Adam Bolaños Scow has experience running campaigns—he worked on two successful fracking bans, Measure J in San Benito County and Measure Z in Monterey County—and helped Public Water Now on the strategy behind a public water buyout initiative voters on the Monterey Peninsula passed last year.…
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Monday, October 14, 2019
The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District had been moving toward the goal line with plans for major upgrades to the Monterey High School stadium and athletic field, but will hit pause on that project to conduct an environmental impact report.
Lane Lines…Sometimes, Squid has hard decisions to make, particularly during football season: Bet on the Dolphins, or bet on the Vikings? Actually, that’s an easy one—pick the sea-dwelling mascot over the humans. The mascot-based strategy doesn’t normally work, and Squid should probably just …
On Friday, Oct. 11, Jack Sagin walked out into the world freely for the first time in 33 years.
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey is known for its narrow corridor packed with chowder hawkers, musical buskers and enticing shops. On Friday afternoon, Oct. 11, dozens of visitors pushed past the usual revelry of the wharf for what awaited at its end: the yacht known as Maiden.
Friday, October 11, 2019
With just four days to spare, a U.S. district judge in New York slapped a temporary injunction against a move by the Trump administration to deny citizenship to some immigrants based on potential future need of public benefits.
Thursday, October 10, 2019
CSU Monterey Bay is facing a federal lawsuit from an employee who says she was sexually assaulted by her boss and then further mistreated when she reported the incident.
Wednesday, October 09, 2019
What was once a military training ground is now a scenic cemetery with a place for veterans to be laid to rest. As it gets ready to expand beyond phase one, the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery on the former Fort Ord received recognition on Oct. 9 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs,…
Tuesday, October 08, 2019
A second former Monterey County Sheriff’s deputy has been arrested on charges he sexually assaulted female inmates while on duty at the Monterey County Jail.
Monday, October 07, 2019
Shades of Paint…Maybe it’s because Squid can change colors at will: translucent one moment, sandy brown or vibrant red the next. Controlling special pigment cells in their skin for purposes of camouflage, cephalopods don’t get too attached to any one color. That makes it a little bewildering…
Friday, October 04, 2019
The Salinas Police Officers Association, the union that represents the Salinas Police Department's rank-and-file officers, has taken a vote of "no confidence" in Chief Adele Fresé, a mostly symbolic gesture that nonetheless exemplifies the growing fracture between the three-year chief and so…
The Pacific Grove Planning Commission looked to the past when it denied three affordable housing units in downtown at 301 Grand Ave last month. On Wednesday, Oct. 2, the City Council looked to the future.
Thursday, October 03, 2019
It’s been one battle after another for Monterey County Emergency Medical System Chief Michael Petrie since he took over the EMS Agency in September 2016. He’s gone head to head with fire chiefs, union presidents, the county’s current ambulance provider and others, culminating this year in th…
The Federal Aviation Administration announced $986 million in grants to airports across the country for infrastructure improvements, and Monterey Regional made the cut, receiving $5.1 million. (Larger airports, like Los Angeles International, received $40 million for a sound insulation proje…
A Salinas woman convicted in the ongoing molestation of her daughter's friend faces new charges of cocaine possession and resisting arrest after deputies conducting checks to ensure convicted sex offenders are complying with the terms of their release knocked on the door of her Las Palmas home.
Sand City hired Aaron Blair as its new city manager at the Oct. 1 City Council meeting, filling a position that was vacated more than a year ago. Blair previously served two years as town manager in Granby, Colorado, a city of about 2,000 near Rocky Mountain National Park.
Wednesday, October 02, 2019
The mayor and city council of Sand City say that a rock climbing gym would make a great community institution, but on Oct. 1, they rejected the particular one that was being proposed.
Tuesday, October 01, 2019
The onset of lung damage incidents from vaping has been so sudden in recent months that it has rung the alarms at the California Department of Public Health. On Sept. 24, the CDPH issued a health advisory informing the public on the dangers of vaping.
Monday, September 30, 2019
For Donna Grantis, the three-day Monterey Jazz Festival was more like a three-hour event.
Publish or Perish…Squid has been anxiously following the issue of short-term rentals on the Peninsula, as Squid admits to earning a little extra scratch by renting out a futon in a corner of the lair for otters traveling on holiday. (Pro tip: You can charge them extra because in addition to …
Sunday, September 29, 2019
There was no shortage of cool musical options on a frigid Friday night at the Fairgrounds. Allison Miller and Derrick Hodges’ tribute to the late pianist Mary Lou Williams was lovely, with especially plaintive vocals from Jean Baylor, Johnaye Kendrick and Michael Mayo on “It Ain’t Necessaril…
Monday, September 23, 2019
Quad Formula…Maybe it’s because Squid is a translucent cephalopod and it’s pure narcissism. Squid likes to think it’s because of something bigger—a belief that democracy dies in darkness, that the great Constitution of the United States enshrines the power of a free press, that newspapers he…
While some of the championship contenders gambled and others played a high speed chess game, rookie Colton Herta put on a show, dominating the field on his way to victory at Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey.
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Rookie of the year contender Colton Herta took the pole position and the four season championship contenders all filed into the top six starting positions. But the conversation following Saturday's qualifying round at the NTT IndyCar Series Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey revolved around Fe…
Friday, September 20, 2019
On Friday, Sept. 20, hundreds of Monterey County residents joined hundreds of thousands of people across the U.S. and millions worldwide in a youth-led effort to draw attention to the climate crisis. Climate strikes occured in over 1,100 locations across the country, three of them within Mon…
Federal immigration agents arrested a man at the Monterey County Superior Court in Salinas on Friday morning Sept. 20, setting off a chain reaction as court officials try to determine the man's identity and why they weren't alerted to the arrest by courthouse security staff.
Lap times fell, drivers spun their cars and the NTT IndyCar Series wrapped up Friday’s free practice session with a little more experience on the twisting 2.238-mile WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca course.
Thursday, September 19, 2019
In February 2017, the Oroville Dam’s spillways failed. It prompted the California Department of Water Resources’ Division of Dam Safety to reevaluated the condition of aging spillways across the state.
Three Salinas police officers who shot and killed a 20-year-old woman in Salinas on March 1, 2019 will not be charged with any crime.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
The scene was unlike anything state senators had seen in memory as they worked to end the 2019 legislative session on the evening of Friday, Sept. 13.
After 14 years, Lew Bauman's last day as county administrative officer was Sept. 13, and then he was off to the green pastures of retirement. The day before he said his farewell, though, the county announced it had found his replacement—Charles McKee, who joined the county in 2003 and most r…
Monday, September 16, 2019
Dane Cameron sums up Acura Team Penske’s performance on Sunday as “pretty close to a perfect day.”
#LovingSalinas…Squid woke up on Monday to Squid’s favorite weather: Cloudy with a chance of more clouds and a light spritz of rain falling as Squid put on cashmere tentacle warmers and headed out to run errands. Of course, this weekend’s weather was great in other ways: hot and sunny and per…
Saturday, September 14, 2019
In GTD qualifying, a red flag with four minutes remaining put teams in limbo. In GTLM, a driver was forced to navigate backwards. And when the prototypes took their turn, it was a stomach-wrenching waiting game.
Every June, the Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner releases the Crop Report, the definitive annual snapshot of the status of the county’s number one industry, worth $4.2 billion in 2018. For the past three crop report announcements at least one commodity has been the elephant in the f…
Friday, September 13, 2019
After the first practice session on Friday for the IMSA SportsCar Championship at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, a sense of calm prevailed in the Acura Team Penske garage.
The union representing the faculty of Monterey Peninsula College has secured a tentative deal with the administration for a three-year contract, which could mean raises and reduced workloads for instructors and an end to years of labor acrimony on campus.
As temperatures reached the mid 80s on Thursday, Sept. 12, people flocked to the beach with many hopping in the chilly Monterey Bay without wetsuits.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
After 15 months of stressful, orange-cone corrals and bottlenecked bumper-to-bumper traffic at rush hour, the $8.5 million project on North Fremont Boulevard is finishing right on schedule, according to the city of Monterey.
If there’s one thing the Monterey Bay area has plenty of, it’s fog. A researcher at CSU Monterey Bay does not see the low-hanging cloud formation as a weather condition but as a sustainable source of water. (It turns out that in every cubic yard’s worth of fog, there’s a droplet of water the…
Monday, September 09, 2019
Power Vacuum...Squid admits that sometimes democracy can get a little messy. Like how they say every vote counts and yet the Electoral College still exists...and now here we are. But at the local level, Squid can see first-hand how loud the room can get when everyone is speaking.
Friday, September 06, 2019
North Salinas High School provided coach and political consultant John Fickas with any number of things. There was a part-time job working with the girls' field hockey team and the track-and-field and football teams. There was a large group of students hungry to earn community service hours …
Patrick Webster wiped tears from his eyes as he spoke to a crowd of over 100 people from the diving community. Warm light from a late-evening sun fell over his face.
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
The testimony of a pair of jailhouse informants put a man in prison 33 years ago for the murder of a Monterey woman.
Tuesday, September 03, 2019
With every passing week, California American Water clears more hurdles as it sets out to build a desalination plant near Marina. The most recent victory for the proponents of the $329 million project came on Aug. 28 at the California Supreme Court.
Arthur Bright’s story to law enforcement about the cannabis plants he was growing at his home on Carmel Valley Road stretched the limits of credulity. Maybe because when he got caught last year, he told officials that the 500 plants were for his own medicinal use.
The End is Nigh…Preparing for the long weekend, Squid was feeling extra lazy. Ineffective tanning of Squid’s translucent limbs? Check. An extra night to watch re-runs of Squid favorite apocalyptic movies? Check. Everything felt settled and routine. That’s how it was in Squid’s lair, anyway. …
The trial of the man accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering 13-year-old Christina Williams has been put off until next March, after prosecutors revealed in court they had failed to turn over tens of thousands of pages of discovery to defense attorneys.
Maybe you spent Labor Day (Sept. 2) relaxing, or maybe you spent it working—perhaps in exchange for overtime pay?—but either way, the Weekly examined evolving ideas about work in our Aug. 29 cover story.
Monday, September 02, 2019
Known for bringing the California condor and other species back from the edge of extinction, the Endangered Species Act has been revised by the Trump administration as announced by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt on Aug. 12. The changes are meant to make the regulations less b…