By all appearances—room dark, chairs on top of tables, real estate “for lease” sign on the door—the Boardwalk Sub Shop in Monterey has shut down. The Salinas location was open on Friday morning, but the business is also for sale.
Friday, December 13, 2019
Thursday, December 12, 2019
1. Christmas on the Wharf—Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Friday-Sunday
As impeachment proceedings loom large in Washington, D.C. dividing Democrats and Republicans, on one issue of major importance to Monterey County agriculture the two sides were able to agree: immigration reform for farmworkers.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Makin’ Bacon…We already know bacon makes everything better. Now Galante Vineyards is out to prove that it’s not just for breakfast anymore...or maybe that wine is for breakfast. Either way it plays out, they are hosting a bacon and wine pairing event featuring Baker’s Bacon and Galante wines…
Monday, December 09, 2019
Fire season may be over, but it will be back soon enough—and so will the preemptive blackouts.
Murky Waters…Squid has always had a fondness for unwieldy books like dictionaries and encyclopedias, dating back to Squid’s pre-internet years as a Squidlet. For nostalgic purposes, Squid sometimes returns to the paper dictionary to verify spellings and definitions and, for obvious reasons, …
Saturday, December 07, 2019
The city of Salinas is moving to place the Dick Bruhn building, gutted by an electrical fire in 2016, into receivership, saying years of inaction on the part of the building's owners have created a public health nuisance, not to mention creating epic blight on a prominent corner of the city'…
Before you ask to speak to my manager, who by the way is Weekly Managing Editor Dave Faries, I haven't gone nuts. I just want to talk.
Friday, December 06, 2019
1. Christmas on the Wharf—Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Friday-Sunday
More than 800,000 Californians living in or near wildfire disaster areas are guaranteed to keep their home insurance for the next year, after state Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued a moratorium on non-renewals on Dec. 5.
Thursday, December 05, 2019
From tin can factory to outlet mall, the American Tin Cannery in Pacific Grove has been morphing from one identity to another for over a century as economics and the Monterey Bay have changed. The latest proposed transformation into a resort hotel is finally underway and open to public comme…
Wednesday, December 04, 2019
Over the last 40 years, Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas has delivered low-cost medical care to thousands of local agricultural workers and their families, as well as other low income residents and those with no health insurance. Its staff have also delivered more than 10,000 newborns s…
Those headed into South County on Wednesday, Dec. 4, might want to rethink their routes. According to Caltrans a small levee in Chualar was inundated with a large amount of rainfall causing flooding in various parts of the city. Some flood waters were reported as deep as four feet.
Small businesses are booming all over the county. After years of informal pop-ups within the Salinas and Peninsula communities and a GoFundMe campaign, Brew-N-Krew Ale House broke ground on their new brick-and-mortar brewery in Old Town Salinas.
A different type of rubber met the road on Thanksgiving morning as more than 400 people turned out in frigid conditions to challenge WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on foot—and to donate to a cause.
Tuesday, December 03, 2019
Smelts Fishy…Local historian Tim Thomas hosts Monterey’s monthly Wharf Walks the first Saturday of every month. The upcoming Dec. 7 walk will be focused on the sardine industry of Monterey, enriching all Wharf walkers with information about an industry that has been crucial to the evolution …
The weather over Thanksgiving week dished up a heavy portion of rain throughout Monterey County and continued serving leftovers for another couple of days. A brief break is expected on Dec. 5, but don't put away the umbrellas. A cold front bringing more rain and wind is expected late Friday,…
Monday, December 02, 2019
Of Human Bondage…”Too wet to go out and too cold to play ball. So we sat in the house. We did nothing at all.” If ever a piece of literature resonated with Squid, it’s that one, from the Dr. Seuss epic The Cat in the Hat. Four days of a Thanksgiving holiday in which the office was closed, th…
Thursday, November 28, 2019
1. Holiday Tree Lighting—Cannery Row, Friday
Happy Thanksgiving! Nice spread of turkey, mash potatoes and pump—oh...you have pumpkin pie on your table. While pumpkin pie maybe more available in Monterey County, try this holiday season to find some sweet potato pie. Scavenge the streets, call up friends of friends, sweet potato pie in t…
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
For over 25 years peace, unity and consciousness has been the charge of the B-Side Players musical mission. “The message behind the music, it can get deep if you want it to...but making people dance and having a good time is our priority,” says frontman and founder Karlos Paez.
One of the major tasks that the Fort Ord Reuse Authority must complete before it dissolves next summer is to create a plan for the conservation of habitats for endangered species within the 36-square-mile boundary of the former Fort Ord military base. A Habitat Conservation Plan is now in it…
As if sitting in bumper to bumper traffic on Highway 101 the day before Thanksgiving isn't bad enough, holiday travelers on the biggest travel day of the year also have to contend with thunderstorms and a mystery person (or persons) who's been hurling projectiles at vehicles along a stretch …
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
It is as equally as celebratory as cake, but arguably the most iconic dessert that families gather around holiday feasts for is pie. (Could you even imagine gathering around a sheet cake for Thanksgiving?)
Don’t have time to cook? Have no interest in cooking? Maybe you tried and failed miserably and need a last minute change of plans. Or it could be that you’d rather surround yourself with strangers that are probably better company than a certain uncle.
Thanksgiving is a day of traditions. There’s turkey or ham (or turkey and ham, if you’re lucky), there’s a slate of NFL games on television, there are the usual arguments over which wine pairs with turkey because, you know, cranberry dressing is a wild card. And there’s all that leftover cra…
Tee Up...Nov. 16 marked their first day Monterey Regional Airport’s Golden Tee was up and running the new owners. Richard Pepe and Bobby Richards. Pepe is well-known for Vesuvio, Little Napoli and Carmel Bakery. They plan to slowly sprinkle new items onto the menu and open the observation de…
If you plan on traveling or spending time outdoors for the holiday weekend, you may want to bring galoshes and a parka. According to weather advisory officials, Monterey County is expected to get its first blow of winter storms this week, starting Tuesday night, Nov. 26, and continuing throu…
Monday, November 25, 2019
I’m On a Boat…Squid finally emerged from the lair on Saturday for some sun and warmth following a week of being glued to Squid’s computer, eating huge buckets of shrimp-flavored popcorn and live-streaming the impeachment hearings. Squid’s favorite witness, Squid has decided, was Ambassador G…
Friday, November 22, 2019
It began slowly, with a trickle of sick patients starting with one case on Sept. 24. By the end of October, 24 people ill. Then by Nov. 10, 40 people in 16 states had been sickened with E. coli, and 28 of them were hospitalized. Five developed kidney failure. (None have died.)
Of all subjects, you would think that pie would be the least contentious. Yeah, we could maybe debate whether a tart or a cheesecake counts as pie. Otherwise, it’s all good, right?
1. Joanna Newsom—Sunset Center, Friday
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
A decision by a Monterey County Superior Court judge has pushed back the construction schedule of California American Water's desalination project by about a year.
P.G. has taste…Pacific Grove welcomes its newest restaurant. Taste of India is now up and running, filling the space at 1180 Forest Ave. once occupied by Vito’s. 641-7493.
Monday, November 18, 2019
Vroom, Vroom…No one knows this, but many years ago, Squid was driving down Highway 68 while daydreaming. The memories are a little fuzzy, but Squid must have taken an unexpected turn into Laguna Seca because the next thing Squid remembers is riding the ol’ jalopy on the track next to race ca…
Two men have pleaded guilty to federal charges of racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder in connection to their task as enforcers of Nuestra Familia gang rules while they were inmates in Monterey County Jail.
Saturday, November 16, 2019
After more than four years of study, public input and political wrangling, Pacific Grove is almost near the finish line it has worked hard for: a coastal development plan certified by the California Coastal Commission.
Friday, November 15, 2019
The writer Rebecca Solnit has a way of writing essays that are of the moment, but then the moment of their relevance rises again. She's published more than 20 books, including anthologies of those essays, Hope in the Dark among them.
Thursday, November 14, 2019
1. Robert Cray—Golden State Theatre, Friday
After 16 years of making decisions on projects and ordinances and policies affecting land use in Monterey County, Keith Vandevere has stepped down from the Monterey County Planning Commission.
The National Weather Service announced a beach hazard statement warning of sneaker waves coming to California beaches from Sonoma then heading south through Big Sur beginning midday Nov. 14, and extending until the afternoon of Nov. 15.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence are coming to the Monterey Peninsula and Carmel Valley on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in search of honey as well as some sweet campaign donations. Locals can expect road closures during the afternoon and evening on roads between the Monterey Airport…
Deane Crow, the physician and former director of Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital's emergency department whose son was at the center of an infamous 2010 murder case, was arrested Wednesday, Nov. 13, on a federal indictment alleging he ran a pill mill.
Monday, November 11, 2019
Vaxxing Situation…Squid spent the weekend stocking up on shrimp-flavored popcorn and bloody mary ingredients for the impeachment hearings coming on Wednesday and Friday. (No vodka this time, just lots of Clamato and tomato juice. Squid doesn’t want to miss a word of testimony.) In between sh…
Cannery Row Brewing Company shut down abruptly on Sunday night. Messages on social media indicate that employees were notified by text message. On Monday morning, a sign reading “Closed for Maintenance” was posted on the restaurant’s door.
Maybe it gets lost in all the hoopla over other holidays—minor things like Halloween and Thanksgiving—people may have missed the national White Truffle Festival. Celebrate at Pèppoli in Pebble Beach through Nov. 17, with tagliolini, Kobe beef tartar, grilled veal, all with Alba white truffle…
Friday, November 08, 2019
“We go through a lot of chicken breast,” says Benny Mosqueda, owner of Seaside’s popular The Butter House.
1. Amy Obenski—East Village Coffee Lounge, Friday
Thursday, November 07, 2019
Water bills on the Monterey Peninsula could go down significantly if the local utility were to be replaced by a public agency. That’s according to a 111-page feasibility analysis by a group of financial consultants and bankers released on Nov. 6.