• Dine Out with Friends

    June 24, 2019

    Wednesday, June 26

    The Beach House Restaurant

    620 Ocean View Blvd.  Pacific Grove

    Open for Dinner 4pm to 9pm

    beachhousepg.com

    375-2345 

    Reservations Strongly Recommended

    A portion of your check will be donated to support the Pacific Grove Library

    Sponsored by the Friends of Pacific Grove Library

    Tight Labor Market Causes Bus Service Changes

    June 24, 2019

    CHANGES GO INTO EFFECT SATURDAY, JUNE 29

    Due to a very tight labor market, MST had to reduce the amount of service on the lines listed below to match the number of employees available to drive buses. MST continues to recruit coach operators and will consider restoring service when and if the situation changes. Service changes for local bus transportation provided by Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) will go into effect Saturday, June 29, 2019. The following MST lines will be changed or modified:

    JAZZ AMajor routing and schedule changes. No longer serves Monterey Peninsula College during the summer.

    JAZZ B: Major schedule changes on weekdays.

    JAZZ C: Discontinued.

    Line 1: Discontinued Saturday evening service.

    Line 2: The 8:50 pm trip discontinued.

    Line 16: Major schedule changes in the evening. Minor routing change through CSUMB campus,

    no longer serves A St and Divarty between 6th Ave. & Quad.

    Line 18: Major schedule changes in the evening.

    Line 20: Major schedule changes. Early morning trip discontinued.

    Line 23: Added additional departures from San Ardo. Some trips continue to San Ardo and Paso

    Robles from King City.

    Line 28: Major schedule changes in the evening. Last trip departs Watsonville Transit Center at

    6:50 pm.

    Line 29: First and last trip from Watsonville Transit Center discontinued on weekdays.

    Line 41: Major schedule changes. Additional departures from Salinas Transit Center on weekends.

    Line 45: Last trip from Salinas Transit Center operates weekdays only.

    Line 49: Three evening trips discontinued. Last trip leaves Salinas Transit Center at 7:20 pm.

    Line 55: Major routing and schedule changes. No longer serves Morgan Hill.

    Line 82: Weekend 9:55 am trip to Salinas continues as line 23 from King City.

    Line 84: Major routing and schedule changes. No longer serves Soledad and Greenfield. Route

    starts at King City. Through service to/from Salinas on select line 23 trips.

    Del Rey Oaks Shuttle: Major schedule changes in the evening.

    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.

    June 23, 2019

    SPCA Seeking information – Abandoned Kittens in Jacks Peak Park

    The SPCA for Monterey County is looking for the person or persons who abandoned 5 kittens in a box in Jacks Peak Park.

    The kittens were discovered Friday afternoon by a hiker and her dog while hiking Jacks Peak.  The dog began to bark and pull her owner towards a tree and bush, finding the taped-up box containing the kittens. There was no food or water found with the kittens, but thankfully the condition of the box indicates they may not have been in the elements for long.  They were brought to the SPCA where they are receiving the loving care and attention they need. The kittens vary in age and size.

    Animal abandonment is a crime. The SPCA is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm to accept stray and owner-surrender pets. Our local municipal shelters, Monterey County Animal Services and Salinas Animal Services, can also help with stray pets.  

    If you have any information about this case, please contact the SPCA at 831-373-2631. All calls are confidential.  To donate to help abused and neglected animals, please call the SPCA at 831-264-5421 or donate online at www.SPCAmc.org.

    If caught, the owners could potentially be charged with the following offenses: California Penal Code Sections 597.1 (Permitting Animals to go Without Veterinary Care), Penal Code 597 (Animal Cruelty), Penal Code 597(b) (Deprivation of Food, Water, and Shelter), and Penal Code 597s (Abandonment) .

    Link to photos and video: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1a9xFX7sQot1g2SZcYmxeoNUZQyzD_VQW?usp=sharing

    The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for Monterey County is your nonprofit, independent, donor-supported humane society that has been serving the animals and people of Monterey County since 1905. The SPCA is not a chapter of any other agency and does not have a parent organization.  They shelter homeless, neglected and abused pets and livestock, and provide humane education and countless other services to the community. They are the local agency you call to investigate animal cruelty, rescue and rehabilitate injured wildlife, and aid domestic animals in distress. Online at www.SPCAmc.org.

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    June 20, 2019

    Summer Lovin’ SPCA Adoption Event

    June 19, 2019

    Pick Your Price on Adoptable Pets

    Have a blast and meet a pet as cute as can be at the SPCA’s Summer Lovin’ Adoption Event this Friday through Sunday, June 21-23.

    Learn More

    PGPD Swearing in Ceremony

    June 19, 2019

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    June 13, 2019

    US Open Fact Sheet

    June 7, 2019

    50% Off Semi-Annual Sale!

    June 7, 2019

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    June 6, 2019

    PG High School Graduation 2019

    June 5, 2019

    U.S. Open Traffic and Transit Information

    June 4, 2019

    In preparation for the 119th U.S. Open Championship, the United States Golf Association (USGA) and Pebble Beach company unveiled a comprehensive transportation plan to ensure the safe and efficient movement of traffic and pedestrians during the championship, scheduled for June 10-16. 

    More than 16,000 satellite parking spaces have been secured to help ensure that the anticipated 250,000 fans at the U.S. Open experience trouble-free travel to and from the Pebble Beach.  Local traffic representatives from the California Highway Patrol, Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) have been involved in the 18-month-long planning process with the USGA and Pebble Beach Company.

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    Red House Café, Big Little Lies Trivia Night Fundraiser Fri., June 7, 6pm-9pm

    June 3, 2019

    RED HOUSE CAFÉ in conjunction with “First Friday” and in anticipation for season 2 premiere of HBO’s BIG LITTLE LIES, will hold a trivia night fundraiser from 6 pm – 9 pm benefiting YWCA MONTEREY COUNTY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE- a theme that was played out in the series. 
    “We will donate a percentage of the evening’s sales to YWCA MONTEREY COUNTY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE program. ” – Laura D’Amelio, Co Owner RHC. 
    YWCA Monterey County will have a table set up at the RED HOUSE CAFÉ with information about the services they provide. They will also pass out out trivia cards related to the BIG LITTLE LIES series. Customers can fill out and turn in the cards that evening to be entered into a raffle for various prizes donated by the RED HOUSE CAFÉ and other businesses in the community. 
    Set in a charming, historic cottage at 662 Lighthouse Avenue, in Pacific Grove, RED HOUSE CAFÉ has been serving guests and the community since 1996. 

    “ HEAP” Funding Announced: Olympia Shelter is a Go

    May 31, 2019

    By Wanda Sue Parrott
    Initial funding has been approved for conversion of an old county-owned mobile health unit into a shelter for homeless women and children at 1292 Olympia Ave., Seaside. 
    The grant for kicking off the project will, hopefully, be the beginning of a growing fund that supplements the initial $12 million Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) money for municipalities in homeless-crisis modes (and nonprofits that serve them) in San Benito and Monterey Counties.
    HEAP money is likewise being distributed all over the state, with requests for funds exceeding the actual amount of funding available.
    Announcement of the HEAP funds a few months ago broke the long spell of boondoggling that held local communities captive while homelessness spread like untrimmed kudzu vine all over the peninsula. Seaside took an active role in applying for funds.
    The Olympia Shelter money is less than originally sought by the two non-profit agencies that will co-partner in administering the project, known as “The Olympia Shelter”, the Gathering for Women and Community Human Services. Future challenge will be to find funding to keep the project up and running.
    Rehabilitation of the mobile unit located behind the Monterey County Department of Social Services is scheduled to open in 2020.
    It is a cooperative partnership between City of Seaside and County of Monterey that will serve homeless women and children from the entire Monterey Peninsula.
    Distribution of the funds was decided Wed., May 29 by the Leadership Council at a meeting of the Coalition of Community Homeless Service Providers at the Veterans Transition Center, Marina.
    Seaside’s applications for three other programs failed to qualify for funding this time around, but could come up for reconsideration if the HEAP program is continued.
    For a detailed report, please see this week’s edition of Monterey County Weekly, in which Pam Marino’s excellent coverage appears replete with facts and figures. I was not able to attend.
    I will include more details as I become apprised of them, so watch for next week’s “Homeless in Paradise” column.

    Library Summer Reading Program

    May 31, 2019

    The Monterey Public Library invites the community to participate in its annual Summer Reading Program. From June 1st through July 31, readers of all ages can celebrate books, learning, and creativity at the Monterey Library’s Pacific Street location and on board the Bookmobile. Sign up and earn prizes for reading this summer! Join us for free performances, lectures, classes, and hands-on creative activities for all ages. Visit monterey.org/library/events for a full listing of events.  

    The celebration kicks off on Saturday, June 8th, from 1pm-4pm with a free family-friendly party on Colton Hall Lawn, featuring performers, crafts, snacks, MY Museum’s Wheelie Mobilee, special appearances from the Monterey Fire Department and Police Department, and more. 

    Monterey Public Library is located at 625 Pacific Street, Monterey.  Bookmobile route and schedule information is available at monterey.org/library/bookmobile. For more information call 831.646.3933 or visit www.monterey.org/library.

    Traffic during the US Open

    May 31, 2019

    Media Advisory: U.S. Open Traffic and Transit Information

    In preparation for the 119th U.S. Open Championship, the United States Golf Association (USGA) and Pebble Beach Company unveiled a comprehensive transportation plan to ensure the safe and efficient movement of traffic and pedestrians during the championship, scheduled for June 10-16. 

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    May 30, 2019

    89 SPCA Kittens Need You

    May 30, 2019

    Adorable kittens need your help! SPCA for Monterey County fosters raise and care for rescued underage or injured pets. Fostering can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

    The SPCA provides all the food, supplies, advice, and veterinary care you need to foster a rescued pet. You provide the love, late-night feedings, and snuggles.

    You can also help rescued kittens by purchasing gifts on our Amazon Wish List (www.SPCAmc.org/kitten-shower)! Gift items that truly make a difference include kitten formula, bottles, cat litter, blankets, snuggly surrogate toys with warmth and heartbeats, and more.

    How You Can Help:

    The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for Monterey County is your nonprofit, independent, donor-supported humane society that has been serving the animals and people of Monterey County since 1905. The SPCA is not a chapter of any other agency and does not have a parent organization.  They shelter homeless, neglected and abused pets and livestock, and provide humane education and countless other services to the community. They are the local agency you call to investigate animal cruelty, rescue and rehabilitate injured wildlife, and aid domestic animals in distress. Online at www.SPCAmc.org.

    Addendum to our front page story

    May 24, 2019

    Monterey Peninsula Community College District (MPCCD) Board of Trustees at their last meeting decided to continue their search for a new Superintendent/President.

    The college hosted finalist, Dr. Denise King for an open forum on the Monterey college campus on May 21, from 12:45 pm to 1:45 pm in Lecture Forum-103.  Unfortunately, finalist Dr. Arturo Reyes who has served as Superintendent/President of Mendocino College in Northern California since 2013 withdrew his application just days prior to his scheduled open forum which was to have taken place on May 20.

    While Dr. King has had a long and distinguished career in higher education, the Board of Trustees felt it necessary to continue their search in an effort to find the best match for the college and the entire college district.

    Dr. Loren Steck, a member of the college’s Board of Trustees heads up the search committee, which has been working diligently with the help of a consultant in the search for a new Superintendent/President. “This is perhaps the most important job we as trustees have. It is imperative that we not only find the right and best candidate for this important position, but that there is broad support and buy in by the entire college community. This is something we are taking very seriously and that is why we have decided to continue our search,” said Dr. Steck. 

    At this point the college will likely appoint a interim President/Superintendent in the coming weeks. Dr. Walt Tribley, continues to serve the district with distinction as current President/Superintendent and remains committed to the excellent delivery of higher education for the MPC’s students and the entire community the college serves.

    Arrest in PG Shooting Incident

    May 24, 2019

    On May 8, 2019 at approximately 11 pm, officers from the Pacific Grove Police Department were dispatched on the report of shots fired in the area of 500 Spruce. Officers arrived quickly and found bullet holes in the house and graffiti on a fence. Fortunately, no one was injured in the crime.

    Previously, there had been a small, suspicious fire at the same location, leading officers to believe that the two incidents were related.

    Investigators from the Pacific Grove Police Department and the PRVNT (Peninsula Regional Violence and Narcotics Team) worked closely on this case, with PRVNT working as the lead agency.

    On May 24, 2019 charges were filed on Hollister resident, Roberto Rangel, age 32 for the following crimes:

    -Shooting at an inhabited dwelling: PC 246
    -Stalking: PC 646.9(a)
    -Possession of a Firearm by Person Convicted of Enumerated Offense: PC 29800(a)(1) -Arson of Property of Another: PC 451(d)

    The suspect was already in the Monterey County Jail on unrelated charges. Mr. Rangel will remain in the county jail pending his next court appearance.

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    May 24, 2019

    PWN Files Appeal to set aside Cal Am Permit

    May 19, 2019

    On May 16, Public Water Now (PWN) filed an appeal with the Monterey County Board of Supervisors to set aside the permit issued by the Monterey County Planning Commission to Cal Am for its proposed desal plant until a Supplemental EIR is completed.

    “The Planning Commission’s ruling in favor of Cal Am’s Desal permit was narrowly passed by a vote of 6 to 4. The four District 4 and 5 Commissioners who opposed it, and whose districts this would directly affect, wisely asked for more time and more detail to make their decision,” says Melodie Chrislock, Managing Director of Public Water Now.

    According to the appeal the Planning Commission decision violates the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Monterey County General Plan, the North County Local Coastal Plan, the Sustained Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), the California Constitution, and established California law governing groundwater rights. 

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    May 16, 2019

    New issue is at https://cedarstreettimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/cst-5-10-19-web.pdf

    May 12, 2019

    May 4, 2019

    City Council Actions May 1, 2019
    Proclaimed May 2019 as Building Safety Month. Proclaimed May 5-11 as City Clerk’s Week.Proclaimed the 10th Anniversary of The Walk of Remembrance – Chinese Fishing Village on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Received presentations of The Pacific Grove Police Department’s Public Service Certificates to Justin Ono, and Officers Max Murray and Saul Rodriguez.Approved minutes of the City Council April 17, 2019 Regular meeting.Approved the Architectural Permit AP 19-0020 Findings, Conditions and use of a Class 1 and Class 31 CEQA Exemption.Held second reading and adopted an ordinance to amend Pacific Grove Municipal Code Section 3.40 to modify the size, composition, and membership qualifications of the Economic Development Commission.Received report regarding the transfer of Point Pinos Lighthouse Gift Shop operations from the Pacific Grove Heritage Society to the City of Pacific Grove.Received the Workers Compensation Report – Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2018-19.Received the Treasurer’s Quarterly Report – Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2018-19.Received the Quarterly Budget Report – Third Quarter, Fiscal Year 2018-19.Received the Transportation Agency for Monterey County Board Highlights.Received the Beautification and Natural Resources Commission Meeting Minutes of March 19, 2019.Received the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District Presentation.Held public hearing and adopted a resolution approving the annual report, levying the annual assessment for the district, approving the recommended program for Fiscal Year 2019-20, appointing the HID Advisory Board for Fiscal Year 2019-20, and authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce to administer the approved HID budget.Held public hearing and adopted a resolution approving the annual report, levying the annual assessment, approving the recommended Fiscal Year 2019-20 program, appointing the BID Advisory Board for Fiscal Year 2019-20, and authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement allowing the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce to administer the approved BID budget.Approved a resolution adopting the master fee schedule for Fiscal Year 2019-20, including the annual Consumer Price Index (CPI) adjustment, and other changes as directed by Council.Received and approved the FY 2019/20 Capital Improvement Plan and approved a resolution adopting the FY 2019/20 Senate Bill 1 Project List.Received the February 19, 2019, Draft George Washington Park Report of the George Washington Park Subcommittee of the Beautification and Natural Resources Commission and authorized staff to proceed with recommended maintenance activities.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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    May 2, 2019

    NEW PG Police Chief Named

    April 30, 2019

    City Manager Ben Havey  announces the selection of Cathy Madalone as Chief of Police for the City of Pacific Grove.   For the past four years of her 24 years in law enforcement, Chief Madalone has served as Chief of Police in Bergenfield, New Jersey.    

    Pending successful completion of a formal background investigation, it is anticipated that Chief Madalone will commence employment with the City of Pacific Grove on Monday, June 10.   Interim Chief Jackie Gomez-Whiteley will remain working with the City through Chief Madalone’s June start date in order to allow for a smooth transition period.

     Chief Cathy Madalone was born and raised in Staten Island, NY and moved to Middletown, NJ at the age of 15. She graduated from Middletown High School South in 1987 then attended Montclair State University where she graduated with a B.A in sociology with a minor in criminal justice and a M.A. degree in applied sociology. Chief Madalone also attended American Academy of McAllister in New York City and has been a licensed funeral director since 1993. Chief Madalone graduated from the Bergen County Police Academy in December of 1994, being the first female hired to the Department. 

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    Adopt A Shelter Pet Day

    April 29, 2019

    Adopt all the love for half the price during Adopt A Shelter Pet Day, Tues., April 30. During the event, the SPCA for Monterey County will offer 50% off all adoptions for dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, mice, rats, ducks, turtles, finches, pigeons, doves, and snakes.

    “So many people think ‘cats and dogs’ when they think about the SPCA,” says Beth Brookhouser, SPCA Director of Community Outreach. “But we are here for cats and dogs and so much more. We celebrate shelter pets – all types of shelter pets – every day. And on Adopt A Shelter Pet Day, you can open your heart to a special pet who needs you.”

    The SPCA for Monterey County is located at 1002 Monterey-Salinas Highway, across from WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.  Adoption hours are 11-5 on weekdays and 11-4 on weekends. 

    SPCA adoptions include the pet’s spay or neuter surgery, permanent microchip identification, vaccinations, SPCA ID tag, a health evaluation, and more. Regular adoption fees range from $35 to $290.  

    For more information, please call The SPCA at 831-373-2631 or 422-4721 or www.Facebook.com/SPCAmc.  Visit www.SPCAmc.org to view adoptable pets!

    CVSOS MEETING

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