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Red-Legged Frog Discovery Provides a Teaching Moment

As soon as the presence of red-legged frogs in an irrigation pond near a construction site at Palo Corona Regional Park’s front entrance was confirmed, Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District halted the building project and called in agencies to protect the federally listed species.

(Sept. 12, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
South of Tioga Project in Sand City Gets Easements

The South of Tioga project has taken a “huge step forward” with the Sand City Council accepting the conservation and access easements from the developer for a sand dune habitat area within the development site’s footprint.

(July 20, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report

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New Housing and Climate Law Cuts Back on Parking Spaces

There's too much parking! Why a new law, AB 2097, cutting back on parking space requirements in new housing and business developments could be a game changer for the climate, and the housing crisis.


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Walden Monterey is finally poised to sell lots to ecology-minded buyers with millions to spend.

In 2018, the Walden Monterey housing development had its debut, touting simplified living among a 600-acre oak forest off Highway 68, in the tradition of 19th-century poet and philosopher Henry David Thoreau. Unlike Thoreau, who used lumber from the land…


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Big Sur’s Esselen Tribe Stands at the Forefront of a Movement

Sara Rubin here, thinking about how thousands of years before Monterey County as a jurisdiction even existed as an idea, it was inhabited by thousands of Indigenous people who called this place home. Numerous villages all over the region were…


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The long-dormant Paraiso Springs Resort project gets an extension on construction.

Set in a canyon at the eastern base of the Santa Lucia Mountains, the Paraiso Springs Resort calls for 73 timeshare units and a 103-room hotel. The project was approved by the Monterey County Planning Commission in October 2019.


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The Pacific Grove NOAA building is sold, but new owners may not know what they’re in for.

The mystery of who purchased the former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration building on Point Pinos in Pacific Grove for $4.8 million is solved. A mother, Yuncheng Huang, and her son, Tianzhi Chu, who live on the East Coast, proffered…


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The Boy Scouts put their slice of Big Sur on the market, and the Esselen Tribe wants it back.

Perched atop 368 acres at the north fork of the Little Sur River in Big Sur, Camp Pico Blanco has been a jewel of the local Boy Scouts council real estate portfolio for the better part of the last century,…


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Salinas approves an increase for developer impact fees as infrastructure costs are rising.

Costs across many industries have climbed over the past year, and construction is no different. That includes costs for public infrastructure, and on April 26, Salinas City Council voted 4-1 to increase development impact fees the city charges by 8…


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Osio Plaza developer is now current on rent and loan payments, and planning to bring new vendors into the space.

The Osio Plaza building on Alvarado Street belongs to the city of Monterey and, until March 2020, it was a go-to spot for independent films – at the Osio Theater – and good coffee at Cafe Lumiere. There are apartments…


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After cutting out one developer, Marina mulls revamped hotel project.

The city of Marina selected an eco-friendly vision for its newest planned hotel, which would be built in front of the Marina Shopping Center near Highway 1. The land is currently empty, but it was once home to rotted buildings…


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