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    City Council Candidate Nomination Filing Status. As of Thursday, 7/23/20, nomination filing forms for Mayor and City Council have been issued/filed as follows:
    MAYOR                                              ISSUED:                                 QUALIFIED:
    Bill Peake                                           7/13/2020                                7/22/2020
    COUNCILMEMBER                           ISSUED:                                 QUALIFIED:
    Scott Miller                                         7/13/2020                               
    COUNCILMEMBER                           ISSUED:                                 QUALIFIED:
    Luke Coletti                                        7/20/2020                               
    COUNCILMEMBER                           ISSUED:                                 QUALIFIED:
    Chaps Poduri                                      7/22/2020                               

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    Aquarium Reopening postponed

    July 6, 2020

    We’re so excited to reopen and to welcome back visitors. . . unfortunately, that day won’t come as soon as we had hoped. A new public health order effective today requires indoor businesses in Monterey County — including the Aquarium — to close for a minimum of three weeks. This means the Aquarium will not be reopening this week and will not reopen until it is deemed safe by our county and state officials.Unfortunately, we have no further details we can share at this time. As soon as we’re able to announce a new reopening date, we will contact you.

    We know you might be disappointed, and we are, too. But the safety of guests, staff, volunteers and animals remains our highest priority. We hope to sea you soon!

    Governor Announces Selected Businesses Must Move Activities Outdoors or Close

    July 6, 2020

    Governor Gavin Newsom announced that six additional counties, including Monterey County, will be subject to new restrictions as part of statewide actions to slow the spread of coronavirus. Monterey County was recently added to the State’s “watch list,” and is one of the six counties. 

    While an official order has not yet issued, we anticipate that the State will order some businesses in Monterey County to move their activities outdoors, and some businesses to close completely. An effective date for these changes is not yet known but the County will alert the community as soon as more information is available. 

    We expect that the following sectors will be ordered to close both indoor and outdoor operations and service: 

    ➢ Bars, breweries, pubs, and brewpubs, including bars located at permitted indoor and outdoor food facilities. 

    We also expect the following to be ordered: 

    ➢ Dine-in restaurants must close indoor seating to customers. During this closure all dine-in restaurants may continue to utilize outdoor seating and must comply with the guidance for dine-in restaurants. Restaurants should continue to encourage takeout and delivery service whenever possible. 

    ➢ Wineries and tasting rooms must close indoor services to customers. During this closure all wineries and tasting rooms must comply with the guidance for restaurants, wineries, and bars. 

    ➢ Family entertainment centers and movie theaters must close indoor services and attractions to customers. ✓ Family entertainment centers may continue to provide outdoor services to customers, and must comply with the movie theaters and family entertainment centers. 

    ✓ Drive-in movie theaters may continue to operate and should follow additional applicable guidance for retailers of Drive-In Movie Theaters. 

    ➢ Indoor attractions at zoos and museums must close to visitors. 

    ✓ Zoos and museums may continue to operate outdoor attractions and must follow the guidance for zoos, museums. 

    ➢ Cardrooms must close indoor services to customers and must follow the guidance for cardrooms. 

    “We all have a responsibility in slowing this disease and protecting the most vulnerable among us. We will follow the Governor’s directive and expect all residents, visitors and business owners to do so as well,” said Monterey County Health Officer Dr. Edward Moreno. “Let’s all do our part by wearing face coverings, keeping our distance from others, staying home when sick and not attending social gatherings.” 

    Monterey County health officials remind all residents there is still a statewide stay at home order in effect and social gatherings are known places where COVID-19 is spread. For more information on how to keep yourself and your family healthy, visit www.mtyhd.org/covid19. 

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    July 5, 2020


    County on Watch List

    July 3, 2020

    for COVID 19

    California Department of Public Health Officials placed Monterey County on the COVID-19 County Data Monitoring Project watch list in response to elevated disease transmission as indicated by Monterey County exceeding the state’s 14-day case rate threshold of 100 cases per 100,00 residents and by exceeding the state’s threshold for percent change in 3-day average COVID-19 hospitalizations. The 14-day case rate equals the total number of cases diagnosed and reported over a 14-day period divided by the number of people living in the county.  This number is then multiplied by 100,000.  The percent change in confirmed COVID-19 hospitalized patients is calculated by comparing the average number of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized over the past 3 days to the 3 days prior.  If the County remains on the watch list for 3 or more consecutive days, the State will require that Monterey County close all brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs — both indoors and outdoors — for at least three weeks.  In addition, the State will require closure of indoor operations for the following sectors: dine-in restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums, and cardrooms.  Outdoor operations may continue with appropriate modifications.  

    Monterey County continues to work with local businesses, hospitals, clinics, and congregate living facilities to quickly identify and isolate individuals diagnosed with COVID-19.  Monterey County Public Health case investigators reach 98% of cases and 97% of close contacts and instruct cases and contacts on how to isolate and quarantine properly.  The Department continues to train and reassign additional staff to conduct case and contact investigations as the case rate increases.

    “However, there is still much we must do as a community to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” states Dr. Edward Moreno, Monterey County Health Officer.  “Wearing a face covering when out in public, staying physically apart from people outside of your household, washing hands frequently, and staying home when sick can help to stabilize our case rate and protect the most vulnerable among us.”

    The metrics the State is using to monitor the spread of the virus and county responses to the CDPH COVID-19 Data Monitoring Project team are available on the California Department of Public Health’s website at https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/COVID19CountyDataTable.aspx.

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    You’ll need change for parking again in Monterey

    May 30, 2020

    Paid parking is back! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to comply with the resulting Monterey County Shelter in Place order, the Parking Division suspended paid parking enforcement in mid-March. The Parking Division is transitioning back to paid parking on June 1, 2020 as more people begin using city lots and on-street parking.  

    “While public health remains the primary concern, we are carefully re-opening our parking division to support the local economic recovery of our City and businesses,” said Parking Superintendent Cristie Steffy.

    As the City of Monterey begins to reopen over the next several weeks, on-street parking compliance is essential for managing turnover for businesses who rely on customers accessing their locations throughout the day.

    Here is what to expect:  

    • Continued enforcement of parking of safety and access violations such as: no parking zones, loading zone, disabled parking, blocking access violations;  
    • Courtesy notices will be placed on vehicles parked at metered locations and signage on kiosks to adhere to paid parking times May 27 – June 1;
    • Paid parking enforcement in lots and on-street fully resumes June 2nd;  
    • New citation fees go into effect  June 1;  
    • Time restricted parking will be subject to enforcement in commercial zones; however continued temporary suspension of residential neighborhood enforcement will remain in effect until shelter in place orders are lifted.  
    • Curbside pickup zones designated to help businesses with take-out orders remain in effect;
    • To increase convenience and minimize physical contact you are encouraged to utilize the ParkMobile app.   monterey.org/Services/Parking/parkmobile  

    Still looking for Attestation to be posted

    May 29, 2020

    Health Officer Issues Order to Continue Shelter-In-Place

    Monterey County Health Officer, Dr Edward Moreno has issued a new Health Officer Order to continue Shelter-in-Place, dated May 26.  Once the California Department of Public Health posts on its website the County Health Officer’s COVID-19 Variance Attestation form this order allows for the businesses affected by the attestation to open.  Until the attestation is posted, the May 1 and May 8 Shelter in Place Orders remain in effect.

    This new Order aligns the County Health Officer Shelter-in-Place Order with State Stay-at-Home Order to fully join the State in Stage 2 and continue to move with the State through Stages 3 and 4.  The California Department of Public Health is reviewing the County Health Officer’s COVID-19 Variance Attestation form.

    When the State posts the Attestation, the following businesses and activities may resume in Monterey County.

    • Dine-in restaurants with modifications.
    • Hair salons and barber shops with modifications.
    • Businesses must establish a written, worksite-specific COVID-19 prevention plan, provide employee training, screen for symptoms of COVID-19, implement cleaning and disinfecting protocols and maintain physical distancing measures. State requirements for dine-in restaurants and hair salons and barber shops can be found at https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/.

    –Monterey County Health Dept.


    Worship Services and Cultural Ceremonies Can Reopen Under Guidelines

    May 29, 2020

    On Monday, May 25, 2020, the California Department of Public Health announced the statewide reopening of places of worship for religious services. These organizations can reopen in Monterey County, if they meet the State of California’s criteria. Under the new guidance, places of worship can hold religious services and funerals that limit attendance to 25% of a building’s capacity or up to 100 attendees, which ever is lower. The new guidance for religious services and cultural ceremonies encourages organizations to continue online services and activities to protect individuals who are most at risk for more severe COVID-19, including older adults and people with specific medical conditions. In 21 days, the California Department of Public Health, in consultation with local departments of public health, will review and assess the impact of the religious services guidelines and provide further direction as part of a phased-in restoration of activities. This 21-day interval accounts for seven days for religious communities to prepare and reopen in addition to a 14-day incubation period of COVID-19. More information about reopening is available at https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/

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    County Misses Reopening Goal

    May 25, 2020

    Monterey County is one of 11 counties missing the goal to move into extension of Stage 2 lockdown reopening. Those 11 counties can allow curbside retail, manufacturers, logistics, childcare, office-based businesses, outdoor museums, car washes, pet grooming and landscape gardening but missing are three of the “biggies” – dine-in restaurants, shopping malls and schools. Supervisors meeting tomorrow (Tues.) on attestation moves. Stay tuned.

    Cavallini at Iwo Jima presented on You Tube

    May 23, 2020

    Ed Cavallini, whom we’ve profiled in the paper, was recently videoed by a #MarineCorps cinema crew. They made a You Tube as a shortstop but will be using the footage later. Ed was on #IwoJima and #MemorialDay is an important day for the 94 year-old. Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZxvSI0899U&t=2s

    Max Enforcement on highways this weekend

    May 23, 2020

    As the Memorial Day weekend approaches, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) continues to encourage essential travel only and physical distancing for all Californians.  However, those who do plan to travel should contact the county or state of their destination for information on any local restrictions or directions that may exist for those outside the area.  With the potential of holiday travel, the CHP will conduct its annual Memorial Day Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP). 

    “No matter what else changes in our world, the people of California can always count on the CHP to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security,” CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley said.  “We will continue to enforce the traffic laws, help motorists who are in trouble, and educate people about the dangers of distracted and impaired driving.”

    The focus of the Memorial Day MEP, which runs from 6 p.m. on Friday, May 22, to 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 25, is seat belt usage.  During the 2019 Memorial Day MEP, 34 people died in traffic collisions in California.  Of the 21 vehicle occupants killed in CHP jurisdiction, 10 were not wearing seat belts.  The 2019 MEP also recorded 1,099 arrests by CHP officers for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  

    During the state’s stay-at-home order, California roads have seen much less traffic, but many more instances of excessive speeding.  “The rules still apply, no matter how little traffic there may be,” Commissioner Stanley cautioned.  “Obey the speed limit, fasten your seat belt, drive sober, and put down your phone.” 

    Motorists are also reminded to protect child passengers by using age-appropriate child safety seats, whether a safety seat or booster seat.  The law requires that children under age eight ride in the back seat and that children under age two be secured in a rear-facing child passenger safety seat.

    City Summer Rec, Swimming Programs Cancelled

    May 22, 2020

    After months of thoroughly evaluating the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and conducting numerous conversations with local and regional health officials, the City of Pacific Grove Recreation Department has made the difficult decision to cancel the summer day camp and aquatics programs for 2020. This includes our annual Youth Adventure Camp program, summer Pre-School activities, Swim Lesson classes and Community Swim opportunities at the Stillwell Children’s Pool at Lovers Point. 

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    May 22, 2020


    Add another sculpture to your walk

    May 22, 2020

    “I loved the local sculpture pics and wanted to add a much less conspicuous one to the lot.  Introducing…a happy Humpty Dumpty who brings joy to passersby in the alley behind our house: Here is Mr. Eggcited in his home in the Blue Garden where he was sculpted to be. It was a 2017 addition to the garden! Superb work by Kimber Fiebiger. – David Riddle ” https://cedarstreettimes.com/5-22-20Web.pdf page 11

    Nature photographers have a new one…on You Tube

    May 21, 2020

    Steve and Mary Albert (you’ve surely seen their wonderful nature films, like the one about Ricketts) spent most of last spring and summer filming with Asilomar State Park’s Natural Resources Aide – and amazing ornithologist! –  Amanda Preece and the birds who nest in the 32 boxes she manages at Asilomar. Lots of birds. Lots of fun. 
    Normally we would be arranging to show the movie to live audiences, but, since that won’t happen any time soon… the State Parks have put it on their Asilomar Sector YouTube channel for people who might enjoy a 30-minute “fix” of the Park while they’re stuck at home.  Here’s the link: 

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