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    SPCA Investigates Animal Neglect at Illegal Boarding Facility

    On August 9, the SPCA for Monterey County coordinated with Monterey County Building and Planning to respond to an illegal boarding facility on Metz Road in Soledad.

    SPCA humane officers found numerous sick and injured animals belonging to the owner of the boarding facility. Conditions included lame goats and sheep, emaciated cattle, and an injured goose. The owner cooperated with SPCA and Monterey County officials throughout the inspection as officers noted multiple violations. The owner agreed to take the animals in the most dire condition to the vet for emergency medical treatment while accompanied by SPCA officers to ensure treatment was provided. Two of the animals rushed to emergency care, a calf and a steer, had to be euthanized to end their suffering. Another calf suffering from emaciation and pneumonia was brought to the SPCA for 24 hour care.

    There were over 1,000 animals on the property, including cows, goats, ducks, chickens, sheep, pigs, llamas, horses, and more, all in a wide variety of conditions. Read more…»

    2017 Feast of Lanterns Schedule of Events

    The lanterns are hung, the Royal Court and Royal Guard selected and now it is time for the Mandarin to Open the Gates. The week long Feast of Lanterns celebration is ready to begin. 

    The events start Wednesday, July 26 at noon with the Opening Ceremony and run through Sunday, July 30. All the events are Free for adults and children with the exception of the Feast of Flavors and the Pageant Day Feast of Food and some Children’s Activities. You won’t want to miss a thing this year – there is something NEW around every corner. Here are all the details for each event.

    Opening Ceremony Wednesday, July 26, 2017 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm

    Chautauqua Hall on 16th Street at Central Avenue

    This year there will be so many new things happening at the Opening Ceremony. For the first time a Royal Guard will be introduced with Queen Topaz and the Royal Court. The Mandarin will “Open the Gates” to kick of this event. Presenting Sponsor: Lovers Point Inn Read more…»

    Immigration Task Force seeks to help families affected by ICE raids, deportation, separation

    Imagine you’re 14 years of age. Your parents are undocumented immigrants, but you were brought to Pacific Grove as a baby and know no other way of life. Your little brother was born here, and that makes him a citizen of the United States. You figure you qualify for the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) from talking to your friends at school, but a there is a real possibility that one or both of your parents could be deported back to Colombia, given the current political climate, and you aren’t sure what you would do if that happened. Read more…»

    New Event: Feast of Lanterns Mandarins’ Bar-B-Q

    2014 Mandarin Dukyun Cho and his daughter Queen Topaz Minhee Cho

    A new event has been added to the Feast of Lanterns schedule – the Mandarins’ Bar-B-Q and potluck. Please join 2017 Queen Topaz’s father, Mandarin Chris Evans at George Washington Park, Saturday, July 22 at noon until 2:00pm, who will be welcoming everyone to the event. The Bar-B-Q is free and open to the public but we are asking everyone to bring a side dish to share.
    All the fathers who have played the part of the Mandarin in the “Legend of the Blue Willow” will be introduced and thanked for their support and for leading the Royal Court families through their many duties that make the Feast of lanterns such a success each year. The Royal Court and Royal Guard will be in attendance. Read more…»

    Monterey Police Lobby To Close For Construction

     The Monterey Police Department Records Lobby will be closed for construction on July 6, 2017 and is expected to reopen mid-August 2017. A temporary Records lobby will be located in the modular building in the rear Police parking lot. The temporary lobby will be open Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. 

    Regular business transactions such as report requests, vehicle releases, alcohol permits, and posting bond or bail will be available at the temporary location during the hours listed above. 

    Victims of particular crimes have the option to file a police report online. Visit the Monterey Police Department’s website at monterypolice.org and choose the ‘Submit a Crime Report Online’ button located at the top of the home page.  Read more…»

    Please Remember Fireworks are NOT ALLOWED in Pacific Grove

    Monterey Fire Department would like to remind you that fireworks are prohibited in the City of Pacific Grove. Be safe! If you would like to view fireworks, please attend a permitted, public show put on by experts. Do not use consumer fireworks, and keep a close eye on children at events where fireworks are used.

    Fireworks of any type are NOT ALLOWED in all unincorporated areas, special districts, coastal beaches, state and county parks, federal and state property including military installations.
    Fireworks of any type are NOT ALLOWED on any beach area in Monterey County.
    Areas in Monterey County where State of California approved “Safe and Sane” fireworks are allowed for sale and use are Greenfield, Gonzales, Marina, Salinas, Seaside, Soledad and King City.

    MST Bus Service on 4th of July

    Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) will operate a Sunday schedule on Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Only the following bus lines will be in service on July 4: Read more…»

    Help me welcome Webster Slate to the fold at Cedar Street Times!


    Webster brings a unique perspective to our readers. In his words, “I am like an idiot savant without the ethnographic confines of the whole savant thing.” He’ll be handling all new ad sales plus writing pieces for us, particularly come Car Week.

    “As my editor instantly came around from her desk and walked swiftly toward the door, I could hear her say something like, ‘Good Lord what I have done? Perfect Webster. Do try not to glib our readers into oblivion.'”

    “So here I am. With all sincerity, I want to convey to everyone how grateful I am to be here at Cedar Street Times. This newspaper is strong, well respected and growing. It is a great privilege to work alongside Marge Ann Jameson. I have been given a chance to find my voice. Thank you all and wish me luck!”

    UPDAYe on tomorrow’s protest with Public Water Now

    The Business Coalition called Public Water Now head George Riley this morning to invite some of our members to the presentation by American Water Works attorney Joe Conner on eminent domain.  And to participate in the Q&A as  appropriate.  
    Public Water Now promoted this protest because the BC invitation was ‘members only,’ the lack of transparency, and to the one-sided presentation.  
    Because of the offer to PWN to allow some of us to attend and participate in this ‘educational’ presentation, PWN requests that no signs be used that afternoon.  Instead, PWN requests that it be converted to a vigil, to appear in general silence, and to offer an ‘educational’ handout which PWN will provide.  
    This last minute change in PWN plans is to honor the Business Coalition changing its plans.
    Thank you for honoring this new request.   

    Public Water Now protests PRIVATE meeting on PUBLIC water

    Cal Am ratepayers and PWN members will gather at 3:30 on Tuesday, June 27 at the Monterey Plaza Hotel on Cannery Row to protest the “invitation only” presentation “The True Cost of Condemnation”. The Coalition of Peninsula Businesses is hosting Joe Connor, American Water attorney, who will present his view of the costs and problems the Peninsula would face in an eminent domain takeover of California American Water.

    George Riley, Public Water Now managing director, countered, “Joe Connor and his American Water legal team recently fought Missoula’s eminent domain action to take their water public and LOST the case. We want to make sure our business community knows both sides of the story.” Read more…»

    “Stuff the Bus” Launches Distributing Backpacks to Kindergarten Students

    A calculator, pens, pencils, notebooks and binders are all basic necessities for success in the classroom, but for more than 8,200 students across Monterey County living in homeless or near homeless conditions, these essentials are out of reach.

    To address that need, United Way Monterey County, the North Monterey County Unified School District and the Monterey County Office of Education are spearheading the popular backpack drive,  Stuff the Bus, to send every child to school fully equipped to succeed.

    These families struggle not only to buy school supplies but also to buy uniforms, food and other essentials. New this year,  Stuff the Bus  will kick off with an early distribution of backpacks to kindergarten students participating in a United Way-funded Summer Bridge Pre-K. Attendees are children who have previously participated in center-based care and need to the boost to be prepared for success in kindergarten. Read more…»

    DUI Collision Arrests: Cell Phone Footage Sought by Police

    On June 13, 2017 at approximately 9:30 a.m., Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Tide in Monterey reference a head-on traffic collision with injuries. One of the drivers, identified as John Mendoza, 20, of Marina, ran away from the scene. Mendoza was contacted a short distance away by a police officer.

    Officers contacted Mendoza and he resisted arrest. Officers believe Mendoza was under the influence of drugs and he was charged with felony driving under the influence of drugs, felony hit and run, and resisting arrest. Read more…»

    3 easy steps to becoming a Red Cross summer blood donor

    (June 13, 2017) – The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood this summer for hospital patients in need and offers three easy steps people can take to help save lives. 
     
    1. Schedule – Use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment.
    2. Prepare – Get a good night’s sleep, eat a nutritious meal and drink extra fluids.
    3. Give – The donation process start to finish takes about an hour. The actual donation only takes about 10 minutes.

    Read more…»

    Peninsula Pride Celebration And Parade Returns After 10-Year Hiatus

     The Peninsula Pride Celebration and Parade is coming to Seaside on Saturday, June 17, 2017. The parade will kick off at 11 a.m. from Monterey County Social Services on Broadway Ave. in Seaside and continue down Fremont Blvd. toward Hilby Ave. Following the parade, the celebration will take place at 12:00 p.m. at the Oldemeyer Center. Read more…»

    Major actions taken by the Council at its special meeting on June 7, 2017 include:

    Carmel-By-The-Sea reaches settlement with PG&E over home explosion in March 2014

    With legal assurances included to protect the safety of its residents and visitors, the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea has reached an out-of-court settlement in the lawsuit that it filed against Pacific Gas & Electric in connection with a gas leak and explosion that destroyed an unoccupied single-family residence at the southwest corner of Guadalupe Street and Third Avenue on the morning of March 3, 2014. Read more…»

    Major actions taken by the Council at its special meeting on May 31, 2017 include:

    • Received a presentation from MRWPCA Government Affairs Administrator Mike

    McCullough regarding the Agency’s proposed Prop 218 rate increase.

    • Authorized the City Manager to amend the Professional Services Agreement with Knight

    Communications to provide technology support services, extending the agreement date through August 31, 2017, in an amount not to exceed $20,000 for an Agreement total of $255,500.

    •Approved the appointments to Boards and Committees as follows:

    o Rec Board, Jay Tully, 6/1/17 – 1/31/21

    o HRC, Joe Rock, 6/1/17 to 1/31/19

    o Admin Panel, John La Londe, 6/1/17 – 1/31/18

    • Discussed, reviewed, and considered the draft Fiscal Year 2017-18 Budget. Read more…»

    Murdered hero of Portland train attack was a Stevenson student

    Facebook photo by Prof. Noelwah Netusil released by Reed College

    The world is now aware of an alleged hate crime that took place on an Oregon train last week. A white supremacist confronted two teen-aged girls, one of them wearing hijab, and began shouting anti-Islam and racial epithets at the frightened girls. He shouted that they should go back to Saudi Arabia and should kill themselves. The girls moved to the back of the train. According to one of the girls, Destinee Magnum, who said they were ready to get off the train, three strangers intervened with the ranting criminal, telling the man that he “can’t disrespect these young ladies like that.”

    The man instead attacked the three, stabbing them and sending “blood everywhere,” Magnum told reporters. She and her friend escaped the train and ran away. The perpetrator was captured and arrested and is facing two counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder, two counts of intimidation, and being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon.

    Of the three Good Samaritans, Ricky John Best, 53, of Happy Valley, OR died at the scene. The military veteran worked as a technician for the city of Portland.

    Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, of Portland, died at the hospital. It has come to light that Meche was once a student at Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, and would have graduated with the Class of 2012. He withdrew and finished high school in Ashland, OR where he was raised. He had graduated from Portland’s Reed College with a degree in economics last year and had just begun his career working at an environmental consulting agency.

    The third victim, Micah Fletcher, 21, is still in the hospital being treated for serious injuries.

    Sam Radseresht, a fellow student with Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche at Stevenson during those formative years, is now living in New York. He writes of his friend, “Tilly:” Read more…»

    Rebroadcast dates/times of 3rd Panetta Lecture

    The third event of the twentieth annual Leon Panetta 2017 Lecture Series, The Trump Presidency and the Future of America, that will be held Monday, May 29, 2017 at the Theater of the Sunset Cultural Center will be rebroadcast on the following dates and times:

    Monterey Peninsula and Salinas
    MCAET, Comcast Cable Channel 26 (Monterey Peninsula and Salinas)
    MCAET, Over the Air Channel 38.1 (Monterey Peninsula and Salinas)
    Sudden Link, MCAET Channel 15 (Fort Ord and Presidio of Monterey)
    Campus Televideo Cable Channel 72.1 (CSUMB)

    Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Saturday, June 10, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 

    Read more…»

    Save Our Shores to manage waste & educate beach goers at Monterey Bay hotspot beaches during Memorial Weekend

     With temperatures predicted to be in the 70s this Memorial weekend, Monterey Bay beaches are bound to see a high-volume of visitors. This is great for the local economy, but is potentially messy for waste management and water quality along the coast. To manage the inundation, marine conservation nonprofit Save Our Shores will be providing their annual pollution prevention outreach on Memorial Day, bracketed by mass cleanup efforts across the Monterey Bay the morning before and after the holiday. The nonprofit is seeking volunteers.

    OUTREACH: Pollution prevention outreach will take place at the two most visited beaches in the Monterey Bay: 

    • May 29th: Cowell/Main Beach in Santa Cruz (12-4pm)

    • May 29th: Del Monte Beach in Monterey (12-4pm)

     The outreach effort is a part of the nonprofit’s 2017 Holiday Relief Program to reduce litter at hotspot beaches on Memorial, Independence and Labor Day from entering the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. By reminding beachgoers to enjoy their holiday responsibly and offering ways to do so, Save Our Shores removes significantly less waste during mass cleanup efforts at hotspot beaches. Last year, SOS volunteers and staff managed to hand out 538 bags at Cowell/Main Beach in Santa Cruz on Memorial Day. Read more…»

    SPCA still caring for 64 bunnies

    Since Easter, the SPCA for Monterey County has rescued and sheltered 91 rabbits. These include 54 rabbits rescued by SPCA humane officers and 37 brought to the SPCA by owners who could no longer care for them.

    Thanks to adopters and rabbit rescue groups, the SPCA has found placement for 27 of the rabbits but is still caring for 64 rabbits of all shapes, colors, and sizes. Currently seven of these rabbits are available for adoption, with more than 20 almost ready for adoption. Read more…»

    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…»

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