• 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


    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

    Early for Wed., Nov. 18, 2020

    November 18, 2020

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



    November 12, 2020


    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


    9-25-20 Issue

    September 24, 2020

    9-18-20 Issue

    September 17, 2020

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

    Cal Am cancels hearing

    September 17, 2020

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

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

    September 12, 2020

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

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

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


    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 830 3849 7585
    Passcode: 066142

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

    SPCA Dolan Fire Animal Evacuations & Sheltering

    September 11, 2020

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

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