McDonald’s Leaving Town

No drive up window and rent hikes push the affordable family burger chain to leave after winning the fight to build in P.G. back in 1974 when the town was more serving to residents.

Arches Gone

While the building that the fast food restaurant is located in at 100 Country Club Gate was sold in January, 2014, the golden arches remained. But now, the building is up for lease and McDonald’s is departing America’s last hometown.

“Somebody bought the property where McDonald’s is and now they want to increase the rent but McDonald’s can’t afford it,” said Pacific Grove’s Chamber of Commerce President Moe Ammar.

McDonald’s Leaving Town

Mayor Repeats The Old Substainable Song

Build more hotels, attract more visitors. Do you really like waking up to weekend neighbors that arrived late Friday and packing up early? How about the slow moving traffic from hospitality workers that cannot afford to live here?

“My wife and I still wake up each morning and think how wonderful it is to live in this amazing community,” Kampe said. “It continues to be this special place because so many work so hard to make it this way.”

“Taken together, current deferred spending plus looming cost increases tell us we need increased revenue,” said Kampe. “We now need to ask if we, as a community, are prepared to support essential and desired services that make our city such a privileged place to live.”

Kampe referred to Carmel, which has three times the revenue per capita, and Monterey, with double the revenue per capita, as references to just how well the city has managed with its limited finances.

Mayor Repeats The Old Substainable Song

Invest Now In Ocean Front Property On Pine Street

Global warming will affect tourism in a million years. Or is it the tourists gaining weight on fried foods sinking the land mass?

Tens of millions of Californians live in coastal counties, and the population in these areas is slowly growing. But at the same time, federal ocean-related expenditures have steadily declined by 8 percent, while the state continues to endure a historic drought and the early effects of climate change.

“The coast is where climate change impacts are among the highest,” said Kildow.

A lot of Monterey Bay’s ocean economy lies at or near the shore, which could be vulnerable to erosion, said Charles Colgan, an economist and co-author of the report.

“Much of Cannery Row sits on top of an erodible shoreline, for example,” he said. “Rising sea level is something that people are going to have to pay attention to.”

And our own esteemed Sam The Sham wants more of our tax dollars to “help”.

“This report is the first time people have been able to put solid economic numbers on these environmental and marine issues,” said Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel. As the founder and chair of the House Oceans Caucus, Farr seeks to draw attention to and secure limited federal funding for ocean-related programs.

Invest Now In Ocean Front Property On Pine Street

Say Goodbye One Last Time To Cannery Row Square

Only so much one can do with old cannery buildings.

Cannery Row Square

 

The aquarium purchased the buildings at 585 and 625 Cannery Row from the Shake family in 2014. It has raised $28 million toward the $65 million needed to fund the purchase of the property, construction of the center, and to support expansion of programs for visiting school groups, teachers and youth. Construction of the center itself will cost $30 million. The aquarium hopes to break ground on the state-of-the-art facility this fall.

Say Goodbye One Last Time To Cannery Row Square

Gas Leak In New Monterey

Pacific Gas Electric Gas Leak

Mayra Tostado said PG&E was notified of a gas leak at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at 406 Lighthouse Ave., adding no injuries were reported.

PG&E crews capped the leak at 3 a.m. The repairs led to a closure of Lighthouse Avenue between Drake and McClellan avenues Thursday. The street reopened late Thursday morning. An employee at nearby Current Comics said business was unaffected.

Gas Leak In New Monterey

Nature Closes Beach

Up from the ground comes a bubblin’ crude.

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As a safety precaution, the city of Monterey on Thursday closed McAbee Beach due to what was described as a small amount of a petroleum-like substance that had been discovered in the area of the beach.

The substance will be tested to determine exactly what it is and its origin, according to a press release issued by the city. The city is acting on the recommendation of the Monterey County Health Department to close the beach. The leak was described as “minor” and confined to the remnants of a cement foundation of a former building located on the site. The beach will remain closed until further notice.

Nature Closes Beach

Californian Tests Positive For Zika Virus

Not to be confused with Zito Virus which causes one to hug disease releasing raccoons.

The resident had recently traveled out of the country and contracted the Zika virus. Zika is spread through mosquito bites.

We think it’s only a matter of time before the viruses and the mosquitoes in California get together, and that we have infected mosquitoes, and that there’s local transmission. But this won’t be a very frequent occurrence,” Santa Cruz county mosquito and vector control manager Paul Binding said.

It’s possible that a traveler infected with the virus could be bitten by a local mosquito and that mosquito could bite someone else, further transmitting the virus.

Californian Tests Positive For Zika Virus 

Butterfly Census: Fewer Monarchs, Plant Milkweed?

What is it Ann? If it’s an over wintering site why plant milkweed for the caterpillars? Should plant nectar bearing flowers for the butterflies I think

Monarch Molesting No Touch

“There’s volunteers all along the west coast, primarily in California that are counting over wintering sites during the three weeks around thanksgiving,” said Pacific Grove Museum Director of Education Ann Wasser.

“They’re looking at different pesticides, they’re looking at habitat loss with milk weed which is what the monarchs use to lay their eggs on. A lot of people treat it as a weed so they pull it,” said Wasser.

Butterfly Census: Fewer Monarchs, Plant Milkweed?

Butterfly Population Is Increasing

Showing a sign of improvement, but more prefer the hot tubs in Marin,

Each year the Xerces Society does an annual Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count.

“There’s volunteers all along the west coast, primarily in California that are counting over wintering sites during the three weeks around thanksgiving,” said Pacific Grove Museum Director of Education Ann Wasser.

Those numbers, which were just made available, show that almost 280-thousand monarchs made the long journey. And while it’s a big difference from the 1.2 million that use to fly to the California coast during winter, it is higher than previous years for most places.

“For Monterey County our numbers were not as high as they were last year. Counties farther north of us, especially Marin County, had much higher numbers this year,” said Wasser.

Butterfly Population Is Increasing

Gone: Pump House At Top Of Eardley

Often showed signs of cars crashing in to it. Admin once had a friend who gave me directions to her house – go up Eardley and stop at the water company building then go  right at Sinex.

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The water company offered to give the building to a group or neighborhood association for renovation, but there were no takers The structure would have been expensive
to remodel and finding a use for it would have been challenging.

the council in October voted 6-1, with Councilman Dan Miller dissenting,to allow Cal Am to demolish the house. As a condition of that permit, the council required the historic signage be placed on the property, and that the valve gate be preserved.

Gone: Pump House At Top Of Eardley