El Nino In A Match Against Substainable Pacific Grove

Can’t tell which is fake?El Nino

Just as big waves wash away carefully constructed sand castles, El Niño threatens to transform Monterey County beaches and coastlines.

Every winter rainy season brings storms and heavy surf that erode shores and wash away sand, which waves return to the coast in summer. But El Niño generates extra rain and higher sea levels, which increases the erosion during intense and windy storms, affecting coastal bluffs and beaches around Carmel, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach and Monterey.

Residents and city officials are not taking any chances. For example, in Pacific Grove, residents are considering whether to buttress the shoreline by building seawalls to protect property or retreat to higher ground further inland and protect the natural shoreline.

“I believe this is a very important question,” said Anthony Ciani, an architect and member of Sustainable Pacific Grove. A small survey conducted by the organization found that people currently seem to favor retreating, he said.

El Nino In A Match Against Substainable Pacific Grove

Storms Or Suicide – Keep The Power On

As if PG&E does not have enough damage repair to do . .

At 5:50 a.m., police responded to the 400 block of Central Avenue after a vehicle ran into a telephone pole. Police said the woman driver apparently ran into the pole intentionally because she was despondent over domestic issues. She was taken to Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula for evaluation.

Storms Or Suicide – Keep The Power On

Storm Racks Up Costs

Would a full time arborist really be of benefit in the storm? Money is better spent on tree cutters and police/fire. The tree-trimmer contractors should offer inspection services in exchange for the business of trimming the trees.

The winter storm that ripped through the Monterey Peninsula two weeks ago cost the financially strapped City of Pacific Grove about $30,000.

Employees from numerous city departments worked a total of 316 overtime hours during the storm, which brought down at least 20 trees, said city manager Jim Colangelo.

The $30,000 represents the cost in overtime pay, damage done by city trees, and the fee for independent contractors, which Colangelo said included mainly tree crews. The city doesn’t have a full-time arborist.

Storm Racks Up Costs

Wake Of The Storm

After it’s over and the streets are opened, the electricity is back on, the news catches up with last week’s story.

1/13/08
Residents learn emergency preparedness the hard way

“People have got to be prepared at least a bit on their own,” said Dave Leist, an emergency services management planner for Monterey County.

“This isn’t anything new,” Leist said, adding that the recent storm “was predicted well in advance. (People) think there’s a fire truck with their address on it to respond in an emergency, and that’s just not the case. In metropolitan areas — Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach, for example — you get these folks who are unaccustomed to power outages and think there’s a big response out there.”

Too many people, Leist said, mistakenly rely on government response in a catastrophe, large or small.

Must explain the high concentration of government dependent Democrats around here.

1/9/08
Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach residents critical of PG&E

Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove residents who have been without power for five days say their frustration is growing with what they perceive as a lack of communication and services after Friday’s walloping storm.

“This is serious after five days,” said Kathie McAweeney of Pebble Beach.

As of late Tuesday, 3,855 Pacific Gas & Electric customers were without power on the Monterey Peninsula.

McAweeney said that five days without power — or heat — is taking its toll on residents, particularly her older neighbors. She said she accompanied an 85-year-old neighbor to Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula on Monday. The neighbor was admitted with pneumonia, she said.

“Planning is everything for events like this,” said Dave Leist, an emergency services management planner. “In today’s society, everybody is hooked to power — e-mail, ATM, phone — and they just demand it be up and running right away and it just can’t happen.”

Learn how to use those trophy kitchens, folks. You’ll be prepared the next time. Oh, what’s that? You eat at Whole Foods 5 times a week and go to happy hour for snacks? Might as well face it – you are hopeless.

John and Jennifer Johnson had been hunkered down in their home for five days. Both were dressed in knit sweaters and caps. “We stayed in bed,” said 82-year-old John Johnson.

He said they are preparing to pack their car and head to the Carmel Mission Inn.

Ah! there’s hope!

1/08/08

7,200 customers still out; PG&E drawing criticism

Some customers, dealing with lanterns for night lights and throwing away food from powerless freezers and refrigerators, expressed raw anger at the utility company.

They accused PG&E of not being prepared for winter, of putting the Peninsula on the bottom of the repair list and of relying on a painfully inadequate customer-service system to provide information updates on outages.

“I’ve been furious the whole time,” said Maureen Girard of Carmel, whose home was without electricity since Friday. “I’ve been here 34 years, and the trouble is always ‘A tree fell on the power lines.’

I believe it, but in all these years you’d think PG&E would have figured it out how to maintain the trees around the lines more effectively.”

Primo Waldsmith of Pebble Beach said: “One night that’s tolerable, but not four of five days. It’s ridiculous.”

Waldsmith – you live in Pebble Beach for cryin out loud. You have no sense of living this close to the nature’s beauty and Earth’s power. Buy a generator. Or move to LA.

Wake Of The Storm

Nature’s Fury

Clouds And Waves

Biggest northern storm to pass through in a long time. Many are still without electricity. LHAcom’s estate was eerily quiet without the hummings of machinery, electronics and other distractions. Totally hated it. Though it did not keep the cement-obsessed neighbors with gas powered leaf blowers away. Guess they needed something to occupy themselves with. How did we stay sane? Think camping.

Propane camp stove & lanterns. Those small propane bottles are 2 pounds when full, 1 pound when empty. Postal scale told me so. Don’t wait until dark to find them. Get them out before you need to read the labels.

Ground coffee. After a fling with whole bean coffee and a preference for French roast, no powered coffee mill could keep up. I now grind it at the store, and use it within a week. With that and the above stove I had coffee in the blackout.

Flashlights. I keep several in a picnic basket by the fireplace.

Candles. Be extra careful. Don’t leave a candle alone in any room.

Radios. Recommend the GE Superradio series. It is a sensitive radio with an old fashioned analog tuner. That means it can hear many distant stations and the batteries last a long time. Listen to KPIG FM 105.7 or KSCO AM 1080. There is little in the way of public information on Monterey’s local stations. There’s also a police scanner to snoop for hints of what those sirens a block away are, ours is a Radio Shack Pro97.

Cell phone. Call your loved ones, see if they are ok.

That’s about it. It’s not the maniac with the 10,000 watt gas generator and satellite phone, but it’s enough to get by with and not have to maintain.

Some pictures taken Sunday afternoon.

Broken poles in beach tract. Never touch low or downed wires.
Broken Pole 1 Broken Pole 4 Broken Pole 3 Broken Pole 2

Falling pine tree cuts through middle of house. (No one was hurt)
Tree On House 2 Tree On House 1

Tree At 60 Degree

Breaker Snack Hut

Trees Downroad Closed

Add to the storm some exceptionally high tides and there was evidence of waves breaking over Ocean View Boulevard.

Kelp on Road

Waves flipped the ice plant neatly combed over like JW.
Iceplant Combed

Surf And Turf!
Kelp and grass

Crespi Pond now looks like a Monterey Bay Aquarium kelp exhibit.
Crespi Pond Seaweed Crespi Pond Seaweed2

Men’s Tee, Ladies Tee and Hermit Crab Tee
Kelp tee

The Fog Horn turnout was full of seaweed washed up by waves.
Kelp at Fog Horn1 Kelp at Fog Horn4 Kelp at Fog Horn3 Kelp at Fog Horn2

Nature’s Fury