Pedestrian Accident At Forest & Pine

Cop shop block,

An woman in her 60s was badly injured in a vehicle-pedestrian crash Wednesday night, according to the Pacific Grove Police Department.

Officers responded at approximately 6:20 p.m. to a crash at Pine and Forest avenues where the pedestrian was found lying in the roadway. The victim was taken to a hospital by ambulance and the vehicle’s driver remained on the scene and was cooperative with investigators.

Pedestrian Accident At Forest & Pine

Car Haters Planning To Rip Out Wharf Parking

They say parking lots are not useful. Sorry fishermen and pleasure boaters, you’ll need to hike over to Franklin street to get your parked truck & trailer.

And Festival Space? There’s this huge plaza right next to the Customs house. Is it too not “useful”?

The purpose of the plan is to guide improvements of Monterey’s waterfront. The plan’s draft, according to the city’s principal planner Elizabeth Caraker, emphasizes more usable space and makes it easier for pedestrians to navigate the area. It includes regulations for both the Fisherman’s Wharf and municipal wharf businesses and makes parking changes. It has been embraced by the Planning, Parks and Recreation, and Historic Preservation commissions.

“Overall, participants said they wanted more useable space where the parking lots are,” said Caraker. “So the re-design would serve to include more temporary event or festival space. There would be better circulation for pedestrians and bicycles and better access to parking in the downtown garages when the waterfronts are full.”

Car Haters Planning To Rip Out Wharf Parking

ATC Hotel At Ramming Speed

Is there a sound of shenanigans here? Normally something this humongous would need more time and be delayed to almost infinity.

Project Bella Overhead View

Project Bella, the plan for a luxury hotel at the American Tin Cannery, is generating a lot of positive buzz in America’s Last Hometown.

That seemed to be the pervasive feeling late Wednesday as the City Council unanimously voted to hold a special election on April 19 to make an ordinance change to clear the way for the hotel. But first, the council approved a reimbursement agreement with the project’s developer, Domaine Hospitality Partners, covering the cost of holding a special election.

The question of compensation was addressed first because, as Mayor Bill Kampe explained, “We want to know we’re getting reimbursed.”

“I have a lot of faith in P.G. voters,” said Moe Ammar, president of the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce, at Wednesday’s meeting. “It’s to the benefit of Pacific Grove to get that dollar in the bank as soon as possible.”

ATC Hotel At Ramming Speed

Special Election Coming For Project Bella

Project Bella Overhead View

While a few P.G. residents did express their concerns about the effects of the project and the special election — like Pacific Grove resident Luke Coletti, who thought the special election was a “cynical attempt to lower voter turnout,”

“I have a lot of faith in P.G. voters,” said Moe Ammar, president of the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce, at Wednesday’s meeting. “It’s to the benefit of Pacific Grove to get that dollar in the bank as soon as possible.”

The question of compensation was addressed first because, as Mayor Bill Kampe explained, “We want to know we’re getting reimbursed.”

For his part, Kampe has advocated moving forward in a timely manner because of the multiple hurdles involved in a development project of this size. He said he was pleased to see the city reach a point where the election has been called and a reimbursement agreement has been made. So did David Armanasco, a spokesman for the project.

Special Election Coming For Project Bella

Stolen Guns Found In PG, Man’s Home

Life of crime in a rut?

Jeffery Rutt

Jeffrey Rutt, 23, arrested after a vehicle pursuit last week, could be facing more charges as local police agencies found more stolen items in his possession, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

Three stolen shotguns, two stun guns, knives and a machete were found in Rutt’s car when he was arrested. Following his arrest, deputies conducted a probation search and found stolen laptop computers, iPads, cameras, medications and a survey transit, which were returned to their owners. Rutt allegedly stole the items, worth approximately $5,250, from locked and unlocked cars between October and December 2015.

Stolen Guns Found In PG, Man’s Home

ATC Hotel Gets Cutsies To Go Ahead

Will it take longer to get a garage sale permit than approve the hotel.

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When it comes to Project Bella, the luxury hotel proposed for the American Tin Cannery, Pacific Grove doesn’t seem to want to wait.

On Tuesday, the City Council is expected to adopt a resolution to call a special election on April 19 for a ballot initiative that would begin to clear the way for the project. The initiative could also be delayed and put on the ballot for the June general election.

Pacific Grove Mayor Bill Kampe said that both the developers of the project and the majority of staff at the city feel moving quickly would be the most beneficial.

ATC Hotel Gets Cutsies To Go Ahead

Jeffrey Rutt Arrested Stealing From Cars

Dude will never straighten out.

Jeffery Rutt

It all started on Tuesday, when Monterey County deputies were sent to San Benancio Road in Salinas on reports of a man in a silver Honda, stealing items out of cars.

After being spotted in the 300 block of Corral De Tierra, deputies attempted to stop him and were led on a pursuit.

The man eventually crashed into a creek at highway 68 and was arrested. 23-year-old Jeffrey Rutt had an outstanding felony warrant.

Jeffrey Rutt Arrested Stealing From Cars

El Nino In A Match Against Substainable Pacific Grove

Can’t tell which is fake?El Nino

Just as big waves wash away carefully constructed sand castles, El Niño threatens to transform Monterey County beaches and coastlines.

Every winter rainy season brings storms and heavy surf that erode shores and wash away sand, which waves return to the coast in summer. But El Niño generates extra rain and higher sea levels, which increases the erosion during intense and windy storms, affecting coastal bluffs and beaches around Carmel, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach and Monterey.

Residents and city officials are not taking any chances. For example, in Pacific Grove, residents are considering whether to buttress the shoreline by building seawalls to protect property or retreat to higher ground further inland and protect the natural shoreline.

“I believe this is a very important question,” said Anthony Ciani, an architect and member of Sustainable Pacific Grove. A small survey conducted by the organization found that people currently seem to favor retreating, he said.

El Nino In A Match Against Substainable Pacific Grove

P.G. Weed Growers Is It Grow Or Cultivate?

I can’t remember. Whoa!

Butterfly Weed

A minor change in the language of Pacific Grove’s medical marijuana ordinance was adopted Wednesday by the City Council to allow the city more flexibility with future regulation.

The city’s previous ordinance said “no person shall grow, sell or distribute marijuana within the City.” The word grow was changed to “cultivate” to better align with state regulations.

“Legally ‘grow’ is part of ‘cultivation’ so we’re really just cleaning it up to make sure we in the city have maximum flexibility,” said Councilman Rudy Fischer. “The state is coming up with laws and regulations and we want to make sure we can control our own city.”

P.G. Weed Growers Is It Grow Or Cultivate?

Dumb Criminal Sends Selfie to Victim

And gets a thumbs up from the cops.

Pacific Grove armed robbery arrest

Victor-Almanza-Martinez

Just after 1am, Pacific Grove Police Officers responded to Lovers Point Park. Three Hispanic males had approached four victims sitting inside a vehicle, and ordered the victims out of their vehicle at gun point. The men robbed the victims of their property and stole their vehicle.

One of the men took a selfie with one of the victims, and sent it to his victim as a text message. The picture was examined by authorities, and that led them to their man, Victor Almanza-Martinez, 18, who was arrested later that morning a in the 10000 block of Axtell Street in Castroville.

Almanza-Martyinez was arrested without incident and charged with armed robbery, kidnapping, possession of stolen property, conspiracy, violation of probation, and gang enhancements. Almanza-Martinez was transported to the Monterey County Jail with bail set at $170,000.

Dumb Criminal Sends Selfie to Victim