• 7-19-19 issue

    July 18, 2019

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    7-19-19 issue

    Rabbits Abandoned on Crazy Horse Canyon Road: SPCA Seeking Information

    July 16, 2019

    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 nine rabbits at Crazy Horse Canyon Road and San Juan Grade Road on Monday, July 15. 

    On Monday, a Good Samaritan found the nine rabbits in a plastic storage bin on the side of the road and brought them to the SPCA. The rabbits were overheated but are now doing well under our care. 

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    7-12-19 issue

    July 11, 2019

    World Superbikes Take Center Stage at Laguna Seca

    July 9, 2019

    Friends: From July 11 through the following Monday, the fastest circus on two wheels this season, will be here. I am going to try to illuminate this for you, Darling Reader. 

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    New Captain announced by Mo. Co. DA

    July 5, 2019

     Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine M. Pacioni announced the appointment of Investigator Jorge Ramirez to the position of Captain for the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation. 

    Captain Ramirez was born in Guatemala and moved to Daly City at a young age. In 1997, he joined the Hollister Police Department and worked as a police officer, detective, sergeant, and later promoted to Sergeant of the Detective Unit. 

    During his law enforcement career, he continued his education and earned his Master’s Degree in Administration of Justice, along with numerous peace officer accreditations and certificates in the areas of teaching, investigations, and leadership. 

    In 2011, he joined the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office and has worked as a lead investigator on countless cases to include molestations, gang prosecutions, homicides, officer involved shootings, attempted murders and public corruption. 

    In 2014, Captain Ramirez was honored by the Monterey County Peace Officer Association as an “Officer of the Year” recipient. Given his wide breadth of knowledge, he has given various trainings to colleagues and outside agencies and recently, certified one of the first state mandated trainings on LGBTQ+ awareness and has trained hundreds of members of the law enforcement community, always receiving outstanding feedback. 

    District Attorney Pacioni stated that “Captain Ramirez’s life experiences and leadership abilities makes him a perfect addition to our management team.” 

    Congress Ave. Pedestrian Walkway Update 7/5/19

    July 5, 2019

    Per the City: Congress Avenue Road Rehabilitation Progress Update.  This week crews have made tremendous progress on the meandering AC pedestrian pathway portion of the Congress Avenue Road Rehabilitation Project. Nearly half of the pathway header boards, which serve as the border for the path, have been installed.  Once header board installation is complete, crews will lay base rock followed by AC to complete the path.

    Crews have also progressed on the stormwater improvement portions of the project. A 24”, 100’ long stormwater pipe, crossing Congress at David Avenue, three access covers, and two drain inlets have been installed. 

    7-5-19 issue

    July 4, 2019

    More Than Half a Billion Dollars Allocated to Preserve & Upgrade Highways & Bridges in California

    July 3, 2019

    CTC Allocation of SB 1 Funds Helps Caltrans Stay on Target to Reach 2027 Goals

    The California Transportation Commission allocated more than $533 million for 120 State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) projects throughout California, including more than $229 million for 42 fix-it-first projects funded by Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. 

    Projects allocated SB 1 funds at the June CTC meeting will improve 11 bridges, more than 346 lane miles of pavement, upgrade 547 congestion reducing devices, and repair 155 culverts to prevent flooding on highways. 

    Area state highway projects allocated SB 1 funds include:

    • US 101 Transportation Management System on Monterey County.  This $3.3 million project will reduce congestion and improve operational efficiency with the installation of Changeable Message Boards, vehicle detection systems and safe areas for vehicle turnouts on US 101 from north of Airport Boulevard in Salinas to San Miguel Canyon in Prunedale.  This project was allocated $2 million.

    Other SB 1 funding included $20 million for the Trade Corridor Enhancement Program, which is dedicated to projects that will improve truck corridors, border access, the freight rail systems, the capacity and efficiency of ports, and highways to better handle and move freight.

    More than $8.2 million of SB 1 funding was also allocated to the Local Partnership Program (LPP) to help match investments that local communities have made in their region through voter-approved transportation tax measures.

    In addition, the CTC approved an allocation of more than $22.9 million in SB 1 funds for 30 locally administered Active Transportation Program (ATP) projects, which range from improving sidewalks and bicycle lanes to creating safer routes to school for children who ride their bicycles or walk to school. 

    Since SB 1 was signed into law April 2017, Caltrans has repaired or replaced 115 bridges and paved almost 1,500 lane miles of the state highway system.

    More information and updates on these and other projects can be found on Caltrans’ social media channels: http://www.dot.ca.gov/paffairs/social-media.html.

    Safety for Pets on the 4th

    July 2, 2019

    Fourth of July Safety Tips for Pets

    The SPCA for Monterey County advises that the 4th of July holiday, and the days before and after due to illegal fireworks, can be a scary and dangerous holiday for pets. While fireworks are an exciting part of holiday celebrations, they can frighten many of our community’s companion animals. 

    Traditionally The SPCA and other area animal shelters see a rise in the number of stray dogs and cats during the July 4th festivities. Sadly, this increase in stray animals also increases the number of animals hit by cars. 

    The SPCA advises the following precautions to help keep your pets safe:

    • Keep your pets indoors or in a secure, confined area where they feel comfortable. If your pet has a favorite blanket or toy, be sure he has that nearby.
    • Turn on a radio, television, or fan to muffle the sound of fireworks. Providing common household noises that your pet knows and trusts will help calm your pet if he is alone during the night.
    • Do not leave your dog or cat outside during fireworks shows. Once scared, they will often jump fences and run fast and far from home, not noticing cars or other hazards.
    • If your dog begins to whine, pace, and pant, try to distract him by playing his favorite game or having him perform his favorite trick. Petting him and trying to soothe him with your voice might simply reinforce and increase his anxious behavior.
    • Ensure that your pet is wearing current identification tags at all times and has a microchip I.D. (available at The SPCA for only $25).
    • If you know your pet is frightened of loud noises and flashes of light, (such as lightning and thunder), please consult your veterinarian for advice regarding medication or products like “thunder shirts”.

    If your pet is lost, please begin checking as soon as possible at The SPCA or your local animal shelter. For more information, please call The SPCA at 831-373-2631 or 422-4721 or visit www.SPCAmc.org.

    The SPCA will be closed for adoptions on July 4th but we will be open for pet intake, emergencies, wildlife rescues, and lost pets. We will reopen for adoptions at 11:00 am on Friday.

    Parking for Esalen

    July 2, 2019

    PARKING AND TRAFFIC CONTROL ON STATE ROUTE 1 FOR ESALEN MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL

    The Esalen Midsummer Festival will begin Mon., July 1 – Sun., July 7. About one mile of Hwy. 1 near Esalen will be under traffic control during this period, Caltrans officials announced.

    Parking will be provided along the dirt shoulder with specific parking locations. Motorists can expect minimal delays. Caltrans reminds motorists to share the road. 

    NOTE: Electronic message boards alerting motorists will be activated to alert motorists of this event.

    Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway work zones.

    For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll free number at 1-877-448-6771 or can visit our website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#mon

    MST BUS SERVICE ON INDEPENDENCE DAY

    July 1, 2019

    Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) will operate a “Sunday” schedule on Independence Day, Thursday, July 4, 2019. Only the following bus lines will be in service on July 4:

    JAZZ A Aquarium – Sand City via Hilby 

    JAZZ B Aquarium – Sand City via Broadway

    1    Asilomar – Monterey

    2    Pacific Grove – Carmel

    3    CHOMP – Monterey

    4    Carmel – Carmel Rancho 

    7    Del Rey Oaks – Monterey 

    11  Carmel – Sand City

    16  Marina – CSUMB

    18  Monterey – Marina

    20  Salinas – Monterey via Marina

    21  Pebble Beach – Salinas Express

    22  Big Sur – Monterey

    23  Salinas – King City

    24  Monterey – Carmel Valley Grapevine Express via Carmel

    28  Watsonville – Salinas via Castroville

    29  Watsonville – Salinas via Prunedale

    40  Spreckels – Alisal

    41  Northridge – Salinas via East Alisal  

    42  Westridge – Alisal

    44  Northridge – Salinas via Westridge

    45  Northridge – Salinas via East Market

    49  Salinas – Santa Rita via Northridge

    55  Monterey – San Jose Express (Amtrak Thruway Bus)

    61  Salinas – VA-DOD Clinic

    67  Presidio – Marina 

    69  Presidio – Del Monte Center

    78  Presidio – Santa Cruz 

    82  Fort Hunter Liggett – Salinas Express

    84  King City – Paso Robles

    85  Fort Hunter Liggett – Templeton

    86  King City – San Jose/San Jose Airport (Amtrak Thruway Bus)

    91  Sand City – Pacific Meadows

    92  CHOMP – Pacific Meadows

    94  Sand City – Carmel 

    95  Williams Ranch – Northridge

    MST On Call Marina 

    MST Trolley Monterey

    Regular service on all lines will resume Friday, July 5. Customer service locations and phones and the 19 Upper Ragsdale Drive administration offices will be closed, reopening Friday, July 5.

    For more information, visit www.mst.org or call MST toll free at 1-888-MST-BUS1 (1-888-678-2871). For RealTime bus arrival information, text “Next” and your four-digit bus stop ID (ex., “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 MST on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mst_bus for the latest service alerts.

    6-28-19 issue

    June 27, 2019

    Dine Out with Friends

    June 24, 2019

    Wednesday, June 26

    The Beach House Restaurant

    620 Ocean View Blvd.  Pacific Grove

    Open for Dinner 4pm to 9pm

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    375-2345 

    Reservations Strongly Recommended

    A portion of your check will be donated to support the Pacific Grove Library

    Sponsored by the Friends of Pacific Grove Library

    Tight Labor Market Causes Bus Service Changes

    June 24, 2019

    CHANGES GO INTO EFFECT SATURDAY, JUNE 29

    Due to a very tight labor market, MST had to reduce the amount of service on the lines listed below to match the number of employees available to drive buses. MST continues to recruit coach operators and will consider restoring service when and if the situation changes. Service changes for local bus transportation provided by Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) will go into effect Saturday, June 29, 2019. The following MST lines will be changed or modified:

    JAZZ AMajor routing and schedule changes. No longer serves Monterey Peninsula College during the summer.

    JAZZ B: Major schedule changes on weekdays.

    JAZZ C: Discontinued.

    Line 1: Discontinued Saturday evening service.

    Line 2: The 8:50 pm trip discontinued.

    Line 16: Major schedule changes in the evening. Minor routing change through CSUMB campus,

    no longer serves A St and Divarty between 6th Ave. & Quad.

    Line 18: Major schedule changes in the evening.

    Line 20: Major schedule changes. Early morning trip discontinued.

    Line 23: Added additional departures from San Ardo. Some trips continue to San Ardo and Paso

    Robles from King City.

    Line 28: Major schedule changes in the evening. Last trip departs Watsonville Transit Center at

    6:50 pm.

    Line 29: First and last trip from Watsonville Transit Center discontinued on weekdays.

    Line 41: Major schedule changes. Additional departures from Salinas Transit Center on weekends.

    Line 45: Last trip from Salinas Transit Center operates weekdays only.

    Line 49: Three evening trips discontinued. Last trip leaves Salinas Transit Center at 7:20 pm.

    Line 55: Major routing and schedule changes. No longer serves Morgan Hill.

    Line 82: Weekend 9:55 am trip to Salinas continues as line 23 from King City.

    Line 84: Major routing and schedule changes. No longer serves Soledad and Greenfield. Route

    starts at King City. Through service to/from Salinas on select line 23 trips.

    Del Rey Oaks Shuttle: Major schedule changes in the evening.

    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.

    June 23, 2019

    SPCA Seeking information – Abandoned Kittens in Jacks Peak Park

    The SPCA for Monterey County is looking for the person or persons who abandoned 5 kittens in a box in Jacks Peak Park.

    The kittens were discovered Friday afternoon by a hiker and her dog while hiking Jacks Peak.  The dog began to bark and pull her owner towards a tree and bush, finding the taped-up box containing the kittens. There was no food or water found with the kittens, but thankfully the condition of the box indicates they may not have been in the elements for long.  They were brought to the SPCA where they are receiving the loving care and attention they need. The kittens vary in age and size.

    Animal abandonment is a crime. The SPCA is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm to accept stray and owner-surrender pets. Our local municipal shelters, Monterey County Animal Services and Salinas Animal Services, can also help with stray pets.  

    If you have any information about this case, please contact the SPCA at 831-373-2631. All calls are confidential.  To donate to help abused and neglected animals, please call the SPCA at 831-264-5421 or donate online at www.SPCAmc.org.

    If caught, the owners could potentially be charged with the following offenses: California Penal Code Sections 597.1 (Permitting Animals to go Without Veterinary Care), Penal Code 597 (Animal Cruelty), Penal Code 597(b) (Deprivation of Food, Water, and Shelter), and Penal Code 597s (Abandonment) .

    Link to photos and video: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1a9xFX7sQot1g2SZcYmxeoNUZQyzD_VQW?usp=sharing

    The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for 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. Online at www.SPCAmc.org.

    6-21-19

    June 20, 2019

    Summer Lovin’ SPCA Adoption Event

    June 19, 2019

    Pick Your Price on Adoptable Pets

    Have a blast and meet a pet as cute as can be at the SPCA’s Summer Lovin’ Adoption Event this Friday through Sunday, June 21-23.

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    PGPD Swearing in Ceremony

    June 19, 2019

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    June 13, 2019

    US Open Fact Sheet

    June 7, 2019

    50% Off Semi-Annual Sale!

    June 7, 2019

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    June 6, 2019

    PG High School Graduation 2019

    June 5, 2019

    U.S. Open Traffic and Transit Information

    June 4, 2019

    In preparation for the 119th U.S. Open Championship, the United States Golf Association (USGA) and Pebble Beach company unveiled a comprehensive transportation plan to ensure the safe and efficient movement of traffic and pedestrians during the championship, scheduled for June 10-16. 

    More than 16,000 satellite parking spaces have been secured to help ensure that the anticipated 250,000 fans at the U.S. Open experience trouble-free travel to and from the Pebble Beach.  Local traffic representatives from the California Highway Patrol, Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) have been involved in the 18-month-long planning process with the USGA and Pebble Beach Company.

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    Red House Café, Big Little Lies Trivia Night Fundraiser Fri., June 7, 6pm-9pm

    June 3, 2019

    RED HOUSE CAFÉ in conjunction with “First Friday” and in anticipation for season 2 premiere of HBO’s BIG LITTLE LIES, will hold a trivia night fundraiser from 6 pm – 9 pm benefiting YWCA MONTEREY COUNTY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE- a theme that was played out in the series. 
    “We will donate a percentage of the evening’s sales to YWCA MONTEREY COUNTY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE program. ” – Laura D’Amelio, Co Owner RHC. 
    YWCA Monterey County will have a table set up at the RED HOUSE CAFÉ with information about the services they provide. They will also pass out out trivia cards related to the BIG LITTLE LIES series. Customers can fill out and turn in the cards that evening to be entered into a raffle for various prizes donated by the RED HOUSE CAFÉ and other businesses in the community. 
    Set in a charming, historic cottage at 662 Lighthouse Avenue, in Pacific Grove, RED HOUSE CAFÉ has been serving guests and the community since 1996. 

    “ HEAP” Funding Announced: Olympia Shelter is a Go

    May 31, 2019

    By Wanda Sue Parrott
    Initial funding has been approved for conversion of an old county-owned mobile health unit into a shelter for homeless women and children at 1292 Olympia Ave., Seaside. 
    The grant for kicking off the project will, hopefully, be the beginning of a growing fund that supplements the initial $12 million Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) money for municipalities in homeless-crisis modes (and nonprofits that serve them) in San Benito and Monterey Counties.
    HEAP money is likewise being distributed all over the state, with requests for funds exceeding the actual amount of funding available.
    Announcement of the HEAP funds a few months ago broke the long spell of boondoggling that held local communities captive while homelessness spread like untrimmed kudzu vine all over the peninsula. Seaside took an active role in applying for funds.
    The Olympia Shelter money is less than originally sought by the two non-profit agencies that will co-partner in administering the project, known as “The Olympia Shelter”, the Gathering for Women and Community Human Services. Future challenge will be to find funding to keep the project up and running.
    Rehabilitation of the mobile unit located behind the Monterey County Department of Social Services is scheduled to open in 2020.
    It is a cooperative partnership between City of Seaside and County of Monterey that will serve homeless women and children from the entire Monterey Peninsula.
    Distribution of the funds was decided Wed., May 29 by the Leadership Council at a meeting of the Coalition of Community Homeless Service Providers at the Veterans Transition Center, Marina.
    Seaside’s applications for three other programs failed to qualify for funding this time around, but could come up for reconsideration if the HEAP program is continued.
    For a detailed report, please see this week’s edition of Monterey County Weekly, in which Pam Marino’s excellent coverage appears replete with facts and figures. I was not able to attend.
    I will include more details as I become apprised of them, so watch for next week’s “Homeless in Paradise” column.

    Library Summer Reading Program

    May 31, 2019

    The Monterey Public Library invites the community to participate in its annual Summer Reading Program. From June 1st through July 31, readers of all ages can celebrate books, learning, and creativity at the Monterey Library’s Pacific Street location and on board the Bookmobile. Sign up and earn prizes for reading this summer! Join us for free performances, lectures, classes, and hands-on creative activities for all ages. Visit monterey.org/library/events for a full listing of events.  

    The celebration kicks off on Saturday, June 8th, from 1pm-4pm with a free family-friendly party on Colton Hall Lawn, featuring performers, crafts, snacks, MY Museum’s Wheelie Mobilee, special appearances from the Monterey Fire Department and Police Department, and more. 

    Monterey Public Library is located at 625 Pacific Street, Monterey.  Bookmobile route and schedule information is available at monterey.org/library/bookmobile. For more information call 831.646.3933 or visit www.monterey.org/library.

    Traffic during the US Open

    May 31, 2019

    Media Advisory: U.S. Open Traffic and Transit Information

    In preparation for the 119th U.S. Open Championship, the United States Golf Association (USGA) and Pebble Beach Company unveiled a comprehensive transportation plan to ensure the safe and efficient movement of traffic and pedestrians during the championship, scheduled for June 10-16. 

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    5-31-19

    May 30, 2019

    89 SPCA Kittens Need You

    May 30, 2019

    Adorable kittens need your help! SPCA for Monterey County fosters raise and care for rescued underage or injured pets. Fostering can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

    The SPCA provides all the food, supplies, advice, and veterinary care you need to foster a rescued pet. You provide the love, late-night feedings, and snuggles.

    You can also help rescued kittens by purchasing gifts on our Amazon Wish List (www.SPCAmc.org/kitten-shower)! Gift items that truly make a difference include kitten formula, bottles, cat litter, blankets, snuggly surrogate toys with warmth and heartbeats, and more.

    How You Can Help:

    The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for 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. Online at www.SPCAmc.org.

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