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A visit with ghosts of Best Of past.

Erik Cushman here, checking in while basking in a gentle glow. It’s Best Of Monterey County® week here at Fremont & Williams in Seaside. If you haven’t yet read the paper: run, don't walk, to your neighborhood distribution location and…


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Proposed farmworker housing project in Pajaro is denied by Planning Commission.

A proposed farmworker housing project in the Pajaro community was voted down by the County Planning Commission on Sept. 28 in a decisive 7-1 vote (commissioners Rich Coffelt and Paul Getzelman were absent; commissioner Nathalia Carrillo voted against denying the…


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Community Human Services turns to fundraising for new Monterey homeless shelter.

With over 200 people on the waitlist for Casa de Noche Buena, a homeless shelter for women and families in Seaside operated by Community Human Services and Gathering for Women, a new $6.2 million, 35-bed shelter planned for Monterey can’t…


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The Buzz 09.29.22

FREE SPEECHThe flaws of school testing data have been long and widely covered. But at least we normally have testing data to look at. This year, the California Department of Education said it would delay the release of test scores,…


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New businesses and apartments in formerly decrepit buildings are bringing life to Oldtown Salinas.

A watershed moment is happening in Salinas’ downtown. With the remodeling of two iconic buildings underway, a transformation that was already in progress is coming to fruition. The Dick Bruhn building, vacant since a 2016 fire, will be 19 apartments…


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CSUMB proposes a public/private partnership to build a 72-acre, mixed-use housing project.

At the corner of 2nd Avenue and Eighth Street in Marina sits a 55-acre asphalt wasteland, a vestige left over from Fort Ord days, now an unused part of the CSU Monterey Bay campus.


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The cross-country course at Palo Corona has the Regional Park District in the hot seat.

The controversy over the cross-country track at Palo Corona Regional Park does not appear to be going away anytime soon.


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Elections in Marina will shake up the City Council, with two new members guaranteed.

Elections this year will be different than last time voters went to the polls. For jurisdictions like the city of Marina that use districts, the 2020 Census means new district lines, drawn with the intent to keep communities of interest…


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Safe Ag Safe Schools continues to push for pesticide application notifications.

Sara Rubin here, thinking about how far we’ve fallen, how far we’ve come, and how far we still have to go as stewards of our Earth. This arc is on my mind because 60 years ago yesterday, Rachel Carson published…


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Monterey Bay F.C. falls in Las Vegas; home finale moved to Sunday with playoff hopes still alive.

Monterey Bay F.C. took a stumble in their run for playoff contention on Tuesday night in Las Vegas, falling 4-0. With their win, Lights FC vaults into 8th position and joins the Union (9th) and Oakland (10th) with 40 points,…


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El Sausal Middle School will hold a ceremony to name athletic field after quarterback Joe Kapp.

It all started with a letter, sent in June of 2021, to Salinas Union High School District. It was a request to rename the El Sausal Middle School’s athletic field after a former student who became a famous Chicano quarterback…


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An opportunity to shape the future of Seaside’s streets—and more.

David Schmalz here, thinking about how if you want to change the world you live in, there’s no better way than to act locally. It may be a cliche, but it’s true. Our local governments help shape the communities we…


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This California State Library program offers free homework help anytime, anywhere.

Celia Jiménez here, thinking about the little library I used to go to every week to get a new set of books for the week ahead (the library was only open twice a week). It was very different from the…


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Nil-nil draw in Miami gains a vital point for Monterey Bay F.C. as playoff chase continues.

Goalkeeper Antony Siaha notched five saves and the Monterey Bay F.C. defense warded off an attack-minded Miami FC side that fired 11 shots on Saturday in Florida to preserve a goalless draw and earn a precious point.


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The 65th Monterey Jazz Festival brought outstanding musicianship and happy crowds to Monterey all weekend.

The 65th Monterey Jazz Festival over the weekend of Sept. 23-25 was a fine return to form for this beloved tradition, which came back with an abbreviated lineup in 2021 after a Covid hiatus and this year with a packed…


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Salinas High golfer Kalea Hall claims second at the PURE Insurance Championship.

Standing on the 18th green at Pebble Beach Golf Links on Saturday, Sept. 24, waiting for her playing partners to finish the round, Kalea Hall took a glance at the leaderboard. What began as a quick look became fixed as…


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Within the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, talented young jazz musicians have a place to play and grow into themselves.

Bradley Zeve here. The high school experience—if you care to remember those awkward, formative years—was riddled with opportunity, some of it actually expansive. For many, those years are also a time when fitting in is a do-or-die prerogative, and standing…


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Language is always evolving. That’s tricky—and beautiful.

Tajha Chappellet-Lanier here thinking, as I often do, about words. One of the beautiful and tricky things about language is that it is always changing. For proof, look no further than the new words Merriam-Webster adds to the dictionary at…


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Banned Books Week reminds us we need to fight for a diversity of ideas.

Sara Rubin here, with ideas on my mind—specifically, ideas that can feel like a confrontation. Many of us, in our day-to-day lives exist in a relative bubble. I find that sometimes disagreements among friends are more a matter of who…