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    4-26-19

    Pacific Grove came, they saw, and they conquered Carmel 2-1, now atop Mission League!

    A day after a quality win over Monte Vista Christian, Pacific Grove traveled to Carmel where the two rivals met in the season series rubber match (each had won a game at their opponent’s field). Game three was no different as PG won a hard fought game over Carmel 2-1 on Thursday (April 25). The victory puts PG alone in first place in the PCAL Mission League, one game ahead of the Padres.

    BY BRIAN WOOD (Woodie) MORE IN NEXT WEEK’s ISSUE

    Road work in Monterey & Carmel on Hwy 1

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    A maintenance project to re-stripe a crosswalk and repair traffic signs on Highway 1 will begin Tuesday, April 30.

    Motorists will encounter alternating lane closures in both directions of Hwy. 1 at Ocean Avenue from 9 am until 2 pm for striping with delays not to exceed 10 minutes.In addition, motorists will encounter the closure of the No. 1 (left) lane at Iris Canyon Road in Monterey for sign work on Wednesday, May 1 from 9 am until 1 pm.  Delays should not exceed 5 minutes.

    This roadwork will be performed by the Caltrans Maintenance team in Monterey.

    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 1-831-372-0862 or can visit our website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#mon   

    Many of the glorious track meet photos were taken by Wayne Guffin along with Henry Loh.

    Major actions taken by the Council at its regular meeting of April 17, 2019 include:


    • Received a presentation from the Community Human Services (CHS) and award for the City’s involvement with CHS.
    • Received a presentation from the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership Presentation
    • Approved the minutes of the April 3, 2019 City Council Regular Meeting. 
    • Approved the Resolution of Intention to Levy an Assessment for the Downtown Business Improvement District for Fiscal Year 19-20 and directed staff to notice a public hearing to be held on May 1, 2019 to hear protests and determining whether to levy the assessment. (Resolution No. 19-005.)
    • Approved the Resolution of Intention to Levy an Assessment for the Hospitality Improvement District for Fiscal Year 2019-20 and directed staff to notice a public hearing to be held on May 1, 2019 to receive protests and determine whether to levy the assessment. (Resolution No. 19-006.)
    • Received the Mayor’s regional report.
    • Received minutes of the Monterey Salinas Transit March 11, 2019 meeting.
    • Authorized the City Manager enter into a first amendment to the agreement with Page and Turnbull to update the Historic Resources Inventory in an amount not to exceed $30,000, plus $20,000 contingency, and extend the contract term to December 31, 2019.
    • Received minutes from the BNRC, HRC, and TSC.
    • Introduce and held first reading of an ordinance to amend Pacific Grove Municipal Code Section 3.40 to modify the size, composition, and membership qualifications of the Economic Development Commission, and directed a summary of the ordinance be published as approved by the City Attorney.
    • Reversed the decision of the Planning Commission’s denial of Architectural Permit AP 19-0020, and approved the Architectural Permit AP 19-0020 for the proposed installation of two (2) clerestory skylights on the south-facing ridge of the existing 1977 library addition.
    • Rejected all bids received from the January 11, 2019, Lovers Point Coastal Access Project and called for bids with no changes to the project plans, also known as the Recreation Trail Coastal Access Project within the FY 2019/20 Capital Improvement Program.
    • Provided general direction to staff regarding policy and operational changes regarding the Morris Dill Courts and Pickleball, with the matter returning in 90 days.


    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.

    4-19-19

    Photo Credit

    There’s a great shot of Cedar Street Times visiting Berlin in the column that Gray Eminence (Webster Slate) did this week. We neglected to give proper photo credit to Marius Danner, the guy who sent us the picture! It’s on page 10 of the new issue.

    4-12-19

    04-11-19

    Today’s issue

    Homeless in Paradise”—April 5-11, 2019 

    Peninsula Pulchritude–Part 14

    Gathering for Women: a glacier cutting colorful canyons through Monterey’s sand dunes 

    Questioning life is as American as the fabled apple pie we’re supposed to love as native food for thought. 

    If you’d like to exercise your 1stAmendment right of Freedom of Speech, but don’t know where to start, try answering this Salinas reader’s question:

    How is it that illegal immigrants receive healthcare and welfare, plus child care and free education, while ladies of our country who’re living on the streets are politically ignored?”

    As a columnist, my response was: While it’s true no federal law targets homeless women, how about substituting the word “county” for “country” to give your question a more local slant? 

    Also, I thought as a senior poet: “Good things are happening, like a glacier cutting colorful canyons through sand dunes, in our own Monterey backyards.”

    So, where is this metaphor-turned-simile leading?

    Like a glacier cutting through what?

    I find today’s “Housing First” movement a simile. That means it’s like Chaco Canyon and other ancient cliff-dwellers’ homesites throughout the American Southwest; those cavelike apartments housed America’s first high-rise, tiny-home occupants.

    The cliff dwellers climbed sheer rock walls on handmade ladders like we now use stairs and elevators for ascent and descent, then rolled up the rope rungs and stored them indoors for security like we lock our doors.

    You’ve heard the old, but true, cliché:

    There’s nothing new under the sun

    Well, Seaside’s city manager Craig Malin recently introduced the possibility of a way to lessen the local homeless crisis: Build a multi-level low-income apartment structure near Seaside High School. Each space would equal a tiny home in size, just big enough to live in at a price small enough to comfortably afford.

    The proposal was not submitted as an applications for HEAP funding due to time restrictions for preparation of documents.

    Metaphorically speaking, however, there’s hope that sun will rise again so Seaside becomes the modern-day dune-dwelling location for today’s equivalent of yesteryear’s cliff dwellers!

    The great thing is no glaciers whatsoever are required!

    The only thing to cut through is bureaucratic red tape!

    Introducing Gathering for Women

    Homeless women of the Monterey Peninsula have been asking for a tiny-homes village or development for the five years I’ve written this column.

    One of the most likely candidates for making it happen is the Gathering for Women, whose fifth birthday was Monday, April 1 but celebrated on Thursday, April l4, at the Second Annual Gathering for Women Community Breakfast sponsored by Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula/Montage Health in the Ferrantes Bayview Ballroom at the Monterey Marriott Hotel.

    Highlights of the breakfast will be featured in next week’s column.

    For now, a brief trip down memory lane highlights the grassroots women who called their group “The Gathering Place” when I met them April 1, 2014 at San Carlos Cathedral, Monterey.

    TGP was kicked off by a $12,000 start-up grant from Fund for Homeless Women. 

    Volunteers served lasagna, salad, sourdough bread and beverages to 18 guests and one journalist—me—at their first luncheon.

    I was invited to “shop” for free toiletry and hygiene items, as well as clothing and shoes, neatly arrayed on tables of the great hall, and I wound up with a packet of blue cotton panties a generous volunteer insisted I take after eyeballing me and pressing the packet into my hands. “They’re just your size.”

    She was right, and I realized she thought I was homeless and too proud to accept handouts!

    Five years old and growing

    By the time The Gathering Place celebrated its 1stanniversary on April 7, 2015, it had outgrown the San Carlos parish hall but still functioned under the church’s 501(c)(3) although TGP was meeting weekly on Tuesdays at the Moose Lodge in Del Rey Oaks. 

    A beautiful birthday cake festooned with pink roses was served (see the photo) and program coordinator Carol Greenwald announced that a recent organizational grant from the Fund for Homeless Women would enable The Gathering Place to continue in its development as a secular non-profit separate from San Carlos Cathedral.

    A week later, announcement was made that as of April. 20, 2015, Ann Evanilla Wasson of Carmel, would become executive director of The Gathering Place and Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry at San Carlos Cathedral (there have been several executive directors since them). 

    By then, guests averaged 55 per week and were served by around 120 committed volunteers. During TGP’s first year, around 400 individual guests were served, ¼ of whom had pets.

    Incorporation as Gathering for Women

    The Gathering Place incorporated as a public charity 501(c)(3) corporation on May 28, 2015 under the new name Gathering for Women – Monterey. Run by a Board of Directors, instead of the five founders, administrative duties were performed by Carol Greenwald, President & CEO and Directors Flo Miller and Kelly Kerr. 

    Gathering for Women (formerly The Gathering Place) celebrated its second anniversary on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at its new meeting place, the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula.

    By then, according to Carol Greenwald, “We have served 655 individual homeless and at-risk women since opening our doors on April 1, 2014.”

    Half the women assessed were over age 50, one quarter were past 60, and over 80 percent had incomes of less than $900 per month.

    My column of April 8, 2016 claimed: “Affordable Housing is a number one issue affecting Monterey County today.”

    Does that make it a metaphor, a wornout cliché or proof that history can and does repeat itself?

    Three years later, Gathering for Women continues to grow as a refuge for homeless women on the Monterey Peninsula and questions, such as this one, continue arising: 

    Why doesn‘t the federal government have even one program that specifically provides care and shelter for old, homeless women who were born here, raised here and will die here—preferably not on the street or in their cars?”

    Feel free to email me with your answers and they might appear in future columns.

    Contact Wanda Sue Parrott, 831-899-5887, amykitchenerfdn@hotmail.com

    Copyright 2019 by Wanda Sue Parrott

    Smuin Ballet is Coming

    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.

    11/16/18

    Ballot Drop-Off Locations for Midterm Elections Nov, 6, 2018

    Elections Department
    1441 Schilling Place – North Building, Salinas, CA 93901
    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Monterey County Health Department (Front Desk)
    1270 Navidad Rd., Salinas, CA 93906
    Monterey County Government Center (Front Desk)
    168 W. Alisal St., 1st Floor, Salinas, CA 93906
    Gonzales City Hall (Front Desk)
    147 Fourth St., Gonzales, CA 93926
    Soledad City Hall (Front Desk)
    248 Main St., Soledad, CA 93960
    Greenfield City Hall (Front Desk)
    599 El Camino Real, Greenfield, CA 93927
    King City – City Hall (Front Desk)
    212 S. Vanderhurst Ave., King City, CA 93930
    Sand City – City Hall (Front Desk)
    1 Pendergrass Way (Sylvan Way), Sand City, CA 93955
    Monterey City Hall (Front Desk)
    580 Pacific St., Room 6, Monterey, CA 93940
    Carmel-by-the-Sea City Hall (Front Desk)
    Monte Verde St., Between Ocean & 7th Avenues
    Del Rey Oaks City Hall (Front Desk)
    650 Canyon Del Rey Blvd., Del Rey Oaks, CA 93940
    Marina City Hall (Front Desk)
    211 Hillcrest Ave. Marina, CA 93933
    Pacific Grove City Hall (Front Desk)
    300 Forest Ave.
    Pacific Grove, CA 93950

    Seaside City Hall (Front Desk)
    440 Harcourt Ave., Seaside, CA 93955
    Castroville Library
    11160 Speegle St., Castroville, CA 95012
    Prunedale Library
    11762 Moro Rd., Salinas, CA 93907
    Monterey Public Library
    625 Pacific St., Monterey, CA 93940

    Early Voting Starts Monday!

    Early Voting Begins Monday for the November Statewide General Election
    Get ready to vote! Monterey County local voter information guides will be shipping by the end of this week and continue next week coinciding with the October 8 ballot mailing.

    Local voter guides are available online at http://www.montereycountyelections.us/Locator.asp. State voter guides are available online at http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/.

    Voters can vote early beginning October 8th during regular business hours and during extended hours on Saturday, October 27th and Saturday November 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Early voting is available at the new Elections Office, 1441 Schilling Place – North Building in Salinas.

    To request a vote by mail ballot call (831) 796-1499. Applications to vote by mail are available in your local voter guide or online at www.MontereyCountyElections.us. The last day to request a vote by mail ballot is October 30th.

    For more information call (831) 796-1499.

    City Council

    Major actions taken by the Council at its regular meeting of
    August 1, 2018 include:
    • Received a presentation from the Ohlone-Costanoan Esselen 2018 Tribal Chairwoman Louise J. Miranda Ramirez
    • Presented service awards to Orlando Perez, Police Department and Khoa Nguyen, Public Works Department for their service to the City. 
    • Received a presentation on the refurbishing of Sandy the Whale. 
    • Approved the minutes of the July 18, 2018 City Council Special and Regular Meetings as amended by Errata.
    • Adopted Amended Resolution 18-025 to add one ballot measure to increase the Uniform Transient Occupancy Tax at the Municipal Election, which was consolidated with the General Election, set for November 6, 2018. 
    • Received report on Sidewalk Development Policy Maps.
    • Received the Treasurer’s Quarterly Report – Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2017-18.
    • Received the Workers Compensation Report – Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2017-18.
    • Received a Periodic Regional Update from Councilmember Garfield.
    • Received the Community Human Services minutes.
    • Approved the appointments of Pat Davis to the Library Board for 08/01/18 to 01/31/2022 and Matt Crawford to the Museum Board for 08/01/18 to 01/31/2020
    • Authorized the City Manager to enter into an agreement with 3D Datacom for the Structured Cabling System: City Hall, Police Department and Corp. Yard Project for a cost of $151,330.
    • Received minutes from the Historic Resources Commission for June 27, 2018.
    • Conducted a de novo hearing, adopted the CEQA Notice of Exemption (NOE), approved the architectural/use permit and findings included as Attachment K, page 118 of the packet, that affirms the Planning Commission’s approval and conditions for Architectural Permit & Use Permit #18-364 pursuant to Pacific Grove Municipal Code (PGMC) §§ 23.70.060(c)(1) and 23.70.080(a)(2), with the amendment to Finding #11, page 119, replacing commission with Council. 
    • Received the report regarding the establishment of a short-term rental license waiting list.
    • Approved the attached response, authorized the Mayor to sign the cover letter on behalf of the City Council, and directed the City Attorney to forward it to the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court as the City’s response to the Final Report of the 2018 Monterey County Civil Grand Jury.   

    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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    Cat Days of Summer at the SPCA

    Visit the SPCA today through Sun., July 6-8, for the Cat Days of Summer. Adoption fees for all cats 6 months and older have been waived, and kittens can be adopted 2 for 1!
    Adoptions include the cat or kitten’s spay or neuter surgery, permanent microchip ID, vaccinations, SPCA ID tag, a health evaluation, and lots more. It’s an amazing value of over $500! Regular adoption fees range from $35 to $125.
    The SPCA is located at 1002 Monterey-Salinas Highway, across from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Adoption hours are 11-5 weekdays and 11-4 weekends.
    For more info, call The SPCA at 831-373-2631 or visit www.SPCAmc.org.
    Can’t adopt? Here’s how you can still help:
    Foster: www.SPCAmc.org/foster
    Send Gifts to Rescued Pets: www.SPCAmc.org/kitten-shower

    Vote Counting Update

    The California Secretary of State as of June 5 reports that there are 180,266 registered voters in Monterey Co, and only 32,483 – or 18% – turned out to vote. All precincts in the county have reported their Election Night results. County elections officials will continue counting ballots (vote-by-mail, provisional, etc.) during the 30-day post-election canvass period. These results are Semi-Final until the Secretary of State certifies results of all state contests on July 13, 2018.

    Warning: Data Breach at Chili’s

    Notice of Unauthorized Access to or Acquisition of Chili’s Grill & Bar Guest Data

    What Happened?
    On May 11, 2018, we learned that some of our Guests’ payment card information was compromised at certain Chili’s restaurants as the result of a data incident. Currently, we believe the data incident was limited to between March – April 2018; however, we continue to assess the scope of the incident.

    We are working diligently to address this issue and immediately activated our response plan upon learning of this incident. We are working with third-party forensic experts to conduct an investigation to determine the details of what happened. Read more…»

    Short-Term Rental Lottery Tuesday

    Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 3:00 P.M.
    Council Chamber – City Hall – 300 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA
    AGENDA
    SHORT-TERM RENTAL LOTTERY
    This meeting will be conducted by staff to comply with the Lottery
    requirements pursuant to Ordinance 18-005, passed February 21, 2018 and
    adopted March 23, 2018. The Notice is posted to allow Council presence.
    No Council action will be taken.
    This meeting will be video/audio recorded, but not live-streamed.

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