Lighthouse Avenue Delays Continue

Street is getting a slurry coating, that cheap way to cover the patchwork of repairs. Bumps in the road remain and it lasts about 2 years.

S is For Slurry

S is For Slurry

The City of Monterey says people should expect delays on Lighthouse from May 6 to May 9 as major roadwork is scheduled to begin.

Work on the northbound lanes of Lighthouse toward Pacific Grove will start at 6 a.m. and go until 5 p.m.. Northbound lanes toward Downtown Monterey will begin at 9 a.m. and go through 5 p.m.

The city says this is for slurry seal work to be done, which is applied in order to protect the underlying pavement.

Lighthouse Avenue Delays Continue

Long Wait In Lighthouse Avenue Traffic

Thank the voters of Monterey for their 82% vote for Measure S. And some slightly stupid planners.

Measure S

On Tuesday, some drivers reported being stuck in Lighthouse traffic for more than an hour. The roadwork created Monterey’s version of L.A. rush hour traffic.

The traffic was so bad neighborhood streets were jammed with cars as drivers took alternate routes, streets were blocked off and parking spots off limits- businesses feeling the pinch.

“Definite business impact. I was here all day yesterday, and I didn’t see anybody until after seven o’clock, and that’s so different for us,” added Clewis (Employee of Ooh La La).

The work is all part of Measure S, a long-term taxpayer-funded project to repair Monterey’s streets, sidewalks and storm drains.

Long Wait In Lighthouse Avenue Traffic

Big Brother’s Street Cameras Coming to Monterey

Best way to avoid getting on camera is to drive a Tesla or Audi. They seem to be exempt from displaying a front plate.

CrowCam

 

Monterey PD- announced it is exploring the implementation of an automated license-plate-reading program, referred to as ALPR, that would utilize fixed and mobile cameras. The devices capture images of vehicles and their license plates and can automatically run the numbers through crime databases to see if the owner is wanted. The footage can also help identify suspects based on when and where they were in the city at the time of a crime.

Big Brother’s Street Cameras Coming to Monterey

Hate Crime Vandalism On Pine Avenue

Mikhail Faybyshev arrested.

Mikhail Faybyshev

The night of Dec. 3around 9:16 p.m., officers responded to a report of vandalism in the 300 block of Pine Avenue after the victim — identified in the daily log as a 37-year-old female reported she was sitting in her car “when a male suspect approached and began to scratch letters into the vehicle.”

Hate Crime Vandalism On Pine Avenue

Probation At Work

Need more of these kinds of checks.

Rachel Gilliam

KION

Rachel Gilliam, 25, of Monterey was arrested for two counts of possession of a controlled substance for sale, identity theft and committing a crime while out on bail, said police.

Police said the probation check occurred in the New Monterey area on Thursday around 9:34 a.m.

Investigators located 70.22 grams of fentanyl, .79 grams of heroin, .87 grams of meth and 10 unidentified pills believed to have fentanyl. Police say the fentanyl was colored pink, green, blue and purple.

Probation At Work

Tourist Bureau Don’t Want No Blind People

How does one See Monterey when they are seeing impaired?

Trolley Riders

As part of the rebranding, the tagline that has been used for more than 10 years, “Grab Life by the Moments,” is giving way to a new brand platform, “Find Your Way Here,” which is said to be more than a tagline, as it is an open invitation to not only travel to Monterey County but to seek connectivity within, according to the organization.

The organization hopes to build upon the momentum of last year’s Long Term Strategic Plan, meant to guide the destination and tourism economy into the future. The new 2023-24 Business Plan continues the ongoing effort to drive the potential growth of $2.2 billion in incremental visitor spending over the next decade, said See Monterey.

Tourist Bureau Don’t Want No Blind People

Need For Speed – Rec Trail

Racers whiz by, tourists block the paved portion. Admin here was nearly run over by two E-Bikes on the sidewalk downtown.

Bicycle Crash

Pacific Grove took a different approach when e-bikes started appearing on the scene, and in 2020 set a unilateral 12mph speed limit on its portion of the Rec Trail. I am not a fast biker, but on flat ground, I can tell you that you don’t even have to break a sweat to exceed 12mph on a regular old human-powered bike. Five minutes of observation in P.G. is all it takes to see this bizarrely low speed limit violated, and the same old premise that predated the speed limit comes into play: Pay attention and be courteous.

Unfortunately, for busy stretches of multi-use resources like the Rec Trail, “pay attention and be courteous” may not be enough clarity. The potential for widening the Rec Trail is low, Garcia tells me, based on right-of-way. Look for more on potential signage and speed limits to come in the coming years as the data gathering process ramps up.

Need For Speed – Rec Trail

Cannery Row Carjacking

Failed to get the car, but one of the robbers got away. Cannery Row at night, be aware of your surroundings. One robber was caught, you guessed it, on the rec trail. Perp is one Abraham Andrade from Greenfield.

18-year-old in attempted carjacking

Pine Cone Mugshot

At around 10 p.m. June 4, a man was by his car on Foam Street near David Avenue when two people walked up and “demanded his keys at gunpoint,” according to MPD Lt.Gabriel Kaster.
“Both suspects began to punch the victim in the face and head,” Kaster said. “At one point, the victim was hit on the head with something hard, causing a small laceration to the back of his head.”

Cannery Row Carjacking

Coast Weakly Calls Lighthouse Ave A Struggle

Lighthouse Ave Traffic

Comparing it to Alvarado. Apples and oranges. Avlarados and Lighthouses. And no one wants the homeless bums sleeping in doorways or acting strange on Lighthouse.

It’s been a balancing act for Monterey officials over the decades, figuring out how to serve the needs of motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists while managing the demands and expectations of residents and business owners. A vision for Alvarado Street forged a decade ago in the city’s Downtown Specific Plan has led to what is now a flourishing destination. The vision for Lighthouse Avenue, laid out in the Lighthouse Specific Plan adopted in 2016, has been clouded by its geography and competing opinions on how to make it work as best it can for all involved.

Coast Weakly Calls Lighthouse Ave A Struggle

Fish Prison Calls Off Family Visits

Do the fish get lonely with no crowds looking at them through the glass cells?

Aquarium Kalisas

“Unfortunately, we had to make the tough call to cancel it this year,” said Monterey Bay Aquarium Chief Operating Officer Cynthia Vernon in an email. “Ongoing effects of the extended closure such as staffing considerations, significant revenue loss, and the timed reservation system are among the challenges that led us to the decision.”

The Community Open House is the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s annual event for residents in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties to come and enjoy the aquarium free of charge throughout a week in December. The Community Open House is made possible in part by the support of its business partners and contributions.

According to the aquarium’s financial information, it lost about $43 million in revenue and support in the year ending Dec. 31, 2020. Admissions alone decreased 85% during that time, though its contributions and grants increased about 19%.

Fish Prison Calls Off Family Visits