In This Issue
Kiosk MONARCH COUNT at Pacific Grove Sanctuary as of Sat., Nov. 29, 2016
The Tubas are Coming! - Page 8
Gift to library - Page - 11
Pacific Groove Dance Jam Chautauqua Hall 8-10 PM Dance to DJs Adults $10/Teens $5 Youth Free • 1st Time Free email@example.com •
Dance at Chautauqua Hall •
Mon. Sat. Dec. 3
Annual Christmas Store Auction & Health Screening Fair 225 Laurel Ave, Pacific Grove 10 AM - 2 PM • 649-3505 Free Admission •
Sat. Dec. 3
Stillwell’s Fun in the Park Caledonia Park behind the post office 10 AM - 4 PM Free •
Sat. Dec, 3
Friends of the P. G. Library Book Sale Pacific Grove Library porch Plenty of bargains in all genres! 10:00 - 4:00 •
Sun. Dec. 4
A Christmas Variety Show Pacific Grove Art Center 7-9 PM $10 members, $15 non-members Tickets now on sale at the Art Center or call 242-555-0177 •
Dec. 5 & 6
2-Day Portrait Workshop with Warren Chang Pacific Grove Art Center, 9 AM - 4 PM $350 PGAC members, $395 non-members Register at warrenchang@ sbcglobal.net or 831-277-8474 •
Sat. Dec. 10
Jingle Bell Run & Walk Arthritis Foundation 7:30 AM Call 373-3304 •
Sat, Dec. 10
The Mind is King 11:15AM-12:15PM Manjushri Dharma Center 724 Forest Avenue
Sunday, Dec. 11
Second Annual TubaChristmas Monterey Holiday Concert 1-2 p.m. (doors open at noon) Golden State Theatre, 417 Alvarado St., Downtown Monterey Free (Sold out! A few seats may be available on the day beginning at 12:45) Info: Facebook TubaChristmas Monterey or tubachristmasmonterey@gmail. com •
Inside Animal Tales & Other Random Thoughts............... 12 Cartoon.............................................. 2 Crime................................................. 7 Homeless in Paradise........................ 18 Keepers of Our Culture..................... 17 Legal Notices.................................... 18 Otter Views....................................... 12 Rain Gauge........................................ 2 Real Estate.............................. 7, 16, 20
This Land is Our Land - Page 14
Dec. 2-8, 2016
Your Community NEWSpaper
Vol. IX, Issue 10
Harbor Seal Population Dips Due to Warming Waters, Low Food Supply By Thom Akeman About a third of the harbor seals that live along our shoreline have perished in the past two years as warmer water reduced their food supply. Volunteer docents conducted a census last week and saw again what they found in a summer census – the overall population of local harbor seals has slipped from an estimated 700 in 2014 to fewer than 500 today. The ocean’s high waves of the past few weeks have bunched them up on their favorite beach at Hopkins Marine Station, alongside Pacific Grove’s popular recreation trail. They are protected there from high waves by the large rocky outcropping of China Point, and from the people on the recreation trail by the chain link fence around the Stanford University property. Docents found 80 percent of the harbor seals in the latest survey bunched onto that beach, where they tend to gather through winter months and into the spring pupping season. Most of the rest of the colony seen that day were on the bigger rocks along Pebble Beach. The lower numbers weren’t surprising for observers who saw the many undernourished, near-shore animals languish as warming water drove cold-water fish to areas farther and deeper than some species can reach. During this spring’s pupping season, most harbor seal moms were so undernourished they had no milk for the babies so they abandoned them at their birthplaces. For comparison, in 2014 after several colder water years with plenty of nourishment for wildlife, the flourishing harbor seal colony weaned a record 90 pups on the beach at Hopkins, the main rookery in this area. After 18 months of warming – normal winds didn’t materialize to stir the waves in the winter of 2014, then severe El Niño conditions intensified the warming in the winter of 2015-2016 – there were only 30 pups weaned at Hopkins this year and not all of those looked well fed. A census later in the summer found only 10 of the pups still alive, while last week’s count found only nine.
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Send us Your Selfies Taken with the Berwick Park Whales!
Mary Flaig, a member of the BNRC, has been capturing peoples’ reactions to the whale sculptures at Berwick Park. Families, couples, and singles take photos with the whales as a backdrop. By the dozens, they pose in front of the whales. “The happy couple were in the park on a Saturday morning, Nov. 19, for an ‘It’s A Girl!’ photo shoot. It wasn’t a sunny day, but they were generating their own happy glow. I love the way people mimic the whales,” she said. When she showed her photos to Jean Anton, Jean had a bright idea: Why not ask the newspaper to run a section (or two or three) of the photos people take at the whale sculpture? Just to get the ball rolling, we’re running another of Mary Flaig’s photos on page 12. Send your photos by email to firstname.lastname@example.org along with information on who took the photo and the date. We’ll gather them together and publish a photo essay, or maybe make it into a feature we’d call “Whale Photo of the Week.” Resolution of 200 is preferred. Call 831-324-4742 if you have questions.
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• December 2, 2016
PSEALS From Page 1
The only good news is that most of the harbor seals still with us look pretty well fed and healthy now. The end of El Niño and the return of strong winds has cooled the water since summer, but it seems to be anybody’s guess how cold it will become or for how long. There is overwhelming evidence the climate is changing, regardless of whether some political leaders believe it. Bay Net docents hope to do another census in spring to check the numbers again and see how healthy the pregnant females look. These censuses check the 12 sites harbor seals are known to gather in the 15-mile rocky range from Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey to Stillwater Cove in Pebble Beach. Since harbor seals are nocturnal, they tend to fish at night and rest during daytime. They can be easily seen draped over rocks along the shoreline, more so at low tides when more rocks are exposed. A study of this colony in the 1990s found that only half of the population can be seen above water at any given time. That same study also found harbor seals tend to be site-specific so when you see one on a particular rock one day, chances are the next time you see one on that rock it will be the same seal. People with keen eyes who can see individual markings on each animal can learn to identify and help track them.
Transition Program gives challenged young adults valuable work experience
A program of the Pacific Grove Unified School district offers young adult students who are challenged in various ways the opportunity, as volunteers, to gain work experience in the wider world.’ Students aged 18-22, including five from Carmel Unified School District, are invited to volunteer in various positions which give them work experience — and more. “It is important to the success of the program and to the growth of the students as they learn to navigate their own community, and that the community embraces tem,” said Claire Davies, education services director at the school district. To that end, some students will be placed through the program with the Monterey Fire Department and maybe even the police department. Davies feels it will also give the firefighters and police officers experience in dealing with challenged individuals. Among the entities already offering positions are Animal Friends Rescue Program, and the watershed program at CSUMB where students pot plants for re-planting projects. they work in the kitchen at the high school and at the community garden at the Adult School on Lighthouse. Two days each week, students attend class at Monterey Peninsula College. Most have not finished their high school diplomas, and while they might have skills in computers and in art, they may not have academic skills. They work at age-appropriate jobs, doing what others their age might be doing. After leaving the program — in the semester of their 22nd birthday — they are moved to the San Andreas Regional Center.
Whispering Christmas Wishes Santa heard about a thousand wishes at the Pacific Grove Tree Lighting event. More pictures later, but see the story on page 15.
Pacific Grove’s Rain Gauge Data reported at Canterbury Woods
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Week ending 12-01-16 at 8:30 AM......... .90" Total for the season............................... 4.69" The historic average to this date is ........N/A" Wettest year.................................................. 47.15" During rain year 07-01-97 through 06-30-98 Driest year.................................................... 4.013" During rain year 07-01-12 through 06-30-13 RAINFALL SEASON BEGINS JULY 1 EACH YEAR
Near Lovers Point Data reported by John Munch at 18th St.
Week ending 12/01/16.......................... .97" Total for the season (since 7/1/16)........ 5.23" Last week low temperature..................41.0 F Last week high temperature.................63.9 F Last year rain to date (7/1/15-11/02/15)....... 3.21”
Do yourself and your neighbors a favor!
Shop Pacific Grove first.
December 2, 2016 • CEDAR STREET
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Shop Pacific Grove first. There are many reasons to shop locally. Save drive time and gas by staying closer to home. Avoid the hassle of impersonal crowds and long lines at big
It will be good for you and good for your community.
box stores. Park closer in your business neighborhood or walk and enjoy the shopping experience.
Shop Pacific Grove first. Shopping in Pacific Grove keeps your sales taxes here where they can help the tightening city budget and keep up all the things you love about Pacific Grove including: • The coastal trails • City parks & playgrounds • Police & Fire Departments • The Library and Museum • Pacific Grove Youth Center
• Skip the crowds and enjoy a personalized shopping experience you won’t get at a big box retailer. • Find unique, one-of-a-kind items you cannot find online. • Avoid the uncertainty and wait times that come with online shopping.
• Monarch Sanctuary & Lighthouse
Thank you for your consideration and
The sales tax on goods that you buy are an important source of City financing that pays for these services.
Sincerely, Mayor Bill Kampe City of Pacific Grove Funded by the members and friends of the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce.
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• December 2, 2016
Readers Theater presents The Listening Place Readers Theater presents Yuletide Jewels - “Light in the Season of Light,” compiled and directed by Suzanne Sturn. Celebrate Winter Solstice, the Season of Light, with poems and stories that are sure to inspire, delight, and tickle the heart. Performers include: Kit Birskovich (Musician) Susan Keenan, Mary Ann Rousseau, and Suzanne Sturn, produced by Linda Hancock. Two performances only: Sundays, Dec 4 and Dec 11 at 1:30pm, Monterey Museum of Art, 559 Pacific Street, Monterey. Free to MMA Members and general public.
Food Drive Barrel at the Firehouse
The Monterey Fire Department and the cities of Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Sand City among other local businesses and agencies are supporting the countywide food drive now through December 19. Please join us by dropping off unexpired and non-perishable goods in donation barrels located at many sites throughout Monterey. The Monterey Public Library will also have a food barrel located inside the library by the Help Desk starting December 1. If you provide a donation, they will waive your late fees. Carmel-by-the-Sea has food barrels located at City Hall and Harrison Memorial Library. Sand City has a barrel located at the Police Department entry. Food Barrels will also be located in front of Fire Station 4 - 600 Pine Avenue, Pacific Grove
Celtic Christmas Concert Dec. 17 Celebrate the holidays with this rousing and spirited performance of songs, music, poetry, and tales of the season, featuring: Maestra Amelia Krupski, virtuoso Celtic harpist; S h a n n o n Wa r t o , r e d h e a d e d , Irish-blooded, natural-born Celtic songbird; and Taelen Thomas, renowned bard and storyteller of Carmel Bay. Taelen will perform selections from Dylan Thomas's masterpiece, "A Child's Christmas in Wales", along with stirring tellings of the stories behind other Holiday Classics, and
Amelia and Shannon will delight the audience with beautiful Celtic music and special songs of the season! This concert will be performed on Saturday, December 17, 2016, at 3:00pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel. Tickets can be purchased at Bookmark Music, online at uucmp.org, or at the door. Admission $20/ $15 ( for seniors and students) / children under 12 free. For additional information: 831- 6247404
From far left: Shannon Warto, Taelen Thomas, and Amy Krupski
Tree of Life Celebration Sun. Dec 4
Hospice Giving Foundation will hold its beloved Tree of Life Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 4 in the lobby of the Portola Hotel & Spa in downtown Monterey. The event is the Foundation's annual gathering to celebrate and remember loved ones during the holiday season. The Celebration will feature holiday music performances by the Defense Language Institute Joint Services Choir and the Carmel Middle School Choir. Special guest, local artist Dale Meyer, will read original poetry by her late mother, the philanthropist, sculptor, and published author Lenore Meyer. There is no charge to attend. The event will conclude with the lighting of the beautiful tree atop the Monterey Marriott, with viewing from the Portola Hotel & Spa outside terrace. This special tree will shine throughout the holiday season with hundreds of lights, each dedicated with gratitude in remembrance of a loved one. Those wishing to add a light to the Tree of Life can do so by making a Tree of Life donation in a loved one’s memory at www.hospicegiving.org/donate-TOL.
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Winterdance!
The lads of Molly’s Revenge are coming to a rooftop near you, with their festive friends the Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers and special guest Christa Burch. Guaranteed to warm your heart and delight the senses, and always with a Celtic flair! Winterdance is truly the essence of the season. December 4, 2016, 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s By-The-Sea, 146 12th Street and Central Ave., Pacific Grove. For info call or text 831-224-3819, or email email@example.com. Advanced tickets are the best value, and are available through brownpapertickets.com/eve/t/2711879 for $20. Door price is $25. Kids 12 and under, $10
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Monterey Peninsula Voices, a 100-member local community choir, kicks off the holiday season with its annual winter concert on December 3 and 4. “Home for the Holidays” will feature 14 musical favorites directed by conductor Sean Boulware. Two concerts are planned for the weekend, both held at the Methodist Church at 915 Sunset Drive in Pacific Grove. Times are 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 3 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 4. Tickets are available online at mpvoices.org at the following prices: $25 for general admission, $20 for Senior/Student/Military, and $15 - Children 12 & Under.
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Two artists will open works at Kiwanis Christmas Toy Drive Unitarian Universalist Church is Under Way
Two art exhibits will open to the public with a champagne reception at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula on December 2, 2016 between 5 p.m. and 7p.m. Pacific Grove photographer, Bob Sadler, will open “Transcendence,” a twelvepiece exhibit that celebrates Monterey Bay flora and fauna. The exhibit covers the church’s sanctuary. Each piece, hung as a banner, is six feet high and printed on poplin. The exhibit was commissioned by the church to highlight the principles and sources of the Unitarian Universalist faith. They are designed to enhance worship and other gatherings in the church’s new sanctuary. Local artist, Regina Liske, will open her exhibit, “Vertical Eight” consisting of eight quilts in the church’s Friendship Room. The Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula is located at 490 Aguajito Road in Carmel-By-The-Sea. Parking is free.
Prostate Cancer Self-Help Group sponsors talk on treatment side effects
Board Certified Urologist Dr. J. Anthony Shaheen will talk about diagnosis, treatment and management of treatment side effects of prostate cancer, including implant technology on Dec. 7 at 5-6:15 p.m., at the on Westland House in Monterey, located at 100 Barnet Segal Lane, hosted by the Prostate Cancer Self-Help Group. For More information, please contact Dr. Larry Lachman, (831) 915-6466.
‘Mind Talk’ at Buddhist Center
In Buddhist teachings, the root of everything is the mind: all happiness and all suffering arise from the mind. No amount of massaging our external circumstances will lead to lasting happiness, and no amount of avoiding unpleasant situations will shield us from suffering. Happiness and suffering are states of mind, therefore their causes are found within the mind. If we train gently and consistently in the cultivation of love, compassion, acceptance, patience, forgiveness, and so forth–these helpful states of mind will lead to lasting happiness, even in the midst of difficult situations. If we are slaves to habitual anger, criticism, blame, jealousy and so forth–these unhelpful states of mind will lead to suffering, even in midst of great material advantage. Come and join us to learn how “mind is king.” Sat, Dec. 10 The Mind is King 11:15AM-12:15PM Manjushri Dharma Center 724 Forest Avenue, PG, 93950 More information: http://manjushridharmacenter.org/heart-advice/ For questions contact: Rachel Christopherson, firstname.lastname@example.org or 831-901-3156.
Carmel Public Library Free Public Program on Aquarium history
Wednesday, December 7 at 7 p.m. Carmel Public Library (Harrison Memorial Library) and the Carmel Public Library Foundation invites the public to a free program, Community Night at the Library: The Early Days and History of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Join Founding Marine Biologist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Steve Webster for a talk about the “Early Days & History of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.” Steve has been involved with the aquarium since its conception. Steve’s work over the years has been instrumental in making it one of the world’s greatest aquariums and conversation institutions involved in preserving the oceans. Learn more about this amazing regional resource. Community Night at the Library will be held at Sunset Center, Carpenter Hall, 9th & Mission, Carmel. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
During the months of November and December, the Pacific Grove Kiwanis Club is proud to be working with the local fire departments to provide toys to boys and girls. We are seeking your assistance in bringing the Christmas spirit to the less fortunate! The donated toys will be delivered to children by the Monterey/Pacific Grove/Carmel Fire Department. Toys must be brand new and unwrapped. Toy collection barrels may be found at the following locations: Robert H. Down Elementary School Forest Grove Elementary School Pacific Grove Middle School Pacific Grove High School Pacific Grove Adult School Pacific Grove Travel Pacific Grove Tourist Information Center Carmel Fire Station Monterey Fire Stations 1, 2, 3 Pebble Beach Community Service District First Awakenings Paul’s Drapery Grand Avenue Flooring The Kiwanis Club of Pacific Grove meets the First and Third Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. in the Point Pinos Grill at the Pacific Grove Golf Links. Visitors and volunteers are always welcome. The Kiwanis Club of Pacific Grove is a private, charitable organization, dedicated to improving the lives of children, and their communities, in the Pacific Grove California Area of Kiwanis International.
Holiday Giving 2016 Kicks Off to Benefit Local Food Banks
The state’s economy may be doing well, but the prosperity hasn’t touched everyone. According to the California Association of Food Banks, an average of one in eight residents still doesn’t know where his or her next meal will come from. Out of those 5.4 million experiencing food insecurity in our state, nearly half are children. To help boost donations to local food banks during the holiday season, Lucky Supermarkets will once again hold the annual Holiday Give. Share. CARE! Drive, making it easier for shoppers to donate. At check-out, customers can tear off a coupon and hand it to the cashier. $2 feeds one person breakfast $3 feeds one person lunch $5 feeds one person dinner The coupon shoppers choose will be added to their grocery bill, and the tax deductible contribution will be noted on their receipt. 100 percent of all donations go to the local food bank assigned to each store. Last year, the Holiday Giving campaign brought in more than $240,000 collectively from our 200+ stores for about 30 food banks throughout California and Northern Nevada. Donations at checkout begin November 14 and will end December 27. We’re encouraging donors to talk about the help they’re providing on social media by using the hashtag: #LuckyGiving.
Coat drive helps local people in need stay warm Warming Communities…One Coat at a Time
The need has never been greater and & Girls Club in Seaside and to Dorothy’s it’s never been easier to make a difference Kitchen in Salinas for distribution to local in your community. Here is your opportu- people in need. And a special thank you nity to make sure that nobody goes without to Del Monte Center and Country Club such a basic necessity as a coat this winter. Cleaners for their continued support for The Girl Scouts of California Central this wonderful cause. Coast are collecting clean, gently used “More people than ever need help coats and jackets as part of the One Warm these days. I am proud of the thousands Get into the season with Monkey Man Productions and the Pacific Art Center — Coat community service project. Coats of of coat drive organizers whose creativity great music, lots of laughs, bake sale and cash bar! Enjoy such talent as Mark Stevens, all shapes sizes are welcome. One Warm and generosity of spirit are making a real Tina Daly Family, Michael Martinez, Scott and Cassidy, Trent Babb and Mark Hughes. Coat is dedicated to distributing reusable difference in their own communities.” A great evening of support for the nonprofit, community Art Center. coats, free of charge, directly to local chil- commented Sherri Wood, President and Saturday, Dec. 3 • 7-9 PM dren and adults. The program is an easy National Coordinator for One Warm Coat. A Christmas Variety Show way for you and your family to pass along One Warm Coat is national non-profit Pacific Grove Art Center coats and jackets that you no longer need. organization that supports and encourages 568 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove Girl Scouts have made donating a coat coat drives. It helps individuals, groups, $10 PGAC members, $15 non-members simple. Just bring your clean, gently used companies and organizations across the Tickets are now on sale at the Art Center or call 242-555-0177 coats and jackets to Del Monte Center country collect coats and deliver them to from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays local agencies that distribute the coats free starting November 26 through December to people in need. More than one million 17 and again on December 31. Then the coats have been provided to those in need Girl Scouts will take care of the rest. All at no cost since its inception in 1992. donated coats will be given to the Boys Wednesday, December 14, 2016 11:00 -1:00 pm The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch World Affairs Council Discussion Group 475 San Juan Grade Road, Salinas Reservations $20 per person “China’s Rising Power: The South China Sea” RSVP: Diane at 831-4449-7031 before December 9, 2016 Discussion will center on China’s increasing assertive policies in the South China Details: Bi-monthly luncheon hosted by the California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA), Monterey County Division 29. Luncheon includes a Social (11:00), a Sea and beyond. The group will explore how the U.S. might react to China’s rising power. Free to the public. Monday December 12, at 4 p.m., MPC Room 101, Social business meeting followed by lunch and holiday music provided by The Vocal Point Singers. Recent certificated retirees, new members, current members and interested Science Building, 980 Fremont Street, Monterey Parking $2 in Lot D, permits for attendees. www.wacmb.org parties are invited to attend.
Christmas Variety Show at Pacific Grove Art Center
California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA) December Luncheon
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Marge Ann Jameson
Center for Spiritual Awakening 522 Central Ave. • 831-372-1942
Central Presbyterian Church of Pacific Grove 325 Central Ave. • 831-375-7207
Chabad of Monterey
620 Lighthouse Ave., Entrance on 18th • 831-643-2770
Christian Church Disciples of Christ of Pacific Grove 442 Central Ave. • 831-372-0363
Church of Christ
176 Central Ave. • 831-375-3741
Community Baptist Church
Monterey & Pine Avenues • 831-375-4311
First Baptist Church of Pacific Grove 246 Laurel Ave. • 831-373-0741
First Church of God
1023 David Ave. • 831-372-5005
First United Methodist Church of Pacific Grove Worship: Sundays 10:00 a.m. 915 Sunset @ 17-Mile Dr. • 831-372-5875
Forest Hill United Methodist Church Services 9 a.m. Sundays 551 Gibson Ave. • 831-372-7956
Jehovah’s Witnesses of Pacific Grove 1100 Sunset Drive • 831-375-2138
Lighthouse Fellowship of Pacific Grove
PG Community Center, 515 Junipero Ave. • 831-333-0636
Manjushri Dharma Center
724 Forest Ave. • 831-917-3969 www.khenpokarten.org • email@example.com
Mayflower Presbyterian Church 141 14th St. • 831-373-4705
Peninsula Baptist Church
1116 Funston Ave. • 831-394-5712
Peninsula Christian Center 520 Pine Ave. • 831-373-0431
St. Angela Merici Catholic Church 146 8th St. • 831-655-4160
St. Anselm’s Anglican Church
Sundays 9:30 a.m. 375 Lighthouse Ave. • 831-920-1620 Fr. Michael Bowhay
St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church Central Avenue & 12 th St. • 831-373-4441
Seventh-Day Adventist Church of the Monterey Peninsula 375 Lighthouse Ave. • 831-372-7818
Shoreline Community Church
Sunday Service 10 a.m. Robert Down Elementary, 485 Pine Ave. • 831-655-0100 www.shorelinechurch.org
OUTSIDE PACIFIC GROVE Bethlehem Lutheran Church
800 Cass St., Monterey • 831-373-1523 Pastor Bart Rall
Congregation Beth Israel
5716 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel • 831-624-2015
Monterey Center for Spiritual Living
Sunday Service 10:30 am 400 West Franklin St., Monterey • 831-372-7326 www.montereycsl.org
Don’t turn your back on the ocean On the above date and time, subject at Acropolis turnout and was knocked down by a wave, hitting a rock. Subject was transported to CHOMP. Picnic didn’t turn out well On the above noted date and time a partial set of dentures was found at the Lovers Point park and was turned in to the lobby as found property. No owner information available. Traveling fight Two males got in a verbal altercation at Lovers point while surfing. Both males later got in a physical fight in Monterey. As opposed to a small blue child On the above date and time, R/P reported a small pink child’s bicycle at the abovelocation. Officer responded picked up the bicycle and placed it at city yard for safekeeping. Dollars from heaven Firefighter observed dollar bills blowing around in the area. Collected the bills and turned them over to officer. Money was counted and placed in evidence for safekeeping. Bark bark bark report 10th St.: R/P called to complain about the neighbor’s barking dogs. I informed the R/P about documenting the incidents as they occur and calling dispatch for documentation purposes. I informed the R/P I would contact the dog owner and inform them about the barking complaint. I contcted the dog owner and informed them about the complaint. They stated they would put the anti-bark collars on the dogs to keep them from barking and disturbing the neighbors. Nothing further. Didn’t like their music? R/P reported she wanted house guests to leave the residence immediately. Guests said they had paid $800 to rent room for a month. Guests were given pro-rated rent refund and voluntarily left the residence. All parties satisifed with outcome. Working too early Anonymous R/P called in to report construction noise on Presidio Blvd. Starting before 0800 hours at the above location. R/P stated it is an on-going problem. Subject at the above location was contacted and advised of the recent addition to the PGMC which prohibits construction noise prior to 0800 hours. Information only. Elder abuse Elderly female was physically attacked by her daughter. Daughter was placed under
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Coffee With a Cop
Join Pacific Grove Police on Saturday, December 17 from 3 until 4 p.m. for a cup of coffee and some conversation at Juice N Java, 599 Lighthouse Avenue. Everyone is welcome! Pacific Grove Police Department will host Coffee with a Cop monthly, at different locations, times, and days so we can have the opportunity to connect with all our community members, regardless of their schedule. Starting with the Hawthorne Police Department in 2011, Coffee with a Cop is now a national event with over 2,000 law enforcement agencies participating. Recognized by the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Coffee with a Cop is an important way to build valuable relationships between officers and the communities they serve. For more information on the Coffee with a Cop campaign, visit: http://coffeewithacop.com/
Programs at the Library For more information call 648-5760.
Programs Dec. 6-8 Tuesday, Dec. 6 • 11:00 am Pre-School stories at the Pacific Grove Library ages 2-5 • Wednesday, Dec. 7 • 3:45 pm Wacky Wednesday Stories: stories, science and crafts for all ages. 5:00 pm “Lego” My Library: Legos for all ages. • Thursday, Dec. 8 • 11:00 am Baby Rhyme Time for babies birth - 24 months
Gentrain Society Lectures
The Gentrain Society of Monterey Peninsula College is sponsoring these free public lectures in November and December, 2016. For lengthier descriptions and illustrations for these talks please see the Gentrain website. Wednesday, December 7, 2016 Gentrain Society Lecture: Grant Voth’s Christmas Chestnuts Monterey Peninsula College Lecture Forum 103 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Free; MPC Parking $2.00 Information: www.gentrain.org ; firstname.lastname@example.org ; 372-0895 The chestnuts here aren’t the ones roasting on an open fire, but the stories and films that have become an integral part of the way we observe the Christmas season. Washington Irving and Charles Dickens created the first such chestnuts. MPC Professor Emeritus Grant Voth will take up some more recent ones: Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” (which he said was the most perfect work he’d ever produced), “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “A Christmas Story,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and perhaps even David Sedaris’s “SantaLand Diaries.” Dr. Voth will explore what these stories tell us about ourselves, and about our expectations for our biggest winter festival.
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Marge Ann Jameson arrest. On call judge approved emergency protective order against daughter. Accident on Congress Driver lost control of vehicle and struck multiple objects before coming to rest off of the roadway. Major damage to vehicle. Driver was taken to the trauma unit. He was interviewed and evaluated for DUI. Charges pending results of toxicology. Another... Officers were dispatched to an injury collision. The driver was transported prior to arrival of officers. Vehehicle sustained significant damage. Driver is believed to have been under the influence at the time of the collision. Blood draw was taken at the hospital. Charges are pending results of toxicology. Non-injury collision Non injury collision involving P1 and P2. P1 was driving north on Congress and collided with P2 who was driving west on Pine. Information was exchanged between parties. Loud pipes save lives (and anger the neighbors) Officers followed up on complaint of a loud motorcycle repeatedly driving fast through a certain neighborhood. The registered owner was not home but the described
Cop Log motorcycle was on scene so a business card and a request to speak with the offender was left. The offender called later and it was explained that multiple neighbors were complaining about him speeding on his loud motorcycle. He denied riding too fast, but admitted he has a loud exhaust and was appologetic. Lights on when nobody’s home? R/P reported that they just returned home and found that someone unscrewed their outdoor lights. A subject from a vacation rental next door walked over and admitted to unscrewing the bulbs. Someone came by a second time, rang the doorbell and left a note requesting the lights to be turned off. The R/P wants to leave the lights on due to suspicious activity in the area. The R/P tried to call the property manager, but there was no answer. I suggested to the R/P that they install motion detector lights so that their lights are not on constantly. I advised the R/P to contact the police if there are any further issues tonight. Neighbor dispute P1 told me that P2 took his flag down due to inclement weather and used negative terminology toward P1. Contacted P2 who informed me that he merely suggested to follow proper procedure regarding flag placement. P2 later admitted to using negative words toward P1. Both parties agreed to not contact one another in the future.
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Monarch Film Festival Presents Three Nights of Excellent Films at Lighthouse Cinema NewThis Year:CSUMB Capstone Projects
Starting on December 8 at 5:15 p.m and for three nights, the Monarch Film Festival will feature 10 original works by local filmmakers, as well as 24 films from around the world at Lighthouse Cinemas. This year, we are excited to announce we will be showcasing in addition to the local films, the 2016 Capstones from CSUMB Film Students! A second chance viewing of local/CSUMB films, the 2016 winning films and the award ceremony will be on Saturday, December 10 starting at 12:00 p.m. All Day Pass is $25.00.
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The tubas are coming to Monterey for Christmas…again! Tuba players from around the region are converging on Monterey on December 11 at 1 p.m. for the second annual TubaChristmas Monterey, a free public holiday concert at the historic Golden State Theatre. Some 50-60 tubas and euphoniums will fill the theater with joyous music of the season, and the audience can add their voices to the songs of good cheer. TubaChristmas Monterey is one of about 300 Merry TubaChristmas events around the world, a tradition dating back 43 years. The late master tubist Harvey Phillips produced the first TubaChristmas concert in New York’s Rink at Rockefeller Center in 1974. Now the non-profit Harvey Phillips Foundation continues to honor all the great players and teachers by encouraging these annual holiday concerts. “TubaChristmas Monterey is proud to be part of that heritage,” said coordinator Rebecca Perry, who with her partner Jerry Azevedo organizes the Monterey concert. “There’s something magical about what happens when all these players come together to put on this yearly concert -- which is open to everyone and is absolutely free.” The musicians are an eclectic group, of all skill levels and ages. “We have professional tubists who play in symphonies as well as enthusiastic amateurs,” said Perry. “What they all have in common is a love of the music they create with their instrument. And let’s face it: tubists are a unique lot. They seem to get a genuine kick out of being together and TubaChristmas gives them a perfect opportunity.” When people think of Christmas music, the tuba isn’t usually the first instrument that comes to mind. TubaChristmas aims to change that. “With this many exuberant tubas and euphoniums playing together, the rich pipe-organ-like sound will stir you down to your toes,” Perry said. “I get goose bumps just thinking
about it. After experiencing a TubaChristmas concert, you’ll always have a surefire way of revving up your holiday spirit!” Some of the musicians come from the Monterey Peninsula, but many travel from farther afield: the Bay Area, the Valley, and Southern California. Because the musicians don’t always pre-register but instead just show up at rehearsal on concert day, the organizers can’t say for sure how many will show up or where they might come from. Last year, one young man traveled from Japan to play at the TubaChristmas Monterey concert. “He stepped in out of the pouring rain with a big grin, and we thought he was a tourist needing directions,” Perry said. “But then he brought in his tuba case, and we realized he’d come to play. He said it had been his life-long dream to join a TubaChristmas concert.” Local tubists are equally excited about the upcoming second concert. Bill Englander, a euphonium player from Pacific Grove, said, “I’ve played several TubaChristmases throughout California and am thrilled that this fun holiday event is coming again to Monterey.” Jonathan Pangburn, who lives in Old Monterey, is planning to carry his tuba down to play again in this year’s concert. “TubaChristmas is a fantastic opportunity to play and listen to holiday music on the Monterey Peninsula,” Pangburn said. Like last year, Steve Iwata will conduct this year’s concert. Iwata comes from Sacramento, where he organizes his own TubaChristmas concert, now in its 37th
year. Monterey Mayor Clyde Roberson will step in as guest conductor for one of the songs. The Mayor said, “I have heard from at least a dozen people how much they enjoyed the first annual TubaChristmas Monterey! This event helps keep our small town feeling while reaching out to the entire community.” This year’s TubaChristmas concert will be at the historic Golden State Theatre. “We are fortunate to have support from the City through their Special Events program to help us move to this wonderful performance space,” said Perry. TubaChristmas Monterey, which is organized entirely by volunteers, also receives support from the Arts Council for Monterey County, from the Old Monterey Business Association, and from many small businesses in Monterey. “We’re so lucky to live in a community that strongly supports culture and the arts,” said Perry. “And TubaChristmas Monterey is delighted to add to the musical spirit.” All of the free tickets for this concert have already been snapped up. “We hope to be able to seat unticketed people once we see how many ticketed guests arrive by 12:45 when open seats will be released,” said Perry. “We’re thrilled by this enthusiastic response to the TubaChristmas concert, and we’ll do our best to get as many people as we can into the theatre.” She asks that people who have tickets they aren’t planning to use call the Golden State Theatre box office at 831-649-1070 so that the tickets can be obtained by others via www.goldenstatetheatre.com. For people who can’t attend the live performance, they will be able to watch the TubaChristmas Monterey concert on the City of Monterey’s cable TV channel or on Video-on-Demand at monterey.org/tv. More information on the delayed broadcast of this concert will be available soon after the concert at monterey.org/tv. For more information, find TubaChristmas Monterey on Facebook or email email@example.com.
First Friday Gala at Pacific Grove Art Center Dec. 2
Starting your holiday gift list? Then be sure to browse around Pacific Grove Art Center when you’re out for First Friday, Dec. 2. The evening is free, but donations to the nonprofit, community Art Center are always welcome. Buy some art and enjoy some entertainment, starting at 7 p.m. The Patrons’ Show 2016, in the Gill Gallery, is one of the nonprofit Art Center’s largest annual fundraisers. The exhibit features a wide range of artwork and media, all donated by patrons and local artists. The value of artworks is at least double the ticket price, so you’ll be a winner twice over! … you can keep it or give it as a gift. Buy a Patrons’ Show ticket and win an art work, as the number of tickets is matched to the number of artworks in each of 3 categories: $250 Master (10 tickets still available); $100 Ascending (25 tickets still available); $50/$75 Aspiring (34 tickets still available) You are guaranteed to take home a piece of art at the PGAC drawing on Dec. 10 at 1pm.....and if you can’t be there, PGAC can give you a proxy ticket with up to 10 choices in your selected category. And Open Mic entertainment will also take place
Left: “Pacific Grove Coast” by Fay Wu. Oil on Canvas. Right: “Laughing” by Debra K. Davalos, Oil on board
Dec. 2 – performers sign up at 6 p.m. and doors open at 7 p.m. Come entertain or just enjoy, nibble and nosh. Have you seen the new Art Within Reach, a “cash and carry” area in the Boyer Gallery? It lets you immediately take home something you love. The exhibit features a variety of media such as oil, pottery, block prints, and photography. Artists are chosen by invitation from past exhibitors and studio artists and the selected art is available and affordable, with prices ranging from $50. to $600….good gift shopping place! Be sure to browse the current exhibit: the “At-
mospheric Light” of Bonnie Sailer’s landscapes to the “Mordant Forms” of Rachell Hester’s dinosaur bones. Established in 1969, the nonprofit Pacific Grove Art Center at 568 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, is always free and open to the public. Regular hours are from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call the Center, 831375-2208 or visit www.pgartcenter.org. It’s a community nonprofit worth your support!
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Ansel Adams Biographer Mary Alinder Draws A Big Crowd By Barbara Moore
L-R: Ken Helms on the left, his wife Anne Adams Helms who is The most recent Friends of the Pacific Grove Library Meet the Author event filled the library to capacity. The the daughter of Ansel and Virginia Adams. The woman next to audience was one of the largest crowds in the history of the Author Series. The Friends raised more than $1,000 Anne is Phyllis Donohue who was Ansel Adams’ print finisher. dollars that the Friends will use to benefit our library. Our featured author, Mary Street Alinder, has a close connection to the Monterey Peninsula because she worked as the chief assistant to Ansel Adams from 1979 until his death in 1984. They worked together on his autobiography which she completed after he died. The book was a New York Times best seller. She later wrote her own biography of Adams which received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist. Her knowledge of Ansel Adams was a draw for many who came to the event, so it was very special that Ansel and Virginia’s daughter, Anne Helms, and her husband, Ken Helms came and were introduced by Ms. Alinder. Another delightful surprise was having Phyllis Donahue, who is 91 years old, and was Ansel’s print Mary Alinder autographing books. finisher in the audience as well. Although she spoke quite a bit about Adams, Ms. Photos by Wei Chang. Alinder’s presentation covered much more. She is an independent scholar specializing in the history of photography. Her expertise was evident as she talked about her most recent book, “Group f.64: Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham and the Community of Artists Who Revolutionized American Photography.” Group f.64 is perhaps the most famous movement in the history of photography, counting among its members Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange, Willard Van Dyke, and Edward Weston. The breadth and depth of her knowledge was apparent in her description of these and other photographers, their works, and the events covering several decades that led to photography becoming accepted as a fine art. She showed many iconic photographs to illustrate her points which delighted the audience. Many people lingered afterwards talking about how The Hartnell Community Choir will be holding their much they learned and commenting that they enjoyed themselves immensely. These positive reactions were winter concert at 3:00 pm Sunday, December 18 at the borne out by the fact that book sales, conducted by our Church of the Wayfarer, Lincoln and 7th, Carmel. The choir is conducted by Robin McKee Williams. local independent store BookWorks, were significantly higher than usual. This is the last event in the Meet the Originally affiliated with Hartnell Community College Author Series for 2016. The Series resumes in February and now an independent organization, they have performed at Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, Steinbeck 2017.
Hartnell Community Choir 2016 Winter Concert
We’re free if you are! Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito County residents are invited to visit
during our Community Open House from Saturday, December 3 through Sunday, December 11, 2016 Any of the following is accepted proof of residence: • Photo ID • Utility bills • Current student indentification from any • Monterey Salinas Transit passes university or community college located • Santa Cruz Metro and San Benito within these counties County Express monthly bus passes
Center, Hartnell College and local churches. Building upon the solid backbone of the small but dedicated choir, McKee Williams adds in soloists and musicians to fulfill her goal of enriching the community with beautiful music, while showcasing local talent and other world-class musicians she has met through her participation in the Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) mentoring program for conducting. The December 18 concert was inspired by the many DCINY mentoring classes that McKee Williams has attended over the past five years, with music selected because of its display of beauty for singers and orchestra. The featured choral pieces will be Requiem by Mark Hayes, Mid-Winter Songs by Morten Lauridsen, and Winter by Jennifer Tibbits. Hayes was an instructor at the DCINY mentoring class of 2013 that McKee Williams attended. His Requiem was performed at the Vatican in 2015. McKee Williams will also be conducting the piece at Carnegie Hall next June. Tibbetts is a New York City-based composer, conductor, and singer that McKee Williams met through the DCINY program. Lauridsen was the recipient of the 2007 National Medal of Arts from the President “for his composition of radiant choral works combining musical beauty, power and spiritual depth that have thrilled audiences worldwide.” The choir will be accompanied by the Monterey String Quartet, led by well-known local violinist and conductor David Dally. Marina Thomas from Santa Cruz will be the accompanist. There will also be several soloists performing December 18, including Anna Yelizarova, Patrick Hagen, and Kiril Havezov. They are all well-established singers from San Francisco’s opera companies – West Bay Opera and San Francisco Opera – and European venues. Havezov is a return soloist, having previously delighted the audience at the Spring 2016 concert with his mellifluous baritone. Perennial favorite, soprano Cora Franz, will also be returning from Baltimore for the concert. There is a suggested donation of $20. For more information, call 831-649-0992.
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Members of the Hartnell Community Choir in rehearsal on November 21, 2016 11/21/16 1:14 PM
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Painting of Steinbeck Cottage by Gregory Kondos Gifted to Library
One of the world’s most prominent California landscape artists, Gregory Kondos, at the age of 93 journeyed to Pacific Grove from his home in Sacramento last week to honor his friend Nancy Burtch Hauk. Kondos presented his painting of John Steinbeck’s Pacific Grove cottage to the Library. It is to become part of the permanent art collection attached to the Nancy and Steve Hauk Gallery. Kondos said he created the painting ``in memory of Nancy Hauk,’’ a friend and former student. Nancy Hauk, an artist and former library board member, worked in breaking down bias in standardized testing before retiring from CTB/McGraw-Hill. She died in July of this year. The painting, oil on canvas of the Steinbeck cottage at 147 Eleventh Street was created from photographs taken before the house was recently renovated. The painting was presented by Kondos to the Pacific Grove Public Library and accepted by Linda Pagnella, the library’s retiring director of circulation. In attendance at the presentation were his wife, Moni Kondos; son, Steve Kondos; daughter, Valorie Kondos Field; son-in-law Bobby Field; and Nancy’s husband, Steve Hauk.
“Greg’s painting of Steinbeck’s house in the Pacific Grove Library does several things – it reminds people that a Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize winner lived and worked in this town, as well as a great artist in Greg, a member of the National Academy of Design. Nancy would love it. Some of her own work hangs at the library and she and Greg and Moni Kondos spent hours discussing art.’’ - Steve Hauk The cottage depicted in the painting is where the Nobel Prize winning author considered home, where he mastered his craft and arguably had his most prolific creative period. Steinbeck published four books while in residence: The Pastures of Heaven, To a God Unknown, Tortilla Flat, and In Dubious Battle. He also wrote many of his short stories here that were published in “The Long Valley” and began work on “Of Mice and Men,” “Grapes of Wrath,” and on parts of “The Red Pony.” Kondos’ work has exhibited throughout the world, from Shanghai to Italy, across the United States - from Sacramento and Monterey to the Smithsonian’s Hirshorn Museum in Washington, D.C. He has won numerous prizes and has works in permanent collections of many museums, including the Yosemite Museum, where he has been a member of the Artist-in-Residence Program since 1989. His paintings, drawings and prints have been described as “a visual feast for those who love landscape art and the unique beauty of California’s diverse terrain.”
Celebrity Hair Stylist in Benefit for Breast Cancer Assistance Group
Adam Markarian, celebrity hair stylist from New York City, will offer haircuts by appointment at Studio 519. A percentage of the cost of each haircut goes to Breast Cancer Assistance Group of Monterey County. Markarian's visit will be on Monday and Tuesday, December 12 and 13. Prepayment of $150 is required, and there is limited availability. Make an appointment by calling Jill Kleiss at 831-521-3001. Studio 519 is located on the corner of Forest and Spruce in Pacific Grove at 519 Forest Avenue.
Celebrating the gift of Greg Kondos’s painting of the Steinbeck Cottage to the Steve and Nancy Hauk Galery at the Pacific Grove Public Library are (L-R) Steve Hauk, Linda Pagnella (retirning Circulation Manager) and the artist, Greg Kondos. Mr. Kondos is holding the painting
On hand for the gift-giving were the artist’s son, Steve Kondos; his daughter, Valorie Kondos Field; and son-in-law Bobby Field. Mr. Kondos is in the foreground. He said that he painted the piece of John Steinbeck’s Pacific Grove cottage at 147 Eleventh Street in Pacific Grove, in memory of the late Nany Hauk.
Roundabout Cam is now Online
A live construction camera has been installed for the Holman Highway 68 Roundabout Project. Members of the public can go online to view the construction in real time at: http://bit.ly/2dgnwXK . The project is the first major roundabout on a state highway in Monterey County.
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DEC. 2ND, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM PARTICIPANTS: Fountain Ave: habitat 169 Grand Ave: A Touch of Glass 170 Studio Silzer 178 Everest Liquors 229 Forest Ave: Bookmark Music 307 Lighthouse Ave: Marina Patina 520 Pacific Grove Art Center 568 (Gallery & Open Mic Night *7-9pm) Variety 608 Phill's Barber Shop 610 Artisana Gallery 612 Craddock~Butterfield Gallery 661 (Upstairs) Red House Cafe 662 Many more participants and lots of LIVE Music, Art Openings, Sales and a few Surprises!
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Of Whales and Cars and Kitty Cats Jane Roland
Animal Tales and Other Random Thoughts I wish I could say that the past week was one of my best. Unfortunately there were issues that created major upheavals. On Tuesday I was working at the shop when a young man from next door ran in and said that my car had been hit as it sat innocently in a parking place on the street. A woman driving a beige Lexus had clobbered poor old “Ruby,” sat for a few minutes and took off. She did not leave a note, nor apparently take my license plate as I have not heard from her. Fortunately the man who alerted me was able to obtain her plate number. I called the police at once.The officer looked over the damage during which time another person came forward and said he had seen it happen.The woman hit the car and left. The officer was going to call me with a case number but did not. I have turned it over to my insurance company to go after her. It is, after all, hit and run…I have no doubt that it will be covered by her; however, in view of the engine work that needs doing (an unrelated matter) and now this, I can see being without a vehicle for over a week. This is not convenient as I have a job and places to be. To add to my consternation Sammy disappeared again. This time he is obviously not under the house. We have not seen him since Wednesday morning. That cat has lived with us for 10 years, is very happy and has never been gone overnight until the previous incident two weeks ago…I must wonder if someone has him locked up. I don’t know why they would — he is vocal and loves only me. Keep your fingers crossed. I miss him “warts and all.” An ongoing controversy about the whale sculpture in Berwick Park has escalated into an ugly diatribe. There are artists who feel that the work is insulting. To whom is it insulting? Someone at the city council meeting suggested it be cut down and sent to France as the point was raised about the initial dislike of the Eiffel Tower. I really am not familiar with the artists who started and escalated the discourse. I am sure they are outstanding. I am, however, very knowledgeable about art and its history. I think of some of our local stars, past and present. Eldon Dedini, Gus Arriola, Hank Ketcham and Will Bullas, to name a very few, all were fine artists and would have preferred making their livings with “fine art” However, making a living was important so they became famous with their cartoons and whimsical renderings…Art is very subjective as witness the first Paris Exposition of the Impressionists. Through history innovators have been scorned. I am not a Dali fan and not a devotee of Picasso. Obviously I have no taste. When Central Avenue was being repaired I saw those whales daily driving to work. I also saw the sculptor hard at work. Initially the idea was to have bare wood; when the inside was found to be rotten painting was the only option. I love the end result. The dancing animals are happy and more folk love them than not. As for the bright hue, it will be moments before the colors have faded. The council agreed that there would be no fence. I hope The City of Pacific Grove is willing to bear the expense when a youngster falls off a fin and lands on the ground. Also, of course, the very least that might happen is the appendage will be broken. This project was taken on as a gift to the city, underwritten by my Rotary Club. The artist, Jorge Rodriguez, while receiving some remuneration, worked tirelessly and received a fraction of what he contributed. I am sure, if we knew what we know now, none of this would have been undertaken. The tree would be gone and those who want only a clear view of the ocean without a few feet of “fun” would have been happy. Now everyone is unhappy. So much for a good deed. Yesterday in the mail we received a postcard inviting us to join Next Door, A Private Social Network for Your Neighborhood. Ours is Next Door Monterey Vista. I signed up and logged in. Within minutes I was chatting with members in our area. I received suggestions about Sammy, where we might look. No results yet, but it is a network of “friends”…I suggest everyone do this. It is a wonderful way to be connected. In any event, check it out. You will be glad you did. Thanksgiving has come and gone. We had a great time, family, friends and even one for Annie, Jay’s English bulldog who made herself right at home. Aging has many drawbacks, not the least of which is the loss of friends. Another is the thought that this may be the last time. The last Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthday. So, enjoy every minute of every day, smell the clear air, and drive over to PG and relish in the gamboling, frolicking whales. Jane Roland lives in Monterey with John, Annie, Toby and (hopefully) Sammy. She manages the AFRP Treasure Shop at 160 Fountain Avenue in Pacific Grove. Gcr770@aol.com
People react to the whale sculptures with joy. This photo by Mary Flaig is an example. See story on page one.
Flashes of Vonnegut Tom Stevens
Otter Views A news story got me thinking this week about the late novelist Kurt Vonnegut, author of “Cat’s Cradle,” “Slaughterhouse Five,” “Mother Night” and a dozen other titles. Vonnegut skated so nimbly between science fiction and popular fiction that shelving his works has confounded librarians for 50 years. A Monterey Herald story about “delivery robots” sent me to the PG library Monday afternoon for Vonnegut’s prophetic first novel, “Player Piano,” published in 1952. It wasn’t in science fiction, so I looked in fiction. It wasn’t there either, but I went back and forth for a while because the library was warm and the afternoon wasn’t. The news article prompting my search reported that Redwood City will soon become a test site for “personal delivery robots.” Starting in January, 20 of these prototypes reportedly will hum along downtown sidewalks at 4 mph, delivering pizzas, bags of groceries, packages, and other light payloads. The robots max out at 50 pounds. The accompanying photo showed a sort of remote control mini-van riding on six oversize wheels. With viewports for its nine directional mapping cameras and an impressive whip antenna jutting from one side, the unit looks like a futuristic Christmas toy. The forward-raked chassis and duotone paint job add a sporty, quasi-comedic flair. It’s no accident the delivery robots, as yet nameless, have a high cuteness quotient. They’ll be competing for sidewalk space with humans, dogs, skateboards, tricycles and baby carriages. Purring quietly along and standing 15 inches tall, the robots should elicit the sort of “Awww-wuh” responses normally reserved for Sharpei puppies. The rolling robots are the offspring of London-based Starship Technologies, whose spokesman sees the humble Redwood City fleet as the forerunner of a multitude. “In the future,” Henry Harris-Burland told reporter Aaron Kinney of the Bay Area News Group, “there will be thousands and thousands of robots in thousands of cities around the world doing on-demand deliveries for a dollar or less.” Redwood City hopes to rebrand itself as a Silicon Valley-style tech hub, the article continued, so city officials are bullish on the robots. But all the recent election hoopla about blue-collar joblessness got me wondering how many delivery drivers, mail carriers and bike messengers these first-generation robots might supplant. Consider everything deliverable under 50 pounds, then multiply by “thousands and thousands.”
Star Technologies delivery robit from their website That brought to mind “Player Piano,” Vonnegut’s classic satire on proletarian discontent. Set in a near future where automation has provided former working people with comfortable, labor-free lives, the book could have sprung straight from today’s editorials. Citing a recent American workforce profile, for instance, economist Robert Samuelson wrote Monday that seven million American men in the “prime” 25 to 54 age bracket have simply dropped out of the labor market. Government welfare programs, he suggested, enable them to spend their days watching TV, popping painkillers, socializing and playing video games. By Samuelson’s account, one of every eight men in that age cohort no longer works or is seeking work. By contrast, the ratio in the mid-1960s was 1 labor force “dropout” for every 29 men in the 25-54 range. What changed in the interim? According to the study Samuelson cites, “technology, automation and globalization” displaced millions of low-skilled American workers. It’s a storyline straight out of Vonnegut. In “Player Piano,” the displaced workers of the future find their lives of idle comfort meaningless and demand to be put back to work. In a sort of Luddite rebellion, former working men storm back into their old factories and demolish the soulless robotic machines that replaced them. It’s a victory for humankind! But then the workers get hungry, a mechanic repairs a vending machine, and the whole inevitable cycle starts again. Vonnegut’s hidden message: it’s human nature to automate ourselves out of work. The Redwood City delivery robots are simply automation’s latest iteration. They’re the newest gizmos in humankind’s eternal quest to find ever-faster, ever-cheaper, ever-easier, ever more productive and profitable ways to do stuff. If delivery people lose their jobs as a result, they can rebel, or they can vote to “Make America Great Again.” In “Player Piano,” the idle workers at least connected the dots directly to the machines that replaced them and the corporations that profited thereby. But in present-day America, automation is way down the list of scapegoats. Foreign countries like Mexico and China are to blame. If not them, then foreign people swarming over the borders, stealing “our” jobs. And so the shout goes up: “Build the Wall!” If Vonnegut had lived to see the Redwood City rollout, he might have imagined fretful delivery people vandalizing the little robots. But Starship Technologies has foreseen that threat. The storage boxes lock in transit, and alarms blare if the robots are grabbed. Can weaponization be far behind?
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Howard Burnham Reprises The Shake family is pleased to announce that the 2016 annual turkey drive raised Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’
2016 Salvation Army Turkey Drive Will Feed Over 7,000 This Holiday Season
$36,725.00 to purchase 1,843 turkeys and hams for the Salvation Army, Monterey Peninsula Corps to distribute to Monterey Peninsula families in need this holiday season. Turkeys were distributed at the Sabu Shake, Sr. Good Samaritan Center in Sand City on Thanksgiving and the remaining will be distributed through Christmas. “We had an overwhelming amount of support again this year and are pleased that the community comes together each year to support the Salvation Army, which continues to make a difference in the lives of those in need in our region,” said Sabu Shake, Jr. The annual fundraiser is sponsored by Chris Shake and Sabu J.R. Shake and began in 2008 with a challenge from the Shake Family for the community to donate 200 turkeys. Last year 1,749 turkeys were donated. “Each year the turkey drive gets bigger and bigger and due to the overwhelming support this year we will be able to feed over 7,000 families this holiday season,” said Captain Paul Swain of The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army has been working together with the Monterey Peninsula community for over 130 years. Through various programs they provide services to the homeless, low-income families, and youth of all ages and run a holiday assistance program each Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information about the Salvation Army visit www.tsamonterey.com
Venture Gallery holiday open house
Venture Gallery is planning a special event for the Holidays on 12/9 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will be special exhibits, light refreshments, live music and even free handcrafted ornaments for the first 100 guests. The event is free, open to the public and suitable for all ages. Norman Muhl, who was an art teacher at Pacific Grove High School will be firing Raku pottery on a portable kiln which will be fun to watch, and guitarist Joseph Lucido will be playing while we pass around snacks and cookies along with the wine and cider. This is your chance to meet gallery artists who are presenting new works with power, whimsy, color and light to bring your decor alive! Special solo show by acclaimed artist Carole Belliveau "Wings Over Monterey", introduction of nine new artists to the Gallery, with beautiful signed ornaments for the first 100 guests. We hope to see you. Please note there is NO Charge...the tickets mentioned in this announcement are free and just help us plan so we have ample refreshments for all our guests. Friday, December 9, 2016 From 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PST) 260 Alvarado St 60 Alvarado Street near Custom House Plaza Monterey Contact Maria@poroyart.com or 831-641-9940 with questions.
Poetry in the Grove will explore the work of Elizabeth Bishop
Poetry in the Grove explores the life and work of Elizabeth Bishop this month. Bishop published a precious 101 poems in her lifetime, carefully crafting and polishing each to perfection. Join us from 3:00 to 5:00 pm on Saturday, 12/3/16, for an informal discussion of the work of this winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1956.
Excerpt from “At the Fishhouses,” by Elizabeth Bishop Cold dark deep and absolutely clear, element bearable to no mortal, to fish and to seals . . . One seal particularly I have seen here evening after evening. He was curious about me. He was interested in music; like me a believer in total immersion, so I used to sing him Baptist hymns. I also sang “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” He stood up in the water and regarded me steadily, moving his head a little. Then he would disappear, then suddenly emerge almost in the same spot, with a sort of shrug as if it were against his better judgment. We meet at the little house in Jewell Park at 578 Central Ave, next to the Library in PG. All are welcome to join the discussion.
Performed by Howard Burnham in the manner of Dickens’ 1867 tour of the USA
Charles Dickens visited America twice in 1842 and 1867. By an oversight, he failed to come to California on either occasion, but this will be rectified at the Carmel Arts Association on Friday, December 23 at 6:30 p.m. British born actor, Howard Burnham, will perform his popular characterization of Charles Dickens giving a dramatic ‘reading’ of his most beloved Christmas book. For the past decade, Burnham has been the featured “Mr. Dickens” at the Myrtle Beach Dickens Christmas Festival. He has given this acclaimed show in England and across the nation to standing ovations. He creates a “cast” of 40 characters from the curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge to winsome little Tiny Tim to give a heart-warming, life-affirming and humorous interpretation of the beloved Christmas story. Tickets: $10 in advanced (up until 5:00 p.m. on the day of the performance)/$15 at the door. “Like” us on Facebook where we post short updates, traffic, weather, fun pictures and timely stuff. If you follow us on Twitter, you’ll also get local sports updates and we even tweet tournaments and playoffs.
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• December 2, 2016
This Land is Our Land
Special events at the library the week of Dec. 2-9
This Land is Our Land, a three-month celebration of John Muir and the centennial of the National Parks Service continues with two special talks this week, in addition to the “This Land is Our Land” art exhibition showing in the Nancy and Steve Hauk Gallery. Friday, December 2: Photographic Presentation and Talk - “Winter in Yellowstone” with Monterey Peninsula resident Doug Steakley - 5:30 to 7pm Location: Pacific Grove Public Library, 550 Central Avenue. Cost: Suggested $10 donation, free to Friends of the Pacific Grove Public Library Description: Every winter, Doug takes a small group to Yellowstone Park for a photography tour. During this presentation, he’ll share his photography and experiences from these winter tours. “Winter is a very special time to visit Yellowstone—there are far fewer people than in the busy summer months and the winter environment is quiet and intimate. We visit the wide open Lamar Valley, which has been called the Serengeti of the American West, and is home to several wolf packs, coyotes, elk and bison. We then move south to the Old Faithful area, visiting many hot springs and geysers along the way. Winter is also the time when the bison gather around the hot springs and are covered with frost in the cold early morning hours. Bald eagles are easy to spot among the trees along the Firehole and Madison rivers and there are always unexpected opportunities.” Doug’s upcoming “Winter in Yellowstone” 2017 tour for January 16-22 is full, but he is making a waiting list for his 2018 tour. Saturday, December 3: Asilomar nature walk and talk with California State Parks Interpreter, Lisa Bradford – 10 to 11 am Location: Asilomar Conference Grounds, 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove Cost: Free Description: Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds is participating in the Pacific Grove Public Library’s “This Land is Our Land” series by inviting Monterey Peninsula residents and visitors to participate in one of three monthly tours focused on environmental protection at Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds. Walks will include readings from the works of John Muir. Friday, December9: Talk “A Lasting Legacy” with Congressman Sam Farr - 5:30 to 7pm Location: Pacific Grove Public Library, 550 Central Avenue. Cost: Suggested $10 donation, free to Friends of the Pacific Grove Public Library Description: Congressman Farr was instrumental in making the Pinnacles a National Park in 2013. He will explain that process and talk about his role on the Congressional Friends of the National Park Service Centennial Committee. We will learn about the role of Congress in setting aside and stewarding national lands and the future our National Parks. This evening will also give us a chance to thank Congressman Farr for his many years of service to our community as he retires from Congress. For more information, visit the website at http://ourlandpg.weebly.com, or call the Pacific Grove Public Library at 831.648.5762. A complete listing of this series’ events can also be found on the website. Series sponsors include the Pacific Grove Public Library, the Friends of the Pacific Grove Library, the Pacific Grove Public Library Foundation, California State Parks and the Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds.
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Conserving Monarch Butterflies in a Changing World Climate By Mara Koenig, External Affairs, Midwest Region U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service When factoring in climate change, the monarch butterfly’s uncertain future becomes even murkier. Some monarch traits — a large range, short generation time and high reproductive rate — may allow them to easily adapt to climate change. Other characteristics, however, such as migration timing, reproduction requirements and overwintering habitat, rely heavily on temperature cues and may make them vulnerable. The increasing frequency of extreme weather events such as severe storms, droughts and temperature fluctuations — one of the symptoms of climate change — are impeding monarch survival. A vast portion of the U.S. monarch population winters in a small area of Mexico, and in 2004, a sudden severe storm killed close to 80 percent of the overwintering monarch population. Drought and excessive heat in the Midwest United States during summer 2012 resulted in low reproduction. The 2015-2016 population estimates showed an increase of 225 percent in overwintering habitat from the previous year. This is great news, but it is estimated that more than a million monarch butterflies were hit with a deadly freeze in Texas and Mexico just as spring migration was beginning in March. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working to better understand just how big a threat climate change is to monarchs. A Species Status Assessment for the monarch is in the works, and that will use the best available science to characterize the monarch’s ability to sustain populations, taking into consideration threats, stressors and conservation efforts. Climate change models suggest that monarchs may need to move north from their current range in June and July, which would require a longer migration to Mexico in the fall. Models also predict that in future decades the forest habitat in Mexico may no longer be suitable due to changing climate at the elevation where monarch colonies currently overwinter. On the plus side, research by Dr. Karen Oberhauser, professor at the University of Minnesota, shows monarchs can withstand temperatures up to 40 degrees Celsius and can even weather summer storms by latching onto plants. Monarchs’ response to climate change may ultimately be driven by how milkweed reacts to the changing climate. Monarch caterpillars depend on milkweed alone as a host plant, and milkweed is declining throughout the monarch’s range – usually for reasons unrelated to climate change. “We have to over-engineer the carrying capacity of the landscape, restoring enough [milkweed and native nectar-producing plants] to ensure that the monarch population can withstand catastrophic weather events that may become more frequent due to climate change,” says Ryan Drum, wildlife biologist and the Service’s monarch science lead. That work is already underway. Monarch butterflies start traveling southward when weather turns cooler, flying between 25 and 30 miles a day.Starting at Minnesota’s shore of Lake Superior, Interstate 35 heads south for more than 1,500 miles through fields of corn and soybeans and the remnants of Midwestern prairie, until it reaches the Texas chaparral country by the Rio Grande. This interstate overlaps perfectly with the central flyway of migrating eastern monarchs. Imagine the potential of transportation corridors and rights-of-way being designated as monarch habitat. Creating a “Monarch Butterfly Highway” would provide not only corridors of suitable monarch and other pollinator habitat but also an opportunity for Americans to learn about and witness the incredible monarch migration each year. Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas, along with the Federal Highway Administration, have taken the first step in creating this highway. Using a federal strategy, they will promote the health of monarch butterflies, honey bees and other pollinators by using pollinator-friendly management practices along the Interstate 35 corridor. By joining together with partners, old and new, the Service is working to ensure a future filled with monarchs in the ever-changing climate.
Managing of pain talk is on the schedule at Carmel Foundation
Monterey Bay Village and VNA & Hospice Present, “Benefits and Burdens of Pain Medications and Other Pain Management Pearls” at the Carmel Foundation, in the Diment Hall. The talk is set for Wednesday, December 7, at 2:30 p.m. Join a discussion by Pharmacist Dharma Naidu to understand different pain medications and how to manage the adverse effects. This presentation is free and open to the public. The Carmel Foundation is located on the SE corner of 8th & Lincoln. For more information, please contact Kristine Ware at 831.620.8717 or firstname.lastname@example.org. About The Carmel Foundation The Carmel Foundation is an organization that serves members 55 and better in the Monterey County area and beyond. The Foundation is located in Carmel on the southeast Corner of 8th and Lincoln. The Carmel Foundation gives seniors an opportunity to live productive, enriching lives by offering a luncheon program, homebound meal delivery, free medical equipment loans, in-home services and respite grants, free lending library, Saturday movie, Technology Center, low-income housing, and more than 50 classes and activities each week. For more information, contact Kimberly Willison, Director of Development at email@example.com, www.carmelfoundation.org, or 831.620.8701.
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Lighted Boat Parade
This Sunday December 4, starting approximately 5:15 p.m to approximately 7:00 p.m., a very local event will take place on what is normally a quite winter Sunday evening. The Lighted Boat Parade provides the perfect opportunity for locals to enjoy our wonderful waterfront business while taking in the spectacle of our local mariners’ hard work of decorating their vessels. This is the only boat parade where vessels leave protected harbor and parade in the open ocean. Vessels will congregate just off the Coast Guard pier starting at about 5:00 p.m., boats will then (attempt) to parade in an orderly fashion along Cannery Row to just off the aquarium and turn back toward Fisherman's Wharf. Boats will then pass in front of Massaro and Santos restaurant where parade Judges Jim Vanderswan and Dennis Lenin will be. Boats will then proceed to fisherman's wharf and return to harbor. Below is a proposed parade route.
Letters to Santa At the Annual Tree Lighting event held Monday in Pacific Grove, Santa listened to an easy 1000 Christmas wishes from youngsters, and posed for an unending number of photos, while trying to be sure that Mom and Dad were close enough to overhear the wishes. One young man was taking no chances. He brought with him a written request, which Santa will no doubt treasure forever.
On the reverse side, and in Santa’s favorite colors of red and green, Zane showed his diplomatic side:
Santa has determined that a Corsair is an electronic game board (not a pirate ship or a vintage Chevrolet.) Young Zane’s letter became a model for other children, who were concerned that Santa might not remember all the wishes. He told them that they should write a letter to Santa, address to to the North Pole, and give it to their mom to mail. The Pacific Grove post office, where there are already two Santa letters waiting, reports that letters should be addressed to “Santa Claus, North Pole.” And they should have the sender’s address on them. Letters go to Oakland, where a philanthoropic group attempts to give toys and gifts and even money to take care of Christmas wishes. Santa’s next stop will be the Community Christmas Dinner at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, where he and Mrs. Claus distribute donated gifts to children and have a complete turkey dinner with the hungry and homeless and those who are just plain looking for some neighborly love on that special, special day. You don’t have to be a kid to attend.
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• December 2, 2016
Scott Dick Monterey County Assoc. of Realtors
Local Real Estate
California pending home sales expand in October Led by the Southern California region, California statewide pending home sales grew modestly in October from the previous year and were down from September as the market begins its seasonal cooldown, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said. California’s housing market showed signs of cooling competition with fewer price reductions and properties receiving multiple offers dropping for the seventh straight month, as reflected in C.A.R.’s October Market Pulse Survey. Based on signed contracts, statewide pending home sales increased in October on a seasonally adjusted basis, with the Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI)* rising 1.5 percent from 117.3 in October 2015 to 119.1 in October 2016 – the seventh consecutive year-to-year increase. On a monthly basis, California pending home sales were down 6.7 percent from the September index of 127.7. At the regional level, for Southern California as a whole, pending sales rose 2.4 percent on a monthly basis, reversing a three-month decline. On an annual
basis, pending sales were up 6.8 percent in the region. Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties posted healthy year-over-year increases of 5.2 percent, 19.1 percent, and 6.7 percent, respectively. For the San Francisco Bay Area as a whole, pending sales were 4.7 percent lower than September and 11.6 percent lower than October 2015, as housing affordability continues to deteriorate amid the region’s skyrocketing home prices. San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties all experienced significant annual declines in pending home sales of 21.2 percent, 5 percent, and 12.5 percent, respectively. Overall pending sales in the Central Valley declined from both the previous month and year, posting a 23.8 percent monthly drop and a 4.8 percent annual decrease. California REALTORS® responding to C.A.R.’s October Market Pulse Survey reported a decline in floor calls and listing appointments, which was expected as seasonal factors typically lead to a decrease in market activity this time of year.
Pure Water Monterey: A Deadly Cocktail? Ron Weitzman A long-ago and older friend of mine cautioned me not to take names of products or services at face value. His example was Superior Laundry. Just because it says so does not mean it is so. You never hear of Inferior Laundry, he added. The same caution applies to Pure Water Monterey. Will the water produced by that project really be pure? Do you know for sure? We should know. Our lives depend on it. The agency developing Pure Water Monterey is the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency in Marina. One of its major projects is the treatment of sewer water from the Monterey Peninsula and elsewhere for use by Salinas Valley growers to irrigate crops without exacerbating saltwater intrusion by well-water irrigation. A number of years ago,to help meet our Monterey Peninsula need for an augmented water supply, the agency began to explore the idea of further recycling sewer water unneeded by growers during the winter months to sufficient purity to be drinkable. Lending support to the idea was an advanced-treatment project in Orange County that turned out to be an exemplary success. Unfortunately, the idea did not work here because the growers refused to relinquish their rights to the winter water even though they were not using it. So the agency decided to expand its idea. Developed in conjunction with the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District, the expanded idea turned out to be a thing of beauty, involving an intricate and elaborate design with so many interlinking parts that at least one was likely to fail and so bring the entire system down. Let us look at perhaps the weakest link in the chain and evaluate the likelihood of its failure. Cal Am water now flows from the Carmel River through pipes to the company’s Monterey Peninsula customers as far as Seaside to the north. The new agency idea is to reverse the direction of flow so that recycled water delivered by the agency to the Seaside basin could proceed from there mostly in the same pipes (the new Monterey Pipeline being the major exception) but in the opposite direction to all Cal Am’s customers on the Monterey Peninsula and Carmel Valley. The existing Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) pipe delivering winter water from the Carmel River to the Seaside basin for later use could now serve an additional purpose: provide water for dilution needed if tests showed excessive impurities in the recycled water. Note the caveat here: if tests showed excessive impurities in the recycled water. Is that likely to happen? Perhaps. That is because in the new plan, to provide sufficient water for both Salinas Valley growers and Cal Am customers yearround, sewer water is to be combined with toxic agricultural runoff water prior to treatment. No one knows whether the treated water would be sufficiently free of the runoff-water toxins to be marketable, at least without diluent water from the Carmel River. Studies on that issue are now underway, but the Pure Water Monterey Environmental Impact Report is silent on the ASR link for the diluent water. So, despite its most marketable name, the water produced by Pure Water Monterey may turn out to be a deadly cocktail. Only time will tell.
Community Real Estate Market Update So let’s take a look at what happened during the third quarter of 2016 regarding the real estate market in Pacific Grove. A comparison of the third quarter of 2016 to the third quarter of 2015 will give us an idea of how our local market is changing. During the third quarter of 2015 a total of 45 homes came on the market and a total of 45 homes sold. During the third quarter of 2016, a total of 52 homes came on the market and 39 homes sold which is a 16 percent increase in homes coming to market and a decrease of 13 percent of homes sold in 2016. The average sales price in the third quarter of 2015 was $905,250 compared to $927,690 average sales price in October 2016. This is a 2.5 percent increase since last year. There was not much change in the average days on market for Pacific Grove when one compares the third quarter of 2015 to the third quarter of 2016. In 2015 it was 51 days on market average and in 2016 it was 56 days on market. To some that may seem a long time, but in reality the average sale of a home happens sooner than 2 months which is not long at all. The longest days on market in 2016 was 227 for a home on 14th Street that sold for over $1.3 million. The longest in 2015 was a home on Surf Avenue that sold for
$1.7 million and was on the market for 475 days. Sellers in the third quarter of 2015 received 98 percent of the list price when their home sold compared to 97 percent of the list price when their home sold in the 3rd quarter of 2016. This number has stayed fairly consistent which indicates that sellers continue to price their homes at a value that the market has deemed correct. There are always outliers, but apparently not that many. Total sales volume for the 3rd quarter of 2015 was $40,736,250 and was $36,179,900 for 2016, which is an 11 percent decrease. This can be explained by the fact that in the third quarter of 2015 11 homes sold for over $1 million and only 7 sold for over $1 million in the thirdquarter of 2016. So the numbers tell us that in the third quarter of 2016 we had an increase of inventory, a decrease of homes sold, a small increase in the average sales price, and a fairly steady days on market. It feels as though the market has softened some, but not drastically. Was this a one-time change due to the crazy election? Only time will tell. As always, please contact me with any questions or help needed. Patrick Ryan Sotheby’s International Realty, 831.238.8116, firstname.lastname@example.org
Outside the Box
The Meaning of Measure P — Part 1
On one hand, Measure P lost. It would have increased city revenue by way of an admissions tax. P required only a simple majority to pass, not two-thirds, but it lost anyway. In fact, it lost with less than a quarter of the vote. Frankly, that’s a huge margin of defeat. On the other hand, the city is spending like a sailor. After building up a decent reserve fund, we’ve reversed course and now have a deficit budget for the first time in years. Part of the new spending is compulsory; part is by choice. In an excellent, illuminating interview recorded last fiscal year, Mayor Bill Kampe said we were paying 25 percent of our general fund to CalPERS for city employee pension costs. And he said those costs would grow, referring to our payments to cover employees (now nearly 20 percent of safety employee salaries and 9 percent of others), plus our unfunded liability payment (up to $1,379,000 this fiscal year). In addition to wiping out 25 percent with that, we’re paying $1,935,000 for self-inflicted pension obligation bonds. Last year we were ranked with the eighth highest pension debt to revenue ratio of all California cities. Whew. With this monstrous obligation, you’d think we’d continue to hold down other expenses. But drive anywhere in town and you’re likely to see street work in progress. Some is needed, but why, for example, is much of Sunset Drive being repaved for the second time in about three years? In his debut interview after becoming our new city manager, Ben Harvey said, “There (were) only funds enough to cover slurry projects which seal over problems... (Instead,) an all-out overhaul, repairing, and repaving all over town is necessary… it could (cost) as much as $20 million.” All-out overhaul? OMG! And sure enough, we’re spending down our reserves instead of saving them for when we’re in dire straits. In 2014, CalPERS adjusted their actuarial tables, thereby jacking up employer (city) contributions enormously. And they decided to phase it in over just five years, which meant a few big yearly rate increases. Recently, PG’s bill went up by more than $1 million in a single year. $1 mil! There is some good news — other than relatively minor safety rate increases, CalPERS says they’ll be caught up by 2021. And thanks to Mayor Kampe and others, there’ll be real pressure to keep their word — for once. So tell me — if you expected giant rent increases, but only for five years, wouldn’t you minimize discretionary expenses until afterward, especially if those increases threatened your solvency? In two weeks, I’ll focus on revenue — a much brighter subject. And of course, it’s the antidote to deficit spending. Meanwhile, here’s a link to Mayor Kampe’s interview, which I highly recommend: http://www.insolventfilm.com/ interview-with-mayor-bill-kampe . You may email comments about this column to AlecOTB@arrowkite.com.
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A Road Trip Through Your Genetic History—and Free Persimmons An unusual and meaningful activity for your next visit with an elderly relative, plus the chance to snag a FREE bag of persimmons! In this week’s “Keeper of Our Culture,” Patricia Hamilton shares the story of a memorable visit with her Aunt Mary. DNA Mission: Aunt Mary As many of the readers of this column know by now, I’m enthusiastic about the many benefits of DNA testing. It’s inexpensive and online, easy, fast and painless, and provides you with a wealth of genetic information—a roadmap of where you’ve been through the centuries and insights into family traits that will help you “nurture your nature,” and your children’s too. If you have an elderly relative in your life, I’d like you to also consider the importance of having that person tested before it’s too late. Yes, traces of DNA from hundreds of years ago can be extracted and analyzed—remember the news of finding the remains of Richard III under a parking lot in Leicester, England, a few months back?—but why not do it now, with a simple $99 kit available on Ancestry.com and while the relative is still around to share in the excitement of the results? Mission Mary Accomplished! With that mission in mind and with kit in hand, I visited my 96-year-old Aunt Mary in a nursing home in Hughson in the San Joaquin Valley over the Thanksgiving weekend. It went very nicely and very quickly. I found Mary’s nurse at the nurse’s station and she immediately agreed to help. Nurse Kelly was great throughout and Mary was cooperative—didn’t mind at all, and even ended up helping us capture the required quarter teaspoon sample of her saliva. Starting out, Nurse Kelly told her to spit into the tube that I held up to her face. Mary looked askance at the tube and couldn’t understand what “spit” meant, so the nurse wrote it big on paper. Still no clue. I brought a cup from the water fountain and demonstrated—bingo! Slowly … slowly … bit by bit, resting now and then, moving her jaw ever so slightly, working inside her mouth. She was cooperative— and curious: “What’s this for? Why do I have to do this?” “The doctor wants it. Your daughter Donna ordered it,” I replied with a halftruth. “OK.” And so it began. After the last tiny drops reached the black wavy line signaling “enough,” I breathed a sigh of relief, capped and twisted the tube to seal and release the blue DNA stabilizing solution, and shook the tube five seconds according to directions, put it into the plastic collection bag, then into the postpaid mailing box. Mary held it proudly to show for the picture for Donna, who was waiting nervously at home in Washington State to see if we could fulfill the mission. “I did it, Donna!” Nurse Kelly was kind and helpful, and I’m sure her official presence was the key to Mary’s immediate acquiescence. For Kelly’s assistance, I rewarded her with a box of Aplets and Cotlets, always a San Joaquin Valley tradition and favorite. A Precious Sample from the Last of Her Generation I’m looking forward to seeing Mary’s results and how they compare to mine and my brother Bob’s. Aunt Mary is the last of that generation and I’m thankful to her daughter Donna for initiating this DNA sample collection. There’s a Murray lineage mystery going back to the 18th century that our cousin, Pat Murray, in Alaska, is trying to solve. This may help him. I recommend you do the same with your oldest living relatives, on both the maternal and paternal sides, before it’s too late. And begin to nurture your nature to be the best of then and now. About Those Free Persimmons … SPECIAL OFFER!! One free bag of five persimmons, straight from the Murray
For details, go to Keepersofourculture@ gmail.com. These lovely, tasty, organic persimmons may be picked up at Park Place Publications, 591 Lighthouse Ave., Suite 10. Write soon and hurry on in to take advantage of this SPECIAL OFFER! Phyllis Edwards, who is contributing an entire walking tour narrative of PG, complete with locations of all the Little Libraries, has already claimed her persimmons. The next FREE “PG Writes!” memoir session will be Thursday, December 15, in the book “Life in Pacific Grove.”! from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Little House Hurry, these will go F-A-S-T! Supply is Limited—story subjects are Unlimited! in Jewell Park. The theme is “Finding Food in PG: Markets, Restaurants, Gardening and Preserving, and the Farmer’s Market.” Don’t miss this chance to have your story included in “Life in Pacific Grove,” a 444-page book filled with stories by and for PG residents and visitors. All proceeds will benefit the Pacific Grove Public Library. Patricia Hamilton is available to give a presentation to your group, book club, service organization, friends and family, and lead a writing session to gather stories, beginning January 15, 2017. Contact her at email@example.com to set up a date and time.
Keepers of our Culture Patricia Hamilton and Joyce Krieg family orchard in Hughson, for the first 10 people who send a 500 word story about their life and times in PG for inclusion
Above, left: Patricia Hamilton with her Aunt Mary during her visit over Thanksgiving weekend. Above, right: Aunt Mary proudly displays the DNA sample kit, all sealed up and ready for mailing. Right: A bag of these beauties could be yours! Patricia Hamilton picked these persimmons the day after Thanksgiving
New at the PG Police Department
In the last six weeks, the Pacific Grove Police Department has hired seven staff members to join the team. At the end of October, Officers Eva Rasul and Dan Deis became new Corporals. And the Pacific Grove Police Department hired Police Recruits Kyle Baum and Cynthia Thomas. The week before last, Shayla Hoffman was hired and Margie Cohen was promoted to the position of Police Services Technician. Last week, the department hired Police Officer Andrew Butler and Robert Down School Crossing Guard Brigette Jones. This week, Police Officer Kristopher Moore and Police Recruit Luke Siebach came on board.
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• December 2, 2016
Part Three: Sell the sizzle, not the steak!
Helping solve homelessness the beneficent billionaire’s way Following last week’s suggestion you consider running for mayor, the question arises: how much will the job pay? If you’re mayor of San Francisco or Los Angeles, expect a six-figure salary. As mayor of one of the seven cities on the peninsula, prepare to tackle the homelessness issue on a much-slimmer stipend when you help provide shelter and services to neighbors described by President Barack Obama as “those who have the very least.” That’s where Monterey storyteller Phil Hawthorne’s sales metaphor shines: Sell the sizzle, not the steak. What’s the sizzle a mayor must sell? The sizzle is the most for the least. The biggest bang for your buck. The best bargain. Translated into local lingo, it’s the Matching Funds Challenge that helps provide services to the houseless here at home. If you were already mayor, or councilmember-elect come January, you’d soon be invited to join the Matching Funds Challenge coalition of 2017. Sizzle is empowerment a mayor, city council, planning commission and city staff are privileged to provide for the welfare of their community. Like a beneficent billionaire? A mayor is a politician sometimes likened to a beneficent billionaire like John D. Rockefeller, father of Standard Oil. During the Great Depression, Rockefeller gave away dimes to hungry people on the street, and got dollars in return. Toward the end of his life, Rockefeller tried to give away his assets, but they kept returning multifold. As mayor, you’ll be like the head of a major corporation whose innate success is measured by how well the people who
Wanda Sue Parrott
Homeless in Paradise work for you and whom you serve, not just your profitand-loss statement, withstand the test of time. Despite fame and wealth, Rockefeller was mystical. “I have ways of making money you haven’t dreamed of,” he said. One way was the Law of Tenfold Return. Try it! The Law of Tenfold Return and the Law of Expectation Count your cash. Then give away 10 percent, reinvest 10 percent, and recirculate 80 percent by spending it. As mayor, remember that penny pinchers never prosper. Rockefeller said, “If your only goal is to become rich, you’ll never achieve it.” He also said, “Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” As mayor, expect good outcomes. Find role models to emulate superior achievements. Then, using them as inspiration, devise your own plan for making things better for those in your community. For instance, our current president-elect is a billionaire who successfully
builds expensive living quarters called “towers” all around the world. Follow Rockefeller’s advice and reduce the Trump formula down to a pennies-as-seed-coins plan that works for those who have the least. Multiplied tenfold, a penny returns a dime. One way to do it is to hire homeless people to build their own city-sponsored affordable high rise project named Peninsula Pyramid. The homeless would serve on the board of directors, as building management, and owners of the condo-style units they can purchase with low-interest loans. Remember, the base supports the apex, not the other way around! What you’d earn if you were Mayor Still thinking of running for city council next election season? If so, how much it will cost? To get a rough estimate of the answer, balance time, energy and money required for campaigning against potential income from the office you seek, bearing in mind that compensation is usually a stipend that reimburses the mayor and council for out-of-pocket expenses like travel/ transportation, entertainment and supplies
needed to be of community service. Since the mayor may make the same as, or slightly more than, councilmembers, here’s a thumbnail guideline of 2014-2015 average base pay for mayors on the Monterey Peninsula to help you kickstart your own future campaign planning. The online resource “Salary Genius” advises that if you were currently seeking the job as Mayor of Seaside, you could expect to earn $51,233 per year. As Mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, you could expect $99,807 per year. According to “Transparent California,” mayors’ annual base compensation in other cities on the peninsula in 20142015 were: Del Rey Oaks, $2,700; Marina, $3,600; Monterey, $7,993.16; Pacific Grove, $8,400.08; Sand City, $3,600. If you can afford to run for office, consider these factors: One, expect a very modest cost of living increase. Two, do you have plenty of love to give freely? It’s the secret-to-success that makes good American grassroots politics possible! Remember, in America, the base supports the apex, not the other way around! If you want solely to get rich, don’t run for Mayor of Paradise! Next week’s column will give details about the 2017 Matching Funds Challenge. My book HOW TO BUILD A PROSPERIT Y PYRAMID ($20 donation) features Rockefeller’s formula for converting penny seed coins to $100 yields. Proceeds support this column. Details from Wanda Sue Parrott at amykitchenerfdn@hotmail. com or call The Yodel Poet at 831-8995887.
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Legal Notices CITY OF PACIFIC GROVE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Tuesday, December 13, 2016 4:00 p.m. The City of Pacific Grove Architectural Review will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Pacific Grove City Hall City Council Chambers, 300 Forest Avenue, 1st Floor, Pacific Grove, to consider the following: PROJECT ADDRESS: 472 Junipero Avenue WHAT IS BEING CONSIDERED: Historic Preservation Permit 16-988 to allow relief from side-yard setback requirements. CEQA Status: Class 1 Categorical Exemption Applicants: Douglas Roberts, JHW Architects Staff Contact: Laurel O’Halloran, Associate Planner Notice dated: December 3, 2016 If you have any questions about this item, please call the staff contact listed above at the Community and Economic Development Department (831) 648-3183. Please note that Section 65009(b)(2) of the California Government Code provides that legal challenges to the City's action on this project may be limited to only those issues raised in testimony during the public hearing process. The City of Pacific Grove does not discriminate against persons with disabilities. Publication Date: December 2 2016 Salvation Army Turkey Drive Will Feed Over 7,000 This Holiday Season MONTEREY, CALIF. – December 1, 2016 - The Shake family is pleased to FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20162099 The following person is doing business as MOONRISE PSYCHOLOGY, 199 17th St. - Suite K, Pacific Grove, Monterey County, CA 93950; MARY CATHERINE McGOVERN, 24620 Upper Trail, Carmel, CA 93923. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on 10/11/16. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or name(s) listed above on 03/01/15. Signed: M. Catherine McGovern. This business is conducted by an individual. Publication dates: 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/04/16 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20162210 The following person is doing business as BONNIE'S WRITING CENTER, 829 Grove Acre Ave., Pacific Grove, Monterey County, CA 93950; BONNIE MAUREEN BRIEN, 829 Grove Acre Ave., Pacific Grove, CA 93950. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on 10/26/16. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or name(s) listed above on N/A. Signed: Bonnie Brien. This business is conducted by an individual. Publication dates: 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25/16
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20162234 The following person is doing business as BE IN HARMONY, 183 Forest Ave. #4, Pacific Grove, Monterey County, CA 93950; LOUISA JEAN CURLEY, 1540 Prescott Ave , Monterey, CA 93940. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on 10/31/16. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or name(s) listed above on October, 2016. Signed: Louisa Curley. This business is conducted by an individual. Publication dates: 11/25, 12/02, 12/09, 12/16/16.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20162289 The following person is doing business as MONTEREY PHOTOBOOTH, 124 14th St., Pacific Grove, Monterey County, CA 93950; Mailing Address P.O.Box 51126, Pacific Grove, CA 93950; LAZARUS, DIANA K., 334 17 Mile Drive, Pacific Grove, CA 93950 and RIDER, ANNA M., 124 14th St., Pacific Grove, CA 93950. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on 11/08/16. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or name(s) listed above on 11/01/16. Signed: Anna Rider. This business is conducted by a general partnership. Publication dates: 11/18, 11/25, 12/02, 12/02/16.
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