Lovers Point Pool Reopening By Summer?

old pg pool
kiddie pool

The first pool just above the beach at Lovers Point was a saltwater plunge built in 1938. The current one, which was closed last summer because of a host of maintenance issues, was built in 1972. For years, the city held swim lessons and recreational swimming programs at the pool.

The city didn’t have the money to pay for pool repairs, so the community fundraising drive was organized. The goal was $250,000 — an amount that would probably provide an operating-fund endowment and swim-lesson scholarships.

A city busy spending money on image consultants and unnecessary street remodels leaves little for project the residents can enjoy.

Lovers Point Pool Reopening By Summer?

New Monterey Police Blotter – February 2013

2/1/13 Victim business in the 500 block of Cannery Row reported a person paid for parking with a counterfeit $10.00 bill.

2/2/13 MORGAN, PAUL, THOMAS, male/20, 5’11,160, brown, blue, was arrested for public intoxication, obstructing an investigation, possession of false evidence of age, and misappropriation of found property while at Olivier/Wharf
1. Released on citation when sober.

2/2/13 Non-injury traffic collision on David near Wave.

2/3/13 Victim reports being battered by suspect in the 200 block of Laine St. Suspect left the scene before police arrived.

2/4/13 JOHNSON, WENDY FAYE, female/28, BRO/BRO, 5’3″/115 lbs, was arrested for public intoxication in the 600 block of Lighthouse Ave. She was booked at MPD and held in lieu of $3,500 bail.

2/4/13 Victim reported he was assaulted by suspect at Fisherman’s Wharf. No prosecution desired.

2/4/13 TILLER, ERIC, male/40, 5-9 157 lbs, Bln/Hzl, was arrested for prowling ($3500 bail) at 422 Alvarado St.

2/4/13 TILLER, ERIC male/40, 5-9/157lbs, Bln/Hzl,was arrested at Pacific / Artillery for vandalizing a clay planter pot. He was transported to county jail pending $3500 bail.

2/4/13 TILLER, ERIC male/40, 5-9/157lbs, Bln/Hzl, was arrested in the 300 block of Pacific for disrupting a business. Transported to County Jail where is to remain pending bail ($3500) or arraignment.

2/5/13 Business in the 700 block of Lighthouse was cited for operating a business without a list of services available and cost posted in an open and conspicuous place.

2/5/13 Victim reported theft of her purse from a parking lot in the 300 block of Lighthouse Ave.

2/6/13 [JUVENILE] was arrested for battery at Cannery Row and Prescott. She was booked at the Monterey City Jail and released to a parent on a citation.

2/6/13 Non-injury single vehicle traffic collision at the intersection of Lighthouse and Pacific after a white SUV swerved in front of his vehicle, causing him to strike a curb.

2/8/13 MPD investigating animal abandonment in the 2000 block of Prescott.

2/8/13 Non-injury traffic collision, vehicle versus a parked vehicle in the 500 block of Lighthouse.

2/8/13 Non-injury traffic collision, vehicle versus a parked vehicle in the 500 block of Lighthouse.

2/10/13 Subject was aided in a child neglect matter in the 700 block of Cannery Row.

2/11/13 Monterey Public Works reports graffiti vandalism in the 800 block of Lighthouse Ave.

2/11/13 MCSO was aided in the arrest of CARSON, ALAN male/46, 5′-9″, 175 lbs, BRN, BRN, on 2-11-13 at 1839 hours, in the 600 block of Cannery Row, for one $15000.00 misdemeanor warrant and one $7500.00 misdemeanor warrant. Both warrants were for failure to appear on 647(f) PC charges. CARSON booked at Monterey City Jail.

2/11/13 Victim in the 800 block of Lottie Street reported money stolen from her unlocked vehicle by subjects she hired to touch up paint on her vehicle. Total loss $300.00.

2/12/13 SPATES, DAVID, male/28, Brn, Grn, 5′-9″, 170, was arrested for public intoxication and possession of a dagger.DRESCH, MELISSA, female/40, brn, grn, 5′-4″, 120, was arrested for public intoxication and battery on a peace officer at Window on the Bay Park.

2/12/13 Subject was contacted for minor being in possession of alcohol in the 700 block of Cannery Row.

2/13/13 CASILLAS, HECTOR, male/23, brn, brn, 5′-8″, 180, and CASILLAS, RAMON, male/29, blk, brn, 5′-10″, 170, were arrested for assault with a deadly weapon in the form of a beer bottle, and criminal threats. RAMON was held on a $30.000 bail, HECTOR was also charged with violating felony probation and held without bail. Both booked into MPD Jail. CASILLAS, RICARDO, male/30, brn, grn, 5′-10″, 170, was charged for challenging to fight in public. He was released on a citation after booking at the MPD Jail. All arrests occurred in the 700 block of Cannery Row.

2/13/13 MPD towed a 1999, silver Honda Civic, from Lyndon at Withers, after being left abandoned.

2/13/13 Non-injury traffic collision in the 700 block of Lighthouse.

2/13/13 SANTELLANES, RHONDA JEAN, female/53, 5’6″, 123, Brn, Blu, was arrested in the 400 block of Foam St. for domestic battery. SANTELLANES was booked at MPD and held in lieu of $20,000 bail. The victim (confidential) DOE, JOHN was arrested for resisting and obstructing a peace officer. DOE was booked at MPD and will be released on a citation when sober.

2/13/13 MPD towed a gold 91 Toyota Camry at McClellan and Lighthouse for having expired registration over six months.

2/14/13 CLEMONS, KENNETH, male/42, 5’11’, 215, Blk, Brn, was arrested in the 300 block of Dickman Ave. for child endangerment CLEMONS was booked at MPD jail and later released on a citation.

2/15/13 Victim reports theft of a blue backpack, a compressor and lightbulbs for a Toyota from the trunk of her vehicle while it was parked in the 1100 block of Forest Ave. (Pacific Grove).

2/16/13 Victim reports her purse and contents to have been taken from a business in the 600 block of Cannery Row.

2/16/13 Victim reports being battered by known suspect in the 300 block of Drake Ave. Case for documentation purposes only.

2/16/13 Victim reports a red vehicle to have sideswiped his rental vehicle while parked in a parking lot in the 600 block of Lighthouse Ave.

2/16/13 MPD documented a juvenile problem in the 700 block of Hawthorne St.

2/17/13 MALLANGI, BHANUTEJ, male/24 black, brown, 6’0, 143, was arrested for DUI at Lighthouse/McClellan. Bail is $5,000. Bail posted.

2/17/13 MPD documented a peace disturbance in the 300 block of Drake Ave.

2/17/13 URSO, MICHAEL male/60 5’11” 140 BRN/HZL was arrested for battery after I witnessed URSO strike the victim at McAbee Beach. Victim declined prosecution. URSO was released per 849(b)(1) PC

2/17/13 PARKER, JORDAN CHRISTIAN male/42, 5’10” 160 Red Green was arrested for public intoxication at McAbee beach. He was later released for medical treatment.

2/18/13 MPD documented graffiti at 585 Cannery Row.

2/18/13 MPD towed a white, 93 GMC Sierra from the 2000 block of David for expired registration over 6 months.

2/18/13 Victim in the 300 block of Prescott Ave. reports suspect to have burglarized her vehicle while parked at her residence. Taken was a purple Victoria Secret purse containing misc makeup.

2/18/13 Pacific Grove PD was aided in the location of two burglary suspects at Del Monte and the Navy Gate. PGPD responded and arrested both for burglary.

2/18/13 MCSO was aided in the cite and release of URSO, MICHAEL, male/60, Brn, Hzl, 5’11”, 150 in the 300 block of David Ave. URSO was cited and released on an outstanding $3,500.00 warrant.

2/19/13 DONAHUE, JUSTIN HEISER, male/30, brown, blue, 5’10, 190, was cited and released after trespassing inthe 800 block of Hawthorne,

2/19/13 MPD towed a blue/white, 1996 Ford Ranger from northbound Lighthouse curve for obstructing traffic due to a flat tire.

2/19/13 CANTALOUBE, CURTIS, male/20, brn, brn, 6′-00″, 175, was cited for minor purchasing alcohol and MACIWALA, ALIA, female/23, bln, brn, 5′-9″, 135, was cited for selling alcohol to a minor in the 700 block of Cannery Row.

2/20/13 Vicitm reports being battered by a female suspect while in the 700 block of Cannery Row.

2/21/13 FONG, FRANKLIN, male/43, 5’8, 170 lbs, Blk, Brn, SHAKE, OMAR, male/22, 5’8, 150, Blk, Haz, and CHRISTENSEN, JOSEPH, male/21, 6’0, 185, Bln, Blu, were all arrested for Felony Vandalism and conspiracy at Pacific and Scott. Damage estimated at $1,500. CHRISTENSEN was additionally charged with obstructing and resisting. FONG, SHAKE and CHRISTENSEN were booked at MPD on the above charges and will remain in custody pending bail or arraignment.

2/21/13 Victim reports being beaten and robbed on the Recreation Trail at Windows on the Bay Park.

2/21/13 MPD towed a 1987, Black, Merzedes, 300E, 4D, for registration expired over 6 months, from Dickman and Belden.

2/21/13 MERCURIO, NADIA KATHLEEN, female/57, 5’5″, 140, Blond, Green, was cited and released on Salinas Superior Court Traffic Warrant for violation of 20002(a) CVC, $5,000 bail, when contacted during a traffic stop at David and

2/21/13 Victim reported the theft of a rental bicycle while parked at 400 Cannery Row.

2/23/13 WHITEMAN, MICHAEL SHANE male/24, 5’11, 165, Bro, Hzl, was arrested for public intoxication on Archer at Hoffman. WHITEMAN will be relased with no charges when sober.

2/24/13 Subject reports finding a wallet in the 200 block of Laine St. Pending contact with owner.

2/25/13 THORSEN, MARK, male/31, 5’6, 140, Brn, Brn, was arrested for a PRCS violation after he was found misappropriating found property near Pacific/Scott. THORSEN was booked at MPD and is pending arraignment.

2/25/13 Non-injury traffic collision in the intersection of Prescott and Lottie.

2/26/13 Subject in the 1000 block of David Ave. reports neighbor’s dog to have been loose and challenged him in his yard. Neighbor was issued civil citation by mail.

2/26/13 MPD documented a civil issue in the 400 block of Spencer St.

2/27/13 MPD documented a civil issue in the 700 block of Hawthorne Ave.

2/27/13 Victim reports burglary to his vehicle while parked in the area of Belden/ McClellan. Taken was an olive green knit cap, Black Hill brand hoodie XXL, text book, Black CD case w 50 music CDs, olive green folder w veh reg, ins,
veh manual, fixed 3″ blade knife w black cord wrapped handle

2/27/13 City of Monterey Public Works, reports graffiti at 550 Wave.

2/28/13 Report of a robbery on the Recreation Trail near Cannery Row.

2/28/13 Victim reports her vehicle keyed while parked in the 600 block of Spencer St.

New Monterey Police Blotter – February 2013

Forest Avenue 76 Station Customers' Credit Card Information Hacked


On Feb. 21, a person reported to the PGPD the theft and unlawful use of their credit card information.

The investigation led police back to the 76 Station where its management cooperated and all gas pumps were inspected for a skimming device but none found, police said.

The skimmer is a device that is attached to a point of sale machine and collects encoded information from credit or debit cards.

Several versions of skimmers were found affixed to gas pumps at the same location on Dec. 7.

Skimmer devices are now being found INSIDE the pumps, plugged into the card readers. Some stations attach anti-tamper stickers to the door of the pumps – if the seal is broke, don’t stick anything in it..


Forest Avenue 76 Station Customers’ Credit Card Information Hacked

No Parole For Trail Stabber Jason Blad


Jason Blad, now 33, pleaded guilty more than a decade ago of attempted murder for the attack, perpetrated by himself and another Marine, Jesse Jay Carson. The two were students at the Defense Language Institute at the time of the attack. Carson was convicted at trial of the same charges. Both were sentenced to life in prison.

The two men stabbed the woman 12 times and slashed her throat twice before leaving her for dead on the trail in November 2000. At the trial in Monterey County Superior Court, the victim told jurors she’d pleaded for her life and tried to get away, but the two pinned her to the ground and began stabbing her on each side.

Tuesday, parole board members met at the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo for Blad’s latest parole hearing, but denied his bid, according to California Department of Corrections spokesman Luis Patino. He will not be eligible for a parole hearing for another three years.

No Parole For Trail Stabber Jason Blad

Downtown Struggles While It's Crossroads Undergo "Beautification"

Pavels, Grove Market, PG Florist all are losing customers and Moe Ammar says “This is the best thing that’s happened since I’ve been here, period!”.

Baghdad Moe

The main intersection of downtown Pacific Grove, Forest and Lighthouse, is blocked because of a safety and beautification project and will be closed until April 8, causing significant business losses for even very popular stores near the intersection as shoppers avoid the area because they’re worried they won’t be able to get through or find a place to park.

downtown ditch

My question is how will this bit of concrete mix with the five different sidewalk styles that exist at the intersection?

You have exposed aggregate

There’s a diamond pattern (my personal favorite)

A five squares from store to curb pattern

Another side has three squares from store to curb.

And a real brick veneer
brick veneer

Downtown Struggles While It’s Crossroads Undergo “Beautification”

Two Caught Stealing From Church

How low can one go?

A neighbor told police she saw a woman enter the church at 148 8th St. at 3:40 p.m. and walk out with miscellaneous items, police said. The woman got into a car with a man at the wheel, and they drove down Lighthouse Avenue toward Monterey.

The car was stopped by Monterey police near Del Monte and Figueroa avenues, police said. Food taken from the church were found in the car, police said.

Arrested were Jessica Galloway, 22, on suspicion of burglary and David Ballard, 24, charged with violating a restraining order to stay away from Galloway, police said.

Two Caught Stealing From Church

No Charges Of Self Stabbing By Seaside Cop

Odd case. Off duty cop who claims “During the course of a year said he might date 30 to 40 women,” calls 911 claiming he was stabbed by unknown assailants.

Spitz said his investigators were unable to develop any solid leads as to the assailant Gill claimed attacked him July 31, 2012, or to establish enough evidence to convince a jury he fabricated the story.

In essence, he said, prosecutors do not know who is telling the truth.

Gill told police a Latino male stabbed him in the chest for unknown reasons when he responded to banging on his back door. Court documents said investigators believe Gill stabbed himself, was stabbed by one of many girlfriends or by one of their angry spouses.

No Charges Of Self Stabbing By Seaside Cop

P.G. Man Among Arrested Drug Dealers

Heroin being sold at the transit plaza in Monterey

Known as Operation Tar Block, the investigation began when undercover officers bought drugs from street-level dealers, Dias said. Those purchases, made in Monterey and Seaside, led police to alleged suppliers living in several Peninsula cities, he said.

Cody Esquivel, 27, of Seaside was arrested on suspicion of selling heroin. Timothy Murray, 41, of Marina and Castroville was arrested on gun charges and for allegedly possessing heroin and methamphetamine for sale.

Sepehr Makki, 18, of Pacific Grove and Joseph Sampognaro Jr., 24, of Monterey were arrested on a charge of offering to sell heroin.

Morgan Ferguson, 22, of Carmel was arrested on a charge of possessing heroin for sale, and Mike Sobel, 41, of Seaside was arrested and charged with possessing heroin and methamphetamine for sale.

Some of the arrests were made at the alleged dealers’ residences in Seaside, Monterey, Marina and Castroville, Dias said.

P.G. Man Among Arrested Drug Dealers