Garcia Losing My Respect

Protesting at Asilomar.
Asilomar Union Picket

Pacific Grove City Council member Ken Cuneo stood with the protestors on May 12 and held a sign, as did Mayor Carmelita Garcia. “I hope Aramark comes around,” Garcia said later. “It’s terrible to think people can exist for five years with no wage increase.”

Five years and no wage increase for the workers? If that’s what Local 483 negotiates for it’s members, see what wage increases the Local’s Secretary-Treasurer gets in five years- $15,652 from 2005 to 2009. The workers need to be protesting on the corner of Forest & Gibson, not at Asilomar.

483 Secretary Wages

The membership keeps dropping but the Union’s management gets raises. Who is left to pay those ever increasing union rep salaries?

 

Unite Here Dropping
Garcia Losing My Respect

Developer Agha Inches Ahead Toward Monstrous Hotel

Holman Hotel

Bennett, Garcia, Huitt – yay. The rest of the elected officials, tar & feathers.

Kampe thinks the new agreement on the marketing feasibility study will spell out the specifics of Agha’s proposal and allow both parties to move forward. “We need some way to fundamentally break an impasse in terms of action on the site,” he says.

But the vote was a tight 4-3. Councilwoman Lisa Bennett, who joined Mayor Carmelita Garcia and Councilman Robert Huitt in opposition, says the agreement is premature.

While the city’s tentative support encouraged Agha to take the building off the market, he’s disappointed the agreement didn’t get unanimous backing. “Anyone who has the best interests of Pacific Grove in mind will go out of his way to support any healthy project,” he says. “Economically, this project is going to be the best thing ever to happen to Pacific Grove.”

He really means the best thing ever to happen to Nader Agha.

Developer Agha Inches Ahead Toward Monstrous Hotel

Letters From The Editor – ‘Does Your High School Matter’

Letter published aimed at the Carmel Valley city-or-not voters:

If you need proof that newcomers usually don’t have the veteran residents’ welfare and concerns in their hearts, witness the recent past in Pacific Grove.

Hopefully, Pacific Grove is back on the right track. Residents do care where their leaders went to high school.

Reference to Deborah “Debt” Lindsay, one of our short time residents elected to council slamming longtime local Carmelita Garcia in the recent mayoral choice debate. See the You Tube video for “the speech”.

Letters From The Editor – ‘Does Your High School Matter’

Exodus Continues – Vicki Stilwell Quits Council

City Hall Help Wanted

The council also decided Wednesday that Kampe should be appointed mayor pro-tem after Stilwell announced she is resigning effective Friday.

Stilwell said her reasons are strictly personal. She said the economic recession has hit her family hard and they must move out of the area.

To fill the seats of Garcia and Stilwell, the council said it would accept applications until noon Sept. 28. A special council meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 30 to hear from applicants, and appointments will be made.

Typically we go down the list of candidates – this would put Dan Miller & Ken Cueno in the seats..

Nov 2008 election numbers:

CITY COUNCIL
William R. Kampe 3,205 20.69%
Carmelita Garcia 2,160 13.95%
Deborah C. Lindsay 1,942 12.54%
Daniel Miller 1,772 11.44%
Ken Eduardo Cuneo 1,767 11.41%
Susan Goldbeck 1,611 10.40%
David Dilworth 1,544 9.97%
Richard A. Ahart, Jr. 1,486 9.60%

Exodus Continues – Vicki Stilwell Quits Council

Mayor Chosen – Carmelita Wins

By the toss of a coin. Could P.G. politics get any weirder? Good news for chicken owners. Only the losers supported Kampe.

Few members of the public were present when City Attorney David Laredo tossed the coin about 9 p.m. It landed tail side up, in favor of Garcia.

The council was split 3-3, with Garcia supported by council members Alan Cohen and Lisa Bennett. Councilwomen Vicki Stilwell and Deborah Lindsay backed Kampe.

After voting three times, with the same result, it was clear that neither Kampe nor Garcia would step aside, and their supporters would not be swayed.

Mayor Chosen – Carmelita Wins

Council Turns Mvsevm Over To Packards

Giving away our Mvsevm. Worst. Leaders. Ever.

Mvsevm Speakeasy

A letter of intent to transfer operation of the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History to a nonprofit foundation was approved 5-2 Wednesday by the City Council.

The letter was endorsed unanimously April 21 by the Pacific Grove Museum Advisory Board and calls for transferring operation of the museum to the nonprofit Museum Foundation of Pacific Grove Inc.

The foundation has proposed a public-private partnership with the city in which the museum building, collection and grounds would be leased to the foundation for a 15-year period starting July 1.

The letter came with a list of add-on proposals, which dissenting council members Carmelita Garcia and Alan Cohan said were too one-sided.

Council Turns Mvsevm Over To Packards

With All Of P.G.’s Problems Solved, Carmelita Works To Keep Service Monkeys

As the city of Pacific Grove figures out how to end its PERS contract, recruit a new city manager and squeeze water from concrete, freshly minted Councilwoman Carmelita Garcia is starting her term with a whinny. On the heels of her Dec. 3 swearing-in, she asked City Attorney David Laredo to expand residents’ rights to keep chickens, ponies and monkeys.

With All Of P.G.’s Problems Solved, Carmelita Works To Keep Service Monkeys

Election Coverage Up To The Minute

Politics
No official word yet on Mayor’s race, but can be assumed to be Dan Cort.

Losin’ Susan maintains her record of well, losing. Same with David “no credibility” Dilworth.

CITY COUNCIL
William R. Kampe 3,205 20.69%
Carmelita Garcia 2,160 13.95%
Deborah C. Lindsay 1,942 12.54%
Daniel Miller 1,772 11.44%
Ken Eduardo Cuneo 1,767 11.41%
Susan Goldbeck 1,611 10.40%
David Dilworth 1,544 9.97%
Richard A. Ahart, Jr. 1,486 9.60%

MEASURE X
Vote Count Percent
YES 5,778 75.83%
NO 1,842 24.17%

MEASURE Y
Vote Count Percent
YES 3,227 56.32%
NO 2,503 43.68%

Election Coverage Up To The Minute

Cost Of Running For Local Office

According to his campaign finance disclosure form filed Oct. 18, Hollister, a retired veterinarian, has received $3,432 in contributions from 19 supporters and made himself a $500 campaign loan. He has spent $1,861.

Cort, the only mayoral candidate listed on the municipal ballot, reported no expenditures and has financed his campaign through a $14,500 self-loan.

· Richard Ahart, $1,355 in cash donated by seven contributors ranging from $20 to $100 each, and a $5,200 self-loan, with expenditures of $5,204.

· Deborah Lindsey, $3,137 in cash, $1,084 in nonmonetary contributions, and expenditures of $5,963.

· Susan Goldbeck, $3,300, including a loan to herself of $925, and expenditures of $2,537.

· Carmelita Garcia, $4,893, including a $200 loan to herself, and $82 in nonmonetary contributions, and expenditures of $5,237.

· Bill Kampe reported $6,578 in contributions, including a $2,000 loan to himself, and expenditures of $3,940.

· Daniel Miller reported a self-loan of $5,753 and contributions of $730 for a total of $6,582, and expenditures of $2,738.

· Ken Cuneo and David Dilworth reported no contributions. Cuneo stated his campaign is entirely self-funded.

No one contributed to Dilworth. ha ha.

Cost Of Running For Local Office

Hear-Old Backs Kampe, Garcia & Cuneo

Vote Machine

This should not be a surprise to anyone who has followed Pacific Grove politics even slightly: All three of the P.G. City Council members with terms ending in November opted not to run for re-election.

It’s also good that a large crop of candidates is competing for the chance to replace the departing trio. All eight are capable, to varying degrees, but three rise to the top: Ken Cuneo, Carmelita Garcia and Bill Kampe.

Calls Susan Goldbeck irrevocably tied to P.G. politics of the past, Dan Miller an activist, Richard Ahart a mystery, Deborah Lindsay narrow focused and says David Dilworth has no credibility.

Hear-Old Backs Kampe, Garcia & Cuneo