10,000 Attend Feast Of Lanterns Show

Attributed to being one of the few free fireworks shows in the state, I say it’s the bellydancers.

Although it might seem confusing to an outsider, being the queen — or one of her six princesses who make up the Royal Court — is a big deal in America’s Last Hometown.

The Royal Court is selected by a committee of local business people, former Royal Court members and nonprofit board members. Although the festival held a swimsuit contest in the 1930s, middle and high school students in Pacific Grove are now selected for excelling academically and how active they are in community service and after-school activities.

10,000 Attend Feast Of Lanterns Show

KSBW Moves Feast Of Lanterns To Florida

With Princess Miami, Princess Tampa, Princess Tallahassee, Princess Orlando. The story changes to Princess Jacksonville and Prince Ft. Lauderdale escaping on an airboat and turning into alligators.

KSBW Moves Feast Of Lanterns To Florida

 

PACIFIC GROVE, Fla. —The annual Feast of Lanterns festival lit up Lover’s Point Park in Pacific Grove Saturday night.

People packed beach as colors filled the sky as 105-year-old Pacific Grove tradition continues.

The event celebrates a Chinese legend called the “Blue Willow,” a story about a princess’ forbidden love. The ceremony at Lover’s Point re-enacts the story, and for the grand finale the lovers flee together and turn into monarch butterflies, cuing the fireworks show out over the Monterey Bay.

KSBW Moves Feast Of Lanterns To Florida

Quiet On The Set

T.V. show production in P.G. Moe is having orgasms.

“Some of them have been here for the past few weeks,” said Ammar. The entire crew arrives on Aug. 17 and leaves on Sept. 3.

Asilomar Conference Grounds will serve as their headquarters with any overflow going to other nearby Pacific Grove hotels. They will be using local transportation, tour, whale-watching and kayaking companies while in the area, said the chamber president.
The networks will be anchoring coverage at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessels.

Quiet On The Set

Elder Abuse On Top Of Animal Abuse

CVS clerk that had a cat in the car trunk.

Ilagene “Jeanie” Quaglia is accused of stealing from a 82-year-old Pacific Grove man who she cared for and managed his rental properties.

It was a neighbor and close friend who noticed money missing and alerted police earlier this year.

“A reverse mortgage, lots and lots of checks that were written out to herself by her with George’s name forged on them, and a bunch of rental money never deposited,” Kristin Houde said.

After a six month investigation, prosecutors charged Quaglia with three felony counts of elder theft, forgery, and identity theft. The neighbor believes the 61-year-old woman may have stolen more than $100,000.

“It did make me wonder from day one, how does somebody who’s a clerk at CVS, drive a BMW SUV that’s probably worth 70 grand?” Houde said.

Elder Abuse On Top Of Animal Abuse

Higher Pay Per Flush Approved

Not enough input from opposition.

New rates will help cover the cost of fixing old pipelines that date back to the early 1900s. Pacific Grove residents will now see a 5 percent rate increase on their monthly sewer bill, totaling about $42 a month, and some residents in the area aren’t too happy.

The city said the sewage rate increase will bring in more than $800,000 over the next couple of years. City officials said the sewer fund is separate from the general fund and can only be used for sewer maintenance.

Higher Pay Per Flush Approved

Sewer Rate Increases

Never mind the lack of maintenance and failing MRWPCA pump station. Pay Per Flush and Smart Sewer Meters can’t be far behind.

A discovery that the city had been overcharging customers for several years angered many and led to a grassroots effort to overturn a 10-year rate hike proposal, with 1,421 residents penning letters against the idea. But it wasn’t enough to stop the move — 3,051 responses were needed — and the City Council unanimously adopted the increases.

“We’re going to be able to move ahead,” said Pacific Grove Mayor Bill Kampe just after the responses were tallied.

The figure was not what the opposition had hoped for. The controversy arose after the city collected $600,000 in sewer fees over the last few years without issuing a required notice to ratepayers. During that time, the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency also raised its rates, which were linked to the city’s rate and added to homeowners’ bills.

Sewer Rate Increases

That Free Fiber Plan Turns Into a $1,000,000 Per Year Cost To P.G.

AT$T and Comca$t do not appear interested in paying for borrowed fiber optics running in the sewers.

SiFi’s business model is to take a low risk middle position in the deal and flip it to institutional investors. Initially, the risk would have been offset by signing long term operating agreements with incumbent cable and telephone companies. But as company CEO Ben Bawtree-Jobson said with classic English understatement yesterday, “there’s been some kick back from those tier one service providers”.

Bawtree-Jobson laid out the new deal:
SiFi builds the network for $15 million and Pacific Grove leases it for 30 years at a price in the $1 million a year range (ramps to $852,000 in year 3 with cost of living increases after that).
Third party ISPs resell services, with a residential gigabit pegged at $90 a month.

That Free Fiber Plan Turns Into a $1,000,000 Per Year Cost To P.G.(Steve Bloom, Tellus Venture Associates)