Pacific Grove Farmers Market Gets The Go Ahead

No one spoke against it, but the sellers of booze and phony charm sure don’t sound very supportive.

On Thursday, the commission voted unanimously to approve a negative environmental impact declaration and a use permit for Everyone’s Harvest to conduct the Farmers Market between 4 and 8 p.m. Mondays on Lighthouse Avenue between Forest Avenue and 18th Street.

“I don’t think it’s possible not to ruffle someone’s feathers,” said Beth Cort, wife of Mayor Dan Cort. “You can’t please everyone. It should be in the center of town.”

No one spoke against the idea of a farmers market in Pacific Grove. Disagreements arose over the time and location.

Pacific Grove Farmers Market Gets The Go Ahead

Golf Fees Going Up

On Wednesday, the City Council voted 5-0 to impose surcharges on holders of annual passes for the Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Course.

Players holding passes will pay $1 for a nine-hole round of golf and $2 for 18 holes, in addition to the annual pass fee.

Resident and avid golfer Jim Willoughby objected to the fee, saying the “nickel-and-dime” surcharge amounted to a 32 percent increase for players like him, who play two rounds a week at the course.

Crybaby Golfer

An annual senior’s pass costs $650, and the surcharge would run up to $208 more a year in his case, Willoughby said, adding that it is an undue burden on seniors living on fixed incomes.

Steve Thomas, a member of the Pacific Grove Men’s Golf Club, said the surcharge “will create ill will.”

At $8.58 per golf round, Willoughby and others are still getting a bargain, said Councilman Dan Davis. Non-residents pay $45 a round.

And if high golf fees pee you off, there’s The UroClub™

Uro Club

The privacy shield hooks to the sides of the pants or belt and adds stability. This allows freedom of the hands to manipulate the club and zipper.

The UroClub™ is intended to eliminate anxiety and any feeling of uneasiness on the course. It can be emptied at the nearest restroom or later on, when the golfer returns home.

Capacity: Over half a liter, twice the volume commonly urinated.

Length: Like a standard 7 Iron

Golf Fees Going Up

Council Votes To End CALPERS

Notice the color changing on the roof of city hall?
Poopy City Hall Roof

Wednesday the City Council voted 5-0 — Councilmembers Vicki Stilwell and Scott Miller were absent — in favor of a resolution of intent to terminate Pacific Grove’s contract with CalPERS, the first step in the process of looking into ending use of the system to fund city employee retirement benefits.

Since the dot-com stock market crash in the late 1990s, the city’s annual contributions to the retirement system jumped from $100,000 then to $2.6 million this year, according to city management and budget director Jim Becklenberg.

CalPERS-guaranteed benefits are mostly financed by income from its investments, which tanked in the market crash, he said.

Council Votes To End CALPERS

Amateur Radio Field Day

Good people, ham radio operators.
Amateur Radio

The Naval Postgraduate School Amateur Radio Club will hold its annual field day involving ham radio operators and an open house 11 a.m. June 28 to 11 a.m. June 29 on the lower Presidio at Pacific Street and Lighthouse Avenue.

Demonstrations include digital and satellite capabilities, voice communications and Morse code.

Amateur Radio Field Day

Bumper Stickers Equate To Anger, Road Rage

Interesting, but true in experience.
Bumper Stickers

A compelling but puzzling finding from Colorado State University says motorists who put bumper stickers on their cars are more likely to show aggressive road rage than those who don’t.

The key apparently lies in the idea of territoriality, according to the report, which is being published in several scientific journals.

Drivers who personalize their cars using bumper stickers, window decals and vanity plates, the researchers claim, see their cars in the same way as they see their homes and bedrooms — as deeply personal space, or primary territory.

Bumper Stickers Equate To Anger, Road Rage

Newspaper Racks Chain Themselves To Pole In Protest

The runaway racks chased away from the front of the post office back in April have been spotted gathering in the parking lot on Forest Avenue by the Grove Market.

The rusty or sun-faded dispensers of that obsolete media called newspapers and other pulp goods of dubious value are taking a stand this time. They have chained themselves up to signposts and trees in the traditions of UCSC and UC Berzerkley.News Rack Chained

Steinbeck Family Home For Sale

Home of the Colossus Of Gold. This P.G. fixer-upper can be yours for just $695,000

Family home owned by John Steinbeck’s parents and grandmother, with a studio that John Steinbeck helped to build. You’ll be fascinated with this authentic embodiment of our local history; listing includes antique wringer washer, icebox and cast iron stove. Home also has features that highlight John Steinbeck’s interests in King Arthur. This is a home with a colorful past, ready for restoration and a bright future!

Cog House

Steinbeck Family Home For Sale

Farmers Market Might Be Dead As Evening Business Is

Pacific Grove farmers’ market, scheduled to debut in July, will be delayed for at least two weeks — and could be called off altogether this year — because of an advertising blunder in the Monterey County Herald, city officials said.

Scheduled to debut July 7, the farmers’ market will be set back because the Herald failed to print a public hearing notice for last week’s city council meeting in which the market was discussed.

“It’s too bad it will be delayed,” P.G. Mayor Dan Cort told The Pine Cone, “because we are all so excited about the farmers’ market.”

Well, if you can’t buy some vegetables, we can always find you some toast and noodles for about $30 . .

$8 toast at Joe Rombi
8 dollar toast

$21 for a plate of noodles, not even any meat!

20 Dollar Noodles

Farmers Market Might Be Dead As Evening Business Is

Susan Goldbeck Wants To Return To Council

Just when we were starting to turn the corner on the “city in trouble” thing she wants to come back and return it to the way it was when she was in office.How About No Bear

Former Pacific Grove City Councilwoman Susan Goldbeck has announced her plan to run for City Council—again. Goldbeck served on the council from 2002 to 2006 but lost her 2006 bid for mayor.

“Pacific Grove has been having some pretty tough seas lately,” says Goldbeck, a local attorney.”Maybe I can help get our little ship of state right again.”

Some Goldbeck stories from the past:

Don’t vote for her, please.

Susan Goldbeck Wants To Return To Council