• Mandatory Conservation Standards for Urban Water Suppliers Have Been Rescinded

    April 26, 2017

    Today, April 26, 2017, the State Water Resources Control Board rescinded the water supply “stress test” requirements and remaining mandatory conservation standards for urban water suppliers while keeping in place the water use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 the rest of this story »

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

    April 26, 2017

    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 the rest of this story »

    Major Actions Taken by City Council on April 19, 2017

    April 21, 2017

    Major actions taken by the Council at its regular meeting on April 19, 2017 include: Read the rest of this story »

    Rudy Fischer selected chairman of Water Pollution Control Agency

    April 14, 2017

    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

    April 13, 2017

    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

    April 13, 2017

    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

    April 12, 2017

    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 the rest of this story »

    School Board seeks a new member

    April 10, 2017

    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 the rest of this story »

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

    April 7, 2017

    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 the rest of this story »

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

    April 7, 2017

     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 the rest of this story »

    Arrest to be made in Christina Williams Case

    April 6, 2017

    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 the rest of this story »

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

    April 3, 2017


    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 the rest of this story »

    Major Disaster Declaration for California Makes FEMA Funds Available

    April 2, 2017

    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 the rest of this story »

    Coach, two players named to All-County

    April 1, 2017

    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 the rest of this story »

    Cone Zone Report: April 2-8

    March 31, 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 north of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. Read the rest of this story »

    Seaside Votes to Become a Sanctuary City

    March 29, 2017

    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

    March 27, 2017

     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 the rest of this story »

    Firearms and Narcotics Arrest

    March 24, 2017

    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 the rest of this story »


    March 23, 2017

    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

    March 20, 2017


    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 the rest of this story »

    Arrest in Cannery Row murder

    March 20, 2017

    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

    March 17, 2017

    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 the rest of this story »

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

    March 17, 2017

    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 the rest of this story »

    CCS Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year is Zachary Miller, Pacific Grove High School

    March 17, 2017

    Central Coast Section announced that Zach Miller, standout in three sports, has won the CCS Male Scholar-Athlete of theYear award. He’s headed for Harvard in case you missed our profile on this exemplary young man in our January 13, 2017 issue (http://www.cedarstreettimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/01-13-16.pdf). Emma Cushing of York School won the female scholar athlete award.

    Read the rest of this story »

    15th Annual Bowl-A-Thon Assists Local Women

    March 17, 2017

    Young mothers with breast cancer will benefit from the Breast Cancer Assistance Group’s 15th Annual Bowl-A-Thon Saturday, March 18, from 1:00 to 4: 00 PM at Monterey Lanes, 2162 N. Fremont Avenue, Monterey. The event, co-sponsored by Pacific Grove High School, honors the memory of Isabelle McKay Giacolone, a PGHS graduate who had two young children when she died of breast cancer.

    Teams are lined up and a wonderful array of silent auction items are ready for you to see and bid on. The auction and raffle will include “retired” bowling pins artistically painted by students from local high schools. Come, watch, and cheer them on. Read the rest of this story »

    Outstanding Women to be Honored

    March 17, 2017

    The Monterey County Commission on the Status of Women will honor women from across the county who are making a difference in their communities at the Outstanding Women’s Event (OWE).

    The Commission will showcase the accomplishments of these women who volunteer their time and talent within their community. Honorees work for the betterment of their fellow citizens with the hope of helping young women and girls understand the important roles women play in the community and inspire them to give back. Read the rest of this story »

    Panetta Cosponsors BRIDGE Act to Protect Undocumented Youth from Deportation

    March 15, 2017

    Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) announced that he is a cosponsor of the BRIDGE (Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy) Act. This bipartisan legislation would protect undocumented young people brought to the United States as children, should the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program be discontinued.  Read the rest of this story »

    Former Mayor Morrie Fisher succumbs at 79

    March 13, 2017

    Morrie Fisher

    Morrie Fisher, mayor of Pacific Grove for two terms, died Monday, March 13, 2017, at the age of 79, from liver cancer.

    He spent nearly his entire life in Pacific Grove. He attended all Pacific Grove schools, and graduated from Monterey Peninsula College. He was a member of the Pacific Grove High School “Hall of Fame” from the class of 1956 and served honorably in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard,

    where he managed the ship’s legal department

    . Read the rest of this story »

    Accessory Dwelling Unit ordinance amendment hearing March 16, 2017

    March 10, 2017

    Per the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), California’s housing production is not keeping pace with demand. In the last decade, less than half of the needed housing was built. This lack of housing is impacting affordability with average housing costs in California exceeding the rest of the nation. Beyond traditional market-rate construction, government-subsidized production, and preservation, there are alternative housing models and emerging trends that can contribute to addressing home supply and affordability in California. Read the rest of this story »

    They’re back…

    March 9, 2017

    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 the rest of this story »

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