Right now the beer is made in San Jose under contract with another brewer. Tope, who runs Employnet, a staffing and recruiting company based in Monterey, has spent the better part of a year soaking in the suds business from every angle.
Tope said within the next five months, PGBC will be brewing and bottling the beer themselves in either Sand City or Marina.
Moe Ammar, president of the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce and a fan of the pageant for 32 years, said he’s setting up shifts for family members an hour at a time.
“The chamber is supportive of the new initiative,” Ammar said. “The board of directors of the Festival of Lanterns has been going to the city for years talking about this.”
The decision is causing a bit of a dust-up in the community. Ammar said the neighborhood social media platform Nextdoor has been lit up in past days with debates over the decision.
And City Manager Where’s Ben Harvey equates it to blocking the sidewalks. See anyone picking up tables, signs, trash cans and putting them in a collection spot?
In the days leading up to the festivities, unattended items like blankets, tarps, chairs or cones will be picked up by city crews and taken to a collection bin in the park. Signs are posted at the park to alert attendees of the new prohibition, said Ben Harvey, Pacific Grove’s city manager.
“This is a public area and it’s no different than putting out chairs on sidewalks,” Harvey said. “They don’t have the right to do that. It prevents access to public property and no one has the right to claim the area for their own.”
Calvin, a large cat who was well known to everyone at Robert Down Elementary School, was in the driveway of the house where he lives on 13th Street when two Siberian huskies attacked him. Calvin was seriously injured in the attack and underwent surgeries to try to bring him back to health.
The owner of the huskies, Carolina Shea, was issued a notice to appear in court on a citation for dogs at large,
The crowds on Cannery Row are often victims of motorcycle thefts when the event is in town.
The 22nd edition of Race Night on the Row will start at 4 p.m., with Cannery Row closed to cars until 10 p.m. as motorcycles park along the street. The event is billed as the area’s most popular afterparty for the FIM Superbike World Championship, which will be making its only U.S. stop at Laguna Seca with races Friday through Sunday.
Monterey police said in a press release that when they arrived on the scene, “They were advised that a subject pulled a gun and pointed it at several people and pulled the trigger. The victims heard a click and the magazine from the firearm fell to the ground.”
The gunman was then tackled to the ground following the failed shooting. He was able to escape when a second person used a knife to threaten the victims.
Seaside resident Gustavo Chavez, 20, fled from police before he was caught and arrested in the area of the Monterey Bay Kayaks.
The Pine Avenue work has been discussed at P.G. traffic commission and city council meetings for more than five years.
But the four-way stop will be something that drivers will have to get used to.
“We are going to have to make sure that the public now knows there is a four-way stop at Congress,” Gho said.
Good luck with that. People don’t stop on Congress where stop signs have been for decades.