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A Contentious P.G. Luxury Hotel Proposal Goes to the Coastal Commission With Changes.

For years, opponents of a proposed luxury resort hotel to replace the American Tin Cannery contended the project was too large and not properly vetted by the City of Pacific Grove. Approval by the P.G. City Council in January 2022…

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Pacific Grove City Council Rejects Temporary Skatepark, All but Killing the Idea.

Milo Costa may have a career in politics in about 15 or 20 years. He approached the Pacific Grove City Council podium on Wednesday, March 20, to deliver a polite and clear message with an added edge of humor. “I…

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Pacific Grove City Council Votes Again to Stop a Skatepark Project.

The Pacific Grove City Council voted 4-2 on Wednesday, March 20 to once again stop a proposed skatepark project.

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Pacific Grove City Council Takes First Step Toward Switch to District Elections.

The City of Pacific Grove is on its way to switching from at-large to district elections, after the P.G. City Council voted 5-0 on Wednesday, March 6, to hire a demographer to study the makeup of P.G. residents—the first step…

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Former Pacific Grove city manager is the top manager candidate in Ojai.

Former Pacific Grove city manager Ben Harvey is currently the top candidate for the same job in Ojai, in Ventura County, less than six months after he agreed to a mutual separation with the P.G. City Council.

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Pacific Grove mulls a request to build a pavilion to honor the history of Chinese Americans.

Almost two years ago Pacific Grove officially said goodbye to the Feast of Lanterns, the town’s troubled faux Chinese pageant, beloved by some residents but deemed racist by others. After members of the Chinese American community and allies came forward…

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Pacific Grove City Council approves exploring a temporary solution to a skatepark.

A majority of the Pacific Grove City Council in April all but killed the idea of a permanent skatepark in the town with a 5-2 vote, bowing to pressure by residents who feared such a facility would bring noise and…

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Monterey and Pacific Grove are getting closer to allowing retail cannabis stores.

The city councils of Monterey and Pacific Grove have each approved ordinances allowing retail cannabis in the past few weeks, with Monterey best poised to issue business licenses on a faster timeline than its neighbor. Monterey could begin reviewing cannabis…

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Monterey and Pacific Grove move forward with retail cannabis ordinances.

The city councils of Monterey and neighboring Pacific Grove have each approved ordinances allowing retail cannabis, with Monterey best poised to issue business licenses on a faster timeline than P.G. Monterey could be reviewing license applications as early as Nov.…

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Pacific Grove decides to end Zoom calls to meetings while Monterey keeps them.

Pacific Grove Mayor Bill Peake has decided to end Zoom call-ins to meetings two weeks after an organized group of white supremacists call-bombed a P.G. City Council meeting.

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On the hot seat again, Pacific Grove music venue gets nod from planning commission.

Confusion over how city code meshes with California liquor licenses was the reason given by members of the Pacific Grove Planning Commission on Thursday, Oct. 19, for why they wanted to review the previously approved administrative use permit of Pop…

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A new Pacific Grove hotel, years in the making, finally breaks ground.

A new luxury boutique hotel in downtown Pacific Grove—over a decade in the making—finally broke ground on Sept. 29, the start of an approximately two-year construction process. The Kimpton Pacific Grove Hotel project is located behind the Holman Building and…

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P.G.’s housing plan suggests up to 84 units on a contested strip of sensitive coastal land.

Like the waves crashing into the coastline along Point Pinos in Pacific Grove, a chorus of conflicting wants and needs are now crashing together just feet from the shoreline, on a four-acre strip of land occupied by a research building…

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Pop and Hiss makes some noise at a Pacific Grove zoning hearing, and there’s more to come.

Kevin Bacon didn’t show up to Pacific Grove City Hall yesterday, but in his stead over 60 people did, both in-person and online, almost all to heartily support a proposed downtown all-ages live music venue with a bar and record…

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Former Pacific Grove city attorney agrees to pay the city nearly $1 million in wake of ballot mistake.

Former Pacific Grove City Attorney David Laredo and his law firm, De Lay & Laredo, agreed to pay the city a settlement of $989,000 over the firm's mistake in using the wrong tax code in the wording of a sales…

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A few complaints serve to block a proposed live music venue in downtown Pacific Grove.

Michaela Kuenster has plans to open a music venue with alcohol sales in downtown Pacific Grove, but already the protests have begun, typical of the town where a small but loud cadre of residents oppose most everything new. Her use…

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Pacific Grove's DEI Task Force gains a new member, loses another.

Just as the Pacific Grove Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force gained a new member it simultaneously lost another to a resignation.

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After separating from its city manager, Pacific Grove City Council begins search for a new one.

Less than a week after parting ways with their last city manager, members of the Pacific Grove City Council voted on Wednesday, Aug. 2, to form a subcommittee to search for the next one.

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The Pacific Grove City Council and its city manager agree to part ways.

The Pacific Grove City Council voted 6-0 in a closed session meeting on Wednesday night, July 26, in favor of a separation agreement with City Manager Ben Harvey. Harvey will voluntarily resign by end of day today, Thursday, July 27.…

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Pacific Grove task force picks a consultant to guide the city toward more equity.

In its nearly two years of work, the Pacific Grove Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force has made headway in its mission to make the small town a more welcoming place for underrepresented groups – it’s biggest accomplishment to date…

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