The 18-year-old man arrested on Feb. 9 on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the fentanyl overdose death of 16-year-old Seaside resident Perla Velasco-Cruz will remain in custody as he awaits future hearings, a judge ruled on Feb. 14.
Friday, February 14, 2020
Thursday, February 13, 2020
There will likely be a few verbal rotten tomatoes tossed at this afternoon’s meeting of Pacific Grove’s Economic Development Commission. On the agenda is the somewhat controversial proposal to add a second—and swankier—farmers market to the city’s weekly schedule.
The death of 16-year-old Perla Velasco in October after she took a pill laced with the deadly synthetic drug fentanyl sent shockwaves through her family, local medical professionals and law enforcement, prompting a major push to prevent more overdoses and deaths in the months that followed.
A controversial proposal to build a 90,000-square-foot assisted living senior facility on a ridge above the Las Palmas neighborhood along River Road passed a critical step in the developer’s quest for approval, after the Monterey County Planning Commission voted 6-4 on Feb. 12 to recommend t…
Monday, February 10, 2020
Finally, a reason for all opposing factions in the Great Monterey Peninsula Water War to come together in celebration. Several years and $126 million later, the region’s water filtration and purification plant has received the final green light from state regulators.
House and Home…Squid spent the weekend hunkered down in the lair, avoiding the wind and the golf tourists, and binge-watching movies to catch up on the nominees before watching the Oscars last night. The only thing missing from Squid’s movie roster was a good old-fashioned whodunnit mystery,…
On a gusty day when mother nature turned the picturesque course into a monster, the front runners faced an even more daunting challenge in Nick Taylor.
Saturday, February 08, 2020
It was another taylor-made day for Nick Taylor.
Friday, February 07, 2020
Nick Taylor held onto the lead for a second day at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, recovering from a charge by Chris Baker and outlasting challenges by Jason Day and Phil Mickelson.
Last year the American Lung Association graded Pacific Grove with a D for smoke-free outdoor air and two Fs for smoke-free air in multi-unit housing and reducing the sales of tobacco products. The city is due to get all As from now on. It’s the first city in Monterey County to become a “smok…
Thursday, February 06, 2020
Sometimes the story isn’t where the action is.
Adrienne Lara, a Greenfield High School teacher, was arrested on Tuesday, Feb. 4, by Greenfield police and booked into Monterey County Jail on charges of forgery, embezzlement, theft of public funds and altering medical records.
Daniel Dawson, the former Del Rey Oaks city manager, walked into Monterey County Superior Court on Feb. 5 with the hope a judge would reduce his conviction on a conflict-of-interest charge from a felony to a misdemeanor.
Monday, February 03, 2020
Woof, Grrrr…Squid was chillaxing in the lair, noshing on nine-layer dip, trying to keep Flapjack the Octopus (Squid’s bestie) from sucking down too many Jell-o shots and kind of watching the Superbowl (but mostly surfing the internet), when Squid came across a story that many at Squid’s foot…
A 57-year-old San Benito County man who recently traveled to Wuhan, China came home with the 2019-Novel Coronavirus and transmitted it to his wife, also 57, San Benito Public Health Services officials announced on Feb. 2. It’s the first case of close household person-to-person transmission i…
Friday, January 31, 2020
California American Water is considering whether to withdraw a request to build seawater pumps in Marina to supply its proposed desalination plant as the project faces mounting technical and regulatory challenges.
Thursday, January 30, 2020
As the Trump Administration continues to whittle down the number of people using public benefit programs, like the supplemental nutrition program—called CalFresh in California—it recently took aim at slashing or stopping benefits to hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities receiving…
It’s unclear exactly how and when the Department of Homeland Security will begin implementing what’s known as the Public Charge rule in screening immigrants seeking green cards after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Jan. 27, lifting a lower court’s injunction that stopped the rule going into e…
After 15 years, the last remaining challenge to a proposal to build a massive resort in South Monterey County was a neighbor of a project who sued the developer and asked the County Board of Supervisors to reverse its approval.
Monday, January 27, 2020
Prosecutors dropped a slew of new charges on the man suspected of slingshotting glass marbles at vehicles traveling along Highway 101, including allegations that he assaulted two California Highway Patrol officers just months after the attacks began.
Milk Shake…Squid’s squishy backside was stuck to the couch all last week to watch the impeachment hearings of President Donald Trump in the U.S. Senate. Squid kept a bowl of shrimp-flavored popcorn on one side and a tentacle-held fan on the other for the stirring closing speech by Rep. Adam …
The newest class of NASA astronauts includes two alumni of the Naval Postgraduate School. They are among a select group of men and women training to visit the International Space Station and, by 2024, the moon.
Friday, January 24, 2020
The man suspected of slingshotting glass marbles at vehicles speeding along the Prunedale-Aromas Highway 101 corridor, Charles Kenneth Lafferty, appeared in Monterey County Superior Court on Friday, Jan. 24, at an arraignment on nine felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
Thursday, January 23, 2020
On the Facebook page dedicated to discussing the projectile attacks that have for months terrorized drivers traveling along Highway 101 through Prunedale, there was a sense of relief at the news that the California Highway Patrol had arrested and charged a suspect.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Six months after three Seaside car dealerships closed, leaving about 60 people out of work and Seaside without a major source of tax revenue, a national car dealer company is reopening them tomorrow, Jan. 23.
Monday, January 20, 2020
A mental health evaluation has been ordered for the homeless man accused of stabbing a 26-year-old pregnant woman to death as she left her South Salinas apartment to go to her job at a nearby bank.
Taste Off...For the most part, Squid ignores sites like Yelp. Squid gets a little rattled when Yelpers post about “yummy calamari” and “super flavorful” pasta with squid ink. It makes Squid yearn for the days when mariners feared cephalopods. Besides, Squid finds little value in personal lik…
Saturday, January 18, 2020
CUANDO LAURA PACHECO, UNA RESIDENTE DE SALINAS, abrió la puerta de su casa alquilada a un voluntario del censo en 2010, se congeló. “Yo dije que cinco personas vivían en la casa,” ella dice, explicando que solo contó los miembros de la familia de su arrendador y no las otras cinco personas q…
Friday, January 17, 2020
As communities in the five coastal counties from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz strengthen their joint energy program, the need for a unifying name is growing urgent.
Joby Aviation, a Santa Cruz-headquartered startup developing electric air taxis, announced on Jan. 15 a $590 million investment round led by Toyota.
Thursday, January 16, 2020
After countless studies, debate and outcry among the agricultural industry and those working in and around the agriculture industry, California became the third state to ban the use chlorpyrifos in May 2019. The pesticide is used on a variety of crops including broccoli and cauliflower, and …
It’s an offer from the California Coastal Commission we can’t refuse—that was the reasoning behind a 5-2 vote by the Pacific Grove City Council on Wednesday, Jan. 15, to certify the document that gives the city primary coastal permitting authority for the first time in its history.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Options for air travel out of Monterey Regional Airport just got a little wider with the announcement that a non-stop daily flight to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Alaska Airlines will officially launch on June 18.
Monterey County's 10-member Planning Commission is responsible for deciding on the fate of dozens of project proposals in unincorporated Monterey County, as well as advising the Monterey County Board of Supervisors on a range of policies related to land use, from where cannabis cultivation i…
Monday, January 13, 2020
Springs Eternal…Squid rarely turns up the heater in the lair, partly because Squid's cephalopod body is designed to withstand very low water temperatures, and partly because it's Squid's little way of keeping the bills low, and thereby doubling for Squid as a form of minor protest against Pa…
Friday, January 10, 2020
A two-year contract extension for ambulance company American Medical Response is headed for consideration by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors on Jan. 14, two and a half weeks ahead of the current contract expiring on Jan. 31, said Teresa Rios, interim Emergency Medical Services burea…
Thursday, January 09, 2020
The assassination of the Iranian commander has been reverberating so widely that the U.S. military has beefed up security measures as far away as Monterey. The two local military bases, which house the Defense Language Institute and the Naval Postgraduate School, are still accessible to the …
The owners of Porta Bella Restaurant, Dametra and Mediterranean Restaurant agreed to settle a federal sexual harassment lawsuit.
The flu coming on strong this year, already claiming the lives of at least three Monterey County residents and more than 50 people statewide. The third death was confirmed on Jan. 7. The unidentified patient died at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital in Salinas and is believed to be the first …
Wednesday, January 08, 2020
"Shut up and listen," Jon Hill says to prospective newcomers looking to fill his seat. "That will be your first job when you become an elected official."
Monterey County Gives!, a collaborative fundraising project between the Monterey County Weekly, Community Foundation for Monterey County, and Monterey Peninsula Foundation, completed the year in fine style, raising about $5.4 million to be donated to 163 nonprofits throughout the community.
Monday, January 06, 2020
PAC Attack…After all of Squid’s Christmas shopping—the yarn to make those tentacle-warmers for Squid’s pal Flapjack the Octopus has to come from somewhere—Squid was counting what was left in Squid’s piggy bank. It would’ve been enough to make a donation to the Bernie Sanders for President ca…
Saturday, January 04, 2020
Del Rey Oaks City Council found itself caught between a state deadline and the threat of a lawsuit when it considered adopting a revised housing plan on Dec. 17, its first one since 1992.
Friday, January 03, 2020
The Trump administration is playing a game of checkers in a world of chess when it comes to foreign policy, threatening the safety and security of the United States’ allies in the Middle East, as well as the U.S. itself, Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, said at a luncheon meeting of Mont…
Wednesday, January 01, 2020
The current Pacific Grove City Council seemed poised in the fall to accept future cannabis sales sooner rather than later, after a previous council strongly refused the idea in 2017. A consultant's presentation to the council on Dec. 19 was potentially the first step toward creating new ordi…
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Nothing says small-town local quite like a weekly farmers market, something which the Monterey Peninsula has in plenty, with farmers markets in various locations happening daily during peak summer season. But to the dismay of some of the farmers at nonprofit Everyone’s Harvest, which has hos…
The person or persons responsible for hurling projectiles at vehicles along Highway 101 in the Prunedale area took a brief break over the week of Christmas, but now appears to be back in business. The 65th reported incident took place on Dec. 27, with two more incidents reported on Dec. 30, …
Monday, December 30, 2019
Back to the Future…Squid spent Christmas watching re-runs of Squid's favorite old-school Christmas movies—A Christmas Story and Home Alone just never get old, especially when paired with eggnog—and also re-reading some of the greatest hits of the year in the news. Remember this time last yea…
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Maybe you've read the news about newsrooms in which reporters stare at screens to watch analytics come in throughout the day, with incentives for reporters whose stories get the most hits—and penalties for those whose stories get the least. (We've been led to believe this is largely responsi…
Monday, December 23, 2019
Holiday Cheer…Squid has a few holiday traditions that date back to when Squid was a Squidlet. They include one of Squid's rare endeavors in the kitchen, when Squid bakes shrimp-flavored Christmas cookies once a year; decorating the lair with strings of kelp and shells; taking Squid's beloved…