Who Wants To Be Vibrant?

Rudy Fischer wants to. Quaint and peaceful is not for him.

“With the hotel, (the) project where Goodie’s currently is, the Holman Building and the apartments that are going to be built on Laurel Avenue, it’s going to be a few years but we’re going to have a vibrant downtown,” said Fischer. “It’s going to help the city a lot.”

Who Wants To Be Vibrant?

Hart Mansion Closing. This Is Not A Repeat From 2010

Another case of needing to spend more time with family. Sure, the owners are moving to “wine country”. Spend more time with fermenting grapes.

Hart Mansion

The Victorian home, built in 1893 and known as the Hart Mansion after Dr. Andrew Jackson Hart for whom it was built, is now on the market for $2 million. The four bedroom property — often featured on the town’s annual Home Tour when it was still held, and in national publications — has served as a tea room and special event venue since 2015, five years after the current owners Jim and Kathy Turley bought it in 2010.

While the Turleys initially planned for it to be solely their residence, the two said that because so many people were coming up to their front door and trying to come in and look around, they decided to find a way to open it to the public.

Hart Mansion Closing. This Is Not A Repeat From 2010

Durell Hotel Doesn’t Mesh Well

I think it’s a well piled mess.

Durell Hotel

Rudy Fischer says changing the color will make it perfect.

“It’s a completely different design,” said Mark Brodeur, director of community and economic development, about the newest plans. “The other Victorian look didn’t mesh well in the immediate neighborhood. This design meshes a lot better with the museum and the library.”

Councilman Rudy Fischer also mentioned the building’s change of color.

“We have these tan buildings in the library and museum and he had this greenish/gray color,” said Fisher, noting the latest change in hue.

Durell Hotel Doesn’t Mesh Well

Less Steinbeck, More Stockton: Red’s Station On The Way Out

Fischer says you’ll never notice it. As if anyone from P.G. will afford the 10 apartments in this block.

Reds Station

“The residents who live on Walnut or 10th Street or Asilomar Avenue won’t even notice anything — they won’t even see or hear the changes downtown. In fact, most of the city will see no change except that the city has more money to take care of their streets,” added Fischer.

Now, the project will be put on the city’s water wait list. While the last time the gas station there was modified was in 1992 (after being built in 1957) it is not on the city’s historic resources inventory. Still, there’s a great history behind the original gas station that once existed there. That was the Flying A service station that was owned and operated by Everett “Red” Williams. Known as Red’s, it was where John Steinbeck and other characters of the time in the 1930s would often congregate.

Less Steinbeck, More Stockton: Red’s Station On The Way Out

California Firestorms Good For P.G. Tourism

Don’t give Moe any ideas.

Moe Dont Buy American

The conditions caused by the California wildfires that have affected a number of tourists visiting popular summer destinations like Wine Country and Yosemite have conversely led to a surge in visitors to Pacific Grove.

That’s according to Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce President Moe Ammar who said that in particular, the number of foreign visitors to America’s Last Hometown has nearly doubled this summer, according to statistics gathered from the town’s tourist information center.

“It’s very unfortunate what’s happened there but the fact that we don’t have any fires on the Monterey Peninsula is good for us,” said Ammar, who noted the cancellation of his own family’s upcoming trip to Yosemite.

California Firestorms Good For P.G. Tourism

Every Election Needs A Politically Correct Candidate

Not This Pc Again

Seeking to bring diversity to the face of the city council, an emphasis on more green initiatives and policies that foster affordability for renters and buyers, Dionne Ybarra has announced her candidacy for mayor of Pacific Grove.

The candidate said her Mexican-American heritage represents one of many diverse groups that have come to live in P.G. from all over the world bringing different cultures, languages, and perspectives.

Every Election Needs A Politically Correct Candidate

Vacation Homeowner* Bill Peak Running For Mayor

A newcomer running against a status quo new comer. Doomed.

Vote Machine

Peake will face fellow Councilman Rudy Fischer, who has served on the council since 2010. Last month Fischer officially tossed his hat in the ring for November’s mayoral race. Fischer said he wanted to continue the council’s current policies and direction including improvements to the city’s infrastructure and noted the importance of upcoming roadway renovation

*From Coast Weakly October 9, 2014:

We recommend adding Bill Peake to the council. A newcomer to both the city and its political landscape, Peake is a retired Chevron engineer who bought a house in the city 25 years ago, but only moved in full time four years ago.

Vacation Homeowner Bill Peak Running For Mayor

Help Wanted: Firefighters

Union thought process – pick us or there may be lay offs. But no P.G. firefighters were laid off when their jobs were given to Monterey.

Neal Hurd, president of the Monterey Firefighters Association, said all of the Pacific Grove firefighters joined the Monterey Fire Department at the time of the merger.

Hurd said if Pacific Grove chooses to go with another agency to provide fire service, it could mean up to 12 positions would be eliminated leading to layoffs.

Help Wanted: Firefighters

Museum Turned Art Gallery Sued

Need permission for using a famous name, who’d a thought?

The complaint filed in federal court July 6 by Fundacio Gala-Salvador Dali, the Spanish foundation charged with protecting Dali’s copyright and use of his name and work, claims the museum and its owner Dmitry Piterman have “misappropriated his name and likeness to advertise and promote their museum.”

“Defendants have been informed that their conduct is unlawful, but remain undeterred and continue to advertise and provide goods and services infringing on the Foundation’s intellectual property and publicity rights,” the complaint reads. It also states that the unauthorized use of the Dali17 mark, Dali’s name and likeness, and his works for commercial purposes is damaging the foundation and likely confusing to the consuming public.

Museum Turned Art Gallery Sued

Nader’s Next Hotel Plan Debated

Yuck.

Agha's Huge Holman Hotel

“The design has a contextual problem – context meaning the design within the realm you’re placing the building,” said Mark Brodeur, director of community and economic development, noting that the nearby Holman Building, museum and library each have a certain design. “They believe the Victorian architectural of the proposal didn’t fit within its context.”

Nader’s Next Hotel Plan Debated