Grizzly Researchers To Use Mvsevm Materials

Good to hear that all the natural history in the Mvsevm has not gone extinct like the bears.

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a new project from the California Grizzly Research Network (, a group of researchers from UC Santa Barbara and the La Brea Tar Pits/Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, seeks to trace the state’s history and biological legacy using tiny fragments of grizzly bear bone.

Four skulls and skull fragments from the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History will provide valuable insight into historical grizzly bear diets, and may someday help connect California’s past with its future.

Grizzly Researchers To Use Mvsevm Materials

Mvsevm Director Arrested For Sex With Child

Is this what we hire?

Juan Govea

Salinas police arrested a 35-year-old man on Thursday on charges of unlawful sex with a minor. The alleged victim is a 17-year-old girl.

Juan Govea was a well-liked teacher at Salinas High School until about six months ago when he wrapped up the 2015-16 school year and left for a new job at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, where he is currently the director of exhibits and education.

He taught biology at Salinas High for 11 years before going to the museum.

Govea faces two felony charges connected to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, and one misdemeanor charge of annoying or molesting a child.

Mvsevm Director Arrested For Sex With Child

Mvsevum Rewrites History

It’s not about nature anymore. It’s another friggin’ art gallery and substainable reeducation camp.

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They come from a revisit of the strategic plan by the board, staff and volunteers (though, strangely, no direct input from the public), and set to go before city officials for approval.

Much of the implementation is guided by Juan Govea, the museum’s new director of exhibits and education, who formerly taught biology at Salinas High School for 11 years.

“The role of museums are changing,” he says. “We are making some adjustments to be more valuable to the community… building and adding to create a more rich user experience.”

They’ve moved the 20-year-old interactive whale exhibit out, squeezed the gift shop into that space, installed paintings of the Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association in the gallery, and moved the Chinese village exhibit to a recessed arm off the lobby.

Mvsevum Rewrites History

Sewers And The Mvsevm. Confused News

Saved news article from KION news. Does the Mvsevm have a historical exhibit of a 100 year old sewer collection?

“In the fall of this year we will be replacing the sanitary sewer line along Oceanview Blvd., and in conjunction with that project we will be replacing over a mile of storm drain line,” said Gho.

“I think Pacific Grove really values its history. Its cultural history and its natural history. And I think the museum operates on both fronts to preserve all aspects of our history,” said Museum Collection Curator Paul Vandecarr.

This year is also historic.

“This actually marks the 100th year anniversary of the City owning the collection here at the museum,” said Vandecarr.

Sewers And The Mvsevm. Confused News

Mvsevm To Imprison The Monarchs

Since the place was gifted to the fish prison it’s only natural for them to do the same with butterflies. And to do it with nothing more than summer tourists in mind.

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“We have a bit of a challenge when tourists come here in the summer,” says Lori Mannel, executive director of the P.G. Museum of Natural History. “They say, ‘Where are the monarchs?’”
But thanks to a $50,000 planning grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Mannel and her colleagues expect that to change: A butterfly pavilion in the museum’s native plant gardens is in the works, an enclosed structure that will be home to a variety of native butterflies in all of their life stages, from caterpillar to chrysalis to winged.

Mvsevm To Imprison The Monarchs

Mvsevm Of Natural History Aborts Its History

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The Mvsevm is becoming less about the natural history of Pacific Grove and more of a substainability re-education camp.

The decades-old fetus was discovered in the basement of the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History in 2011 before museum officials — uncomfortable with having it around — gave it to the city’s police department for safekeeping. The city recently donated the specimen to the university.

Both CSUMB and Monterey Peninsula College were interested in taking the specimen, which caused a minor power struggle when it was found two years ago. While former museum board member Esther Trosow argued the specimen — which had been kept in a jar of alcohol — should be kept at the museum as part of its “cultural patrimony,” Frutchey said it shouldn’t be returned because it hadn’t received “the respect it deserved.”

Mvsevm Of Natural History Aborts Its History

Seagull Summit Declares Problem Is Solved

The gulls that are mucking up downtown are not Sea Gulls, but Western Gulls. Y’all aint got a SEAgull problem, pardner.

Woohoo Gull

The hot topic forced the meeting to move from a small, Jewell Park meeting room, across the street to the museum. That’s where museum executive director Lori Mannel set the record straight. There is no such thing as a sea gull, she said, explaining that the circling, squawking hordes over Pacific Gull are Western Gulls — never found far from the ocean.

Anyway, readers of no doubt can recall back in 2009 when the Dumpsters Of Commerce story was posted to illustrate my opinion that downtown’s bistro owners showed little respect for the town and it’s citizens. The constant violators from back then were checked recently and (surprise!), no wide open trash receptacles.

Seabreeze Motel
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Lighthouse Cinema
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PG Plaza – a little loose
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17th Street Grillee
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P.G Juice N Java – kind of sloppy
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Not all is rosy –
Some crows were picking up berries from the ground behind Peppers
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Favaloros leaves garbage uncovered in the alley
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City trash can with no cover
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Grapes Of Wraith Catering – this is shared (obviously) with a medical office in the Central Medical Clinic. The lid was up, there were medical records laying there. HIPAA issues possibly, but no food scraps.
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Check back in a week – see if there is no longer a gull problem.

Seagull Summit Declares Problem Is Solved

Dan Cort: Runaway Mayor, Mvsevm Director and Preservator

Dan Cort Bailn Like Palin

Preservating? Sounds like something dirty one would do in vacant buildings over in Stockton.

Dan Cort Preservating

DAN CORT, Director

Home: Pacific Grove
Business Background: CEO of the Cort Companies; preservating and renovating historic real estate in Northern California for the past 30 years

Dan Cort: Runaway Mayor, Mvsevm Director and Preservator

Thanks to Esther for the tip

Mvsevm Update

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Is it working or are we being worked over?

Esther writes:

Dear Editor:

The Pacific Grove city museum board’s annual report is on the Jan 2 council agenda.

So let me get this straight: the charter requires that there be a city museum board, but since there is nothing about how often they meet, one annual meeting is sufficient.

The near-perfect obfuscation of what happens at the museum (as Snick calls it, the Mobius Strip of Command) has resulted in no public comments other than mine. The comment about low attendance at a community day that wasn’t publicized is pretty cynical. City museum minutes and reports reach the council (and the public) three, four, or five months after the fact.

Taking all this evidence as a whole, the current board makes a leap of faith that this all adds up to a museum public/private partnership that is working.

It means the citizenry has lost interest in the museum, and no longer feels it’s theirs.

The give-away of the museum is complete.

Esther Trosow,
Eureka, CA

2013 Annual Plan for the Museum Board, City of Pacific Grove
On September 7, 2011 the City Council adopted unanimously resolution 11-072 providing the following guidance as to the roles and responsibilities of the Museum
1) Ensure the museum serves to benefit the city as a whole, its natural environment, its citizens, and visitors;
2) Advise the city council and city manager on matters relating to the Museum;
3) Serve as an informational conduit between the public and the city on matters related to the Museum;
4) Coordinate activities with other appropriate city advisory boards, committees, and commissions on matters of mutual concern; and
5) Perform such other duties relating to the Museum as the council may require by ordinance, resolution, or minute action.
Over the year the core function of the Museum Board has become almost exclusively oversight of the Lease Agreement between the city and the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Foundation (see Annual Report of the Museum Board for 2012). In particular, section 5 of the agreement calls for certain obligations of the city to the Foundation and Foundation to the city, primarily delivery of periodic reports. While our comments about the content of the reports can be informative to the City Council, there is nothing in the Lease Agreement requiring action in response to those comments. Our assumed value rests primarily in ensuring that the reports are delivered and providing a place where the public can comment on museum plans and operations.
In 2012, the Museum Board commented on content of reports, especially planning and budget documents, and made one recommendation: to continue payments under the Lease Agreement at the contracted level. Our comments on the reports led to no action. For completely understandable fiscal reasons, the City Council chose not to accept our recommendation.
Regarding our serving as an information conduit between the public and the city, in 2012, there were only three letters submitted to the Board by one person and no member of the public attended a Museum Board meeting. There was no public comment made at City Council meetings about the museum, and participation in the one public community day offered by the museum was very low. We believe that such low public participation is an indicator that ongoing operations of the museum are meeting public needs and expectations.
Plan for 2013
As a result of our experience in 2012, the Museum Board has unanimously agreed that there is a much more efficient and effective way for us to operate in the interests of the City Council, the city’s museum, and the public. Specifically:
Consent Agenda Item No9C
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1. The board will conduct one regular annual meeting in November each year (allowing time for a follow-up meeting in December, if necessary). The standing agenda for that meeting will be an annual review of reports submitted in compliance with Section 5 of the lease agreement, nomination and election of officers for the coming year, preparation of an annual report to the City Council, and preparation of a plan for the following year.
2. Between annual Museum Board meetings, members of the public with comments or concerns about museum operations will have the opportunity to bring them directly to the City Manager, City Council, or Executive Director of the Museum Foundation. If deemed appropriate, they can be referred to the Museum Board, which would then meet to consider them in public.
3. During the year the Chair of the Museum Board, City Manager, and Executive Director of the Museum will monitor submittal of reports in compliance with the lease agreement. The Secretary of the Museum Board will distribute reports to all board members at the time they are available and monitor correspondence.
If an
event or communication is deemed by any board member to justify a special meeting, such a meeting will be called. Otherwise, the Chair will recommend that the matter be taken directly to the City Manager, City Council, or Executive Director of the Museum. Any member of the public, the Museum Foundation, or city management who disagrees with a decision by the Chair of the Museum Board or fails to get a satisfactory outcome regarding a concern, will have the option of taking the matter directly to the City Council via correspondence or public comment during a City Council Meeting.
The primary driver of these changes is acknowledgement that governance of the Museum is working very well. Continuing to meet more frequently than once per year serves no unmet need for the people of Pacific Grove. If these circumstances change in the future, meeting frequency and agendas would be reexamined and altered as deemed appropriate by stakeholders.
Respectfully submitted,
Blake Matheson
Tama Olver
John Pearse, Chair
Katie Siegler