Truck Fire On Eighth Street An Arson?

Narrow street, lucky no homes caught fire.

A vehicle fire at 10 p.m. Sunday involving a 2000 Ford F-150 extended-cab pickup is being investigated as a possible arson, according to the Pacific Grove Police Department.

PG Police and Monterey Fire responded to the fire on the 200 block of Eighth Street in Pacific Grove and found the pick-up fully engulfed in flames.

Truck Fire On Eighth Street An Arson?

Peppers Mexicali Cafe So Hot It Catches On Fire

Clean those grease filters!

Jim Brown, a division chief for the Monterey Fire Department, said the fire broke out in a flue designed to carry exhaust and grease away from the stove at Peppers.

“Those flues can get a buildup of grease inside, and sometimes the grease catches fire, which is what happened today,” Brown said. “The initial knockdown of the fire was from the outside of the restaurant, and we actually cut the flue pipe open to get to the seed of the fire.”

Peppers Mexicali Cafe So Hot It Catches On Fire

Crespi Pond Burn Victim Identified

Still don’t know what led up to the deceased man.
Richard Hafner

Early two weeks after finding a man’s body in flames at the Pacific Grovegolf course, police still don’t know why 56-year-old P.G. resident Richard Haffner died, and they’re continuing to treat it as suspicious.

PGPD Sgt. Jeff Fenton was dispatched to Ocean View Boulevard around 7:20 a.m. Nov. 3 on reports of a man and building on fire at the public golf course. He arrived to find the person engulfed in flames lying unmoving on the ground next to the restroom building and a fence on fire, and attempted to douse them with the extinguisher from his car

Crespi Pond Burn Victim Identified

Mvsevm To Imprison The Monarchs

Since the place was gifted to the fish prison it’s only natural for them to do the same with butterflies. And to do it with nothing more than summer tourists in mind.

The Mvsevm

“We have a bit of a challenge when tourists come here in the summer,” says Lori Mannel, executive director of the P.G. Museum of Natural History. “They say, ‘Where are the monarchs?’”
But thanks to a $50,000 planning grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Mannel and her colleagues expect that to change: A butterfly pavilion in the museum’s native plant gardens is in the works, an enclosed structure that will be home to a variety of native butterflies in all of their life stages, from caterpillar to chrysalis to winged.

Mvsevm To Imprison The Monarchs

No Butts On The Wharf

Smokers abusing their freedom by littering get what’s coming.

Chart House Butts
Picture from 2012, empty lot just over fence from Chart House

In December, Fisherman’s Wharf will join the list of city spots where lighting up is illegal.

The City Council this week, at the request of the wharf business association, voted 5-0 to ban smoking on the tourist-oriented wharf.

The association voted 26-6 in favor of the smoking ban, and no one spoke in opposition to the move before the City Council. City officials also are investigating whether to expand its no-smoking areas to downtown areas.

No Butts On The Wharf

This Year's School Tax Vote Fails

Lots of taxes passed for ‘education’ and all I can see is parking lots and football stadiums.

measure g trash

In Pacific Grove, residents failed to pass Measure G, the Pacific Grove Unified School District-backed proposal that asked taxpayers to pay about $30 per every $100,000 of their assessed home value for tech devices and programs for the district’s schools.
But the measure, which had the support of the Monterey Peninsula Taxpayers Association, fell short of the 55 percent it needed to pass, receiving 2,030 Yes votes (51.51 percent) to 1,911 No votes (48.49 percent).
Backers had said the funds would have been collected for 20 years in a series of short-term, low-interest bonds and would generate about $27.8 million for the district to purchase computers, electronic tablets — such as iPads — update security cameras, and implement statewide technology requirements for testing and learning.

This Year’s School Tax Vote Fails

Stuart Elder Arraigned

Court of Judge Russell Scott. Same as Deborah King and Aaron Corn.

Surrounded by a veritable human shield, 31-year-old Stuart Elder was arraigned Friday on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter in the deaths of two Pebble Beach women.

Elder, a luxury home builder out of Pacific Grove, was formally charged Monday, seven months after he was first arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence during the April 7 wreck. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 15 years in prison.

Linda Larone, 65, and Sharon Daly, 72, were killed in the accident that also seriously injured 20-year-old Selvia Gattis.

According to the Contractors State License Board, Elder is the sole proprietor of E.C.I. Building Inc., in Pacific Grove. His license was active as of Friday.

Stuart Elder Arraigned

Stuart Elder In Court

Elevated to celebrity status.

On Friday, he rushed in and out of the courthouse, his lawyer at his side.

Elder’s Bakersfield attorney Michael Lukehart told the judge he will ask the court to ban the press from using “electronic media — filming, recording or photographing” at the proceedings, noting that TV crews were filming as he spoke.

Judge Russell Scott said he had already granted permission for cameras to roll at the arraignment.

Stuart Elder In Court

Starfish Are Losing Arms

No, they are not losing 2nd amendment rights. Just disintegrating. The articles quotes a student saying the ocean floor resembles a graveyard. Ever see a graveyard with random limbs laying about? Scary thought.

Sarah Wilson, a student in the program, says, “It just looks lie a graveyard out there, just starfish arms scattered everywhere. Some are just one armed sea stars, two, three, some are doing a little better with four arms, but still it’s not what it should be.”

The central coast has thousands of different species of starfish lining their shorelines, but now Sarah says things are changing, “It looks like their tissues are degrading, so they are disintegrating away, and their arms are getting shorter, and shorter, and eventually falling off.”

Starfish Are Losing Arms