WHO’S IN TOWN?

With Salinas, Ferguson and Albuquerque still reeling from fatal officer-involved shootings and their aftermath, this gathering of mental health and law enforcement professionals is timely. With co-host Monterey County Behavioral HealthCrisis Intervention Team International puts on 90 workshops. The focus is on how police can approach mentally ill or drug-addled people on the street. Albuquerque Detective Matthew Tinney leads a workshop called “Hey, Monterey,” on effective communication skills. Seattle-based Sgt. Don Gulla does a workshop called “Preventing Homicide of Cop During Suicide by Cop.”

Oct. 13-15. Monterey Conference Center, 1 Portola Plaza. $425/includes a one-year CIT membership; $30/beach party Oct. 13, 6-10pm. (407) 925-2462, www.citinternational.org.

DID YOU KNOW?

Dr. Charlie May Knight, once a teacher at Seaside’s Highland Elementary, integrated the faculty of Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, visiting black colleges in the South to recruit around 70 teachers and administrators. MPUSD became a model for the state by 1970.

OVERHEARD

“I have a 10 o’clock newscast.”
– KION reporter Marissa Schwartz
“I have an 8 o’clock bedtime.”
– Carmel City Attorney Don Freeman
The exchange came around 9pm Oct. 1, during a four-hour Carmel City Council closed session to negotiate the separation agreement for embattled (and now former) City Administrator Jason Stilwell.

GOOD WEEK / BAD WEEK

GOOD:

The slow but steady transformation of downtown Monterey continues. Construction is set to begin Oct. 13 on a 22-unit apartment project at 321 Alvarado St. in the space that formerly housed the Hippodrome nightclub. Project Architect Henry Ruhnke says it’s a sign Monterey’s Downtown Specific Plan is succeeding. “The city plan motivates owners to reinvest in their properties,” Ruhnke says. “I think it’s really cool that you’ve got a situation where the original developers, with a piece of property they’ve held on to for years, come later in life and reinvest in their community.” Ruhnke says the construction will last about nine months and will minimize impacts on downstairs tenants.

BAD:

Journalism took a battering last week when the city of Salinas, in response to Public Records Act requests from multiple news outlets, released the names of officers involved in four fatal shootings this year. KSBWKIONUnivision, the Herald, the Californian and the Weekly each filed PRAs. Each ran the names, except for the Californian, and its reasons were weird. One reason: The officers weren’t involved in any other shootings in 2014 (although, as the Weekly reported, those who killed Osman Hernandez were involved in other shootings several years ago.) CalifornianManaging Editor Pete Wevurski wrote newspapers often don’t release names – such as in the case of sexual assault victims. What an odd comparison.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.