Brewpubs Will Be The New Bistros

Will the landmark maxipad sign still remain?
maxipad sign

Cohen goes on to say that gyms and real estate offices produce no sales tax. How long did it take to notice that? We have art galleries that are open eight hours a week. Clothing boutiques open by appointment. How much tax and foot traffic do they bring in?

Prime retail spots were suddenly snapped up by real estate offices and a physical therapy business, meaning no sales tax revenue for the city, and fewer shops to draw visitors and residents to the neighborhood.

“There’s nothing wrong with these businesses, but the problem is they don’t produce any sales tax,” Cohen says. “They could be put on side streets. They don’t have to take up valuable retail space.”

The Economic Development Commission voted 8-0 in October in favor of limiting how many offices, real estate agencies, medical clinics and gyms could occupy first-floor locations on Lighthouse Avenue. The move is not without precedent: After a spate of thrift shop and consignment store openings a few years ago, the commission and others convinced the City Council to pass an ordinance in 2015 limiting the number to two thrift shops on Lighthouse, and 12 total downtown.

Brewpubs Will Be The New Bistros

Newcomer Akeman Wants Less Newcomers

I felt the same way 30 years ago when Ache-man the news reporter moved here and wrote articles and later an instruction manual for moving to the area. The man does not realize he’s been part of the problem all along,

Tom Acheman

“There are times it’s like living in an airport terminal,” Thom Akeman says of the sounds of rolling luggage and loud voices of vacationers on his street located near downtown. Akeman served on a subcommittee that advised the city before last year’s revision, but he says residents’ concerns were not adequately considered.

Newcomer Akeman Wants Less Newcomers

Mvsevum Rewrites History

It’s not about nature anymore. It’s another friggin’ art gallery and substainable reeducation camp.

The Mvsevm

They come from a revisit of the strategic plan by the board, staff and volunteers (though, strangely, no direct input from the public), and set to go before city officials for approval.

Much of the implementation is guided by Juan Govea, the museum’s new director of exhibits and education, who formerly taught biology at Salinas High School for 11 years.

“The role of museums are changing,” he says. “We are making some adjustments to be more valuable to the community… building and adding to create a more rich user experience.”

They’ve moved the 20-year-old interactive whale exhibit out, squeezed the gift shop into that space, installed paintings of the Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association in the gallery, and moved the Chinese village exhibit to a recessed arm off the lobby.

Mvsevum Rewrites History

No Drones Over Hopkins

Says the S.S. even though their own graphic shows that the P.G. shoreline is not in the restricted zone.

drone flights over Monterey Bay sanctuary draw warning

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Superintendent Paul Michel, who yesterday issued a press release warning that unmanned aircraft systems—aka quadcopters or aerial drones—are regulated, and in some places banned, above sanctuary waters.
Low-flying planes over the beaches and ocean, piloted or not, can scare marine wildlife such as seals, sea otters, seabirds and shorebirds, Michel writes.

Even outside those areas, he adds, it’s illegal to harass marine animals, turtles and birds. In various direct and indirect ways, the presence of drones can stress and even kill wildlife.

Would Thom Akemans’s presence frighten the mammals? Will they ban him too?

No Drones Over Hopkins

Monterey Sewage Closes The Beach In P.G.

Plumbing contractor sends sewage down storm drain, public works lets drain empty to ocean.

Both the MFD and the Monterey County Health Dept. were informed by MPW last night that the diversion pump had been switched on, Ramirez says, but this morning the health department was informed by MPW that the switch was still turned off. Ramirez could not elaborate as whether the error was mechanical or human, but a statement issued by the health department earlier today said it was a “mechanical failure.”

Monterey Sewage Closes The Beach In P.G.

Union Files Charge Against P.G. For Golf Giveaway

Unions got to stay paid for their “work”,

The union representing the Pacific Grove General Employees’ Association filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge against the city on Jan. 31, alleging the city violated its collective bargaining agreement with the city employees represented by the union.
The charge stems from city’s proposal to lease the city’s golf course, Pacific Grove Golf Links, to a private contractor, Pacific Grove Golf Links, LLC, which would take over the operations and maintenance of the course and lead to the layoff of an unspecified number of city employees.

Union Files Charge Against P.G. For Golf Giveaway

Mvsevm To Imprison The Monarchs

Since the place was gifted to the fish prison it’s only natural for them to do the same with butterflies. And to do it with nothing more than summer tourists in mind.

The Mvsevm

“We have a bit of a challenge when tourists come here in the summer,” says Lori Mannel, executive director of the P.G. Museum of Natural History. “They say, ‘Where are the monarchs?’”
But thanks to a $50,000 planning grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Mannel and her colleagues expect that to change: A butterfly pavilion in the museum’s native plant gardens is in the works, an enclosed structure that will be home to a variety of native butterflies in all of their life stages, from caterpillar to chrysalis to winged.

Mvsevm To Imprison The Monarchs

Council Gives Up Beaches To Birthing Seals

Kind of like the immigration policy. Come here, give birth and you can stay. Will there be social programs for the seals? Fish Stamps?

The P.G. City Council Oct. 16 unanimously agreed to clarify the harbor-seal protection policy in the city charter. If pups are delivered at Lovers Point, officials will temporarily close the beach, install fences and post signs to keep the public away while they wean.

Council Gives Up Beaches To Birthing Seals

Call It The John Denver Memorial Sewage Treatment Plant

Seems that the Runaway Mayor’s hopes of refilling the Cal Am pond with rain is still on the table, courtesy of Sarah Hardgrave.

The most ambitious missions of the stormwater management project: to repurpose a California American Water corporate yard on David Avenue into a reservoir, and to renovate an abandoned wastewater treatment plant at Point Pinos back into productivity.

P.G. Environmental Programs Manager Sarah Hardgrave says the David Avenue reservoir could capture stormwater above Pine Avenue and send it through a new storm drain to a renovated Point Pinos wastewater treatment plant, which operated from the early 1950s to the late 1970s. Once treated, the water could irrigate the municipal golf course and cemetery, which currently use about 125 acre-feet of potable Cal Am water a year.

Call It The John Denver Memorial Sewage Treatment Plant

Anti Abortion Group Greets Students At P.G. High

Police were called to Pacific Grove High School on Tuesday morning after a group of anti-choice protestors who set up full-color, large-format photos of bloody fetuses and handed out leaflets on the Monterey Peninsula College campus intimidated P.G. High students outside that school.

According to an email sent to parents by PGHS Principal Matt Bell and obtained by the Weekly, a group of men gathered outside the school to hand out pamphlets as students were dropped off in the morning.
“These pamphlets were particularly disturbing and the manner in which the pamphlets were being distributed was very aggressive,” Bell writes in the email. “Mrs. Martinez came out as soon as she was made aware and called the PG Police.”

Anti Abortion Group Greets Students At P.G. High