• Merry 12-25-20 issue

    December 22, 2020

    City Council Actions 12-16-20

    December 20, 2020

    Actions taken by the City Council at its continued meeting on December 16, 2020 include:

    • Commander Rory Lakind with certificates of appreciation in conjunction with his retirement.

    • Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula for their work.

    • The minutes of the December 2   and 9   City Council Regular and Special Meetings.

    • The City Manager to Execute Agreements with the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration Related to the Measure L, the New 0.50% Local Transactions and Use Tax.

    • A Resolution Authorizing Examination of Transactions (Sales) and Use Tax Records and authorized the City Manager to Execute an Amendment to the Agreement with HdL Companies to Provide Measure L Audit, Recovery, and Reporting Services.

    • Second reading and adopted an ordinance to add Chapter 2.60 to the Pacific Grove Municipal Code relating to electronic and paperless filing of Fair Political Practices Commission Campaign Disclosure Statements.

    • The Core Revenue Report for November 2020.

    • Minutes from the Association of Monterey Bay Governments October 14, 2020 meeting.

    • A status update on the “Referendum Against Ordinance No. 20-022 Amending the Municipal Code Chapter 11.100, “Cannabis” to Authorize Cannabis Sales pursuant to a Cannabis Retail License.

    • Update on the status of Special Events scheduled for January and February 2021.

    • Revised Council Policy: Council Guidelines 000-9.

    • A letter to be sent to Governor Newsom and Secretary Ghaly of the California Health and Human Services Agency to support the County of Monterey’s request for prioritization of COVID-19 vaccinations for essential farm workers.

    • Report of emergency directives/modifications, ratified the Planning Commission meeting time to resume to 6:00PM effective January 2020, extended the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) to March 31, 2021, directed the City Manager to draft and present to Council a proposed small business loan program to reimburse local businesses for Covid-19 related and/or Shelter in Place Order compliance expenses, and discussed circumstances needing emergency response.

    and held first reading of a draft ordinance to amend the Fiscal Year 20/21 Operating and Capital Improvement Budget and directed publication of an ordinance summary approved by the City Attorney.

    • A resolution to Repeal and Replace Resolution 20-027 to Implement Measure L (voter-approved tax increase), held first reading of an Ordinance to amend the Pacific Grove Municipal Code Chapter 6.07 to implement the voter-approved 0.5% the City Transaction and Use Tax increase, and authorized publication of a summary of the measure as approved by the City Attorney.

    and held first reading of an ordinance to amend the Pacific Grove Municipal Code to Rescind the Cannabis Retain License Process Approved by Ordinance No. 20-022, directed that publication of the ordinance be satisfied by publication of a summary approved by the City Attorney, and directed staff to develop a plan for cannabis community outreach and return to the City Council with a strategy.   

    • The City Manager to apply a 30% discount to the Water Entitlement Price Shown on the Master Fee Schedule through December 31, 2021.

    • The appointment of two City Council-designees to serve on the Cannabis Retail License Selection Committee until March 3, 2021.   

    MST Holiday Bus Schedule

    December 17, 2020

    Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) will operate limited schedules for the upcoming holidays. 

    On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, MST will operate a Saturday schedule. Only the following lines will be in service: JAZZ A, JAZZ B, 1, 2, 3, 7, 11, 16, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 41, 42, 44, 45, 49, 61, 84, 91, 92, 94, 95, and MST On Call Marina. 

    No other bus lines will be in service.

    On Christmas Day and New Year’s Day the following lines will operate a holiday schedule:    

    • JAZZ A MontereySand City via Hilby (Service between Monterey Transit Plaza and Sand City Station only. No service to MPC or Monterey Bay Aquarium.)
    • JAZZ B MontereySand City via Broadway (Service between Monterey Transit Plaza and Sand City Station only. No service to Monterey Bay Aquarium.) 
    • Line 1 Monterey (Service from Lighthouse & Fountain to Monterey Transit Plaza only. No service to Asilomar.)
    • Line 2 Pacific Grove via Forest Hill (Service from Monterey Transit Plaza to Lighthouse & Fountain only.)
    • Line 20 Salinas – Monterey via Marina
    • Line 23 Salinas  King City
    • Line 24 Monterey – Carmel Valley Grapevine Express via Carmel (Service between Monterey Transit Plaza and Carmel Rancho only.)
    • Line 41 Northridge – Salinas via East Alisal
    • Line 49 Salinas – Santa Rita via Northridge

    All other lines will not be in service on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Regular MST bus service will resume Saturday, December 26th, and Saturday, January 2nd, respectively.

    Customer service windows at the Salinas Transit Center and Bus Stop Shop in Monterey will be closed December 24, 25, 31, and January 1 for holiday observances. MST administrative offices in Monterey, as well as the Customer Service window at the Marina Transit Exchange will be closed December 24 through January 1, and will reopen on Monday, January 4. Customers are encouraged to purchase passes prior to the holidays or at participating GoPass outlets to avoid times when MST offices will be closed.  

    For more information, visit www.mst.org or call Monterey-Salinas Transit toll free at 1-888-MST-BUS1. For RealTime bus arrival information, text “Next” and your 4-digit bus stop ID (ex. “Next 9103”) to 25370, call 1-888-MST-BUS1 with your 4-digit bus stop ID, download the free Transit app, or use Google Maps. For the latest information on any transit service delays that may occur over the holidays, customers can follow MST on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MST_BUS.

    Where can you go in Pacific Grove?

    December 15, 2020

    What is Open in Pacific Grove?

    The following sectors will have additional modifications in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing:

    • Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only for the purpose of facilitating physically distanced personal health and wellness through outdoor exercise, without any food, drink or alcohol sales. The Pacific Grove portion of the Coastal Recreation Trail, Monarch Sanctuary and all Pacific Grove Beaches are currently open, as is Pacific Grove Golf Links. The Point Pinos Lighthouse grounds are closed. 
    • Retailers: Our retailers are open for shopping indoors at 20% capacity, and 35% of capacity for standalone grocery stores, with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. For a list of retailers offering online shopping with curbside pick up or delivery, go to https://www.pacificgrove.org/onlineshoppingmall
    • Hotels and lodging: Allow for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, provide accommodation for essential workers, or providing housing solutions, including measures to protect homeless populations. Lodging for non-essential leisure travel is not permitted under the State’s order at this time.
    • Restaurants: Our restaurants are open! Allowing only for take out or delivery. Outdoor dining is currently not permitted. For a directory, go to https://www.pacificgrove.org.
    • Offices: Many offices and such professional service providers in Pacific Grove are closed for in-person visitation if they are not part of critical infrastructure sectors. Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible. 
    • Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor activities only.

    What is Closed in Pacific Grove?

    The following business services are closed for the duration:

    • Hair salons and barbershops
    • Personal care services
    • Museums, zoos, and aquariums
    • Movie theaters (except drive-in)
    • Wineries, bars, breweries, and distilleries
    • Family entertainment centers
    • Cardrooms and satellite wagering
    • Limited services
    • Live audience sports

    Source: Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce

    Yeah, that was rain

    December 14, 2020

    12-11-20 issue

    December 10, 2020

    Guilty Verdict in Attack Case

    December 8, 2020

    Noah and Tricia Boewer were found guilty of charges stemming from the attack on and injury to Dirrick Williams, Pacific Grove native and former columnist for Cedar Street Times. They were not found guilty of the hate crime enhancement filed later.

    Sentencing will occur next week. Full story in this week’s issue of Cedar Stree Times.

    12-4-20 issue

    December 8, 2020

    Tighter COVID Restrictions Coming

    December 4, 2020

    It’s likely that in the next couple of weeks the State of California will direct some businesses in the Bay Area region (including Monterey County) to close or further restrict commercial activity. Hotels will be allowed to open only for “critical infrastructure support.” Restaurants will be allowed to serve customers “only for take-out, pick-up, or delivery.” Retail and shopping centers will be limited to 20% capacity with entrancing metering. Hair salons, barbershops, and personal care services will close.
    More information about the looming restrictions is available on this State of California website: https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/ .Obviously this is yet another blow for local businesses and the people who work for them. But our hospitals in Monterey County are among the many hospitals in California experiencing a significant rise in patients. The need to “flatten the curve” is again highly relevant.

    • Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce

    Zoom Press Conference

    November 29, 2020

    PACIFIC GROVE POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT 

    The public is encouraged to participate via Zoom

    Pacific Grove Police Chief of Police, Cathy Madalone is hosting a press conference today to inform the public of a social media post found on an employee’s account that was brought to the City’s attention and the response in addressing it. 

    When: Sun., Nov. 29, 2020 at 3:00 pm 

    Where: City Hall, 300 Forest Ave. Pacific Grove, CA 

    Members of the press who attend in-person must follow social distancing standards and wear masks at all times. 

    Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89064917702

    Or Telephone: 

    1 669 219 2599 or +1 669 900 9128 or 877 853 5247 (Toll Free) 

    Webinar ID: 890 6491 7702 

    Girl Scouts Look Forward to Giving Tuesday

    November 28, 2020

    Girl Scouts Rallies Community for Giving Tuesday 

    By Kaylie Luedke 

    Invest in Girls. Change the World

    After its creation in 2012, Giving Tuesday has been celebrated each year on the first Tuesday following Thanksgiving as a day that encourages people to do good and spread kindness. Eight years later, it has transformed into a global movement of generosity that brings together charities, nonprofits, and the public to transform their communities and the world. 

    Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast is celebrating #GivingTuesday on December 1 , 2020. 

    Our council focuses on building community and sisterhood, appreciating the unique value of all girls, and helping one another through tough times. It has been nothing short of a challenging year, but our girls have continued to band together to spread joy, lend a helping hand, and be leaders in their communities. This year, they have sewn handmade masks for doctors and nurses, organized food drives, and sent handwritten cards of encouragement. Girl Scouts know that there is strength in numbers, and our work would not be possible without the generous and unwavering support of our community. 

    We encourage the community to get involved this #GivingTuesday by supporting the causes they believe in. Together, we can all be a part of the team that supports girls within our communities and the world beyond, helping them become girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

    This year, we are doubling our efforts with the goal to raise $20,000 for our girls. The families we serve come from a variety of financial situations, and approximately 5,500 girls in our council come from low-income households. We are working to provide financial assistance so that every girl, regardless of their financial situation, can call Girl Scouts home, and you can help! By donating just $25, you can give a year of Girl Scout membership to an underserved girl in your community. Every donation, big or small, contributes to providing the best leadership program for girls and makes an impact on the lives of the girls and families we serve. 

    Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, with a research- proven program that helps them cultivate important skills they need to take the lead in their own lives and the world. At Girl Scouts, girls learn and grow in a safe, all-girl environment, 

    discovering who they are, connecting with others, and taking action to make a difference in their communities and beyond. Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), the foundation of the Girl Scout program, girls engage in a variety of fun, challenging, and engaging activities that empower girls as they develop five skills essential to effective leadership: a strong sense of self, positive values, challenge seeking, healthy relationships, and community problem- solving. 

    Whether it be some of your time, a donation, or community support, there are so many ways that you can give back. Our council is fortunate to be included in numerous community giving campaigns this year, with a few options at no extra cost to you! If you plan on completing your holiday shopping online, you can make an impact with your purchases with AmazonSmile by designating Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast as the charity you would like to support. Simply log on to smile.amazon.com, search for our council, and start shopping! Amazon will donate a portion of your eligible purchases to our council. 

    Avid Target shoppers can earn votes every time they shop and help direct a portion of Target’s giving to us through Target Circle! Now through December 31, 2020, vote for our council to help determine how Target’s final donation will be divvied up. To see Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast as an option for voting, set your preferred store location to one within Ventura County (completed through your Target account settings or on the mobile app). Find more information about Target Circle at www.target.com/circle.

    Finally, you can stretch your dollar with Monterey County Gives!, where each donation is expanded with a matching gift. A collaboration between the Monterey County Weekly, the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, and the Community Foundation for Monterey County, MCGives! is a campaign in which local businesses, foundations, and individuals contribute to an overall match fund that spurs donations for participating organizations. Not only will our council receive 100% of our donations, but also an additional matching gift of the total funds raised! Donations can be made directly at www.montereycountygives.com/girlscouts.

    This GivingTuesday, a generous donor will match all contributions made to our council up to $10,000. Give the gift of leadership, success, adventure, and innovation. With your help, we can offer the leadership experience of a lifetime to the girls and families that benefit most.

    11-27-20 Issue

    November 24, 2020

    Pacific Grove City Council Actions

    November 24, 2020

    Actions taken by the City Council at its meeting on November 18, 2020 include:Approved Minutes of the November 4, 2020 City Council Special and Regular meeting minutes. Amended 2020 Permanent Local Housing Allocated (PLHA) Grants Program Application and Plan. Held second reading and adopted Ordinance 20-029 to 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; and 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. Received the first quarter workers compensation report.Received the Treasurer’s quarterly report – first quarter, fiscal year 20-21.Received the first quarter budget report.Received the core revenue status report for October 2020.Received the report regarding the City Manager Purchasing Authority. Received the Transportation Agency for Monterey County Highlights for October 28 2020.Received the report of emergency directives/modifications and discussed circumstances needing emergency response.    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 December 2, 2020

    More stringent stay-at-home Order for Monterey County

    November 20, 2020

    State Issues Limited Stay at Home Order to Slow Spread of COVID-19
    In light of an unprecedented, rapid rise in COVID-19 cases across California, Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced a limited Stay at Home Order requiring generally that non-essential work, movement, and gatherings stop between 10 PM and 5 AM in counties in the purple tier.  The order applies to Monterey County which is currently in the purple tier.

    The order will take effect at 10 PM Saturday, November 21 and remain in effect until 5 AM December 21. This is the same as the March Stay at Home Order, but applied only between 10 PM and 5 AM and only in purple tier counties that are seeing the highest rates of positive cases and hospitalizations. 

    We have flattened the curve before and we can do it again. Read the full order and learn more: https://covid19.ca.gov/

    Adopt a pig at the SPCA

    November 19, 2020

    SPCA is Here for All Types of Animals, Including Pigs!

    Did you know your SPCA Monterey County is here for all types of animals? Right now, we have five pigs available for adoption. And one can even sit on command, just like a dog!

    The SPCA’s doors are open for all species of animals, from cats and dogs to barn pets, horses, exotic animals, even wildlife. Meet our amazing adoptable pigs:

    If You Give a Pig a Pancake: https://www.facebook.com/SPCAmc/videos/1284257481936888 (video also available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9yhAu8dKDA&t=2s

    Horton: Horton was found all alone as a stray and no one ever came to find him. He loves playing in mud and has lots of fun energy. 

    Mancha: Mancha knows how to sit on command for a treat! He’s friendly and sweet and ready to learn even more tricks from his new adopters. Check out this video of Mancha showing off his trick: https://www.facebook.com/SPCAmc/videos/956787141393682 

    Punky Pig & Moto Moto: These besties are two pigs in a pod. They enjoy snuggling, exploring, eating, and napping.

    Timbit: Timbit came to us after he was attacked by dogs. He suffered significant injuries but thanks to the support of donors like you, we provided emergency and long-term veterinary care. He is now healthy and ready for adoption. He loves belly rubs, zucchini, and lettuce.

    To meet these amazing adoptable pigs or any of our other incredible pets, please visit www.SPCAmc.org/adopt

    The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) 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.

    Online: www.SPCAmc.org

    Facebook: /SPCAmc

    Instagram: @SPCAmc

    Twitter: @SPCAmc

    Beth Brookhouser, CAWA
    Vice President, Marketing and Communications
    SPCA Monterey County
    P.O. Box 3058
    Monterey, CA  93942
    Cell: (831) 760-0426
    www.SPCAmc.org

    Early for Wed., Nov. 18, 2020

    November 18, 2020

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

    https://cedarstreettimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/11-20-20-WED.pdf
    https://cedarstreettimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/11-20-20-WED.pdf

    11-14-20

    November 12, 2020

    https://cedarstreettimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/11-14-20-online.pdf

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

    November 6, 2020

    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

    November 5, 2020

    Polls Now Open

    November 3, 2020

    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

    November 2, 2020

    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

    October 29, 2020

    10/23/20 issue

    October 23, 2020

    10-16-20 issue

    October 15, 2020

    10-09-20 ISSUE

    October 8, 2020

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

    October 8, 2020

    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

    October 2, 2020

    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

    October 1, 2020

    Check Your Sources

    September 25, 2020

    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

    September 24, 2020

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  • 416 Fountain Av, Pacific Grove

    This charming two-bedroom, two-bath 1325ft2 Victorian built in 1905 has a historical plaque. It has been thoroughly renewed with lovely wide plank original floors freshly refinished. A living room with high ceilings and bay windows, fireplace with mantel and gas logs, formal dining room, kitchen with gas stove, d/w, disposal, pantry cabinet, French doors opening to enclosed back paver courtyard, lockable walk-in and bike access gate. New tankless hot water heater. New laminated wood floors in kitchen, baths and laundry. Renovated attic bonus room with skylights and closet adds about 350 usable sq ft. Ocean view from front yard and street. Short walk to quaint PG village, restaurants, theater shopping, and Robert Down Elementary school.
    $1,075,000 call Barbara 408-506-5102 to schedule a viewing.

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