• Conditional Voter Registration Allows Californians Who Missed Traditional Deadline another Opportunity to Register to Vote

    October 23, 2018

    There is a new option for Californians who missed the October 22 deadline to register or update their voter registration for the November 6, 2018, General Election. A new option known as conditional voter registration allows eligible citizens to register and vote on the same day, today through Election Day.

    “There is a new opportunity for California citizens who missed the voter registration deadline — conditional voter registration,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. “If you missed the regular voter registration deadline you may not be able to vote at your local polling place or by mail, but you still have an opportunity to cast a ballot. Between now and Election Day, you can go to your county election office or a designated satellite location to complete the conditional voter registration process by filing out a voter registration card and a ballot. Once county elections officials complete the regular voter registration verification process, your ballot will be processed and your vote will be counted. This is yet another step we are taking to expand voting rights in California.”

    “If you are unsure of your voter registration status, you can quickly check it at voterstatus.sos.ca.gov,” Padilla added.

    Click here for a searchable list of conditional voter registration locations by county.

    To learn more about the Voter’s Choice Act, visit: http://voterschoice.sos.ca.gov

    Last Call for Write-In Candidates

    October 22, 2018

    The write-in candidate filing period for the November 6, Statewide General Election ends on Tuesday, October 23 at 5:00 PM. To qualify, candidates must meet the requirements of office and file nomination forms. Write in candidates for city offices will file with the appropriate city clerk. All other write-in candidates will file at the Monterey County Elections Office located at 1441 Schilling Place – North Building, Salinas, CA 93901. There are no filing fees or candidate statements and the write-in candidate’s name will not appear on the ballot.
    For more information please call 831-796-1499.

    October 11, 2018

    Early Voting Starts Monday!

    October 7, 2018

    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.

    October 4, 2018

    Update on 10/3/18 Pacific Grove City Council meeting thanks to Rudy Fischer
    We went through the Master Fee Schedule and approved it after some discussion. This sets the fees the city charges people and businesses for permits, reviews, and other special needs.

    The council Water Subcommittee was extended for another month in order to finish our work. So Cynthia and Bill Peake and I will try to finish our ordinance and council policy.

    We did extend the contract with a consulting company which is helping us with our Local Coastal Plan for submission to the Coastal Commission.

    We had a Monterey County Tourism Improvement District presentation (MCTID) about dissolving our HID and adopting the MCTID model. They want us to sign up right away, but I don’t think we are prepared to act on this item without more information and review. We also can’t act on something that was just presented. Apparently Monterey has been working on this for a year or more, but we feel it has now just been sprung on us.

    October 4, 2018

    September 27, 2018

    Congressman Panetta Accepting Applications for Service Academy Nominations

    September 24, 2018

    Applications due October 26, 2018
    Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) announced that his office will be accepting applications for service academy nominations. Candidates interested in attending one of four U.S. service academies, including the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, or U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, must submit applications and other necessary documents by Friday, October 26, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. PST.
    “As a U.S. Representative, I have the privilege of nominating young people from our communities to our nation’s military academies,” said Congressman Panetta. “I commend the candidates for their pursuit of service to our country, and I look forward to assisting them in any way that I can.” Read the rest of this story »

    Generations by the Bay Now Open

    September 24, 2018

    September 17, Generations by the Bay Adult Day Care opened its doors to the public. If you know of someone who could use a respite break or may be looking for an engaging environment for their loved one, this is the place. The linked flyer has all the information you need! Stay tuned for an invitation to our Open House! Schedule a visit by calling 831-649-3363.


    September 24, 2018

    The Arts Council for Monterey County (ACMC) announces their Fall 2018 grant cycle is open through October 15 to nonprofit arts organizations, art programs and cultural groups. Arts Council Board President Susan Breen will present the awards at a reception in December.
    Each year the Arts Council for Monterey County provides grants to dozens of arts organizations and groups with programs taking place at various venues throughout the county. Funded programs include all disciplines, formats and traditions. Priority impact areas are Cultural Tourism, Rural Communities, Education, and Small Business Support. This funding is made possible by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors through the Office of Economic Development. Grants are reviewed by five-member panels comprised of board members and arts leaders from each county district.
    “Each of our grantees plays a role in helping us fulfill our mission to improve the quality of life for everyone in our region through the arts,” notes Executive Director Paulette Lynch. In unique and powerful ways, they contribute to making our youth more engaged, our families more connected and our communities more vibrant. As we celebrate 36 years of service, we are more committed than ever to further expanding our reach and impact and more grateful than ever to our partners in this process.”
    The deadline for the fall cycle is October 15, 2018. The application is available on line at arts4mc.org/grants or by sending email request to klara@arts4mc.org.
    For more information or to get involved with ACMC programs, contact Executive Director Paulette Lynch at 831-622-9060 or visit the web site at arts4mc.org

    Sunset Center, Room 5, San Carlos at Ninth
    Post Office Box 7495, Carmel, CA 93921
    Phone (831) 622-9060 – Fax (831) 622-9061
    Email: klara@arts4mc.org
    Web: arts4mc.org

    Will a new face help CalPERS find its way?

    September 17, 2018

    The California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) has endorsed Corona Police Sergeant Jason Perez for the Public Agency Seat of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) Board of Directors.
    “CalPERS is in trouble and needs Sergeant Jason Perez on its Board,” said CPCA President, David Swing. “Jason is the only candidate with a real plan to save the pension fund and ensure that police officers and all public employees throughout California will have a stable and secure retirement when their careers come to an end.”
    Established in 1966, the California Police Chiefs Association represents municipal police chiefs and their agencies in California. Association members provide public safety for more than 26 million Californians.
    “I am deeply honored to have the support of California’s Police Chiefs,” Jason Perez said. “One of the most vital tools these chiefs need to attract the best and most professional police officers to their departments is the pension benefit. As a member of the CalPERS Board of Director’s, I will work hard every day to ensure that the CalPERS pension fund is solvent and provides those who have paid into the system with the reasonable retirement they were promised.”
    Jason Perez is committed to steering the CalPERS Board away from failing divestment strategies that have resulted in catastrophic financial losses for California’s pension fund. Prior to the current Board makeup, CalPERS was 108% funded. Today CalPERS is roughly 70% funded, resulting in employees across the state have had their retirements cut.
    Jason Perez is a sergeant with the Corona Police Department and currently serves as the president of the Corona Police Officers Association. Perez’s candidacy for CalPERS Board of Directors is supported by rank and file law enforcement officers and a large collection of municipal and county employees throughout the state of California.


    September 17, 2018

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) on October 3, 2018. The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 PM EDT and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether technological improvements are needed.

    October 3 was the previously scheduled back-up date for the test, which was originally set up for this Thursday, September 20. A backup date is always planned in case of widespread severe weather or other significant events on the primary test date. FEMA and the nation’s emergency management community remain committed to the life-saving activities occurring through parts of North Carolina and South Carolina.

    September 14, 2018

    September 13, 2018

    September 25 is National Voter Registration Day

    Attend a voter registration training and help register voters.

    Monterey County Elections will host a registration training at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, 2018 in preparation for National Voter Registration Day (NVRD).
    NVRD is a massive 50-state effort to register thousands of voters.

    The training is open to members of the public with an interest to help other community members to register to vote. In order to help citizens, register to vote, you do not need to be a registered voter, be a particular age or even be a resident of the area. However, if you help someone fill out an affidavit of registration, you do have certain obligations and responsibilities to comply with.

    The goal is to increase participation by encouraging Americans to register to vote and update their information in time for the November 6, 2018 Election.

    Community members attending the training will receive instructions in voter registration, treatment of completed registration cards and prompt delivery of completed registration forms to the Elections Department.

    Training will take place at 1441 Schilling Place – North Building, Cayenne Room in Salinas. There is no cost to attend and confirmation of attendance is desired but walk-ins will be welcome. To register for the event please email MCE.Outreach@co.monterey.ca.us or call 831-796-1499.

    For information on the upcoming election visit www.montereycountyelections.us.


    September 6, 2018

    August 24, 2018

    Major actions taken by City Council at the meeting of Aug. 15, 2018 include:

    August 17, 2018

    •Mayor Kampe proclaimed September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Pacific Grove.
    •Received a presentation from Todd Muck of TAMC regarding Measure X and Gas Tax Projects.
    •Approved the minutes of the August 1, 2018 City Council Regular Meeting.
    •Approved Resolution No. 18-027 amending Council Policy 000-11 City Council Benefits to reflect accurate benefits and updated information.
    •Approved Resolution No. 18-028 amending Council Policy No. 000-19 to update the City records retention and records management schedule and reflect revisions from City departments.
    •Received quarterly report on progress of the Pacific Grove-Monterey Area of Special Biological •Significance (ASBS) Wet-Dry Weather Stormwater Capture and Diversion (Prop 1) Project.
    •Adopted Sewer System Management Plan (SSMP) Revision #2 and authorize City staff to certify the document in the California Integrated Water Quality System (CIWQS).
    •Supported resolutions offered for consideration at the League of California Cities’ Annual Conference and direct City of Pacific Grove (City) Delegate or Alternate to vote in favor of the resolutions during the Conference General Assembly.
    •Approved response to the 2017-2018 Monterey County Civil Grand Jury Report “Who’s In Charge? Stepping up on Homelessness: The need for strategic leadership and comprehensive planning.” Staff further recommends the Mayor be authorized to send a response letter to the Monterey County Civil Grand Jury. Read the rest of this story »

    August 9, 2018

    August 9, 2018

    August 9, 2018

    August 4, 2018

    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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    Structure fire displaces occupants

    July 30, 2018

    At 8:42 AM on July 30, 2018, the Monterey Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 428 Dela Vina Avenue in Monterey. Units arriving on scene found smoke coming from an apartment at 486 Casa Verde Way. All occupants had safely evacuated the involved apartment prior to the fire department’s arrival. The fire was confined within a shared wall between two apartments on the second floor.
    Monterey Fire responded with three engine companies, one truck company, and a Division Chief. The Seaside Fire Department sent an engine company on automatic aid. Fire personnel were able to extinguish the fire and ensure all occupants were out of the adjacent apartments within 15 minutes. The fire was caused by a plumber doing some soldering work on pipes in the wall. People from four apartment units were displaced and received assistance from the American Red Cross.
    The Monterey Fire Department would like to remind people to be cautious when working with open flame devices. When using such devices always check for possible ignition of structural components and have a fire extinguisher close at hand. Immediately call 9-1-1 if material gets ignited.

    Pet Parade 2018

    July 28, 2018

    Steve Hauk went to the Pet Parade yesterday, July 27. If you didn’t, you missed meeting Randolph the pet stinkbug… and Mathilda, the retriever who pooped out and refused to go any farther.

    July 26, 2018

    Feast of Lanterns Fireworks Show Safety
    Sat., July 28, Monterey Fire will have a strong presence in the area before and during the fireworks show for the Feast of Lanterns. The Deputy Fire Marshal will meet with the pyrotechnics company representative and inspect the entire system for launching fireworks to ensure it is compliant with applicable codes. An extra engine will be staffed with 3 personnel near the launch site to provide for safety and fire suppression in the immediate area. The regularly scheduled engine company at the Pacific Grove Station will stage close to the fireworks area, outside of the crowd to ensure mobility, and will monitor for embers and other fallout from the fireworks as well as any illegal fireworks use by citizens (we will work closely with PGPD on enforcement of illegal fireworks use). The engine company from Station 12 (New Monterey) will respond to calls in Pacific Grove as appropriate to reduce the out-of-service time of the Pacific Grove engine so that they can remain in the fireworks area. The Incident Command Vehicle will be present at the event to provide a command post for Fire and Law Enforcement and other agencies. This vehicle has telescoping cameras that will assist in monitoring the fireworks and possible embers from them.
    This increased presence will serve to ensure the safety of both people and structures in the area. It is important to communicate to residents the importance of calling 9-1-1 immediately if they observe embers falling onto homes so that we can investigate right away. The same applies to observing illegal fireworks use.

    Be a Foster Parent to an Adorable Puppy or Kitten

    July 18, 2018

    Adorable kittens and puppies need your help! SPCA for Monterey County fosters raise and care for rescued underage or injured pets. Fostering can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

    The SPCA provides all the food, supplies, advice, and veterinary care you need to foster a rescued pet. You provide the love, late-night feedings, and snuggles.

    Right now, the SPCA is caring for 257 cats and kittens, with more arriving every day. We are also caring for 17 underage rescued puppies. To learn more about fostering, visit www.SPCAmc.org/foster or call 831-373-2631.

    Other Ways to Help:
    Give gifts to rescued pets: www.SPCAmc.org/kitten-shower
    Donate: www.SPCAmc.org/donate
    Adopt: www.SPCAmc.org/adopt (Pick Your Price on adult cats all July!)

    The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for Monterey County is your nonprofit, independent, donor-supported humane society that has been serving the animals and people of Monterey County since 1905. The SPCA is not a chapter of any other agency and does not have a parent organization. They shelter homeless, neglected and abused pets and livestock, and provide humane education and countless other services to the community. They are the local agency you call to investigate animal cruelty, rescue and rehabilitate injured wildlife, and aid domestic animals in distress. Online at www.SPCAmc.org.

    City Council will Discuss Transient Occupancy Tax Increase

    July 13, 2018

    On the agenda for Wed., July 18, 2018:
    1. An increase in the TOT from 10 – 12% of the amount paid by the transient is estimated to yield an additional $1,135,000 in revenues annual. This estimate is based upon updated projections for the period ending in Fiscal Year 17/18, and DOES NOT take into consideration any adjustments for the short-term rental license lottery held earlier this year, or the proposed citizen’s short-term rental initiative that will be on the November 6, 2018 ballot.
    2. The estimated cost of consolidating the next election (November 6) with the Monterey County Elections Office is $6-$8 per voter or $58,206 to $77,608. This estimated cost, provided by the Monterey County Elections office in January 2018, is for the City’s local candidates, and any City measure and/or initiatives.

    Enter Drawings for Big Sur International Marathon

    July 13, 2018

    Registration to enter a series of random drawings for next year’s Big Sur International Marathon, set for April 28, 2019, will begin Sunday, July 15.

    The Big Sur International Marathon has sold out for years and is a “bucket list” race for runners from around the globe. To increase accessibility to this popular event, the Big Sur Marathon Foundation offers various drawings and categories to earn a spot in the late-April race. The Groups & Couples drawing will be held first, followed by Loyalty, Locals, First-Timers, and finally, the Last Chance drawing. Prospective participants wishing to bypass the random drawings can enter through one of four first-come, first-served categories: Big Sur VIP, Marathon Tours, Boston 2 Big Sur, and JUST RUN Charity Entries.

    The schedule to register for the various categories is as follows:

    GROUPS & COUPLES: Registration takes place 7/15 – 7/24 with results announced on 7/26. This category is for groups of two to 15 people who want to participate only if everyone in the group is chosen.

    LOYALTY: Registration open from 7/27 – 8/5; results announced 8/6. For those who have finished one or more 26.2-mile Big Sur Marathons.

    LOCALS: Registration open from 7/29 – 8/7; results announced 8/8. For both veteran and first-time marathoners whose primary residence is in Monterey County, CA (939XX zip code).

    FIRST TIMERS: Registration open from 7/31 – 8/9; results announced 8/10. For those who have never finished the 26.2-mile Big Sur Marathon.

    LAST CHANCE: Registration open from 8/11 – 8/19; results announced 8/20. For anyone not selected or who didn’t participate in earlier drawings.

    There is no fee to enter any of the drawings.
    Non-drawing, first-come, first-served options include:
    · The new Big Sur VIP Program, already open, that offers specialized training and start-and finish amenities.
    · The Just Run charity entry program opens July 15. This higher-priced entry supports the Foundation’s popular youth fitness program.
    · Marathon Tours offers a confirmed race entry with one of their full travel packages including hotel, on-site travel, race hospitality, and other race perks.
    · Marathoners interested in running in the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge (B2B), two marathons separated by 13 days, have the opportunity to register for this division beginning October 1 following their separate admittance into the Boston Marathon.
    · The Marathon is also working with 13 charities with race entry available for those who meet minimum fund-raising levels. The affiliated charities will be announced later this month.

    Detailed information on the special categories and the full registration process is available on the Big Sur International Marathon website. Additional distance events taking place along the Big Sur Marathon course on April 28, 2019 are open for first-come, first-served registration beginning September 1, 2018. These distances include a Relay, 21-Miler, 11-Miler, 12K and 5K.

    About the Big Sur Marathon Foundation
    The Big Sur Marathon Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create beautiful running events that promote health and benefit the community. Under the brand are four individual race weekends: Big Sur International Marathon in April, Run in the Name of Love 5K and 2K in June, Salinas Valley Half Marathon and 5K in August, and the Monterey Bay Half Marathon, 5K and 3K in November. In addition, the Foundation oversees the award-winning JUST RUN® youth fitness program. www.bsim.org #bigsurmarathon

    CHP Report: Collision with major injuries – Carmel Valley

    July 13, 2018

    On 07/12/2018 at approximately 1940 hours, a brown Pathfinder, driven by Margot McNally was traveling WB on Carmel Valley Rd E of Country Club Dr. Due to McNally’s high rate of speed and alcohol impairment she was unable to safely negotiate a curve in the roadway and crossed over the double yellow line onto the eastbound lane, directly into the path of a white GMC Suburban, being driven by a 69-yr-old female. After the collision both vehicles came to rest within the EB lane of Carmel Valley Rd and the GMC’s engine compartment caught fire. An off duty firefighter who arrived after the collision assisted the driver of the GMC to safety. McNally, her unconscious 16-yr-old passenger, who was not wearing her seatbelt and the driver of the GMC were transported to Natividad Medical Center. Alcohol was a contributing factor in this collision. We are working with Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) to determine where McNally and her passenger were able to obtain the alcohol. McNally’s passenger is currently in critical condition. McNally was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol and causing great bodily injury. EB and WB Carmel Valley Rd were closed for approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes due to patient care, fluids in the roadway, vehicle recovery and the investigation.

    Reminder: Seatbelts save lives and driving impaired is 100% preventable.

    Fire update last week

    July 12, 2018

    Structure Fire – On July 7, 2018, at 6:50 a.m., Monterey Fire Department personnel responded to a structure fire at 831 Marino Pines, Pacific Grove. Engine 14 arrived on scene of a single story family dwelling that was under construction and reported to be unoccupied. Light smoke was showing from the eave vents. There was dense smoke from floor to ceiling throughout the house. Engine 14 forced entry and located the fire in the bedroom. The fire was contained within a small are of the bedroom and burned a hole in the floor. Quick response times contributed to the fire being extinguished quickly. A Fire Investigator was dispatched to the scene to assess the damage and determine the cause of the fire.

    Auto Aid to Pebble Beach for Vegetation Fire – July 9, 2018, Monterey Fire Department Engine 14 was first on scene to a vegetation fire at Congress and Chaparral in Pebble Beach. Engine 14’s crew along with Cal Fire extinguished a half acre fire before it could grow and threaten structures.

    4th of July is over: Take down the bunting and put up the lanterns!

    July 7, 2018

    General Rules for the 2018 Feast of Décor, sponsored by Cedar Street Times
    Enter the Feast of Decor by decorating your home or business for Feast of Lanterns! To participate in the contest, applicants are welcome to submit their name, phone # and address (photo optional) to Cedar Street Times at www.cedarstreettimes.com or by mail to 306 Grand Ave. Pacific Grove, CA 93950. You can even use Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cedarstreettimes/Winning homes and businesses will be posted in Cedar Street Times and on the Feast of Lanterns website www.feast-of-lanterns.org You may also submit an entry via mail to the Feast of Lanterns PO Box 809 Pacific Grove, CA 93950. You must formally apply by July 17, 2018 at midnight to be considered for the Feast of Décor House Decorating Contest. Judging will take place on July 18, 2018. Read the rest of this story »

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