Wine tasting, concerts and a farmers market lining up to plant commerce on the grass instead of whacking balls with clubs.
For the second year in a row, the California Coastal Commission has given Pacific Grove the OK to hold a high end automobile auction on the 18th Hole of the city’s golf course — one of many events that city manager Ben Harvey announced P.G. is planning to pursue at the scenic location.
Another Car Auction On The Golf Course
. . . We’re doing improvements to a recreation zone.
All to bring a car auction circus to the golf course. Will Morrie Fisher get free admission?
City Council unanimously authorized City Manager Ben Harvey to enter into a five-year agreement with Worldwide Auctioneers for the annual car auction special event to take place on the 18th fairway during Classic Car Week in August.
In doing so, council members also approved proposed changes to the golf course’s 18th hole designed to accommodate the auction event, which displays more than 60 vintage automobiles ranging in price from $50,000 to $2 million. Specifically, the improvements would involve leveling a portion of the hole, which includes grading and filling, cart path realignment and the installation of a pedestrian walkway along Asilomar Boulevard.
Harveyspeak: We’re Not Doing Work In A Nature Preserve . .
At Wednesday’s City Council meeting, council members voted in favor of the golfers.
The vote happened after a lawsuit was filed by 13 former city employees who were about to lose their free golfing privileges after new management transformed the Pacific Grove Golf Links into a private course.
New management was ready to offer retirees one free game of golf a month, but retirees said that’s not what they were promised years ago.
Councilmembers decided it was not worth the fight and lawsuit to change the city’s 35-year-old city policy, which allows retired city employees courtesy golf.
Give Away The Golf Course And Lose Free Golf
Cops stopped chasing because of reckless driving. Like there is anyone else on the road in P.G. at one in the morning?
between 12:30 and 12:45 a.m. Monday at Point Pinos Grill, and an officer found the suspects’ vehicle while conducting a business check.
The suspects drove off as the patrol car approached, and the officer pursued them but discontinued because of the driver’s extremely reckless driving.
The vehicle was found abandoned on the 600 block of Gibson Avenue, with some property taken from the restaurant in it.
The registered owner was contacted and was unaware the SUV had been stolen
Golf Course Grille Burglars Interrupted
With the blessings of what puts people in office.
The Pacific Grove City Council on Wednesday will again consider leasing the city’s golf course to a private operator, but this time with agreements in hand with two city employee unions.
The council postponed action on the golf course lease, which city officials say will benefit the city’s finances, at its last meeting after the General Employees Association filed a complaint with the Public Employees Relations Board.
Outsourcing The Golf Course
Moe says the weather dampened the grabs for tourist dollars. IMO it was the normal high prices and lack of major celebrities at Pebble Beach. Traffic outbound in the evenings at 156 & 1 was heavier than usual.
Early signs are attendance and possibly ticket sales fell at this year’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Rain at the PGA Tour event did more than occasionally stop play — it kept many guests in their hotel rooms or, worse, at home.
“I totally attribute it to the weather,” said Moe Ammar, president of the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce.
Ammar said he heard from locals who decided to watch the tournament at home because of the weather and guessed the start of the Sochi Winter Olympics also kept people indoors.
Moe Ammar Hates The Rain & The Olympics
Unions got to stay paid for their “work”,
The union representing the Pacific Grove General Employees’ Association filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge against the city on Jan. 31, alleging the city violated its collective bargaining agreement with the city employees represented by the union.
The charge stems from city’s proposal to lease the city’s golf course, Pacific Grove Golf Links, to a private contractor, Pacific Grove Golf Links, LLC, which would take over the operations and maintenance of the course and lead to the layoff of an unspecified number of city employees.
Union Files Charge Against P.G. For Golf Giveaway
Well that was a predictable result.
The court rejected the Willoughbys’ claim that the use permit was not in compliance with the city’s general plan and zoning code, and rejected their challenge to the city’s environmental studies related to the use permit amendment.
The plaintiffs were represented by attorney Susan Goldbeck.
Tide Pool Police Hire Losin’ Susan, Lose Case
Whatever it takes, I’m not for pumping sewage to the old reservoir on David Avenue.
Sarah Hardgrave, P.G.’s environmental programs manager, says other options include tapping MRWPCA wastewater and routing rainwater from the Forest Lake Reservoir – but extending existing pipelines could be cost-prohibitive. Another possibility: turning a Cal Am corporate yard on David Avenue into a reservoir.?
About 100-150 acre-feet could supply both the links and the cemetery, she adds: “We would want to maximize all the irrigated city properties that we could.”?
How To Water The Golf Courses With Wastewater