It all started with social media posts. Sean Roney, the cruise organizer, started asking people in the community if they were interested in starting a bike group.
Friday, July 30, 2021
All Monterey County employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or show proof of an exemption and submit to regular testing, following a unanimous decision by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors on July 30.
It's been a long slog since 2004 for the developers of the Rancho Cañada Village housing development in Carmel Valley, with numerous pitfalls and challenges along the way, but on Tuesday the 145-unit housing development that includes affordable and workforce housing finally won a 5-0 approva…
A fire that sparked close to the west entrance of Pinnacles National Park on July 28 is now mostly contained, according to the latest update from CalFire.
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Juan Govea, a former Salinas High School teacher who faced sex assault charges in 2017 involving a 17-year-old student, only to have the case fall apart when the alleged victim refused to testify, was charged today with two felonies in connection with the same case.
The nonprofit Asian Cultural Experience, aka ACE, was founded in 2007 with the goal of preserving the history of Salinas’ Chinatown. Like many Chinatowns found around the world, this one, sandwiched between East Rossi and East Market streets, was where migrant laborers could find a place to …
After seven years, Scales Seafood & Steaks closed the doors of its prominently-placed restaurant on Old Fisherman's Wharf for good on July 25 after the the restaurant's landlord, the city of Monterey, and tenant could not come to an agreement. The city is now seeking a new tenant for the…
Starting Sep. 30, Monterey County residents will have another airline to choose from when flying to Burbank: In a July 29 statement, Avelo Airlines announced nonstop flights between Monterey Regional Airport and Hollywood Burbank Airport on Thursday and Sunday evenings, with one-way fares as…
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Planned upgrades to the Dan Albert Stadium at Monterey High School received effusive support on Tuesday night, July 27, from the dozens of neighbors and parents and coaches who urged the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District to approve the project. Before voting 7-0 to approve, board me…
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Monterey County Supervisor Luis Alejo pleaded guilty on Tuesday, July 27, to charges of driving under the influence. He was stopped by California Highway Patrol at 11:36pm on the evening of Friday, May 28, on San Miguel Canyon Road in North County.
The world-famous heavy metal band Metallica has turned its attention to a new cause—trade education. And Hartnell College stands to benefit from this focus. The local community college will get $100,000 from the Metallica Scholars Initiative to train Veterans from Monterey County for jobs in…
A visit of Chicago-based PARA.MAR Dance Theatre successfully marked the first session of the Carmel Dance Festival and felt like an inaugural dance for those who gathered.
Immunologists say vaccines are the way out of the pandemic and one Monterey County zip code is already there.
More wind, solar and the increasingly important battery storage capacity will be available for customers of Central Coast Community Energy, or 3CE, after the renewables-focused alternative to Pacific Gas and Electric finalized a deal to bolster its renewable energy portfolio.
Monday, July 26, 2021
There have been some rocky times between some in Pacific Grove and the city manager, Ben Harvey. A city survey of approximately 300 residents showed a third of them saying his performance needed a lot of improvement, while a tenth said his performance was "excellent." In written comments nea…
Sunday, July 25, 2021
Everyone wants to be done with the devastating medical, social and economic consequences of this pandemic. Unfortunately, there is little reason to believe that the virus that causes Covid-19 is ever going away. The question is how we can successfully mitigate its presence and move on.
Friday, July 23, 2021
MILPA, a Salinas-based social justice organization, is leading a march on July 24 asking for justice for Gerardo Martinez Chavez, a 19-year-old who was shot and killed by Salinas Police on Friday July 16.
Thursday, July 22, 2021
The delta variant of Covid-19 now makes up approximately 40-50 percent of cases in the state and its infectious nature is helping push the number of cases higher, including those in Monterey County, according to the county's health officer, Edward Moreno.
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Going into the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, July 20, it was hard to call which way the vote would go for the proposed 90,000-square foot River View at Las Palmas Assisted Senior Living Facility off of River Road. Chairperson Wendy Root Askew was on vacation, leaving four members …
A culinary legend in Monterey County has left Bernardus Lodge and Spa. Chef Cal Stamenov, who opened the kitchen at Bernardus in 1999 with the lodge's founder Bernardus Pon, has moved on after 22 years mastering the acclaimed kitchen at the Carmel Valley destination.
To say that the Monterey Jazz Festival was missed during shelter-in-place might be an understatement. Tickets became available for sale to the general public for the 64th MJF on July 16, and four days later, they ran out. Per a press release, they officially sold out Tuesday, July 20.
After a turbulent few years, changes in leadership and a pandemic closure, things finally start looking good for the Monterey Museum of Arts.
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Monterey County has reached a 70-percent Covid-19 vaccination rate among residents age 12 and up, a threshold that many experts agree is necessary to achieve herd immunity. The Monterey County Health Department announced the achievement on Twitter earlier today.
Monday, July 19, 2021
In the last minutes of his life, Gerardo Martinez opened the door to the small Salinas house in the 100 block of Smith Street that he shared with his parents. He stepped back inside and closed the door, then stepped outside a second time before retreating inside.
Don't dump those masks just yet. The Monterey County Health Department announced today that Health Officer Edward Moreno is joining the health officers of Napa, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties in recommending that people wear a mask inside public settings and in crowded outdoor situations…
Saturday, July 17, 2021
Monterey Peninsula College and Monterey County Workforce Development Board have partnered to open a job center at MPC’s education center in Marina.
Friday, July 16, 2021
A federal judge in Texas ruled that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program known as DACA that offers protection to young people who immigrated to the U.S. without documentation as children, is illegal. The determination, issued on Friday, July 16, blocks new DACA applications.
Ch...ch...ch...changes are happening at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. If you haven't already dropped by, they have a new exhibit that bridges the museum's extensive collection with local history and science of the climate crisis they're calling Changes. The museum is also open…
Thursday, July 15, 2021
As the new school year approaches, the California Department of Public Health shared its latest K-12 guidance: on school grounds, all people are recommended to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Mary Ellen Carlin had a plane. Alice Diane Emig needed a lift.
They have been on sale for only a day, but tickets for the upcoming 64th Monterey Jazz Festival—to be held from Friday, Sept. 24 to Sunday, Sept. 26—are almost sold out.
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
On March 10, 2014, Claudio Valenzuela was officially appointed Monterey County Registrar of Voters after serving as acting registar for almost an entire year. Six years later, on July 9, the longtime public servant served his last day on the job, setting up the stage for a familiar face to t…
A small plane crashed outside of Monterey Regional Airport, into a home at the Monterra development off of Highway 68 and engulfing the residence in flames. The fate of the pilot is currently unknown and it's also unknown if any passengers were on the flight.
Monday, July 12, 2021
Three men are dead and a fourth was wounded after gunfire erupted early this morning at a house party in Castroville.
Sunday, July 11, 2021
Late night or early morning drives down the Big Sur coast, whether for work or pleasure, won’t be happening during the next few weeks.
Friday, July 09, 2021
The Monterey County Office of Education will receive $789,690 in funds from the Biden Administration's American Rescue Plan for its Head Start program, the MCOE announced. Approved by Congress in March, ARP funds were designed to go to programs and services to target the inequalities exposed…
As a heatwave heads for the west coast this weekend, some Monterey County cities are monitoring the temperatures and readying community cooling centers for residents.
Thursday, July 08, 2021
Monterey County is now considered to be experiencing a drought emergency after a July 8 proclamation from Gov. Gavin Newsom added nine more counties to the state's official drought declaration.
When a Confederate flag popped up in the tiny town of Carmel-by-the-Sea in late May, residents could have grumbled and griped about the symbol of hate among themselves. One resident spoke up, and on Tuesday, July 5, the Carmel City Council affirmed her voice with an official proclamation.
Wednesday, July 07, 2021
After three years as Seaside's police chief, Abdul Pridgen is leaving for the larger city of San Leandro to serve as their chief, starting on Sept. 13.
A Salinas fire captain lost his helmet when he was on duty on the Fourth of July, in the midst of a busy holiday weekend. His daughter, Alisa Flores, turned into Twitter for help finding it, including a baby photo of herself that had been wedged inside the helmet.
Monday, July 05, 2021
The Pacific Grove City Council is proceeding carefully toward asking voters if they're ready for a cannabis dispensary in the small town after facing strong opposition last year. On Wednesday, June 16, the council voted 7-0 to create the Cannabis Outreach Subcommittee to work with City Manag…
Saturday, July 03, 2021
It's a long and winding journey for the American Tin Cannery building in Pacific Grove to become a hotel, and along the way tenants are leaving. The popular anchor restaurant, First Awakenings, relocated just up the street to David Avenue in Monterey this spring. Next, the ArtWorks @ Pacific…
Thursday, July 01, 2021
Monterey County officials are now confirming that the Delta variant of Covid-19 is now here. Three residents have been confirmed to have contracted Covid caused by the Delta variant, the Monterey County Health Department announced today.
You can add the Sunset Center to the fast-growing list of venues poised to reopen. On Wednesday, the iconic Carmel concert hall announced a diverse 2021-2022 season of its own Sunset Presents offerings, with music, theater, dance, and comedy all represented in its first season back since the…
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
If you swing by one of the ubiquitous booths that pops up this time of the year to buy so called "safe and sane" fireworks to celebrate the July Fourth holiday in loud fashion, congratulations. In some cities in Monterey County, you're a law-abiding citizen and allowed to blow up as many saf…
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
For someone whose views remained far to the left of mainstream American politics, Mike Gravel had a remarkably successful mainstream political career. He served two terms in the U.S. Senate representing Alaska, and ran twice for U.S. president, most recently in 2020.
Friday, June 25, 2021
You've heard of the problem of overcrowded schools. Here's a different problem: Under-crowded schools that were designed for a larger student body than is projected, with too many classrooms for a district to support.
Live music is making a full comeback in all kinds of ways. Including alongside a glass of wine. Puma Road's tasting room has several musical acts scheduled including John Vicino playing on June 25 and Linda Arceo on June 26. Performances are from 5-7pm. The Puma Road Tasting Room is located …
The Monterey Peninsula's loss is about to become the Village of Poynette, Wisconsin's gain.