Letters From The Editor: Mega Hotel At ATC Is Not For Us

Should be replacing the old 50s motels with up to date PG Remodels instead.



Proposed ATC hotel won’t help
It’s always been about a certain quality of life in Pacific Grove. Always. It’s a bit slower, a bit quieter than our neighbors. If we need to see the “bright lights,” Monterey and Carmel are a very short drive away. I always loved the fact the sidewalks would roll up in the evenings and the town would go to sleep for another day. This quality of life is in danger of being taken away from us by people who want to make Pacific Grove into their vision of what Pacific Grove should be, a tourist town, a place for conventions, a place to hang out at night and have drinks.

So why does Pacific Grove need another hotel? Most say we need the revenue. OK, what city doesn’t? The question we need to ask is, with a limited revenue source, what do we want to sacrifice in order to achieve a more sustainable revenue source? Raise taxes? Raise fees? Pacific Grove is not Monterey or Carmel and I’m not sure if we really want to or need to compete with them. These cities already have the infrastructure and are way ahead of us. If we add another hotel what will this do to the quality of life we have come to expect. With traffic, parking and water issues already at the forefront in town, how will another hotel help with these issues? Will these issues be lessened by building another hotel or will they become worse? Yes, a hotel will bring in revenue to the city but at what cost? Are we willing to throw out the baby with the bathwater? Are we going to accept that this is what’s required for Pacific Grove to become more of a tourist destination than it already is? My opinion is that Pacific Grove has always been a quiet little town and should stay this way. We should not sacrifice this quaintness in order to pay our infrastructure bills, pay for the retirement packages to city employees or to try to compete with our neighbors for tourist money.

Some have said that Pacific Grove needs a place for our school kids to have dances, a place for graduation ceremonies or even a place for high school reunions. My question is how many of these places does Pacific Grove require? We already have plenty of sites that can be used for civic events like Asilomar Conference Grounds, PG Performing Arts Center, the Masonic Lodge, Chautauqua Hall and the golf course clubhouse. There is a new boutique hotel going in at Central and Fountain that was presented to City Council as having space for local events so why do we require another hotel with another space for these events that can not seem to be accommodated currently?

At the proposed ATC hotel, there will be 304 valet served parking spaces for the 225 rooms but this number does not take into account the minimum of 75-100 employee parking spaces, plus vendor parking and all the parking spaces needed for special events will pretty much put the proposed allotted parking at more than capacity on most days.

It’s simple. It’s about our quality of life.

— Vicki Illgner, Pacific Grove

Letters From The Editor: Mega Hotel At ATC Is Not For Us

P.G. Police, This Bad?

PG Cop Car 1980s

P.G. can afford a kooky environmental manager but not a ‘substainable’ police force?

PGPD is in trouble

In my 24 years as a police officer with the Pacific Grove Police Department, I have never seen the staffing levels and employee morale so low. It all starts at the top.

Most able-bodied officers are looking for employment elsewhere. The officers are on a leaderless group exercise and the city is exploring ways to contract out the department.

Look at what eight months of contracting a police chief has resulted in: five officers and one civilian have left and more may go.

If the residents of Pacific Grove want to keep their officers on the street and keep their station open to the public, they have to be heard by city officials and the City Council, or it won’t be America’s last hometown for long.

Richard Sinclair Jr.

P.G. Police, This Bad?

Peter Kracht Thinks There Is No Lighthouse

Kracht admires a developer’s work to buy up and tear down old structures in New Monterey. Even says our beloved street name should be changed. Stupid.

Point Pinos Lighthouse Postcard

The Lighthouse Avenue was named after a now-nonexistent Lighthouse and is becoming a very attractive avenue due to Outzen’s efforts and heavy financial investments.

Maybe the avenue should be named Outzen Avenue. He deserves that.

Peter Kracht Thinks There Is No Lighthouse

What Are We, A Bunch Of Prius Driving Closet Beef Lovers?

Idea from Margaret E. Leighton of Seaside, that town with the car lots that pretend to be in Monterey..

I’m sorry, but I don’t care if they do make the fries from a whole potato while I look on in awe — I can’t get bacon!

And while I appreciate that all of you closet burger-eaters from P.G. flock in the evenings to Seaside to get the fast food unavailable to you in your hometown, go home in your Prius, and badger your city council for an In-N-Out burger.

This was suggested here on September 28, 2009
Pacific Grove In and Out
What Are We, A Bunch Of Prius Driving Closet Beef Lovers?

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Herald Hear-old

“Burn artificial logs” Pacific Grove resident Rena Henderson writes:

I used to enjoy a nice, crackling fire as much as the next person. But I’ll never burn wood again. I now know how intrusive and destructive wood fires are to our neighbors. If causing your neighbor’s home to smell like an ashtray is not enough to convince you, then consider a few facts.

The particulate matter in wood smoke is so small that windows and doors cannot keep it out — even in energy-efficient, weather-tight homes. A study by the University of Washington showed that 50 to 70 percent of the outdoor levels of wood smoke entered neighboring homes. An EPA study found similar results.

Wood smoke contains carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, sulfur dioxide and various irritant gases that can scar the lungs. It also contains chemicals known or suspected to be carcinogens.

Well those ‘artificial logs’ contain paraffin wax. How about listing a few toxins found in paraffin wax, including toluene, benzene, methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), and naphthalene–substances found in paint, lacquer and varnish removers to fill the air?

Stumps Platt Park

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Art Galleries Attracting More Crime

Try to be more like Carmel, P.G. gets the same crime as Carmel.
Art Is Anal


Thief working the Works: To the sticky fingered individual who lifted a gorgeous painting from the walls of the Works art gallery in Pacific Grove, I offer my most sincere feelings of pity, as you are obviously a pathetic person. As much as this world needs compassion right now, I really can’t feel anything for you but objective anger. Shame on you, you thief and loser.

Misty Dawn


Give it back: I join Misty Dawn, who wrote to report the theft of a painting from The Works gallery, in saying, “Shame on you” to the thief.

The Pacific Grove Art Center was also struck by a sneak thief who stole an exquisite needlepoint tote bag from a display by one of the studio artists. The incident was a personal violation against the artist.

In addition to the expense of materials, hundreds of hours of work were involved in creating this beautiful piece, which was displayed for the enjoyment of others. How could anyone possibly enjoy something that was stolen from the artist, on display at a nonprofit center, right before Christmas? This petty criminal deserves a lump of coal in his or her stocking.

Joan Jeffers McCleary

Letters From The Editor: P.G. Bad For Cell Phone Signals

It’s a fact. Cell receptions totally stinks in PG business areas.

Thank you, Pacific Grove elders, for allowing me to spend several hundred dollars in your beautiful city, but not allowing me to use my cell phone due to your poor reception.

It’s a shame you are so resistant to any new technology allowing cell towers, but you will gladly take my money.

From now on, I will spend my dollars down the street in Monterey where I can use my cell phone and buy a Starbucks. Your city may be beautiful, but it is the 21st century.

Letters From The Editor: P.G. Bad For Cell Phone Signals

Traffic! Open Up The Presidio?

I always thought that the Presidio would be a better site for CSUMB and Fort Ord would be better for the Defense Language Institute.

Fred N. Nielson writes:

One solution would be to move some of the functions to Fort Ord, but such an expensive option shouldn’t be necessary. There are military bases all over the world with civilian roads running through them. A number of roads through DLI could effectively serve the same purpose.

A cursory study of the map reveals that Corporal Ewing Road and Artillery Street could be opened to civilian traffic without damaging the Presidio’s integrity. Lawton and Rifle Range roads could also serve as easily protected routes through the Presidio. Just opening two routes through the Presidio would increase traffic flow by nearly double.

There are solutions to this problem. New roadblocks, literal or otherwise, are not helpful. Let’s help our merchant friends in New Monterey and Pacific Grove. Contact your local officials and voice your concern.

Traffic on the high road
68 At Chomp

Traffic on the low road
Lighthouse Ave Traffic

Traffic! Open Up The Presidio?

Letters From The Editor

The proposed Pacific Grove parcel tax of $120 per year costs less than dinner for four at Passionfish, two pairs of shoes from Orlando’s, three fill-ups at Shell, four bags of groceries from Grove Market or Trader Joe’s, a new sweater from Prim & Proper or a new do from the beauty shop.

Put in perspective, this is a small annual amount to help our town recover from commitments and mistakes made on our behalf by prior elected officials and previous administrators.

Please vote yes on all three tax measures to help stabilize our town’s financial situation.

P.S. to Ron Schenk: Thank you for voting to hire Jim Colangelo.

The P.S. refers to the blame-shifting letter that the ousted city councilman sent to all the papers apologizing for hiring Colangelo.

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Pedestrians Beware In P.G.

Jackie Burns wrote to the Hear-Old:

I walk nearly every day in Pacific Grove. And nearly every day, no matter where I am walking, drivers do not stop for pedestrians in the crosswalks. I can be off the curb into the crosswalk or even in the middle of a wide street and have eye contact with them and they still don’t stop. Please, drivers, respect the pedestrians, speed limits and stop signs!

If there’s no police presence to enforce parking limits, there’s also none to enforce safe driving. Shame.

Pedestrians Beware In P.G.