Newcomer Fischer Running For Mayor

Politics

In June of 2106 after declaring his run for mayor against Mayor Bill Kampe, Fischer pulled out of the race, citing that his views were too similar to Kampe’s to run against him.
Fischer said he wants to continue the council’s current policies and direction, which involves improvements to the city’s infrastructure, something he said he’s long emphasized.

Uh oh.

Newcomer Fischer Running For Mayor

Cheatin’ Gavin Visits

Anybody missing their wife after he left?

Cheatin Gavin

The lieutenant governor is running against 12 other democrats for California’s highest office. This week he launched a get-out-the-vote bus tour and Window on the Bay in Monterey was the first stop

During the press event Newsom said following the external crisis of climate change affordability is the single biggest issue facing California.

The gubernatorial candidate said he wants to see housing done smartly in the state.

“My goal is 3.5 million housing units by 2025, focusing on density around transit corridors, so we can be smart about out growth,” he said.

Cheatin’ Gavin Visits

Like Sharks Following Sea Lions, Monterey Criminals Follow The Money

Noticing a pattern in the arrests – drugs.

The Monterey Police Department has seen an increase in property crimes in recent months, specifically automobile and residential burglaries,” police said.

Police believe there are two categories of thieves targeting Monterey: 1. a roving group that travels to Monterey, and 2. local criminals.

The roving groups “target areas that they know have financial means,” police said.

There were some arrests, among them:

May 21: Monterey Police Officers, with the assistance of the Seaside Police Department, arrested Zachary Thomas, 31, of Pacific Grove, in the 1100 block of Fremont, Seaside, for commercial burglary, possession of stolen property, and possession of a controlled substance.

May 23: Officers arrested Julia Natale, 51, of Monterey, in the 800 block of Archer, Monterey, for possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale, transportation of a controlled substance, being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and smuggling drugs into the jail.

Officers also arrested Ashley Beck, 30 of Pacific Grove, in the 800 block of Archer, for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Monterey Police Officers, with the assistance of the Peninsula Regional Violence and Narcotics Team, Pacific Grove PD, Marina PD, Carmel PD, and the Drug Enforcement Agency served a search warrant in the 900 block of McClellan, Monterey. Officers arrested John Spataro, 47, of Monterey, for possession of heroin and possession of methamphetamine. Officers also arrested Gary Russo, 43, of Monterey, for possession of methamphetamine.

Like Sharks Following Sea Lions, Monterey Criminals Follow The Money

Sketch Artist Getting Erased From Wharf After 34 Years

Longtime wharf mainstays get booted to go upscale and corporate, rent is too high, plus Monterey has “other plans” for the minuscule space she rents.

Baila Berks, who goes by “Gypsy” of Gypsy Arts Studio, will spend her last day on Thursday perched in her chair, under her umbrella and in front of her easel at the end of Wharf 1 near Princess Monterey Whale Watching.

That’s because, according to Berks, she can no longer afford the rent she pays for the 60 square feet she inhabits outside on the wharf that she also says the city has other plans for.

“Over the years, people come back time and time again and tell me how much they look forward to getting their sketch done,” said Berks. “People will be very disappointed if there’s no longer a sketch artist – especially after it was here so long.”

Sketch Artist Getting Erased From Wharf After 34 Years

Mayor Kampe Not Running For Re-Election

Grumpy Cat - Good

Better find a decent pick for mayor before P.G. starts to look like Stockton.

He won in a landslide, and the four-year adventure turned into a 10-year journey, after winning the mayor’s seat two more times in 2014 and 2016.

The journey is now officially coming to an end, Kampe announced Tuesday, May 29, in an emailed statement.

He and his wife, Cheryl, are ready to do new things together, which they have postponed during this stint on the council.

Oh, and one steps up in favor turning P.G. into Stockton

Councilmember Rudy Fischer announced later the same day that he is running for mayor.
He said as mayor he would “pretty much continue the council’s current policies and direction.”

Mayor Kampe Not Running For Re-Election

Oregon: Recycled Materials End Up In Landfill

Why bother?

Oregon is serious about recycling. Its residents are accustomed to dutifully separating milk cartons, yogurt containers, cereal boxes and kombucha bottles from their trash to divert them from the landfill. But this year, because of a far-reaching rule change in China, some of the recyclables are ending up in the local dump anyway.

In recent months, in fact, thousands of tons of material left curbside for recycling in dozens of American cities and towns — including several in Oregon — have gone to landfills.

Oregon: Recycled Materials End Up In Landfill

Police Crack Down On Thefts

And they make arrests. Imagine that, police doing policing,

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In response to an increase of vehicle and residential burglaries, the Monterey Police Department has created the Burglary and Theft Team and made 17 arrests in the past two months in connection to those crimes.

According to Hober, officers on the Burglary and Theft Team volunteer to work overtime on their days off.

“They’ll just go out and proactively try to develop information and find people who might be committing these property crimes,” he said. “A majority of those 17 arrests came from officers on the (Burglary and Theft Team) going out.”

Police Crack Down On Thefts

Planning Commission Loves Durell Hotel

Give them 100% reclaimed toilet-to-tap water. Call it a substainable hotel.
Durell Hotel

Since its official approval last week, residents had 10 days to appeal the decision, which would then put the project into the hands of the P.G. City Council. Even if the council approved it, the project currently has no water credits. Those would have to come from the city’s Local Water Project.

“The council first has to decide what (water) will be allotted to commercial use and residential use from the reclamation site,” said Aeschliman. “Then it becomes first come first serve.”

Planning Commission Loves Durell Hotel

Initiative to Restrict Air BnBs Gets OK

Collected 17 percent of registered voters signatures. Webmaster here left PG 7 years ago when the vacation home investment bubble took away our affordable funky P.G. rental house, so you know where I stand on absentee owners that do nothing for the neighborhood.

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The certified initiative would restore the city’s zoning rules and prohibit short-term vacation rentals in residential areas outside the coastal zone, which is overseen by the California Coastal Commission. Specifically, it would aim to provide an 18-month phase-out period for existing permitted short-term rentals that become nonconforming uses under the measure and to require voter approval of any changes to the measure. The initiative would not affect short-term rentals in commercial districts or the area governed by the coastal zone and wouldn’t change the city’s existing rules allowing room rentals in resident-occupied single-family homes.

Initiative to Restrict Air BnBs Gets OK