In recent years, the Weekly has framed its Best Of issues around a playful theme: puppies and kittens, outer space, the ’80s—you get the idea.
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Monday, October 18, 2021
CSU Monterey Bay President Eduardo Ochoa is stepping down on June 30, 2022, exactly 10 years after he took over as leader of the university, he announced today on the CSUMB website.
Monterey County Sheriff Steve Bernal will not seek reelection and will retire at the end of 2022, according to an Oct. 18 video message Bernal posted on the Monterey County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.
The 11th annual Salinas Valley Pride Celebrations put the local LGBTQ+ community in the spotlight on Saturday, Oct. 16 at Central Park in Salinas. Supporters came out to celebrate Pride with informational booths, games, painting, food and performances, including a fabulous drag show. Perform…
Friday, October 15, 2021
A Pacific Grove High School sports medicine teacher is on administrative leave as of Oct. 12 for allegedly inappropriately touching two female students, after one of the students publicly complained to the P.G. Unified School District board in a meeting on Oct. 7.
Thursday, October 14, 2021
For those with a commute that covers the short stretch of Highway 1 between Rio Road and Carmel Valley Road, next Tuesday, Oct. 19, will be a good day to get to work early.
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
The question of whether private ownership of desalination plants will be allowed in Monterey County remains unresolved, but supervisors on Oct. 12 voted 4-1 to direct county staff to prepare a study on overturning the 32-year prohibition on private ownership.
Marina City Council is feeling bullish on their economic outlook, having approved a $57 million budget for the 2021-22 and 2022023 fiscal years. Well, at least part of the council—the unbalance budget, which is short by $500,000, was approved with just three votes, with Councilmember David B…
Students got a return to some normalcy after going back to school in person this school year, but there's another dimension of the "new normal" that administrators are cautioning parents about, and hoping to phase out fast—social media challenges that entice kids to do inappropriate and even…
Monday, October 11, 2021
The Seaside City Council meeting stretched longer than seven hours on Oct. 7, and as is often the case with council meetings, the most consequential matters didn’t come before council until the night got late.
Kaye Coleman was queen of the Feast of Lanterns’ Royal Court as a teenager growing up in Pacific Grove. As an adult she was president of the nonprofit’s board of directors. Like so many people who grew up in the town, she held dear the feast as a cherished tradition.
A large portion of Monterey County, including the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Gabilan Mountains, has been placed under a red flag warning through the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 12, indicating increased risk of fires as strong winds move through the region.
Friday, October 08, 2021
Monterey Police have arrested a man they believe is responsible for starting a fire in a Monterey duplex that displaced four residents on Oct. 6.
Making art can be a slow, deliberate process, but hanging it can sometimes be a frantic, last-minute effort. At the art hub The Shop in Monterey on Friday afternoon, Sea Sevilla was busy getting the finishing touches on her one-woman show, The Animal Kingdom, that's about to open imminently—…
Thursday, October 07, 2021
There’s a new spot to grab a margarita, and take in the view, in Pebble Beach. Named for the nine-hole, Tiger Woods-redesigned course it overlooks—and by extension for former head professional Peter Hay—Hay’s Place is meant to be as casual and welcoming as its namesake. The restaurant, the n…
Tuesday, October 05, 2021
The early-morning hours of Tuesday, Oct. 5 were disrupted by gunshots in North Salinas, near the El Gabilan Library. A shooting at about 1:45am left a 19-year-old man dead at the scene; Salinas Police officers responded to the 200 block of Chaparral Street just off North Main Street, based o…
Monday, October 04, 2021
Almost exactly one year ago on Oct. 23, the Monterey Peninsula College community was cheering the selection of David Martin as the permanent superintendent of the community college district and president of the college. Martin was selected over four other finalists after serving as the inter…
The county's biggest tourist attraction, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, will require proof of Covid-19 vaccination or a negative test from all visitors age 12 and up starting Monday, Nov. 1. Officials are also requiring that all staff and volunteers be vaccinated against the virus.
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Rebecca Lee hit her breaking point when the Pacific Grove City Council voted 6-1 on Sept. 15 to deny an appeal of the removal of a 100-year-old American elm tree from Jewell Park. It wasn't the first time the city had opted to remove a tree over the protests of residents.
Thursday, September 23, 2021
The number of Monterey County Jail inmates infected with Covid-19 grew from 130 active cases on Sept. 17 to 186 as of Wednesday, Sep. 22, out of a total jail population of 883, according to the jail's online data tracker. The number of hospitalized inmates grew from one to three.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Los Padres National Forest, after closing Aug. 31 along with every other national forest in California in a precautionary effort to prevent new wildfire starts, will reopen tomorrow, Sept. 23, the U.S. Forest Service announced Sept. 22.
The Meatery, which closed Aug. 22 after founding owners Kevin Hincks and Gina Nucci sold, is soon to reopen. After teasing that the space had found some “well equipped” new owners in August the announcement is now official—the high-end butcher shop and deli will be helmed by local celebrity …
Friday, September 17, 2021
Thirty Monterey County Jail inmates had tested positive for Covid-19 as of Monday, Sept. 13. As of late Thursday, four days later, that number grew by 100 to 130 inmates, according to the Monterey County Sheriff's Office. One inmate has been hospitalized.
Thursday, September 16, 2021
Monterey Bay Football Club had the groundbreaking ceremony of its new home, the Cardinale Stadium on Sept. 16 at CSU Monterey Bay.
A five-month-long investigation by the Salinas Police Department's investigations unit, Monterey County District Attorney's Office and a host of other agencies, involving 170 law enforcement personnel in total, led to the arrest of eight suspects in one of the largest drug busts in Monterey …
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Sometimes, you have to change direction to get back to what's important. That’s the case for Chef Chris Watts, who recently left Carmel Valley Ranch for Salt Wood Kitchen in Marina. The restaurant's most recent executive chef was Paul Corsentino.
It didn’t take long after polls closed on Tuesday, Sept. 14 for the writing to appear on the wall: Gov. Gavin Newsom, earning nearly 70 percent support from the more than 7 million early mail-in ballots cast, would defeat the recall election and finish out his first term as governor through 2022.
The U.S. Forest Service announced Sep. 14 that the blanket closure of all national forests in California, a wildfire preventative measure that went into effect Sep. 1 and was slated to last through Sep. 17, has ended as of Sept. 15.
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
The Monterey County Board of Supervisors majority that tried and failed to get a mask mandate urgency ordinance passed with a four-fifths vote a week ago succeeded today with their three votes for a modified ordinance—with a catch.
At least 51 people recently tested positive for Covid-19 at the Monterey County Jail, including inmates, staff members and contract workers, the Monterey County Sheriff's Office announced Monday, Sept. 13. Of those, 30 are inmates 16 are Sheriff's Deputies, and five are Sheriff's Office cont…
Monday, September 13, 2021
They didn't succeed at first with a mask mandate on Sept. 8, but a three-member majority of the Monterey County Board of Supervisors is willing to try again.
Sunday, September 12, 2021
After two meetings and over nine hours of deliberation combined, Marina City Council followed the staff recommendation and picked Chaparral Country Corporation Inc. as the new vendor for the Marina Equestrian Center, the largest park in the city, for the next 20 years. The Sept. 8 decision w…
The city of Salinas will begin a mandatory mask requirement for visitors and staff starting Monday, Sept. 13, in all indoor facilities.
Saturday, September 11, 2021
The Hartnell Community College District Board on Tuesday, Sept. 7, took the initial steps along the path to choosing a permanent superintendent/president to replace Raúl Rodriguez, who has served as the interim since June 2020.
Friday, September 10, 2021
Gerry Low-Sabado, the voice of her 19th-century Chinese ancestors of the Monterey Bay region and the woman who worked tirelessly to educate and remind others of the crucial contributions of Chinese people in California, died on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at her home in the San Francisco Bay Area afte…
Local romaine lettuce growers scored a big victory Thursday, Sept. 9, as U.S. Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, announced that the onerous testing protocols Canada implemented last year for romaine lettuce grown in Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Santa Clara counties will no longer b…
Thursday, September 09, 2021
During a random search at Washington middle school, Salinas Police officers found a loaded gun in a student’s backpack on Sept. 7 said Marcos Cabrera, director of communications at Salinas Union High School District.
Carmel's pandemic dining parklets received at least a one-month reprieve from the axe from the Carmel City Council on Tuesday, just five days before a Sept. 12 deadline.
After four months of discussions, utility California American Water and the public agencies negotiating an agreement to bring much-needed water to the Monterey Peninsula appear back at square one and further apart on their terms for a deal. Some close to the negotiations say a deal is no lon…
Wednesday, September 08, 2021
With almost a half century of performances under her belt, Patti Smith still commands a stage. Whether she is screaming into a mic, spitting on the floor and forcing the crowd to their feet during her punk rock ballads, or painting a reflective mood as she spills out one of her poems, Smith …
Heading into today's Monterey County Board of Supervisors meeting it seemed as if a mask mandate urgency ordinance was going to pass. Last week at least four of the five supervisors were in favor of imposing a mandate for the entire county, the exact number of votes necessary to approve an u…
Tuesday, September 07, 2021
The man who participated in the murder of Azahel Cruz, who was 6 when he was shot and killed on March 23, 2010 will not be re-sentenced. Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine Pacioni announced on Sept. 7 that Edmundo "Eddie" Pulido's 35-year sentence stands.
Monday, September 06, 2021
The bench of Monterey County Superior Court has a new judge. Jared A. Jefferson was appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to fill a vacancy, the governor's office announced on Friday, Sept. 3.
Thursday, September 02, 2021
A Seaside police officer and former union chief entered a plea of guilty on Thursday, Sept. 2, to charges of a hit-and-run.
The investigation at Salinas Union High School District into student involvement in a racist incident involving a Black doll with an Instagram account has concluded. SUHSD Superintendent Dan Burns announced the conclusion of the investigation in a a video released Wednesday, Sept. 1, in whic…
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Monterey County is the only county is California with a law that prohibits private companies from operating new desalination plants. That law, passed in 1989, will be up for a potential repeal when the county's supervisors meet on Sept. 21.
As historic wildfires tear through California’s forests, driven by an ever-worsening climate crisis that is increasing global temperatures and drying out soils and fuels, the U.S. Forest Service announced in an Aug. 30 statement that all the state’s national forests will be closed to the pub…
Saturday, August 28, 2021
After three weeks of turmoil within the Pacific Grove Unified School District surrounding old racist social media posts featuring P.G. High School’s then-Associated Student Body president, who resigned on Aug. 19, district officials released a statement responding to the situation and propos…
Friday, August 27, 2021
It was a triumphant moment for the coaches, athletes and board members of Monterey Peninsula Unified School District when, late on the evening of July 27, the board voted unanimously to approve a much anticipated project upgrading the Dan Albert Stadium at Monterey High School.
Thursday, August 26, 2021
Three students involved with an Instagram account featuring photos and videos involving a Black caricatured doll at Salinas High School have been suspended, the Weekly has confirmed. In addition, a student who was a cheerleader and who was pictured posing on the account with the caricatured …