Friday, July 10, 2020
Doctors from three Monterey County hospitals pleaded with mayors and the county to ramp up enforcement of health orders around social distancing, face coverings and shutdowns to slow down the growing number of Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations, in a unified message during the monthly Monte…
It started with a single inmate at Monterey County Jail who tested positive on Monday for Covid-19. Then one became three and three became six.
Thursday, July 09, 2020
A Silicon Valley engineer and a Carmel stained glass artist have been charged with refusing to leave the closed Carmel Beach over the Fourth of July weekend, after they allegedly went around barriers and refused a police order to leave.
Before anyone gets too comfortable thinking bars, indoor dining and museums can restart on July 23, the reality is that's the best case scenario. Worst case: If Covid-19 cases continue to rise too fast and too high over three weeks that date could be extended further out.
Wednesday, July 08, 2020
About three weeks after the abrupt resignation of Hartnell Community College District Superintendent and President Hsieh, the district and college have an interim leader, Raul Rodriguez, the district’s Board of Trustees voted on July 7. He begins his new job on July 13.
For what would have been its 75th season, Monterey Symphony announced on July 6th, that their 2020-2021 performances will be shifted an entire year. The announcement comes on the heels of an another, in which the Symphony stated they were able to pay their musicians for missed work because o…
Don't drink the water in the Del Monte area of Monterey, the Monterey County Health Department and California American Water announced this morning, Wednesday, July 8.
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
Up to $936 million in loans have flowed into the economy of Monterey County as part of the federal Paycheck Protection Program during the pandemic, according to the Weekly’s analysis of nationwide data released July 6 by the U.S. Small Business Administration. At a minimum, $488.1 million in…
On April 6, a group calling itself Committee for Sound Water and Land Development on Fort Ord filed suit against Seaside, the city council and KB Bakewell Seaside Venture II (aka, developer Danny Bakewell), asking a judge to set aside the environmental impact report prepared for Bakewell’s y…
Bars, wine tasting rooms, indoor dining and other indoor entertainment will close as of Wednesday, July 8, for a period of three weeks in an attempt to reverse increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases, Monterey County spokesperson Maia Carroll announced on Tuesday, July 7.
Monday, July 06, 2020
As of today, July 6, face coverings are mandatory in the city of Salinas, City Manager Ray Corpuz announced. He signed an emergency executive order that follows guidance from the California of Department Health and institutes administration citations that will bring a $100 fine for the first…
Tourism is both an opportunity and a threat, something Big Sur residents know well and are now trying to figure out how to maximize the positive opportunities while minimizing the threats.
Gov. Gavin Newsom is asking counties observing a surge in Covid-19 cases, including Monterey County, to roll back their reopening plans.
Friday, July 03, 2020
In initial talks with state legislatures, the organizers and leaders of Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action, or COPA were not too sure that the state would budge on who would qualify for California's Earned Income Tax credit, or CalEITC. The tax credit, is intended to give c…
Thursday, July 02, 2020
Monterey is not playing around anymore with the county's facial covering order. After weeks of tourists showing up without masks and hearing complaints from mask-wearing residents about it, Monterey City Manager Hans Uslar used his emergency manager powers to create the city's own order that…
It took less than 24 hours after Monterey announced it was shutting down its beaches for Fourth of July before its neighbors—Pacific Grove, Carmel and Pebble Beach—agreed in an online meeting today, July 2, to shut their beaches for the Fourth of July holiday weekend from 12:01am Friday thro…
As of today, Thursday, July 2, Monterey County is on the state of California's monitoring list due to a rising number of Covid-19 cases. If the county's situation does not improve within three days, officials will shut down bars and other businesses where there could be close contact, like d…
The Seaside man who was followed from the Monterey Lanes bowling alley in 2018 and allegedly beaten by a couple who hurled racist expletives at him during the attack is suing them for violating his civil rights.
With the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases doubling in June and a recent spate of days with especially high infection counts, more public events that were scheduled late summer and fall are being canceled.
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
Some Monterey County communities have been booming with fireworks for weeks already in the lead-up to the Fourth of July. With no official fireworks shows planned this year due to the ban on large gatherings, some cities are still allowing limited fireworks of your own.
When I walked into the Seaside headquarters of Monterey County Weekly 13 years ago, to apply for a job as a writer, a loud rap song was bumping through the lobby. I asked the office manager, Linda Maceira, what that was about. She said it was “Hip-Hop Thursday.” Right then I knew I had to wo…
Monterey County is one 13 mid-sized counties in California, defined for the purposes of this data presentation as a county whose populations is between 200,000 and 700,000 residents. The list includes the Central Coast but also other similarly sized counties elsewhere in California.
The city of Monterey is shutting down its beaches to all activities except water sports and imposing a mandatory facial covering order that comes with a $100 fine for the first offense ahead of the Fourth of July weekend and in the wake of rising Covid-19 cases, the city announced on July 1.
With Covid-19 putting large gatherings on hold for the time being, Fourth of July will mostly have to be a DIY holiday, but there are some planned community activities to enjoy for those who venture out.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Fifteen Monterey County residents have died due to complications of Covid-19 as of Tuesday, June 30, the Monterey County Health Department reported. Two were listed over the weekend: one was a death that happened in April but hadn’t been logged into the online system. The other was an adult …
Piglet racing, corn dogs, petting zoos and rides. The Monterey County Fair is one of the showcases that brings these things together on the Peninsula, for a few days every year. This year will be the exception.
Over the past year, the board of directors running the Monterey Peninsula’s sewage treatment agency has become perhaps the most contentious arena in the region’s perennial water wars.
Monday, June 29, 2020
Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter, the former Salinas Police homicide detective who forged a political career in his retirement years as the head of Monterey County's largest city, died today, June 29, from an infection related to a recurrence of cancer. He was 73.
When the Monterey County Board of Supervisors voted on May 26 to submit an application for expedited reopening of the local economy to the California Department of Public Health, the landscape was different. Officials were still working on ensuring sufficient testing capacity could be mainta…
Saturday, June 27, 2020
After emerging as a leading voice in Monterey County’s George Floyd protests and advocating for a smaller police budget, Seaside City Councilmember Jon Wizard announced this week he would run for mayor.
Friday, June 26, 2020
Deadly counterfeit Percocet pills laced with fentanyl are still circulating in Monterey County, leading to overdoses and deaths—most recently a 20-year-old Carmel Valley man died on May 9, four days after he was found unresponsive and was hospitalized.
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Dakota Sandoval thought he had a really bad cold. Friends dropped off cold medicine at his door, but nothing could touch his cough or how terrible he felt. It turned out it was Covid-19.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Understanding the science of a pandemic is critically important, but there’s a human side that is equally important to understand and express, and Hartnell College is about to receive a prestigious grant from federal CARES Act funding for $263,000 to teach students how to do that, the colleg…
Cannabis farmers in Monterey County reached sales of roughly $450 million dollars in 2019 out of a total annual crop value of $4.86 billion, according to two new county reports.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
The removal and marring of symbols of racism and colonialism in other parts of the country recently prompted Catholic dioceses around California to remove Father Junipero Serra statues for safekeeping, out of fear that protesters might bring harm to symbols of a man the church calls a saint …
As many restaurants have started coming back for dine-in service as Covid-19 guidelines allow them to, others have stuck with takeout-only, and others remain closed entirely. In some cases, restaurants are shutting down entirely.
Wildfire season is upon us and Monterey County is among the most vulnerable areas in the country. Two of the most important firefighting forces operating here are Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service. At the height of last year’s fire season, they teamed up to make this training video.
Monday, June 22, 2020
The virtual world of jellyfish, sea otters, sharks and penguins streaming from the Monterey Bay Aquarium through the pandemic is about to once again be accessible in real life after the first-ever closure since opening in 1984.
The local unemployment rate dropped 3.7 percent in May from an all-time high in April, but the latest employment figures show that the economy of Monterey County is still reeling from the coronavirus crisis.
Saturday, June 20, 2020
Monterey County residents are now free to mingle—within a stable group of 12 individuals called a “social circle” that will be together for four weeks. It comes with other caveats: circles can only meet outdoors, six-feet apart, with facial coverings for anyone age 13 and up.
Thursday, June 18, 2020
The intensity of the 2018 election season feels like an eternity ago, when public water advocates and California American Water supporters waged a battle over Measure J.
In June 2000, Tiger Woods dominated his opponents and accomplished his first U.S. Open golf tournament win with a staggering 15-shot lead on the Pebble Beach Golf Links. Exactly 20 years later he’s back, angling for another type of win—this time designing a new golf course, putting course an…
It was a bold idea to help struggling businesses during a pandemic that was perhaps too innovative for a town that values its Good Old Days. P.G. Al Fresco, Pacific Grove City Manager Ben Harvey’s attempt to create an outdoor dining space for restaurants on Lighthouse Avenue as they reopen w…
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
The U.S. Forest Service is sending in a swift and strong response to the Ridge Fire, an 80-acre wildfire on Plaskett Ridge in Big Sur, with planes and helicopters already on the scene and more on the way. All told, as of about 5pm Wednesday, June 17, 400 people have been called to respond, w…
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
To a large extent, the fate of several multi-million dollar water projects on the Monterey Peninsula is in the hands of the California Coastal Commission.
As of this morning, June 16, more than 1,000 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Monterey County, since the first case was reported exactly three months ago.
Monday, June 15, 2020
Just a little more than a year after taking the job, Salinas Fire Chief Pablo Barreto has announced his retirement, making him the second Salinas fire chief in as many years to make a quick exit from the department's top post.
In early May, The Tuck Box, Carmel’s historic English tea room and restaurant, threw caution to the wind and opened its patio and dining room for business—in violation of Gov. Gavin Newsom's stay-home order and county Health Officer Edward Moreno's shelter-in-place order.
Sunday, June 14, 2020
A Monterey County Superior Court employee who works at the Monterey courthouse has tested positive for Covid-19, and certain courthouse personnel are being told to self-quarantine for two weeks and get tested for the virus.
The Monterey County Health Department confirmed the county's 12th death due to complications from Covid-19 via a Twitter post today, June 14.