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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.


    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. 


    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.


    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!


    April 26, 2019


    April 25, 2019

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

    April 25, 2019

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


    Road work in Monterey & Carmel on Hwy 1

    April 25, 2019


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

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

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

    Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway work zones.

    For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll free number at 1-831-372-0862 or can visit our website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#mon   

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

    April 23, 2019

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

    April 21, 2019

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

    The agenda reports and supporting documents for all of these actions are on the City’s website, at http://www.cityofpacificgrove.org/about-city/city-council.  Details of the actions taken will also be available, upon completion and adoption of the meeting minutes, which will also be posted on the website.


    April 19, 2019

    Photo Credit

    April 19, 2019

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


    April 11, 2019


    April 11, 2019

    Today’s issue

    Homeless in Paradise”—April 5-11, 2019 

    Peninsula Pulchritude–Part 14

    April 4, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Like a glacier cutting through what?

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

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

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

    There’s nothing new under the sun

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

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

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

    The great thing is no glaciers whatsoever are required!

    The only thing to cut through is bureaucratic red tape!

    Introducing Gathering for Women

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Five years old and growing

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

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

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

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

    Incorporation as Gathering for Women

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Copyright 2019 by Wanda Sue Parrott

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