• 10-16-20 issue

    October 15, 2020

    10-09-20 ISSUE

    October 8, 2020

    City Council actions: Approved Minutes of the September 16, 2020 City Council Regular Meeting.

    October 8, 2020

    Approved a resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute the REAP Grant application, supporting documents, and agreements.Held a second reading and adopted an ordinance to amend the Pacific Grove Municipal Code Title 23.90.Received a report on the status of the City’s water reserves per the August 2020 Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD) monthly allocation report and monthly entitlement report.Received the Core Revenue Status Report – September 2020.Received the Mayor’s Regional Meetings report.Received the Final Governance, Transparency and Labor Relations Policy Committee ReportReceived the Transportation Agency for Monterey County September 23, 2020 Board HighlightsReceive report of emergency directives/modifications and discussed circumstances needing emergency response.Authorized the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the Don Chapin Company Inc. for construction of the Pine Ave & Eardley Ave Traffic Calming & Pedestrian Safety Project in an amount not to exceed $214,940 plus a 15% contingency.Received the Economic Development Commission Minutes for August 13, 2020.Held first reading of an ordinance to approve a concession lease agreement with La Crème Hospitality, Inc., and authorize publication of a summary approved by the City Attorney.Received an update on the current Recreation Department services and the status of Special Events scheduled for November and December 2020.Received the Fourth Quarter Budget Report and a Preliminary Fiscal Year 19/20 Financial.Received Local Water Project Update.The agenda reports and supporting documents for all of these actions are on the City’s website.  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. 
    The next Regular City Council Meeting is scheduled for October 21, 2020.

    City of Pacific Grove Equity and Empowerment Initiative

    October 2, 2020

    In response to the City of Pacific Grove’s police officer investigation and investigation outcome, Council Member McAdams submitted the “City of Pacific Grove Equity and Empowerment Initiative” that will be presented and discussed at the October 7th council meeting. This city wide call-to-action will put in place the formation of a community resident comprised Government Accountability Commission, will require an Equity Impact Assessment for all city policies, programs, and services, recommends the City of Pacific Grove become a member of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), and other social equity policies.

    “I wanted to thoughtfully respond to the thousands of community members who have expressed their frustration, anger, and loss of trust in an impactful capacity”, says McAdams. “This course of action establishes a transparent and clear process with a long term commitment to social justice from City leadership to our communities. There is no simple, easy solution for dismantling systemic racism or achieving justice. Evaluating city strategies, policies, and working together with community members and stakeholders is integral to securing justice and equality for all in Pacific Grove.” 

    10-2-2020 issue

    October 1, 2020

    Check Your Sources

    September 25, 2020

    John Munch, aka The Weather Bot, points out that I missed a hyphen in the story about the Draft EIR on the front page of this week’s edition. It should be

    https://www.cityofpacificgrove.org/living/community-development/planning/ceqa-california-environmental-quality-act

    9-25-20 Issue

    September 24, 2020

    9-18-20 Issue

    September 17, 2020

    City Council not only burned the midnight oil, but they burned your friendly local editor as well! It was all over a few amendments to the cannabis ordinance. Go to https://cedarstreettimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/9-18-20-web.pdf and see what I mean.

    Cal Am cancels hearing

    September 17, 2020

    Cal Am asked the Coastal Commission to allow them to pull out of a hearing on their application set for 9/18/20 and to postpone it. See today’s issue at https://cedarstreettimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/9-18-20-web.pdf

    School Board to approve a solution opposing marijuana sales in Pacific Grove

    September 12, 2020

    The Board will hold a special Board meeting on Tues., Sept. 15, 2020 in order for the Board to review and approve a resolution Opposing Rescission of the Pacific Grove Moratorium on Marijuana Sale and Distribution.

    Agenda and packet are available here: https://www.pgusd.org/Board/Board-Agendas–Packets/index.html

    No Closed Session • Open Session at 6:00 p.m.

    THIS IS A VIRTUAL MEETING

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://pgusd.zoom.us/j/83038497585?pwd=aGhqbThva09adlM2cW4wK1Jicm9mQT09

    Meeting ID: 830 3849 7585
    Passcode: 066142

    The next regular Board meeting will be held on Thurs., Sept. 17, 2020.

    SPCA Dolan Fire Animal Evacuations & Sheltering

    September 11, 2020

    SPCA Monterey County is rescuing, evacuating, and sheltering animals from the Dolan Fire. The SPCA is currently sheltering 3 dogs, 20 cats, 15 goats, 7 horses, 4 chickens, and one bunny. If you are given orders to evacuate, please take your animals with you. If you need assistance with evacuations or sheltering, please call the SPCA at 831-373-2631 during the day or 831-264-5455 at night. If you are self-evacuating, please call us so we can direct you to safe sheltering. Prepare now to ensure a calm evacuation should you receive orders. We have tips available at spcamc.org. How You Can Help: Please donate to help at www.spcamc.org/fire Prepare and learn how to help at www.spcamc.org/help-fire

    September 11, 2020

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    City Council Actions 9/2/20 meeting

    September 4, 2020

    Actions taken by the City Council at its continued meeting on September 2, 2020 include: Received the Mayor’s proclamation proclaiming September 2020 as Childhood Cancer Awareness MonthReceived a Mental and Behavioral Health Services presentation. Approved the minutes of the August 19, 2020 Special and Regular meetings.Held second reading and adopted Ordinance 20-020 to amend Pacific Grove Municipal Code (PGMC) Chapter 2.40, Conflict of Interest, identify added positions as designated employees, designate the City as an Agency under its Conflict Code, and approve the Code. Received the Monterey-Salinas Transit Minutes for June and July, 2020.Received minutes from the Economic Development Commission for March and June, 2020. Ratified the City Manager’s authorization for a new classification entitled Community Services Officer to assist in COVID-19 pandemic efforts and enforcement of safety protocols, such as masks and social distancing, temporarily suspending procedural requirements to create the new classification by ordinance, and allowing for immediate recruitment and transfer of current personnel to the new classification.Introduced and held first reading of an ordinance to amend the salary classification schedule to add new classification of Community Service Officer and directed that a summary of a proposed ordinance be published as approved by the City Attorney.
    Introduced and held first reading of an Ordinance to Amend PGMC Chapter 11.100 to Authorize Cannabis Sales Pursuant to a Cannabis Retail License, and directed that publication of the ordinance be satisfied by publication of a summary approved by the City Attorney.
    The agenda reports and supporting documents for all of these actions are on the City’s website.  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. 
    The next Regular City Council Meeting is scheduled for
    September 16, 2020.

    9-4-20 Issue

    September 3, 2020

    September 1, 2020

    California State Parks has fully closed a number of state parks and beaches due to the numerous wildfires burning across our state. Some parks/beaches are partially closed with limited resources available to visitors. California State Parks urges the public to avoid traveling to impacted areas/park units in Monterey County due to safety and health concerns for any visitors. Air quality remains poor throughout the state.
    Current Park Closures
    The following State Parks, including all campgrounds, day use areas, and hiking trails, are already closed due to fire and/or traffic concerns on Highway 1 in the greater vicinity of the Dolan Fire: 

    • Andrew Molera State Park
    • Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
    • John Little State Natural Reserve
    • Limekiln State Park
    • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
    • Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
    • Point Sur State Historic Park

    Labor Day Weekend – September 5-7, 2020

    California State Parks – Monterey District is working with neighboring agencies on beach closures for all Monterey County beaches for the upcoming Labor Day Weekend. Similar closure/mitigation efforts that were in place for the July 4th weekend will be implemented:

    • California State Parks will partner with local agencies to release a joint, unified message that all Monterey County beaches are closed for the Labor Day Weekend (September 5-7, 2020). A hard closure will be in effect with exceptions for water activities and active recreation.
    • All California State Beach parking lots will be closed.

    California State Parks is asking for the public’s cooperation at this time when our state is severely impacted by the multiple fires burning throughout the state, including fires in Monterey County and in the neighboring counties of Santa Cruz and San Benito. Your assistance is appreciated!

    For additional information about the Dolan Fire, please see the below resources:

    Public Information Phone: 831-272-0222 
    Media Information Phone: 831-272-0221 
    Incident E-mail: 2020.Dolan@firenet.gov 
    Incident Website: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7018

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    Big Sur State Parks Closing Due to Dolan Fire

    August 29, 2020

    California State Parks has fully closed a number of state parks and beaches due to the numerous wildfires burning across our state. Some parks/beaches are partially closed with limited resources available to visitors. California State Parks urges the public to avoid traveling to impacted areas/park units in Monterey County due to safety and health concerns for any visitors. Air quality remains poor throughout the state.
    Current Park Closures
    The following State Parks, including all campgrounds, day use areas, and hiking trails, are already closed due to fire and/or traffic concerns on Highway 1 in the greater vicinity of the Dolan Fire: 

    • Andrew Molera State Park
    • Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
    • John Little State Natural Reserve
    • Limekiln State Park
    • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
    • Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
    • Point Sur State Historic Park

    Labor Day Weekend – September 5-7, 2020

    California State Parks – Monterey District is working with neighboring agencies on beach closures for all Monterey County beaches for the upcoming Labor Day Weekend. Similar closure/mitigation efforts that were in place for the July 4th weekend will be implemented:

    • California State Parks will partner with local agencies to release a joint, unified message that all Monterey County beaches are closed for the Labor Day Weekend (September 5-7, 2020). A hard closure will be in effect with exceptions for water activities and active recreation.
    • All California State Beach parking lots will be closed.

    California State Parks is asking for the public’s cooperation at this time when our state is severely impacted by the multiple fires burning throughout the state, including fires in Monterey County and in the neighboring counties of Santa Cruz and San Benito. Your assistance is appreciated!

    For additional information about the Dolan Fire, please see the below resources:

    Public Information Phone: 831-272-0222 
    Media Information Phone: 831-272-0221 
    Incident E-mail: 2020.Dolan@firenet.gov 
    Incident Website: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7018

    New Evacuation Centers in

    August 28, 2020

    Salinas and King City

    Monterey County is opening Sherwood Hall in Salinas as an evacuation shelter for fire evacuees and the Monterey County Library Branch in King City as an evacuation center. 

    Sherwood Hall is open now as a shelter for evacuees. The facility had already been established as a stand-by alternative housing site for COVID-19 and is equipped for provide sleeping accommodations and services for those in need. COVID-19 protocols are in place for the shelter. Those coming to the shelter will need to have face coverings and be prepared to social distance and follow directions from shelter staff regarding COVID procedures. Temperature checks will be taken for everyone’s safety. 

    To access the shelter, evacuees must provide proof of residency in the fire evacuation zone, whether it is a current ID, bill, statement or vehicle registration. 

    If you are evacuating with pets, there is assistance being arranged through the SPCA. Please contact the SPCA at 831-264-5455 if you need safe housing for your animals. SPCA will not be onsite to assist with animals at Sherwood. 

    The shelter at Carmel Middle School remains open as a 24- hour shelter for evacuees. 

    The County is also opening an evacuation center at the King City Library, 402 Broadway in King City. The center at Laguna Seca also remains open. Evacuation centers are open during daytime hours 8 am to 8 pm. At the Laguna Seca center, those wishing to shelter with RVs or by camping can receive vouchers for staying in the recreation area. They must show proof of residency in the fire area. 

    You may also call the American Red Cross Emergency Services line: 1 866- 272-2237. 

    MST SERVICE CHANGES GO INTO EFFECT SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

    August 28, 2020

    Service changes for local bus transportation provided by Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) will go into effect Saturday, September 5, 2020. The following MST lines will be changed or modified: JAZZ A:     Increased weekday frequency. JAZZ B:      Increased weekday frequency. Line 1:        Elimination of travel via Tyler Street. All trips will operate via Pacific Street. Line 11:      Addition of two morning trips that continue from Carmel to Carmel Rancho.  Line 20:      Increased number of weekday trips at peak times to help with social distancing on the bus.  Line 22:      Will not switch to winter schedule, but will continue to operate three trips daily, as it currently does. Line 24:      Weekdays: addition of short-turn trip to Carmel Rancho.                     Holidays: addition of service to CHOMP and Crossroads. These service modifications do not include changes already in operation, seasonal service variations, or corrections. For more information, visit mst.org or call 1-888-MST-BUS1 (1-888-678-2871) toll free. For RealTime bus arrival information, text “Next” and your four-digit bus stop ID (example, “Next 9103”) to 25370, call 1-888-MST-BUS1 with your four-digit bus stop ID, download the free Transit app, or use Google Maps.

    Follow twitter.com/mst_bus for the latest service alerts. Ikuyo Yoneda-Lopez Marketing/Customer Service Manager 831.264.5880   Monterey-Salinas Transit 19 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Suite 200, Monterey, CA 93940 www.mst.org

    8-28-20 Issue

    August 27, 2020

    Update from SPCA: 482 Pets & growing

    August 21, 2020

    Here’s the latest information from SPCA Monterey County:
    The SPCA is rescuing, evacuating, and sheltering animals from the local fires.
    We are currently sheltering 482 pets, including dogs, cats, kittens, parrots, parakeets, pigeons, fish, chickens, ducks, peacocks, geese, goats, hamsters, a pig, rabbits, tortoises, a bearded dragon, and chinchillas. More animals are being rescued and evacuated, so these numbers will continue to grow.
    We are also evacuating numerous large animals including horses, alpaca, emus, sheep, and more from evacuation areas and helping residents find safe shelter for hundreds of horses and barn pets.
    If you are given orders to evacuate, please take your pets with you. If you need assistance with evacuations or sheltering, please call us at 831-373-2631 during the day or 831-264-5455 at night. If you are self-evacuating large animals like horses, please call us so we can direct you to safe shelter.
    Thank you to all our donors who make this work possible. Our hearts are with everyone affected by these fires. 
    How You Can Help:

    August 21, 2020

    August 20, 2020

    Closure of Ocean View Blvd Parking Turnouts and Lovers Pt Park, Beaches and Parking through the end of Labor Day

    August 20, 2020

    To minimize the impacts of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the City of Pacific Grove will implement a temporary closure of Ocean View Blvd Turnouts, Lovers Point Park, and Lovers Point Beaches to reinforce social distancing and reduce large public gatherings. Closures effective Sat., Aug. 22 through Tues., Sept. 8, 2020 include: ● Ocean View Boulevard Parking Turnouts ● Lovers Point Park ● Lovers Point Beaches ● Lovers Point Parking In addition, a joint press release has been issued for a region-wide Monterey Bay Community beach closures for Labor Day Weekend. To view, go to: https://www.monterey.org/Portals/0/Newsroom/2020/20_0819-MBRegional-Labor-D ay-Beach-Closures.pdf Due to serious public health concerns, as well as additional beach closures along the west coast, City Manager Ben Harvey has authorized the closure. The Western Lovers Point Beach (with entry from the Pacific Grove Recreational Trail) will remain open for water recreational activities only for those surfing, swimming, paddleboarding, kayaking, scuba diving and snorkeling. No standing, sitting, lying, or walking on the beach is permitted (unless walking down for entry into the water for outlined recreational activities). The Pacific Grove Recreational Trail and Ocean View Boulevard remain open and accessible for those practicing social distancing protocols while walking, running, and bicycling. At all times, the public shall wear a mask or face covering in these highly visited areas in compliance with the State of California Department of Health Order, the Monterey County Health Officer Order and the City of Pacific Grove Proclamation of Local Emergency. We appreciate our community and our visitor’s understanding and cooperation. We are all in this together to slow the spread of COVID-19! For general information about COVID-19, visit www.cityofpg.org/covid19 , email pio@cityofpg.org and follow us on social media.

    MONTEREY FIRE DEPT FULLY STAFFED & READY TO RESPOND AS NEEDED

    August 19, 2020

    NEWS RELEASECONTACT: Jim Courtney, Assistant Fire Chief, courtney@monterey,org, (831) 646-6965FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    The Monterey Fire Department wants to reassure residents that they are fully staffed and ready to respond as needed to any situation that warrants their services. The current local River Fire and Carmel Fire have both brought concerns and anxiety to residents. The Monterey Fire Department serves Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Sand City, Naval Postgraduate School, La Mesa Village and Monterey Regional Airport, and is ready in all of those areas should a need arise.

    “We understand residents’ concerns and worry over the current fires happening locally,” said Assistant Fire Chief Jim Courtney. “Multiple jurisdictions from throughout the state are working hard on the two blazes, and we want to assure the community we are still at 100 percent service levels and on stand by to protect our communities.”

    The Monterey Fire Department encourages anyone who feels they are in danger to call 9-1-1. To stay informed of the latest local updates, we recommend: 

    • registering your cell phone at http://alertmontereycounty.org – This is a cellular and email based notification system. This requires registration so please log-in to this website and register your information.    
    • watch local new stations, listen to local radio news
    • follow these social media sites – you do not need a Twitter account to follow this information, and Twitter is the most timely and up-to-the-minute news.
    • Nextdoor app – We will post information on Nextdoor to relay important information and keep the community updated.
    • The City websites at monterey.org and montereyfiredept.org – will be used to relay information on a developing emergency.
    • The Siren at the Fire Station – tested in January 2019, this siren covered a large portion of our City.  Hearing this siren should alert you that there is an emergency situation in the City and you should look for information from one of the sources listed above.
    • Police Officers & PA systems. Our patrol vehicles are equipped with speakers. Should we have an emergency situation, you will hear sirens and our voices over those speakers directing residents. 

    Contact Monterey Fire at the non-emergency phone number if you have any questions, (831) 646-3914, or visit montereyfiredept.org 

    We need your help to get the word out!

    August 19, 2020

    Due to local wildfires, air quality is being negatively affected. 

    Please do not use ANY leaf blowers at this time!  

    Notify your gardening service provider.

    AND Remember starting on March 1, 2021,

    only electric type leaf blowers will be allowed in Pacific Grove.

    CLOSURE OF LOVERS POINT BEACHES AND PARKING LOT TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

    August 14, 2020

    To minimize the impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on beach patrons, the City of Pacific Grove will implement a temporary closure of the Lovers Point Beaches to reinforce social distancing and reduce large public gatherings. 

    These measures are in alignment with the State of California Department of Health Stay-at-Home Order, the Monterey County Health Officer Shelter-in-Place Order and the City of Pacific Grove Proclamation of Local Emergency. 

    Closures effective from Saturday, August 15 through Sunday, August 16, include: 

     Lovers Point Beaches 

    Additional closures may be implemented on these dates to maintain social distancing requirements and reduce large public gatherings, if needed. 

    With the increased heat in the inland area, it is expected the City will receive an influx of visitors to the coastline. Due to serious public health concerns, increasing COVID-19 cases in California, and other local beach closures, the Acting City Manager, Tori Hannah, has authorized this closure. 

    The Western Lovers Point Beach (with entry from the Pacific Grove Recreation Trail) will remain open for water recreational activities and exercise, which include swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, scuba dividing, and snorkeling. No standing, sitting, laying, or walking on the beach is permitted (unless walking down for entry into the water for outlined recreational activities). 

    The Pacific Grove Recreational Trail, Lovers Point Park, and Ocean View Blvd will remain open and accessible for those practicing social distancing protocols while walking, running, and bicycling. At all times, the public shall wear a mask or face covering in these highly visited areas in compliance with the State of California Department of Health Stay-at-Home Order, and the Monterey County Health Officer Shelter-in-Place Order. 

    Carmel Bans Fun at the Beach

    August 14, 2020

    Caitlin Conrad/ksbw reported: You can now be fined $100 for having or doing the following at Carmel Beach:coolers umbrellas/shade structures beach equipt BBQs, chairs, tables, fireworks, fuel tanks group activities, sitting, lounging, picnic, sunbathing. Just in time for the heat warning the week

    Excessive Heat Warning

    August 14, 2020

    Monterey County Office of Emergency Services
    Advisory: Excessive Heat Warning (8/14/2020 to 8/19/2020)Dear Nixle User,Excessive Heat Warning from 8/14/2020 11:00 AM to 8/19/2020 9:00 PM PDT for the cities of Greenfield and King City, Southern Salinas Valley/Arroyo Seco, Lake San Antonio, Santa Lucia Mountains, Los Padres National Forest, Interior Monterey County, Pinnacles National Park, and Big Sur. Long duration, excessively hot conditions with daytime highs in the upper 90s to mid 100s. The hottest locations may approach 110 degrees. The heat will initially peak on Friday with a few degree easing in the temperatures through the weekend. A second peak in the heat arrives Tuesday into Wednesday of next week. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1. More information: https://inws.ncep.noaa.gov/a/a.php?i=49119923 

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    This is the Heal the Bay Beach Report Card for Monterey Peninsula beaches, which reports water quality grades, or when relevant, weather advisories. An A to F grade is assigned based on the health risks of swimming or surfing at that location. Look at the "dry" grade for all days except those "wet" days during and within 3 days after a rainstorm. Click here for more information on the Beach Report Card. Click the name of the beach when it pops up for more details, or choose a beach below.

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