Located in a canyon between Seaside and Monterey, Del Rey Oaks is affected by many of the same issues as its Monterey Peninsula neighbors—in particular water politics, which played a role in the most recent City Council election. Environmental preservation is a big deal as well. The town is home to the Frog Pond Wetland Preserve, which preserves an biologically rich ecosystem, and one of the city’s popular programs is the Oak Tree Replacement Program, which saw its first 100 vouchers for free trees snapped up in just 35 days.
The council convenes the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Meetings can be watched on the city’s YouTube channel.
David Schmalz here, thinking about democracy and how much elections matter—they ultimately shape the society we live in, for better or worse.
It's already been a long path for the Fort Ord Regional Trail and Greenway—aka FORTAG. After a decade of imagining and planning, not a single foot of trail has yet been built.
A ballot measure that would block a trail project through Del Rey Oaks is lagging in early returns with only 48.88% of the votes needed for passage. But the difference between passage of the measure and defeat is only 10 votes.(June 8, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Measure B, a ballot measure opposing the 1.5-mile segment of the Fort Ord Regional Trail and Greenway project in Del Rey Oaks, is going before the city’s voters on June 7. If it wins, the measure could derail plans to connect the 28-mile bicycle and pedestrian project to the existing Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail.(May 12, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report