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ETC. Photo of the day by Daniel Dreifuss. Students set up an altar with Black dolls and flowers outside of the Salinas Union High School District board meeting on Tuesday night. Dozens of students, parents, teachers and community members spoke for four hours, demanding the board and administration hold the students and staff involved in a racist incident parading around a Black baby doll accountable. Submit your best horizontal photos. (Please include the location where the photo was taken in the caption.)

Weird timing, yes, but don’t forget to vote.

Good afternoon. 

Sara Rubin here, in the midst of…election season. Yes, it might be late summer, but a critical Sept. 14 Election Day is just a few weeks away. It would be impossible for any leader to get through a pandemic with a high popularity score—some members of the public will think you did too much, while others think you didn’t do enough—but California Gov. Gavin Newsom finds himself facing a recall vote. 

No doubt his opponents are banking on some combination of voter confusion and voter apathy to prevail, at least among voters who are satisfied with his performance three years into a four-year term. If more than 50 percent of voters say yes on question 1—should Gavin Newsom be recalled?—then he’s out as governor. 

If the answer to question 1 is yes, then it moves on to question 2‚ the selection of a candidate to replace him. Good luck navigating your way through the list of 46. (CalMatters has been interviewing each of those candidates and introducing them, many of them brand new to politics.) 

Note that if it does come down to question 2,  it doesn’t require a majority (50 percent or more) to win, but a plurality—meaning the vote-getter with the most votes out of those 46 would be California’s next governor. (Check back for more analysis, and an endorsement on both questions 1 and 2, in the Sept. 2 edition of Monterey County Weekly.) 

Besides questions about who to vote for, I’ve also been receiving reader questions about how to vote. Some important things to know: It’s OK to leave question 2 blank, your ballot will still be counted. Every registered voter has received a vote-by-mail ballot, but you can still vote in person if you wish (bring your vote-by-mail ballot with you). You can return your ballot by mail, no postage required, as long as it’s postmarked by Sept. 14, or you can drop it off at a number of locations until Sept. 14. (Click here for an interactive map of drop boxes.)

Those sample ballots I’ve been getting a bunch of questions about—elections officials are required by law to send those out. If you accidentally fill out and return it, it will still be counted. To see if your ballot has been received yet, click here

And if you’re not registered to vote, it’s not too late—you have until Monday, Aug. 30. Click here to register.

The election is, of course, a critical test for Newsom, but I also see it as a test for voters. Will we, the public, show up in their weird off-season election with just two questions on the ballot? I sure hope so. Partly because low turnout depresses me personally, and also because our democratic system is built upon voting—and it only works when we actually do. 

Voting makes me feel patriotic. It is a hard-earned right and a duty. I hope you’ll join me in voting this election.

-Sara Rubin, editor, sara@mcweekly.com

P.S. It’s also not too late for a lower-stakes and higher-fun voting proposition: The Best Of Monterey County Readers’ Poll is open until Sept. 7. No questions about the governor, but you can vote for the best local politician, plus the best bartender, best burger, best place to watch the sunset, best alternative to a canceled Covid-era event, and much more.


The total number of possible replacement candidates that are on the ballot for the Sept. 14 gubernatorial recall election. Their names—and party preferences—are here.


There’s a recall election coming Sept. 14. From where to vote early to how to drop off your mail-in ballot, here’s what you need to know. 

Electric cars got their start a century ago, and stood a chance to compete against combustion engines. They were quieter, and they didn’t require a crank—not just a messy task, but one that required sheer physical strength—to start. As a result, they were marketed primarily to women.

In which Squid starts to understand why zombie flicks became so popular in recent years: Some things just won’t die. Take, for example, the Fort Ord Reuse Authority.

What to do about speeding in Salinas? The Public Works Department co-hosts a community meeting tomorrow (Thursday, Aug. 26) from 6-7:30pm at Salinas City Hall focused on traffic calming on Geil Street. Email questions to andrewe@ci.salinas.ca.us.


Beach House at Lovers Point Indoor Dining & Takeout Daily at 4:30pm Sunset Supper, cocktails & wine. Click for menus/order. 375.2345, 620 Ocean View, PG.

Abalonetti on the Wharf Indoor & Outdoor Dining plus Takeout Everyday 11:30am-8:30pm. Monterey's Best Calamari plus seafood, pasta & more. Click for menus/order. 373.1851

The Sardine Factory Indoor dining nightly at 5pm. Special Early Dinner Menu from 5-6pm. Click here for menus, details and reservations or to place a takeout order. 701 Wave Street, Monterey, 831-373-3775

Melville Tavern Indoor, Patio Dining & Takeout Mon-Fri 11:30am, Sat & Sun Brunch at 10am. Happy Hour Sun-Thur 4-6pm 643.9525, 484 Washington St, Monterey.

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LOCAL INSPIRATION of the day. A natural art exhibition enjoyed while hiking in Big Sur. The artist is an unknown spider. Photographed by Agata Popęda. Submit your Local Inspiration (digital art, music, multimedia, video, etc.; please include the medium you’ve used, and note when and where it was created).

Studio Fogline wants to meld art and design to create an artistic gathering place in Carmel. Designer Kevin Hart “obsessed” over what to name his Carmel studio. It wasn’t until he heard someone mention the fogline that he found it.

Scheid Family Wines looks to lower alcohol with a new brandSunny with a Chance of Flowers is “targeted to consumers who want to enjoy a glass or two of wine while still pursuing an active and healthy lifestyle,” says Heidi Scheid.

Creating the architecture of the Monterey Peninsula. The first in this lecture series organized by the American Institute of Architects happens Thursday, Aug. 26 from 6 to 9pm. $10 for members/$25 for non-members.


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“A combination of failures.” A whole bunch of nuclear waste is buried under a popular California beach. Here’s why.
- The Guardian, Aug. 24, 2021

Around the world. This Belgian/British teen wants to be the youngest woman to fly around the world solo.
- The New York Times, Aug. 25, 2021


Kenya is conducting a huge animal census. It’s not an easy task.

The 30 books the Los Angeles Times is anticipating most this fallCheck out the list.

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