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Kiosk Saturday March 16 review the last 100 years or so of the BEST of American folk, blues, country, motown, show tunes, R&B, and rock n roll music. AT THE PACIFIC GROVE ART CENTER, 568 LIGHTHOUSE AVE. PACIFIC GROVE •

Wednesday, March 20

2:30pm-4:00pm “Wild Flowers of Monterey County.” Join David Gubernick, Photographer and Author as you nourish your soul and replenish your spirit. at The Carmel Foundation’s Diment Hall - SE Corner 8th & Lincoln, Carmel •

Wednesday April 3

1:30 pm Colonial Seeds of Present Discontent Four great waves of Englishspeaking immigration occurred in North America between 1629 and 1775 at Monterey Peninsula College, Lecture Forum 103 •



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March 15-21, 2019



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It’s the end of the Monarch season in PG .....some people think it’s also the end of Monarchs in Ca









There were a lot of hands on the sanctuary this year this week > under the direction of Frances Grate we tended the nectar gardens > and the monarchs joined us A monarch in the hand.......

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Inside The ARKLady...................................... 9 Cartoon.............................................. 2 Dunn Rovin’....................................... 8 From the Trenches.............................. 5 Homeless in Paradise.......................... 7 Legals................................................. 9 Opinion.............................................. 5 Police Log.....................................Dark Postcards from the Kitchen............... 12 Puzzle................................................ 4 Random Thoughts............................. 15 Real Estate............................... 2, 11,16 Reasoning with God......................... 14 Sports............................................... 13

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> this year Not all hands in the sanctuary were working for the monarchs



• March 15, 2019

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PACIFIC GROVE’S RAIN GAUGE Pacific Grove, beyond FOREST HILL SHOPPING and below Holman Hwy. Data reported by Bruce Cowan, resident Week Ending Thursday, March 14, 2019 Inches as of 8 AM, 2/13/19: Inches previous week: Total for Season (since 7/1/18):

1.5” 3.0” 21.65”

Pacific Grove Rain Gauge

Cedar Street Times was established September 1, 2008 and was adjudicated a legal newspaper for Pacific Grove, Monterey County, California on July 16, 2010. It is published weekly at 306 Grand Ave., Pacific Grove, CA 93950. Press deadline is Wednesday, noon. The paper is distributed on Friday and is available at various locations throughout the county as well as by e-mail subscription. Editor/Publisher: Marge Ann Jameson Managing Editor Webster Slate Layout Editor Vanessa Ramirez Regular Contributors: Gary Baley • Mike Clancy • Sally Baho • Bill Cohen • Katie Shain • Marty Dunn • Diane Guerrero • Neil Jameson • Kyle Krasa • Peter Mounteer • Wanda Sue Parrott • Jean Prock Jane Roland • Patrick Ryan • Peter Silzer • Joan Skillman Staff Magician: Dan Bohrman Distribution: Amado Gonzales

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• March 15, 2019

Solution on PG 12 “More than Shamrocks” by Peter O’Silzer Across 1 Afro-Brazilian dance in 2/4 time 6 “__ et Labora” Motto of St. Benedict 9 63-across was one in his youth 14 Ruhr Valley industrial center 15 Shopper’s convenience 16 Breastplate of Roman gods 17 Alias “The Breastplate of” 63-across (2 wds) 19 R.E.M. lead 20 Puget Sound seaport 21 New Testament letters 23 Wee drink 24 El: Spanish; __: German 25 Always, for poets 26 Latin translation used by 63-across 30 Musical ability 32 Greek personification of love 33 Repeated phrase of 63-across’s “Breastplate” (3 wds) 39 “I” problem? 40 Latin music percussion instruments 42 Animal thought to be wise 43 People who vend green holiday goods in March 45 Gardener’s need 46 St. Jerome’s 151 47 Palm Sunday word of praise 50 Speedometer and radar no. 52 Emeril’s catchword! 55 Tachometer no. 56 Heavenly home 58 Spanish reasons 62 “So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, __” 63 March 17 honoree 65 One of the few who abandoned St. Paul 66 Exist 67 Tidal bore 68 63-across was never officially named one 69 Day after Sun. 70 Muscular power

Down 1 Paving stone 2 U.S. org. for speech therapists and audiologists 3 1/60,000th of a min. 4 Fits in 5 Inability to name common objects 6 ___-Wan Kenobi 7 Sped 8 New Testament love 9 Bad response from a child 10 Umbrella in an ABC book (2 wds) 11 Like a fencer 12 Not an animal you’d find in 29-down thanks to 63-across? 13 Certain compass points 18 Spellbound, in a good way 22 Poetic name for 29-down 26 Swerve sharply 27 Sudden craving 28 Hot stuff 29 63-across’s adopted land 31 Promos 34 Place that might serve green drinks on March 17 35 Form of reproductive hormone, abbr. 36 Mid-day 37 Romulus or Remus 38 Earthenware pot 40 1,000th of an inch 41 Cover story 44 Ancient Greek 45 Japanese warrior 48 Sea predator 49 Outbreaks 50 Tyler Perry persona 51 Trattoria starters 53 Indian state known for tea and silk 54 D.C. subway 56 Hippies’ housing 57 Source of some household bunnies 59 Miracle 60 Farm unit 61 Twist data 64 Mightier than the sword, some say

It’s Monarch Mating Season Hope springs eternal as I watched these monarch mating I knew that if they succeed she would fly off and lay 3 to 4 hundred eggs,and this cycle will be happen 3 more times before the monarchs return next like the the monarchs we have to keep trying.

March 15, 2019 • CEDAR STREET

Your Letters

But I Pay My Taxes


Joy Colangelo

Let’s show some historic integrity here Editor:

Last week the Pacific Grove city staff and the consultants from Page and Turnbull presented the results of their review of the city’s Historic Inventory List (HRI). The consultant presented a very thorough and complete review of properties in Pacific Grove. Despite the fact that these are the experts in the historicity of property, there were some who want to just ignore reality and - as one person said – “go our own way”. That’s not historic integrity as others would see it and would remove any meaningful integrity - and relevance – from the city’s list. Fortunately, such opinions reflect the desires of a minority of our community. I think most people want our city standards and requirements to match what are standards elsewhere.   Removing homes from a list that even the head of the Architectural Review Board once described as “a mess” does nothing to the homes. So let’s accept the expert consultant’s recommendations and remove those houses which have already been demolished and no longer exist, as well as the others they designated as not historic. That still leaves a robust list of around 900 hundred homes and allows for owners of removed homes to ask for a review of their homes to be added back to the list if they wish. We can even create a list of “Homes of Historic Importance to Pacific Grove” not on the HRI. For the integrity of the city’s official Historic Inventory List, however, those homes – and the demolished ones – should be removed. We hired the experts and we should listen to them. Anything else is foolish a just a waste of the city‘s money and staff’s time. Do we want to acknowledge PG’s many genuinely historic homes or do we just want junk history? Let’s show some historic integrity here folks. Rudy Fischer Pacific Grove

Heart Sutra Silent Retreat Friday to Sunday, March 22-24, 2019 Carmel Sambosa Three Jewels Temple 28110 Robinson Canyon Road, Carmel Donations requested: $100-430, Scholarships available The Manjushri Dharma Center is pleased to host a three-day retreat at the beautiful Sambosa Three Jewels temple in Carmel Valley. Venerable Khenpo Karten Rinpoche,   Manjushri Dharma Center’s resident lama, will give instructions on The Heart Sutra, one of the most precious teachings in all of Buddhism.  The retreat will also include daily chanted prayers of Amitabha Buddha (the Buddha of Infinite Light) and the opportunity to receive or renew Bodhisattva vows (vows to help others and reduce harm).   Rinpoche has requested that this be a silent retreat, which means trying to limit any talking to essential communications only.  In advance of the retreat, Rinpoche has requested that, if you are able,  please read “Essence of the Heart Sutra”, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama - Wisdom Publications, 2002. Learn more: Questions:    Bob  M. at  or 831-901-3156.


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From the Trenches It’s pretty common to hear that Pacific Grove doesn’t need more revenue sources, but rather, needs to stay on a tighter budget. How often have you yourself said (or heard), “I pay my property taxes and they spend it on nonsense.” Well let’s dissect those taxes a bit and see if that’s true. The average citizen in California pays a meager $639 a year or 53.25 a month in property taxes with many of us paying far, far less and some far more depending on when your house changed hands. Fifty three dollars a month buys ONE of the following: dinner out for two; cable TV for a month; three hardcover books; or 1 month at the gym. The City uses that $53.00 for ALL of the following: 24 hour police/fire; tree service; lighting; community events; economic development; streets and the library.  Now who is bad at budgeting? Property tax is parceled out with the City getting 21%, the County 27%, Special Districts 7% and local schools 45%. While a state like Vermont has very high tax rates, California has Proposition 13 which was a remedy for escalating property taxes. It rolled back assessments for homes and businesses to 1976 levels and capped annual tax increases to 2%.  The number of home owners around in 1978 is dwindling as are owners who inherited those properties making Proposition 13 ripe for repeal. The voting demography is changing and young adults who are saddled with school debt that higher property taxes could have softened and voters who are tired of the sweetheart deals for businesses has found Governor Newsom planning a huge reform to the state’s tax structure.  Regarding Prop 13 he said “everything would be on the table.” Avoiding property taxes isn’t a California idea.  In the 17th century, houses were taxed by the number of floors leading up to the cornice. Mansard hid the floors under one the roof avoiding taxation.  In 1696 the British taxed windows so many large houses sealed the openings with bricks. So in 1784, King George III taxed the smaller bricks - the more bricks, the more tax. But when builders used larger bricks, the King was on to them and changed it to a bigger tax on bigger bricks.  Canal houses in Amsterdam were taxed on the width of frontage rather than height or depth. Thus, you will see some houses only as wide as the door frame. When taxation was measured by footprint, houses turned upside down with the upper floors cantilevered over the bottom floor. When Colonial officials taxed chimneys, houses would build their fireplaces back to back with one chimney. Some Colonial houses have only two chimneys but 8 fireplaces. The first property tax was avoided by dismantling the entire village and after the tax collector moved on, reassembling it until next tax inspection. But back to California and your city coffers. How could we get less hide-and-seek and more tax revenue?  We could repeal Proposition 13 or at least remove businesses from the shelter.  Disney pays 5 cents a square foot in property taxes. We could remove the shelter from buildings owned by LLC’s and thus a building like the Los Angeles Country Club would have to pay their fair share instead of being subsidized by taxpayers to the horribly out of tune figure of $89.9 million.  Instead of paying $60-90 million a year, they pay $200,000 on 313 acres of prime real estate worth $20 billion if developed. Basically, every golf course in California is on welfare with the tax payer getting hit over the head for the benefit of a few citizens who hit a few golf balls at the country club. The Pacific Grove Golf Course isn’t a country club but certainly doesn’t help our bank account much. Owned by the city but operated by a private contractor, it earned $25,000 last year. No, I didn’t leave out any zeroes. The contract pays off only after the leasees make 2.5 million dollars.  It made 2.6 million and thus that $25,000 is our percentage of that .1 million. Prime real estate but is it prime for whom?   So you can see what city’s are up against. Maybe next time you complain about their budgeting skills, ask yourself what shelters you’ve been graced, what shelters businesses you frequent enjoy and while you’re doing that, ask yourself how you do budgeting your salary.  Do you use more water than you really need (if you are showering every day, it’s more than you need - for goodness sake if you aren’t a laborer or an athlete, you don’t need to shower every day). Do you drive more than you need to or have more cars than you have drivers. This will get me some more hate mail -- do you eat more than your fair share?  If you’re on the up and up and living below your means, then you can give them budget advice.  Until then, shush.

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• March 15, 2019

Pacific Grove High School Art Students Showcase - “For the Love of Art”



Mr Kelly, the Pacific Grove Art teacher, would like to share the art from some of his talented Art students. Recently five student created art work for the regional, For the Love of Art, High School Art Exhibit, hosted by the Carmel Art Association. Each student was given a 14 x14 inch wood panel and challenged to create a 2D or 3D work of their choice. The five students representing PG High were Natalie von Giese, Leticia Ferreira, Sofia Chang, Madison Snow and Garrett Hyink. “We are so fortunate to have a school district and community that supports the Arts and encourages our youth to be creative individuals,” said Mr Kelly. Below are photographs of the five art pieces.


Three Strikes you’re Out Again

Jane Roland

Random Thoughts I wrote this column a couple of years ago and have repeated it; however, it is that time again. Spring Training, the Giants have added to the roster and, of course, we hope that they win most games and the pennant. However, win or lose they are my boys of summer. I love them and Buster’s image hangs in the shop. So here we go again A note…we will miss the “boys” who are gone, especially Hunter but look forward to seeing the others and applaud the new players: “ Yesterday I had the great pleasure to meet Mike Krukow, the god father of the groom at a gorgeous wedding we attended. I cannot resist publishing it again in his honor and for your enjoyment as you anticipate our boys of summer returning in a few days When most of us think of “The Boys of Summer” during this Olympic season and the success of The Boys in the Boat then a Ken Burn’s special we visualize the nine boys from Washington who pulled a miraculous win in 1936. But I think of the Giants. Our boys of summer who win or lose we still love them. Perhaps this is not true of those who plunk down big stakes on the outcome. However, I can equate with our own children. We are happy when they do well but forgive if they do not and wait for the next challenge (obviously I am speaking of the normal parent not the fanatics who push their youngsters to be the best and rant if they are not). The San Francisco Giants came into my life in the fifties when Willie McCovey became a star and my baseball friends were enthralled. But I must confess I wasn’t hooked until sometime in the seventies when it was either watch or read. Now I do a little of both depending on the games. I truly adore them, warts and all, as it were. I have grieved over the transformation of Brian Wilson and the perfidy of The Panda. We thrilled over the pitching of “Woody”, Schmidt, Nen, Lincecum, Cain and now Bumgarner. I won’t go into other team members except the two Brandon’s, Pagan, Pence, Panik and of course Posey – whose photo hangs in my office. I know I have forgotten many favorites but write them in. There is one constant with the Giants, one that we adore and that is the broadcasting team of Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow (Jon Miller and Dave Flemming are not too shabby either but Kruk and Kuip are our boys). Both were stars on the field prior to their turn behind the mike and in front of the podium. They are also heroic in their personal story. After his playing career, Krukow became a radio and television sportscaster. He began broadcasting as an occasional color analyst for KNBR radio in 1990 and became a full-time broadcaster in 1994. He is a seven-time Emmy award winner. “Kruk,” who was named as the starting right-handed pitcher to the 1980s Giants All- Decade Team in a vote by Bay Area media in 1999, is noted for his deep knowledge of the game and tremendous sense of humor. He is known for his detailed scouting reports on umpires’ strike zones. is often teased by his broadcasting colleagues throughout the major leagues for having “majestic hair”.[Part of the San Francisco Giants broadcasting team, Krukow is half of the duo dubbed “Kruk and Kuip,” (pronounced “Kruke” and “Kipe”) along with partner Duane Kuiper, a former Giants teammate. Krukow and Kuiper tape a game-day commentary (“Kruk and Kuip on baseball”) for KNBR radio as part of the Giants’ pre-game radio coverage. Notably, although Kruk was a pitcher and Kuiper was a position player, Kruk has five career home runs, four more than Kuip (who managed only one in his career despite having over 3,000 at-bats).




Krukow has a few “Kruktionary” catchphrases, including: “Grab some pine, meat”; “Just another, ha ha ha ha, laugher!” (After a nail-biter win); “gamer babes”; and repeating “I wanna get that!” the last of which is associated with a product endorsement. In his spare time he enjoys reading, bicycling, golfing and drinking Coronas on the beach. He is good friends with Duane Kuiper. In July 2014, He revealed he was suffering from inclusion body myositis (IBM). His condition was known to the Giants and many of his fellow broadcasters, but he kept the condition a secret from the general public until then. Krukow first noticed that he was having problems about 10 years earlier, when he had lost about 100 yards (90 m) off his golf drive According to sportswriter Steve Fainaru, Krukow “blew it off... for years”, but “secretly feared he had ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease”. Finally, in 2011, he was diagnosed with IBM. The disease, which mainly affects the quadriceps and hand muscles, is not life-threatening, but now requires him to use a cane; eventually, Krukow will have to use a walker and/ or a scooter. Because of increasing hand weakness that limits his ability to play stringed instruments, he has recently taken up the drums, which require a different set of muscular movements Krukow plans to continue broadcasting for the foreseeable future. After retiring from baseball, Duane Kuiper provided commentary for the Giants from 1987 to 1992 before leaving for a one-year stint with the Colorado Rockies in 1993. Kuiper returned to broadcast for the Giants in 1994, where he has remained since. His call of Bonds’ 715th home run to pass Babe Ruth is considered the historic call for that home run, as radio announcer Dave Flemming’s microphone cut out at the exact moment the ball was hit: Kuiper made the TV call for Barry Bonds’ historic 756th home run which broke Hank Aaron’s record (although the historic call is that of KNBR radio announcer Jon Miller). Kuiper is noted for his distinctive calls beginning and ending each game: after the result of the first batter of the game, he says, “And that’s how this game gets started”; when the ball game is over, Kuiper says, “And that’s the ball game!” When Kuiper states the pitch count on a batter, he often calls “nothing” in lieu of calling “a ball” and the current number of strikes when the count is “no balls”. Kuiper often uses the phrase “Got ‘em!” when an out is recorded.

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His trademark home run call is “He hits it high... hits it deep... it is (or this baby is) OUTTA HERE!” or “HIGH DRIVE... LEFT (or RIGHT) FIELD... IT IS (sometimes: THIS BABY IS) OUTTA HERE!” Another popular home run saying, “THAT ONE’S BELTED DEEP, AND GONE!! A HOME RUN!!” Kruk and Kuip are also famous for their line, “Grab some pine, meat!” when a batter strikes out. In April 2010, Kuiper coined a new slogan from a fan’s sign for the SF Giants club: “Giants baseball. Torture!” This slogan is used generally if the games are either tense, tight, or very close, in which the Giants have later won by a small margin. The two men are great friends, Duane guards his buddy, walking behind him in case of a fall, having a ramp built for him in the broadcasting booth. They are consider by many to be the best broadcasting team going. We have no quarrel with that. And should you wonder how this fits in with Animal Tales, wonder no more. We had a panda, we have a baby giraffe, our mascot is Lou Seal and many animals at the zoo and homes are named after many of the boys of summer. Jane Roland

March 15, 2019 • CEDAR STREET

Peninsula Pulchritude--Part 11

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More help from HEAP? Toilets on tires and tiny high rises? Wanda Sue Parrott

Homeless in Paradise Competing for their slice of the $10 million in HEAP funding is keeping the Seaside Boondoggle Busters busier than Olympians in exercise mode before the Games begin. If agreement is reached on various projects that could relieve homeless crises in Seaside, the “Team” (including the city manager, city attorney, homeless committee, mayor, city council and staff) will apply for funding for more than just the shelter for 35-50 homeless women and children that’s already on their drawing board. If granted funding, the county-owned facility at 1292 Broadway will be rehabilitated and administered in partnership with Community Human Services and the Gathering for Women. Safe place for women and children The doors will be closed at 7:00 p.m. except to working women authorized for late arrival. Next morning, guests must vacate the premises by 7:30 a.m. Children will go to school during the week, and adults will be transported back to the Gathering for Women day center at 147 Eldorado St., Monterey during the week. It’s a shelter, not a home, but it’s a start! Weekend whereabouts remain to be resolved. Additional potential projects like portable sanitary facilities and even tiny units might be transported around Seaside, thus showing other peninsula cities what they, too, can do to mitigate growing signs of homelessness in “Paradise,” such as feces underfoot on beaches and trails. One-tenth of Monterey Peninsula students were homeless, according to statistics shared by the Monterey Peninsula Union School District last week. Current estimate of homeless women on the peninsula is 600. Of 932 women served in 2018 by Gathering for Women, 250 claimed Seaside as their home. The proposed sanitary facilities equal Olympics gold in comparison to the normal bronze-level plastic port-a-pots at public events and alongside roads. Toilets on tires and tiny high rises? For instance, a Power Point at the March 7 Seaside City Council meeting showed top-quality tiny-room mobile toilet and shower units on platforms with wheels with fat rubber tires; a similar unit contained mobile laundry facilities. Also, potential mini-apartments were stacked on acreage near Seaside High School in a Legostyle high-rise honeycomb. Not exactly beautiful like Honolulu, Hawaii, but equally viable where ground space is sparse and the sky is the limit. April 1 is the deadline for submission of peninsula cities’ applications for the HEAP continuum-of-care funding under administration of the Coalition of Homeless Service Providers in Marina. The church-home concept Meanwhile, is the church-home concept an alternative to housing? Seaside has 35 houses of worship and 35,000 residents, equaling about one religious institution per 1000 residents. Churches like Oceanview Baptist host I-HELP programs as substitutes for homes. Guests sleep in the sanctuaries after being served a free dinner each night. What is a Church Home? In his March 10, 2019 sermon “No Place Like Home,” Reverend Axel H. Gehrmann, cominister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula (UUCMP) questions what home actually means. Rev. Axel writes: “Last September Elaine and I moved from Pacific Grove to Seaside. We found a little house for rent up the street from Seaside City Hall. . .683 square feet. Cozy. . . . It took a while for us to settle in and figure what to put where. . . . “Now it looks like our place, we know our neighbors, and it feels like home. “But I still have a vivid memory of how unsettled I felt while we were looking for a place to live, and uncertain whether we would find one, whether we would have a home. “. . . UUCMP has been supporting the I-HELP Program (Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program) for quite a while.

Pacific Grove to Celebrate 62nd Annual Good Old Days April 6-7, 2019 Pacific Grove, California - Good Old Days, Pacific Grove’s premier community event, is returning the third weekend in April to downtown Pacific Grove from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm both Saturday and Sunday. Each year this free event draws a great crowd of locals and visitors rain or shine! Musical entertainment will be on five stages with more than 60 bands, performers and shows scheduled. Returning entertainers will be announced at a future date. Over 230 vendors from 12 states will display their arts, crafts and other wares alongside 35 food booths at the Good Old Days street fair, the largest gathering of arts and crafts vendors in Monterey County. Good Old Days kicks off Saturday morning with the Pacific Grove Kiwanis Club’s Pancake Breakfast at 8 am in Jewell Park.  The Pacific Grove Rotary Club’s Good Old Days parade will begin at 10 am on Saturday and feature more than 100 entries.  Parade entries include community groups, bands, old-fashioned wagons, antique vehicles and more. The Monterey Peninsula Quilters Guild will present the annual Quilt Show at Chautauqua Hall featuring award winning quilts. Other family fun activities on Saturday and Sunday will include carnival rides, the Fire Department kids challenge, petting zoo, pie eating contest, pony rides, beer & wine garden, and YMCA fair. For more information, contact the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce at (831) 373-3304 or

“. . . There is a dramatic rise in homelessness along the coast and rural areas, which continues to rise each day. “. . . The US Census Bureau says over 40 million men and women live in poverty, and many of them are essentially an illness, an accident or a paycheck away from living on the streets. “What is a home?Is home a place where angels tread, like heaven, heaven on earth?. . . . Is home a memory of the past, or a dream of the future? Or is it something in between?. . . “Perhaps the greatest tragedy of homelessness is that without a home it is so much more difficult to be fully and deeply ourselves. . . . “A real home is a wonderful, precious place. A place of connection with family and friends. A place of connection to our own hearts, a temple of the soul. ”. . . I find this church (UUCMP) really is a home for some of us. And what I like best about it is that it aspires to be a home for all of us—a place where anyone who enters will feel welcome. A place where everyone is accepted and respected. . .” Is the Unitarian Universalist church at 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel a metaphor for the city of Seaside? If yes, the spotlight recently highlighted women. At its March 7 city council meeting, Mayor Ian Oglesby proclaimed March 8 as International Women’s Day. By this time next year, the HEAP-funded shelter made possible by the Seaside Boondoggle Busters will hopefully be open, setting a peninsula-wide precedent. How can you help? If you’re unsheltered and in search of a place you feel needed, wanted and at home, visit the house of worship that most appeals to you. A church, temple or synagogue might provide sustenance you need until you’re again in a home of your own. If you have a home, but want to help the homeless, you may wish to support the Gathering for Women whose 2nd annual Community Breakfast falls on the date of its 5th anniversary. The event is Thursday, April 4, 2019, 7:30 a.m.– 9:00 a.m., Ferrantes Bayview Ballroom at the Monterey Marriott Hotel, 350 Calle Principal, Monterey. The event is sponsored by Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. Tickets are $40. Details at , 831-241-6154. Contact Wanda Sue Parrott, 831-899-5887, Copyright 2019 by Wanda Sue Parrott



• March 15, 2019

Filling a Trustee Vacancy

Kyle Krasa

Planning for Each Generation When establishing a trust, the selection of a trustee is of paramount importance. The trustee manages the assets of the trust for the benefit of the beneficiaries in accordance with the terms of the trust. Without a responsible and effective trustee, the trust will not carry out its objectives. In the event that the trustee ever becomes unable or unwilling to continue to act as trustee, often due to disability or death, a trust should name a successor trustee and several alternates to ensure that the trust will always be managed by a trusted individual. There is no legal limit to the number of alternate successor trustees that can be named in a trust and having a “deep bench” is important. What happens when all the named alternate successor trustees are unable or unwilling to serve as trustee? A good trust will provide a mechanism for the appointment of a successor trustee to fill a trustee vacancy that avoids the delay and expense of court intervention. A common provision would be to allow a majority of the trust’s beneficiaries to appoint a trustee in the event of a vacancy. Another possibility is to name an independent third party, such as trusted family member, friend, or professional, to have the power to appoint a trustee to fill a vacancy. However, some trusts fail to provide adequate instruction on filling a trustee vacancy. In the event that a trust is silent on the issue of filling a trustee vacancy, the California Probate Code provides guidance. California Probate Code Section 15660(c) provides that all adult beneficiaries may agree on appointing a “trust company” to fill the vacancy without any court intervention. California Probate Code Section 83 defines the term, “trust company,” as an “entity that has qualified to engage in and conduct a trust business in this state.” “Trust companies” include certain banks and other financial institutions that have departments that are dedicated to serving as trustees of trusts for a fee. If the beneficiaries do not wish to have a “trust company” to fill a trustee vacancy, then the beneficiaries or other “interested parties” may petition the court to appoint an individual to fill the trustee vacancy. Such a petition would be filed in the local probate court pursuant to California Probate Code Section 17200. The petition would describe the trust, describe the problem of the trustee vacancy, describe the proposed successor trustee, and provide any other information that the court might find relevant. A hearing would be set where the judge would either approve or deny the petition. KRASA LAW, Inc. is located at 704-D Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove, California 93950 and Kyle may be reached at 831-920-0205. Disclaimer: This article is for general information only. Reading this article does not establish an attorney/client relationship. Before acting on any of the information contained within this article, it is important to consult a competent attorney who is licensed to practice law in your community.

Snippets Marty Dunn Rovin’ in the Grove This week’s column is a little of this and that, a smattering of random thoughts and observations from around our exceptional area. Talk about a clinging vine! That gray-green moss that beards pretty much everything outdoors around here is a local fixture—as in, it’s really pretty fixed-in-place! With the storms whooshing through our burg these last few months I thought certainly a lot of the moss would sail away to—say, ahem—Moss Landing. Not so, it turns out. When a clump of moss is blown out of its roost, it seems to aim for the next available branch or overhead wire and grab hold. Just part of PG’s natural decor and charm. ***** Walking or driving home along Ocean View Blvd., I invariably spot at least one person atop Lovers Point’s jagged ridges. It’s gotten to be a thing with me, checking the landmark for visitors. I’ve not yet resorted to keeping a log—that really would be over the top—but the odds appear to run heavily in favor of spying pedestrians on the point. I have not heard of any ocean rescues around there, so I gather that these daring folk are pretty sure-footed and the rock formations under them are sturdy. One can only hope. ***** Speaking of sure-footedness, I’ll segue into a shout-out to In Stride Physical Therapy, smack-dab in the middle of downtown. Though I haven’t visited there in re my feet, I have witnessed them helping clients with those and other issues. Owner Tally and her husband and their crew run a terrific business, offering a full range of treatments to help people regain comfort and safe mobility after being compromised by the vagaries of life’s surprises. Impressive facility, caring and highly-qualified staff. ***** Worth noting how beautifully tended Del Monte Center is, especially their glorious pots of colorful bloomers. No matter the season, this hub is really well managed for full visual pleasure. I don’t do a lot of shopping, but when I do head over that way, the gardeners’ efforts always bring smiles of appreciation and admiration. ***** Signs of Spring: sightings of Little Leaguers in full uniform heading to their first games of the season. Enthusiasm practically oozes from their cleats to their team caps. Play ball! ***** What an ‘ear-y’ pleasure it was to attend the recent Camerata Singers “Dona Nobis Pacem” concert at First Presbyterian Church in Monterey. The pews were packed with fans of fine music, reveling in the “miracle of the human voice,” as my husband used to say, as well as the top-grade instrumental accompaniment during the second half of the program. There were two outstanding soloists as well as seven Camerata Futures singers. The “Futures” are local high-schoolers who are invited to audition; if selected, they commit to a rigorous rehearsal schedule, then don their formal evening wear and sing with the choir. All proceeds from this event benefited the Veterans’ Transition Center in Marina; two vets who are clients of the center took the stage to express their heartfelt thanks for this generosity. And speaking of generosity, First Presbyterian kindly donated their facilities for the two Monterey concerts. Look for the next Camerata performances on 10 &11 May—they’re already rehearsing! In deference to St. Patrick, an early “greenie” environmentalist, here’s your green tip o’ the week: Whenever possible, bring your reusable water or coffee cup to work/ meetings/church social hours/trips, etc. Easy to just plan ahead and keep yet another container out of the landfill.

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Thornback Guitarfish are heart-shaped rays found in shallow water along the coast of California. They grow to 3 feet long and have distinctive rows of short spikes running along the back half of their bodies (hence the name “Thornback”). Thornbacks reside on the sea floor, where they hunt for small fish and invertebrates and conceal themselves in the sand.

March 15, 2019 • CEDAR STREET

Pets good for the Heart Diana L. Guerrero

Ask ARK Lady Do you ever wonder if there is a right time to celebrate love? For some, different holidays serve as reminders to take the time to celebrate those we love. But rather than just focusing on loving activities on one day, or during a specific event, how about celebrating as a regular practice? Some people already do! Since pets can be found in a majority of homes, this means that many people will also be celebrating the love of those furry friends. But what you might not know is that in addition to warming the heart, pets are also good for the heart--and a whole lot more. Imagine opening your heart to the unconditional love that animals offer. You’ll benefit from the many lessons they teach but if you give the gift of a furry friend, you’ll also receive some astonishing benefits in exchange. For instance, recent findings by the American Animal Hospital Association confirm the fact that the human physical condition is improved through pet ownership. Not only do pets give their pet parents unconditional affection, but the Harvard Health Letter also found that humans with companion animals benefit through lower blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety levels. Another interesting find is that the State University of New York (Buffalo) found wheelchair confined humans with service dogs were less depressed, less dependent on caregivers, and more active outside their homes than those confined to chairs and who did not have a service animal. Medicare patients with pets had fewer medical care visits than those who did not according to the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Outside of the United States, Australia’s Baker Medical Research Institute looked at heart disease risk factors for both men and women. Pet owners were found to have lower blood pressure and lower levels of blood cholesterol and triglycerides in comparison to non-pet owners. Finally, over in the United Kingdom, Cambridge University (England) launched a study to see how human health could be improved by pet ownership. The investigators found that people who got pets reported improvement in general health over those without. Pets tend to keep people amused, get them outdoors and active, plus they attract more social interactions. So if you crave companionship and are seeking more activity, adding a pet might be a great idea. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t because there are other opportunities to get around animals other than pet ownership. For instance, a lot of pet shelters and other animal agencies need volunteers to help with their homeless animals. Check also into what types of fostering programs for pets exist in your area. Foster pet parents are people who temporarily house pets who need homes until the animals are placed in a forever home by the pet organization. This means you can help animals and probably reap some of those same health benefits. So this month take a moment to celebrate those you cherish, make some new furry friends, or consider adopting one. If you do, everyone benefits! About ARKlady: Diana L Guerrero (aka ARKlady) lives on the Central Coast of California by the sea. An author, animal whisperer and wildlife interpreter, her first word was “fish.” Known locally as “DGinPG,” she is a friend of the furred, feathered and finned. With a goal of enriching the lives of animals (both wild and tame) and empowering the humans that love them, she shares a lifetime of professional experience and specialty training with animal lovers--who are not only passionate about animals but that want to make a difference in their lives and in the world in which they live. Questions? Call (831) 291-3355 | Email | Visit Questions should be community-centric and nature or animal oriented. Personal pet behavior issues are best tackled in a virtual or in-person behavior consultation. Need help? Book a consultation here =>

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• March 15, 2019

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MPC’s Morgan Stock Theater’s “Dream Team” is “On The Scene” Featuring: Teddy Eck! By Katie Shain Welcome to the current 2020 world of Morgan Stock’s MPC Theater, once again! And for the first time, put your hands together and welcome Teddy Eck as the new Chairman of MPC’s Morgan Stock Theater. Beyond Debono and Bolen, rising from the ashes of former President Tribley’s throwing down of the gauntlet because of low enrollment, is the next generation. The Dream team in new and substantial leadership roles are: Teddy Eck, Chairman/Instructor, Justin Gordon, Director/Instructor, Laura Cote, Instructor/Director, Doug Ridgeway, Lighting Designer, and retired-in-theory, Set Designer Emeritus, Dan Beck, seasoned Box Office Executive, Henry Guavara, and members of the Boards of Trustees and staff all seasoned and new. On the local scene for just seven weeks, Eck has been learning the local ropes, putting out fires, listening to the varied needs of staff, students, faculty, administration and members of not only one Board of Directors, but two. Though the politics are fragile, Eck is delicately listening to the overall needs that encompass MPC College and the  Monterey  Peninsula  Community at large, as he envisions a fantastical future for the formerly starved MPC Theater department. “My background is in musical theater as well as Shakespeare, TV and film. But what enticed me to theater in the first place was musicals.” Eck holds a BFA in musical theater performance, a degree in screen writing, camera and film production, non-profit management and an MFA in Directing. “Musicals are what brought me into it.” [|the Fine Art World-of-Entertainment]. “Like the ‘Partridge family’” said Eck, “I’ve come from a musical background. My mom and dad played in bands together as kids, that’s how they met. My mom always wanted a musical family, so growing up we all played music together. My brother played guitar, I played drums and we all sang. As I said, Musicals are what got me into theater. I would like to someday be able to offer Musical Theater Class courses.” Born and raised in Topeka, Kansas,

after graduating high school, where Eck played various acting and lead roles, Eck headed for New York City. Eck attended and graduated AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts, NYC. Followed by lucking-in to the Georgia Mountain Theater Company. GMTC, is a well-established traveling children’s theater touring company. Eck spent his 21st birthday on the road performing with this troupe.  Eck also gradated and acquired his Master’s degree from “The New School University” located in New York City.  Equity card holding Eck, receives royalties from several TV and feature film productions including “Lincoln,” and a host of others, just to wet your curious appetites.   Evolving eventually, to a (if you will), “Dirty Dancing” type summer resort in the Carolina’s, working as a life guard by day, entertainer by night, Eck was offered the opportunity to gain further financial stability and more importantly, the opportunity of meeting the love of his life. Now married and established with two children, Eck brings his honed talents to Monterey Peninsula College. And are we lucky! From NYC’s “Off Broadway Awards” to Monterey. Eck realized early on the major importance and value in knowing how to operate within the world of theatrics. Consequently, Eck wisely invested in the understanding of the all important aspects of theatrics, “finance, talent and communication.” What is theatrical business within the entertainment industry? What is the Theater without finances? What is a college without students? With the new California State funding model more opportunities are available to college, home school and high school students through dual-enrollment than ever before. Don’t let Eck’s youthfully spry looks fool you. Eck is not only a seasoned actor, director and instructor, he is proficient in recognizing “on and off stage theatrical talent,” as well as “on and off  camera and film stage talent,” he excels in knowing the simple fact that talent needs to be fully informed. Eck understands that theater is a business on the whole. If one aspires to act, one needs the chance to know and fully comprehend the complete cycle of opportunity required to strive, thrive and gain in order to maintain a sure footing

Key For A Cure Continues Its Fight Against Pediatric Cancer by Holding Circus-Themed Fundraising Gala Sept. 14 at Corral De Tierra Country Club Sponsorships are still available and tickets are now on sale for Key for a Cure Foundation’s efforts to cure pediatric cancer by attending its fundraiser, A Million Dreams Gala Sept. 14, at Corral de Tierra Country Club in Salinas.

The Gala will be held from 5:30-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Corral de Tierra Country Club, 81 Corral De Tierra Rd, Corral De Tierra, in Salinas. Premier sponsorships are available by contacting Anne Chisum at 831-206-1357 or Liz Grijalva at 831-241-3990 or by emailing Grijalva at Individual gala tickets are priced at $225 and can be purchased through Eventbrite (Key for a Cure Gala) or at the Key for a Cure website at Every child holds dreams and aspirations, but not every child has the chance to fulfill them due to the devastation of pediatric cancer. Since its inception in 2015, Key for a Cure has given more than $500,000 toward St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s T cellbased immunotherapy research. The 2019 Gala has earmarked $10,000 toward this

year’s recipient, Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services, a nonprofit that provides family-centered care around emotional, practical and financial struggles. This year’s gala features a circus theme, and will include some breathtaking performances with fire and acrobatics. Emceed by Dan Green, KSBW Action News 8 anchor, the gala promises to be a memorable evening of amazing live performances, gourmet food, fine wine and warm hearts. The black tie optional affair opens with a hosted cocktail reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m., with music from David Conley from the famous Sardine Factory, followed by an elegant dinner, spectacular live auction and award-winning entertainment. Celebrity auctioneer Carla Gianolini Harrison will auction off the following items: luxurious Punta Mita, Mexico, Villa Beach House; Louis Vuitton travel tote bag and suitcase; Cartier watch; two VIP floor seats for the 2020 Golden State Warriors in the team’s new Chase Center in San Francisco; Memphis getaway/Peabody Hotel package; and more.

within the vast and ever expanding field of entertainment. “I’m trying to get the ‘buzz’ back!”   Eck said, “My hope is that one day we may be able to hold Musical Theater classes that crossover within the entire MPC Creative Arts Division. Like the fact that Alan, [Dr. Durst, head of the MPC music dept.], already has voice and music composition courses, it’s very logical to at some point, be able to offer a musical theater certificate. All the local high schools have musicals but then where do you go? I’m looking forward to collaborating with all the local schools and students.” The artistic sensibilities, today known as soft skills, are proving to be a critically treasured asset in the real world. Recent studies are revealing that soft skills are among the most highly prized skills in all academic, science, administration and leadership roles. Eck, holds the potential for the development of a substantial new, exciting and excelling niche of soft skills. Soft skills are skills such as; empathy, communication, work ethic, team work, critical thinking, positive attitude, time management, leadership in general.  Soft

skills are readily found among courses such as stage acting and crewman-ship, musicianship, vocal expression as well as writing. If you can’t communicate it, you can’t present it. IQ is beginning to take a back seat to EQ in our current world of communications. MPC Theater was first initiated in the 1960’s under Morgan Stock’s skills and inspiration. Apparently the original theater structure was but a Quonset huttype setting. The current building was constructed in the 1970s and formally dedicated to Morgan Stock in 1999.  A recent remodel was completed over the period of 2012-2014, just before the drastic financial employment cuts. The foundation is now fully in place for beginning again developing the bright future of the MPC Morgan Stock Theater. Come meet the Dream Team and welcome Teddy Eck, he is a man you will love to meet and he wants to meet you! Plan to get your tickets for the upcoming production of “Chorus Line,” in August 2019 and plan to secure your Season Tickets, but most of all plan to take courses and engage our next generation “Dream Team!”

March 15, 2019 • CEDAR STREET

Patrick Ryan Local Real Estate Update Well the sun is shining this morning and what better way to start the day than to examine the sales numbers for the city of Monterey. Population wise, Monterey is the big boy on the block, with a total population of 27, 810 according to the trusty internet. Monterey rivals Carmel in the amount of homes that sell per year and has also seen a nice price increase over the past seven years. So, let’s see what happens when we compare 2017 vs. 2018.

For quick reference to the table above, sold means the total amount of single family homes that sold in 2017 and 2018. List price is what the home was listed for and sold price is what the home ultimately sold for. DOM stands for days on market, or how long it took the home to sell. Price per square foot is determined by dividing the final sales price by the square footage of the home, which can be useful when evaluating the asking price or determining the sales price of a home. Well, this is very interesting. Of all the metrics in the table, only one is double-digit and that is the days on market which showed a 10 day decrease of the time it took homes to sell when comparing 2018 vs 2017. A negative percentage for this stat is actually a good thing. All the other metrics, whether positive or negative, showed only slight changes with none of them reaching above 5%. There were eight less homes sold in 2018 compared to 2017, which is less than one per month. Not much change there, statistically. I find the differences in list price and sold price for 2018 vs 2017 interesting especially when one looks at the price per square foot change of 4.5%. The change is list price and sold price were exactly the same at 1.9%. It took a little bit of digging, but I was able to tease out the reason for the mild change. The most expensive home to sell in 2017 was located on Monterra Woods and sold for $3.15 million. In 2017, there were 5 homes that sold for over $3 million and 16 homes that sold for over $2 million. In 2018, the most expensive home was located at Monterra and sold for $5.5 million. There were 4 homes that sold for over 3 million and 10 that sold for over $2 million. Just taking into account these numbers, one would be led to believe that 2017 would have a higher list and sold price than 2018, but a bit more of digging revealed the answer. In 2017 there were 67 homes that sold for over $1 million and in 2018 there were 81 homes that sold for over $1 million. That helped 2018’s numbers and brought us to where we are right now. I am really anticipating what the 1st quarter numbers show for Monterey. Will we see a return to the price increases of the past or will it show a leveling off? The overall economy of the United States is positive, and the Federal Reserve looks as though it is going to hold off on any interest rate rises in their next meeting. It all depends on seller pricing and buyer sentiment. My opinion at is that proper pricing of the home is the most important. As always, if you have any questions or need any advice, please feel free to contact me. All conversations are strictly confidential. Broker Associate 831-238-8116

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Buying a home for the first time? Avoid these mistakes Source: CNBC If you’re a first-time homebuyer, you’re likely to make some mistakes, particularly when it comes to making an offer. All homeowners are prone to certain blind spots, often when it comes to shopping for a mortgage and coming up with the down payment. Being pragmatic about the process and setting the right priorities increases your chances of finding an affordable home. If you’ve bought your first home in the past five years, you’ve probably learned some tough lessons, meaning that learning curve could cost you. The research finds that first-time homebuyers more often face disadvantages at the negotiating table. Making sense of the story: • Individuals shopping for their first home put in 3.8 offers on average before their offers were accepted. That’s higher than the 2.5 offers that more experienced homebuyers made. • What’s more, 56 percent of first-time buyers offered more than the asking price before successfully sealing a deal. In comparison, just 35 percent of other homebuyers put up more than the asking price. • In the end, more first-time buyers - 34 percent - were left feeling financially insecure after their purchase versus 17 percent of buyers who had done it before. • First-time buyers are typically about 30 to 36 years old, according to NerdWallet. In 2017, there were 2.07 million first-time homebuyers, a 7 percent increase from the previous year, according to Genworth Mortgage Insurance. • First-time buyers might be more prone to making mistakes such as low-balling offers, Lewis said. That hurts them, particularly when there’s less inventory on the market for entry-level priced homes. • “There’s just more competition for those homes,” Lewis said. “There’s not a whole lot of them out there in a lot of markets, and there’s a lot of buyers who are competing for those homes.” • One area that half of all homebuyers tend to neglect: shopping around for a mortgage. • Fifty percent of buyers applied to just one lender, according to NerdWallet’s research. • Shopping around can save you about $430 in interest in the first year if you have a fixed-rate $260,000 mortgage, according to NerdWallet.

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Postcards from the Kitchen Seaside, CA “The true enjoyments must be spontaneous and compulsive and look to no remoter end.” --C.S. Lewis We are incredibly lucky to live where we live. For many reasons but one because we don’t have to travel far to find good food. One such gem in our area is Stammtisch German Restaurant in Seaside. I picked up my friend Maryann who lives in Seaside the other day in search of Mexican food for lunch. As we drove down Fremont, yacking away, she asked if I felt like having German food. I know German cuisine is not anywhere near Mexican cuisine but I am always open to spontaneity. “I’ve always wanted to go there!” I said. So, we wove our way back from the end of Fremont to Echo Ave. and found Stammtisch. We walked in and were greeted by Erwin, dressed in traditional Austrian embroidered white shirt and a vest. He seated us and asked if we would like to have a beer. We both said no thank you but looked at one another. “Come on,” he said with a smile in his charming Austrian accent. “OK, fine,” we both said. The table where we were seated was in the middle of the main dining room, next to the pot of the umbrella plant that is growing perfectly out of control around the room with one branch supported by yellow yarn on the ceiling. I commented on the beautiful plant and Erwin told me about once a month he wipes the leaves down with a mixture of water and beer, just like his mother taught him. “That way it’s always drunk!” he proclaimed. Two slices of rye bread along with butter appeared in a goldrimmed black basket lined with a napkin and then two steins of German pilsner beer from the tap. Next, we were each brought a


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bowl of the daily soup, cream of asparagus. We chatted with Erwin, who was very hospitable and charming, and we found out is married to the chef and owner, Claudia who is from Berlin. We ordered our lunch, Maryann, the special of the day—the cabbage stew with slow-cooked pork on top—and me, the currywurst. The décor and vibe felt so German. The wooden tables and chairs, the wall clocks, and the Underberg: the iconic German herbal digestif. Traditional German music played in the background and it was raining outside. When our main dish was served, Claudia came out and we introduced ourselves. She gave me a stiff handshake and welcomed us. The food was presented so beautifully and we immediately dug in. Claudia’s goal is to serve traditional German food, old-fashioned home cooking. “I have achieved my goal if someone says this is how my mom or grandma cooked,” she told me. Now I don’t have a German mother or grandmother whose cooking I can compare to but I do know that even for me, a non-German, it was comfort food and I certainly felt comfortable. After the meal—which we each took half home for the next day—we ordered two desserts to share, the lemon dessert and the apple crumble along with two cups of strong German coffee. The desserts were delicious and with the rain pitter-pattering on the roof, I sat back drinking my coffee contemplating my happy, full belly and how content I was with our spontaneous decision. I encourage you to check out Stammtisch, spontaneously—if you find yourself in Seaside, or if not…plan a trip. Sally Baho can be reached at or via her website at www. where you can subscribe to get her column to your inbox. the Year Award PG Restaurant of 10 20 e th of r ne Win

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Elementary! PG takes pair from Watsonville

Balking on Sunshine! JV downs Watsonville 1-0

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by Brian Wood (Woodie) The rain finally subsided Tuesday allowing Pacific Grove to play both its Varsity and JV games and they came out on top in both cases, 5-1 at Watsonville (1-5) for the Varsity and 1-0 in PG for the Junior Breakers.

The PG JV team (1-1-1) rode on the back of starter JJ Courtney as he went six strong innings in downing Watsonville 1-0. The lone run of the game came in the bottom of the sixth. Chad Ventimiglia led off with a double and advanced to third on a botched pick off attempt. With pinch hitter Spencer Nelson at the plate, Ventimiglia took off in an apparent attempt to steal home. However, this caused the pitcher to balk allowing the runner to score and give PG a 1-0 lead.

PG got off to a quick start in the first when Trevor Heyn walked, stole second, moved to third on a single by brother Justin, and scored on a wild pitch.

The Breakers got off to a strong start when Courtney singled and Jay McMahon walked to no avail. Pacific Grove put on runners each inning: 2nd-Nolan Wade doubled; 3rd-Cy Turner walked but was gunned down at the plate on a throw from center to the pitcher to the catcher after Ryan Destefano singled; 4th-Wade reached on an error; 5th-Turner walked again; 6thafter the run scored, Wade singled for his second hit and third time on base. Both Courtney and Destefano laid down sacrifice bunts.

They added two more in the second. Josh Mares hit a one out double to right centerfiield. Zach Lewis was safe on first via an error, moving Mares to third. Jackson Destefano brought home Mares with a fielder’s choice and T.Heyn’s infield single plated Lewis for a 3-0 PG lead. The Breakers loaded the bases in the third. Nathan Wood was safe at first on an error and stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. Hunter Hanes walked and stole second, while Mares drew a free pass to load the bases. Alas, the Watsonville pitcher held strong and kept PG off the scoreboard. In the fourth PG added a tally with back to back doubles by J.Heyn and Daniel Rosas. Wood ended the inning with a long fly ball to deep center that the Wildcat centerfielder was able to track down 15 feet short of the fence. Watsonville scored their only run of the game in the bottom half of the inning. Hanes started for the Breakers, went four strong innings, striking out eight, and allowing just one hit (whom he then picked off at first), and three walks. Freshman Brenden Moore pitched two innings of shut out relief, striking out three, allowing one hit and a walk. Senior Kevahn Ebron closed out the game in the seventh striking out the final two batters he faced. In the sixth, J.Heyn scored PG’s fifth run when he was brought home from second on a triple by pitcher Moore. Nathan Wood added an infield single in the seventh but was stranded at third to close out the inning.  Breakers fielders sparkled had a clean slate with no errors allowed. Rightfielder Charlie McMahon threw out a runner at first base after he fielded a hard knock in the thrid. In the fifth, Moore was helped out by an nice around the horn double play Mares to J.Heyn to Ebron. In the bottom of the sixth, Catcher Wood attempted a back pick of a runner at second who decided to try for third and met his demise there on a nice throw by Hanes to third baseman Mares for the out.  Pacific Grove (1-2) travel to Alvarez in Salinas on Friday with a possible game against Watsonville on Saturday (rescheduled from Thursday).

Community Hospital conducts community health needs assessment survey Over the next several days, residents of Monterey County will have the opportunity to help Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula assess the health of the area. Professional Research Consultants (PRC) was hired by Community Hospital to conduct a community health needs assessment, which is done every three years. The aim is to gather comprehensive information about the health of Monterey County so that the hospital, other area healthcare providers, government partners, and other non-profit organizations can work to make improvements. PRC will conduct a telephone survey of randomly selected residents this week. Responses to the survey will be strictly confidential. The complete telephone survey lasts approximately 2025 minutes. The goal is to complete 1,000 surveys. Community Hospital hopes residents will take an active role. “We look forward to having as many community members participate as possible,” said Cynthia Peck, vice president, Community Hospital. “This is their opportunity to give us the information we need to better address the unmet health needs in our area.” In addition to the telephone survey, a survey will be given to 300 area leaders who have special knowledge of health-related issues in Monterey County. This information will be combined with the residents’ phone survey data and data from Monterey County’s Department of Health to create a comprehensive look at the health status of the Monterey Peninsula and the entire county. The information is used to develop an action plan for addressing the top health needs in the area. A full report on the findings and the actions will be released to the public in the fall of 2019. For more information about the community health needs assessment project, results from the 2016 survey, and more,

Courtney was dominant on the mound striking out eight in six innings allowing just one hit and two walks. McMahon closed out the game striking out two. However, the top of the seventh was not an easy one for PG. After a lead off walk, the runner moved to second on a fielder’s choice to the first baseman. With two outs, McMahon got what appeared to be the final out on a third strike, but the ball went past the catcher putting the batter on first and the tying run 90 feet away at third. However, McMahon, ever Mr. “Even Keeled” retired the next hitter on a comebacker to the mound with the throw to first getting the batter and securing the victory for Pacific Grove.

Hot Shot Competition

Results are in for the 2019 Monterey Peninsula HotShot Championship sponsored by the Monterey Elk’s Lodge #1285. This years event had 27 participants with representatives from Pacific Grove Recreation, Marina Recreation, Monterey Sports Center & Presidio Youth Sports. Congratulations to all of our winners! Results: 8-10 Years (Girls) 1st Place - Maria Hall (Monterey) 2nd Place - Qayumi Shabnam (Presidio) 8-10 Years (Boys) 1st Place - Wyatt Coe (Pacific Grove) 2nd Place - Tai Suich (Presidio) 3rd Place - Sergen Serttinc (Pacific Grove) 11-13 Years (Girls) 1st Place - Ashley Gallagher (Monterey) 2nd Place - Emma Hall (Monterey) 3rd Place - Deema Eimakki (Presidio) 11-13 Years (Boys) 1st Place - Alexandar Zuccaro (Presidio) 2nd Place - Mason Huss (Pacific Grove) 3rd Place - Jayden Eugenio (Marina) 14-16 Years (Girls) 1st Place - Jordan Johnson (Marina) 2nd Place - Tianna Battistini (Pacific Grove) 3rd Place - Niya Johnson (Marina) 14-16 Years (Boys) 1st Place - Wilson Dialia (Marina) 2nd Place - Jason Eugunio (Marina)



• March 15, 2019

What does God say about the development of Christian character?

Bill Cohen

Reasoning With God Merriam-Webster defines character as: “one of the attributes or features that make up and distinguish an individual; moral excellence and firmness.” It is our character that separates us from others, especially when it includes strong moral excellence and firmness. Our character can be observed by the choices we make, the actions we take and the way we treat other people. So, what are the distinguishing characteristics of a true Christian? A true Christian follows Jesus, without holding on to this world, or the past, Matt 4:19, “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” and Lk 9:62, “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” When we look ahead, to the kingdom of God, we can treasure it above all else, which leads us to follow Jesus and His living Word, 2 Tim 3:16-17, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” unto all righteousness and all good works; thus, fully developing our Christian character. Is 55:8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” God’s thoughts are purer, more righteous than our thoughts. This is why He has given us His Word, so that we might hear, understand and prosper, as we go forth to complete our part in His eternal plan, Is 55:10-11, “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” His plan will be completed, whether we decide to do our part, or not; however, when we live His Word others are drawn to His light, thus enabling them to see the path leading to eternity. It is our character, our living of His Word, which draws people. This is why He wants us to do our part, so others can clearly see an example of true Christian Character. God calls us to think about His truth, Phil 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Which then leads us to follow Him rather than this world’s examples, Rom 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” He teaches us to bear the tribulations of this world, which the devil uses to lead us away from God, as he tried to do with Job, but Job trusted in God, Job 1:22, “In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” So, when we learn to be patient and gain the experience offered by tribulations, we will eventually find His hope; and the peace and joy, which surely follow, Rom 5:3-5, “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”

and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” He tells us pure religion is demonstrated by our caring for the needs of others! Christian character prefers ministering to being ministered unto, Mk 10:45, “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Christians are called to do their best in everything they do, for they are always serving the Lord, Rom 12:11, “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;” and Col 3:2324, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.” This behavior distinguishes the true Christian from the pretenders, for He is asking us to be shining examples, drawing people to His light, no matter where He has planted us. Forgiveness is at the heart of being a Christian, Eph 4:32, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” 1 Pet 3:13-16, “And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.” We need never be ashamed of our good Christian character, and we cannot allow evildoers to succeed in making us feel guilty for living it. Prov 25:21-22, “ If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.” This explains some of the criticism we Christians experience and is part of the reason our enemies hate us so vehemently. They see Christian character, and it brings them a feeling of guilt, which is like coals of fire being heaped upon their heads. We must not become smug, but rather Christians should feel compassion and consistently hope that those following the enemy will see the light, turn and follow Jesus to their redemption. So, we must not weary of our kindness and gentleness, Gal 6:9, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” for we are doing God’s work and leading others to Him. If you have comments about the blog you just read, want to express an opposing opinion, have suggestions for future topics, and/or want me to email you the blog weekly, just email me at

God calls us to temperance, which Merriam-Webster defines as moderation, 2 Pet 1:5-7, “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.” The devil wants to break this chain that leads to charity, so he leads us to overindulge in everything, to become glutens, alcoholics, drug addicts, workaholics, sex addicts, politicoholics, etc. Can we not see that brotherly kindness and moderation go hand in hand? Do we normally see addicts honestly exhibiting brotherly kindness? Or, are their examples of brotherly kindness merely an attempt to secure their next fix? Col 3:12-15, “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” Christians are called to be humble, kind, forgiving, charitable and thankful. Is that what we witness when we meet someone claiming to be a Christian? If not, we are not witnessing true Christian character. True Christian character calls us to sacrifice for others, even sacrificing unto our own death, Jn 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” This is the character being demonstrated by those who risk their lives to protect us, like police officers, firefighters, soldiers, etc. Our sacrifice might not be to death, it could be our time and/or our selfish interests, and we can witness this behavior when nurses and doctors are caring for those in need. Are we honoring their sacrifices? Christians are called to good communications, 1 Cor 15:33, “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners” and to good manners. Are we exhibiting the good manners God calls us to? Or, have we allowed evil to creep into our everyday conversations and conduct? God tells us to look past a person’s appearance, before we form our opinion of them, 1 Sam 16:7, “But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” God sees what is in our hearts and tells us we can see what is in another person’s heart by listening to what they say and watching what they do, Tit 2:7-8, “In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.” God calls us to compassion, not judgment, 1 Pet 3:8, “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:” and Matt 7:1, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” God explains what pure religion looks like, Jam 1:27, “Pure religion and undefiled before God



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Trees and houses and storms, oh my… (Part two)

Experts Discuss Solutions to Offset Instability and Costs

The population of individuals who are homeless and elderly is expected to nearly triple over the next decade, according to a new study released by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, University of California Los Angeles, New York University, As I wrote last week, our area has been hard hit by the recent series of storms. Pacific Grove and Boston University. had 25 trees of “substantial size” fall over in the city – though many others fell in George Experts say the projected upturn of the aging homeless population—concentrated Washington Park. The city had some – though not many – homes damaged. Carmel lost 25 among those born between 1955 – 1966—will also lead to a surge of cost increases public and nine private trees and, despite having three houses hit and two cars crushed, had no associated with health care and shelter needs. reports of injuries. Pebble Beach, being more heavily wooded, had about 500 trees topple in The multi-site study includes Boston, New York City, and Los Angeles County, the storms with five or six houses hit but, again, no injuries. but is likely indicative of growth that is expected to take place across the country, according to homelessness expert Dennis Culhane, PhD, The Dana and Andrew Stone Now that the worst of the storms seems to be over, some may be thinking about doing their own tree work. If so, be careful. According to the latest annual report in the Tree Care Industry Professor of Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy Association (TCIA) magazine, many more people die or suffer serious injury while working & PracticeEnjoy (SP2).women’s harmony? Then you won’t want to miss these upcoming on or in trees than by having trees fall on them or their house. For your own safety you should performances! More specifically, the national population of people 65 or older experiencing check out the “Cleaning up Storm Damaged Trees” section of the TCIA web site at www.tcia. homelessness 3/13/2019, Hall, is limited, call The 831-646-5640 is Colton estimated to Monterey, grow from7:30PM 40,000 (Space to 106,000 by 2030. predicted org. They will make recommendations on things to think about before you start work. your seat!)of existing census data. spiketoisreserve based on 30 years 4/6/2019, Old’ Days, of America Stage, Grove, 1PM a “Caring forPG thisGood elderly group in Bank homelessness is going to Pacific cost about $5 billion If you have some concerns about a tree in your yard, check with an arborist to determine a Unitarian Carmel, 3PM year 5/25/2019, – that’s just Universalist for their health care andChurch, shelter, not to house them,” said Culhane, the way to minimize the risk. Even with a review from a qualified independent arborist, however, principal The group isofteaming up with the Monterey Peninsula Cypressaires for investigator the study. there are no guarantees. The Wall Street Journal recently reported on a homeowner who had performances Colton in Monterey on March 13th and again at PG The forecast is at bleak, butHall not inevitable. two trees evaluated by an arborist who told her one was healthy and the other one was a poGood Old Days in Pacific Grove on April 6th.  approaches that would alleviate Culhane said they’ve identified evidence-based tential hazard. Before she was able to have the unhealthy one removed, the healthy one fell in The award winning “Bay Belles” Monterey Peninsula’s only women’s both housing instability for the aging and theare increase in costs. a storm; falling on her house with a sound “like a freight train”. Their 3,500 square foot house barbershop chorus. The chorus is a registered 501c3 non-profit organi-and A number ofstyle housing interventions—including permanent supportive housing had to have the top floors torn off and rebuilt at a cost of $250,000. dedicated to the craft of four-part a cappelladeclining harmonyhealth in thestatuses, barber- and rapidzation re-housing—could offset issues of homelessness, shop health style and committed the musical arttoform of barbershop harmony excessive careare spending all attoonce, according the report. Trees tend to hit the tops of houses, making such repair projects “top down” affairs, so often through education andfour performance. The Monterey Bay Belles The study, broken into phases, subdivided and analyzed groupsperform based on their the homeowner will need at least a new roof or part of one. Since I helped homeowners deal year including privatefuture parties and many locations. Those use ofthroughout shelter andthe medical acuity to project figures, as wellother as determine solutions with problem trees for many years when I was on the city council, I have seen many mismatched color roof tiles in PG. But at least they keep the rain out. interested booking theindividuals. Monterey Bay Belles for special celebrations, are that would best in accommodate encouraged to just log maintain onto the organization’s at  www.montereybaybelles. “We can either people who arewebsite in poor health and in a state of homeIn the example above the owners did what many homeowners do in situations like that. They  for contact information and group lessness, with crowded emergency rooms, hospitals andrates. nursing homes, or we could got a permit from the city and remodeled and upgrade the house. New wiring, plumbing, The Monterey Bay Belles skillfully directed by accomplished musiuse the money wisely to actually solveare their homelessness problem and reduce the total windows and update bathrooms can make you get over the disaster you went through. One cian, Thompson. Thompson has a bachelor’s degree in music perforcosts,” saidKristen Culhane. intrepid couple even had a wooden urn made from the trunk of the tree that hit their house. mance in percussion andonmaster’s in at choral conducting, both discussion from San The study was released Januarydegree 15, 2019 forum and roundtable Talk about a conversation piece! Jose State DC. University andwhich has lead the chorus since 2002. She has served on in Washington, The event, included the University of Pennsylvania, National the faculties of both publicthe andU.S. private schools in Monterey, Santa Cruz and Alliance to End Homelessness, Interagency Council on Homelessness, and Nor is it always best to remove the tree closest to the house, because a large tree farther away Santa Clara counties and currently teaches general music, choir and band at federal policy experts convened to explore policy options and answers to address excan build up quite a bit of momentum as it falls. Even after a tree that falls hits their house, Buena Vista Middle School and Spreckels Elementary in Salinas. Thompson cess health care costs by improving the housing stability of this vulnerable population. though, many homeowners plant another tree. As one of the homeowners said about his fallen also directs the Cypressaires men’s barbershop chorus in Monterey. tree, “I’m no tree hugger, but I miss that tree.” Insurance companies have all the data and don’t seem too worried about trees falling on homes. Although there are a lot of variables, according to Natalie Rola of Milliorn Insurance here in Pacific Grove, a policy to provide structural and premises liability insurance for a million dollar home would cost between $1,300 and $2,000 a year. So talk to an arborist if you have concerns; keep or get the right type of homeowners insurance; stay out from under threes during storms; and relax. You – and your house - are probably going to be just fine.

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