge from their planned desal plant. The agency is negotiating an agreement to allow that while ensuring the brine produced by the plant does not damage or impair the outfall in any way.

    Tuesday’s scoping meeting cancelled

    In your new issue 4/14/17 you will find a notice for a scoping meeting concerning moving water credits for an address on Lighthouse. We were just advised that the meeting has been cancelled. Sorry if there’s inconvenience.

    Update on robotics story

    Zach Goodwin got this info after we’d gone to press.
    The donation was for $15,000.
    It came from Sara and Bill Morgan on behalf of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.
    Without the donation, the team were planning on taking 6 team members to the World in Texas. With the donation, the whole team can go, 17 members.

    Interview re Plans to Rebuild Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge

    The Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on State Route 1 was closed to pedestrian and vehicular traffic February 15, 2017, after heavy rains caused a landslide under the structure damaging one of its main support columns. The bridge, which was built in 1968, was demolished over the span of a week. Engineers used a 6,000 ton wrecking ball and other equipment to strike precise points on the bridge to force it to break apart. Read more…»

    School Board seeks a new member

    Trustee John Thibeau resigned from the Pacific Grove Unified School District Board of Education as of Friday, March 31, 2017. As per Education Code, it is now the Governing Board’s duty to fill the vacancy. At the April 6, 2017 Board meeting, the Trustees passed Resolution 993, formally opening the vacancy for a Board member seat. Anyone interested in being considered for the position may request an application by contacting the Superintendent’s Office at 831-646-6510 or visiting the District’s website at www.pgusd.org. A copy is also attached here on our website. Board Appointment Application 2017 Read more…»

    Pacific Grove to receive SB1 “fix it first” maintenance funding

    After over two years of discussion, California legislators yesterday approved SB1 to invest in California’s transportation system. The bulk of the money in this bill is devoted to “fix it first” maintenance funding for existing county roads, city streets, state highways and bus transit. Pacific Grove stands to receive $351,000 in the first of 10 years. Read more…»

    Major actions taken by the Council at its regular meeting on April 5, 2017 include:

     Presented Patty Maitland,departing City Finance Director (pictured with Mayor Kampe and City Manager Harvey), with a certificate of appreciation for her service to the City of Pacific Grove.

     Directed that the law firm of Read more…»

    Arrest to be made in Christina Williams Case

    District Attorney Dean D. Flippo announced today that Charles Allen Holifield, a 56-year-old inmate at Valley State Prison in Chowchilla, will be charged with the 1998 murder and kidnapping of 13-year-old Christina Marie Williams. Read more…»

    Stone Bill Improving Accountability in Coastal Commission Proceedings Passes Assembly Policy Committee

     

    The Assembly Natural Resources Committee has approved legislation by Assemblymember Mark Stone that would increase transparency and accountability at the California Coastal Commission.  The bill passed with a bipartisan vote of 9-0. Read more…»

    Major Disaster Declaration for California Makes FEMA Funds Available

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the State of California to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides from February 1 to February 23, 2017, including Monterey County. Read more…»

    Coach, two players named to All-County




    Pacific Grove High School’s first-year girls’ basketball coach, Robin Lewis, has been named All-County Coach in Girls basketball by the Monterey Peninsula Herald. “ The first-year coach made an immediate impact as the Breakers made an 11-game improvement from last year, winning 16 games. Pacific Grove was the only team in the MTAL to knock off league champion Stevenson.” Two players also made the list Read more…»

    Cone Zone Report: April 2-8

    Highway 1 Storm Repair Along the Big Sur Coast

    Due to multiple active slides, State Route 1 is now closed between Ragged Pt. (SLO 72.87) and just north of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. Read more…»

    Seaside Votes to Become a Sanctuary City

    In a 4-1 vote, Seaside City Council tonight approved a Resolution making Seaside a Sanctuary City. The resolution was approved at a special meeting held on Wed., March 29. 

    By doing this, the city risks being cut off from $1.4 million in federal funding.

    This vote for Sanctuary City status follows Resolution 2013-13 from the year 2013 in which the city set forth its stand on issues now coming under the “sanctuary” umbrella and which stated its position in regard to how it suggested the federal government should perform certain sanctuary-type actions.  

    Commemoration of 2017National Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 7 Noon-1:00

     During the week of April 2 through April 8, 2017, crime victims and survivors and those who serve them, will join together across America to promote victims’ rights and services, and to educate our communities about the devastating impact of crime on victims, neighborhoods, schools, and our nation as a whole.  Read more…»

    Firearms and Narcotics Arrest

    Uribe crime

    On March 23, 2017 at approximately 11:50 AM, California Highway Patrol, Marina Police Detectives, Monterey Police Officers, the Multi Agency Detail for Commercial Auto Theft (MADCAT), and the District Attorney’s Office Investigators assisted the Peninsula Regional Violence and Narcotics Team (PRVNT) Detectives with a search warrant in the 300 block of Berry Road in the Las Lomas area of North Monterey County. Read more…»

    **URGENT/IMPORTANT NOTICE**

    POSTPONED: Panetta, Eshoo Joint Town Hall Meeting In Santa Cruz County

    Capitola – Reps. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and Anna Eshoo’s (CA-18) Town Hall Meeting has been rescheduled to Saturday, April 1st at 10:00 a.m. due to changes in the voting schedule in Washington, D.C.

    Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20)
    Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18)
    California Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird
    In-person Town Hall Meeting
    New Brighton Middle School Performing Arts Center
    250 Washburn Avenue
    Capitola, CA 95010

    Drunk caught breaking car windows

     

    In the early morning hours of Saturday, March 18, 2017, officers were dispatched to a subject breaking car windows in the 100 block of Forest Ave. Witnesses provided a description of the subject to dispatchers and that assisted officers who located Bentley Palmer, 32, a Salinas resident. Read more…»

    Arrest in Cannery Row murder

    On November 23, 2016, Raul Melendez was the victim of a shooting homicide that occurred in the 600 block of Wave Street in Monterey. The Monterey Police Department (MPD) assisted by the Peninsula Regional Violence and Narcotics Team (PRVNT) identified the suspect in this homicide as Jorge Luis Mendoza and a warrant was obtained for his arrest.

    The investigation determined after the shooting, Mendoza, an American citizen, fled to Mexico. MPD and PRVNT requested assistance from the United States Marshals Service in locating and apprehending Mendoza. On March 16, 2017, Mendoza was arrested in Mexico by local authorities. On March 18, 2017, Mendoza was transported back to California and turned over to MPD and PRVNT. Mendoza was booked in the Monterey County Jail for murder and his bail was set at $1,300,000.

    Monterey County Joins in Effort to Overturn Executive Order on Federal Funding to Sanctuary Jurisdictions

    Signs ‘Friend of the Court’ status in Santa Clara, San Francisco County lawsuits

    The Monterey County Board of Supervisors authorized County Counsel to sign Amicus Curiae (Friend of the Court) briefs in the cases of San Francisco v. Trump and Santa Clara County v. Trump. The County is not becoming a party to the lawsuits mentioned; rather, it is joining briefs that will be filed in an effort to assist the court in making its ruling. Monterey County joins many other cities and counties across the Country in signing these briefs. Read more…»

    Major actions taken by the Council at its regular meeting on March 15, 2017 include:

    Presented William Crandell with a service award in honor of his 15 years of service to the City of Pacific Grove.

    Honored Sand City Mayor David Pendergrass with a proclamation for his service to the City of Sand City and the region for his 30 plus year public service career.

    Received an Oceanview / Recreation Trail Beautification update. Read more…»

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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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