• 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 »

    Tibetan Uprising Day Fri., March 10, 2017 at Windows on the Bay

    March 7, 2017

    “Imagine you are not allowed to whistle ‘Yankee Doodle’ as you work. You can’t talk about the   day’s events in your native language, nor wear blue jeans and tennis shoes, or any other garment quintessentially American. Forget going to church. This is Tibet today.” excerpt from 2016 article by Marge Ann Jameson, Cedar Street Times. Read the rest of this story »

    Big Problems with Cal Am’s Desal Project a talk by Marc Del Piero, Attorney and Water Law Professor

    March 6, 2017

    Monday, March 13, 7:00 PM
    Unitarian Universalist Church , 490 Aguajito Rd, Carmel (off Aguajito at Hwy 1 and 68)

    Former Monterey Co. Supervisor Marc Del Piero taught California Water Law for twenty years at Santa Clara University School of Law. He has also been Vice Chairman of the State Water Resources Control Board, the agency which issued the Cease and Desist Order on the Carmel River. He is recognized as an expert in California groundwater rights law and the “public trust doctrine”.  He is currently a member of the California Stewardship Council for the American Farmland Trust, the largest agricultural land trust in the nation.

    The Peninsula is rapidly moving into a no man’s land of uncertainty and potential litigation in regard to its water supply. Cal Am’s investment in infrastructure moves onward, piling up costs for ratepayers.  But Cal Am’s lack of water rights looms as a litigation nightmare. Why is this a big deal? Hear what Marc has to say.   Read the rest of this story »

    Pacific Grove Student Places a Decent 6th out of 57 in Spelling Bee

    March 6, 2017

    Seventh Grader Paul Hamrick Wins Spelling Bee, Will Represent Monterey County in Washington D.C.

    The 2017 Monterey Countywide Spelling Bee experience can be summed up with one word – e-n-d-u-r-a-n-c-e. After a record-breaking number of Monterey County students (57) competed during the longest Monterey Countywide Bee in its history, 7th grade student Paul Hamrick, correctly spelled “reparations” to become the new Monterey County spelling champ. Paul, from Lambert Hamrick Homeschool, outlasted 17 rounds and out-spelled 56 other students from schools throughout Monterey County to win the Bee on March 5th at the Western Stage Theatre at Hartnell College.

    As champion, Paul will represent Monterey County at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the Washington, D.C. area May 28 – June 4, 2017. Airfare, hotel and expenses for Paul and a parent are sponsored by community partners. Other prizes included the Merriam Webster Third New International Dictionary and champion trophy.

    The order of finishers is as follows: Read the rest of this story »

    Assembly Member Mark Stone Honored as Legislator of the Year by California Special Districts Association

    March 3, 2017

    Special districts in Monterey County and across the state recognized Assembly Member Mark Stone as their 2016 Legislator of the Year. Assembly Member Stone was selected because of his non-partisan spirit, support of local flexibility, and close work with the local service specialists responsible for delivering waste management, water, fire protection, parks, and other essential services.

    Dennis Allion, MRWMD Board Member; Bruce Delgado, MRWMD Board Chair; Assembly Member Mark Stone; MRWMD Board Member Gary Bales; MRWMD General Manager Tim Flanagan

    The recognition is awarded by the California Special Districts Association (CSDA), and was presented Friday at the Monterey Regional Waste Management District in Marina, CA. Bruce Delgado, Chairman of the District Board of Directors said, “Waste Management districts vary enormously across the state. Assembly Member Stone has shown a deep understanding of the complexity of waste management and the value of special districts in diverse communities. Assembly Member Stone is an advocate for local flexibility and a champion for local residents.”  Read the rest of this story »

    Salinas commuters: Culvert replacement on EB Hwy 68 Resumes

    March 3, 2017

    An emergency project to replace a culvert on eastbound Highway 68 between Quail Ridge Lane (one mile east of Laguna Seca Race Track)
    and Corral de Tierra Road near Monterey will take place Monday, March 6 through Friday morning, March 10 during the overnight hours from 7 pm to 6 am. Read the rest of this story »

    Water Main Break in Pacific Grove

    March 2, 2017

    Big water main break per Cal-Am, at Carmel & Sinex in PG. Guy flowing the fire hydrant in front of the Middle School says patrons on Forest may be without water. He’s flowing it to get some of the gunk and air out. Says it’s OK to drink, just ugly. 9:00 PM Thurs. 3/2/17.

    Monterey County Coordinates Big Sur Resupply Friday, March 3

    March 2, 2017

    The Monterey County Office of Emergency Services is coordinating a resupply airlift into Big Sur on Friday, March 3rd.

    A helicopter will ferry eight pallets of food, 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel, more than 400 pounds of pet food/supplies and mail for those in the isolated portions of Big Sur from a staging area at the Pfeiffer State Park ball field, which can be reached by taking the Pfeiffer State Park entrance off Highway 1.  Airlift efforts will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will continue throughout the day, as it will require nearly a dozen trips to make the full delivery. Read the rest of this story »

    County Urges Residents, Businesses to Report Storm Damage as Soon as Possible

    February 28, 2017

    The County of Monterey and local cities are urging residents who suffered significant damage to their home, business, or property during recent storms to report the damage immediately. Doing so may help you and others across the county to qualify for federal aid to help rebuild.

    In order to qualify for assistance programs, local governments must report information on significantly damaged businesses and residences to the State. Eligible damages include uninsured or under-insured physical losses such as building and other property damage, personal property losses, damages to private roads and bridges, damage to privately owned water and wastewater systems, and more. Read the rest of this story »

    SPCA Offers $1,000 Reward in Horse Abandonment & Neglect Case

    February 28, 2017

    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 abandoned a horse in Salinas earlier this month.

    The horse was found on February 12, 2017, loose on Natividad Road near Old Natividad Road.

    The horse, a paint stallion approximately five years old, had to be humanely euthanized on the recommendation of equine veterinarians to end his painful suffering from long-term neglect. He was suffering from an old fracture in his left hind leg, and likely had been for multiple years.  Read the rest of this story »

    Boys basketball quarterfinals belong to the Breakers!

    February 25, 2017

    PG gets the win over Kings Academy 42-40 in a contest that came down to the wire!

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

    February 24, 2017

    Notice of comment period extension for CalAm proposed desalination project

    February 24, 2017

    On January 13, 2017, the CPUC and MBNMS published a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR)/Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) as required for permission to build and operate the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project (MBNMS).  The agencies originally provided a 45-day period for the public to review and comment on the DEIR/DEIS. The agencies now find it appropriate to extend the comment period by an additional 30 days.  The comment period will now close at 5:00pm on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Read the rest of this story »

    Assemblymember Stone outraged at Department of Homeland Security’s Actions

    February 23, 2017

    “I am outraged after listening to the City of Santa Cruz’s press conference regarding the February 13th arrests.  I am shocked and appalled that the Department of Homeland Security would so boldly violate the trust of our police department and community.  The Department took advantage of a 

    six- year criminal investigation and turned it into an immigration raid,” said Assemblymember Mark Stone.   “This action undermines the trust relationship that has been built up with our public safety officials and creates a tremendous amount of fear that loved ones, neighbors and friends could simply be whisked away in the dead of night without warning and without cause.  Not in Santa Cruz.”

    Aprés le déluge: After the flood safety tips from MoCo Health

    February 18, 2017

    Many residents have already been affected by flooding or power interruptions, and with additional storms on the horizon, more may see impacts.  Below are links to Monterey County Health Department Environmental Health information pages with health and safety tips for residents to help in the aftermath or to be prepared.

    Managing Trash and recyclables during a service interruption

    Post flood general information

    What to do after a flood

    Your water supply after a flood

    Maia Carroll, Communications Coordinator, County of Monterey

    PRESS RELEASE: CalPERS, investors urge banks to push back on Trump’s DAPL order

    February 18, 2017

    From Janet Cox, Fossil Free California, 415-902-1795, janet@jwcox.com
    Andy Kelley, California League of Conservation Voters, 510-844-0229, andy@ecovote.org
    Citing reputational risk and “extreme controversy,” the California Public Employees’ Pension System (CalPERS) and a raft of institutional investors are urging banks funding the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to back the Standing Rock Sioux demand that the pipeline be rerouted to avoid tribal lands and water supply.

    Read the rest of this story »

    MST Bus Service on Presidents’ Day

    February 16, 2017

    Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) will operate a Saturday schedule on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 20, 2017. The following MST bus lines will operate a Saturday schedule: Read the rest of this story »

    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 »

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