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Mon. Feb. 24
Sustainable PG Presents: “Chasing Ice” National Geographic Documentary At the Canterbury Woods Auditorium 651 Sinex Ave. Pacific Grove Free & Open to the Public RSVP 657-4193 3:30 PM • •Tues. Feb. 25 The Pacific Grove Young Entrepreneur Awards Presentation 5:30pm - 7:30PM Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Pacific Grove
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• Thurs. Feb. 27
The Stuff Cure Book Talk Pacific Grove Public Library $10 suggested donation 7:30 p.m.
• Sat. March 1
First Saturday Book Sale Pacific Grove Library •
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Feb. 21-27, 2014
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City contracts out Golf Links management, other services
Go, Home Girl, Go!
Sat. March 1
Student Composer Workshop 20 Ryan Ranch Rd., Monterey Must pre-register at http://www. composersandschools.com/ events/a-day-in-the-life-of-acomposer/. Information www. composersandschools.com or (916) 248-5541 • •
With OK of unions
Wed. March 5
Boomer Education 101 Monterey Library 5:30-7:30 PM 646-3933 FREE •
Thurs. March 6
CERT Training starts 7 week course FREE 600 Pacific St. Monterey •
Fri. March 7
All Saints’ students have been following the excitement of alumna Brita Sigorney’s way to Sochi through her dad’s stories and reports during morning Chapel.
Mon. March 10
“Having an All Saints’ Alum compete in Sochi makes these Olympics very personal for the All Saints’ community. This is the first time free skiing is a discipline at the Olympics, and we are thrilled for Brita and her family,” said Michele Rench, All Saints’ Head of School. All Saints’ Athletic Director Thad Sigourney and his wife Julie are in Sochi, Russia, to cheer on their daughter Brita in the XXII Olympic Winter Games. Brita qualified third in halfpipe skiing behind Marie Martinod of France and just ahead of her teammate, Maddie Bowman. In the medal round, Brita took a hard fall in her first run but came back with an impressive sixth place finish while Maddie took gold. A 2004 graduate of All Saints’ Day School, Brita skied the Women’s Halfpipe event.
International Women’s Day Celebration and Potluck Dinner 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Rd. 831-594-6696 • Book Publishing 1-2-3 Bookworks (667 Lighthouse Ave.) Cost: $15 Information, contact Laurie at (831) 646-4507 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 5:30 p.m. •
Tue. March 11
City Employee of the Year Passionfish 701 Lighthouse 5-6:30 PM Free of charge •
Sun. March 23
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Inside 100 Years Ago in Pacific Grove........... 6 Animal Tales & Other Random Thoughts............... 17 Cop Log.............................................. 5 Financial...................................... 9, 15 Food................................................... 9 Green Page....................................... 18 Health.............................................. 13 Marriage Can Be Funny.................... 16 Otter Views....................................... 17 Peeps................................................ 11 Seniors............................................. 12 Sports................................................. 8
Vol. VI, Issue 24
$21,000 Reward Offered for Info on Sea Otter Shootings
Shootings took place in September, 2013
A group of public and private entities and concerned citizens is offering a reward of $21,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the shooting deaths of three sea otters on the Monterey Peninsula in September 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced. Three male sea otters, two sub-adults and one adult, were found dead in the vicinity of Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove. One was found dead on September 3, 2013, and two were found dead on September 5, 2013. Fish and Wildlife officer Rebecca Roca, the contact person for Fish and Wildlife – the lead agency on the case in Sacramento – did not know how they were found and local officials were unavailable to answer the question. “Necropsies revealed that all three otters had been killed by coated lead bullets. Two of the otters were shot in the head, and the third was shot through the back,” said Roca. The animals were killed between September 1, 2013 and September 5, 2013. The question on the minds of members of the public is why it took so long for Fish and Wildlife to advise the media and the public, especially since five months after the fact memories could have gone cold. “We have been working on it since the incident,” said Roca. “Now we’re looking for corroboration and to substantiate information we already have.” A number of NGOs have come up with the reward. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is
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With the last-minute agreement of the General Employees Association (GEA) and Management Employees Association (ME), the City Council voted Wed., Feb. 19 to approve a contract with CourseCo to manage the Pacific Grove Golf Links. A 10-year lease with two five-year options will be signed. CourseCo, according to the agenda report, played a significant role in gaining the agreement of the unions to support their lease. Important parts included: • City employees impacted by any City agreement with CourseCo and with any of the other service providers in the Public Works arena, have a smooth transition. • Other City employees and operations are not subjected to the uncertainly, stress, and chaos that the extensive exercise of bumping rights would create. • CourseCo has the services of current City employees, to ensure that there is no break in Pro Shop, marketing, and maintenance services during the transition between City operation and maintenance of the Golf Links and the assumption by CourseCo of the operation and maintenance of the Golf Links, expected in April, 2014. • Costs of the transition are all recouped in less than one year (i.e., a less than one-year payback) for the Golf Fund and the General Fund. The total fiscal year 2013-14 savings are estimated at approximately $103,100. In 2014-15, yearly savings will be approximately $454,000. Part of the agreement reached with the unions requires that they withdraw their recent PERB complaint against the City. Without costing any jobs, the City Council agreed to outsource certain duties which have been borne by City staff to date. These include sewer maintenance, which will be contracted to Green Line Waste Hauler. The work to be done under this contract consists of cleaning City sanitary sewer mains and removing tree roots in various locations throughout the City, as directed by the Project Manager. The work will also include the removal and disposal of tree roots, solids, sludge, grit, grease,
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• Water waste is prohibited. • Users must adhere to the following outdoor watering schedule: Odd-numbered and Carmel south and west addresses: Saturday & Wednesday Even-numbered and Carmel north and east addresses: Sunday & Thursday • Water turf, lawns, gardens or ornamental landscaping before 9:00 am and after 5:00 pm.
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The Pacific Grove Rotary Club, which meets Tuesdays at noon at the Inn at Spanish Bay, will have as speaker on February 28 Don Kremer. His presentation will be “A Trip to Nigeria.” Lunch is $20 and reservations may be made by calling Jane Roland at 649-0657.
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Pacific Grove’s Rain Gauge Data reported by Jack Beigle at Canterbury Woods
Week ending 02-20-14........................ .04” Total for the season .......................... 3.21” To date last year (02-15-13) .............. 10.29” Historical average to this date ......... 12.77” Wettest year ....................................... 47.15” (during rain year 07-01-97 through 06-30-98)
Driest year ......................................... 9.87” (during rain year 07-01-75 through 06-30-76)
sand, pieces of broken pipe, and any other debris from the sanitary sewer lines and sanitary manholes. Daniel Gho pointed out that the City does not own modern, specialized equipment to do many of these jobs. Again, the city does not own specialized equipment so street striping will be contracted to Mike Harvey’s Concrete and Asphalt Services. Under this contract, the work would include traffic striping, pavement markings/markers, and thermoplastic crosswalks on City streets, striping and marking/marker removal by grinding. Gho also pointed out that the work could be done at night by an outside contractor and provide less disruption on city streets. The contract for park and turf mowing of all City parks and ball fields was awarded to Gachina Landscape Management but does not include the cemetery. CourseCo, which will take over the job at the next-door Golf Links, will also perform mowing and turf management at the cemetery. There were objections from a member of the public to staff’s choice of arborist, based on experiences in another city. That portion of the contracting was tabled pending further due diligence. Gho advised that janitorial services, which includes the library and the museum, will remain in-house, as an evaluation of the responses to the request for proposals revealed that city staff can do the job at the lowest cost. No City jobs will be lost. Work now performed by a number of employees in the City would be shifted to the contractors, which will bear all associated costs, according to the agenda report. While the contracts would reduce the necessary number of FTEs in Public Works, the City has held off from filling authorized and vacant positions. Several employees will be taking advantage of the City’s offers for a smooth transition for staff, enabling their “soft landing.” As a result, there is no need for a reduction in force associated with these contracts. “There would be no impacts on members of the Management Employees Association as a result of these contracts. There would be changes in responsibilities and assignments to members of the GEA, however, and to employees in some of the part-time positions (who are not represented),” according to the agenda report. Savings by contracting out the sewer positions will be $125,000 per year. Savings for turf mowing amount to $58,000 annually, while cost to use CourseCo for mowing the cemetery is part of their lease of the Golf Links and is at no additional costs, There is an expected $75,000 savings in equipment and staff by contracting out street striping. A decision on the tree trimming position is expected by the next city Council meeting of March 5. With these agreements and the pending tree trimming one, City Manager Tom Frutchey says that all of the contracting to outside providers that can be done is finished.
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Rotary to hear talk on Nigeria Feb. 28
P.G. Water Conservation Current Level
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Taco Dinner Will Help Send Students to Spain
Pacific Grove High School World Language Project will hold its annual Taco dinner and Silent Auction fundraisers to provide an opportunity of a lifetime for the students of Pacific Grove High School’s French and Spanish Clubs.a European trip that will take the students on tours of Paris, Biarritz, Madrid, Barcelona, Pamplona, and San Sebastian to name just a few cities. The trip is not offered every year, because of the expense, but every other year to allow the group to hold fundraisers, work part time jobs and raise funds. As you can imagine it is an expensive undertaking and we are working hard to make it possible for our hardworking and deserving students. We have several activities throughout the year and this event we hope will kick us off on the right foot and make it more affordable for more students to participate and enjoy this wonderful opportunity. We think that this is one of the best and most fun ways our teachers can improve our students’ lives, while improving their grades and desire to become connected to the global community. The Taco Dinner and Silent Auction set for May 2 will be held at the Sally Griffin Center, Meals on Wheels Building, from 5 until 8 pm. We hope that after a long day you will want to swing by to relax your feet, enjoy a taco dinner, which you won’t have to cook, just enjoy and then look for some great deals by participating in our silent auction. There has been an overwhelming response from the local businesses and the auction items are stacking up. Hotel stays, dinners, rounds of golf, kick boxing lessons, and more. If you wish to be part of the event and want to make a donation, you can also contact us. It is a tax deductible donation. Tickets for the event are on sale now. $10 per adult, $5 per child, or $25 per the whole family. Give us a call and we can bring your tickets to you: Lawrence Bangert (parent) at firstname.lastname@example.org, 831-920-1554 or Kathy Buller (Spanish Teacher) PGHS 831-601-2275. Bring the whole family.
Free Workshop Offered for Student Composers
High school music students in the greater Monterey and Santa Cruz areas are in for a treat on Saturday, March 1: the opportunity to spend a day learning and collaborating in pre-professional workshops with working composers. This all-day workshop event, put on by nonprofit organization Composers and Schools in Concert (CSIC), is free for high school music students, thanks to a generous grant from McGraw-Hill Education. The day will be filled with composer workshops which will introduce these students to music composition and the skills used by professional composers in the music-creating industry. Each student will participate in one morning workshop and one afternoon workshop of his or her choice. Students can choose from composer Gino Robair’s, “Improvising and Conducting Strategies for Large Ensembles”; composer Karl Cronin’s, “Orchestrating American Folk Songs”; composer Steve Horowitz’s “Classical Graphic Scores and Improvisation”; composer Katrina Wreede’s “Creating the Blues”; composer Edward Schocker’s, “Creating Music with Made/Found Objects and Other Unusual Instruments”; and composer Steve Kirk’s, “Scoring and Sound Design for Film, Television and Games.” “Everything we do, we approach from the angle of: what opportunities do we wish had been available to us when we were high school music students? What do we wish we could have been exposed to, as musicians, before we got to college, or beyond?” explains Lisa Oman, Executive Director of Composers and Schools in Concert. The organization is filled with working composers, musicians, and music teachers. “We are so pleased to give local students this opportunity to work closely with professionals, Grammy winners, innovators, at the top of their games in the field of composition.” Although the deadline to register is February 27, we strongly encourage students to register now in order to claim their seat, and especially to let us know their primary instrument, in case any special arrangements are necessary,” says Oman. The March 1 event will be held at 20 Ryan Ranch Rd., Monterey, CA 93940. Students must pre-register. Registration is online at http:// www.composersandschools.com/events/a-day-in-thelife-of-a-composer/. For more information please visit www.composersandschools.com or contact Lisa Oman, CSIC Executive Director, at email@example.com or (916) 248-5541.
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OTTERS From Page 1
offering a reward of up to $5,000; The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000; California Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering a reward of up to $4,500.00; U.C. Davis Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center is offering a reward of up to $2,000.00; an anonymous private donor is offering a reward of up to $2,000; Defenders of Wildlife is offering a reward of up to $1,000; Friends of the Sea Otter are offering a reward of up to $1,000; and Dusty Nabor, a private citizen, is offering a reward of up to $500. Southern sea otters are protected as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. They are also protected by California law. Killing a southern sea otter is punishable by up to $100,000 in fines and a possible jail sentence. California sea otters were listed as threatened in 1977. They currently range from San Mateo County in the north to Santa Barbara County in the south, living in the near shore waters along the California coast. Anyone with information about the sea otter shootings should contact Special Agent Souphanya of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 650-876-9078. An anonymous report can also be made by calling the US Fish and Wildlife contact line at 703-358-1949, or the California Department of Fish and Wildlife CalTIP line at 1-888-DFGCALTIP. The local number is 831-649-2870.
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Haley Walker Takes Poetry Out Loud Will Represent Monterey County at State Level Runner-Up Sharmaine Sun of Santa Catalina
In a close competition Haley Walker of Pacific Grove High school won the Monterey County Poetry Out Loud competition, edging Sharmaine Sun of Santa Catalina school. Haley marks the fourth winner from Pacific Grove in a row; three have gone on to the national level. Haley performed two pieces: “Kubla Khan” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and “An Arundel Tomb” by Phillip Larkin, both long and dramatic poems. Haley’s teacher is Larry Haggquist, English teacher at Pacific Grove High School. Sharmaine’s teacher is Simon Hunt of Santa Catalina School. Both girls were coached by Alec and Kim Murdock. Judges this year included Susie Joyce, Bill Minor, Marge Ann Jameson, and Lynn Diebold, Arts Council for Monterey County Board President. The prompter was Jaqui Hope. Other contestants at the county level were Chris Good, Carmel High School and Diana Hinojos of York School. Should Haley Walker not be able to attend the state contest next month, Sharmaine Sun will compete on behalf of Monterey County. Poetry Out Loud is a recitation contest designed in 2006 by the National endowment for the Arts to foster a love of poetry and dramatic arts at the high school level. Students and their schools receive cash awards.
Smugglers’ Boat Found at Garrapata Beach, Big Sur
Panga boats similar to this one are popular in the developing world. They were originally designed by Yamaha to operate directly off of beaches which makes them popular with smugglers. Somali pirates like them, too.
Top: Haley Walker, first place; Below: Sharmain Sun, runner-up.
Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce Will Honor City Employee of the Year
Lifeguards from the California State Parks found a beached Panga boat while conducting a foot patrol at Garrapata State Beach. The Panga boat is approximately 36 feet long and is equipped with two 200-h.p. engines. The Panga boat contained several 55-gallon plstic drums filled with gasoline and several pieces of loose clothing. A bale of marijuana weighing approximately 35 pounds was found under a tree a short distance from the boat. Officers from the U.S Customs and border Protection Agency estimted several hundred bales of marijuana had bee off-loaded from the Panga boat during the previous night. Officers from the California Department of Fish and Game, California State arks, and the Monterey County sheriff’s office also responded to the call. The Customs and Border Protection Agency is assuming full investigation of the incident. Any questions related to the above incident should be referred to them.
Can Passenger Pigeons be Brought Back from Extinction?
Sgt. Roxanne Viray will be honored by the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce as City Employee of the Year on March 11 at Passionfish, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Passionfish is located at 701 Lighthouse Ave. The event is open to the public free of charge.
SPCA Rescues Rhinoceros Auklets
Audubon depiction of American Passenger Pigeon
It's been 100 years since Martha, the last passenger pigeon, died in a zoo. Passenger pigeons were once the most common birds in North America, but now they are extinct. Our local museum, the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, is one of the few places in western North America where the public actually can see a passenger pigeon specimen. Researchers wonder: What if passenger pigeons could be brought back from extinction? How could it be done? Might they live again? Ben Novak is on the leading edge of research into reviving the passenger pigeon. In a talk at the PG Museum of Natural History, he will address passenger pigeon natural history, including misconceptions and misunderstandings about how the birds lived. Most exciting, he will discuss the most recent discoveries from his research into sequencing the DNA of passenger pigeons from museum specimens. The SPCA for Monterey County Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is caring The talk will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 3:00 p.m. The Pacific Grove Museum for two emaciated rhinoceros aucklets. of Natural History is located at 165 Forest Ave. in Pacific Grove. Cost is $5 at the door The first rhinoceros aucklet, a juvenile, was found on Carmel Beach. The second, an (free for Museum members). adult in breeding plumage, was found on the recreation trail near Monterey Bay Kayaks in Monterey. When rescued, the two birds were emaciated but alert and fairly strong. Skilled SPCA staff are providing oral fluids and nutrition via feeding tubes. The adult has recovered enough to eat fish and yesterday started enjoying time in warm water pool. Video is available here: http://youtu.be/W9J1ASGCE6s Upcoming Library Programs for Children If you see injured wildlife or wild animals acting unusual, please contact the SPCA Wednesday, March 5, 11:00 am • Pre-School stories at the Pacific Grove Library, 550 Wildlife Center at 831-264-5427. Skilled wildlife staff are available for emergency Central Avenue, ages 2-5. For more information call 648-5760. wildlife rescues 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For your safety and the safety of the animals, never touch or try to feed wildlife on your own. Always call the SPCA Wednesday, March 5, 3:45 pm • Wacky Wednesday after-school program presents “Shoe-Be-Do”: stories, science and crafts for grades K-2. Pacific Grove Library, 550 Wildlife Center for assistance. The SPCA Wildlife Center is the only full service wildlife rescue and rehabilitation Central Avenue. For more information call 648-5760. center in Monterey County. To donate to help rescue injured and orphaned wild animals, Thursday, March 6, 11:00 am • Stories for Babies and Toddlers at the Pacific Grove please call the SPCA at 831-373-2631 or donate online at www.SPCAmc.org. Library, 550 Central Avenue, ages birth-2. For more information call 648-5760.
February 21, 2014 • CEDAR STREET
Are You In This Picture?
Do you know someone who might be?
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Cop log 02/07/14- 02/13/14 Brace yourself . . . or not
A video surveillance camera caught a Hispanic male entering an orthodontics office in the night. He exited quickly, however, and nothing was noticed stolen.
A person reported having been bitten on the forearm by a black, feral, male cat. Says the attack was unprovoked.
Credit Card Theft
A stolen credit card was used to make online purchases in excess of $950. In 1967, Holman’s Department Store employees dressed in period costume and posed for Good Old Days. This year, the 57th Annual Good Old Days Celebration will be held on Sat., April 5 and Cedar Street Times and Jameson’s Classic Motorcycle Museum are pleased to host a reunion for former employees of both Holman’s and Ford’s Department Stores. If you, or someone you know, ever worked there and would like to attend the gabfest, we’d love to have you! Business owners who operated there, and folks who worked for them, are invited too. The event will be held at the Motorcycle Museum, 305 Forest Ave., between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Bring pictures and memories and we’ll see you there! for more information, call Caroline at the Chamber of Commerce, 831-373-3304.
Breaking, no entering
The front door to an unoccupied residence on 11th Street was damaged.
Entering, no Breaking
A residential alarm sounded on Jewell Ave. Officers found the rear door open, but no signs of forced entry. A check of the home found nothing apparently amiss. Neighbors said the owners had been out of town for a couple of days.
Neither Breaking nor entering
A woman on Shafter reported that while she was away, someone attempted to enter her residence through a side window, No one apparently entered and nothing was missing.
Hey, we saw you in the movies
Suspects and vehicle in an alcohol theft from Country Club Gate were captured. They had been on the security camera.
Women’s Day Celebration will include Film, Discussion, and Potluck Dinner
The United Nations Association, Monterey Bay Chapter invites the public to an International Women’s Day Celebration and Potluck Dinner on Fri., March 7, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Rd., off Highway 68 between Carmel and Monterey. Speaker Dr. Denise Dunning is the founder and ED of Let Girls Lead (www. letgirlslead.org) which has contributed to improving the lives of more than 3 million girls globally through laws, programs, and funding that protect girls from violence, ensure they can go to school and see a doctor when they need one, and learn skills to escape poverty. She is a globally recognized thought leader and a speaker at global conferences as well as a writer for media outlets like The Guardian and The Huffington Post. She also teaches at UCSF's Global Health Program. Dr. Dunning is the executive producer of ¡PODER!, a brand new, 16-minute documentary that highlights the power of investing in girls. The film is a short about “Girls and Change in Guatemala: Changing the World – by Investing in Girls Globally.” For more information, call 831-594-6696, free admission with a dish to share.
World Affairs Council Luncheon
“The Developing World’s Middle Classes” Professor Jeffrey Dayton-Johnson, Monterey Institute of International Studies, will define and discuss middle classes, and their role in developing countries. Are they robust enough to promote healthy democratic change and economic growth? Professor Dayton-Johnson will discuss this and many other questions. Wed., Feb. 19, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Rancho Canada Golf Club, 4860 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel. Auditors (lecture only) free at 12:50 p.m. Luncheon $25 Members and $35 Nonmembers. MC/VISA($2 extra) or Check; Vegetarian meal optional. RSVP (831) 643-1855. Registration: www.wacmb.org Classes and Workshops World Affairs Council Discussion Group - “Great Decisions” Great Decisions is a discussion of special topics, running 8 weeks, every Monday, starting February 3. Topics are: Islamic Awakening, Feb. 24 Energy Independence, Mar. 3 Food and Climate, Mar. 10 China’s Foreign Policy, Mar. 17 U.S. Trade Policy, Mar. 24
When ear buds are advisable
Officers responding to a report of a domestic disturbance at a hotel found the guests were speaking loudly and watching television which was turned up.
A hoodie was found in front of the police department. There was no hood in it. A flowered handbag was found at First Awakenings. A bicycle was found in the sand near a roadway on Asilomar. Taken to the city yard for safekeeping. A marijuana pipe was found by the reporting party in his front yard on 8th St.
Right guy, wrong house
A person on Moreland reported that a man was pounding on her door and hollering about pizza. She hadn’t ordered pizza. When he knocked again, she called police. In the meantime, officers had found the man, and he was, in fact, a lost pizza delivery guy. Next time hold the anchovies.
Dumping the evidence
Early Sunday morning, a car was found over the embankment on Ocean View Blvd. It was pulled out but there was no one else around. Twelve hours later it was reported stolen.
Not caught in the act
A person reported a reckless driver. The driver has several restrictions on his license listing several streets in the city, but as no violation was observed by the officer, nothing could be done.
A drug-sniffing dog found a small amount of marijuana and marijuana wax in a student’s vehicle at the high school. The student was issued a citation and given disciplinary action by the school.
A former student went onto the campus and threatened a teacher. The teacher did not want to press charges, but the student was admonished by telephone.
A woman on Sinex reported someone called her and said they had a package from the Mexican border and she needed to pay for it. She refused, but they called again. This time she said “Leave me alone!” and they apparently did.
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The “Great Decisions Study Guide” for the eight weekly sessions is $20. They are available, as supplies last, at the WACMB luncheons and at these discussions, from Moderator Larry Johnson. Free to the public, EVERY Monday 4 - 5:30 PM, NEW Location: MPC Room 101, Social Science Building, 980 Fremont Street, Monterey. Parking $2 in Lot D permits for attendees. www.wacmb.org
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CERT Training Starts March 6
The Monterey Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program is offering a free FEMA-based 21-hour emergency skills course from 6:30-9:30 p.m. over seven consecutive Thursday nights beginning March 6 at the Emergency Operations Center, behind Fire Station 1 (600 Pacific St.) in Monterey. CERT educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and emergency first-aid. Using training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members assist their families and others following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. To enroll in this free course, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 831-646-3416.
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Jon Guthrie’s High Hats & Parasols
100 Years Ago in Pacific Grove Please bear in mind that historical articles such as “High Hats & Parasols” present our history — good and bad — in the language and terminology used at the time. The writings contained in are quoted from Pacific Grove/Monterey publications from 100 years in the past. Please also note that any items listed for sale in “High Hats” are “done deals,” and while we would all love to see those prices again, people also worked for a dollar a day back then. Thanks for your understanding.
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Notice to Creditors
From the Superior Court of the State of California, in and for the County of Monterey, in the matter of the estate of Mary A. Holbrook, deceased, comes the call to all creditors and to all people having a claim against the Mary A. Holbrook estate, for evidence supporting such claims. Said evidence should be presented to the office of Silas W. Mack, Esquire, within three months of the date of this notice. 1
Review supports McCall’s
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One Team, One Goal
P.G.H.S. Girls Basketball Team is Headed to Australia
The Pacific Grove High School Girls Basketball Team has been presented with a unique opportunity to play basketball this upcoming summer in Australia. Head Coach Ken Ottmar and Assistant Coaches Craig Bell and Bo Buller will travel with 13 players and two team moms to Australia June 1.They have tournaments scheduled over a three week period in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. As in the United States basketball is a very popular sport in Australia and surpasses both rugby and cricket in participation. The team has been working tirelessly in raising funds to cover their travel costs. Accommodations and transportation are being provided by host families in the cities where they will be playing the tournaments. The team's goal is to raise $33,000. Currently the team is having an “opportunity drawing.” The grand prize is an all inclusive trip for four to Mexico. Other prizes include two different golf packages, and a one night stay with dinner at the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur. Tickets are $25.00 apiece or five for $100.00. Please contact Angela Matthews at 831-521-3045 if you are interested in purchasing or to obtain more information. If you would like to make a donation you may make it payable to P.G.H.S. Girls Basketball Team, P.O. Box 1364, Pebble Beach, CA 93953.
Tidbits from here and there…
• The Pacific Grove Athletic Association meets at the Civic clubhouse regularly on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 P.m. • Dimes are growing into dollars when deposited in a savings account at the E. Cooke Smith bank. • At Curnow & Curnow Grocers you always get the best goods, the swiftest delivery, and rock bottom prices. • Southern Pacific will be offering spring season prices on tickets purchased now. Tickets will be good through the middle of July
And the cost is...
• The Hotel Manx in San Francisco, also known as the “house of comfort” is one of the most popular hostelries available to folks from the Grove. Most are saying “meet me at the Manx” Outstanding cuisine is available. No-bath prices start at $1.50 per night. Come be our guest. Chester Kelly, manager. • The Grove’s latest restaurant, managed by A. H. Henshaw, offers a special lunch price of 75₵. Open daily
St. Anselm’s Anglican Church Meets at 375 Lighthouse Ave. Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Fr. Michael Bowhay 831-920-1620
1 “Esquire” is a courtesy title, used primarily for lawyers. 2 McCall’s, in business since 1897, was best known for its tear-out clothing patterns. One year earlier, in 1913, McCall’s had been purchased by White Weld & Company (sewing machine manufactures) and this promo was an attempt by the new owners to expand readership). McCall’s featured the work of such skilled writers as John Steinbeck and Earnest Hemmingway, and Eleanor Roosevelt (the President’s wife) wrote a monthly advice column between the years 1949 and 1962. In 2000, the irascible Rosie O’Donnell (entertainer) took over and changed the name to Rosie’s magazine. Subsequent bickering and disputes put the magazine out of business in 2002.
Pacific Coast Church 522 Central Avenue, 831-372-1942
Rotary Announces Speaker for Feb. 25
The Pacific Grove Rotary Club, which meets at noon on Tuesdays at The Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach ,will have as the speaker on February 25, Mark Mahaney, Camino De Santiago (Way of St. James) in Spain.. Lunch is $20 and reservations may be made by calling Jane Roland at 649-0657
MPC Holds Auditions for 'Oklahoma!'
Auditions will be held Sat. and Sun., Maarch 1 and 2, for more than 30 parts in the July production of Oklahoma! Actorsm singers and dancers are needed. Director Gary Bolen advises that the role of “Laurey” is cast, but all other roles are open. All musical auditioners should be prepared with a song and to learn a brief dance combination. For further information, such as location, contact Bolen at email@example.com or at 831-646-4085.
Letters to the Editor Cedar Street Times welcomes your letters on subjects of interest to the citizens of Pacific Grove as well as our readers elsewhere. We prefer that letters be on local topics. At present we have not set limits on length though we do reserve the right to edit letters for space constraints, so please be concise. We will contact you to verify authenticity so your email address and/or telephone number must be included as well as your name and city of residence. We will not publish unsigned letters or letters which defame or slander or libel. Cedar Street Times is an adjudicated newspaper published weekly at 306 Grand Ave., Pacific Grove, CA 93950. Press deadline is Wednesday, noon. The paper is printed on Friday and is available at 138 locations throughout the city and on the Peninsula as well as by e-mail subscription and with monthly home delivery to occupied homes in Pacific Grove. Marge Ann Jameson, Editor/Publisher
Phone 831-324-4742 • Fax 831-324-4745 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Forest Hill United Methodist Church 551 Gibson Ave., Services 9 AM Sundays Rev. Richard Bowman, 831-372-7956
Peninsula Christian Center 520 Pine Avenue, 831-373-0431 First Baptist Church of Pacific Grove 246 Laurel Avenue, 831-373-0741 St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church Central Avenue & 12 tsp.h Street, 831-373-4441 Community Baptist Church Monterey & Pine Avenues, 831-375-4311 Peninsula Baptist Church 1116 Funston Avenue, 831-394-5712 St. Angela Merici Catholic Church
146 8th Street, 831-655-4160
Christian Church Disciples of Christ of Pacific Grove 442 Central Avenue, 831-372-0363 First Church of God 1023 David Avenue, 831-372-5005 Jehovah’s Witnesses of Pacific Grove 1100 Sunset Drive, 831-375-2138 Church of Christ 176 Central Avenue, 831-375-3741 Lighthouse Fellowship of Pacific Grove PG Community Center, 515 Junipero Ave., 831-333-0636 Mayflower Presbyterian Church 141 14th Street, 831-373-4705 Central Presbyterian Church of Pacific Grove 325 Central Avenue, 831-375-7207 Seventh-Day Adventist Church of the Monterey Peninsula 375 Lighthouse Avenue, 831-372-7818 First United Methodist Church of Pacific Grove
915 Sunset @ 17-Mile Dr., Pacific Grove - (831) 372-5875 Worship: Sundays @ 10:00 a.m. Congregation Beth Israel 5716 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel (831) 624-2015 Chabad of Monterey 2707 David Avenue, Pacific Grove (831) 643-2770
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An Evening with Albert Paley Central Coast Art Association Fundraiser for the Carmel Art Association exhibits at Sally Griffin center
As part of the monthly “Meet the Artist” series, Carmel Art Association is proud to present ‘An Evening with Albert Paley’ on Sat., March 15, from 6 to 9 pm. This very special event is also a fundraiser for the non-profit artist cooperative gallery. Following a reception in his honor, the distinguished sculptor will give an illustrated presentation about his life in art introduced by Carmel’s First Lady, Melissa Burnett. The evening will conclude with a book-signing for the new monograph Albert Paley on Park Avenue. Albert Paley is among the most accomplished and celebrated sculptors working today. Beginning in 1974 with his groundbreaking Portal Gates for the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, to his monumental installation of 13 sculptures along Park Avenue in Manhattan last year, Albert Paley has pioneered the evolution of metalwork from craft to fine art. In April 2014 the new film Paley on Park Avenue, which documents this challenging project from conception through installation, will premiere on PBS. Then in late June, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. will launch a major retrospective exhibition, Albert Paley: American Metal. Albert and his wife, artist Frances Paley, have made Carmel their second home for more than a decade. Seating is limited for this event; prepaid reservations may be made by calling (831) 624-6176 by March 7. Tickets are $55 for CAA Associate Members and $65 for non-members. Checks may be mailed to CAA, PO Box 2271, Carmel, CA 93921. The Carmel Art Association is Carmel’s oldest gallery and features the work of over 100 local professional artists. It is located on Dolores Street between 5th and 6th in beautiful downtown Carmel. Hours are 10 to 5 daily. For more information please call 831-624-6176 or visit the CAA website at www.carmelart.org.
“Grandma’s Village” – oil on canvas by Hanne-Lori Eggeman
“Point Lobos, Cypress Point” – oil on linen by Vivian Healy
For further information, contact: Gail Benton – Exhibiting artist – gail. email@example.com – 831 236-2111 Hanne-Lori Eggeman – Exhibiting artist – – 831 521-6377 Vivian Healy – Exhibiting artist – firstname.lastname@example.org – 831 645-9565 Jan Scott – CCAA Exhibition coordinator – email@example.com – 831 373-2019 Harry Wareham – CCAA Publicity coordinator – harrywareham@comcast. net – 831 372-2841 Andrea Fuerst – Director, Sally Griffin Active Living Center – alcdir@mowmb. org – 831 375-4454
Book Publishing 1-2-3
This 60-minute program features a quick glimpse at today’s dynamic book business (including traditional, electronic, and self-publishing options), ideas for connecting with editors and literary agents, the “Editor’s Tips on Craft” segment, and suggestions to promote and sell writing. Novice and accomplished wordsmiths of all genres will also benefit from the playful prompts, imagination workouts, self-assessments (to inspire “Aha!” moments), and Q&A. Presenter: Professional editor/proofreader Laurie Gibson, whose work spans the spectrum from the manuscripts of more than 100 first-time authors to classic novels such as “The Color Purple.” Mon., March 10, 5:30 p.m., at Bookworks (667 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove – formerly known as “The Works”) Cost: $15; no pre-registration needed For more information, contact Laurie at (831) 646-4507 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Flourish Monterey County’ focus of President’s Speaker Series
With the theme, “Flourish Monterey County,” this year’s President’s Speaker Series at California State University, Monterey Bay will get under way on March 4 when Mary Jo Waits visits campus. Ms. Waits, director of the Economic, Human Services and Workforce Division of the National Governors Association, was one of the most thought-provoking speakers at the recent colloquium on Fort Ord redevelopment. She will expand on her ideas on how to leverage university research to enhance economic development. One of the messages that emerged from the colloquium was the need to move beyond jurisdictional battles and take a comprehensive look at what makes economic and environmental sense for the area. In her talk, Ms. Waits will continue the discussion begun at the colloquium. Her presentation will start at 3:30 p.m. in the World Theater on Sixth Avenue near A Street. Driving directions and a campus map are available at csumb.edu/maps. The community is invited to this free event. No tickets are necessary, but reservations are requested. Please RSVP by calling the World Theater box office at 582-4580, or going online at csumb.edu/rsvp.
Seawater desalination impacts on the ocean subject of talk
Dr. Carol Reeb, a fishery geneticist who is a research associate at Hopkins Marine Station, will talk about the impacts seawater desalination can have on marine ecosystems when she speaks to the Monterey Bay Chapter of the American Cetacean Society on Feb. 27. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. in The Boat Works building at Hopkins Marine Station, 120 Ocean View Blvd. in Pacific Grove. It is free and open to the public. Dr. Reeb, who has helped develop two amendments to California’s Ocean Plan for seawater desalination, has examined 100 years of Monterey Bay records that indicate the salinity on the bottom has been fairly stable. She has explained that that means the heavier brine discharged by desalination plants wouldn’t mix with seawater as readily as proponents have suggested, but could cover the seafloor like a layer of plastic wrap and suffocate all the organisms in the sand and disrupt the valuable squid nurseries. Anyone who has followed the 25-year debate about desalination on the Monterey Peninsula knows the financial costs are very high. The environmental costs are yet to be determined, but they might be very high too. In addition to her work at Hopkins, Dr. Reeb developed The Water for Our Future Award in conjunction with the Watershed Institute at California State University to encourage young scientists to think about solving future water shortages.
Central Coast Art Association artists Gail Benton, Hanne-Lori Eggeman and Vivian Healy will host a reception to exhibit and offer their work 5 – 7 p.m., Fri., March 7 at the Sally Griffin Center, 700 Jewell Ave., near Lovers Point. There will music, wine, and finger foods, including appetizers and desserts. Admission is free and open to the public. These three artists present a wide array of vivid images in various two dimensional media. Daughter of an Italian landscape painter, Hanne-Lori Eggeman employs bright oils by knife to create a sculptured effect in landscapes, seascapes and portraits. A watercolor instructor for 10 years, Gail Benton has expanded into oils as well, offering landscapes, figures, flowers and animals. Although experienced in studio painting in pastels, watercolor and oils, Vivian Healy’s love of the outdoors draws her to plein air seascapes, landscapes and architecture in oils. She is a board member of Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association. The exhibit is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Sally Griffin Center through April 24, and is sponsored by the Central Coast Art Association.
“Looking Cute” – watercolor on paper by Gail Benton
Got Jewelry to Spare?
The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop in Pacific Grove is requesting donations of costume & fine jewelry, purses, shoes, and accessories from now until April 24, in time for their biggest event of the year. Discovery Shop’s Jewelry Fundraiser will be held Friday, April 25 and Sat, April 26. Donations can be dropped off at The Pacific Grove Discovery Shop at 198 Country Club Gate Shopping Center. The proceeds go towards cancer research, education, advocacy, and service. For more information call the Discovery Shop at (831) 372-0866.
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Sports & Leisure Lady Breakers Bring Home First League Title in 13 Years
Golf Tips Ben Alexander PGA PGA Teaching Professional, Pacific Grove Golf Links, Bayonet Golf Course PGA Teacher Of The Year, No Cal PGA 831-277-9001 www.benalexandergolf.com
The Pacific Grove High School Breaker Girls Basketball team has finished as champions! They tore the net up! The team is made up of the following players: Ally Patton, Christina Lucido, Abby Burnell, Mackenzie Bell, Lela Hautau, Jessica Matthews, Sophie Lowell, Kendra Bell, Vanessa Villarreal, Reeve Grobecker, Lili Dawkins, Margaret Barretto Coaches: Craig Bell, Ken Ottmar, and Bo Buller
PGHS Girls Basketball Win Big By Angela Matthews Who would have imagined that after securing back-to-back league titles while playing basketball at Pacific Grove Middle School that these girls would be back in the limelight? But this is exactly what happened on February 17 when the PGHS Girls Varsity Basketball Team sewed up the MTAL league title after a 13-year girls’ basketball school drought. The team came together in the fall and began working hard toward this goal. After numerous hours of practice on the court with the team and often times individually, “One team one goal,” the team motto, became a reality. The team is headed into playoffs and will receive their seeding this coming weekend.
Breakers clinch Boys Basketball League championship
By Andrew Chyo
The Breakers were able to get the first four points on the board, but the Greenfield Bruins were dedicated to fight hard against the Breakers. The Breakers were able to sail past the Bruins at the start, but the Bruins didn’t get too far behind, ending the quarter at 15-10, Breakers. In the second quarter, the Breakers were able to jump on the Bruins early, putting the score at 22-11, Breakers. Although the Breakers were able to open their lead early, the Bruins fought hard in the last part of the first half in an attempt to match the Breakers. The Bruins were able to minimize the deficit to five by the end of the half. The score at the half: 28-23, Breakers. Luke Lowell had 10 in the half. The Breakers were determined to become the league champions, after failing for three straight years. The Breakers were able to stay ahead of the Bruins, and did not let the Bruins get anything major going for the duration of the third quarter. The score after three quarters: 44-33, Breakers. Into the fourth, the Breakers put a roadblock in front of the Bruins, halting production. The Breakers were able to lead by as much as 12, with the score 48-36. The Bruins, however had other intentions, preventing the Breakers from scoring for about 2 minutes, allowing the Bruins to cut their deficit to within 4 with 50 seconds left. Within the final 30 seconds, the Bruins were able to complete a layup to come within two of the Breakers. While the Breakers were in-bounding the ball, the Bruins were able to tip the ball and gain possession and drain a three-point basket to lead by one, leaving the Breakers with 7.4 seconds left in the game. The Breakers in-bounded and raced to half court where a time-out was called. After the time-out, the Breakers in-bounded and were able to race in between the Bruins’ defenders to make a layup, going up by one. The Bruins were unable to make anything of the 1.4 seconds left by the Breakers. The final score: Pacific Grove Breakers 52, Greenfield Bruins 51. Luke Lowell had 17. Under Lowell, Bradford William Sendell had 8. Garrett Russell and Luke Schrader each had 2. The Breakers are now awaiting seating into the CCS postseason on Sunday, following a postseason game next week.
Last week when the ATT tournament was here we all saw some great shots from the pros. We also saw the pros miss some fairways when they hit their drives in the rough and sometimes in the trees! There is a lesson here for all of the weekend golfers: No pro or weekend golfer will hit the drives straight all of the time. So a good thought is to get up on the tee box and try to have the mind set to keep it in play. Now, that might be right center of the fairway or left center of the fairway or maybe even the drive might be in the rough but at least the drive didn’t end up in the out of bounds with a two-stroke penalty, or it didn’t end up in the water. Keep it in play so you can hit your next shot.
Great Taste of PG March 23
Save the Date! PG P.R.I.D.E. announces the 24th annual Great Taste of PG will be held on Sun., March 23. Come join us from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. for an evening of great food, great wine, and great live and silent auctions at The Inn at Spanish Bay, 2700 Seventeen Mile Drive, Pebble Beach. We will have more than 30 restaurants and wineries participating this year including Patisserie Bechler, Aliotti’s Victorian Corner, Fandango, From Scratch Restaurant, Smith & Hook, Joullian Vineyard, and Pisoni Vineyards just to name a few. Purchase tickets online before March 1, 2014 for $50 per person at www.supportpgpride.com (over 21 years of age only, please). Tickets are $55 per person after March 1, and at the door. We are also currently seeking additional sponsors, restaurant and beverage participants for the event, and we are accepting donations to our Live and Silent auctions as well. Contact us at email@example.com for more information on donating to the auctions, participating, or becoming a sponsor. All proceeds directly benefit the classrooms and students in the Pacific Grove Unified School District.
2014 Feast of Lanterns Royal Court Applications Now Available
Become a part of the myth...the legend of the 2014 Feast of Lanterns. Uphold a time-honored tradition of serving your community as part of the Feast of Lanterns Royal Court. Expand your horizons in public speaking. Develop skills that will help you throughout your life and your career. Spend a fun-filled summer with the Feast of Lanterns, a great community event. Applications are available for download on the Feast of Lanterns website, www. feast-of-lanterns.org. You may access the Internet at the Pacific Grove Public Library or at your school. The big question is "Do I qualify to try out for the Royal Court?" If you are a student in a grade from 8th through 12th who resides within the Pacific Grove Unified School District, then you have the opportunity to try out for the 2014 Royal Court. Visit Feast-of-Lanterns.org to learn more about the full application and checklist. All applications, whether submitted online at Feast-of-Lanterns.org, mailed to the Feast of Lanterns, P.O. Box 809, Pacific Grove, CA 93950 or dropped off at the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce, must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014. Do you have any questions? Please email Joni Birch at President@Feast-ofLanterns.org
Times • Page 9 How confident are Americans Tuscan Kale and Farro Soup in getting a mortgage? Sally Baho February 21, 2014 • CEDAR STREET
By Kevin Stone Monterey County Association of Realtors® Consumer attitudes toward the economy are improving along with Americans’ confidence in their ability to obtain a mortgage. According to Fannie Mae’s January 2014 national survey, 52 percent of consumers said they could easily get a mortgage, which is an increase of two percentage points and all-time survey high. Optimistic views toward personal finances and improved access to mortgages bode well for the housing recovery and may be contributing to this month’s increase in consumers’ intention to buy rather than rent their next home. According to the survey results, 44 percent of respondents expect their personal financial situation to improve in the next year, continuing an upward trend since November 2013. The share of respondents who said the economy is on the right track increased 8 percentage points from last month to 39 percent. Respondents who said it is a good time to sell a house increased 5 percentage points from last month to 38 percent. Fifty-five percent of respondents said mortgage rates will go up in the next 12 months, which is a decrease of two percentage points. The share of people who said home prices will stay the same in the next 12 months increased seven percentage points to 45 percent, while the share who said home prices will go up in the next 12 months fell by six percentage points to 43 percent. Doug Duncan, senior vice president and chief economist at Fannie Mae, commented, “The dip in overall home price expectations, though notable, is consistent with our view of moderating home price gains this year from a robust pace last year, while positive trends in perceptions about the economy and personal finances over the next year support our view of stronger growth in the broader economy.” Kevin Stone Monterey County Association of Realtors® 201-A Calle Del Oaks | Del Rey Oaks, CA 93940 (831) 393-8677 DIRECT
At the Farmers Market The Perfect (Light) Winter Soup This is a spin on a recipe shared with me by a dear Spanish-Italian foodie friend. Farro is a grain of wheat grown in the Mediterranean and commonly used in Italian cuisine; its nutty flavor pairs perfectly with the earthy flavors of kale and carrots. With cold and flu season in full swing, and since we finally are getting some (light) winter weather, soup is just what the doctor ordered! Buon appetito!
Try These New Services From the Pacific Grove Library
Prep time: 40 minutes Serves 2
How It All Stacks Up Our Pacific Grove Library has several new offerings which we wish to share with library card holders so you can take advantage of these free services. Friends of the Pacific Grove Library have donated the funds to purchase these options. The goal is to promote use of our special Pacific Grove library. We welcome your feedback once you have the opportunity to use these services. To begin, on your home computer: Enter the following PG Library web address into your browser: www.pacificgrovelibrary.org. The Pacific Grove Public Library Online home page displays. Select the program you would like to explore by double clicking on the title at the top of the page.
Freegal (Download Free Music)
Freegal provides “free” and “legal” music downloads for library patrons. Approximately 7 million songs are available for free permanent download on your computer, tablet, phone or iPod/mp3 player. Each library card holder can download up to three free songs per library card per week. The name Freegal (rhymes with “legal”) comes from the company Library Ideas, who developed Freegal Music. It means “free and legal” music. The login screen will appear requesting your library card account information. Once you are validated, you will be in the Freegal area where you can browse, search and download music. Select the music genre you like (for example: Country, Classical, Jazz, etc.) and proceed from there to select music. Again, you are limited to 3 downloaded songs per week.
enki Library (eBooks)
The enki Library is a shared, open-source eBook network developed by Califa, a not-for-profit membership cooperative serving libraries in California, and Contra Costa County Library, who partnered to co-develop this open source eBook Network, shared by and accessible to multiple library systems in California. enki Library allows California library members to download over 12,000 titles of non-fiction contemporary books where you, as a library patron, can download eBooks from www.enkilibrary.org after you login to your library account.
Discover & Go (Passes to Museums, Cultural and Educational Institutions)
Discover & Go provides passes to museums and other cultural and educational institutions north of Monterey. As a Pacific Grove Public Library cardholder, you have access to numerous museums and institutions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. We hope to add Monterey area institutions soon. This unique program allows library users to make reservations online by date or by venue and print out a pass. Customers without Internet access can reserve and print out a pass at the library. Join the Friends of the Pacific Grove Library for the Meet-the-Author Series
Betty and Mike Sproule will share The Stuff Cure: How we lost 8,000 pounds of Stuff for Fun, Profit, Virtue and a Better World. Thursday, February 27, 7:30pm Pacific Grove Library Hosted by Friends of the Pacific Grove Library Suggested Donation: $10
Tuscan Kale and Farro Soup
½ cup dry kidney beans, pre-soaked overnight (alternatively, you could use canned beans, drained) ½ cup farro 1 tbsp. tomato paste 4 cups broth (vegetable or chicken) ¾ cup dry white wine, I used Sauvignon Blanc 1 tbsp. olive oil ½ a white onion, diced 4 cloves of garlic, chopped 2 carrots, chopped 1 tomato, diced 1 tbsp. garden herbs, any mix of the following: oregano, sage, thyme, marjoram ½ a stalk of kale, cut into manageable pieces salt and pepper to taste Preparation Place the pre-soaked kidney beans and dry farro in a medium saucepan; add water to just cover the bean/grain mixture. Bring to a boil and then throw out the water. This gets rid of a great deal of oligosaccharides in the beans that cause flatulence. Replace water with the broth, white wine, and tomato paste; place over high heat, and when it comes to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. (More broth can be added for a thinner soup). In the meantime, sauté the onion, garlic, and carrots in the olive oil with the herbs, salt, and pepper for about 10 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and combine the farro/bean mix to the sautéed onion mix in the saucepan, allowing to simmer for another 5 minutes (or more, if you prefer the carrots and beans softer). Next, add chopped kale and mix well, submerging the kale in the liquid part of the soup. Optional: toasted ciabatta bread or baguette brushed with a strong olive oil, cut into small squares and sprinkled on top of each bowl. And/or a spoonful of kalamata olive tapenade can also be stirred into the soup after removed from heat to add a rich flavor. Local kick! I found my kidney beans, farro, tomato paste and white wine (Crane Lake, Sauvignon Blanc) at our tried-and-true Grove Market. In addition to shopping at the Farmer’s Market, Grove can provide you with everything else you could need to make your delicious dinner and you’re supporting a wonderfully friendly local establishment!
Monterey Schools County Spelling Bee
The Lyceum of Monterey County will host the annual regional Spelling Bee at San Benancio Middle School on Sat., Feb. 22. The spelling bee is a competition between students who are asked to spell words from the English language. This motivates the children to achieve academically and perform at their best. The competition consists of four competitions, the first three of which are conducted at the school level. At each level, where the students are competing both written and orally, only the top 20 students move on to the next round. In the Final School Competition, the top 20 overall spellers participate in a school-wide oral competition, where the top 4 (2 finalists and 2 alternates) move on to the county-wide competition. At this year’s county competition, there will be approximately 50 finalists and 50 alternates competing for the title of the “top speller” in Monterey County. While the students are given a list of words to study, it is not guaranteed that only these words will be used. The competition begins at 9:30 a.m. It is a great event to show support for our schools here in the Monterey Peninsula. More information can be obtained at: http://www.lyceum.org, or by calling (831)372-6098.
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• February 21, 2014
The Right Stuff
By Barbara Moore Let’s face it. Most of us have more than we really need. Indeed, many of us even have more than we actually want. Think about this the next time you try to find something that you just know you have—somewhere—in the clutter that most of us have. We wish we could simplify—pare down. But, there’s just too much to do--and not enough hours in the day. So, we put off the job, and things continue to accumulate. Local authors Dr. Betty Sproule and Dr. J. Michael Sproule have written a serious book, but often in a humorous way, to help us all in our own battle against too much ‘stuff” as George Carlin called it in his famous comedy routine. The Sproules will appear as part of the Friends of the Pacific Grove Library Meet the Author series on February 27, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. (See the end of the article for further details.) The Sproules (rhymes with “soul”—not “owl,” “school,” or “unruly”) tell their own story to show us how it can be done. They decided what they learned by downsizing by more than a third could be helpful to others. They found that having “just the right stuff, with no clutter” made for a happier life. Their book, titled The Stuff Cure: How We Lost 8,000 Pounds of Stuff for Fun, Profit, Virtue, and a Better World, shows us how this goal is achievable. They describe it as “a proven method to unstuff your excess, organize what you keep, and regain control of your life.” Betty was the prime mover. She says she first started to pare down their belongings after her mother passed away. There was “a mountain of stuff” Betty said she had to sort through. She wanted to spare their two sons. But, the really big incentive was that they lived in a 6,800 square foot home in St. Louis, Missouri, and were moving to a home in Pacific Grove which was only 1,900 square feet. That’s right. Their new home was almost 5,000 square feet smaller. Before, they had enough space, so they didn’t need to face getting rid of the things that made their house a home. This time, it was different. They decided they had to downsize before they moved because they calculated it would cost them 60 cents per pound to move items. Instead, they jettisoned four tons (yes, that’s four tons) of their possessions. The Sproules were not hoarders. They had been married for 40 years, traveled to 49 states and 17 countries. Along the way, they picked up a lot of “stuff.” To make such a dramatic change in their lives, they devised a system. The first thing was to change how they thought about the task. Instead of thinking of it as getting rid of things they loved, which sounded difficult, even painful, they gave the job a positive spin and looked at it as a way to find a new home for the things they owned. They also decided it would be easier to do it a little bit at a time rather than try to do it all at once. That way, it didn’t seem as impossible or overwhelming. The Sproules will share with us specific ways they learned to remove the clutter in their home —and keep it that way. The book is chock full of ways to help you choose what goes and what stays, and how to productively shed yourself of what you decide you will not keep. Their advice is apparently very appealing to readers, because The Stuff Cure is currently in the top 10 percent of Amazon book sales. The Friends of the Library Meet the Author event will be held at the Pacific Grove Library, 550 Central Avenue. There is a suggested donation of $10 for those who are not members of the Friends. After their talk, the Sproules will autograph books, which will be available for sale by our local store, Bookworks. Or, you can buy the book in advance of the event at the Bookworks store.
Annual Meeting of The Heritage Society of Pacific Grove With guest speaker, filmmaker Eva Lothar
The Heritage Society of Pacific will hold its annual meeting February 23, at 2:00 p.m. to elect new directors to the board, disseminate general information about the Heritage Society, and encourage the public to join its membership and sign up to volunteer at its various activities held throughout the year. Nominations for directors can be made from the floor. The meeting is open to the public. Immediately following the meeting, which typically takes less than 15 minutes, the Heritage Society will present a special screening of the 30 minute documentary film, “Street of the Sardine.” Filmmaker Eva Lothar is returning to the Monterey Peninsula to host the event and describe her experience and answer questions. Come experience the sights and sounds of Cannery Row from nearly a half-century ago. For more information, please call the Heritage Society at 831/372.2898 or www. heritagesociety.org About The Heritage Society of Pacific Grove: The Heritage Society of Pacific Grove is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, with an all volunteer board of directors, whose mission is to record Pacific Grove’s historical background and preserve its important architectural structures; to associate persons concerned with maintaining the beauty and individuality of Pacific Grove; and to educate its citizens and inspire pride in its neighborhoods.
Cannery Row, from bustling working canneries through the death of the sardine runs to current tourist Mecca is the subject of Eva Lothar’s beautifully shot film, “Street of the Sardine” The filmmaker narrates a short history of our neighboring area. The film will be shown at the annual meeting of the Heritage Socity of Pacific Grove’s annual meeting on Sun., Feb. 23 at 2:00 at the Center for Performing Arts.
Author Dan Coshnear Reads At Old Capitol Books
Award-Winner Will Read from His Current Collection, Occupy & Other Love Stories Join North Bay author Dan Coshnear for an afternoon of short fiction at one of the Monterey Peninsula’s best-loved bookstores, Old Capitol Books at 559 Tyler Street on Sat., Feb. 22, from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. This is Dan’s first-ever reading in Monterey County. The event is free. Dan’s current collection of short stories, Occupy & Other Love Stories, was published by Kelly’s Cove Press in a beautiful trade paperback edition with full-color reproductions of paintings by Oakland artist Squeak Carnwath. The title story refers to the Occupy movement, but most of the stories in the collection are about very ordinary people trying their best to be present, to be true to their convictions, to their children…many of the stories in Occupy are about the experiences of parenthood in the first decade of the 21st century. They are love stories. Dan’s first book, Jobs & Other Preoccupations, won the Willa Cather Award from Helicon Nine (judge Rosellen Brown called him “a thrilling discovery”) and also received a Bay Area Book Reviewers’ Award in 2003. Dan has received a number of other awards, including a Christopher Isherwood Foundation Fellowship and a Missouri Review Editor’s Prize for “Custodian,” a story from Occupy. For more information, please contact David A. Porter or visit the Facebook event page.
Years from now a Ph.D. student writing about the culture of the Occupy Movement will surely point to Occupy & Other Love Stories as an example of the fiction that emerged from the protests against Wall Street immorality and criminality. It’s also fiction that stands on its own merits…Coshnear’s stories are compact with vivid descriptions of people and places, and with crisp dialogue that’s practically audible. - Jonah Raskin, The Rag Blog
About Dan Coshnear
Sonoma County writer Dan Coshnear is the author of two collections of stories, Jobs & Other Preoccupations (Helicon Nine 2001) and Occupy & Other Love Stories (Kelly’s Cove Press 2012). Born in Baltimore in 1961, he has traveled in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Haiti, and all over the U.S., often by thumb, and once for a few thousand miles by freight train. His stories have been published in Fourteen Hills, juked, The Missouri Review, Third Coast and Zyzzyva.
About Old Capitol Books
Located at 559 Tyler Street in historic Downtown Old Monterey, Old Capital Books is home to more than 45,000 titles. The shop is just around the corner from the historic Robert Louis Stevenson house and across the transit plaza from the historic Copper-Molera House.
February 21, 2014 • CEDAR STREET
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Santa Catalina School Announces 2013 - 2014 Fall Semester Honor Students Santa Catalina School in Monterey, California, has announced the recipients of its fall academic honors, Gold Cord and Honor Roll. To qualify for the Gold Cord honor, a student must have a GPA of 3.80 or above with no grade below a C+. To qualify for the Honor Roll, a student must have a GPA above 3.3 with no grades below C+. The 9th Grade Gold Cord students are: Audrey Bennett, Octavia Dickinson, Anna Hunt, Sarah Lamp, Ella Martinetto, Taylor Moises, Sophia Quevedo, Genevieve Roeder-Hensley, Jae Shim, Emmy Siletto and Juliana Tarallo. The 9th Grade Honor Roll students are: Nadya Abdullah, Barbara Avalos Garcia, Samantha Bennett, Lolei Brenot, McCall Brinskele, Giovanna Caloca Villegas, Faith Camara, Kira Cruz, Sofia D’Amico, Jenna Downs, Isis Enders, Leigh Fahrion, Jordan Gersh, Ilana Hagen, Katherine Karpenko, Kaylaa Kawasaki, Audrey King, Jennifer Lafayette, Emma Laurits, Yancheng Ma, Gianna Nale, Jessica Oh, Emma Patterson, Grace Pryor, Isabelle Redfield, Elsa Sandbach, Adriana Tatum, Rhys Wisner and Katarina Wulstein. The 10th Grade Gold Cord students are: Isabella Ateshian, Ruby Bantariza, Courtnie Breitfuss, Jaime Chandler, Hannah Grogin, Whitney Harrell, Paige Henson, Claire Jellison, Victoria Kvitek, Heather Mansour, Jenna Mazza, Alison Mody, Ashten Nguyen, Amanda Radner, Kathryn Ridgway, Grace Russell, Lucy Stowe, Emily Szasz, Emma Williams and Veronica Zelles. The 10th Grade Honor Roll students are: Deneen Argueta, Chloe Barney, Sarah Blake, Claire Cardona, Natalie Chee, Alexandra Diakon, Veronica Diaz, Jessica Gutshall, Natalie Kiboneka, Sarah Levi, Rongshan Liu, Catherine Lyche, Paulina Mastretta, Austin Melton, Sara Munoz Ledo, Sierra Papazian, Tatumn Satow, Ana Spanos, Isabelle Wilbur and Suri Shi Wei Tan. The 11th Grade Gold Cord students are: Madeline Bennett, Julia Clark, Stella Crall, Madilyn Fisher, Leslie Gobel, Xiadani Juarez Diaz, Katherine Kamel, Joon Kyung Koong, Wen-Lin Lin, Christine Marella, Brenda Melano, Giovanna Mitchell, Krysia Ng, Maya Pollack, Lauren Redfern, Susan Song, Eleanor Stork, Sharmaine Sun and Rio Turrini-Smith.
The 11th Grade Honor Roll students are: Daniela Avalos Garcia, Hannah Baz, Shaden Beltran Ibarra, Colleen Boensel, Anna Burks, Cecily Donovan, Mackenzie Fisher, Jennifer Hernandez, Sung Ha Hong, Jee Hee Lee, SiCheng Li, Courtney Lindly, Lauren Mendoza, Aliaje Prophet, Maiya Shoemaker, Lucia Tarriba Villa and Willow Wallace. The 12th Grade Gold Cord students are: Katelyn Allen, Andrea Arias, Joyce Chan, Hannah Clevenger, Rachel Davison, Amanda Etienne, Sonika Finch, Sara Franks, Claire Gregory, Ellen Gustavson, Lauren Haas, Katherine Hsu, Katelyn Johnson-Cryns, Charlotte Johnston-Carter, Karen Ko, Katherine Koulouris, Sophia Kuhn, Jocelyn La Chance, Rhianna La Chance, Allison Loomis, Karli McIntyre, Kylie Moses, Lily Patterson, Ann-Kathrin Rauch, Gabriella Sardina, Gabrielle Sigrist, Lauren Staples and Ting Zhu. The 12th Grade Honor Roll students are: Halley Albert, Ireland Barnes, Ana Ines Borromeo, Dylan Browne, Sedona Chavez, Hannah Chee, Nicole Corriveau, Jessie Donlon, Hakela Felton, Madeline Fithian, Aaryn Fleming, Francesca Flores, Leanna Florez, Kiley Gibbs, Regina Gonzalez Coppel, Grace Hadland, Nia Jacobs, Janet Kiboneka, Chase LeeHong, Jia Tong Li, Sophia McMahon, Blair Miller, Nora Sakiz, Ashley Sercia, Elizabeth Tardieu, Alex Tarriba Villa, Hsin-Yun Tu, JiaYi Wang, Sophia White and Devynn Wulstein. About Santa Catalina School Santa Catalina School is dedicated to the education of young people between the ages of 4-18, giving careful consideration to the individual abilities and potential of each child. The school’s mission is to balance intellectual growth with spiritual awareness, creativity with order, and individuality with compassion. Santa Catalina School is enriched by the diversity of socioeconomic, religious, geographic, and cultural backgrounds represented by students and faculty. The Upper School includes boarding students from 14 states and 9 countries. Local students come from not only the Central Coast, but also from cities as far away as Gilroy, King City, Santa Cruz, San Jose and Santa Clara. For more information visit www.santacatalina. org or call 831.655.9300.
Benjamin Rehm in Emerson Stage Production of ‘Fefu and Her Friends’ at Emerson College
Benjamin Rehm of Carmel, majoring in BFA theatre design/technology at Emerson College, is part of Emerson Stage’s production of “Fefu and Her Friends” as lighting designer. It’s spring in New England in 1935 when Fefu invites seven of her closest female friends to her home to rehearse for a politically subversive presentation for a charity. In an absurdist, non-traditional, non-narrative format, Fefu and her friends explore what they mean to each other, their relationships to the men who control their lives, and how power and control are simultaneously desired and relinquished. María Irene Fornés possesses one of the loudest and clearest voices of the feminist playwriting movement. For more information about Emerson Stage productions, visit www.emerson.edu/ emersonstage. For more information about Emerson College, visit www.emerson.edu. About Emerson Stage As the producing organization of the Department of Performing Arts, Emerson Stage trains students on stage and off to be the next generation of theater artists. Student actors, designers, stage managers, technicians, and educators work side by side with faculty, professional staff, and visiting artists to perfect their skills and deepen their understanding for their craft and the role theater plays in enriching our culture and community.
Officer of the Year: Brian Gorman Officer Brian Gorman has been selected as the 2013 Pacific Grove Police Officer of the Year. Officer Gorman was selected by his peers for his dedication, commitment, integrity, teamwork and service. In addition to his service to the Pacific Grove community, Officer Gorman recently returned from active military duty during which he distinguished himself by earning the Bronze Star. “Officer Gorman has distinguished himself as a very good officer and an excellent person with a tremendous work ethic. He is very deserving of this honor,” said Police Chief Vicki L. H. Myers. Officer Gorman will be formally recognized at the Monterey County Peace Officers 43rd Annual Peace Officer of the Year Awards Dinner on Fri., Feb. 21.
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United Way Annual Community Service Awards Now Accepting Nominations
We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give. -Winston Churchill The Volunteer Center, a service of United Way Monterey County, offers our community the opportunity to honor volunteers who have made significant contributions to their organizations through our annual Community Service Awards. If you have someone you would like to nominate, please follow this link to the nomination form: https:// www.formstack.com/forms/UnitedWayMontereyCountyVolunteerCenter-application There is a nomination fee to help cover the recognition costs. The cost for individuals nominations are $30, group nominations are $35, and groups of 5 or more are $40. All nominations are due by Tue., March 4, 2014. Late applications cannot be accepted. If you have additional questions please contact Erika Trejo at Erika.Trejo@UnitedWayMCCA org or via phone 831-372-8026 ext. 105.
Andrew Franks of Carmel Named to Fall 2013 Dean’s List at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Andrew Franks, of Carmel, has been named to the Dean’s List at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for the Fall 2013 semester. The Dean’s List recognizes full-time students who maintain grade-point averages of a minimum of 3.0 out of a possible 4.0 and have no grades below “C.” Franks studies Biomedical Engineering. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is the nation’s oldest technological research university.
Forest Theatre Guild announces new board
The Forest Theatre Guild is delighted to announce its newly elected serving board of directors. Steve Retsky will serve as president. A board member since 2010, he has previously served as the Guild’s vice-president and representative to the Forest Theatre Foundation. Mr. Retsky’s service to the Guild stems from a long-term love affair with the Forest Theatre that began in the ’90s, late at night, when art and nature met. Carrie Glenn will serve as Vice President. Ms. Glenn is a long-time, local community theatre member, playwright, and was the co-owner of Rated “G” Productions, a children’s theatre troupe in Pacific Grove. A professional etiquette coach and keynote speaker, her talents and passions lie in acting, choreography and coaching. Lenora Carey will serve as treasurer. Mrs. Carey is a communications professional and lives with her family in Palo Colorado Canyon. She and her boys love the theater arts and have all performed on the stage of the Forest Theater. Crystal Honn will serve as secretary. With a BA in theater arts, Ms. Honn, also known as Polkadopolis the Clown, is the owner of Imagination In Motion and has enjoyed dancing and performing in Hawaii, Chicago and the Braunson Theater in Washington state. She has served on the Board of the Monterey County Film Commission working heavily on “Where’s Marty?” Returning board members also include Joseph Bryant, III, William Birch and Brian Fulmer. At the end of the last term the board of directors appointed a new executive director, YvonneHildebrand-Bowen. Bowen is a fourth-generation Peninsula native and her family has long been involved with performing arts both locally and abroad. She is pleased to be part of the Guild Legacy along with her children, who have also become a part of the Forest Theater Family. The Guild also welcomes the addition of Charlotte Hirahara as its new bookkeeper. The board of directors and members of the Forest Theatre Guild are excited for the upcoming season and look forward to getting down to the business of playing. For further information, please call 831-626-1681 or visit our website at www. ForestTheatreGuild.org
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• February 21, 2014
Make It A Golden Age
Seniors Author Richard Wackrow discusses ‘Five Myths About Airport Security & More’ Author Richard E. Wackrow will uncover the truth about the effectiveness of the Transportation Security Administration in a special presentation on Sunday, Feb. 23, co-sponsored by the Humanist Association of the Monterey Bay Area and Monterey County Skeptics. The lecture, “Five Myths About Airport Security & More,” is free and open to the public. It will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. in the community room of Monterey Public Library, 625 Pacific St., Monterey. Wackrow, a retired journalist who lives in Montana, will talk about how the “War on Terror” has spawned a “voracious counter-terrorism-industrial complex” that largely exists for its own sake and has not contributed much to air travel safety. He will demonstrate how the TSA’s highly touted layered security measures are not making airline passengers much safer than they were before 9/11. Wackrow’s recent book “Who’s Winning the War on Terror?” is available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Before retiring, he was a reporter and editor for suburban newspapers in several markets, and has written for the Dallas Morning News, Entrepreneur magazine and other major publications. For more information about the event, contact Deborah Warcken at dwarcken@ gmail.com. More details about Wackrow’s work can be seen at richardwackrow.com.
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2014 Healthy Aging Series ‘Caring for your Loved One with Alzheimer’s
Emeritus at Harden Ranch, an Assisted Living and Memory Care Community will hold the 2014 Healthy Aging Series “Caring for your Loved One with Alzheimer’s” on Wed., Feb. 26, from 5:45-7:30 p.m., at 290 Regency Circle, Salinas. Carvette McCalib of the Alzheimer’s Association will speak about daily strategies and coping with changes and community resources. Open to the public and this event is free of charge. Refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited. For more information or to RSVP call 831-443-6467 or hardenranch-CRD@emeritus.com
Jazz Bash by the Bay
A three day celebration of the music of the 1920s and ’30s
The Jazz Bash by the Bay brings together the many colorful forms of early jazz: traditional jazz, swing, gypsy jazz, ragtime, blues, and big bands. Eight ballrooms and cabaret venues under one roof, six dance floors plus a Saturday dance marathon. Enjoy the beauty of Monterey’s historic waterfront. Eight world-class guest artists, 17 featured bands and three youth bands will take to the stage during the 34th annual JazzAge Monterey’s Jazz Bash by the Bay, March 7, 8, and 9. All this music will happen at the Portola Hotel & Spa and the Monterey Conference Center, 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey. Festival hours are 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Fri., March 7; 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Sat., March 8; and 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sun., March 9. Day badges are $45 for Friday, $60 for Saturday and $45 for Sunday. All-Event Badges are $105. Children under 13 are admitted free with an adult; high school students are also free. College students and active-duty military personnel badges are $10 per day or $20 for all-event badges with an ID at the door. Group discounts are available. For badge purchases and further information, call toll free 1-888-349-6879 or locally at 831-675-0298. Complete information, online badge sales and performance schedules may be found at www.jazzbashbythebay.com Kicking off the festival, the popular dance, Swingin’ by the Bay, featuring the 15-piece big band ClickTrax, Thur., March 6, from 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Portola Hotel & Spa. Tickets are $20 each, not included with any badge purchase. New this year: the hit trio We3 featuring Bob Draga, Jeff Barnhart and Danny Coots, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Portola’s Bonsai Room. Tickets are $25 per person, for both events $35. All tickets available at the door.
February 21, 2014 • CEDAR STREET
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Canterbury Woods hosts Documentary
On Mon., Feb. 24 Sustainable PG will present “Chasing Ice,” a National Geographic Documentary, at Canterbury Woods Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public but reservations are requested. The recipient of the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation’s 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award and winner of over 30 awards at film festivals around the world features hauntingly beautiful videos of a photographer’s quest to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet. Revolutionary time-lapse multi-year recordings compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Canterbury Woods is located at 651 Sinex Ave. Denyse Frischmuth of Sustainable PG will host. http://www.chasingice.com/see-the-film/trailer/
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Health and Wellness State Senator Monning Introduces Law Requiring Labeling of Sugary Drinks Armed with overwhelming research linking soda and sugary drink consumption to skyrocketing rates of obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay, the nation’s first piece of legislation requiring safety warning labels on sugary drinks sold in California was introduced by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel). “When the science is this conclusive, the State of California has a responsibility to take steps to protect consumers,” stated Senator Monning. “As with tobacco and alcohol warnings, this legislation will give Californians essential information they need to make healthier beverage choices.” Similar to other product health warnings, SB 1000 would place a simple warning on the front of all beverage containers with added sweeteners that have 75 or more calories per 12 ounces. The label, developed by a national panel of nutrition and public health experts, would read: STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. “The science on the harmful impacts associated with drinking soda and other sugary drinks is clear and conclusive. An overwhelming body of research has unequivocally shown that sugary drinks are major contributors to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay,” explains Dr. Harold Goldstein of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, which is cosponsoring the legislation. “These diseases cost California billions of dollars in health care costs and lost productivity every year. When any product causes this much harm, it is time to take action.” Sugary drinks are the biggest contributor of added calories in the American diet, responsible for 43 percent of the added calories in the American diet over the last 30 years. Drinking just one soda a day increases an adult’s likelihood of being overweight by 27 percent and a child’s by 55 percent. Research shows that a soda or two a day increases the risk of diabetes by 26 percent. “As physicians, we’re desperate to break the cycle of diabetes and obesity we see in our offices every day,” explains Dr. Ashby Wolfe of the California Medical
STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.
Labels like this may soon be required on sugary drinks if State Senator Monning has his way. Association, which is also sponsoring the legislation. “Americans drink more than 45 gallons of sugary beverages a year. These drinks have become a major part of the American diet and we drink them without a second thought to the damage they do to our health. Consumers have a right to know about the unique health problems associated with soda and other sugary drinks.” The health implications are felt most acutely by California’s communities of color, which are the largest consumers of these sugary drinks. Unless the obesity epidemic is reversed, one in three children born after 2000 – and nearly half of Latino and African American children – will develop Type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. For that reason, the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California and the California Black Health Network have also joined as sponsors of the legislation.
Free Screenings Offered at CHOMP Heart Health Fair
Get free health screenings, talk to heart and nutrition experts, meet with personal fitness trainers, and more at the fifth annual “Every Beat Counts” heart health fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, February 22 at Community Hospital’s Peninsula Wellness Center in Marina. Members of the public can also talk with a cardiologist, cardiac nurse, weight and nutrition experts, personal trainers, and more -- and it’s all free. This is the fifth year we’ve held the Every Beat Counts heart health fair; it usually attracts more than 200 people and it’s not unusual for us to find some who need medical attention as soon as possible because of high blood pressure, undiagnosed diabetes, or other issues. Staff from Community Hospital will provide free blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose screenings and interpret the results — a $200 value. There will be “ask the experts” tables, with Richard Gray, MD, and Debbie Sober, RN, both of Tyler Heart Institute, answering heart questions, and clinical dietitians answering nutrition, diabetes, and weight management questions. Information will also be provided about stroke prevention and treatment, quitting smoking, and CPR. Personal trainers from Peninsula Wellness Center will be available to answer fitness questions and provide tours of the center. The bloodmobile will be there, collecting blood for use in our community. For more information, call 883-5660. Drop-in — no registration is required and no fasting is necessary for the screenings.
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Hopefully we are nearing the end of the short-sale and foreclosure saga that has continued since 2008. My litmus test based on tax return filings is indicating that things are much closer to being back on track. Prior to 2008, it was all about 1031 exchanges. Those turned off like a faucet when the markets crashed, and then short-sales and foreclosures took center stage. I have seen those tapering off over the last couple years, and I am starting to see 1031 exchanges again. The cycles continue! But before we leave short-sales and foreclosures in the dust, there is a possible silver-lining handed down by the IRS and FTB in the last few months. Taxpayers that generated income tax as a result of a short-sale in California on their principal residence, retroactive to January 1, 2011, may be entitled to a refund. California Code of Civil Procedure Section 580b has been dubbed California’s “antideficiency laws” for years. It had a positive effect on homeowners because it basically said if you had never refinanced your home and you lost it in a short-sale or foreclosure that you could not be pursued for the balance you still owed (the deficiency), and the remaining debt would not be taxable income to you because the debt was considered nonrecourse debt. This, however, left many people out in the cold that had refinanced. Suddenly, it was a different ball game if you had done a refinance (and who didn’t during the run of good years up through 2007!?), and the debts were then allowed by lenders to be treated as recourse debts and they could pursue your personal assets. Alternatively they could cancel the debt if it was not worth pursuing, leaving you with taxable income for the amount cancelled. Congress stepped in (and California generally conformed) during the housing crisis and enacted favorable legislation which said you could exclude cancellation of debt income generated by your personal residence. The catch, however, was that the debt had to be “qualified debt.” In short, if you lived off the equity in your house by refinancing to pull cash out and did anything with it other than improve the property, then you were not eligible for the exclusion on that portion and would still have to pay tax. Then, a few years ago, California passed Senate bills 931 and 458 which were codified into law as California Code of Civil Procedure Section 580e as of January 1, 2011. This resulted because some unscrupulous lenders were entering into short-sale agreements to allow sellers to go through with the sale of their property for less than the amount owed to the bank, but then still pursuing the seller for the remaining debt after the fact (often a big surprise to the seller). California’s enactment of this law was good news for homeowners because it basically said, even if you had refinanced, but had entered into a short-sale agreement with a lender, then you could not be pursued for the remaining balance owed and that lenders would basically have to cancel the debt. Of course, canceling the debt could mean tax was owed, but that was still better than being pursued for the remaining balance! Finally, in November 2013 a letter from the Office of the Chief Counsel at the IRS written to Senator Barbara Boxer, due to an inquiry from her, stated that the IRS would treat any debt pursuant to California’s 580e as nonrecourse debt! The Chief Counsel’s office at California’s Franchise Tax Board followed up with their own letter a month later saying they will conform to the IRS interpretation. This means that anyone who filed a tax return in 2011 or 2012, or even this year, and reported cancellation of debt income related to the short sale of a principal residence, should consider filing an amendment for a possible refund. It is still possible to have income tax, primarily if you did not live in the house for two of the last five years prior
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*KRASA LAW is celebrating its 5th Anniversary with an Open House on Tuesday, September 25, 2014, from 5 to 7 pm at 704-D Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove. Refreshments will be served. Open to the public. We hope to see you there! Estate planning is about everything you have and everybody who is important to you. It is therefore important that your estate plan is comprehensive and addresses your needs. Although many people believe that their situations are “simple” and that they do not need a “complicated” estate plan to effectively carry out their wishes in the event of mental incapacity or upon death, the amount of knowledge and detail that must go into a complete estate plan is astounding. A good estate planning attorney should be knowledgeable in a variety of legal disciplines such as: 1. Creating and drafting estate plans which consist of living trusts, wills, financial power of attorney documents, advance health care directives, HIPAA waivers, and trust funding (i.e., changing title of assets to the living trust and updating beneficiary designations on retirement plans and life insurance policies); 2. Medi-Cal planning (also referred to as “elder law”) to help people qualify for public benefits to pay for long term care when financial resources are low; 3. Asset protection planning (better described as “risk management planning”) by establishing LLC’s and certain irrevocable trusts to help protect assets from creditors in certain situations (and sometimes by incorporating these ideas into a client’s living trust); 4. Tax planning, such as mitigating or eliminating the application of the federal estate tax, capital gains tax, and preserving the California Proposition 13 property tax base; 5. Trust Administration to help settle a decedent’s estate when a living trust was established; and 6. Probate to help settle a decedent’s estate when no living trust was established or when the living trust was poorly written or poorly executed. I take pride in being well-versed in all of these areas. Most people do not appreciate all the work and knowledge that goes into a detailed and comprehensive estate plan until they are able to see the end result. When I meet with my clients to review and sign their estate plans and they see all of the detail, they often ask in amazement: “How did you learn all of this stuff?” I have a four-part answer: 1. I have such a passion for knowledge (most likely because my parents were both educators) that I often complete quadruple the amount of continuing legal education hours that are required to maintain my license to practice law. 2. I belong to WealthCounsel, a national organization of attorneys who are dedicated to estate planning. My WealthCounsel membership gives me sophisticated software, access to the top estate planning minds throughout the country, access to groundbreaking symposiums on estate planning, and access to cutting edge estate planning ideas. I am also involved with other organizations to help deepen my knowledge such as California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, NAIPC, Compassionate Care Alliance, and Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula. 3. I am always happy to give presentations on estate planning or provide advice to colleagues such as financial planners, tax preparers, or other professionals who have estate planning questions. By teaching and explaining the law to others, it allows me to view my practice from a different perspective and to identify issues that I would not otherwise recognize.
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February 21, 2014 • CEDAR STREET
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Scene 26: Jane’s Mother-In-Law Manifesto S: So what is it you’re saying? I should have a timer in my purse, set it for one hour, and dash out of here when it rings?
Marriage Can Be Funny
J: No, all I’m asking is that you keep our crowded schedule in mind and limit your stay accordingly, whether on weekends or weekday nights. S: So I can’t pop-in spontaneously, I have to make an appointment, not more often than bi-weekly, and be sure to leave in a reasonably short time. Does that summarize it so far? J: That’s about right.
Jane and her mother-in-law, Shirley, are seated in the living room of Jane’s apartment.
S: Does Andy know about the document you’re holding?
Jane: I’m so glad you were able to come here this afternoon, mother. With Andy out playing golf all day, I thought it would be an ideal time for us to chat about something that’s very important.
S: And what did he say?
Shirley: I’m delighted you called me, sweetheart. What’s on your mind? J: The reason I wanted to see you is that I’d like to do everything possible to assure that you and I have a good relationship.
J: Yes, he does. I read it to him. J: He said he was sure you and I could work things out. S: Is there anything else? J: One more item.---When you come here, please—no inspections. Don’t go from room to room, as some of my girlfriends’ mothers-in-law do, looking for dust or dirt.
S: That’s commendable, dear, I’m all for it.
S: Am I allowed to go to the bathroom?
J: I have many married girlfriends, and the one thing they all seem to have in common is problems with their mothers-in-law. I thought a lot about how to avoid this, and came up with a list of rules which I believe will make us the exception. (She picks up a piece of paper from table.)
S: I could bring my own porta-potty.
S: I can’t wait to hear them. J: (Reading) Rule number one: No impromptu visits. S: No pop-ins? J: That’s right. If you want to visit, just call and we’ll agree on when. S: So I have to make an appointment to see my son? J: I’d prefer if you saw it as arranging a mutually convenient day and time. S: What’s next? J: Frequency of visits. S: You mean how often I’m here? J: That’s right. With Andy usually working late, we have limited free time together which I’m reluctant to share with anyone too often, and that includes my mother as well as you. S: What do you have in mind? J: Not including holidays and birthdays, I thought at least two weeks should elapse between visits. S: I’m afraid to hear the next one. J: It’s the last one on visitation. S: That’s a relief. J: But a very delicate subject. S: That doesn’t sound so good. What does it relate to? J: Duration. S: You mean the amount of time I’m here? J: Yes. S: You’re afraid I’ll overstay my welcome? J: Let me put it this way: Andy needs to get to work early, so we have to go to bed early. Guests who stay past our normal bedtime disrupt our routine, making the next day very difficult. S: What about weekends? J: We have so much to do, we can’t spend too a great deal of time with anyone—not just you.
Legal Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20140166 The following person is doing business as HARDLEE ENTERTAINMENT, 225 Crossroads Blvd. #261, Carmel, Monterey County, CA 93923 and SLACK, 25 Crossroads Blvd. #261, Carmel, Monterey County, CA 93923. NIGEL JAMES SCOTT HARDY, 4 NE Torres and 1st, Carmel, CA 9392103961 and TYLER JOSHUA DAWN, 3231 King Circle, Marina, CA 93133. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on Jan. 22, 2014. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or name(s) listed above on n/a. Signed: Nigel Hardy. This business is conducted by a general partnership. Publication dates: 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21/14. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20140230 The following person is doing business as CONCOURS AT STONEPINE ESTATE, 225 Laurel Ave., Pacific Grove, Monterey County, CA 93950. THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED CENTER OF MONTEREY COUNTY, INC. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on Jan. 28, 2014. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or name(s) listed above on 01/28/14. Signed: Russell L. Hatch, Vice President. This business is conducted by a corporation. Publication dates: 1/31, 2/7, 2/4, 2/21/14.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20140193 The following person is doing business as SKYBOX INDUSTRIES, 201 D Calle Del Oaks, Del Rey Oaks, Monterey County, CA 93940. STEVEN SUMMERS, 201 D Calle Del Oaks, Del Rey Oaks, CA 93940, and SUZANNE SUMMERS, 201 D Calle Del Oaks, Del Rey Oaks, CA 93940. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on Jan. 24, 2014. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or name(s) listed above on 01/01/14. Signed: Steven Summers This business is conducted by a general partnership. Publication dates: 1/31, 2/7, 2/4, 2/21/14.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20140057 The following person is doing business as MISS TRAWICK'S HOME & GARDEN SHOP, 664 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, Monterey County, CA 93950. LISA DOMINGUEZ, 515 12th St., Pacific Grove, CA 93950 and ROXANE J. VIRAY, 515 12th St., Pacific Grove, CA 93950. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on Jan. 9, 2014. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or name(s) listed above on n/a. Signed: Lisa Dominguez This business is conducted by a general partnership. Publication dates: 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21/14.
J: Of course. A: Don’t be silly. S: Are we done? A: Yes. S: I have two comments. A: The first is….? S: I feel like I’ve been mugged. A: And the second? S: I should have brought my lawyer.
P4.KRASA From Page 15 I limit my practice to the areas described above. I think depth of a legal prac-
tice is far more important than breadth. The law is too complex to “dabble” in various practice areas. A good attorney knows and appreciates the limits of his or her practice. I have no problem in declining a case if I feel that it is outside my area of expertise and I am more than happy to refer such cases to other attorneys. This allows me to concentrate and further develop my practice areas, ensuring that any project I agree to handle will be a project in which I can provide value to my clients. A qualified estate planning attorney is knowledgeable in a wide variety of practice areas and ensures that your estate plan addresses many different needs. KRASA LAW is located at 704-D Forest Avenue, PG, and Kyle may be reached at 831-920-0205. This article is for general information only. Reading this article does not create an attorney/client relationship. You should consult a qualified attorney licensed to practice law in your community before acting on any of the information presented in this article. IRS Circular 230 Notice: To the extent that the videos below or any of the information on this website concern tax matters, the information is not intended to be used and cannot be used by a taxpayer for the purposes of avoiding penalties that may be imposed by law.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20140369 The following person is doing business as BREEN CONSULTING, 220 Ardennes Cr., Seaside, Monterey County, CA 93955. MARGUERITE S. BREEN, 220 Ardennes Cr., Seaside CA 93955. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on Feb. 11, 2014. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or name(s) listed above on 02/11/14. Signed: Marguerite S. Breen. This business is conducted by an individual. Publication dates: 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7/14. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20140308 The following person is doing business as VISTA DEL TORO PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION, 27441 Vista Del Toro Place, Salinas, Monterey County, CA 93908. PHILIP BALMA, 27436 Vista Del Toro Place, Salinas CA 93908. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on Feb. 04, 2014. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or name(s) listed above on 1968. Signed: Philip Balma. This business is conducted by an unincorporated association other than a partnership. Publication dates: 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7/14.
To place legal notices call 831-324-4742. We do the proof of publication. We accept credit cards. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20140125 st The following person is doing business as 1 PRIORITY JANITORIAL PLUS, 271 W. Alvin #C, P.O. Box 3533., Salinas, Monterey County, CA 93912. DEXTER C. WOODS, JR., 271 W. Alvin #C, Salinas, CA 93912. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on Feb. 11, 2014. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or name(s) listed above on 01/15/14 Signed: Dexter C. Woods, Jr. This business is conducted by an individual. Publication dates: 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7/14.
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: Petition of JEE UN CHONG Case No. M126355 Filed January 21, 2014. To all interested persons: Petitioner JEE UN CHONG filed a petition with this court for a decree changing name as follows: present name MARCUS SERGEEVICH BERLINSKY to proposed name MARCUS LAMONT BERLINSKY. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. Notice of hearing date: March 14, 2013 Time: 9:00 a.m., Dept. 15. The address of the court is: Superior Court of California, County of Monterey, 1200 Aguajito Road, Monterey, CA 93940. A copy of this Order To Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four consecutive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: CEDAR STREET TIMES. DATE: January 27, 2013 Judge of the Superior Court: Thomas W. Wills. Publication dates: 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21/14
Times • Page 17 When Pink Was Big
February 21, 2014 • CEDAR STREET
The Clambake at Pebble Beach Jane Roland
Animal Tales and Other Random Thoughts Since when did Pebble Beach become “Pebble”, it affects me the same way as hearing “Frisco” and even “LA.” Is it thought to be a term of affection to shorten a name to its simplest possible form? Of course they could say “Beach”, “Los” or “San”, but those words could mean anything with the name. To me and others of my generation it is Pebble Beach. Words have been changed over the years, some have been accepted... sadly...such as preventative for preventive (correct), him and me instead of he and I. In the early days naming the other person first was considered polite, using the correct part of speech was grammar. Now anything goes. Listen to newscasters, read periodicals, everyone errs. Even English teachers can be guilty so mispronunciation is perpetuated. However, this column is not about speech. It is about The Crosby. When I first arrived on the Monterey Peninsula, I was a small child. Many years later, after I had graduated from college, my mother uprooted from Tucson and moved here. She settled on the River Ranch in Carmel Valley and I went to San Francisco to start earning a living. I made every effort to come down for special events, such as the annual clambake and Concours D’Elegance which, in those days, were a lot of fun and friendly to the natives. Bing Crosby loved golf; he had a two – handicap, and, in 1937, decided to start his own tournament, He put up $10,000 prize money from his own pocket and convinced many of his golf-loving buddies to go to Rancho Santa Fe Country Club near his home in San Diego. They played in a team format of professionals and amateurs. They had the game during the day and, when the tournament was over, would have a clambake for the stars and golfers. The first event was won by Sam Snead, who took home the grand amount of $500. The tournament was a huge success with the stars and professional golfers, becoming the most popular tournament on the West Coast Tour. It was suspended during World War II, but in 1947 Crosby moved the event to Pebble Beach. By then it had grown so large that it needed to be played on two courses. The field would rotate through the Cypress Point and Monterey Peninsula Country Club courses over the first three rounds, and then would be cut for the final round to the 25 Pro-Am teams and the 60 Low-Pros, and they would play at Pebble Beach. This format remained the same until Spyglass Hill replaced the Country Club in 1967.There were a few amusing anticdotes. In the early fifties, Johnny Weissmuller, who many of us still remember as Tarzan, hit a ball that lodged in a tree. He decided to knock it out; to that end he climbed the tree. pushed it out and nudged it on the fairway. Before climbing down, he hung by one hand from a branch and with the other pounded his chest and gave out the Tarzan yell. There came Presidents, military dignitaries, movie stars, the very wealthy, and those who were not. It became a hugely popular television event in the sixties. I recall sitting in a living room, by the sun deck and watching Bob Hope, his thinning hair blowing in the wind, he was talking with excitement to Bull Halsey (Admiral William F.), World War II’s most acclaimed fighting admiral, who stood witness to the end of imperial Japan on the deck of the battleship, U.S.S. Missouri. I am sure they were discussing golf technique. In those days, the mid-fifties, we would stroll onto the course, park in driveways and attend the parties that occurred especially in the homes along the course. I had broken my leg and was on crutches but somehow we managed to get up to the hole at Cypress and watch some famous star tee off. It was raining, but we were young and a little dampness didn’t diminish our ardor. I wish I could say it was the game, but, it was not. It was the proximity of movie stars. On the Thursday prior to the Clambake there were always big doings at the Mission Ranch (this was pre-Eastwood ownership)...pro-golfers would party in the area which we called “the barn.” Thursday was also “teachers’ night” at the Ranch, and, when appropriate, skier’s night. It was always a great deal of fun. There was a couple from Hemet who always visited Mother, and, if they had no party to attend, would throw one. They continued the tradition until the mid-seventies. In 1977 Bing died, doing what he loved best, playing golf, in Madrid. His heirs moved the Clambake to North Carolina and a new event became a signature Pebble Beach Tournament, The AT&T Pro Am. Millions of dollars have gone to charities, but nothing is the same and we miss the old days. I returned to the Peninsula, after a 12-year absence, in 1971. The only thing I remember about the tournament in 1972 is what I saw on television. That and the 1972 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XI Olympic Winter Games, were a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated from February 3 to February 13, 1972 in Sapporo, Hokkaidō, Japan. I had been married to John for about a month, and brought to the marriage two children, Ellen age 8 and Jay, almost 12. We all came down with the flu – bad flu. Jay was first, Ellen next, then I. John was the last to go but we all succumbed. I recall Sue Dewar telling me that Lee Trevino had come up to her and brushed flecks of water off her jacket. It must have been raining then. We call it the Crosby Weather. I am sure we went to few tournaments, but we certainly enjoyed the parties. Early on Tommy and Phil Cordray had a gathering in the Valley. Later, we went yearly to the Cypress Room at the Lodge to a wonderful bash put on by Dolph and Peggy Graupner… There are new (and old tales) about this tournament, Bill Murray, always a favorite, tossing Kitty Ragsdale in a sand trap. The same Murray doing outrageous things, but donating time, talent and treasure to those less fortunate than he. Now we are in the early stages of the Winter Olympics, and the golf tournament is taking place in the rain.Today there are sports stars (my pet, Alex Smith represented the Niners). I am sure there are many homes that have been rented out and some will rue the day. Earlier it was cleats on shoes that caused havoc on wood floors; currently it will be something else. Driveways are leased for parking. It all goes on and will long after we are gone, but we will watch from the comfort of our home and let the others slog through the muck to catch a view of their favorites. Jane Roland..firstname.lastname@example.org
Otter Views A Serengeti-sized herd of puffy clouds migrating across the dawn sky Tuesday created a “bed of coals” sunrise so colorful it woke me up. As the clouds morphed from pearl gray to fiery pink, they reminded me of a curious sight from childhood. For a time in the mid-1950s, the industrialist Henry J. Kaiser maintained among his several residences a shoreline estate on the east end of Oahu. Tall fences discouraged gawking from the land side, but the “Kaiser mansion” could be seen from surf breaks just offshore. Thus, long before psychedelics, neighborhood surfers beheld a wondrous sight: large pink poodles cavorting on a bright green lawn. When we reported this phenomenon to our parents, we learned the poodles had been dyed at the behest of Mrs. Kaiser, who loved pink. The poodles weren’t as numerous as Tuesday morning’s clouds, but they were bright enough to be seen from afar. Even from a half-mile away, you’d be riding a wave along the reef and pink poodles would come into view, reclining on the estate’s lawn like a flock of fairy tale sheep. These days, such wanton dogdyeing might prompt recriminations from PETA or the SPCA, but this was 1955. If Mrs. Kaiser wanted pink poodles, she could have pink poodles. In fact, she and Henry J. could pretty much have pink anything, and so they did. I should point out here that Kaiser was no garden-variety millionaire. He was a magnate. His West Coast cement plants and “victory ships” had helped win World War Two, and one of the nation’s premiere health care systems bears his name. He even manufactured for a few years an odd-looking car modestly named “The Henry J.” After the war and the car, Kaiser fixed his steely gaze upon Hawaii, a sleepy U.S. territory soon to be electro-shocked awake by the advent of statehood. Like capitalist titans before him and many others to follow, Kaiser looked at Hawaii and saw what wasn’t there yet. Where there were fishponds, he saw suburbs. Where there were reefs, he saw marinas. Where there were beaches, he saw hotels. And everywhere, he saw pink. On the color wheel, this pink fell somewhere between Porky Pig and Pepto-Bismol; between Pinky Lee’s bow tie and Kim Novak’s cashmere sweater. Distinctive enough to have its own color mix number, “Kaiser Pink” soon proliferated throughout the Oahu of my childhood. Before Kaiser arrived, the Territory had two big pink structures: the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and Tripler Army Hospital. To see other pinks, one had to look to nature; to tropical plants and flowers; guavas and grapefruits; sunrises and sunsets; feathers on parakeets and stripes on reef fish. Post-Kaiser, pink spread to an unlikely array of vehicles, objects and artifacts. All over Honolulu, pink construction cranes, pink dump trucks, pink bulldozers and pink pile drivers built pink hotels. A fleet of pink catamarans plied the limpid waters off Waikiki. Tourists visiting Kaiser’s Hawaiian Village hotel rode to their rooms in pink jitneys, wore pink bathrobes, rented pink surfboards from the beach boys. Elsewhere, Kaiser’s pink dredges were busily chewing up reefs, marshes and fish ponds to create a whole new city of 50,000 on the island’s east end. As planned, canals feeding into a grand marina would give boat owners of this tropical Venice speedy access to water skiing, ocean sailing, snorkeling and reef fishing. As it happened, the industrialist’s dream city got built, but the construction silt turned the surrounding ocean into an undersea graveyard. It was one of the few instances where Kaiser’s tenure caused the color pink to diminish. Pink fish, pink shrimp, pink corals and pink anemones all vanished from the area. As Kaiser’s new city was rising from the marshland, he dispatched one pink dredge to carve a marina into the reef off his mansion. Over the course of several months, the dredge methodically tore up the reef, pulverized the coral and spat it out as a slurry. Pumped ashore through a floating pipeline, the crushed coral became the pad for the magnate’s personal boat house. The floating pipeline, meanwhile, became a shortcut to the surf for neighborhood kids. Clutching our flippers and foam “kick boards” (this was pre-Boogie), we’d clamber atop the pipes at the boat house end, extend our arms for balance, then walk seaward toward the distant dredge. As incoming waves lifted, dropped and twisted them, the seaweed-slick pipes clanked and swayed beneath us, occasionally bucking us off. If we managed to stay on, our bare feet registered the hum and buzz of the coral slurry racketing toward shore. And if we made it all the way out to the dredge, we might see the crew smoking and playing cards in their little deck house. Then we’d dive off the pipeline, don our flippers, point our kick boards shoreward and catch a wave. Looking up, we’d see poodles as pink as a flock of clouds at sunrise.
PLONG From Page 15 to your short-sale. The reason is that when a home is disposed of with nonrecourse debt, the total amount of debt outstanding at the time of the short-sale becomes the sales price of the home. You then subtract your cost basis, and the difference is your gain on sale. However, if you lived in the home for two of the last five years, then you get a $250,000 gain exclusion for filing as a single status, and $500,000 gain exclusion if married filing jointly, pursuant to IRC Section 121. You need to act on this during the next year if your short sale was in 2011 as the statute of limitations expires three years after filing. Prior articles are republished on my website at www.tlongcpa.com/blog. IRS Circular 230 Notice: To the extent this article concerns tax matters, it is not intended to be used and cannot be used by a taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed by law. Travis H. Long, CPA is located at 706-B Forest Avenue, PG, 93950 and focuses on trust, estate, individual, and business taxation. He can be reached at 831-333-1041.
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• February 21, 2014
Electric Vehicles are coming on strong By Cameron Douglas Don’t blink or you’ll miss it: technological and engineering advancements in electric cars are happening fast. Twelve years after the last EV-1 left the highways, the current breed takes electric motoring to the next level. Other than four rubber tires, today’s electrics have little in common with conventional automobiles.
Radical new batteries
Electric cars face the problem of having to carry heavy batteries. This hurts performance and causes additional power drain, which shortens the vehicle’s operating range, and in turn requires longer charging time. The longer charging time potentially increases carbon footprint depending on where the recharging energy is coming from. A team of European automotive researchers and engineers recently made a significant breakthrough that could be the dawn of a whole new generation of zero emission vehicle technology. Volvo car group has developed a new concept for lightweight structural energy storage components that are designed to improve the energy usage of future electric vehicles. The new materials consist of carbon fibers and a polymer resin, to create a very advanced nanomaterial. Structural super capacitors are also used. The carbon fiber laminate is layered, shaped, and then cured in an oven to set and harden. The super capacitors are integrated within the component skin. This lightweight material can then be spread in and around the vehicle, not only saving weight but also improving weight distribution for improved handling and control. This new design replaces other components that store and charge energy.
The new material supports the battery and is molded and formed to fit around the car’s frame, door panels, trunk lid, and wheel wells to save space. This material gets recharged and energized by the familiar uses of regenerative braking and/or plugging into a charging station. The design has been tested with a Volvo S80, creating a trunk lid and a plenum cover out of the new material. Initial tests show the material to be strong and pliant, while recharging and storing energy faster than conventional batteries. The trunk lid installation is a functioning electrically powered storage component with the potential to replace the standard electric car batteries, plus being lighter than a standard metal trunk lid. Successful replacement of the plenum cover resulted in enough power for accessories associated with the 12-volt system (Headlights, horn, windows, etc.), and enough left over to run the start-stop battery. Volvo estimates that by complete substitution of an electric car’s existing components, an electric system weight savings of 50 percent can be achieved, with the car’s overall weight cut by more than 15 percent. Research and development for the new material took only three and a half years.
Safest car on the road
Weight savings and advanced power storage aren’t the only things happening. The Tesla Model S recently achieved the best safety rating of any car ever tested by the U. S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA gave the Tesla a 5-star rating in every category. Approximately one percent of all cars
tested by the federal government achieve a 5-star rating, but additional points are added to the overall Vehicle Safety Score, where the Tesla set a record of 5.4. The all-electric Model S set a record for lowest likelihood of injury to occupants. The Tesla is a sedan, yet it exceeded the impact protection ratings of all SUV’s and minivans. The score measures probability of injury from front, side, rear, and rollover accidents. The Tesla has no heavy iron engine block in the front, which significantly increases the “crumple zone” in the worst of all collisions, a head-on. This provides more time to slow down the occupants’ momentum. The Model S motor is only about a foot in diameter and is mounted close to the rear axle. The empty – but well-reinforced – front section serves as a second luggage compartment. The rear crash test proved very important, especially considering the optional third row children’s seat. And for that reason, Tesla installs a double rear bumper if the third seat is ordered. The Tesla also shined at rollover risk, with the other top vehicles in that category faring 50 percent below the performance of the Model S. At an independent testing facility, the Tesla refused to roll over via the usual methods. The battery pack is mounted below the floor pan, providing a very low center of gravity. Testers had to improvise a way to make the car finally flip. And finally: When put to the roof crush protection test, the Tesla broke the test machine. While the exact amount of force required to crush the roof was not determined, engineers decided that at least four fully loaded Model S vehicles could
be placed on the roof of the test car without the roof caving in.
Here comes Germany
BMW recently introduced its allelectric i3, boasting a range of 130 to 160 kilometers (80 to 100 miles). The company has also developed a range extender option. This involves a two-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 34 horsepower, mounted adjacent to the electric motor above the rear axle. The range extender increases the car’s day-to-day operating range to nearly 200 miles. Running costs for the i3 are about 40 percent lower than the highly economical 320dA. Costs for the i3 may be even lower in places where larger subsidies are available for electric cars. The car debuted late last year in New York, London and Beijing. Base price for the car is set at 35,000 to 39,500 euros ($48,000 - $54,300). The electric Beemer scoots from zero to 60 km/h (37 mph) in 3.7 seconds, and from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.2 seconds. It has a top speed limiter set for 150 km/h (93 mph). Auto enthusiasts and others are excited about the innovative i3. With its aluminum chassis and carbon-fiber passenger compartment the i3 weighs in at 2,634 pounds; lighter than most compacts, yet offering more interior space. Its low weight contributes to spirited handling and off-the-line punch. The next decade of electric car development, it seems, may be quite interesting. Please send comments and suggestions for future Green Pages to: cameron@ cedarstreettimes.com/
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