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    Early for Wed., Nov. 18, 2020

    Here’s your Fri., Nov. 20, 2020 issue

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    11-14-20

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    Actions taken by the City Council at its meeting on November 4, 2020 include:

    City Attorney David Laredo reported a special meeting was held 11/4 at 5:00 p.m. to review the one closed session matter:  Real Property Negotiations as to Price & Terms for Portions of Ocean View Blvd and Sloat Avenue associated with proposed development of the current ATC site by Developer Comstock.  

    Council considered Price & Terms of two separate offers from Developer Comstock to access City owned parcels on Ocean View Blvd and Sloat Avenue associated with development of the proposed ATC site.

    Council directed staff seek additional information and make counter proposals responding to the offer.  Council continues to review these negotiations but implementing action cannot occur without noticed public discussion.

    Council again directed the report of this closed session emphasizing action to implement any property sale or transfer is not possible at this time.City Charter requires an ordinance to Lease or Sell land.Council cannot Lease or Sell or adopt the ordinance until the EIR is certified and is relied upon Council also cannot authorize road abandonment without hearings based on the EIR

    The timeline for the Project Final EIR is anticipated to be available by December 1, 2020.  The tentative scheduled date that the matter will be considered by the Architectural Review Board is December 15, 2020 at 3:00 PM.  After ARB hearing(s), the project and proposed Final EIR must be heard by the Planning Commission with a tentative hearing date set for January 14, 2021. 
     Approved Minutes of the October 7, 2020, October 14, 2020, and October 21, 2020 City Council Special and Regular meeting minutes and minutes of the October 26, 2020 Joint City Council and Planning Commission Special Meeting minutes.Held second reading and adopted an ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2020-21 Operating and Capital Improvement BudgetHeld second reading and adopted an ordinance to amend the Police Commander Salary classification schedule.Held second reading and adopted an ordinance to Amend PGMC Chapter 7.40 regarding advertising of Short-Term Rentals (STRs)Held second reading and adopted an ordinance to amend Pacific Grove Municipal Code §16.56.072 to extend the two-hour parking, except by residential permit parking zone.Received the Mayor’s Regional Meetings report.Received the report of emergency directives/modifications and discussed circumstances needing emergency response.  Held first reading of an ordinance to 1) amend the salary classification schedules for the positions of Cashier, Crossing Guard, Intern, Lighthouse Docent Coordinator, Recreation Assistant I, Recreation Assistant II and Recreation Supervisor; 2) delete the salary schedule for Maintenance Assistant, Community and Economic Development Director, Library & Information Services Director, Library Technician, Police Officer Annuitant, Police Reserve Officer I, Police Reserve Officer II, and Police Reserve Officer III, and 3) direct staff to publish a summary of the ordinance as approved by the City AttorneyAdopted the updated Boards, Committees and Commissions Handbook.Received the Perkins Park Landscape Plan and authorized staff to proceed with Option 1, enhance existing park conditions, to the extent feasible given the City’s current budget and staffing constraints.Deferred action on the Cannabis Retail License Selection Committee item until after the resolution of the referendum.    Continued the City of Pacific Grove Equity and Empowerment Resolution to the first meeting with the newly-elected Council.  The agenda reports and supporting documents for all of these actions are on the City’s website.  Details of the actions taken will also be available, upon completion and adoption of the meeting minutes, which will also be posted on the website. 
    The next Regular City Council Meeting is scheduled for
    November 18, 2020

    11-5-20 issue

    Polls Now Open

    Today, Californians will head to the polls to vote on twelve statewide propositions, and for U.S. President, U.S. House of Representatives, and State Legislative offices. Polls are open from 7:00am to 8:00pm. 
    “As the polls open, voter registration is at an all-time high in California, with more than 22 million Californians,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. “If you still need to cast your ballot, make a plan before heading to the polls. With record voter registration and excitement around the Presidential Election, wait times will likely be longer than normal. Elections officials and poll workers have been working diligently to provide a safe and accessible election during a pandemic.” 
    “Voters who still have their vote-by-mail ballot should drop it off at any polling location, Vote Center, or ballot drop box. If you’re voting in-person, you have a right to cast your ballot as long as you are in line by 8:00pm. Californians can find all the resources they need to vote at vote.ca.gov” Padilla said. 
    Same Day Voter RegistrationThere is an opportunity for California citizens who missed the voter registration deadline — Same Day Voter Registration is available at every county elections office, polling place, or vote center. Voters will be asked to fill out a voter registration form and then be provided a ballot. Their ballots will be counted once the county elections office has completed the voter registration verification process. 
    Californians who are unsure of their voter registration status can quickly check it online at VoterStatus.sos.ca.gov
    Voter Bill of Rights“In California, we have a Voter Bill of Rights, to ensure that every eligible voter can cast a ballot easily, confidentially, and free from intimidation. The California Voter Bill of Rights is printed in the Voter Information Guidewhich was sent to every voting household in the state, and will also be posted in every polling place and vote center on Election Day. The Voter Bill of Rights is also available online in ten languageshttp://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-bill-rights/.” 
    “The Secretary of State’s office also released a video outlining the California Bill of Rights in English and Spanish. It only takes minutes to review your rights before heading to the polls,” Padilla added.
    Click here to view the California Voter Bill of Rights video.
    The California Voter Bill of Rights is available online in 10 languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.
    To download the California Voter Bill of Rights visit: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-bill-rights/
    Voter Hotline“The Secretary of State’s office also operates a toll free voter hotline. Voters can call to ask election-related questions, to file complaints, or to confidentially report potential election fraud or voter intimidation,” Padilla said.
    Voter Hotlines:

    • (800) 345-VOTE (8683) – English
    • (800) 232-VOTA (8682) – español / Spanish
    • (800) 339-2857 – 中文 / Chinese
    • (888) 345-2692 – हिन्दी / Hindi
    • (800) 339-2865 – 日本語 / Japanese
    • (888) 345-4917 – ខ្មែរ / Khmer
    • (866) 575-1558 – 한국어 / Korean
    • (800) 339-2957 – Tagalog
    • (855) 345-3933 – ภาษาไทย / Thai
    • (800) 339-8163 – Việt ngữ / Vietnamese
    • (800) 833-8683 – TTY/TDD

    First voter Update

    Here are the latest numbers for Monterey County:

    Ballots Processed as of 11/01/2020 = 115,501. This represents a 55.8% turnout so far.

    Thank you,

    Ayna Gutiérrez

    Monterey County Elections

    10-30-20 Issue

    10/23/20 issue

    10-16-20 issue

    10-09-20 ISSUE

    City Council actions: Approved Minutes of the September 16, 2020 City Council Regular Meeting.

    Approved a resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute the REAP Grant application, supporting documents, and agreements.Held a second reading and adopted an ordinance to amend the Pacific Grove Municipal Code Title 23.90.Received a report on the status of the City’s water reserves per the August 2020 Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD) monthly allocation report and monthly entitlement report.Received the Core Revenue Status Report – September 2020.Received the Mayor’s Regional Meetings report.Received the Final Governance, Transparency and Labor Relations Policy Committee ReportReceived the Transportation Agency for Monterey County September 23, 2020 Board HighlightsReceive report of emergency directives/modifications and discussed circumstances needing emergency response.Authorized the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the Don Chapin Company Inc. for construction of the Pine Ave & Eardley Ave Traffic Calming & Pedestrian Safety Project in an amount not to exceed $214,940 plus a 15% contingency.Received the Economic Development Commission Minutes for August 13, 2020.Held first reading of an ordinance to approve a concession lease agreement with La Crème Hospitality, Inc., and authorize publication of a summary approved by the City Attorney.Received an update on the current Recreation Department services and the status of Special Events scheduled for November and December 2020.Received the Fourth Quarter Budget Report and a Preliminary Fiscal Year 19/20 Financial.Received Local Water Project Update.The agenda reports and supporting documents for all of these actions are on the City’s website.  Details of the actions taken will also be available, upon completion and adoption of the meeting minutes, which will also be posted on the website. 
    The next Regular City Council Meeting is scheduled for October 21, 2020.

    City of Pacific Grove Equity and Empowerment Initiative

    In response to the City of Pacific Grove’s police officer investigation and investigation outcome, Council Member McAdams submitted the “City of Pacific Grove Equity and Empowerment Initiative” that will be presented and discussed at the October 7th council meeting. This city wide call-to-action will put in place the formation of a community resident comprised Government Accountability Commission, will require an Equity Impact Assessment for all city policies, programs, and services, recommends the City of Pacific Grove become a member of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), and other social equity policies.

    “I wanted to thoughtfully respond to the thousands of community members who have expressed their frustration, anger, and loss of trust in an impactful capacity”, says McAdams. “This course of action establishes a transparent and clear process with a long term commitment to social justice from City leadership to our communities. There is no simple, easy solution for dismantling systemic racism or achieving justice. Evaluating city strategies, policies, and working together with community members and stakeholders is integral to securing justice and equality for all in Pacific Grove.” 

    10-2-2020 issue

    Check Your Sources

    John Munch, aka The Weather Bot, points out that I missed a hyphen in the story about the Draft EIR on the front page of this week’s edition. It should be

    https://www.cityofpacificgrove.org/living/community-development/planning/ceqa-california-environmental-quality-act

    9-25-20 Issue

    9-18-20 Issue

    City Council not only burned the midnight oil, but they burned your friendly local editor as well! It was all over a few amendments to the cannabis ordinance. Go to https://cedarstreettimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/9-18-20-web.pdf and see what I mean.

    Cal Am cancels hearing

    Cal Am asked the Coastal Commission to allow them to pull out of a hearing on their application set for 9/18/20 and to postpone it. See today’s issue at https://cedarstreettimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/9-18-20-web.pdf

    School Board to approve a solution opposing marijuana sales in Pacific Grove

    The Board will hold a special Board meeting on Tues., Sept. 15, 2020 in order for the Board to review and approve a resolution Opposing Rescission of the Pacific Grove Moratorium on Marijuana Sale and Distribution.

    Agenda and packet are available here: https://www.pgusd.org/Board/Board-Agendas–Packets/index.html

    No Closed Session • Open Session at 6:00 p.m.

    THIS IS A VIRTUAL MEETING

    Join Zoom Meeting
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    Meeting ID: 830 3849 7585
    Passcode: 066142

    The next regular Board meeting will be held on Thurs., Sept. 17, 2020.

    SPCA Dolan Fire Animal Evacuations & Sheltering

    SPCA Monterey County is rescuing, evacuating, and sheltering animals from the Dolan Fire. The SPCA is currently sheltering 3 dogs, 20 cats, 15 goats, 7 horses, 4 chickens, and one bunny. If you are given orders to evacuate, please take your animals with you. If you need assistance with evacuations or sheltering, please call the SPCA at 831-373-2631 during the day or 831-264-5455 at night. If you are self-evacuating, please call us so we can direct you to safe sheltering. Prepare now to ensure a calm evacuation should you receive orders. We have tips available at spcamc.org. How You Can Help: Please donate to help at www.spcamc.org/fire Prepare and learn how to help at www.spcamc.org/help-fire

    September 11, 2020

    September 11, 2020

    September 11, 2029

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    City Council Actions 9/2/20 meeting

    Actions taken by the City Council at its continued meeting on September 2, 2020 include: Received the Mayor’s proclamation proclaiming September 2020 as Childhood Cancer Awareness MonthReceived a Mental and Behavioral Health Services presentation. Approved the minutes of the August 19, 2020 Special and Regular meetings.Held second reading and adopted Ordinance 20-020 to amend Pacific Grove Municipal Code (PGMC) Chapter 2.40, Conflict of Interest, identify added positions as designated employees, designate the City as an Agency under its Conflict Code, and approve the Code. Received the Monterey-Salinas Transit Minutes for June and July, 2020.Received minutes from the Economic Development Commission for March and June, 2020. Ratified the City Manager’s authorization for a new classification entitled Community Services Officer to assist in COVID-19 pandemic efforts and enforcement of safety protocols, such as masks and social distancing, temporarily suspending procedural requirements to create the new classification by ordinance, and allowing for immediate recruitment and transfer of current personnel to the new classification.Introduced and held first reading of an ordinance to amend the salary classification schedule to add new classification of Community Service Officer and directed that a summary of a proposed ordinance be published as approved by the City Attorney.
    Introduced and held first reading of an Ordinance to Amend PGMC Chapter 11.100 to Authorize Cannabis Sales Pursuant to a Cannabis Retail License, and directed that publication of the ordinance be satisfied by publication of a summary approved by the City Attorney.
    The agenda reports and supporting documents for all of these actions are on the City’s website.  Details of the actions taken will also be available, upon completion and adoption of the meeting minutes, which will also be posted on the website. 
    The next Regular City Council Meeting is scheduled for
    September 16, 2020.

    9-4-20 Issue

    California State Parks has fully closed a number of state parks and beaches due to the numerous wildfires burning across our state. Some parks/beaches are partially closed with limited resources available to visitors. California State Parks urges the public to avoid traveling to impacted areas/park units in Monterey County due to safety and health concerns for any visitors. Air quality remains poor throughout the state.
    Current Park Closures
    The following State Parks, including all campgrounds, day use areas, and hiking trails, are already closed due to fire and/or traffic concerns on Highway 1 in the greater vicinity of the Dolan Fire: 

    • Andrew Molera State Park
    • Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
    • John Little State Natural Reserve
    • Limekiln State Park
    • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
    • Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
    • Point Sur State Historic Park

    Labor Day Weekend – September 5-7, 2020

    California State Parks – Monterey District is working with neighboring agencies on beach closures for all Monterey County beaches for the upcoming Labor Day Weekend. Similar closure/mitigation efforts that were in place for the July 4th weekend will be implemented:

    • California State Parks will partner with local agencies to release a joint, unified message that all Monterey County beaches are closed for the Labor Day Weekend (September 5-7, 2020). A hard closure will be in effect with exceptions for water activities and active recreation.
    • All California State Beach parking lots will be closed.

    California State Parks is asking for the public’s cooperation at this time when our state is severely impacted by the multiple fires burning throughout the state, including fires in Monterey County and in the neighboring counties of Santa Cruz and San Benito. Your assistance is appreciated!

    For additional information about the Dolan Fire, please see the below resources:

    Public Information Phone: 831-272-0222 
    Media Information Phone: 831-272-0221 
    Incident E-mail: 2020.Dolan@firenet.gov 
    Incident Website: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7018

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    Big Sur State Parks Closing Due to Dolan Fire

    California State Parks has fully closed a number of state parks and beaches due to the numerous wildfires burning across our state. Some parks/beaches are partially closed with limited resources available to visitors. California State Parks urges the public to avoid traveling to impacted areas/park units in Monterey County due to safety and health concerns for any visitors. Air quality remains poor throughout the state.
    Current Park Closures
    The following State Parks, including all campgrounds, day use areas, and hiking trails, are already closed due to fire and/or traffic concerns on Highway 1 in the greater vicinity of the Dolan Fire: 

    • Andrew Molera State Park
    • Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
    • John Little State Natural Reserve
    • Limekiln State Park
    • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
    • Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
    • Point Sur State Historic Park

    Labor Day Weekend – September 5-7, 2020

    California State Parks – Monterey District is working with neighboring agencies on beach closures for all Monterey County beaches for the upcoming Labor Day Weekend. Similar closure/mitigation efforts that were in place for the July 4th weekend will be implemented:

    • California State Parks will partner with local agencies to release a joint, unified message that all Monterey County beaches are closed for the Labor Day Weekend (September 5-7, 2020). A hard closure will be in effect with exceptions for water activities and active recreation.
    • All California State Beach parking lots will be closed.

    California State Parks is asking for the public’s cooperation at this time when our state is severely impacted by the multiple fires burning throughout the state, including fires in Monterey County and in the neighboring counties of Santa Cruz and San Benito. Your assistance is appreciated!

    For additional information about the Dolan Fire, please see the below resources:

    Public Information Phone: 831-272-0222 
    Media Information Phone: 831-272-0221 
    Incident E-mail: 2020.Dolan@firenet.gov 
    Incident Website: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7018

    New Evacuation Centers in

    Salinas and King City

    Monterey County is opening Sherwood Hall in Salinas as an evacuation shelter for fire evacuees and the Monterey County Library Branch in King City as an evacuation center. 

    Sherwood Hall is open now as a shelter for evacuees. The facility had already been established as a stand-by alternative housing site for COVID-19 and is equipped for provide sleeping accommodations and services for those in need. COVID-19 protocols are in place for the shelter. Those coming to the shelter will need to have face coverings and be prepared to social distance and follow directions from shelter staff regarding COVID procedures. Temperature checks will be taken for everyone’s safety. 

    To access the shelter, evacuees must provide proof of residency in the fire evacuation zone, whether it is a current ID, bill, statement or vehicle registration. 

    If you are evacuating with pets, there is assistance being arranged through the SPCA. Please contact the SPCA at 831-264-5455 if you need safe housing for your animals. SPCA will not be onsite to assist with animals at Sherwood. 

    The shelter at Carmel Middle School remains open as a 24- hour shelter for evacuees. 

    The County is also opening an evacuation center at the King City Library, 402 Broadway in King City. The center at Laguna Seca also remains open. Evacuation centers are open during daytime hours 8 am to 8 pm. At the Laguna Seca center, those wishing to shelter with RVs or by camping can receive vouchers for staying in the recreation area. They must show proof of residency in the fire area. 

    You may also call the American Red Cross Emergency Services line: 1 866- 272-2237. 

    MST SERVICE CHANGES GO INTO EFFECT SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

    Service changes for local bus transportation provided by Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) will go into effect Saturday, September 5, 2020. The following MST lines will be changed or modified: JAZZ A:     Increased weekday frequency. JAZZ B:      Increased weekday frequency. Line 1:        Elimination of travel via Tyler Street. All trips will operate via Pacific Street. Line 11:      Addition of two morning trips that continue from Carmel to Carmel Rancho.  Line 20:      Increased number of weekday trips at peak times to help with social distancing on the bus.  Line 22:      Will not switch to winter schedule, but will continue to operate three trips daily, as it currently does. Line 24:      Weekdays: addition of short-turn trip to Carmel Rancho.                     Holidays: addition of service to CHOMP and Crossroads. These service modifications do not include changes already in operation, seasonal service variations, or corrections. 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. Ikuyo Yoneda-Lopez Marketing/Customer Service Manager 831.264.5880   Monterey-Salinas Transit 19 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Suite 200, Monterey, CA 93940 www.mst.org

    8-28-20 Issue

    Update from SPCA: 482 Pets & growing

    Here’s the latest information from SPCA Monterey County:
    The SPCA is rescuing, evacuating, and sheltering animals from the local fires.
    We are currently sheltering 482 pets, including dogs, cats, kittens, parrots, parakeets, pigeons, fish, chickens, ducks, peacocks, geese, goats, hamsters, a pig, rabbits, tortoises, a bearded dragon, and chinchillas. More animals are being rescued and evacuated, so these numbers will continue to grow.
    We are also evacuating numerous large animals including horses, alpaca, emus, sheep, and more from evacuation areas and helping residents find safe shelter for hundreds of horses and barn pets.
    If you are given orders to evacuate, please take your pets with you. If you need assistance with evacuations or sheltering, please call us at 831-373-2631 during the day or 831-264-5455 at night. If you are self-evacuating large animals like horses, please call us so we can direct you to safe shelter.
    Thank you to all our donors who make this work possible. Our hearts are with everyone affected by these fires. 
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