The shoreline and recreation trail are definitely not safe after dark.
Just after midnight, an officer contacted a man parked near the ocean front on the 1600 block of Ocean View Boulevard. The man was allegedly in possession of a loaded and concealed weapon on himself and having drug paraphernalia in his vehicle.
Santos Gervacio Benitez, 18, of Salinas, was arrested and booked into Monterey County Jail.
At 11 a.m. an officer saw a man smoking marijuana adjacent to the waterfront on the 1700 block of Sunset Drive. Another man was contacted near the water. Both men, under 21, were found in possession of alcohol and had been illegally collecting marine life from teh tide pools.
Alvaro Miranda, 20, and Jesus Miranda Gonzalez, 19, both of San Jose, were arrested on suspicion of a minor in possession of alcohol and illegally taking animals from a marine sanctuary.
Interesting. What is given up in order get bestowed with these tax dollars? No fireworks shot over the water?
On Thursday, the state water board announced it had awarded the city a $3.3 million grant to fund part of a planned $4.8 million project aimed at improving a storm drain and sewer pipelines near the beach. The drain and pipelines are believed to be the source of poor water quality due to human bacteria contamination. The beach is regularly subject to public warnings and closure due to poor water quality.
Frutchey said the city must continue to transform its business practices with private-sector service contracts, shared services with other agencies, and fewer full-time employees in the state Public Employees Retirement System.
On a related matter, the city’s economic development manager recommends that Pacific Grove follow the lead of such cities as Escondido and Hercules to put more sizzle in the downtown district economy.
What – labor unions are not welcome at labor unions?
Francisco Cerritos, who was hired by the United Farm Workers of America in 1998, alleges in a May 2 lawsuit filed in Monterey County Superior Court that the UFW broke numerous state labor laws, including failing to pay him overtime, and to provide meal breaks and itemized paychecks. He also alleges the UFW retaliated against him for helping forming an employees union within the UFW.
Nevermind the humans, close the beach for sea lions.
At a March 5 P.G. City Council meeting, numerous volunteers who help protect the seals urged the city to install bigger fencing to protect them. But before they even spoke, city
manager Tom Frutchey told the council that the city “will go ahead, and even without coastal commission approval, erect a more substantial barrier.” The city installed the lattice fencing not long after the meeting.
The council, at its Wednesday meeting, rejected an appeal filed against the Sea Breeze Lodge expansion after it had been approved on a divided Planning Commission vote in March.
Appellants Roxanne and Adiba Mahroom contended the proposed addition of six units, on top of three approved in 2002 but never built, should have been reviewed under the state Environmental Quality Act. They also argued the city wrongfully approved water for the project before it was considered by the Planning Commission.
City planners said the addition to the 30-unit Lighthouse Avenue motel was a minor project exempt from the Environmental Quality Act.
The Monterey County Bomb Squad responded to a house in New Monterey Thursday night on reports of a suspicious envelope being delivered to the residence.
Law enforcement was notified around 7 p.m. and responded to the home on Parcel Street off Prescott Avenue. The bomb squad arrived on scene by 8 p.m., and used a portable X-ray machine and robot to examine the package.
Just before 9:20 p.m., the bomb squad confirmed the envelope contained nothing dangerous. In fact, the envelope contained two children’s books.