WHO’S IN TOWN?
These conference-goers dive right in with an opening session on modeling population genetics to identify novel genes that regulate alcohol metabolism. It’s one of many presentations by geneticists at the annual Mouse Molecular Genetics Conference. Creating glow-in-the-dark mice might be fun, but there’s more at stake; these folks are charting the sophisticated future of human health care in their labs.Monica Justice, senior scientist in the Genetics & Genome Biology program at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, delivers the keynote on using mouse models to identify disease suppressors. The potential implications of her findings are huge.
The 27th annual Mouse Molecular Genetics Conference happens Sept. 29-Oct. 3 at Asilomar Conference Grounds, 800 Asilomar Ave., Pacific Grove. $412-712 Genetics Society of America members; $532-912/non-members; $95 guest (non-faculty or student) access to reception and dinner 5-7pm Tuesday. (301) 634-7300, www.genetics-gsa.org.
DID YOU KNOW?
On Thanksgiving Day, 1919, a brutal storm pummeled Monterey’s exposed harbor, crushing almost 100 squid boats and adding motivation to eventually construct a protective breakwater in 1934.
“Me and one of those
sausages are going
to have a relationship
– Woman passing by the Sausage King stand at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Sept. 20, at the Monterey County Fairgrounds.
GOOD WEEK / BAD WEEK
It’s been more than 10 years since the City of Monterey used over $1.3 million in grant money to buy six properties on the 600 block of Van Buren Street for an affordable housing development. After a 3-2 vote by City Council Sept. 16, the city is finally moving forward with a developer. MidPen Housing, the only qualified firm to submit a proposal on time, will enter an exclusive negotiating agreement with the city. That’s good news for local seniors: MidPen is set to build a 19-unit development, with 18 of the units dedicated for low-income seniors, providing a much-need boost to the city’s affordable housing stock. Rents will be set for households earning no more than 60 percent of the area median income. City Manager Mike McCarthy estimates dirt will start moving in a year or two.
Brenda Jo Kibbee was indicted in 2012 on charges she failed to pay excise taxes on wine she sold or consumed between August 2008 and January 2009. Not a great deal of time, right, so how much wine could it be? Turns out, a lot. Kibbee, the former owner/operator of Monterey Wine Services, a bonded wine cellar, was accused of failing to pay taxes totaling $877,126 to the federal government. In the wine warehousing industry, bonded cellars pay excise tax on the removal of wine, but typically pass this cost on to their winery customers. Kibbee didn’t pay the taxes, but she invoiced her customers and received the payments. Last Dec. 16, the Salinas resident pleaded guilty to one of 11 charges, and last week, she learned her fate: Pay back $877,124 and spend nine months in federal prison.