Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Students and others in need of Wi-Fi may borrow hotspots with free high-speed internet access as easily as taking a book home from the library, thanks to a loan of 300 hotspots from the city of Gonzales to the Monterey County Health Department.
The number of Covid-19 patients hospitalized in Monterey County hit a record of 64 today. This chart presents daily hospitalization numbers since early in the pandemic using data provided by the California Department of Public Health.
In an urgent plea two days before Thanksgiving, Salinas Valley Memorial hospital released videos of two of its respiratory therapists telling how caring for Covid-19 patients and sometimes watching the die has impacted them.
All across the nation, statues and monuments to the Confederacy, Christopher Columbus, Jefferson Davis and others have ben removed amid conversations surrounding the glorification of slavery. Earlier this year, it reached Carmel High School, via petitions calling on administrators to remove …
Monday, November 23, 2020
A recent exchange of letters between a public utility and a state water authority highlights the continued stalemate in the effort by the Monterey Peninsula to develop a new water supply and end the overdrafting of the Carmel River.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Let the free-for-all begin. There’s suddenly water available to build accessory dwelling units in Seaside. A lot of it.
Saturday, November 21, 2020
After burning for more than three months across 124,924 acres, from Big Sur in the west to Fort Hunter Liggett in the east, the Dolan Fire has been stuck at 98-percent containment for weeks. Even as the rainy season has begun to deliver light precipitation, it's not enough to stop the fire f…
Thursday, November 19, 2020
A nightly curfew is coming to Monterey County and all counties in the Purple Tier beginning Nov. 21, in a move to slow the spread of Covid-19 after an increase of about 50 percent in cases across the state during the first week of November, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced today.
The Monterey County District Attorney's Office will not file perjury charges against Tara Reade, the woman who in 2019 accused now President-Elect Joe Biden of sexual assault while a member of his Senate staff in the 1990s—an accusation he has repeatedly denied—despite finding she repeatedly…
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Two new Covid-19 testing sites will soon be brought online in Monterey County, one at the Castroville Library and another for drive-thru testing at a site in South County yet to be determined, county Health Officer Edward Moreno announced today in a press call.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Long-awaited updates to the intersection of Highway 156 and Castroville Boulevard are possibly closer to reality after California Transportation Commission staff recommended $20 million to fund a new interchange there, the Transportation Agency for Monterey County announced today.
The Salinas Police Department received a one-year $137,500 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to increase safety on the city's roads and to prevent pedestrians deaths and injuries.
Monday, November 16, 2020
Richard Rosen was an attorney who changed the lives of his local clients, and who changed the policy landscape more broadly for legal cannabis.
California has lots of oil drilling and many earthquakes. Those two things were thought to be unrelated.
Saturday, November 14, 2020
Over 12 years, Melinda Collis has built a successful business and devoted following at her vintage clothing store, the Cat's Meow, in New Monterey. Her shop has been through a few chapters here (for her first three months in 2008, the store was in Sand City) and now it's time for another new…
Friday, November 13, 2020
The vice president of student affairs and enrollment services at CSU Monterey Bay pleaded not guilty Friday, Nov. 13, to a charge of corporal injury to a spouse stemming from an incident with his wife last month in Carmel.
Thursday, November 12, 2020
In the wake of the killing of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter protests, Middlebury Institute for International studies in Monterey sought to bring about change and discussion about systemic racism to their campus. There was a conversation series and a mandatory anti-racism class.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
For a third year in a row, romaine lettuce from the Salinas Valley has been recalled due to E. coli outbreaks. Previous recalls in 2018 and 2019 were mandatory, but the latest is voluntary by grower Tanimura & Antle, which recalled thousands of packages of romaine lettuce heads on Oct. 10.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
The vote tally at the Monterey County Elections Office continues, and vote-by-mail ballots that were postmarked by Election Day (Nov. 3) may still be accepted up until Nov. 20, but the latest numbers reflect some widening leads and locking in wins for candidates.
Just a week after winning reelection to the Board of Trustees of the Salinas Union High School District, a shadow from the past looms over incumbent Patty Padilla-Salsberg. She is facing a $6,500 fine from the California Fair Political Practices Commission, for failures to file on-time campa…
Hours after Monterey County announced its bid to move from the Purple Tier into the less restrictive Red Tier during Covid-19 had been denied by the California Department of Public Health, the county received more bad news: Its case rate jumped from 7 cases per 100,000 residents to 10 per 1…
Monterey County received some disappointing news this morning, Nov. 10: The California Department of Public Health denied the county's request to move from the Purple Tier into the less restrictive Red Tier as part of the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, a plan to reopen businesses dur…
Sunday, November 08, 2020
It was not until Saturday, four days after the Nov. 3 election, that enough ballots were counted in enough states to show that American voters had delivered a victory to Joe Biden as the next president of the United States, and Kamala Harris as the next vice president of the United States. S…
Saturday, November 07, 2020
The house that love designed, the brightly colored and decorated P.G. Butterfly House in Pacific Grove, was known around the world and attracted visitors and fans from everywhere, including some very famous ones. In turn it brought fame to its humble creator, J Jackson, who passed away on Su…
There’s more to Election Day than candidates. There are human beings behind all those glossy mailers and stump speeches. The Weekly has made a tradition of asking about some of that behind-the-scenes work of campaigning, getting to know the candidates beyond their talking points. Here’s what…
Friday, November 06, 2020
Monterey County asked the California Department of Public Health on Wednesday, Nov. 4 to allow the county to drop out of the more restrictive Purple Tier of the state's Covid-19 reopening plan into the Red Tier.
Only the square root of 9 candidates got a seat at CUSD.
Eugene Martinez had a reputation.
Thursday, November 05, 2020
A 27-year-old Greenfield Police Department officer was arrested this morning, Nov. 5, on domestic violence charges in the city of Watsonville.
Early results show few surprises in K-12 school board elections in Monterey County, where many incumbents retained their seats.
Though most of nation is glued to their screens vigilantly watching the outcome of the 2020 presidential race, there is a lot at stake beyond who will lead U.S. for the next four years. In California, the ballot included a dozen proposition on everything from adjusting property taxes for bu…
At Salinas Union High School District, incumbents had a great night on Election Day.
After five a half years on the job, the general manager of Marina Coast Water District has announced his resignation as he prepares to take the top management position at a water district in Southern California on Jan. 1, 2020.
Wednesday, November 04, 2020
U.S. Rep. Jimmy Panetta started Election Day with a Fiber One bar (cinnamon flavored), a cup of coffee and his daily meeting with his staff, here in his district and in Washington, D.C. And then he got to work, calling constituents and contributors, thanking them for their support and keepin…
This election was different for Del Rey Oaks Mayor Alison Kerr in a lot of ways than when she first ran for office in 2018. It wasn't just because it was a pandemic and campaigning became a whole different animal, done virtually and by mail and at a distance. This time, she was not an outsid…
The election results arriving at Monterey County’s smallest city show a majority voting to maintain the status quo as of Wednesday, Nov. 4.
Loren Steck has been holding onto his Area 5 seat representing Carmel, Carmel Valley and Big Sur on the Monterey Peninsula College Board of Trustees for a long time, 17 years to be exact. He may get to hang onto it for four more years; as of Wednesday, Nov. 4, he is up by 64 votes over chall…
Incumbent Ian Oglesby appears to have won the three-way race for mayor in Seaside after securing a commanding lead in the results released Tuesday night by the Monterey County Elections Office.
Tuesday, November 03, 2020
It was only last year that the threat of a lawsuit pushed the city of Marina to switch from at-large elections to district elections. Ironically, the Voting Rights Act claim was that at-large elections create a lack of diversity, and diversity may be the very thing Marina is the most proud of.
The public takeover of the water system serving the Monterey Peninsula appears far more certain following Tuesday’s election, which also delivered a possible blow to the proposal for a new desalination plant.
When the first Pacific Grove election results were posted on election night, two candidates with name recognition were leading in the race for three seats. In first place, with almost 22 percent of the vote, was Luke Coletti, who authored the city’s popular short-term rental ordinance in 201…
For Salinas real estate agent Greg Hamer, the choice was easy. He voted for Salinas City Councilmember Steve McShane for the District 4 seat on the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, not just because he considers McShane a friend, but because he says McShane has shown up in ways that comp…
Carmel Mayor Dave Potter got his wish on his birthday, Nov. 3. He came in first place over challenger Judy Refuerzo, with an enormous lead of 1,236 votes, or 74 percent, to Refuerzo's 433 votes at just under 26 percent.
Monterey voters delivered a resounding yes to their status quo leadership, based on early election results on Tuesday night, Nov. 3.
While all eyes are on the two-way U.S presidential race, in Salinas five candidates are vying to become the next mayor, seeking an open seat that was held for eight years by Joe Gunter, who died in June. In that race, experienced politicians faced off against community activists, and Kimbley…
The timing couldn't be more ironic and the fall couldn't be any farther.
Considering how interconnected and small the world feels, much of the ocean goes surprisingly unmonitored by scientists. Decades pass between visits by research vessels even in some ocean regions that are critical to our understanding of the climate crisis and the state of ocean fisheries.
Possibly the most important presidential election of our lifetimes is today, with polls opening at 7am and closing at 8pm. As of Monday night, 55.81 percent of Monterey County registered voters had turned in their ballots, all 115,501 of them. If you're one of the remaining 44.19 percent of …
Monday, November 02, 2020
Monterey-Salinas Transit is getting nearly $8.5 million in a federal loan that will enable the transit agency to finish its South County operations and maintenance facility in King City.
It's a sad day for downtown Monterey, which is losing two businesses housed in the same building.