The Weekly Tally 09.22.16

WHO’S IN TOWN?

Dozens of pilots touch down this week for the annual Salinas Airshow, where they’ll engage in some elegant, complicated and fast maneuvers in the sky. Mark Peterson, who started flying at age 6, does aeorobatics in a 600 mph Dornier Alpha jet, while Anna Serbinenko – who by day runs multiple businesses, applying her PhD in financial mathematics and speaks six languages – does a “sky dancing” show. Other pilots honor those who served in World War II, with a B-25 Mitchell called “Old Glory” and B-25 called “Executive Sweet” making appearances in honor of former President George H.W. Bush’s time as a naval aviator lieutenant.

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 23-25. Salinas Municipal Airport, 30 Mortensen Ave., Salinas. $20-$35. 754-1983, www.salinasairshow.com.

WHAT’S UP WITH THAT

As isolated reports of Zika virus appearing in Monterey County surfaced, a reader asked why it’s capitalized. Ziika is the Lugandan word for “overgrown” and was influential in naming the Zika Forest in Uganda. Then a hotspot for scientific research, in 1947 scientists were there studying yellow fever when they discovered and named the now prevalent microorganism after the forest. From there, Zika virus infected southern regions of Asia, French Polynesia, Brazil and is now reaching North America.

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OVERHEARD

“There’s something stinky here.”
“It smells like auntie’s garage.”
– A mother and her young daughter speaking at Grocery Outlet in Seaside about the smell of marijuana.

GOOD WEEK / BAD WEEK

GOOD:

Good news for diversity came this week when Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 2016, Assemblyman Luis Alejo’s, D-Salinas, ethnic studies bill into law. California is one of the most diverse states with the most ethnically diverse public school student body, Alejo says, and the new law creates a statewide model curriculum for ethnic studies. It’s now up to the California Instructional Quality Commission to develop a model curriculum, which then goes to the California State Board of Education to adopt by 2019. Once the curriculum is accepted, public and charter high schools that don’t already offer ethnic studies classes will be encouraged to offer electives. The law is different than what Alejo initially introduced, which would have required, rather than encouraged, ethnic studies classes.

BAD:

Development of 18 affordable apartments at the Monterey Hotel on Calle Principal continues to be stymied by delays. The latest: City officials incorrectly assumed the $1.2 million project would be exempt from a state obligation to pay prevailing wage, since two-thirds of the units are slated for low-income residents. But the project doesn’t qualify for an exempetion (making it a good week for the construction workers who will get a pay raise). The city of Monterey is currently calculating how much project costs will increase with the prevailing wage requirement, and they’ll also have to find funds to cover the difference at a time when the city is running a deficit. This newest delay comes after the city had to repair water damage in the unfinished apartments from El Niño storms last spring.

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