• Happy Sunny Day in Foggy PG 3/5/21 Issue

    March 4, 2021

    What a beautiful day to finish this issue and get it off to you all! There’s a lot of great stuff in it, too.
    Wonderful pictures by Bob Pacelli, and Gary Baley, an inspiring story by Jill Kleiss, and all the usual suspects including the winners of the Black History Month essay contest. A new contest will be forthcoming with the Middle School. Look for it, especially if you have a Middle-Schooler.
    Meanwhile, flip your sunglasses up and go to

    SPCA Advisory

    March 4, 2021

    SPCA Advises Removing Bird Feeders, Bird Baths Through April

    The Central Coast, Northern California, Oregon, and Washington are experiencing a salmonellosis outbreak in migrating Pine Siskins This bacterial pathogen is lethal for these small birds. Bird feeders are the primary source of transmission for the disease. Sadly, many Pine Siskins exposed to the bacteria at bird feeders have succumbed to salmonellosis this winter here on the Central Coast.

    Most of the affected birds are Pine Siskins, small, heavily streaked, yellow-accented finches, but Lesser Goldfinch and other finch species can fall victim to salmonellosis as well. While more rare, this disease can also transmit to outdoor cats.

    The bacteria are spread through droppings, especially where bird seed piles up beneath feeders or in-tray feeders where the birds can simply stand among the seeds.

    Community members can help stop the spread of salmonellosis by discontinuing backyard bird feeding and remove backyard bird baths through April, to encourage these birds to disperse and forage naturally. Pine Siskins migrate and will move on from our area in March and April.

    Infected individuals will appear lethargic, puffed or fluffed-up, with eyes partially closed. Their eyes may also appear swollen, red, or irritated. If you see a sick bird or any injured or orphaned wild animal, please contact the SPCA Wildlife Center for help.

    The SPCA Wildlife Center is available for emergency wildlife rescues 24 hours a day. To support our work, please visit www.SPCAmc.org/donate. To report injured, sick, or orphaned wildlife in Monterey County, please call 831-264-5427. 

    The SPCA Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is the only full service wildlife rehabilitation center serving Monterey County. We operate under permits from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Your support is extremely important to us, as we do not receive funding from any federal, state or local government agency.  Each year, The SPCA Wildlife Center admits over 2,000 animals for treatment and care.

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

    Black History Contest Winners

    March 2, 2021

    In recognition of Black History Month, Cedar Street Times’ Black History Essay Contest challenged Pacific Grove High School students to write about some lesser-known figures in Black history.

    The essays from these young journalists are both educational and fascinating. Look for their photos in next week’s issue at cedarstreettimes.com this Friday 3-5-2021.

    Sophomore Chloe Coe’s First-Prize essay, “An Investment in the Human Soul”, was about Mary Jane McLeod, daughter of a former slave whose family after emancipation had to work the very plantation where they’d been enslaved until they saved enough money to leave. Then she endured a failed marriage; but went on to start a literary and industrial school for Black girls, started a clinic which grew into a hospital, founded or co-founded organizations for Black women and a Black college fund. She said “Believe in yourself, learn, and never stop wanting to build a better world.”

    Freshman Maryam Baryal’s Second-Prize essay “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” is a tragic story about a Black woman who died from cancer, but who in a real sense lives on today, in that her cells taken for a biopsy were found to be immortal—the holy grail of cancer research—a human cell line that can reproduce forever. It is no exaggeration to say that her life has saved millions of lives worldwide, although she never knew of her contribution to medical science.

    Sophomore William Coen’s Third-Prize essay, “Marshall ‘Major’ Taylor”, is set in the 1890s. It tells the story about the only Black man to become a world cycling champion in a sport dominated by White men—and prejudice. He retired at 32 years old and lived in poverty for most of his life. However, he is remembered by his quote: “Life is too short for a man to hold bitterness in his heart.”

    Although we had only three prizes, some other essays were worthy of honorable mention, and we will publish them in a future issue of Cedar Street Times. We also regret that a few essays did not meet our deadline for submission due to the online system of the high school being unable to email us directly. This was an unexpected problem we will warn against the next time we conduct an essay contest.

    We thank all students who participated in the contest. I certainly learned something new about Black history and I hope you all did as well. We’d love to get your feedback on the contest, so please email us or write a letter to the editor at editor@cedarstreettimes.com.

    Gary Baley

    2-26-21 issue

    February 25, 2021

    Black History Month Essay Contest

    February 23, 2021

    February is Black History Month; accordingly, Cedar Street Times is hosting a Black History Essay Contest for Pacific Grove High School students. The theme suggested is write about some lesser-known person in Black history and tell about their life and their impact on U.S. History.

    Three local businesses generously sponsored prize money for the contest.

    $100 1st Prize by Wilson’s Plumbing & Heating, 307 Grand Ave, PG 375-4591

    $50 2nd Prize by Pacific Grove Hardware, 229 Forest Ave, PG 646-9144

    $25 3rd Prize by Cypress Cleaners, 230 Grand Ave, PG 375-3111

    Please support these businesses and mention the Black History Essay Contest when you do.


    February 19, 2021

    Sex-Crime or Hate-Crime: Analysis of a strange Case

    February 3, 2021

    The Strange case of Noah and Tricia Boewer – did they get a fair trial?

    Husband and wife Noah and Tricia Boewer, who are White, were found not guilty of hate crimes against Dirrick Williams, who is Black; but they were found guilty of lesser charges stemming from an altercation outside the Monterey Lanes Bowling Alley July 6, 2018. All three were Seaside residents at the time.

    Hurling racial slurs at someone then attacking them is an exemplar hate crime. However, if racial slurs are uttered during a fight that began for some reason other than hatred, it’s not a hate crime.

    Dirrick claimed the former, but the Boewers claimed the latter occurred.

    The case was characterized as Sex Crime or Hate Crime because Tricia Boewer accused Williams of sexual battery for grabbing her butt and Williams accused the Boewers of hurling racial slurs then assaulting him, which would be a hate crime.

    What is certain is Dirrick left the Lanes and passed behind Noah and Tricia Boewer who were standing outside, then took a few more steps, turned around, advanced toward the Boewers, and a fight began between him and Noah. Tricia tried unsuccessfully to intervene then called 911.

    Tricia admitted calling Dirrick “nigger” but only after the fight was nearly over while the two men were exchanging punches with Noah pinned down on his back and Dirrick on top of him.

    Noah denied using any racial slurs, but witnesses near the end of the fracas contradicted him at trial.

    The case yielded perplexing split-verdicts and sentencing, details of which can be found in prior issues of the Cedar Street Times.

    The Boewers were absolved of any hate crimes, but Noah was found guilty of felony assault causing great bodily harm and sentenced to 6 years in prison—likely to serve about half. Tricia was found guilty of misdemeanor battery, sentenced to 60 days in county jail—likely to serve only 20.

    How could that be?

    The short answer is: if someone assaults you, you don’t have the right to assault them back.

    If Dirrick copped a feel as he passed behind Tricia, that doesn’t give Noah or Tricia a free pass to start a fight. Furthermore, even if Dirrick started a fight with Noah after grabbing Tricia’s butt, as the Boewers claim, and that fight comes to an end, but one or both of the Boewers then threaten, advance toward, touch, or hit Williams—they are in the wrong according to Judge Andrew Liu.

    This last scenario is the most likely based on the jury’s verdicts.

    Why were the Boewers charged?

    Monterey police officers Sabino and Perez were on scene almost immediately with body-cams engaged, and found the Boewers agitated, animated, and yelling for revenge against Dirrick, who was standing calmly to the side.

    People screaming for revenge sound like victims. Indeed, Sabino even told the Boewers they were victims of a crime—but that statement, recorded on body-cam[1], was not allowed into evidence by order of Judge Liu. The jury never heard it.

    When officer Perez told Noah they were checking the video cameras, Noah replied “Good” and added “Cause you’ll see him running at me, throwing punches. Please pull the cameras. That’d be great. I love it.” [2] An aggressor wouldn’t be eager to reveal video evidence; but the jury never heard that either.

    After the fight outside, the Lanes’ bartender, Ms. Benevides, revealed that Dirrick asked her if he could leave his car at the Lanes because he felt he would be arrested.[3] Why would he say that? Perhaps the presence of cameras worried him. The jury never considered that question because they never heard about it. It was only later determined the cameras were not working.

    The Bartender’s Agenda.

    It seems that the bartender, Ms. Benevides, had an agenda to vilify the Boewers and extol Williams. She had known Dirrick for years and likes him. They are friends.[4] She noted to officer Perez how “respectful” Dirrick was—four times.[5] “He’s never looked at a girl and disrespected her” she said to Sabino.[6]

    During police interviews, Benevides rushed to flag down officer Sabino, then Perez, to relate a prejudicial narrative that happened hours earlier and had nothing to do with the fight outside. It was based on a conversation she supposedly overheard in the bowling alley’s bar amid the hubbub of League Night.

    Benevides claimed she heard Noah call two men “something like fucking Indians”[7].

    “Something like”—What happened to police critical thinking? Sabino should have ignored this story as a clumsy attempt to stigmatize the Boewers and pervert justice. Sabino never asked Noah about that incident in the bar nor about the comment Benevides alleged he made. He just believed it.

    In court, Noah could have denied saying anything—there were no other witnesses; but he admitted calling the men “fucking idiots” after they made sexual remarks about Tricia, who Benevides described as “very pretty” in short‑shorts and a tank-top[8].

    Neither officer Sabino nor Perez followed through to identify the unnamed men and corroborate Benevides’ story. Benevides added to her reprobation that they (the staff) were having trouble with the Boewers “all day” without giving any further details. Had Sabino inquired, he would have found that “trouble” meant just that one incident in the bar, and that “all day” also meant that same incident. No other incidents were reported.  She also said no one else was in the bar at that time. The Boewers were at the Lanes for only one and a half hours.

    The manager of the Lanes also told the police they were having trouble with the Boewers all day as if he had personal knowledge—but he didn’t. He gave no details. He was just parroting what Benevides had told him, and the cops just accepted it without question as a reliable source condemning the Boewers.

    This should have raised red flags in the minds of the police. It was obvious Benevides likes Williams and had an agenda to protect him.

    The sergeant.

    Probably the worst thing Sabino did to implicate the Boewers was when he went on the phone to his superior, Sergeant Roobash to ask for advice as to what he should do.

    Sabino failed to adequately separate Noah and Tricia during questioning, leading to one interjecting into the other’s interview. This confounded and confused him. He interpreted that behavior as “trying to get their statements together”[9] and concluded that they must have instigated the whole thing and told that to Roobash.

    However, he never told Roobash his first impression of the fight—that it was mutual combat.[10]

    Instead, Sabino told Roobash that the Boewers were “going up to random families” and starting disturbances with them, and a couple of the employees said the Boewers “were causing disturbances the whole time”.[11]

    Neither of the officers’ body-cams reveal anything that would support the contention that the Boewers were approaching random families and causing trouble. Absolutely nothing. The only interactions the Boewers had with others at the Lanes were the bartender and two unidentified men. That’s it. And that’s the only incident that could remotely be called a disturbance.

    Sabino had bought in to the narrative promulgated by Benevides and parroted by her colleagues, all of whom were friends of Dirrick Williams.[12]

    To make matters worse, Sabino corrupted Tricia’s story that Williams grabbed her butt. He said to Roobash “So she’s saying she got grabbed—but I have witnesses saying No.”[13]

    It is dumbfounding that Sabino was so confused, or inept, or biased that he forgot that no witnesses saw how the fight started when the butt-grabbing allegedly occurred. Williams even admits no one was outside except the Bowers and himself when he stepped outside. The witnesses who said “no” they didn’t see Williams grab Tricia’s butt weren’t present when it happened. Apparently Sabino failed to make that connection.

    To say that Sabino’s interviewing skills were faulty is an understatement.

    But the damage to the Boewers was done. Sergeant Roobash could hardly be blamed for recommending charges against the Boewers from what he heard over the phone from officer Sabino.

    No one was arrested that night, but the district attorney charged the Boewers with hate crimes based on the police recommendation.

    Guilty until proven innocent.

    The Media love a hate crime. Flailing the accused plays to the mob, bolsters readership, flaunts a superior moral compass, and demonstrates wokeness—what’s not to like about that?

    Most local media crucified the Bowers as soon as they were accused. Both Tricia and Noah Boewer lost their jobs within days of several one-sided news stories.

    The Monterey Weekly was so eager to pander to the prosecution and the self-righteous on-line mob that were salivating for a hate-crime conviction, they published a story that portrayed the Boewers as drunk predators that followed Williams out of the bowling alley and beat him up—a complete fabrication! If anything, just the opposite seems to have occurred.

    So eager for a hate-crime story, the Monterey Weekly’s Monterey County NOW even characterized hanging a “Trump 2020” flag on a one’s own vehicle parked on the street outside a politician’s home as a hate crime.[14] Now that’s being woke.

    Biased Judiciary.

    It’s never good to lose your attorney in the middle of a case. The Public Defender’s Office removed Tricia’s first attorney, Eden Schwartz, after she pursued an aggressive defense, including having one judge disqualified for prejudice and challenging the decision of another that refused to dismiss the case.

    Her newly appointed attorney was public defender Jigar Patel, who despite coming into the middle of a case, did a commendable job according to Tricia. However, he faced a judge who disallowed almost all of the police body-cams from being heard at trial. Much of this would have been helpful to the defense.

    During the preliminary hearing, when Noah’s defense attorney Jan Lindberg suggested the motivation for Noah’s challenge to Dirrick was the assault on his wife and had nothing to do with Dirrick’s race, Judge Liu said:

    “Do you not see that there could be a blend of issues especially when you consider — I would call it a long history of aggression in society based on a perceived threat from a black man toward a white woman? I mean, isn’t that in our history that — that it’s all part of race? Isn’t it all part of race and part of that dynamic?”[15]

    That statement reeks of racism. It is a poisonous cultural trope that stereotypes all White people. Liu should have recused himself after making it. Liu seems to accept that White men of today are to be castigated for the sins of their fathers or mothers or sins of some distant ancestors.

    During the trial, Judge Liu disallowed almost all body-cam evidence to be heard. The jury never heard important statements made by the Boewers and the police as recorded on their body-cams.

    During the sentencing hearing, Dirrick recited a twenty-minute tirade against the system, the lawyers, the jury, the verdicts, the Boewers, and the press.

    Then Judge Liu commiserated with him saying that Dirrick’s experiences were “also not foreign to me”. If Liu means he had experienced racial prejudice, then that’s yet another reason for recusal.

    As if to mollify Dirrick and apologize for the jury’s verdict, Liu said that hate crimes don’t fully embrace the dynamics of racism. He went on to say, in some off-the-wall logic, that a violent incident perpetrated against someone and motivated by race and feelings of racial superiority, may not be a hate crime.

    That’s absurd.

    California Penal Code 422.55 reads: “California law defines a hate crime as a criminal act committed in whole or in part because of the victim’s actual or perceived disability, gender, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.”

    Crime motivated by racial hate is the very definition of a hate crime.

    Judge Liu was obviously unhappy with the verdict and wants to have it both ways. The Boewers were found not guilty of a hate crime, but they’re guilty of racism anyway—even though no a priori evidence exists to support that viewpoint. No prior arrests, no writings, no emails, no Facebook posts, no public rants, no social media statements, no negative character witnesses. Nothing whatsoever.

    But they are White—nowadays maybe that’s enough.

    Although Tricia apologized to Dirrick in the courtroom, Liu publicly excoriated her before sentencing, saying she was defiant and unrepentant—presumably because she did not recant her testimony and accept Dirrick’s version of events during her probation interview.

    Tricia still maintains that she told the truth about what happened that night at the Monterey Lanes and would not lie by changing her story to get a lighter sentence.

    Imposing jail time for a misdemeanor battery is extremely rare it almost never happens. Liu even said as much; yet Liu gave Tricia 60 days in county Jail. Even though he had no obligation to justify his decision, he mentioned in open court details of Tricia’s prior unrelated felony conviction years earlier, which only served to further stigmatize her in the public eye.

    This reporter and this newspaper gave more deference to Mr. Williams by never reporting his sordid background than Judge Liu gave to Tricia Boewer.

    Dirrick’s credibility was compromised.

    Dirrick’s testimony evolved over time. The first words Dirrick reported hearing from the Boewers evolved from: “Yeah motherfucker, turn around and walk away”[16] told to officer Sabino on the day of the incident July 6 2018, to “Keep walking motherfucker” told to Officer Perez the same day, to “What are you doing here nigger”[17]told to this reporter November 11 2018, to “Yeah, you better nigger”[18] told to District Attorney VanDamme and Investigator Gutierrez January 14 2019 and at trial.

    Dirrick never told the police he was called “nigger”. This worried the District Attorney, Ms. VanDamme and DA Investigator Gutierrez so much that during his pre-trial interview, they coached him over and over, how to explain why he never said it. They were having a tough time of it, so at one point Gutierrez even blurted “I’m not trying to put words in your mouth.”[19] But of course that dodgy behavior is exactly what was going on. But the jury never heard about it.

    Missing time was another problem. Two and a half hours of Williams’ time was unaccounted for. That’s especially strange since he wanted to go home to complete a deadline. Dirrick claimed he arrived at the bowling alley between 3 and 4 pm and almost immediately got a phone call from his cousin who coincidentally was also at the Lanes. However, a prosecution witness said he saw Williams in the bar at 2:30 pm.

    Dirrick says he spent about 20 minutes in the Pro-shop with his cousin, and spent 10 minutes in the bar where he drank half a beer (bartender said he was drinking brandy) before leaving and encountering the Bowers. By his account it would be 4:30 pm at the latest.

    But the altercation with the Boewers lasted only one or two minutes by everyone’s testimony, and was over at 7:08 pm when police arrived as Tricia was on the 911 call.

    What was Dirrick doing between 4:30 pm and 7 pm? The most likely scenario is he remained in the bar drinking brandy and happened to observe the incident between the Boewers and the two unidentified men the bartender mentioned. That is consistent with testimony from the Boewers, who said they saw Williams in the bar at a corner table.

    After the Boewers left the bar, Dirrick may have even chatted up the story with the bartender who seemed eager to spread it around. But Williams denies being there, and Benevides backs him up.

    Would victimhood make you popular?

    When asked whether becoming victim of a hate crime would improve his profile as a book author and community activist, Dirrick was evasive and didn’t give the obvious answer: “Yes, of course”. Instead, after some prodding from the defense attorney, he unconvincingly muttered it might or might not.

    The Boewers’ convictions

    If the jury didn’t believe Dirrick’s account, then why were the Boewers convicted of anything?

    The answer lies in the law and Judge Andrew Liu’s instructions to the jury.

    When resisting an assault, a person can use only such force as is necessary to stop the threat. If you defensively stop an assault, then go on offense, you too are guilty of assault.

    This is what happened to Noah Boewer. Even if Dirrick had committed sexual battery on Tricia and threw the first punch at Noah, at some point during the first confrontation, the fight ended with Dirrick the winner[20]. Both combatants had abandoned a fighting stance and dropped their arms. Dirrick even stated that he felt the fight was over at that point.[21]

    However, Noah, beaten and full of adrenaline, reportedly attacked Dirrick by attempting to kick him in the groin. So, a second fight erupted. Dirrick dominated Noah once again and took him to ground, but Noah got in one punch that fractured several bones in Dirrick’s left cheek—ergo assault causing great bodily harm.

    It was not a hate crime because Noah’s motivation was not racial hatred; it was anger for being beaten up after Dirrick grabbed his wife’s butt.

    No one saw how the first fight started, but witnesses appeared during the second round, and at some point, Tricia intervened.

    Witness accounts vary. One said she jumped on Dirrick’s back, another said she tried to push Dirrick off of Noah when he was pinned to the ground. Yet another said she only lunged at Dirrick. Tricia said she tried to stop the fight by placing her arms between the two men.

    In any case, based on Judge Liu’s instructions to the jury, all of these actions could be considered criminal battery. Liu gave a very broad definition of battery, saying it includes hitting, touching, even approaching someone aggressively without touching them.

    The very act of intervening made Tricia guilty of battery—but not motivated by racial hatred. She was trying to stop the fight.

    Sloppy police work.

    Officer Sabino failed to separate the Boewers during questioning, so each was interjecting comments into the other’s interview, thereby confounding the interviews and confusing the officers.[22]

    Sabino and Perez allowed themselves to be deluded by a witness with an agenda. They believed that reports they heard from staff were describing multiple incidents[23] [24]; but they all stemmed from just one incident in the bar reported by Benevides and relayed to her colleagues.


    For two and a half years I covered this case for the Cedar Street Times newspaper. I interviewed all the principals and attended many hearings including the preliminary hearing, trial, verdict, and sentencing.

    I have engaged with the judicial system several times in my life as witness, as victim, and as a juror.

    In every instance, I’d say the system worked, but imperfectly. I’d say the same about this case as well.

    Twelve random people took a week out of their lives for civic duty to society. They came together to tease out the facts from a lot of contradictory evidence. They had to decide if witnesses were truthful or lying. If actions were meaningful or irrelevant.

    They heard some things I think they shouldn’t and didn’t hear some things I they should have heard.

    I also think there would have been a different verdict if Judge Liu had allowed the jury full access to the police body-cams.

    Gary Baley

    [1] Sabino bodycam 59:23, 60:3

    [2] Perez bodycam 40:23 – 41:7

    [3] Perez bodycam 39:10

    [4] Perez bodycam 15:24

    [5] Perez bodycam 6:18, 8:11, 13:24, 40:5

    [6] Sabino bodycam 77:2

    [7] Sabino bodycam 74:6

    [8] Cedar St. Times Nov 23, 2018 cover story

    [9] Sabino bodycam 53:11

    [10] Sabino bodycam 59:2, 64:6

    [11] Sabino bodycam 52:3-9, 14-16

    [12] Perez bodycam 15:24

    [13] Sabino bodycam 54:18

    [14] Monterey County NOW Aug 7, 2020

    [15] Preliminary hearing 96:7

    [16] Sabino bodycam 43:11

    [17] Cedar Street Times 2018-11-23 pg 2

    [18] Williams’ DA interview 16:11”

    [19] Williams’ DA interview 24:2

    [20] Sabino bodycam 75:14

    [21] Williams DA interview 6:18

    [22] Sabino bodycam 53:7

    [23] Perez bodycam 6:2, 23:14

    [24] Sabino bodycam 54:3

    Email troubles

    January 29, 2021


    January 27, 2021

    Pacific Grove, beyond FOREST HILL SHOPPING and below Holman Hwy. 
    Data reported by Bruce & Judy Cowan, residents. 

    Week Ending Wednesday,  January 27, 2021

    Inches, as of 8 AM, 1/27/21:                      2.3″            

    Total since  July 1, 2020:                     4.89″  

    Rain total one  year ago to date:               11.4″

    Previous Year Total–July 2019 through June 2020:       22″

    Stay at Home Order Lifted

    January 26, 2021

    State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

    SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released the most recent statistics on COVID-19. CDPH ended the Regional Stay at Home Order, lifting the order for all regions statewide, including the three regions that had still been under the order – San Joaquin Valley, Bay Area and Southern California.Four-week ICU capacity projections for these three regions are above 15%, the threshold that allows regions to exit the order. The Sacramento Region exited the order on January 12 and the Northern California region never entered the order.

    This action allows all counties statewide to return to the rules and framework of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and color-coded tiers that indicate which activities and businesses are open based on local case rates and test positivity. The majority of the state’s counties are in the strictest, or purple tier. CDPH provides tier updates each Tuesday. As always, individual counties may choose to impose stricter rules.


    January 22, 2021

    January 21, 2021 issue

    No End in Sight

    January 8, 2021

    State Dept. of Health says Monterey County must remain under the stay-at-home order. Pecentae ratio of available beds to population still not good.


    December 31, 2020

    1-1-21 issue

    Rain Gauge from Forest Hill

    December 22, 2020

    Pacific Grove, beyond FOREST HILL SHOPPING and below Holman Hwy. 
    Data reported by Bruce & Judy Cowan, residents. 

    Week Ending Tueday,  December 22, 2020
    Inches, as of 8 AM, 12/22/20:                     0.4″

    Total since July 1, 2020:                      1.18″  
    Rain total one  year ago to date:               8.2″

    Previous Year Total–July 2019 through June 2020:       22″

    Merry 12-25-20 issue

    December 22, 2020

    City Council Actions 12-16-20

    December 20, 2020

    Actions taken by the City Council at its continued meeting on December 16, 2020 include:

    • Commander Rory Lakind with certificates of appreciation in conjunction with his retirement.

    • Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula for their work.

    • The minutes of the December 2   and 9   City Council Regular and Special Meetings.

    • The City Manager to Execute Agreements with the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration Related to the Measure L, the New 0.50% Local Transactions and Use Tax.

    • A Resolution Authorizing Examination of Transactions (Sales) and Use Tax Records and authorized the City Manager to Execute an Amendment to the Agreement with HdL Companies to Provide Measure L Audit, Recovery, and Reporting Services.

    • Second reading and adopted an ordinance to add Chapter 2.60 to the Pacific Grove Municipal Code relating to electronic and paperless filing of Fair Political Practices Commission Campaign Disclosure Statements.

    • The Core Revenue Report for November 2020.

    • Minutes from the Association of Monterey Bay Governments October 14, 2020 meeting.

    • A status update on the “Referendum Against Ordinance No. 20-022 Amending the Municipal Code Chapter 11.100, “Cannabis” to Authorize Cannabis Sales pursuant to a Cannabis Retail License.

    • Update on the status of Special Events scheduled for January and February 2021.

    • Revised Council Policy: Council Guidelines 000-9.

    • A letter to be sent to Governor Newsom and Secretary Ghaly of the California Health and Human Services Agency to support the County of Monterey’s request for prioritization of COVID-19 vaccinations for essential farm workers.

    • Report of emergency directives/modifications, ratified the Planning Commission meeting time to resume to 6:00PM effective January 2020, extended the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) to March 31, 2021, directed the City Manager to draft and present to Council a proposed small business loan program to reimburse local businesses for Covid-19 related and/or Shelter in Place Order compliance expenses, and discussed circumstances needing emergency response.

    and held first reading of a draft ordinance to amend the Fiscal Year 20/21 Operating and Capital Improvement Budget and directed publication of an ordinance summary approved by the City Attorney.

    • A resolution to Repeal and Replace Resolution 20-027 to Implement Measure L (voter-approved tax increase), held first reading of an Ordinance to amend the Pacific Grove Municipal Code Chapter 6.07 to implement the voter-approved 0.5% the City Transaction and Use Tax increase, and authorized publication of a summary of the measure as approved by the City Attorney.

    and held first reading of an ordinance to amend the Pacific Grove Municipal Code to Rescind the Cannabis Retain License Process Approved by Ordinance No. 20-022, directed that publication of the ordinance be satisfied by publication of a summary approved by the City Attorney, and directed staff to develop a plan for cannabis community outreach and return to the City Council with a strategy.   

    • The City Manager to apply a 30% discount to the Water Entitlement Price Shown on the Master Fee Schedule through December 31, 2021.

    • The appointment of two City Council-designees to serve on the Cannabis Retail License Selection Committee until March 3, 2021.   

    12-18-20 Issue

    December 17, 2020

    MST Holiday Bus Schedule

    December 17, 2020

    Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) will operate limited schedules for the upcoming holidays. 

    On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, MST will operate a Saturday schedule. Only the following lines will be in service: JAZZ A, JAZZ B, 1, 2, 3, 7, 11, 16, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 41, 42, 44, 45, 49, 61, 84, 91, 92, 94, 95, and MST On Call Marina. 

    No other bus lines will be in service.

    On Christmas Day and New Year’s Day the following lines will operate a holiday schedule:    

    • JAZZ A MontereySand City via Hilby (Service between Monterey Transit Plaza and Sand City Station only. No service to MPC or Monterey Bay Aquarium.)
    • JAZZ B MontereySand City via Broadway (Service between Monterey Transit Plaza and Sand City Station only. No service to Monterey Bay Aquarium.) 
    • Line 1 Monterey (Service from Lighthouse & Fountain to Monterey Transit Plaza only. No service to Asilomar.)
    • Line 2 Pacific Grove via Forest Hill (Service from Monterey Transit Plaza to Lighthouse & Fountain only.)
    • Line 20 Salinas – Monterey via Marina
    • Line 23 Salinas  King City
    • Line 24 Monterey – Carmel Valley Grapevine Express via Carmel (Service between Monterey Transit Plaza and Carmel Rancho only.)
    • Line 41 Northridge – Salinas via East Alisal
    • Line 49 Salinas – Santa Rita via Northridge

    All other lines will not be in service on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Regular MST bus service will resume Saturday, December 26th, and Saturday, January 2nd, respectively.

    Customer service windows at the Salinas Transit Center and Bus Stop Shop in Monterey will be closed December 24, 25, 31, and January 1 for holiday observances. MST administrative offices in Monterey, as well as the Customer Service window at the Marina Transit Exchange will be closed December 24 through January 1, and will reopen on Monday, January 4. Customers are encouraged to purchase passes prior to the holidays or at participating GoPass outlets to avoid times when MST offices will be closed.  

    For more information, visit www.mst.org or call Monterey-Salinas Transit toll free at 1-888-MST-BUS1. For RealTime bus arrival information, text “Next” and your 4-digit bus stop ID (ex. “Next 9103”) to 25370, call 1-888-MST-BUS1 with your 4-digit bus stop ID, download the free Transit app, or use Google Maps. For the latest information on any transit service delays that may occur over the holidays, customers can follow MST on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MST_BUS.

    Where can you go in Pacific Grove?

    December 15, 2020

    What is Open in Pacific Grove?

    The following sectors will have additional modifications in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing:

    • Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only for the purpose of facilitating physically distanced personal health and wellness through outdoor exercise, without any food, drink or alcohol sales. The Pacific Grove portion of the Coastal Recreation Trail, Monarch Sanctuary and all Pacific Grove Beaches are currently open, as is Pacific Grove Golf Links. The Point Pinos Lighthouse grounds are closed. 
    • Retailers: Our retailers are open for shopping indoors at 20% capacity, and 35% of capacity for standalone grocery stores, with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. For a list of retailers offering online shopping with curbside pick up or delivery, go to https://www.pacificgrove.org/onlineshoppingmall
    • Hotels and lodging: Allow for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, provide accommodation for essential workers, or providing housing solutions, including measures to protect homeless populations. Lodging for non-essential leisure travel is not permitted under the State’s order at this time.
    • Restaurants: Our restaurants are open! Allowing only for take out or delivery. Outdoor dining is currently not permitted. For a directory, go to https://www.pacificgrove.org.
    • Offices: Many offices and such professional service providers in Pacific Grove are closed for in-person visitation if they are not part of critical infrastructure sectors. Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible. 
    • Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor activities only.

    What is Closed in Pacific Grove?

    The following business services are closed for the duration:

    • Hair salons and barbershops
    • Personal care services
    • Museums, zoos, and aquariums
    • Movie theaters (except drive-in)
    • Wineries, bars, breweries, and distilleries
    • Family entertainment centers
    • Cardrooms and satellite wagering
    • Limited services
    • Live audience sports

    Source: Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce

    December 15, 2020

    Advisory: High Surf Advisory from 12/13/2020 12:00 PM to 12/14/2020 7:00 PM PST for Monterey County. Couple that with Big Tides and you’ve got a Coastal Flood Advisory from 12/13/2020 7:00 AM to 12/15/2020 1:00 PM PST.

    Yeah, that was rain

    December 14, 2020

    12-11-20 issue

    December 10, 2020

    Guilty Verdict in Attack Case

    December 8, 2020

    Noah and Tricia Boewer were found guilty of charges stemming from the attack on and injury to Dirrick Williams, Pacific Grove native and former columnist for Cedar Street Times. They were not found guilty of the hate crime enhancement filed later.

    Sentencing will occur next week. Full story in this week’s issue of Cedar Stree Times.

    12-4-20 issue

    December 8, 2020

    Tighter COVID Restrictions Coming

    December 4, 2020

    It’s likely that in the next couple of weeks the State of California will direct some businesses in the Bay Area region (including Monterey County) to close or further restrict commercial activity. Hotels will be allowed to open only for “critical infrastructure support.” Restaurants will be allowed to serve customers “only for take-out, pick-up, or delivery.” Retail and shopping centers will be limited to 20% capacity with entrancing metering. Hair salons, barbershops, and personal care services will close.
    More information about the looming restrictions is available on this State of California website: https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/ .Obviously this is yet another blow for local businesses and the people who work for them. But our hospitals in Monterey County are among the many hospitals in California experiencing a significant rise in patients. The need to “flatten the curve” is again highly relevant.

    • Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce

    Zoom Press Conference

    November 29, 2020


    The public is encouraged to participate via Zoom

    Pacific Grove Police Chief of Police, Cathy Madalone is hosting a press conference today to inform the public of a social media post found on an employee’s account that was brought to the City’s attention and the response in addressing it. 

    When: Sun., Nov. 29, 2020 at 3:00 pm 

    Where: City Hall, 300 Forest Ave. Pacific Grove, CA 

    Members of the press who attend in-person must follow social distancing standards and wear masks at all times. 

    Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89064917702

    Or Telephone: 

    1 669 219 2599 or +1 669 900 9128 or 877 853 5247 (Toll Free) 

    Webinar ID: 890 6491 7702 

    Girl Scouts Look Forward to Giving Tuesday

    November 28, 2020

    Girl Scouts Rallies Community for Giving Tuesday 

    By Kaylie Luedke 

    Invest in Girls. Change the World

    After its creation in 2012, Giving Tuesday has been celebrated each year on the first Tuesday following Thanksgiving as a day that encourages people to do good and spread kindness. Eight years later, it has transformed into a global movement of generosity that brings together charities, nonprofits, and the public to transform their communities and the world. 

    Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast is celebrating #GivingTuesday on December 1 , 2020. 

    Our council focuses on building community and sisterhood, appreciating the unique value of all girls, and helping one another through tough times. It has been nothing short of a challenging year, but our girls have continued to band together to spread joy, lend a helping hand, and be leaders in their communities. This year, they have sewn handmade masks for doctors and nurses, organized food drives, and sent handwritten cards of encouragement. Girl Scouts know that there is strength in numbers, and our work would not be possible without the generous and unwavering support of our community. 

    We encourage the community to get involved this #GivingTuesday by supporting the causes they believe in. Together, we can all be a part of the team that supports girls within our communities and the world beyond, helping them become girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

    This year, we are doubling our efforts with the goal to raise $20,000 for our girls. The families we serve come from a variety of financial situations, and approximately 5,500 girls in our council come from low-income households. We are working to provide financial assistance so that every girl, regardless of their financial situation, can call Girl Scouts home, and you can help! By donating just $25, you can give a year of Girl Scout membership to an underserved girl in your community. Every donation, big or small, contributes to providing the best leadership program for girls and makes an impact on the lives of the girls and families we serve. 

    Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, with a research- proven program that helps them cultivate important skills they need to take the lead in their own lives and the world. At Girl Scouts, girls learn and grow in a safe, all-girl environment, 

    discovering who they are, connecting with others, and taking action to make a difference in their communities and beyond. Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), the foundation of the Girl Scout program, girls engage in a variety of fun, challenging, and engaging activities that empower girls as they develop five skills essential to effective leadership: a strong sense of self, positive values, challenge seeking, healthy relationships, and community problem- solving. 

    Whether it be some of your time, a donation, or community support, there are so many ways that you can give back. Our council is fortunate to be included in numerous community giving campaigns this year, with a few options at no extra cost to you! If you plan on completing your holiday shopping online, you can make an impact with your purchases with AmazonSmile by designating Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast as the charity you would like to support. Simply log on to smile.amazon.com, search for our council, and start shopping! Amazon will donate a portion of your eligible purchases to our council. 

    Avid Target shoppers can earn votes every time they shop and help direct a portion of Target’s giving to us through Target Circle! Now through December 31, 2020, vote for our council to help determine how Target’s final donation will be divvied up. To see Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast as an option for voting, set your preferred store location to one within Ventura County (completed through your Target account settings or on the mobile app). Find more information about Target Circle at www.target.com/circle.

    Finally, you can stretch your dollar with Monterey County Gives!, where each donation is expanded with a matching gift. A collaboration between the Monterey County Weekly, the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, and the Community Foundation for Monterey County, MCGives! is a campaign in which local businesses, foundations, and individuals contribute to an overall match fund that spurs donations for participating organizations. Not only will our council receive 100% of our donations, but also an additional matching gift of the total funds raised! Donations can be made directly at www.montereycountygives.com/girlscouts.

    This GivingTuesday, a generous donor will match all contributions made to our council up to $10,000. Give the gift of leadership, success, adventure, and innovation. With your help, we can offer the leadership experience of a lifetime to the girls and families that benefit most.

    11-27-20 Issue

    November 24, 2020

    Pacific Grove City Council Actions

    November 24, 2020

    Actions taken by the City Council at its meeting on November 18, 2020 include:Approved Minutes of the November 4, 2020 City Council Special and Regular meeting minutes. Amended 2020 Permanent Local Housing Allocated (PLHA) Grants Program Application and Plan. Held second reading and adopted Ordinance 20-029 to amend the salary classification schedules for the positions of Cashier, Crossing Guard, Intern, Lighthouse Docent Coordinator, Recreation Assistant I, Recreation Assistant II and Recreation Supervisor; and delete the salary schedule for Maintenance Assistant, Community and Economic Development Director, Library & Information Services Director, Library Technician, Police Officer Annuitant, Police Reserve Officer I, Police Reserve Officer II, and Police Reserve Officer III. Received the first quarter workers compensation report.Received the Treasurer’s quarterly report – first quarter, fiscal year 20-21.Received the first quarter budget report.Received the core revenue status report for October 2020.Received the report regarding the City Manager Purchasing Authority. Received the Transportation Agency for Monterey County Highlights for October 28 2020.Received the report of emergency directives/modifications and discussed circumstances needing emergency response.    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 December 2, 2020

    More stringent stay-at-home Order for Monterey County

    November 20, 2020

    State Issues Limited Stay at Home Order to Slow Spread of COVID-19
    In light of an unprecedented, rapid rise in COVID-19 cases across California, Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced a limited Stay at Home Order requiring generally that non-essential work, movement, and gatherings stop between 10 PM and 5 AM in counties in the purple tier.  The order applies to Monterey County which is currently in the purple tier.

    The order will take effect at 10 PM Saturday, November 21 and remain in effect until 5 AM December 21. This is the same as the March Stay at Home Order, but applied only between 10 PM and 5 AM and only in purple tier counties that are seeing the highest rates of positive cases and hospitalizations. 

    We have flattened the curve before and we can do it again. Read the full order and learn more: https://covid19.ca.gov/

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