Downtown Departed

Called citizens Morons. Substainable Pusher. Runaway Mayor. That’s what I remember most.

Dan Cort Dozing


Cort was a successful mayor, Gorman said, because he was able to balance the interests of residents, business owners and environmentalists. “Dan was a gentleman in the true sense of the word gentleman,” he said. Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce President Moe Ammar, who knew Cort well, said he was great with people. “As a business leader, he was pro-business and supported the town by shopping locally,” Ammar said. “Some of his biggest accomplishments included attracting the farmers market to P.G., funding the city’s museum and chamber of commerce, and supporting the city’s lease with the Monterey Bay Aquarium.”

Downtown Departed

Car Week Kitty Barfs Up A $64,000 Jeep

Buyer claiming the add ons are not what he was led to believe.

That is an ugly jeep. Looks Mall Rated with all the add ons that must have been listed at full retail price. Why did he not get it appraised before handing over the money?

64000 Jeep

David Schnayer says that on Aug. 17, he paid $64,365.50 to purchase a 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Custom from Mecum Auctions. “The dealer represented that, among other things, the car included an ‘estimated $110,000 invested in the build of this one-of-a-kind custom Jeep,” the lawsuit says. The information about the upgrades, Schnayer said, was on a description card posted in the Jeep’s window at the auction. The information is also on Mecum’s website.

But when Schnayer got the Jeep home, he says he discovered the vehicle did not have nearly $110,000 in upgrades.

Car Week Kitty Barfs Up A $64,000 Jeep

Schenk’s Can Was Canned

Pink Slip

Not Ron Schenk

Ron Schenk, who worked regularly at the Pacific Grove thrift store he founded two decades ago, wants to set the record straight: He did not “retire” from his job, he was fired. In November, Schenk, 82, the founder of the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop on Forest Avenue, was told by the president of the board of directors for the local chapter of St. Vincent de Paul Society that the board wanted him gone.

Schenk’s Can Was Canned

I’d Disagree With Ron Schenk

Letters from the editor:

Over 20 years ago I opened the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store on Forest Avenue in Pacific Grove; both to provide residents with quality second-hand goods, and to raise St. Vincent de PaulSt. Vincent de Paulmoney for the poor. For 20 years I ran the store, rounded up volunteers and solicited donations. Recently, however, the Board removed me as they felt I had been rude to a few customers, a position I don’t agree with.

Here I was in 2010 at the Holiday Parade Of Lights, waiting to get video of my children in the parade . . when Mr. Schenk walks in front of me and proceeds to yap it up. That’s rude, I say.Ron Schenk Hpol 2003

I’d Disagree With Ron Schenk

Continuing Cannery Row Caboose Updates

Said to be open in January 2020


Ed Ciliberti purchased the caboose in April 2018 with plans to redo it and open it as a gift shop and a display for railroad memorabilia. To get ready for it to open, Ciliberti had the railcar’s roof replaced and fumigation done. He also obtained a lease from the City of Monterey so he could keep the 45-foot-long car on Cannery Row. “It will be open in January with railroad memorabilia for sale and a museum highlighting the history of the railcar,” including before it was converted to a caboose in the 1940s and came to Cannery Row in 1968,

Continuing Cannery Row Caboose Updates

From Those People That Brought You The Bike Lane To Nowhere

Wouldn’t a rail-like system work on existing rails? Only in service during rush hours and sits empty the rest of the day?

The project calls for constructing a 12-foot-wide reversible busway with shoulders along a six-mile section of the TAMC-owned rail line right of way parallel to Highway 1 from Del Monte Boulevard and Palm Avenue in Marina to the Contra Costa Street intersection in Sand City/Seaside, allowing buses to operate in both directions.

The project already has $15 million in allocated Measure X funding, and TAMC and MST are expected to seek about $25 million in state grant funding to cover the remainder of the project’s total capital cost.

From Those People That Brought You The Bike Lane To Nowhere

S.T.Rs Keep On Losing

And lawyers keep on charging

In essence, the short-term rental supporters allege that the lottery randomly singled them out without providing a cause for why their licenses to operate short-term rentals were not renewed. The city counters that it was stated in writing when the property owners signed the license application that it was good for only 12 months and might not be renewed.

Case watchers agree that Goldwater wants to lose as soon as possible so they can then appeal the verdict to the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The case is more far-reaching than just Pacific Grove. If successfully appealed to the Ninth Circuit, then the outcome of that court’s decision, one way or the other, could have significant ramifications for cities’ ability to legislate short-term rentals up and down California.

However, the Ninth Circuit earlier this month upheld the city of Santa Monica’s ban on short-term rentals. That decision can now be cited in lower court cases such as the lawsuit against the city of Pacific Grove.

S.T.Rs Keep On Losing

Coastal Commission Plan or Forced Demolition?

There goes my plan for Six Flags Over Asilomar.

Asilomar Gardens

But not all Pacific Grove residents are thrilled about the approval. Members of the Asilomar Dunes neighborhood came out in force for Friday’s commission meeting to protest portions of the coastal program they believe are draconian and infringe on their property rights.

Among the debated issues has to do with driveways. The just-approved program requires that development be capped at 15% coverage of dunes that houses sit on, including driveways. Asilomar residents argue that driveways should not be part of the 15% and instead be excluded.

Other contentious parts of the plan include height limits that homeowners say would require portions of their second stories to be removed, restrictions that would prevent them from rebuilding after natural disasters and the inability to replace damaged sections of houses.

Coastal Commission Plan or Forced Demolition?

Feast Of Lanterns Takes A Step Off The Pier

New story line will be Chang and his lover Prince Seagull escaping the evil unsubstainable blogger and running off to hide in various STRs.

FOL mug

Coleman said the annual event should celebrate the history of Pacific Grove and hopes changes to the pageant and story will teach the community more about the cultural groups that contributed to the Monterey Peninsula and P.G.

The board president said the festival would have a stronger emphasis on the history of the area, including the Chinese fishing village that stood for 50 years on the shoreline where Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station now resides.

Educating the community through Gerry Low-Sabado’s annual Walk of Remembrance is a good place to start and the Feast of Lanterns board has participated the last four years Coleman said.

Feast Of Lanterns Takes Steps Off The Pier

Grove Market Robbers Arrested

Grove Market Banner

Don’t tell  me the robbers ran up the street to the police station? One of the suspects was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation

Riley Elvin, 24, and Jorge Cisneros, 22, were housed in
Monterey County Jail on felony charges of robbery, drug
possession, probation violation and other crimes.

A couple of guys went into the store acting suspiciously and attempted to steal some alcohol and products from the store,” Lakind said. “They were confronted by an employee, and they took off running and were arrested a few blocks away.”

What would have been shoplifting became a robbery charge when the men tangled with the employee who tried stop them.

Grove Market Robbers Arrested