• Monterey County is a Welcoming County

    February 16, 2017

    The final version has not been dissemination yet, but Supervisor Luis Alejo, sponsor of the resolution, advises that The Monterey County Board of Supervisors today passed a resolution that affirms Monterey County as a Welcoming County and declares itself  place of trust and safety. The resolution, in its raw form,  urges that NO COUNTY RESOURCES BE USED to assist in the enforcement of federal immigration law to gather or disseminate information regarding the immigration status of individuals or any other such personal information unless it is required by Federal or State stature, regulation or court decision. Further, the Board was set to urge that no department or employee begin inquiry or enforcement action based solely on a person’s actual or suspected immigration status, national origin, race, ethnicity and/or English proficiency.

    There’s more in this comprehensive resolution. Final version and the vote breakdown are expected on Friday, February 17.

    Welcome: State of the City Address Tuesday Feb. 21

    February 16, 2017

    All members of the public are welcome as Mayor Kampe will present the general state of our City, our top priorities including progress and challenges, and some current topics of interest. Questions will be fielded at the end of the presentation.

    Please attend, bring questions, and mention this meeting to others who may have an interest.

    Tues., Feb. 21 State of the City Address 6:00 – 7:00 pm Community Center 515 Junipero Ave Pacific Grove

    Steinbeck’s birthday is coming: Join a rare tour of Ed Ricketts’ Lab

    February 13, 2017

    At the end of every February members and friends of the Cannery Row Foundation gather at Pacific Biological Laboratories (Ed Ricketts’ Lab) with Cannery Row, John Steinbeck, and Ed Ricketts fans from all over the Monterey Peninsula (and far beyond) to honor and celebrate the internationally famous John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts historic, literary, and ecological legacies at Pacific Biological Laboratories on/near John Steinbeck’s birthday (February 27).

    The Pacific Biological Laboratories is where Ed Ricketts and John Steinbeck conceived and planned their 1940 “Voyage of Science and Leisure” to Baja California’s Sea of Cortez on the famed Monterey purse-seiner, the Read the rest of this story »

    Secretary Padilla Responds to Trump Adviser’s Unsubstantiated Voter Fraud Allegations

    February 12, 2017

    Secretary of State Alex Padilla released the following statement following President Trump’s senior policy adviser Stephen Miller’s unsubstantiated allegations of widespread voter fraud on Sunday morning news shows:

    “Another day, another Team Trump claim of ‘massive’ voter fraud without any evidence. Just last week the White House said the issue was ‘no longer a priority’ and that Vice President Pence would lead an investigation. It appears they have reached their conclusions before the inquiry has even begun. To be clear, these allegations are lies and they undermine our democracy by making people believe the system is rigged and their vote doesn’t matter. America deserves better.”

    IMPORTANT! Re closure of Pfeiffer Cyn Bridge: If you need your car…

    February 12, 2017

    This is an important message to residents that have been isolated due to the closure of Pfieffer Canyon Bridge.  If you need your vehicle for travel outside the affected area, you must move cars to the Pineridge Trails parking lot.  State parks has opened the gate there. Time is of the essence.  There will be a hard closure of the bridge at 5 PM today.  Vehicles are being escorted over the bridge until the hard closure.

    Poetry Out Loud Award Goes to Alisal High’s Florencia Gregorio

    February 11, 2017

    Parents, fellow competitors, and judges sat rapt in the Seaside Community Center as tiny Florencia Gregorio of Alisal High School filled the room with a soul-felt rendition of  “Bent to the Earth,” a poem by Blas Manuel De Luna about a van full of Mexican field workers stopped by immigration officers. She will represent Monterey County at the State level, where others from Monterey County have triumphed in years past and gone on to the national level in Washington, DC. Florencia also recited “To the Desert” by Benjamin Alire Saenz.

    Her team mate, Christian Quiroz, a runner-up, was a show-stopper with “El Olvido” by Judith Ortiz Cafer, a piece about forgetting one’s cultural identity in an effort to fit in.

    Pacific Grove’s Parker Staples chose “The Redeemer” by Siegried Sassoon as her first piece and followed it up with “Little Girl,” a poem by Tami Haaland about a child captured in a photograph. It portends, 

    “She has things to do,
    you can tell. Places to explore
    beyond the frame…”
     
    Parker placed third, while her team mate Jordan Modisette was runner-up with “Famous” by Naomi Shihab Nye. 
    Other competitors were Jose Sanchez, Gonzales High; Ceclia Trujillo, Gonzalez High; and Keishawn Robinson, Seaside High who placed second.
    Here is the poem with which Florencia Gregorio won the day:

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    Carmel Wins Mock Trial Competition

    February 11, 2017

    Once more it was a close contest, but at the end of the competition between arch rivals on the football field, it was Carmel who won in the “courtroom.” Before a standing-room only crowd of teachers, classmates, parents and fellow students, Carmel was declared the overall winner as well as garnering the highest number of “outstanding” awards overall, outpacing Pacific Grove, Gonzales, Palma, Alvarez and Santa Catalina.

    The event, sponsored by the Lyceum of Monterey, has been building to the climax as well. Attorneys, judges, and various coaches from across the county contributed to the 18th year of this outstanding event which saw teenagers enacting a trial, smartly dressed in black and gray suits, some in high heels. The trial this year was about a restauranteur accused to forced labor of an immigrant. It included expert witnesses and character witnesses and more. The verdict was guilty, in case you wondered, but not for lack of an excellent defense.

    Carmel will be sending its Mock Trial team to the state competition, as well as the top two winners of the journalism and courtroom artist awards. Please click the link below for individual results. What a presentation these teenagers, smartly dressed in black suits, and some in high heels, gave. 2017 Mock Trial Results

    Cone ZoneReport: Scheduled Monterey County Road Work 2/12-18

    February 10, 2017

    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 south of Nepenthe (Mon 44). 

    Holman Highway 68 Roundabout: February 13 – February 17

    • Daytime work continues off of the roadway.  
    • No nighttime is currently scheduled. 
    • Sign up to receive text message alerts for the Holman highway 68 Roundabout by texting 68roundabout to 888777.

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    Firearms and Narcotics Arrest

    February 10, 2017

    On February 9, 2017 at approximately 11:54 a.m., Monterey County Probation Officers and Pacific Grove Police Officers assisted Peninsula Regional Violence and Narcotics Team (PRVNT) Detectives with a probation compliance search in the 400 block of Grand Avenue in the City of Pacific Grove.

    During the search, Detectives located five firearms, high capacity magazines, ammunition, approximately two grams of methamphetamine, narcotics paraphernalia and over twenty morphine pills. Four of the firearms were reported stolen out of Monterey. Read the rest of this story »

    Panetta Institute Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Leon Panetta Lecture Series with an Amazing Lineup

    February 8, 2017

     

    The Trump Presidency and the Future of America 

    Speakers Condoleezza Rice, Madeleine Albright, Robert Reich, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Donna Brazile, David Gergen, 

    Bill Kristol and Chris Jennings to  Join Secretary Leon E. Panetta at Sunset Cultural Center  Read the rest of this story »

    Berkeley Riots from a Local Student’s Perspective

    February 6, 2017

    Kevin Zamzow-Pollock is from Pacific Grove. He graduated with honors from York School, and is now a student at UC Berkeley. This is his story about the recent Berkeley riots.
     
    My name is Kevin Zamzow-Pollock, my mother is Heidi Zamzow. I am a Freshman at UC Berkeley and my mom said I should contact you with a statement because a lot of people are under the wrong impression about the recent riots. 

    First of all, despite requests to the contrary, the University was adamant that Milo Yiannopoulos be allowed to speak, citing Berkeley’s commitment to free speech, although the administration noted that it was strongly opposed to his views and methods. The University took a number of precautions to assure the safety of all people involved, recognizing the inevitability of a protest.

    On the day of Mr. Yiannopoulos’ visit, the campus was already buzzing with security and media, with helicopters flying over head, at 4:30 or so, hours before the event. A crowd began to gather and, although I was in class, I have heard from nearly all sources that the protest was entirely peaceful. As the campus grew dark, a group of black-clad, armed, self-proclaimed “anti-fascists” that authorities have determined were unassociated with the University or its student body showed up, stormed the barricades, broke windows, set off firecrackers, and built a bonfire. I know a number of students who left at this point and videos have shown that the vast majority of those that stayed remained bystanders and did not participate in the violence. Only at this point was the talk canceled, citing the danger to both students and Mr. Yiannopoulos. 
    This had already happened when I got out of class, but I can tell you what happened when I got back to my dorm. In the lobby I found a floormate of mine who had been coming back from class telling the others how he had been pepper-sprayed and beaten by one of the “anti-fascists” and called a Nazi. He’s a Syrian Muslim. He was not making it up; I saw the welts on his back. This is his Facebook post, with his name not included for anonymity: 

    “Last night as I was walking back to my dorm, I was abruptly approached by a man and told I “look like a Nazi”. The man then pepper sprayed me and beat me to the ground with a baton. This man was NOT a student at the university. I repeat he was NOT a student. I am certain that he belonged to a group of anarchists who solely wished to incite violence and crime at this protest.

     

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    Taking Action on Climate Change: What’s Possible?

    February 6, 2017

    On Wednesday, February 8, the Sustainability Coordinator of the City of Monterey, Ted Terrasas, will talk about setting and meeting realistic objectives and next steps. Bring your ideas and questions. PG needs to plan and act, too!

    Sustainable Pacific Grove, February 8, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, 7-8:30 pm

    Climate Change is upon us, and Monterey’s response can be an inspiration to Pacific Grove in planning for sea-level rise and other consequences.

    The City of Monterey, among the most progressive cities of Central California, has stepped up to the challenge and will be evaluating and implementing an extended set of actions.

     

    ‘The State of our Watershed’ free public forum Mon. Feb. 13

    February 6, 2017

    A free public forum under the auspices of Public Water Now is planned for Monday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. “The State of Our Watershed” with David Stoldt, General Manager and Larry Hampson, District Engineer of Monterey Peninsula Water Management District will begin at 7:00 p.m. Read the rest of this story »

    Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Management Agreement Ensures 2017 Race Season

    February 3, 2017

    Feb. 3, 2016
    The approval this week of an agreement for management of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca marks the beginning of a new era for the iconic raceway and its world-renowned events, making the events now entirely County-owned. It was reported elsewhere as a two-year agreement, but County sources confirm that it is, in fact, a three-year management agreement between the County and SCRAMP. No other entity is involved in the agreement. Read the rest of this story »

    80 Local, Low-Income Children to Receive Free Dental Services

    February 3, 2017

    The Monterey County Office of Education Migrant Education Program to Partner with Christina’s Smile Charity Dental Clinic, the PGA Tour and Champions Tour
    The Monterey County Office of Education Migrant Education Program is hosting the Christina’s Smile Children’s Charity Dental Clinic in cooperation with the PGA Tour and Champions Tour next week as follows:

    Wednesday, February 8 through Friday, February 10, 2017
    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Twin Creeks Golf Course, 1551 Beacon Hill Drive, Salinas, CA 93905 Read the rest of this story »

    Monterey Library to Celebrate Little Free Library…and Year of the Rooster

    January 31, 2017

    The Friends of the Monterey Public Library have purchased and installed their second “Little Free Library,” to be unveiled Wed., Feb. 1 at Montecito Park in Monterey next to the Monterey Fire Station 3 (Dela Vina at Montecito) at 4:30 p.m. The residents of the Villa Del Monte neighborhood will now have reading materials available to them in their own park. Read the rest of this story »

    MILDLY PUT: CSU Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order

    January 31, 2017

    (January 30, 2017) – The California State University is committed to being an inclusive and welcoming institution of higher education that is enhanced by the students, faculty, staff and alumni from our global community.

    We are deeply troubled by President Trump’s recent executive order that stands in stark contrast to the fundamental tenets of the California State University. We believe in the free exchange of ideas globally, central to which is our ability to welcome and interact with those from around the world.   Read the rest of this story »

    Panetta Appointed to Agriculture Subcommittees

    January 31, 2017

    $5 billion is at stake

    Congressman Jimmy Panetta announced that he has been selected to serve on the House Committee on Agriculture’s Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research and Nutrition Subcommittees.

    “It is an honor and privilege to be appointed to the House Agriculture Committee’s Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Subcommittee as well as the Nutrition Subcommittee,” said Congressman Panetta. “From artichokes, strawberries, lettuce, and wine grapes to orchids and tulips, the Central Coast produces more than 100 types of crops which generate $5 billion annually for the economy and help give the area its designation of Salad Bowl of the World. I am honored to join these two subcommittees, which are critical for our Central Coast region.” Read the rest of this story »

    Panetta Statement Regarding President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration 

    January 30, 2017

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

    Is this how secession begins?

    January 26, 2017

    Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced the proponent of a new initiative was cleared to begin collecting petition signatures today, Jan. 27, 2017. Read the rest of this story »

    Major actions taken by the Council at its regular meeting on January 20, 2017 include:

    January 20, 2017

    January 20 Regular City Council Meeting. Read the rest of this story »

    Breakers: Get an option on this kid!

    January 20, 2017

    Dilbar Dhaliwal with Elk member Joseph Villa from the Elk’s District contest last Saturday.

    Dilbar Dhaliwal, a 6th grader at Pacific Grove Middle School, won the local Elk’s Free-throw contest (making 17/25 free-throws) held at P.G. High on November 12.

    He then competed in the Monterey Peninsula contest on January 14, winning in a tie-breaker (20/25 free-throws).
    Last Saturday, Dilbar won the Elk’s District competition in an other tie-breaker (16/25 free-throws).
    This Saturday, January 21 he will participate in the Northern California championship contest in Sacramento.
    Dilbar is competing in the Elk’s Lodge Annual National Free-Throw HOOP SHOOT contest.
    Please wish him luck for continued success as he represents our community.

    Local Coastal Program to meet March 1

    January 20, 2017

    The amended Local Coastal Program is tentatively scheduled for March 1, 2017 (note date change) for Council consideration and subsequent submission to the Coastal Commission for certification. An amended Local Coastal Program will be available for public review at least two weeks prior to the meeting.

    Please note the Historic Resources Committee will discuss historic resources and Local Coastal Program Land Use Plan scenic policies at their January 25, 2017 meeting.

    Together With Love Run/Walk registration is open

    January 19, 2017

    On Sunday, February 12 join the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center for its 32nd Anniversary of the Together With Love Run/Walk at Lovers Point Park in Pacific Grove. The 10K and 5K races starting at 9:00 AM are open to competitive runners, joggers, and fun walkers – rain or shine!
    The registration fee for the 5 and 10K is $38 through February 3 and then $42 through race day. The 1K Kids’ Fun Run begins at 8:15 a.m. The price is $12 through February 3 and then $15 through race day. Read the rest of this story »

    Carmel will cap Centennial Observances and display time capsule

    January 19, 2017

    The City of Carmel-by-the-Sea — incorporated in 1916 – will hold a ceremony in City Hall Council Chambers at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2017, to cap its centennial celebrations year. Read the rest of this story »

    A Steinbeck House is for Sale

    January 14, 2017

    As we work on the 2016 Year in Review, we have uncovered a couple of pieces which have been lost for a number of years due to the vagaries of the computer medium and the lack of organization on the part of the editor. This piece was written in February, 2009 and published then. Since it was written, the house was sold and has been undergoing a long — and no doubt expensive — renovation. Read the rest of this story »

    The Steinbeck Interview

    January 14, 2017

    As we work on the 2016 Year in Review, we have uncovered a couple of pieces which have been lost for a number of years due to the vagaries of the computer medium and the lack of organization on the part of the editor. This piece was once one of the most popular on our website. We are happy to publish it again, as we have located the original submission by the author. Read the rest of this story »

    Homeless Shelters Listed

    January 13, 2017

    With cold weather upon us, Coalition of Homeless Services Providers Executive Officer Katherine Thoeni released the Monterey County Homeless Shelter listing to the community. “No resident should have to spend nights in the cold when shelter options exist,” said Thoeni. “ Programs throughout the County expand winter shelter beds to the greatest degree possible.”

    The Coalition of Homeless Services Providers (CHSP) is a group of private nonprofit and public organizations working together to address the complex issue of homelessness. Their mission is to “eliminate homelessness in Monterey and San Benito Counties by promoting interagency coordination to develop and sustain a comprehensive system of housing and support services designed to maximize the self-sufficiency of individuals and families.” The programs of CHSP and its member agencies alleviate the human deprivation caused by family and individual homelessness and prevent the continuation of conditions of extreme poverty by breaking the cycle of homelessness.

    ~Shelter listing Read the rest of this story »

    City Council Work Plan/Strategic Planning Meeting

    January 13, 2017

    The City Council will convene a work plan/strategic planning meeting on Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 9:00AM to 3:00PM at Point Pinos Grill, 77 Asilomar Boulevard in Pacific Grove. The work plan/strategic planning meeting will be open to the public, but with an agenda focused on the City Council’s discussion, deliberation and review of the City’s Mission, Vision and Values, leading to the formulation of specific, prioritized City goals for the next two years (the length of time that this seated City Council will be working together before the next City Council elections). Questions regarding the meeting may be directed to the City Manager at bharvey@cityofpacificgrove.org

    Panetta Testifies on His Amendment to Protect Health Care For Millions

    January 13, 2017

    Yesterday evening, Jan. 12, 2017, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) testified in support of Panetta Testifying web.12.2017his amendment to the budget resolution (S.Con.Res.3) to allow people to keep their health care plan if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. Congressman Panetta’s amendment would protect health care for 30 million people nationally, including 5 million Californians, half a million Californian children and 65,000 Central Coast residents.

    “I’ve received many phone calls and emails from my constituents voicing their concerns about the Republican majority’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and I’m honored to carry their messages to my colleagues in Congress. Since the passage of the ACA, millions throughout our nation have gained health insurance coverage and people are living healthier lives. I know the plan isn’t perfect, but the ACA should be improved not abolished. That is why I offered and testified about this amendment before the House Rules Committee last night. Although the Republican majority blocked my amendment from moving to the House Floor for a vote, I will continue working to repair the ACA, not repeal it,” said Congressman Panetta.

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