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The Mvsevm

Is it working or are we being worked over?

Esther writes:

Dear Editor:

The Pacific Grove city museum board’s annual report is on the Jan 2 council agenda.

So let me get this straight: the charter requires that there be a city museum board, but since there is nothing about how often they meet, one annual meeting is sufficient.

The near-perfect obfuscation of what happens at the museum (as Snick calls it, the Mobius Strip of Command) has resulted in no public comments other than mine. The comment about low attendance at a community day that wasn’t publicized is pretty cynical. City museum minutes and reports reach the council (and the public) three, four, or five months after the fact.

Taking all this evidence as a whole, the current board makes a leap of faith that this all adds up to a museum public/private partnership that is working.

It means the citizenry has lost interest in the museum, and no longer feels it’s theirs.

The give-away of the museum is complete.

Esther Trosow,
Eureka, CA

http://38.106.5.85/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=4552

2013 Annual Plan for the Museum Board, City of Pacific Grove
Background:
On September 7, 2011 the City Council adopted unanimously resolution 11-072 providing the following guidance as to the roles and responsibilities of the Museum
Board:
1) Ensure the museum serves to benefit the city as a whole, its natural environment, its citizens, and visitors;
2) Advise the city council and city manager on matters relating to the Museum;
3) Serve as an informational conduit between the public and the city on matters related to the Museum;
4) Coordinate activities with other appropriate city advisory boards, committees, and commissions on matters of mutual concern; and
5) Perform such other duties relating to the Museum as the council may require by ordinance, resolution, or minute action.
Over the year the core function of the Museum Board has become almost exclusively oversight of the Lease Agreement between the city and the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Foundation (see Annual Report of the Museum Board for 2012). In particular, section 5 of the agreement calls for certain obligations of the city to the Foundation and Foundation to the city, primarily delivery of periodic reports. While our comments about the content of the reports can be informative to the City Council, there is nothing in the Lease Agreement requiring action in response to those comments. Our assumed value rests primarily in ensuring that the reports are delivered and providing a place where the public can comment on museum plans and operations.
In 2012, the Museum Board commented on content of reports, especially planning and budget documents, and made one recommendation: to continue payments under the Lease Agreement at the contracted level. Our comments on the reports led to no action. For completely understandable fiscal reasons, the City Council chose not to accept our recommendation.
Regarding our serving as an information conduit between the public and the city, in 2012, there were only three letters submitted to the Board by one person and no member of the public attended a Museum Board meeting. There was no public comment made at City Council meetings about the museum, and participation in the one public community day offered by the museum was very low. We believe that such low public participation is an indicator that ongoing operations of the museum are meeting public needs and expectations.
Plan for 2013
As a result of our experience in 2012, the Museum Board has unanimously agreed that there is a much more efficient and effective way for us to operate in the interests of the City Council, the city’s museum, and the public. Specifically:
Consent Agenda Item No9C
12/19/12 Page 2 of 2
1. The board will conduct one regular annual meeting in November each year (allowing time for a follow-up meeting in December, if necessary). The standing agenda for that meeting will be an annual review of reports submitted in compliance with Section 5 of the lease agreement, nomination and election of officers for the coming year, preparation of an annual report to the City Council, and preparation of a plan for the following year.
2. Between annual Museum Board meetings, members of the public with comments or concerns about museum operations will have the opportunity to bring them directly to the City Manager, City Council, or Executive Director of the Museum Foundation. If deemed appropriate, they can be referred to the Museum Board, which would then meet to consider them in public.
3. During the year the Chair of the Museum Board, City Manager, and Executive Director of the Museum will monitor submittal of reports in compliance with the lease agreement. The Secretary of the Museum Board will distribute reports to all board members at the time they are available and monitor correspondence.
If an
event or communication is deemed by any board member to justify a special meeting, such a meeting will be called. Otherwise, the Chair will recommend that the matter be taken directly to the City Manager, City Council, or Executive Director of the Museum. Any member of the public, the Museum Foundation, or city management who disagrees with a decision by the Chair of the Museum Board or fails to get a satisfactory outcome regarding a concern, will have the option of taking the matter directly to the City Council via correspondence or public comment during a City Council Meeting.
The primary driver of these changes is acknowledgement that governance of the Museum is working very well. Continuing to meet more frequently than once per year serves no unmet need for the people of Pacific Grove. If these circumstances change in the future, meeting frequency and agendas would be reexamined and altered as deemed appropriate by stakeholders.
Respectfully submitted,
Blake Matheson
Tama Olver
John Pearse, Chair
Katie Siegler

New Monterey Police Blotter – December 2012

12/1/12 SHULL, JEFFREY was arrested for DUI at Drake/Foam.

12/1/12 COLLINS, JONATHAN was arrested for public intoxication in the 400 block of Cannery Row.

12/2/12 BAUTISTA, EVAN was arrested for DUI after he was involved in a solo vehicle accident at Lighthouse Avenue/Private Bolio Road.

12/2/12 Victim reports hit and run collision to his vehicle in the 800 block of Alice on 12-1-12.

12/2/12 KLINK, JOHN was cited for driving while in possession of Marijuana and being an unlicensed driver incident to a traffic stop for displaying expired registration tabs at Del Monte and Washington.

12/3/12 Injury traffic collision in the 300 Block of Dickman.

12/3/12 Party reports finding a black nylon bag containing misc items near the elevator of the Cannery Row Garage, 601 Wave St.

12/3/12 Victim in the 800 block of Cypress St. reports a suspect to have burglarized her attached garage. Taken: Silverware, Christmas decorations.

12/3/12 Runaway juvenile reported from the 2000 block of Withers Ave.

12/3/12 A battery report was documented in the 2000 block of Withers Ave.

12/4/12 Non-injury traffic collision on the 700 block of Cannery Row.

12/5/12 Victim reported unknown to have stolen her black iPhone 4Sfrom her purse while in the 700 block of Cannery Row on 12-4-12.

12/5/12 Non-injury traffic collision at Foam and McClellan.

12/5/12 Non-injury traffic collision at Private Bolio Rd. at Lighthouse.

12/5/12 SCOTT, SHANE was arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest at Del Monte and Washington.

12/6/12 FISCHER, DOMINEE was arrested for public intoxication in the Wharf #2 Parking lot.

12/6/12 Victim reported unknown to have stolen his car, a red 2000 Ford Focus hatchback while it was parked near the intersection of Wave and Irving.

12/6/12 CRUZ-MUNOZ, LETICIA was arrested for embezzlement and burglary in the 600 block of Cannery Row.

12/6/12 Victim reports domestic battery in the 700 block of Archer St.

12/6/12 FINCANNON, JOSHUA was arrested for public intoxication in the 600 block of Lighthouse Ave.

12/6/12 CASTANEDA, ERIC was arrested for public intoxication in the 600 block of Lighthouse Ave.

12/6/12 VASQUEZ, VICTOR was arrested for public intoxication in the 600 block of Cannery Row.

12/7/12 Injury traffic collision at Prescott and Laine.

12/7/12 Non-injury traffic collision at Lighthouse at Dickman.

12/7/12 Non-injury traffic collision at Lighthouse and Drake.

12/7/12 MPD documented a vehicle fire in the 700 block of Lighthouse.

12/7/12 Business in the 500 block of Lighthouse Ave., reported suspect to have stolen a painting worth $1200.00.

12/7/12 Injury traffic collision at Foam and Cannery Row.

12/7/12 RODRIGUEZ, CELEST was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol at Del Monte and Pacific.

12/8/12 PEREZ, JESSICA was arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol at Lighthouse / Private Bolio

12/8/12 Report of missing person from the 600 block of Cannery Row. (Person located.)

12/9/12 JACKSON, PERRY was arrested for DUI and driving on a suspended license on Lighthouse/Hoffman.

12/9/12 RODRIGUEZ, CHRISTINE was arrested for delaying / obstructing a police investigation at 400 Cannery Row.

12/10/12 Non-injury traffic collision in the 500 block of lighthouse.

12/10/12 JENKINS, JUSTIN was arrested for domestic battery in the 500 block of Irving Ave.

12/10/12 Victim reports suspect to have pried open her storage unit in the 200 block of Laine St. The suspect was described as a White male adult, early 20’s, unshaven, driving a black two door Toyota pickup with scratched out license plate. Nothing was taken.

12/11/12 Victim reports being battered by suspect in the 200 block of Dickman Ave.

12/11/12 Injury traffic collision at Lighthouse and Private Bolio.

12/12/12 ROBERTSON, JEREMIAH and BAZABAL, DAMIEN were arrested for public intoxication at Lighthouse / Dickman.

12/12/12 SALMERON, SAMANTHA was arrested in the 700 block of Cannery Row for battery.

12/12/12 Non-injury traffic collision in the 500 block of Lighthouse.

12/12/12 Non-injury traffic collision in the 800 block of Lighthouse Ave.

12/12/12 Subject in the 400 block of Archer St. reports suspicious circumstances.

12/12/12 Victim in the 500 block of Newton St. reports peace disturbance to have occurred on several occasions over the past six months at the above.

12/12/12 Non-injury traffic collision at Foam and Lighthouse.

12/13/12 Victim reports battery in the 300 block of Drake Ave.

12/13/12 Subject in the 800 block of Cypress St. reported receiving suspicious mail.

12/14/12 KAPLAN, ALAN was placed under citizen’s arrest for being in possession of a stun gun while at Windows on the Bay Park.

12/14/12 Victim reported known suspect to have exposed himself to her in the 800 block of Lighthouse Ave.

12/16/12 BERGER, MICHAEL was arrested for public intoxication in the 400 block of Cannery Row.

12/16/12 SUNABE, KAZUO was arrested for DUI in the 500 block of Lighthouse Ave.

12/16/12 MPD found a 7 foot couch in the south bore Lighthouse Tunnel.

12/17/12 CALIFORNIA DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS was aided in the arrest of JOHNSON, WILLIAM on one outstanding felony parole violation warrant at Window On the Bay Park.

12/17/12 Restraining order served in the 100 block of Hawthorne St.

12/19/12 Victim in the 700 block of Hawthorne reports an unknown White female adult to have stolen her white, iPad3 16gb, with a black and teal cover, Description: 5’7″, black shoulder length hair, bruise under right eye, tattoo of a face on left ankle, wearing leggings that had various designs on them with a ripped white t-shirt and black high heels.

12/20/12 City of Monterey reports vandalism to the bathroom stall dividers in the parking garage bathroom located at 601 Wave.

12/20/12 City of Monterey reports graffiti on the sea wall of the Coast Guard Pier where it meets San Carlos Beach.

12/20/12 Victim in the 700 block of Terry St. reports theft of a pair of diamond and platinum earrings.

12/20/12 Victim reported theft of his backpack and sleeping bag on 12/19/12 while at 601 Wave.

12/20/12 Subject reports his vehicle having its drivers side mirror ripped off by a delivery truck while parked in the 600 block of Lighthouse Ave.

2/21/12 City of Monterey reports graffiti vandalism on the concrete pump house on Del Monte Beach by Window to the Bay Park.

12/21/12 MORGAN, JEFFREY was arrested for Public Intoxication in the 700 block of Cannery Row.

12/22/12 ARRIOLA, LILIANA was arrested for public intoxication at Wave/ Irving. She was also charged with PC594 (B)(2), after she kicked the side of a patrol vehicle.

12/22/12 Victim reports the theft of her black Iphone 4s from the 600 block of Cannery Row on the previous evening between 2100 and 0030 hours.

12/22/12 Non-injury traffic collision at Hoffman and Lighthouse.

12/22/12 Report of residential burglary in the 700 block of Lyndon. Unknown items taken.

12/23/12 JACKSON, TINA was arrested for public intoxication in the 500 block of Foam St.

12/24/12 Burglary reported in the 600 block of Belden St. Taken was an unknown amount of change.

12/24/12 Business in the 500 block of Foam St. had an unknown burglarize the locked storage unit at the above.

12/24/12 Victim of a burglary to his storage shed in the 500 block of Foam St.

12/25/12 QUIGLEY, PETER was arrested for public intoxication in the 600 block of Lighthouse, and was found to be in possession of cocaine.

12/25/12 Non-injury traffic collision at Foam / McClellan.

12/26/12 RUPPERT, ANGELIKA was arrested for violating a criminal protective order in the 600 block of Lighthouse Ave.

12/26/12 Victim reported losing her wallet and its contents somewhere in the 800 block of Cannery Row.

12/26/12 [JUVENILE 1] and [JUVENILE 2] were arrested for strong armed robbery, conspiracy and obstructing resisting delaying a peace officer. Both transported to Juvenile Hall. Occurred at the Custom House Plaza.

12/26/12 MPD aided a subject in obtaining medical attention in the 300 block of Drake Ave.

12/27/12 MPD towed a white 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt while parked blocking a driveway in the 2000 block of David Ave.

12/27/12 MORALES, RICARDO was cited for driving on a suspended license while at Hawthorne and McClellan.

12/27/12 MPD documented a civil issue from 32 Cannery Row.

12/28/12 Non-injury traffic collision on Lighthouse, North of Hoffman.

12/28/12 Victim reports a hit and run collision to have caused damage to his vehicle while parked in the 200 block of Lighthouse Ave.

12/29/12 Graffiti vandalism reported in the 400 block of Lighthouse Ave.

12/29/12 Subject was aided in a child custody exchange in the 300 block of Spencer St.

12/29/12 MCSO was aided in the arrest of REYNOLDS, LARRY on three outstanding warrants at Cannery Row and Hoffman.

New Monterey Police Blotter – December 2012

My Mvsevm Is Gone

What once was a pleasant place to view exhibits of local natural history has become a “re-education camp” for the Sustainable Vegetarian Eco-freaks.

The Mvsevm

Tama OIver will present the latest science on climate change at a free presentation hosted by Sustainable Pacific Grove at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Central and Forest avenues, Pacific Grove.

My Mvsevm Is Gone

Hate Crime Or Ignoring A Creepy Guy?

If she ignores your greeting, maybe she is just not the chatty type.

http://www.pineconearchive.com/121228-8.html

Pacific Grove: Man reported a female was on his street twice this week. The first time, he said, “Hello,” and she ignored him. The second time, she was driving her vehicle, and gave him a strange look. He believed this was aimed at his supposed race and felt this was a hate crime. He was advised this did not meet criteria for a hate crime or harassment. He was advised to monitor situation and obtain witnesses if possible. Provided case number in case of future issues.

Hate Crime Or Ignoring A Creepy Guy?

No One Arrested In Pebble Beach Vandalism

Strange. Steal a bottle of gin and get pummeled and arrested. Steal from the golf course and damage the greens and get let go. Might be a ‘who ya know” situation.

Monterey County Sheriff’s Deputies say they were called out to the golf course around six, Thursday night, when employees said the kids destroyed portions of the greens and stole several golf course items.

Deputies began investigating and were led to one of the kids’ backyard, where they found all five juveniles responsible for the crime.

All five were cited and ticketed but no one was arrested.

No One Arrested In Pebble Beach Vandalism

Agha's Reason To Quit Water Project Is . . .

He admits having his name on it is a negative. So now it’s going to be run by a company that uses a mission statement “focus on private equity investments in innovative companies with disruptive technologies within the health care, natural and renewable resources and green technology markets.”
Hey, they left out “Sustainable”.

“I’m removing myself from the operation because I have decided that if I stay out of it, that will help the project to move forward,” Agha says.

Agha’s Reason To Quit Water Project Is…

"Small" Water Projects On Tap In P.G.

Only in government are projects costing from $2,000,000.00 to $17,000,000.00 considered “small projects”. They include reactivating the former waste treatment facility at Point Pinos, Runaway Mayor Dan Cort’s scheme to fill the old Cal Am reservoir or my favorite, pump raw sewage from DMP to Carmel – flush twice, it has to make it over the hill..

The city has tucked three small projects that would produce recycled wastewater or stormwater for irrigation into California American Water’s overall application to the state Public Utilities Commission for a Peninsula water project.

Looking at spiraling costs for the 100 to 125 acre-feet of water it takes a year to keep the city golf links and adjacent El Carmelo Cemetery green, the city looked at ways to replace that expensive potable water with nonpotable irrigation water.

“Small” Water Projects On Tap In P.G.

Pacific Grove Residents Easy Marks For Fraudsters

People that can spend $8 for a jar of pickles or hundreds on rusty garden decor seem the most gullible for other scams, right?

Police said the callers may be using personal information from social media sites.

Police advise residents to never divulge personal information over the phone or send checks, money orders or valuable items to people or businesses you don’t know.

If the scam involves a relative, confirm with someone you know that what is being claimed is true.

You can report scams online to the National Consumers League Fraud Center at www.fraud.org, or call the local police department.

Pacific Grove Residents Easy Marks For Fraudsters

Agha's Desal Project Bought Out?

Looks like normal Nadir business. Agha says it will cost $129,000,000 and a consultant says it will cost $190,000,000. Lew says he owns it, Nadir says he doesn’t. Lew says he has an agreement with Cal Am, Cal Am says they don’t.

Jaws dropped at the Pacific Grove City Council meeting this week when a man introduced himself and said he was taking over Nader Agha’s “People’s Desal” project.

At Wednesday night’s meeting, Donald Lew, managing partner for the Concord-based JDL Development private equity firm, made the surprising announcement Agha is no longer involved in the desal project, and that the project has been renamed.

Do check out the article in the Pine Cone. Lovely quotes like this:

According to JDL’s website, the family-owned private equity firm has a “focus on private equity investments in innovative companies with disruptive technologies within the health care, natural and renewable resources and green technology markets.”

Agha’s Desal Project Bought Out?

Pedestrian Dies After Being Hit By Driver On Pine Ave

Pine Cone reports it was a 55 year old woman driving.

Don Murphy said the tragic crash happened in front of his home. He didn’t hear the collision but said he saw the aftermath when he opened his door to determine why emergency lights were flashing outside.

“The victim, a woman, was lying motionless, face down, in the street,” he recounted. “The driver of the car — an SUV? — that hit her was quite upset while being interviewed by police.”

Pedestrian Dies After Being Hit By Driver On Pine Ave