P.G. Shores Attract Crime

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.

P.G. Shores Attract Crime

$3,000,000 To "Improve Water Quality" At Lovers Point

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.

$3,000,000 To “Improve Water Quality” At Lovers Point

City Takes A Step Back Toward Gull Poo Problem

Check the KSBW video – the news reporter is at the same place I was recently. Add that to the shocking turn from trying to shoo the gulls away to cutting off the attraction by covering the trash around town, something that lighthouseavenue.com has been preaching for years.

Was Moe heard describing the trash can covers as “the best thing ever to happen in P.G.”?

The city’s public works department is experimenting with a new type of trash can to see if it can perturb the influx of gulls.

“Without a doubt, it is working. The seagulls cannot penetrate it and go down and pick up the food,” said Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce president Moe Ammar.

The city is looking to retrofit all trash cans on the recreational trail with the new can style to get rid of gulls, but officials said residents also need to stop feeding the birds.

City officials said without an active food source, the gulls will hopefully go elsewhere.

The city is planning to power-wash the sidewalks the first two weeks of June. The runoff water will be collected and sent to the local pollution control agency.

City Takes A Step Back Toward Gull Poo Problem

Who Wants Layoffs And Sizzle?

Fruit-Cheese and Kurt “Lorem ipsum” That’s who

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.

Who Wants Layoffs And Sizzle?

Truck Sweeps Away Garage And Kitchen In New Monterey

Ever hear of a brake pedal?

The truck driver told police the vehicle lost power as it was headed uphill and began rolling backward, police spokeswoman Cmdr. Leslie Sonne said.

She said it went about 300 feet, including through the intersection at Fillmore Street, before ripping into the garage and part of the kitchen of the damaged home.

Truck Sweeps Away Garage And Kitchen In New Monterey

Union Employee Tries To Form Union, Guess Where That Goes

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.

Union Employee Tries To Form Union, Guess Where That Goes

Rules Are For Others, Not Kampe And Frutchey

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.

Rules Are For Others, Not Kemp And Frutchey

Dumb Criminals File – Raymond Gutosky

At least he did not call his lost cell phone in hopes of getting it back like Sean Conners

A Pacific Grove man stabbed by a homeowner who interrupted him during a burglary will be sentenced to 34 years and eight months in prison, prosecutors said Monday.

Raymond Gutosky, 57, pleaded guilty on Friday to burglary charges after having two previous burglary convictions in Los Angeles, officials said.

Around 9 a.m. on July 11, 2013, Gutosky entered a home after he watched the homeowner and his wife drive away.

The owner returned about 10 minutes later and found Gutosky stealing his wife’s jewelry. Armed with a knife, the owner ordered Gutosky to stay until police arrived.

But Gutosky fought back and was “pummeling” his victim, prosecutors said, until the owner stabbed Gutosky, severely wounding him.

Gutosky stumbled outside, got into a car and drove away, leaving behind his cell phone, which he likely lost during the struggle, officials said.

Dumb Criminals File – Raymond Gutosky

Sea Breeze Motel Expansion Approved

Hope they can expand their dumpster capacity to match.

Sea-Breeze Motel, 2008

seabreeze dumpster

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.

Sea Breeze Motel Expansion Approved

Books – They Can Be Dangerous In The Wrong Hands

If you see a book that does not look just right, report it immediately.

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.

Books – They Can Be Dangerous In The Wrong Hands