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    PG Police Officer Appeals Firing

    Pacific Grove Police Officer Michael Gonzalez is appealing his January firing by Police Chief Madalone due to a social media post expressing his antipathy toward the Black Lives Matter organization, which has expressed hostility toward police (see BLM vs First Amendment – Cedar Street Times Jan 28, 2021). In the midst of his appeal, social activist and founder of pgcitywatch.com, Randy Fairgarden has sent flyers to police departments in the area warning them not to hire Gonzalez or face political consequences. This vigilante-style tactic trying to prevent Gonzalez from ever working again seems to be effective. Read the full story in the current edition 2021-05-21 Cedar Street Times online this Friday.

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    CA Covid Risks

    Which Name Will Peng-Win?

    It’s that time of year again! The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a new chick that’s all fluffed up and ready to be named. The only problem is that we can’t decide which name to pick for her! Help us by casting your vote.

    Cedar Street Times 09-06-19

    8-30-19 issue

    8-23-19 issue

    8-16-19 issue

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    8-16-19 issue

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    Resources to Help Navigate Car Week

    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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    8-2-19 issue

    7-26-19 issue

    7-19-19 issue

    Rabbits Abandoned on Crazy Horse Canyon Road: SPCA Seeking Information

    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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    7-5-19 issue

    6-28-19 issue

    Summer Lovin’ SPCA Adoption Event

    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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    50% Off Semi-Annual Sale!

    PG High School Graduation 2019

    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. 

    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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    SPCA to release rehabbed Turkey Vulture Thurs. 2/6

    SPCA Media Invitation: Rescued Turkey Vulture Release 2/6/19

    On January 3 the SPCA for Monterey County Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center rescued a Turkey Vulture in Elkhorn Slough. The Turkey Vulture was suffering from severe lead poisoning.

    When he was rescued, the Turkey Vulture was unresponsive with a low body temperature and signs of crop stasis. SPCA wildlife rescuers provided supportive care with fluids, nutrition, and heat to stabilize the Turkey Vulture. Once the lead toxicity results came back positive, skilled SPCA wildlife rescue staff began treatment to help him. After three weeks of intensive treatment, the Turkey Vulture made a full recovery and began pre-release conditioning in one of our large outdoor flight aviaries.

    After one month of treatment, the Turkey Vulture is finally healthy and ready to be released back into the wild! We invite all media to witness him fly free again. We will release him tomorrow, February 6, at 11:00 am in Elkhorn Slough. If you can join us, please contact Beth at 831-760-0426 or bbrookhouser@spcamc.org for the location details.

    Turkey Vultures are common scavengers in our area. They are large birds with bald, red heads and wingspans of 63–72 inches. They are often seen soaring overhead in groups, feeding off carrion, or sitting in exposed trees in the morning with their wings spread wide to warm themselves.

    Lead poisoning is seen in local rescued wildlife when an animal consumes a lead bullet while feeding off the carcass of an animal that was shot. It can also be seen when an animal is shot but survives.

    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.

    The 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.

    STORM NEWS IF YOU’RE HEADED SOUTH

    Caltrans has received confirmation from National Weather Service (NWS) data that a significant storm will continue in the areas of Mud Creek (PM 8.9) and Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) on State Route 1 in the Big Sur area over the next 24 hours. The previously announced hwy closure will continue today between Ragged Point (SLO PM 72.87) to Gorda (MON PM 10.12). The Highway 1 closure, for traveler safety, will include the areas of Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide and will remain closed today, Monday, Feb. 4 until further notice. SEE ATTACHED CLOSURE MAP.
    Storm activity is currently forecast through Tue., Feb. 5.
    Businesses along the Big Sur Coast on Hwy. 1 remain open and are accessible via Highways 101, 68 and 46. Read more…»

    Smuin Ballet is Coming

    02-01-19 issue

    Wildfire Preparation Talk Thurs., Jan. 31

    Monterey County 5th District Wildfire Preparation Community Meeting Following the 2016 Soberanes Fire and devastating fire seasons in northern California over the last two years, Monterey County residents are concerned about how to be prepared for the next wildfire. 5th District Supervisor Mary Adams will host a community meeting for residents to find out what key agencies are doing and what the community can do to prepared for the next wildfire. District 5 includes communities along the Highway 68 corridor, Jacks Peak, Del Monte Forest/Pebble Beach, Carmel Valley, Cachagua, Carmel Highlands, Big Sur Coast and the Monterey Peninsula cities. “After the devastating Camp Fire, my office received many phone calls with questions about emergency preparedness and evacuation in these areas,” says Adams. This community meeting is set for January 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Palo Corona Regional Park. It is an opportunity for residents to come ask questions and learn from our emergency services experts. Key agencies will provide an overview on preparedness planning from the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services, Monterey Regional Fire Protection District, CalFire, Monterey County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Forest Service.

    SPCA Will Perform 150,000th Spay/Neuter Monday, Jan. 28, 2019

    The SPCA for Monterey Veterinary Clinic is performing our 150,000th spay/neuter surgery today. To celebrate, the owner of the 150,000th pet is being surprised with a free surgery and SPCA gift basket at 1:00 today.

    Since the SPCA Veterinary Clinic opened in 1976, we have focused on reducing pet overpopulation and making a difference for the pets and people who count on us by providing high-quality, affordable surgeries.

    Just imagine if each of those 150,000 pets had “just one litter.” That’s over a million lives saved, not even counting the litters their future offspring would have. This is all made possible by the caring support of our community whose donations make our services possible.

    In addition to our standard low-cost surgeries, we also offer $25 spay and neuter surgeries for pets owned by Salinas residents, which is by far the largest source of unwanted and stray pets in our community. Since April 2017, over 1,200 pets have been altered through this service.

    How to Help:
    Donate: www.SPCAmc.org/donate
    Book a Surgery Appointment: www.SPCAmc.org/vet-clinic
    Online at www.SPCAmc.org.

    Weather report correction

    The weather ‘bot contacted me this morning and advised that I messed up the rain gauge last week. so here it is as it was sent this morning. Can’t argue with a weather ‘bot.
    As of early 1/20/19:
    -this year to date (7/1/18 thru 1/19/19): rain = 6.45 in
    -yesterday (1/19/19): rain = 0.00 in
    low = 49.1 F, high = 72.0 F
    -last week (1/13/19 thru 1/19/19): rain = 1.22 in
    low = 46.5 F, high = 72.0 F
    -last year to date (7/1/17 thru 1/19/18): rain = 4.59 in
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    Week ending 1/20/19…………………… 1.22″
    Total for the season (since 7/1/18)…….. 6.45″
    Last week low temperature………………46.5 F
    Last week high temperature……………..72.0 F
    Last year rain to date (7/1/17-1/20/18)…. 4.59″

    After the Storm

    City Council this week (1/9/19)

    Major actions taken by the Council at its regular meeting of January 9, 2019 include:

    Approved the minutes of the December 19, 2018 City Council Regular Meeting
    Held second reading and adopted an ordinance that amends Pacific Grove Municipal Code §18.36.040, related to camping or sleeping in trailers or motor vehicles overnight.
    Received the MST Highlights of December 10, 2018.
    Received minutes from the Beautification and Natural Resources Commission, Historic Resources Commission, and Library Board.
    Introduced and held first reading of an ordinance to amend the Pacific Grove Municipal Code (PGMC) to add a Chapter 15.30, Utility Encroachments in Public Rights-of-Way.
    Received the Annual Financial Audit Report, which included the Auditor’s Opinion on the City’s financial statements, from the City’s independent auditor, Chavan & Associates, LLP; received a financial update based on the Fiscal Year 17/18 financial statements; and received a status on improvements based on the auditor’s recommendations that are being implemented.
    Approved appointments to City Boards, Committees and Commissions with amendments.
    The agenda reports and supporting documents for all of these actions are on the City’s website, at http://www.cityofpacificgrove.org/about-city/city-council. 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.

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