Cannery Row May Remain Closed For 2007

It may be a lot longer before a person can drive down parts of Cannery Row in Monterey again.

A stretch of the famous street is closed because of the new hotel construction.

The road was supposed to reopen in two more months so merchants wouldn’t miss out on summer tourism, but now that may not happen.

Makes it sound like the whole gargantuan tourist mall is shut off from habitation.

The street is blocked to car traffic from Prescott to David Avenue. Well, if the summer gas prices don’t keep them out of town altogether I don’t think this half block where nothing stood before will make much difference.

Cannery row closed

What’s happening beyond the barricades.
Hotel construction

What it will someday be:
construction will be

What’s at the end where people come from miles around to visit? The Fish Prison!
Aquarium near Kalisas

Kalisa’s is closed. Still can visit the Wing Chong Building for gifts & such:
Wing Chongs

But over on the other side, these businesses may be hurting, saying that they are cut off from the throngs of aquarium visitors. Frankly, I would not miss them. I mean some real tacky stuff could stand to be erased and replaced by butcher paper covered windows for all I care. There’s little worthy experience aside from the fish prison, except maybe an exhibit of some famous authors’ characters:
famous author

Ready for the ticky tacky? Here you go.

Cannibalistic Squids
Capt Calamari

Sharks with leis
festive shark

Pet Puns
dog bowl

Disaster preparation. I see an opportunity to open a Cannery Row Treasure Outlet selling stuff from the out of business places – “After The Tourists Fled”
After quake

If the earthquake reference was not enough to remind you that we are close to San Francisco, there’s the famous chocolate boutique:
chocolate

Let’s stoop to the lowest common denominator, Anna Nicole Smith and Homer Simpson in one joke:
Homer

Really. You come all that way just to see some fish. You surely must have to buy:

Paintings
kinkade

Socks
sox

Wine or Candles
Wine and Candles

The little crab with the stupid name says “Eat More Pizza (not me!!)
louie

Don’t have anything to claim that would draw the crowds? Call your bar a “Family Restaurant”.
Slys family bar

Sly McFly is the most historic restaurant on cannery row?
Slys Historic?

Historic? Pft. In the 70s the building was a import shop, ala Pier One. It was built as a bar with a motoring theme. Destroyed by a fire that took out the whole building, rebuilt in the replica of the cannery building it now thinks it is historic? Real history lies back at Kalisas or Neil DeVaughns. O’Kane’s “Spaghetti Warehouse” was real fun. But up the street is where the REAL history is – the Sardine Factory.

Hate to put down the workers and owners, but the ‘Row really has turned into a garish plastic tourist trap. If you are a visitor that wants to experience it here’s what the webmaster family does for visitors. Go to Compagnos Deli up on Prescott and Taylor Streets. Buy one of those great sandwiches for every two people. Get some drink and side orders. Take that down to the stage and access area at the bottom of Prescott. There is often live music in the plaza. Beach access is available – you can either watch the performance and eat or go down to the beach. You’ll be glad to see a bit of history and not overpay for “most historic” meals.

Fish Hopper

Cannery Row May Remain Closed For 2007

Lillian King Sues Convicted Niece

The Pacific Grove woman sentenced to a year in jail for stealing about $1 million in gold and silver coins and antiques from her 99-year-old great aunt has been sued by the co-conservators of the elderly woman’s estate, who are seeking to reclaim the property.

The civil lawsuit contends Hurley’s actions amounted to despicable conduct that subjected King to a cruel and unjust hardship in conscious disregard of her rights.

Hurley was released from jail in February, less than her one-year sentence, because she was given credit for good behavior and for time already served in jail since her arrest

Lillian King Sues Convicted Niece

Favaloro's Scene Of Police & Ambulance Already

That’s Hospital-iano!

Barely open for two weeks and PG Police, ambulance and PG fire department were seen in front of Favaloro’s Big Night Bistro at around 7:30 Thursday night the 29th. Somebody was wheeled out on a stretcher and taken away in the ambulance. The ambulance left with the siren and lights going.

Favaloros ambulance

Favaloros patient
What that was about, more family squabbles or just some bad clams?

Favaloro’s Scene Of Police & Ambulance Already

New Monterey Police Blotter – March 2007

3/3/07 LONG’S, 686 Lighthouse, placed HOLSWORTH, PHILLIP under citizen arrest for embezzlement.

3/3/07 HOFFMAN PARK, Hoffman and Archer was vandalized by graffiti.

3/3/07 Two juveniles were cited for curfew violation in the 200 block of Foam.

3/4/07 HECTOR REYES was arrested for public intoxication at Foam and Reeside

3/4/07 EWING, SUZANNE was arrested for DUI Foam and McClellan. POLD: Club Octane

3/4/07 Graffiti in the 600 block of Lighthouse.

3/5/07 MPD located graffiti on a mail box in the 200 block of Belden.

3/6/07 Hit and run in the 400 block of Drake.07-1197

3/6/07 Two adult males were involved in a physical altercation at 700 block Lighthouse.

3/6/07 Nob Hill Foods, 900 Lighthouse arrested GRAJALES, JASON DANIE for theft of alcohol valued at $30.

3/6/07 COMPAGNO, BENNY was arrested for public intoxication at the Coast Guard Pier. POLD: Lollapalooza.

3/7/07 Citizen in the 600 block of Hawthorne reports a hit and run of his 2001 Chevy pick up.

3/7/07 BUBBA GUMP, 720 Cannery Row, reports embezzlement over the past four months, totaling $81,302.92.

3/8/07 Citizen reports unknown to have thrown an unknown substance at her vehicle while she was driving onto Lighthouse from Pacific.

3/9/07 GARCIA, JULISSA was arrested for DUI at Hoffman and Hawthorne. POLD:Doc’s.

3/9/07 THOMPSON, JULIA struck a parked vehicle on Lighthouse at McClellan. THOPMSON was subsequently arrested for DUI.

3/9/07 Citizen 600 block of Belden reports an unknown white male adult attempted to burglarize his brother’s vehicle.

3/10/07 LOZANO, JUAN was arrested for DUI at Tyler and Franklin. POLD: Lighthouse Bar.

3/10/07 Battery reported in the 700 block of Cannery Row.

3/11/07 LEDFORD, AMY was arrested for DUI at Tyler and Del Monte. POLD: Lighthouse Bar.

3/13/07 City Parking Division reports that an unknown civilian turned in a cell phone and wallet that had been found on San Carlos Beach.

3/13/07 HADWELL, CHRYSTEEN was arrested for public intoxication at 400 Cannery Row.

3/16/07 MATHIEU, MARK was arrested for public intoxication at 600 block of Lighthouse. He was also found to be in possession of a controlled substance and a hypodermic syringe while at the above location and was subsequently charged.

3/16/07 Citizen reports an unknown Hispanic male driving a burgundy pickup truck, unknown license plate, to have hit her parked vehicle and left the scene at Irving and Lighthouse.

3/17/07 AXELSON, CHRIS was arrested for DUI at the 100 block of Foam.

3/18/07 JOHNSON, JUSTIN was arrested for public intoxication at 700 Cannery Row.

3/20/07 Citizen reports losing her wallet and ID on 3-17-07 at 0130 hours near David and Hawthorne.

3/21/07 Citizen 700 block Parcel reports the theft of personal items from a vehicle.

3/21/07 Citizen 600 block of Grace reports the theft of two Wells Fargo ATM cards and $20.00 in cash from her unlocked vehicle

3/22/07 HODGES RENTALS, 528 Foam had the theft of a wood splitter.

3/22/07 The City of Monterey had an unknown person vandalize Hilltop Park Ctr07-1504

3/22/07 MCSO was aided in the arrest of ESCOBAR, DREW at the 400 block of Cannery Row for a $10 000 traffic warrant.

3/24/07 HOFFMAN, ROY was arrested for attempted theft of a bicycle in the 200 block of Prescott.

3/24/07 JEWETT, DANIEL was cited on two outstanding misdemeanor warrants totaling $7,000 bail at Prescott and Foam.

3/24/07 JEWETT, DANIEL was arrested for public intoxication.

3/25/07 PENNINGTON, THOMAS and DEYERLE, WALTER were cited for possession of less than 28.5g marijuana at Hilltop Park. Female juvenile was cited for curfew violation at the same time and location.

3/25/07 Citizen 800 block Belden reports receiving ten annoying phone calls from an unknown person.

3/25/07 Citizen reports burglary to his hotel room at 400 block of Cannery Row.

3/25/07 Citizen reports burglary to her hotel room at 400 block Cannery Row.

3/25/07 Monterey Plaza Hotel reports theft of housekeeping keys.

3/25/07 Business 300 block of Foam reports burglary between 1800 hours 03/23/07 and 1850 hours 03/25/07.

3/25/07 Citizen reports burglary to his hotel room at 400 block Cannery Row.

3/26/07 URENO, ROMAN was issued a citation for driving on a suspended license at Hoffman and Foam.

3/27/07 Citizen 400 block of Archer, reported his Toyota Camry was stolen.

New Monterey Police Blotter – March 2007

Aquarium's Landlord Wants To Raise The Rent

Pacific Grove thinks the Monterey Bay Aquarium should pay more than $1 a year to lease the slice of city land the world-class facility occupies, drawing more than a million visitors annually.

Cash-strapped Pacific Grove wants the aquarium to pay more rent or help the city improve its services, including running the Museum of Natural History or fixing its storm water problems, said City Manager Jim Colangelo.

“Given our financial situation, we think we need to get more from that kind of an asset,” Colangelo said.

An aquarium representative said that while the nonprofit is sympathetic to the city’s financial situation, its money is better spent reinvesting in the exhibits and programs that draw tourists to its facility and to Pacific Grove’s hotels and shops.

Aquarium’s Landlord Wants To Raise The Rent

Sam The Sham Farr Named 'Porker Of The Month'

Sam The Sam Farr

Citizens Against Government Waste today named Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel, the nation’s Porker of the Month for adding $25 million for spinach growers to the fiscal 2007 emergency supplemental bill.

The House of Representatives will soon vote on the U.S. Readiness, Veterans’ Health and Iraq Accountability Act of 2007, which costs $21 billion more than the President’s request — mostly because of domestic spending unrelated to military operations added by lawmakers to the bill.

Sam The Sham loves to spend our money. Not in any way that is helpful to most Americans, just those that vote like him, in lock step with Democrats. Heck, if Farr needed to make a right turn, he’d spend more time and money by turning left three times.

Back in October the Californian reported
that Sam was requesting ‘only’ 6 million for e. coli research. Looks like with each left turn the cost goes up . . .

Sam The Sham Farr Named ‘Porker Of The Month’

Robbery Suspect Arrested In P.G.

A man suspected of being involved in a robbery at Del Monte Center on Monday was arrested late Thursday while sitting in a car in Pacific Grove, Monterey police reported.

John Vandenham, 28, one of three men who allegedly robbed the Monterey Bay Silver Co. at the shopping center, was sitting in a car at David and Forest avenues when a Pacific Grove police officer questioned him, police said.

Attract the tourists, and their predators follow . ..

Robbery Suspect Arrested In P.G.

KMBY 1240 Original Studios – Virtually Unchanged

In a recent rare visit to Cannery Row I noticed that there are very few landmarks left. The cannery buildings are all but gone and replaced with replicas. What those that are still there have changed drastically to accommodate imprisoned fish, tourists and more commerce. Gone forever are original bohemian places like Odyssey Records, Kalisa’s, Capone’s Warehouse and The 812 Cinema. One thing that has not really physically changed in over 35 years is the radio station offices, studio and transmitter that broadcasts at 1240 AM. Once Monterey’s only top 40 pop station KMBY, it’s now a talk radio format known as KNRY. Back in the 1970s, friends and I would often visit the studio, whether to collect prizes won in the many call in contests, or just see the DJ working at the turntables. Here’s a photo collection of the studio as it is today.

Antenna sits on shoreline of Macabee Beach.
kmby tower 2

A long way up
1240 tower

Danger!
danger rf

Coverage from that antenna:
KMBY Coverage map

The Bear Flag Building.
Bear Flag building

1929
Bear Flag building 1929

Sign over the door.
KNRY sign

Sign on street.
KNRY Street Sign

Entry Way.
KMBY going in

Going upstairs. Everything is the same as I remember from the 70s.
KMBY going up

Reach the top, go around the corner . .
KMBY corner at top

The Hallway. Door to studios, observation window, door to offices.
KMBY hallway

Here’s where you’d see real live DJs spinning 45s like The Monkees or Martha And The Vandellas.
KMBY studio window

If you went into the office lobby, you could pick up the latest survey of the “Top 12 plus 40”
KMBY 1972 Top 12

Time to leave. Going downstairs you’d notice the low ceiling. The redwood ceiling is from the 70s era.
KMBY Going down

Thanks for the memories. Step out and back out into the phony charm.
KMBY leaving

KMBY 1240 Original Studios – Virtually Unchanged