• Mathletics Celebrates Math: The Only Subject that COUNTS!

    April 30, 2018

    The 50th Annual Monterey County Mathletics Competition welcomed over 400 students to Hartnell College on Saturday, April 28, 2018 for a day dedicated to the only subject that counts – Math!

    Held each Spring, Mathletics is sponsored by Monterey County Office of Education and California State University, Monterey Bay Mathematics Department. Photos from the event can be found here.

    The 50th Annual Mathletics event began with the competition, held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., where students took exams in Integrated Math, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, and Statistics. Professors then scored the exams while students enjoyed lunch and rotated through various STEM learning opportunities including an engineering design challenge, a math festival, a college fair, photo station, and a mini-film series. The Awards Ceremony concluded the day.

    This year, award opportunities were increased to recognize several of the top performing students. Scholarship winners were as follows:

    • The top high school senior taking the Advanced Calculus BC exam – Filip Zacek, Carmel High School – received the Richard Morgantini Scholarship of $1,250.
    • The members of the highest scoring Advanced Calculus BC team – Oscar Chen, Stella Li, and Holden Orias, Stevenson School – received the Robert P. Balles Calculus Team Scholarship of $1500.
    • The members of the highest scoring AP Statistics team – Jason Buckley, Kate Crompton, and Henry Loh, Pacific Grove High School – won the Robert P. Balles Statistics Team Scholarship of $1500.
    • The top high school senior taking the Statistics AP exam – Henry Loh, Pacific Grove High School – received the CSUMB Mathletics Professors Scholarship of $500.

    First, second, and third place winners in each level received gift cards, gift certificates and a first, second or third place medal.

    Malone pitches PG JV to a 6-1 win over Sacred Heart

    April 22, 2018

     By Brian “Woodie” Wood
    Zach Malone pitched 6 1/3 innings of 3-hit 1-run ball against host Sacred Heart in Atherton on Saturday (Apr. 21) as the JV Breakers handled the Gators 6-1. The JV players were spectators for two hours in the first game of the double-header as the varsity teams squared off (Sacred Heart was victorious 7-3).
     
    PG put on two runners in the first. Malone knocked a 2-out single to left-centerfield before Chianti Carter drew a base on balls. Both were left stranded.  In the second, Charlie McMahon earned an 8-pitch walk followed by an infield single off the bat of JJ Courtney.  Jordan Booker executed a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to second and third.  Sean Powell walked, but again the runners were left stranded. In the third, once again the Breakers had plenty of baserunners and some bad breaks. After Malone walked and Carter singled McMahon hit an apparent single to left field just over the the shortstop’s head. The runner at second had to freeze and was thrown out at third by the leftfielder. Undaunted, PG loaded the bases after Courtney walked. Once again, Sacred Heart worked out of the inning without allowing any runs. Malone would suffer the same fate in the fourth when his “single” to right field just over the second baseman’s head caused the runner at third to pause long enough to be forced out at home.

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    Sacred Heart Breaks PG’s with a 7-3 victory

    April 22, 2018

    By Brian Woodie Wood
    On Saturday, Pacific Grove traveled to the Bay Area to take on Sacred Heart Prep Gators in Atherton.  Although the outcome was a 7-3 loss for the Breakers, it was much closer for much of the game.
     
    PG was never at a loss for base runners throughout the game and in the first Hunter Hanes drew a two-out walk followed by a single into right field by Kevahn Ebron. However, no runs were scored. Sacred Heart scored three in the bottom half of the inning off of a double two singles, a walk and a sacrifice fly.  Shortstop Trevor Heyn of PG minimized the damage when, with runners on first and second and no outs, he made a fine stop of a ball hit deep into the hole to his right and threw a strike to Nathan Wood at third for the force out—the only chance for an out on the play.
     
    The Breakers had two more base runners in the second when Wood powered a hard single to left field followed by Ben Minik who stroked a single to the left of the center fielder. Once again, the PG runners were stranded. 

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    Breakers JV Nine falls to Gonzales

    April 21, 2018

    By Brian “Woodie” Wood

    PG’s Junior Varsity traveled to Gonzales on Friday (Apr. 20) to play against the Junior Spartans. Pacific Grove had held Gonzales scoreless on Tuesday, but that was not the case today. In a slugfest the Junior Breakers came up one run short in a 17-14 loss.

    Although the PG pitching came up short, their bats were on fire. So a review of the contributions would be appropriate. Sean Powell 3 hits & 4 runs scored; Charlie McMahon a triple and 2 singles & 2 runs scored; Zach Malone a single & 2 runs scored; Chianti Carter 3 walks, a single, & 2 runs scored; Jordan Booker on base twice & a run scored; JJ Courtney 4 singles & 2 runs scored; Mario Bonelli a single; Colton Bell single and walk; Dezi Green 3 singles, a walk & a run scored.

    PG JV travels to Atherton to play Sacred Heart JV on Saturday (Apr. 21).

    Pacific Grove, on the Brink, Stages 7th Inning Rally to Down Gonzales 3-2

    April 21, 2018

    By Brian “Woodie” Wood
    The Pacific Grove Breakers traveled to windy Gonzales on Friday (Apr. 20) to take on the Spartans in a return match from Tuesday where PG had come out the victor 13-0. Tonight’s game was a pitcher’s duel between Dylan Graham of the Breakers and Gonzalo via Gomez of Gonzales. After 4 ½ innings the score was 1-0 PG, with the Breakers’ run coming in the first on a walk to Trevor Heyn followed by a stolen base and RBI double by River Watts.

    Meanwhile PG’s pitching and defense was stellar through the first four innings. Graham notched five strike outs, allowing no runs. Key defensive plays were a force out when second baseman Nathan Wood ranged far to his left to snag a grounder and spun to deliver a strike to Heyn at second; and a throw out of a runner at second attempting to steal by Rosas, Heyn putting on the tag. The Breakers had eleven runners in the first five innings, but could only tally the one run. Josh Mares had two singles plus a single by pinch hitter Anthony Alliotti and walks to Colby Burnell, Watts, and Freddie Albert.

    In the bottom of the fifth, Gonzales took advantage of two PG miscues and scored two runs off of an error, a double by via Gomez, and a wild pitch. However, Graham knuckled down with runners on second and third and one out as he retired the next two batters on a line out to centerfield and a strike out to end the inning.

    Going into the seventh, PG found themselves down 2-1, needing a run to tie and two to go ahead. PG proceeded to stage both a one out and a two out rally. Heyn stroked a one out single up the middle and stole second. Graham knocked him home on a single to right field tying the game. With two outs and nobody on, Hunter Hanes reached on an infield single. Rosas advanced Hanes to third with a single to left field and with some heads up base running took second on the throw to third base. After Watts was intentionally walked, Colby Burnell delivered a single to the left of the shortstop into center field to drive home Hanes and a give Pacific Grove a 3-2 lead.

    Heyn came on in relief in the bottom of the seventh and sparkled as he set down Gonzales 1-2-3 with a strike out, ground out, and strike out to save the game for winning pitcher Graham.

    Josh Mares had two hits for the Breakers and Heyn scored two of PG’s three runs. PG, tied for second in the MTAL with Carmel, travels to Atherton on Saturday (Apr. 21) to play Sacred Heart Prep. PG and Carmel play twice next week with both still in the hunt for the MTAL crown, 1 ½ games behind Soledad.

    Edison (Fresno) Has a Good Old (Days) Time against Pacific Grove

    April 15, 2018

    Great weather, Good Old Days, and the Pacific Grove Breakers welcomed the Edison Tigers from Fresno for a Saturday (Apr. 14) afternoon game. The Tiger bats were squaring up on the ball from the first batter and rolled to a 4-1 victory over the Breakers.

    Starting pitcher Dylan Graham set down Edison 1-2-3 and PG lead-off hitter Trevor Heyn started things off in the bottom of the first with a sharp single up the middle. However PG could not take advantage of the hit. Four hits led to two runs for Edison in the second. The Breakers had a small two-out rally in the second when Nathan Wood singled to right field with a runner on first. Those runners would remain stranded.

    Edison added a run in each of the next two innings to take a 4-0 lead. In the third, catcher Wood made a nice play in freezing a runner at third on a dropped third strike-wild pitch and then gunning down the batter at first. PG stroked a single in the third (Hunter Hanes) and fifth (Heyn) to no avail. However, in the sixth after Hanes walked, Kevahn Ebron singled, Hanes stole third, and scored on a ground out by Josh Mares taking the score to 4-1.

    PG made two other nice defensive plays. In the fifth with runners on second and third, Edison hit a ground ball to Heyn at shortstop who threw a strike to home where Wood made the tag for the out. In the following inning, PG turned a nifty 6-4-3 double play (T.Heyn to Justin Heyn to Ebron) to end the inning.

    Breakers relievers (Mares and T.Heyn) kept Edison at bay in the final three innings, including Heyn striking out three in a row with the bases loaded and nobody out.

    PG is tied for second with Carmel in the MTAL behind first place Soledad. Pacific Grove (Varsity and Junior Varsity) travel to Gonzales on Tuesday (Apr. 17) and host the Spartans on Friday; and then Carmel and Soledad (twice each) over the following two weeks.

    Last Chance for Free Tax Prep

    April 12, 2018

    People who earned less than $54,000 in 2017 have four last chances to get FREE tax prep or help to file an extension.

    Monday, April 16
    Hartnell College Main Campus, 411 Central Avenue, Salinas, Room B110 6-9pm
    MPC Extension, 289 12th Street, Marina, Room MA101 5:30-8:30pm

    Tuesday, April 17
    CET Salinas, 24 East Alvin Drive, Salinas, 5-9pm
    MPC Monterey Campus, 980 Fremont Street, Room BMC 206 5:30-8:30pm

    In addition, the following sites will be open on Saturday, April 14:

    CET Soledad, 930 Los Coches Rd, Soledad, 9am-2pm
    Hartnell College Alisal Campus, 1752 Alisal Road, Room C205, Salinas, 9am-1pm
    Salvation Army, 2460 N. Main Street, Salinas, 1pm-4pm
    Marina Branch of Monterey County Free Libraries, 188 Seaside Avenue, Marina, 11am-2pm
    Community Partnership for Youth – 775 Kimball Ave #101, Seaside, 9am-1pm

    For people who prefer to do their own taxes, United Way also offers free online software for both federal and state returns on its website. To file for free online, household income can be as much as $64,000.

    Regardless of whether you are required to file, United Way urges anyone who earned less than $54,000 to file taxes as they may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Many workers to not file because of the high cost of preparing even a simple return — $200. VITA eliminates this cost barrier and allows workers to claim all the refunds and credits for which they are eligible.

    Last year, VITA Volunteers prepared 2,595 tax returns and helped local workers claim more than $3.4M in refunds and credits, resulting in an economic stimulus of $5.4 to our local economy.

    VITA brings back money that stays in our community, benefiting the local economy and giving families a financial boost. The IRS estimates that one in four people do not claim the credits they are due and that more than $14 million in Earned Income Tax Credits goes unclaimed in Monterey County each year.

    Pole Vaulter will leave PGHS on a high

    April 8, 2018

    After 12 years the women’s pole vault record was broken by Senior Mary Grebing at the track meet held at Pacific Grove High School on Thursday April 5, 2018.  An all time high for this senior who also swims on the high school team and plays middle for the U18 Central Coast Volleyball travel team.  She also won the triple jump in the meet last Thursday.  Accepted to SDSU in the fall this senior is leaving PGHS on a high.   

    Pro STR Group Files Writ of Mandate against Pacific Grove, the Mayor, and City Council

    April 7, 2018

    An unincorporated association of Pacific Grove property owners who operate short-term rentals have retained an attorney who filed a writ of mandate in Superior Court of the County of Monterey against the City of Pacific Grove, the mayor, and the members of the City Council.

    Calling themselves STRONGpg (Short Term Rental Owners and Neighborhood Group of Pacific Grove), the group issued a statement about their stance: “After a very civilized democratic process, our City Council approved an ordinance in December, 2017, that tightened up the rules on short-term rentals while allowing existing STR owners in good standing to continue operating.” They believed, they go on the state, they had a solution to housing thousands of visitors to Pacific Grove and at the same time provide millions of dollars in Transient Occupancy Tax.

    Then according to the group, the City Council popped up with a lottery which is “based on complicated criteria that do not correlate with verified complaints lodged against STRs.”

    As a consequence, they decided to retain an attorney, David Lanferman of Rutan & Tucker LLP of Palo Alto who filed the writ. It asks for the City Council’s decision to be reversed and that there be a permanent injunction to prevent any STR lottery, and that the City be required to pay reasonable litigation expenses, costs and attorney’s fees plus any other relief the court might deem just and proper. The complaint also asks that no action be taken to “impair, suspend, terminate, or non-renew any transient use license currently in effect.”

    Members of STRONGpg who have joined the effort include Joy Colangelo, Kevin Delaney, William B. Harder, Alka Joshi, Kathryn Kranen and Spencer Tall.

    “People are concerned, not just for restrictions placed on the future use of their own properties, but for neighbors and friends who will lose out in the Lottery,” they said in their statement.

    A hearing is set for August 7, 2018. Read the rest of this story »

    Tuition Program for At-Risk Youth Employees at MacDonald’s is an Inspiration for Us All

    April 7, 2018

    Spring is here and I am glad to be enjoying it here in Pacific Grove. All too recently a nice story arrived on my desk from my editor. It was affixed to a brick with a rubber band, before it was subtly thrown across the newsroom and hit me on my left shoulder.

    Community Health Services in Monterey has a program named Safe Passage. This program is set up to help young, under-privileged people come off the streets or the often awful circumstances they inhabit. Simply put, when an individual enters the program, they are nurtured and counseled in a manner that is kind and productive. I can only imagine that many times the starting point for these remarkable youth has left them with little to show other than dread and despair. 

    What attracted me to this story is that I am always delighted to hear when the human spirit prevails over the human condition. What follows is my privilege to share.

    Once entered in the Safe Passage program the recipients live in a small, wonderfully kept, unremarkable home on Pearl St. that surely must seem like a mansion to some of them. This is where Ali Garcia runs the program. This writer’s estimation is that Mr. Garcia is an extraordinary example of the human spirit prevailing. Thus he became motivated to dedicate his efforts to help others. This he does. Ali starts his work with new entrants at the beginning. Alas, many are light on life skills. I’ll guess subjects like personal hygiene and manners come into vogue quickly as so many other skills are both learned and observed. Ali and the program he administers is remarkably successful. Good program, well implemented. How he got there is as remarkable as the program itself.

    One day, Ali had just a moment of time and thought he’d treat himself to a dollar menu sundae just down the street at the local McDonald’s. While there he saw a table with a sign that read something like “National Hiring Day.”  There was a man sitting at the empty table – James Fernandez. Mr. Fernandez is the manager of the whole place. Ali went and got his dollar menu sundae and went and sat at the table with James. Read the rest of this story »

    Rain, rain, go away—never mind, PG plays through it in 10-5 loss to Palma

    April 7, 2018

    By Brian ‘Woodie’ Wood

    The rains came as expected on Friday (April 6).  The San Francisco Giants postponed their game against the Dodgers at 1pm, six hours prior to game time. The Junior Varsity Game between Pacific Grove and Palma was postponed two days prior (and played this past Wednesday, April 4).  However, the varsity match between host Pacific Grove High School and the visiting Palma Chieftains went as scheduled on at a wet and soggy Don Curley Field. Despite a persistent rain, the game was played to completion with the 10-5 victory going to the Chieftains. Click to read more and see photos Read the rest of this story »

    ‘Big Little Lies’ film set goes up at Lovers Point

    April 6, 2018

    At its April 4, 2018 meeting, the Pacific Grove City Council approved a “location film permit” for Lovers Point Park for a temporary and limited length of time.
    The applicant, Blue Blues Productions, LLC had requested a permit for episodic television filming at Lovers Point Park, including exclusive use of a 1200 square foot portion of the ark plus parking lot use over a 12-day period, to give them time for set-up, filming, and take=down of the structure.
    Blue Blues Productions, LLC, is connected with HBO who are beginning the filming of Season 2 of “Big Little Lies,” the television serial which was partly set in Pacific Grove and aired recently.

    Park use fees include:
    Park rental fee @ $2,111.00/day at 12 days $25,332.00
    Park use fee @ $2.10/sq. ft. $30,240.00
    Parking spaces in Lot A @ 35 x $21 for 3 days $2,205
    Parking spaces in Lot B @ 11 x $21 for 3 days $693.00
    Estimated total $58,770.00
    Less 25% credit on City costs $14,692.50
    Revised estimated amount $44,077.50

    The fees will not include personnel charges such as police officer and public works employees, which will be reimbursed directly to the City by Blue Blues Productions, LLC separately from the park use fees. Environmental documents are not required and the Coastal Commission has advised that the activity is exempt from a Coastal Development Permit because it is a temporary event.
    Blue Blues Productions wasted no time beginning their project. As soon as the ink was dry on the permit, a crew showed up to begin construction of what appears to be a gazebo and deck. As of April 6, 2018 it looked like this:

                

    It remains to be seen what part the gazebo and deck will play in the upcoming season.

    Find out about the area’s Bohemian Art movement

    April 5, 2018

    BOHEMIAN ART OPENS FRIDAY (4/6) at Pacific Grove Art Center. The history of the Monterey area’s “Bohemian/Beat culture” of the 1950’s is celebrated in a new exhibit, “Art, Architecture &… Surfing: Working Artists of Del Monte Park & Huckleberry Hill.” Opens with a free, public reception. 7-9 p.m. at 568 Lighthouse Ave. during the Art Center’s First Friday Gallery Night,
    — The evolving exhibition, curated by Erik Nelson and Amanda Chaffin, reveals the vibrant artist communities who were separate yet enjoined through the artist’s works, home building and intellectual interests politically and socially. The works and stories of the painters, sculptors, ceramists, actors, book binders and writers are shown throughout this exhibition along with current works of the two communities, children and friends. The exhibit will continue through April 26.
    — Reception guests also may enjoy continued viewing of the two current exhibits. Viewers can soar from an aerial view as they interact with the fields and rivers and feel how perception can take on new shape and new meaning in Daniel Van Germen’s “Field of View” exhibit. Guests also may be amazed by the one-of-a-kind paper and fabric collages in the “Cutting Edge: Cloth, Paper, Scissors” exhibit by Annette Chaplin, Joy Colangelo, and Marybeth Rinehart.
    — PGAC’s “Lost Treasures” of art pieces now on sale will be open for reception visitors to search through and purchase. Many of the PGAC 17 resident studio artists will open their doors so guests can catch a glimpse of how painters, printmakers, watercolorists, fabric artists and sculptors work in their private spaces.
    — Regular hours at the Pacific Grove Art Center are Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. The unique, community-based nonprofit art venue was established in 1969. There is no charge, but donations are suggested and welcomed.

    Cal Am Attempts to Disrupt Public Water Now Petition Drive

    March 19, 2018

    Over the weekend voters on the Monterey Peninsula received a mailer from Monterey Water Works paid for by California American Water. It asked them to withdraw their signature from the Public Water Now ballot petition based on what Cal Am claims are inaccurate and misleading statements made by Public Water Now (PWN). The mailing included a preprinted form for them to sign and a prepaid envelope.

    “With only two weeks left to collect signatures, we were appalled by Cal Am’s act of desperation,” says George Riley, Public Water Now Director. “It was sad to see how they had mischaracterized our intentions and the facts we had already published. We feel compelled to set the record straight.”
    The PWN initiative does NOT increase the cost of water on the Peninsula. Nor does the initiative in any way interfere with new water supplies or put our future water security at risk.
    The PWN initiative does NOT raise property taxes. The bond to buy Cal Am would be paid off on our water bills and offset by the $19 million annually that Cal Am now takes in corporate profit and pays in taxes. Read the rest of this story »

    Small Cell Towers nixed in 7-hour Monterey Planning Commission meeting

    March 19, 2018

    By Gary Baley

    In a 7-hour marathon Planning Commission meeting Thursday evening, commissioners overruled staff and voted 7-0 to deny telecom giant Verizon’s application for a small cell tower in the Monte Vista neighborhood of Monterey. The meeting, held in City Council chambers, lasted from 6 pm Thursday to 1 am Friday morning. 

    The full Planning Commission was in attendance: Stephen Millich (Chair), Michael Dawson (Vice Chair), Michael Brassfield, Sam Ezekiel, Daniel Fletcher, Terry Latasa, and Hansen Reed. Staff was represented by Todd Bennett, Senior Associate Planner.

    Pouring rain didn’t stop 150 residents from attending the meeting nor did it dampen the passions of those opposed to the project originally slated for 13 cell towers in three adjacent neighborhoods: Monte Vista, Skyline, and parts of Old Town.

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    Lauren Coppla does it all

    March 16, 2018

    Lauren Coppla knocked in a home run to start the 3/15/18 girls softball game against Stevenson, which ended with a score of 11-1 in five innings.That was feat enough, but after the game was over, she rode to the Pacific Grove High School track, changing into her track clothes in the car, and ran the third leg f the girls 4×400 meter relay race which the team won.Lauren also runs the 100, 200, and 4×100 relay, but because of the softball game,didn’t run those events this week.
    No one has ever done this at PG High, and her coaches (softball, Sal Lucido and track, Steve Watkins) were amazed,
    Beginning the season, Lauren might have had to make a choice between the two sports, but her coaches agreed that she could take part in both as long as softball came first. Lauren will go to softball every time, then to track as she can. The two sports follow the same season so there will likely be a lot of conflicts.

    Oh, and she carries a 3.5 GPA at the same time.

    Increased Reward for Pacific Grove High School Threat Suspect Information

    March 16, 2018

    March 16, 2018

    Pacific Grove Police Department’s investigation into the terrorist threats left at the Pacific Grove High School continues. Through an anonymous donation of $4000 from a generous member of the community the reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for leaving the threats has been raised to $5000 dollars.

    If you know who the person(s) doing this is, you can bring a resolution to this matter and help restore the sense of security every student deserves to have on a school campus. You can come to the station at 580 Pine Avenue, call us at 831-648-3143, or email us at pgpdrecords@cityofpacificgrove.org to provide information. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can leave a message on our tip line at 831-648- 3159.

    Now, more than ever, it is important for our community to work together with us to ensure the safety and security of all. If you see something, please say something.

    March 16, 2018

    Gray Eminence Looking Forward to Moto GP Season

    March 15, 2018

    Hello. The highest form of motorcycle racing- MotoGP- starts the 2018 season this Sunday March 18, 2018. The pool of talent riding these incredible bike is deep. In fact the greatest of all time or GOAT, #46 the Italian Valentino Rossi will be out to win his 10th world championship in this class. Valentino, or Vale (Valley) will be riding his Yamaha M-1.
    There are at least 10 other riders that will make this difficult for our hero. The Honda rider Mark Marquez #93 chief among them. Marquez is 24 years old and already a 4 time world champ in this series. Last season he was so fast, many different times he slid his front wheel through the corners. He has a unique approach to learn the tracks he races at. He goes out to the set practice time allowed under the strict rules and goeas fast as he can. He is looking for the exact limit of cohesion, so that he can push it forward.
    Here is the part that both fascinates me and cracks me up every time. He falls. Sometimes and usually at speeds of more than 150 mph.
    There is a lot to talk about. The printing press is waiting.. All of the motorcycles of MotoGP are prototypes. Meaning each one has been built individually with the purpose of being the most refined, the fastest, the lightest and best handling motorcycle that exists. No cost has been spared, and many lives have ended in this pursuit. Motorcycles at this level have never seen a city street or country road or highway. They are focused to win at the race track against the other gonzo amazing examples in the class.
    However there is one very small humble team from Noal Italy that doesn’t have the resources/money Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and Ducati utilize every season. Aprilia just could never afford a full factory MotoGP challenge if it had to spend the, on average $50,000,000 needed for proper development. So they did the next best thing. They saw it as, well we already make a pretty good bike. Let’s use it! We’ll go ahead and develop our RSV4. That’s what they have done. Bravo Aprilia. Watch for them this year. As time permits I’ll recap the first race. The race itself is the season opener from Losail, Qatar.
    It is a fast and open track, with just a few hard braking points built in because they like to party. I welcome any feedback from race fans. Perhaps through Jameson’s Classic Motorcycle Museum we can help you watch the race if you can’t find it. Think of it as a gateway series or warm up to World Superbike. The World superbike season has just started and the next race,#2 is a couple of weeks out.

    Reward offered for information on terrorist threat

    March 12, 2018

    The Pacific Grove Police Department’s investigation of the terrorist threats left at the Pacific Grove High School is ongoing. Unfortunately, we continue to hear from parents that their children are afraid to attend school due to the threats. We know once the responsible person(s) are located, a sense of safety and security will be restored on the campus.

    Today, we announce there is a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the threat terrorizing our community. We ask you to contact the police department if you have information that will help investigator locate the suspect.

    There are a variety of ways to do so. You may contact the School Resource Officer (SRO) who works on campus, the department by calling the main desk at (831) 648-3143, or email pgpdrecords@cityofpacificgrove.org. However, if you wish to remain anonymous, call the anonymous Tip Line at (831)648-3159. Read the rest of this story »

    SPCA Offering Reward: Abused Opossum

    March 12, 2018

    Pictures are too graphic to run

    The SPCA for Monterey County is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who abused an opossum in Sherwood Park near the Tatum’s Garden playground for children.

    On March 6, an injured female opossum was found wrapped in a t-shirt in the park. The opossum had burn marks all over her body that appeared to be intentional. Due to the severity of the wounds, the opossum was humanely euthanized to end her suffering. Sadly, the opossum had recently given birth to six babies. Three of the babies were already deceased on rescue, one died on arrival at the SPCA Wildlife Center, and two had to be euthanized because they were too young to survive outside their mother’s pouch even with professional rehabilitative care. Read the rest of this story »

    School District Demands Gun Control Action

    March 9, 2018

    Prior to an update on safety measures being taken at all PGUSD campuses, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved Resolution No. 1006, demanding federal gun control action. Parents and teachers spoke at the meeting about their fears and concerns.

    The resolution is available at this link:

    PGUSD Resolution No 1006 Demanding Gun Control Action

    Police: shooter threats at PGHS

    March 8, 2018

    Since March 1, person(s) left several written threats at the Pacific Grove High School campus. Since that time, PGPD investigators and the School Resource Officer are working closely with school staff and students to identify the culprit(s). The information we have include: the threats were found in girl locker and bathrooms; the threats were reported to law enforcement on March 1st, 5th and 7th; investigators have interviewed numerous students and staff; reviewed 24 hours of surveillance video that revealed numerous students near or accessing the locations where the threats were left; and investigators continue to conduct interviews with potential witnesses. Our investigators have notified the FBI and other Monterey County law enforcement agencies.

    Our priorities are to identify the person(s) responsible, and evaluate security and preparedness. Police and Pacific Grove Unified School District administrators met and reviewed safety protocols, attended and continue to attend faculty meetings to discuss campus safety and the investigation, and increased police presence on the campus.

    We are aware the threats have many students, staff and parents fearful. We are hopeful that sharing this information will assist investigators with identifying and apprehending those responsible for the threats on school campus. Chief Christey said, “Police and school staff are doing all that they can to track down the culprits and restore the sense of safety and security at the high school. If you are the person who is doing this, please come forward so we can put an end to this. These cases are being investigated as felony terrorist threats and we ask anyone who has information that will help us, please contact the police department as soon as possible.”

    SHOOTER THREATS AT PGHS

    March 8, 2018

    As you are aware, we have had three incidents of threats being written on our bathroom stall walls either in the girls locker room or in a bathroom in our main hall. The first two threats were general in nature although an adult connected with the school was named. This adult is aware of being named. The first threat said, “imma shoot up this school just wait on it…my shooter, he already got a plan.” The threat made yesterday said, “bang bang like florida on #walkoutday.”

    We are still working diligently on this with PGPD and other law enforcement agencies and have continued interviewing girls who have used the bathroom with the threats written. If we are unable to find the culprit(s) quickly, I will cancel the Wednesday student walk out. In the meantime, we will continue to have added police and adult presence on campus. The police are releasing a media message with much of this same information today. Student and staff safety is clearly our number one priority.

    Additionally, I made the following announcement today to students: Read the rest of this story »

    Change your clocks and change your batteries! Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!

    March 8, 2018

    Monterey Fire Department reminds you that clocks spring forward for Daylight Savings Time Sunday, March 11, 2018. This is a perfect opportunity to ensure your Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Alarms are operating properly and to replace batteries in units that do not have non-replaceable 10-year batteries.
    “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!”
    According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half when there are working smoke alarms. While research shows that most U.S. homes have at least one smoke alarm, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
    Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom, outside every sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. Large homes may require more alarms. Test your smoke alarms every month, and replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.
    The newly-released NFPA report “Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires” reveals data from 2009-2013 that underscores the importance of working smoke alarms. Information includes:
    An average of 940 deaths per year occurred in homes with no smoke alarms, while an additional 510 occurred in homes with smoke alarms that failed to operate. This accounts for 59 percent of all home fire deaths.
    The death rate in homes without alarms or without working ones was 1.18 deaths per 100 reported fires, compared to only 0.53 in homes with working devices.
    Alarms operated correctly 87 percent of the time in reported fires large enough to activate them. Power source problems are the leading cause of smoke alarm failures. Hardwired devices were more likely to operate than those that were battery-powered.
    The lowest death rate was seen in homes that contained both hardwired smoke alarms and sprinklers.
    When homes did have working smoke alarms, victims were more likely to have been located in the place of origin, to be 65 or older, to have a physical disability or to have tried to fight the fire themselves. Read the rest of this story »

    Join the Countywide Spelling Bee This Sunday

    February 27, 2018

    Salinas, Calif. –
    Sunday March 4, 2018, 1:30 p.m.
    Hartnell College, Western Stage Theater, 411 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901

    Turn off your autocorrect, pull out the dictionary, and prepare for an intense afternoon of spelling this Sunday! The Countywide Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Monterey County Office of Education and community partners, will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Hartnell College.

    Sixty-one students – all winners of spelling bees at their individual schools – are scheduled to compete. These students, the best middle school spellers in the county, will gather for an afternoon of competitive spelling, attempting to spell their way to the grand prize of a trip to National Harbor, Maryland, to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 27 – June 1, 2018.

    The National Spelling Bee is the nation’s largest and longest-running educational promotion, and is administered on a not-for-profit basis by the E.W. Scripps Company and local spelling bee sponsors in the United States, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Department of Defense Schools in Europe; also, the Bahamas, Canada, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan and South Korea. The purpose is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English language usage that will help them all their lives.

    Sunday’s Countywide Spelling Bee is admission-free and the public is invited to attend. Free parking is available on the Hartnell campus.

    Participating spellers are: Read the rest of this story »

    Application for Rotary Good Old Days Parade

    February 26, 2018

    It’s that time again!
    You are invited to participate in the 2018 Good Old Days Parade on Saturday, April 14 at 10:00am. An application form is linked, and is due no later than March 30. You can use the fillable form and do a “save as” with your entry name then email it to Ken; print it and fill it out by hand, scan it, then send it via email to him at kencun17@icloud.com ; or return it by snail mail to Ken at the address on the form.

    On behalf of the Pacific Grove Rotary Club, we look forward to you joining us! We’ve ordered sunshine for the parade this year.

    Sincerely yours,

    Rotary Club of Pacific Grove
    FILLABLE GOOD OLD DAYS 2018 APPLICATIONGood Old Days Parade Committee

    District Attorney will not seek re-election

    February 16, 2018

    Monterey County District Attorney Dean D. Flippo announced that he will not seek re-election for an eighth term.
    DA Flippo stated “I began my career in the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor in 1972 and have worked in the office for almost 42 years. In 1990, I was elected as the District Attorney of Monterey, and have served without challenge in this position since taking office in January 1991, giving me the distinction of being the longest serving District Attorney in the history of Monterey County.”
    “It has been a great honor to represent the People of Monterey County in this capacity. It has also been my privilege to work with the finest management team, deputy district attorneys, investigators and support staff to be found anywhere. Their commitment to seeking justice and fighting to keep the community safe has been and is very much appreciated.”
    “My seventh term of office concludes in January of 2019. At this time, I would like to announce that I will finish out this current term, but do not intend to file for re-election in March 2018.”
    “I have been consistently active in our community and also on a state and national level, serving on many boards, foundations and nonprofits. I look forward to continuing my involvement as opportunities present themselves in the future.”

    The City of Pacific Grove Endorses Carbon Fee and Dividend Resolution

    February 9, 2018

    By Maribel R. Andonian, Co-Leader Citizens Climate Lobby

    On Wednesday, February 7, the City of Pacific Grove unanimously (7-0) voted to endorse Carbon Fee and Dividend, national carbon pricing legislation proposed by Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) and presented to the Council by the Monterey chapter. Pacific Grove is the third local city (along with the cities of Monterey and Marina) to endorse CCL’s national carbon pricing plan.

    The Mayor and Council members did for Pacific Grove what more and more cities, their mayors and city council members are doing these days to overcome the lack of leadership from the President and his administration—they took local action to protect current and future generations from the destructive effects of the increasing carbon dioxide pollution that results from burning fossil fuels.

    Climate advocates rank climate change as the most important issue facing humanity today and work to find effective, immediate, solutions to this urgent problem. Climate change affects all aspects of our current lifestyle. It threatens national security, economic security, and public health to name just three immediate impacts. We must act now to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels or our children and grandchildren will inherit a vastly different—and less livable–world. Read the rest of this story »

    33rd Annual Together With Love Run/Walk

    February 2, 2018

    On Sunday, February 11, join the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center for its 33rd 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!  
    Participants can pre-register online through noon February 9th at www.mtryrapecrisis.org/together-love, or register on race day between 7:30 and 8:30 AM.
    The “Together With Love” Run/Walk is a fundraiser that attracts some 1,500 runners and walkers per year.  100 percent of the funds raised are used to support counseling, crisis intervention services for survivors of sexual assault, and community prevention education programs for children and adults.
    Because of the uncertain future of federal funding, the Center has a goal of raising more funding locally than ever before.  Supporters who can’t participate on race day can pledge financial support for a runner or walker through the registration site:
    https://raceroster.com/events/2018/13536/33rd-annual-together-with-love-runwalk
    The registration fee for the 10K/5K is $42 ($45 on race day).  The 1K Kids’ Fun Run begins at 8:15 a.m. The price is $15. All participants in the 10K/5K receive a long-sleeved performance running T-shirt, after-race refreshments, and qualify for a prize drawing.  Medals will be awarded three deep in each age group. Kids in the Fun Run receive a participant medal and goodie bag, and may purchase a T-shirt at the event.

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