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    SPCA Takes In Pets from the Camp Fire

    Today, a team from the SPCA travelled to Butte County to take in cats and dogs who were in shelters before the fire began in order to give their local shelters room for more fire evacuees.

    The SPCA took in 21 cats and kittens, including eight feral cats, five dogs, and one puppy. Twenty five of the pets were in the shelter before the fires began, and two were surrendered by their owners who could no longer keep them. Pets who were lost during the fire are still in Butte County to give their owners the chance to be reunited.

    These 27 pets will be placed up for adoption after we provide veterinary treatment, vaccinations, and spay or neuter surgeries. You can help by adopting one of the 112 animals currently in our shelter looking for homes to help make room for more animals in need. Right now, all cats five months and older can be adopted for no fee.

    The SPCA has also offered assistance to Ventura County Animal Services and we have a skilled animal rescue team ready to rescue animals from fire areas once requested.

    How to Help:
    Prepare for a Disaster. Please create a disaster plan and kits for your family, including your pets. A fire or other disaster could happen here at any time: www.spcamc.org/disaster-preparedness
    Adopt. Help us make room for more animals in need. www.SPCAmc.org/adopt. Right now, all cats 5 months and older can be adopted for no fee!
    Donate to Help. Learn how to help organizations in the fire areas at www.SPCAmc.org/california-fires

    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.

    Major actions taken by the Council at its regular meeting of Nov. 7, 2018 include:

    Received Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.
    Received a Volunteer Program Presentation.
    Approved minutes of the October 16, 17, and 29, 2018 City Council Special and Regular Meetings.
    Adopted a resolution approving changes to Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program Guidelines as amended via Errata.
    Held second reading and adopted an ordinance to amend Pacific Grove Municipal Code (PGMC) §16.08.030, § 16.08.040 and §23.70.060 to change meeting dates, and Title 16 (commission composition, duties and responsibilities).
    Held second reading and adopted an ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2018-19 Operating and Capital Improvement Budget.
    Received the Treasurer’s Quarterly Report – First Quarter Fiscal Year 2018-19
    Received the Quarterly Budget Report – First Quarter, Fiscal Year 2018-19
    Received the Workers Compensation Report – First Quarter Fiscal Year 2018-19
    Adopted a resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the City of Monterey to amend the Fire Services Agreement and extend it through June 30, 2019.
    Received minutes from the ARB, BNRC, EDC, GLAC, PC.
    Received the Council Water Policy Subcommittee report, and directed City staff to take the action steps itemized in the report so Council can consider pricing and terms of use to begin the sale of water entitlements.
    Approved a resolution to Adopt Council Policy 600-4 (Water Distribution, Water Use and Water Entitlements) and repeal former (outdated) Council Policy 600-4 (Water Allocation Policy).
    Introduced and hold a first reading of an Ordinance to Repeal Former Chapter 11.68 and Adopt Revised Chapter 11.68 of the Pacific Grove Municipal Code, and direct publication of a summary of that measure as approved by the City Attorney.
    Modified salary range for Recreation Assistant I, Recreation Assistant II and Crossing Guard; approved the amendment; and directed that a summary of a proposed ordinance be published as approved by the City Attorney.
    Received the City Council Goals Wrap-Up report.
    Adopted a resolution approving the Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Pacific Grove and the Police Officers Association to cover the period of July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021
    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.

    Half Marathon Cancelled

    Race Canceled Due to Poor Air Quality

    Due to the rapidly declining air quality situation in the Monterey Bay area, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Monterey Bay Half Marathon scheduled for tomorrow, November 11, 2018. For the last several hours, we have been monitoring weather outlets and tracking wind patterns in our area. This morning, during our 3K and 5K events, air quality was deemed “moderate” and safe for outdoor activity. Saturday afternoon, however, the wind shifted dramatically, blowing smoke from the northeast directly onto our peninsula. Weather maps forecast that air quality in our area will remain in the “unhealthy” to “very unhealthy” area into Sunday afternoon. After consulting with our Medical Director and the National Weather Service, we have determined that it is not safe for runners, volunteers, staff, and other race-related personnel to participant in tomorrow’s scheduled events. We deeply apologize for the inconvenience and disappointment that comes with canceling the race but we feel it is the appropriate course of action at this time.

    We will notify all participants regarding future event considerations via email early next week. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

    1-09-18 Issue

    It’s Mayor Bill Peake (Updated 11/7/18 at 6:50 AM)

    Pacific Grove will see a familiar face on the dais, but in the mayor’s seat, as Bill Peake pulled ahead of Rudy Fischer, cornering 42.4% of the vote compared to 33.09% for Fisher, Read more…»

    Paean to Election Day from retiring Mayor Bill Kampe

    Nov. 6, 2018
    Dear Marge Ann Jameson,
    It’s a big day today. I look forward to learning the election results and beginning to coordinate the transition to a new mayor for our city.
    Until the transition is complete, we still have a bit of business to do with our current council.
    Election Day
    It’s today; please vote! You have probably already mailed your ballot.  If not, it’s going to be a lovely day for stopping by your polling place. Your vote is important at every level of the ballot, and especially so for this election. We have national, state, and local topics vital to our future.  Let’s keep Pacific Grove at the top of the chart in Monterey County for voter turnout. Read more…»

    Winner of the Downtown Scarecrow Contest!


    Congratulations to the Pacific Grove Public Library – WINNER of our 2018 Scarecrows in Downtown PG Contest!

    We will be donating $250 to the charity of their choice!

    Meet Lilith the Librarian, stuffed with recycled book pages! Her head is also made out of Mod Podge and recycled book pages, as is her amazing skirt.

    Thank you to all the downtown businesses that participated this year! From Minions to Uncle Sam – the creativity exhibited was amazing! We truly appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm and participation and look forward to next year’s Annual Fall events!

    City of Pacific Grove
    Annual Notice of Vacancies
    BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES

    The City of Pacific Grove is seeking applications for the following Boards, Commissions and Committees for vacancies that currently exist and/or will expire January 2019. For a complete description of the purposes and meeting schedule of each of the available Boards, Commissions, and Committees, please visit the City’s website at https://www.cityofpacificgrove.org/about-city/boards-commissions

    Administrative Enforcement Hearing Officer Panel (4)
    Architectural Review Board (3)
    Beautification and Natural Resources Commission (4)
    Economic Development Commission (5)
    Golf Links Advisory Commission (3)
    Historic Resources Committee (4)
    Library Board (3)
    Planning Commission (1)
    Recreation Board (2)
    Traffic Safety Commission (3)

    Appointees must be registered Pacific Grove voters, with the exception of the Economic Development Commission.

    Applications for these vacancies will be accepted until positions are filled. Interested persons may pick up an application at the City Clerk’s Office, 300 Forest Avenue or a copy may be downloaded from the City’s website at: https://www.cityofpacificgrove.org/sites/default/files/forms/city-clerk/application-app-boards-commissions-12-14-09_0.pdf

    Further information may also be obtained by contacting the City Clerk at (831) 648-3181 or by emailing cityclerk@cityofpacificgrove.org

    NO WRITE-IN CANDIDATES FILED FOR NOV. 6 ELECTION

    There are no official write-in candidates for the upcoming November 6 Statewide General Election. The last day to be an official write in candidate was Tuesday, October 23. Voters can only vote for eligible candidates printed on their ballot.

    Did you know election officials still must review any messages in the write-in spots on the ballot? Fictional characters, “None of the above”, celebrities (if not an official write-in) and other unqualified write-ins (i.e., your own name, your spouse, etc.) require election officials to look at the contest to determine voter intent. This means real resources are allocated to review all markings and potentially delay the reporting of results. Votes for unqualified write-ins are not counted, all other contests are counted.

    To vote for a candidate that is already listed on the ballot, simply fill in the oval next to the candidate’s name. There is no need to re-write the candidates name in the write-in space.

    To learn more about the contests on your ballot, please review your voter guide available online at www.MontereyCountyElections.us.

    For more information call 831-796-1499.

    Conditional Voter Registration Allows Californians Who Missed Traditional Deadline another Opportunity to Register to Vote

    There is a new option for Californians who missed the October 22 deadline to register or update their voter registration for the November 6, 2018, General Election. A new option known as conditional voter registration allows eligible citizens to register and vote on the same day, today through Election Day.

    “There is a new opportunity for California citizens who missed the voter registration deadline — conditional voter registration,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. “If you missed the regular voter registration deadline you may not be able to vote at your local polling place or by mail, but you still have an opportunity to cast a ballot. Between now and Election Day, you can go to your county election office or a designated satellite location to complete the conditional voter registration process by filing out a voter registration card and a ballot. Once county elections officials complete the regular voter registration verification process, your ballot will be processed and your vote will be counted. This is yet another step we are taking to expand voting rights in California.”

    “If you are unsure of your voter registration status, you can quickly check it at voterstatus.sos.ca.gov,” Padilla added.

    Click here for a searchable list of conditional voter registration locations by county.

    To learn more about the Voter’s Choice Act, visit: http://voterschoice.sos.ca.gov

    Last Call for Write-In Candidates

    The write-in candidate filing period for the November 6, Statewide General Election ends on Tuesday, October 23 at 5:00 PM. To qualify, candidates must meet the requirements of office and file nomination forms. Write in candidates for city offices will file with the appropriate city clerk. All other write-in candidates will file at the Monterey County Elections Office located at 1441 Schilling Place – North Building, Salinas, CA 93901. There are no filing fees or candidate statements and the write-in candidate’s name will not appear on the ballot.
    For more information please call 831-796-1499.

    Update on 10/3/18 Pacific Grove City Council meeting thanks to Rudy Fischer
    We went through the Master Fee Schedule and approved it after some discussion. This sets the fees the city charges people and businesses for permits, reviews, and other special needs.

    The council Water Subcommittee was extended for another month in order to finish our work. So Cynthia and Bill Peake and I will try to finish our ordinance and council policy.

    We did extend the contract with a consulting company which is helping us with our Local Coastal Plan for submission to the Coastal Commission.

    We had a Monterey County Tourism Improvement District presentation (MCTID) about dissolving our HID and adopting the MCTID model. They want us to sign up right away, but I don’t think we are prepared to act on this item without more information and review. We also can’t act on something that was just presented. Apparently Monterey has been working on this for a year or more, but we feel it has now just been sprung on us.

    Congressman Panetta Accepting Applications for Service Academy Nominations

    Applications due October 26, 2018
    Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) announced that his office will be accepting applications for service academy nominations. Candidates interested in attending one of four U.S. service academies, including the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, or U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, must submit applications and other necessary documents by Friday, October 26, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. PST.
    “As a U.S. Representative, I have the privilege of nominating young people from our communities to our nation’s military academies,” said Congressman Panetta. “I commend the candidates for their pursuit of service to our country, and I look forward to assisting them in any way that I can.” Read more…»

    Generations by the Bay Now Open

    September 17, Generations by the Bay Adult Day Care opened its doors to the public. If you know of someone who could use a respite break or may be looking for an engaging environment for their loved one, this is the place. The linked flyer has all the information you need! Stay tuned for an invitation to our Open House! Schedule a visit by calling 831-649-3363.

    GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR MONTEREY COUNTY ARTS ORGANIZATIONS & PROGRAMS

    The Arts Council for Monterey County (ACMC) announces their Fall 2018 grant cycle is open through October 15 to nonprofit arts organizations, art programs and cultural groups. Arts Council Board President Susan Breen will present the awards at a reception in December.
    Each year the Arts Council for Monterey County provides grants to dozens of arts organizations and groups with programs taking place at various venues throughout the county. Funded programs include all disciplines, formats and traditions. Priority impact areas are Cultural Tourism, Rural Communities, Education, and Small Business Support. This funding is made possible by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors through the Office of Economic Development. Grants are reviewed by five-member panels comprised of board members and arts leaders from each county district.
    “Each of our grantees plays a role in helping us fulfill our mission to improve the quality of life for everyone in our region through the arts,” notes Executive Director Paulette Lynch. In unique and powerful ways, they contribute to making our youth more engaged, our families more connected and our communities more vibrant. As we celebrate 36 years of service, we are more committed than ever to further expanding our reach and impact and more grateful than ever to our partners in this process.”
    The deadline for the fall cycle is October 15, 2018. The application is available on line at arts4mc.org/grants or by sending email request to klara@arts4mc.org.
    For more information or to get involved with ACMC programs, contact Executive Director Paulette Lynch at 831-622-9060 or visit the web site at arts4mc.org

    Sunset Center, Room 5, San Carlos at Ninth
    Post Office Box 7495, Carmel, CA 93921
    Phone (831) 622-9060 – Fax (831) 622-9061
    Email: klara@arts4mc.org
    Web: arts4mc.org

    Will a new face help CalPERS find its way?

    The California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) has endorsed Corona Police Sergeant Jason Perez for the Public Agency Seat of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) Board of Directors.
    “CalPERS is in trouble and needs Sergeant Jason Perez on its Board,” said CPCA President, David Swing. “Jason is the only candidate with a real plan to save the pension fund and ensure that police officers and all public employees throughout California will have a stable and secure retirement when their careers come to an end.”
    Established in 1966, the California Police Chiefs Association represents municipal police chiefs and their agencies in California. Association members provide public safety for more than 26 million Californians.
    “I am deeply honored to have the support of California’s Police Chiefs,” Jason Perez said. “One of the most vital tools these chiefs need to attract the best and most professional police officers to their departments is the pension benefit. As a member of the CalPERS Board of Director’s, I will work hard every day to ensure that the CalPERS pension fund is solvent and provides those who have paid into the system with the reasonable retirement they were promised.”
    Jason Perez is committed to steering the CalPERS Board away from failing divestment strategies that have resulted in catastrophic financial losses for California’s pension fund. Prior to the current Board makeup, CalPERS was 108% funded. Today CalPERS is roughly 70% funded, resulting in employees across the state have had their retirements cut.
    Jason Perez is a sergeant with the Corona Police Department and currently serves as the president of the Corona Police Officers Association. Perez’s candidacy for CalPERS Board of Directors is supported by rank and file law enforcement officers and a large collection of municipal and county employees throughout the state of California.

    YOUR PHONE WILL MAKE A LOUD TONE

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) on October 3, 2018. The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 PM EDT and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether technological improvements are needed.

    October 3 was the previously scheduled back-up date for the test, which was originally set up for this Thursday, September 20. A backup date is always planned in case of widespread severe weather or other significant events on the primary test date. FEMA and the nation’s emergency management community remain committed to the life-saving activities occurring through parts of North Carolina and South Carolina.

    September 25 is National Voter Registration Day

    Attend a voter registration training and help register voters.

    Monterey County Elections will host a registration training at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, 2018 in preparation for National Voter Registration Day (NVRD).
    NVRD is a massive 50-state effort to register thousands of voters.

    The training is open to members of the public with an interest to help other community members to register to vote. In order to help citizens, register to vote, you do not need to be a registered voter, be a particular age or even be a resident of the area. However, if you help someone fill out an affidavit of registration, you do have certain obligations and responsibilities to comply with.

    The goal is to increase participation by encouraging Americans to register to vote and update their information in time for the November 6, 2018 Election.

    Community members attending the training will receive instructions in voter registration, treatment of completed registration cards and prompt delivery of completed registration forms to the Elections Department.

    Training will take place at 1441 Schilling Place – North Building, Cayenne Room in Salinas. There is no cost to attend and confirmation of attendance is desired but walk-ins will be welcome. To register for the event please email MCE.Outreach@co.monterey.ca.us or call 831-796-1499.

    For information on the upcoming election visit www.montereycountyelections.us.

     

    Major actions taken by City Council at the meeting of Aug. 15, 2018 include:

    •Mayor Kampe proclaimed September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Pacific Grove.
    •Received a presentation from Todd Muck of TAMC regarding Measure X and Gas Tax Projects.
    •Approved the minutes of the August 1, 2018 City Council Regular Meeting.
    •Approved Resolution No. 18-027 amending Council Policy 000-11 City Council Benefits to reflect accurate benefits and updated information.
    •Approved Resolution No. 18-028 amending Council Policy No. 000-19 to update the City records retention and records management schedule and reflect revisions from City departments.
    •Received quarterly report on progress of the Pacific Grove-Monterey Area of Special Biological •Significance (ASBS) Wet-Dry Weather Stormwater Capture and Diversion (Prop 1) Project.
    •Adopted Sewer System Management Plan (SSMP) Revision #2 and authorize City staff to certify the document in the California Integrated Water Quality System (CIWQS).
    •Supported resolutions offered for consideration at the League of California Cities’ Annual Conference and direct City of Pacific Grove (City) Delegate or Alternate to vote in favor of the resolutions during the Conference General Assembly.
    •Approved response to the 2017-2018 Monterey County Civil Grand Jury Report “Who’s In Charge? Stepping up on Homelessness: The need for strategic leadership and comprehensive planning.” Staff further recommends the Mayor be authorized to send a response letter to the Monterey County Civil Grand Jury. Read more…»

    Structure fire displaces occupants

    At 8:42 AM on July 30, 2018, the Monterey Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 428 Dela Vina Avenue in Monterey. Units arriving on scene found smoke coming from an apartment at 486 Casa Verde Way. All occupants had safely evacuated the involved apartment prior to the fire department’s arrival. The fire was confined within a shared wall between two apartments on the second floor.
    Monterey Fire responded with three engine companies, one truck company, and a Division Chief. The Seaside Fire Department sent an engine company on automatic aid. Fire personnel were able to extinguish the fire and ensure all occupants were out of the adjacent apartments within 15 minutes. The fire was caused by a plumber doing some soldering work on pipes in the wall. People from four apartment units were displaced and received assistance from the American Red Cross.
    The Monterey Fire Department would like to remind people to be cautious when working with open flame devices. When using such devices always check for possible ignition of structural components and have a fire extinguisher close at hand. Immediately call 9-1-1 if material gets ignited.

    Pet Parade 2018

    Steve Hauk went to the Pet Parade yesterday, July 27. If you didn’t, you missed meeting Randolph the pet stinkbug… and Mathilda, the retriever who pooped out and refused to go any farther.

    Feast of Lanterns Fireworks Show Safety
    Sat., July 28, Monterey Fire will have a strong presence in the area before and during the fireworks show for the Feast of Lanterns. The Deputy Fire Marshal will meet with the pyrotechnics company representative and inspect the entire system for launching fireworks to ensure it is compliant with applicable codes. An extra engine will be staffed with 3 personnel near the launch site to provide for safety and fire suppression in the immediate area. The regularly scheduled engine company at the Pacific Grove Station will stage close to the fireworks area, outside of the crowd to ensure mobility, and will monitor for embers and other fallout from the fireworks as well as any illegal fireworks use by citizens (we will work closely with PGPD on enforcement of illegal fireworks use). The engine company from Station 12 (New Monterey) will respond to calls in Pacific Grove as appropriate to reduce the out-of-service time of the Pacific Grove engine so that they can remain in the fireworks area. The Incident Command Vehicle will be present at the event to provide a command post for Fire and Law Enforcement and other agencies. This vehicle has telescoping cameras that will assist in monitoring the fireworks and possible embers from them.
    This increased presence will serve to ensure the safety of both people and structures in the area. It is important to communicate to residents the importance of calling 9-1-1 immediately if they observe embers falling onto homes so that we can investigate right away. The same applies to observing illegal fireworks use.

    Be a Foster Parent to an Adorable Puppy or Kitten

    Adorable kittens and puppies 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.

    Right now, the SPCA is caring for 257 cats and kittens, with more arriving every day. We are also caring for 17 underage rescued puppies. To learn more about fostering, visit www.SPCAmc.org/foster or call 831-373-2631.

    Other Ways to Help:
    Give gifts to rescued pets: www.SPCAmc.org/kitten-shower
    Donate: www.SPCAmc.org/donate
    Adopt: www.SPCAmc.org/adopt (Pick Your Price on adult cats all July!)

    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.

    City Council will Discuss Transient Occupancy Tax Increase

    On the agenda for Wed., July 18, 2018:
    1. An increase in the TOT from 10 – 12% of the amount paid by the transient is estimated to yield an additional $1,135,000 in revenues annual. This estimate is based upon updated projections for the period ending in Fiscal Year 17/18, and DOES NOT take into consideration any adjustments for the short-term rental license lottery held earlier this year, or the proposed citizen’s short-term rental initiative that will be on the November 6, 2018 ballot.
    2. The estimated cost of consolidating the next election (November 6) with the Monterey County Elections Office is $6-$8 per voter or $58,206 to $77,608. This estimated cost, provided by the Monterey County Elections office in January 2018, is for the City’s local candidates, and any City measure and/or initiatives.

    Enter Drawings for Big Sur International Marathon

    Registration to enter a series of random drawings for next year’s Big Sur International Marathon, set for April 28, 2019, will begin Sunday, July 15.

    The Big Sur International Marathon has sold out for years and is a “bucket list” race for runners from around the globe. To increase accessibility to this popular event, the Big Sur Marathon Foundation offers various drawings and categories to earn a spot in the late-April race. The Groups & Couples drawing will be held first, followed by Loyalty, Locals, First-Timers, and finally, the Last Chance drawing. Prospective participants wishing to bypass the random drawings can enter through one of four first-come, first-served categories: Big Sur VIP, Marathon Tours, Boston 2 Big Sur, and JUST RUN Charity Entries.

    The schedule to register for the various categories is as follows:

    GROUPS & COUPLES: Registration takes place 7/15 – 7/24 with results announced on 7/26. This category is for groups of two to 15 people who want to participate only if everyone in the group is chosen.

    LOYALTY: Registration open from 7/27 – 8/5; results announced 8/6. For those who have finished one or more 26.2-mile Big Sur Marathons.

    LOCALS: Registration open from 7/29 – 8/7; results announced 8/8. For both veteran and first-time marathoners whose primary residence is in Monterey County, CA (939XX zip code).

    FIRST TIMERS: Registration open from 7/31 – 8/9; results announced 8/10. For those who have never finished the 26.2-mile Big Sur Marathon.

    LAST CHANCE: Registration open from 8/11 – 8/19; results announced 8/20. For anyone not selected or who didn’t participate in earlier drawings.

    There is no fee to enter any of the drawings.
    Non-drawing, first-come, first-served options include:
    · The new Big Sur VIP Program, already open, that offers specialized training and start-and finish amenities.
    · The Just Run charity entry program opens July 15. This higher-priced entry supports the Foundation’s popular youth fitness program.
    · Marathon Tours offers a confirmed race entry with one of their full travel packages including hotel, on-site travel, race hospitality, and other race perks.
    · Marathoners interested in running in the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge (B2B), two marathons separated by 13 days, have the opportunity to register for this division beginning October 1 following their separate admittance into the Boston Marathon.
    · The Marathon is also working with 13 charities with race entry available for those who meet minimum fund-raising levels. The affiliated charities will be announced later this month.

    Detailed information on the special categories and the full registration process is available on the Big Sur International Marathon website. Additional distance events taking place along the Big Sur Marathon course on April 28, 2019 are open for first-come, first-served registration beginning September 1, 2018. These distances include a Relay, 21-Miler, 11-Miler, 12K and 5K.

    About the Big Sur Marathon Foundation
    The Big Sur Marathon Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create beautiful running events that promote health and benefit the community. Under the brand are four individual race weekends: Big Sur International Marathon in April, Run in the Name of Love 5K and 2K in June, Salinas Valley Half Marathon and 5K in August, and the Monterey Bay Half Marathon, 5K and 3K in November. In addition, the Foundation oversees the award-winning JUST RUN® youth fitness program. www.bsim.org #bigsurmarathon

    CHP Report: Collision with major injuries – Carmel Valley

    On 07/12/2018 at approximately 1940 hours, a brown Pathfinder, driven by Margot McNally was traveling WB on Carmel Valley Rd E of Country Club Dr. Due to McNally’s high rate of speed and alcohol impairment she was unable to safely negotiate a curve in the roadway and crossed over the double yellow line onto the eastbound lane, directly into the path of a white GMC Suburban, being driven by a 69-yr-old female. After the collision both vehicles came to rest within the EB lane of Carmel Valley Rd and the GMC’s engine compartment caught fire. An off duty firefighter who arrived after the collision assisted the driver of the GMC to safety. McNally, her unconscious 16-yr-old passenger, who was not wearing her seatbelt and the driver of the GMC were transported to Natividad Medical Center. Alcohol was a contributing factor in this collision. We are working with Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) to determine where McNally and her passenger were able to obtain the alcohol. McNally’s passenger is currently in critical condition. McNally was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol and causing great bodily injury. EB and WB Carmel Valley Rd were closed for approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes due to patient care, fluids in the roadway, vehicle recovery and the investigation.

    Reminder: Seatbelts save lives and driving impaired is 100% preventable.

    Fire update last week

    Structure Fire – On July 7, 2018, at 6:50 a.m., Monterey Fire Department personnel responded to a structure fire at 831 Marino Pines, Pacific Grove. Engine 14 arrived on scene of a single story family dwelling that was under construction and reported to be unoccupied. Light smoke was showing from the eave vents. There was dense smoke from floor to ceiling throughout the house. Engine 14 forced entry and located the fire in the bedroom. The fire was contained within a small are of the bedroom and burned a hole in the floor. Quick response times contributed to the fire being extinguished quickly. A Fire Investigator was dispatched to the scene to assess the damage and determine the cause of the fire.

    Auto Aid to Pebble Beach for Vegetation Fire – July 9, 2018, Monterey Fire Department Engine 14 was first on scene to a vegetation fire at Congress and Chaparral in Pebble Beach. Engine 14’s crew along with Cal Fire extinguished a half acre fire before it could grow and threaten structures.

    4th of July is over: Take down the bunting and put up the lanterns!

    General Rules for the 2018 Feast of Décor, sponsored by Cedar Street Times
    Enter the Feast of Decor by decorating your home or business for Feast of Lanterns! To participate in the contest, applicants are welcome to submit their name, phone # and address (photo optional) to Cedar Street Times at www.cedarstreettimes.com or by mail to 306 Grand Ave. Pacific Grove, CA 93950. You can even use Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cedarstreettimes/Winning homes and businesses will be posted in Cedar Street Times and on the Feast of Lanterns website www.feast-of-lanterns.org You may also submit an entry via mail to the Feast of Lanterns PO Box 809 Pacific Grove, CA 93950. You must formally apply by July 17, 2018 at midnight to be considered for the Feast of Décor House Decorating Contest. Judging will take place on July 18, 2018. Read more…»

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

    AsilomarCarmelLovers PointMunicipal Wharf 2 (Monterey)Upper Del Monte Beach (Monterey)San Carlos Beach (Cannery Row)Stillwater Cove (Pebble Beach)Spanish Bay

    adapted from Heal the Bay, brc.healthebay.org
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