P.G. School Found To Have Cameras In Kids’ Bathrooms

Creepy. Monterey Bay Charter School. Same one that had a teacher accused of child molesting in 2010.

School principal Cassandra Bridge told the Pine Cone last week that the school installed the cameras in the boys’ and girls’ bathrooms in 2013 to prevent vandalism.

While there’s a law on the books stating it’s a crime to place a camera inside a bathroom or other area where occupants have a reasonable expectation of privacy, police did not find that the charter school’s installation of the cameras rose to the level of a crime.

P.G. School Found To Have Cameras In Kids’ Bathrooms

Pacific Grove’s Residents Launch Project To Limit Short Term Rentals

Get out and sign that petition then remember to VOTE!
Check the neighbor’s website www.pgneighbors.com for some eye popping maps showing just how much of the town is being marketed to non residents.
Pacific-Grove-Neighbors-United

Pacific Grove residents concerned about vacation rentals disrupting their neighborhoods have proposed a ballot initiative to keep the commercial operations out of their residential zones. A new public action committee, Pacific Grove Neighbors United, will be asking voters to stop the short-term rentals the city has allowed despite scores of complaints from impacted neighbors.

The group will host a campaign kick-off party to start a signature drive and every PG voter interested in signing; helping with the campaign or just seeking information is welcome to attend. The party will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, January 20, in Jewell Park, corner of Central and Forest Avenues.

Signature gatherers will soon spread out to the Post Office, the farmers’ market, grocery stores, and local events and even door to door in the drive that needs 1,000 valid voter signatures to get the initiative on the November, 2018 ballot.

Pacific Grove’s Residents Launch Project To Limit Short Term Rentals

Beaches Close As Millions Of Gallons Of Raw Sewage Dump In The Bay

From those fine people that brought you ongoing sewage spills at Lovers Point We have another one by Monterey One Water, better known as Monterey Regional Water Pollution Creation Agency.

Monterey One Water says as much as 4.9 million gallons of wastewater spilled into the Monterey Bay. The leak was caused by an equipment failure at their wastewater treatment facility in Marina. The beach coastline between Marina State Beach and Stillwater Cove, Monterey, California are closed as a result.

Beaches Close As Millions Of Gallons Of Raw Sewage Dump In The Bay

Letters From The Editor – Let Store Owners Take Up Parking Spaces

Newcomer to P.G. thinks shoppers will park far from town to spend money, therefore LET store merchants take up all the 2 hour spaces all day.

I have lived in Pacific Grove for 18 years. In that period of time I have observed our parking meter police ticketing vehicles belonging to our local PG merchants and their employees. These people must interrupt whatever they are doing every two or three hours to move their cars from one spot to another. This is usually a few feet from where they were. How foolish is this?
Mark C. Klein, Pacific Grove

Mark C. Klein needs TWO parking spaces for his Cadillac.
Mark C. Klein
Mark C. Klein of Pacific Grove stands next to his 1975 Cadillac Coupe de Ville. Klein bought the car from an estate in Illinois. It had 3,900 original miles on it.

Smarter resident sets it straight.

The last time I worked in any city including Pacific Grove I was told that downtown parking was for customers and employees had to park elsewhere and walk to work. In Pacific Grove you can park on off streets and Pine Avenue with no time restrictions. Mr. Klein’s way of thinking is let’s make customers drive around looking for parking while businesses stay empty — no wonder Pacific Grove is losing money.
Gary L. Page, Monterey

Letters From The Editor – Let Store Owners Take Up Parking Spaces
Letters From The Editor – Mark C Klein Is Wrong

Run The Short Term Rentals Out Of Town

And take the uncaring elected officials with them.

Tar And Feather Out On A Rail

A group of Pacific Grove residents have introduced a proposed initiative measure that would prohibit short-term rentals in the city’s residential zones.

They included the intent to prohibit short-term rentals in most residential neighborhoods, city’s efforts to regulate short-term rentals as unsuccessful and insufficient to curb the negative impacts of such rentals, and to ensure that Pacific Grove has adequate housing for city residents to remain the “city of homes” as provided in the City’s Charter, General Plan and Municipal Code. It also recognized that the city may continue to regulate short-term rentals in the Coastal Zone as long as those regulations protect the community and are consistent with laws administered by the California Coastal Commission. Lastly, it proposed prohibiting short-term rentals in designated residential districts without changing existing rules that permit home-sharing.

Run The Short Term Rentals Out Of Town

G I G O At Farmers Market

Farmers Market

Question is do they really compost the scraps or do the wash them and sell them at the next market? Sometimes it’s hard to tell. Also attractive to sea gulls.

In September, the city and Monterey Regional Waste Management District started accepting food scraps at the Pacific Grove Farmer’s Market. MRWMD is handing out pails at the market for people to collect their organic waste and bring it to the market for disposal.

MRWMD than takes the food scraps and turns them into energy and compost.

“We take all types of food scraps … that is what you are cooking with in the kitchen, as well as when you finish your meal and scrape your plate,” said Angela Gobel with MRWMD.

G I G O At Farmers Market

Zombie Butterflies On The Loose

Zombie Butterflies

Probably birds. Would be odd if it was hawks brought in to control sea gulls finding the town’s symbol more tasty than gulls.

The butterflies are often found clinging to life — their abdomen removed with seemingly surgical precision.

“Their abdomen is just severed clean off, like you took it off with a scalpel,” says Stong, who is also the regional coordinator for the Xerces Society’s Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count.

Connie Masotti, a docent at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, has also found several of the gutless butterflies. Based on their observations, Masotti suspects that the predation happens just before sunrise, since the butterflies are still alive when the docents get to their stations in the early morning.

Zombie Butterflies On The Loose

P.G. Man Guilty Of Providing Legal Services Without Being A Lawyer

Man gave legal advice under guise of being a lawyer

A Pacific Grove man has pleaded guilty to charges that arose after he provided legal advice even though he wasn’t a lawyer and forged a document in a lawsuit he brought forward, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Henry Leinen, 63, had been accused of running LRDI Legal Services in which he gave legal help and advice to people in state and federal courts, according to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office.

He used the term “legal services” and didn’t disclose that he was not an attorney on his website, prosecutors said.

P.G. Man Guilty Of Providing Legal Services Without Being A Lawyer

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

P.G. Councilwoman Really Was Not In It For The Residents

CaseyLucius

Moves to P.G. signs on to be city council, wins thinking that everyone loves her, gets the illusion that she can go further, runs for congress and gets trounced, quits and leaves town. Goes back east where she came from to run some odd company.

Wash. Rinse. Repeat P.G. These newcomers keep getting elected but do nothing for the town or its longtime residents.

Can you figure out just what her new job really does?

Her company works with groups, including municipal staffs, state agencies, military personnel, and civil servants, and provides training to empower staffs, develop new leaders, encourage management to think differently about ongoing challenges, in interesting and entertaining ways

P.G. Councilwoman Really Was Not In It For The Residents