• The SPCA Offers $1,000 Reward

    August 16, 2019

    to Help Monterey County Animal Services Cruelty Investigation

    The SPCA for Monterey County (SPCA) is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who clipped a carabiner type clip through a dog’s skin and attached it to a chain connected to clumps on concrete on Armstrong Road in unincorporated Salinas on or around August 3rd. Monterey County Animal Services (MCAS) is investigating the case. 

    The SPCA is offering this reward to help MCAS with their cruelty investigation. While the nonprofit SPCA and the municipal MCAS are not related, they both work to help animals in our community. 

    “We hope this reward will inspire someone to come forward with information about this horrible case of animal abuse,” says Beth Brookhouser, SPCA Director of Community Outreach. “Please, if you know anything, contact Monterey County Animal Services.” 

    “Animal Services appreciates the support of the SPCA for Monterey County as we try to find out who committed this horrific act and encourages the public to report any information they may have to help bring justice for this sweet young dog,” says Cindy Burnham, Animal Services Administrator for Monterey County Animal Services.

    If you have any information about this case, please contact Monterey County Animal Services at 831-769-8850 or report online at www.mtyhd.org/animalcomplaints . If you know any any other animal being neglected or abused, please contact the SPCA at www.SPCAmc.org/report-cruelty or 831-373-2631.

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    August 15, 2019

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    69th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

    August 15, 2019

    Traffic Enforcement in Del Monte Forest

    Pebble Beach Company and the California Highway Patrol welcome this year’s guests to the 69th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.  The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is widely regarded as the premier Concours in the world.  The California Highway Patrol along with Pebble Beach Company will be increasing patrol efforts to ensure that this event remains safe.  Enforcement efforts will focus on impaired drivers, speeding and to enforce the adherence of all traffic signs.  Using data collected in previous years, we have also pinpointed areas in Del Monte Forest that have high rates of speed and collisions.  The California Highway Patrol will take proactive steps to ensure that speed laws are enforced.  The exact timing and location of these operations will not be shared to ensure an effective campaign.

    Please note that the number of law enforcement personnel present on the road this week has been significantly increased.  Whether test driving one of the many cars that will be on display or driving a personal vehicle the California Highway Patrol and Pebble Beach Company remind all drivers that “speed kills”.  Be a responsible driver for the safety of all guests, attendees and residents.

    Pebble Beach Company and the California Highway Patrol thank the community and guests for working together to keep this event and surrounding events safe by obeying all traffic laws.

    8-9-19 issue

    August 8, 2019

    Resources to Help Navigate Car Week

    August 6, 2019

    August 9 – 18, 2019

    Monterey, CA. – In partnership with the City of Monterey and other local agencies, the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau created a comprehensive Monterey Car Week packet of resources along with a guide to the events. Monterey Car Week, August 9 – 18, is one of the biggest annual events on the Peninsula. With tens of thousands of visitors expected, traffic and parking will be impacted. Monterey Car Week travel resources are available at monterey.org/carweek to help residents and visitors, and include:

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    July 18, 2019

    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

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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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    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.

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    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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