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01/30/2023

David Schmalz here, thinking about natural disasters. That phrase has now become a loaded term, because the so-called “natural” disasters we’re experiencing are often exacerbated, and made more frequent, by humans burning fossil fuels.

01/29/2023

Pam Marino here, a few weeks into an intention I set to improve my eating habits and continue my exercise plan. I prefer intentions over resolutions as they feel more positive. Resolutions tend to highlight what is wrong with us,…

01/28/2023

David Schmalz here, thinking about how weird and wonderful the world can be, how the trajectory of people’s lives can sometimes shift dramatically through a stroke of luck, good or bad.

01/27/2023

Celia Jiménez here, thinking about the fun and creative process that artist Paul Richmond went through to create his latest mural, titled “She Persisted.” Not only did he design and paint the mural, but he also produced a video explaining…

01/27/2023

Monterey County is set to reopen its local assistance center for residents affected by the recent storms and flooding on Saturday, Jan. 28, at a new location in Salinas, county officials announced today.

01/27/2023

The VA is holding an informational event on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Major General William H. Gourley VA-DoD Outpatient Clinic in Marina for veterans who may be eligible for medical benefits recently made available to those presumed to be…

01/27/2023

Say you crave a warming tom kha or decadent beef Wellington, perhaps a molten lava cake because you somehow miss the ’90s. Where do you start? Well…um…

01/26/2023

Squid here, trying, and failing, to make good on Squid’s new year’s resolution to eat less shrimp-flavored popcorn, but alas, there’s just too much drama.

01/26/2023

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01/26/2023

When Del Rey Oaks City Council convened for business on Jan. 24, the top order of business was who to appoint to fill the vacant seat on the dais.

01/25/2023

The 18th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links hates you. More specifically, it hates me.

01/25/2023

On a pristine morning on Monday, Jan. 23 – a week after the last of the storms that battered much of California – the line stretches out the door and around the block at Spreckels Veterans Memorial Hall.

01/25/2023

When Seaside City Council approved the West Broadway Urban Village Specific Plan back in 2010, the vision was to revitalize the city’s downtown core with a pedestrian-friendly, transit-adjacent street that would attract businesses (and customers) and a variety of different…

01/25/2023

For the last 19 years, Monterey Peninsula Engineering has operated a concrete recycling facility in southern Marina, just east of Highway 1 and across the street from the District 4 county supervisor’s office. With the exception of those who work…

01/25/2023

Where an aging, low-income, 40-unit apartment building once sat at 1115 Parkside St. in Salinas, there are now two gleaming buildings featuring 80 units for low-income seniors. At one time, the old building that was torn down was connected by…

01/25/2023

Since New Year’s Eve, the Pajaro River was one of several rivers officials watched closely as the water level rose amid storms that pounded the Central Coast. The Pajaro River watershed drains 1,300 square miles across four counties. Rainfall far…

01/25/2023

FREE SPEECHThe Central Coast became a national story when President Joe Biden visited Santa Cruz County on Thursday, Jan. 19 to view storm damage. As with most presidential excursions, media access is limited; White House staff coordinate a press pool,…

01/25/2023

For the second time in three years, the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District is considering building staff housing, an effort aimed at reducing turnover. Administrators say the high cost of living and lack of housing hinders the district’s efforts to…

01/25/2023

Rey Mashayekhi here, thinking about government—that ever-contentious, ever-divisive bedrock of civic life. Irrespective of your politics, I think we can all agree that government can veer from the sublime to the ridiculous.

01/25/2023

The Arts Council for Monterey County—in partnership with Urban Word, a New York City-headquartered youth program that fosters creative writing, poetry, spoken word, college prep, literature and hip-hop—is launching the Monterey County Youth Poet Laureate program. On Monday, January 23,…