Vacation Homeowner* Bill Peak Running For Mayor

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

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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

Consuelo’s “Greene Mansion” Sold

After the losing art gallery closed. Out of towner playing with his phone buys it.

Building of Light

Mike Mollica, a 45-year old bio-tech professional based out of San Diego has purchased the historic property for close to the asking price of $999,000. Mollica, who has former ties to the Peninsula as one of the first 500 students to ever attend CSU Monterey Bay, plans to live in the upstairs portion of the mansion and rent the downstairs out for special private affairs.

“I was satisfied I could turn this place into a home for myself but also use the downstairs and have rooms themed for events too,” explained Mollica, who said the timing involved in buying the stately manor was serendipitous. Mollica had recently been thinking about re-locating to Monterey when he was scrolling on his smart phone and saw the story in the Herald about it being on the market.

Consuelo’s “Greene Mansion” Sold

P.G. Man Joseph Klotz Gets 22 to Life In Corcoran

Cyber-bullying and stalking.

Roger

According to testimony during Klotz’ trial earlier this year, he terrified the two women and organized an attack on one of them that left her face scarred and partially paralyzed. Prosecutor Danielle VanDamme tried the case, and in February, the jury convicted him of aggravated mayhem, criminal threats and stalking.

P.G. Man Joseph Klotz Gets 22 to Life In Corcoran

City Leaders Sued For Leading City On STRs

Out of town owners of houses turned into motels cry over resident’s wishes to remain residents.

Now represented by attorneys Timothy Sandefur, Christina Sandefur and Matthew R. Miller of the Phoenix-based Goldwater Institute, the couples’ suit names Mayor Bill Kampe and council members Robert Huitt, Ken Cuneo, Rudy Fischer, Cynthia Garfield, Bill Peake and Nick Smith as plaintiffs.

When this latest suit was filed in the Monterey Superior Court last week, of note was the page dedicated to it on the Goldwater Institute’s website, addressing how “home-sharing” has long been a way of life in Pacific Grove.

But P.G. resident and member of Pacific Grove Neighbors United Luke Coletti pointed to the distinction behind home-sharing and short-term rentals.

“Despite what the Goldwater Institute is claiming, the plaintiffs are not involved in Home Sharing,” said Coletti. “Instead, they operate an un-hosted whole-house short-term vacation rental (mini-motel). The lawsuit errs in conflating the two.”

City Leaders Sued For Leading City On STRs

Sunshine Surf Shop Shutters

Bought gear there for my kids. Seemed higher priced but definitely an excellent customer experience.

Sunshine Freestyle OOB

While Sunshine Freestyle has had a few different owners over the years since it first opened in 1976, when Wenzlik and Kreyenhagen purchased it on April 1, 1998, the store carried winter sports gear. But when sales of skis, snowboards and winter clothing started to decline, they stopped carrying that inventory and turned their focus to summer merchandise.

“Since 2010, there’s been a lot of changes with corporations,” said Wenzlik, noting that both the REI in Marina and the Vans store in the Del Monte Center have affected his sales.

The one thing that remained over the years was the annual Surfabout two-day event that Sunshine Freestyle sponsored at Carmel Beach. This year, due to the store closing and mounting costs to schedule the use of the beach, the event was canceled.

“It was an idea of bringing the tribe – all the surfing communities around Monterey Bay and Monterey County – of bringing everybody together for a community family event and friendly competition,” explained Wenzlik, noting that this last three or four years, he’s been able to witness three generations compete in the contest. He hopes to resurrect the event in the future.

Sunshine Surf Shop Shutters

Toilet To The Tap Water Credits Not Usable For New Hotels?

Better idea: bypass all the complicated water credit issues and send that toilet water straight to the new hotels.

So it must have been a shock to P.G. City Manager Ben Harvey to receive a letter from the state water board on May 16, stating that the board was holding back on the payment because the city’s plan might be a breach of contract.

The issue appears to be a discrepancy of interpretations stemming from the water board’s 2009 order to the Monterey Peninsula to stop using water from the Carmel River. One interpretation is that due to the order, P.G. cannot keep any new water credits for itself – they all have to go back to the river.

Toilet To The Tap Water Credits Not Usable For New Hotels?