In case of an emergency that requires the evacuation of Pacific Grove, there are only two ways out. On Saturday, emergency planners will test a third route through the normally closed Presidio of Monterey.
Pacific Grove is one of the only places on the Monterey Peninsula where visitors can stay in short term rentals. Now, voters there are set to decide whether they want to restrict where those vacation rentals can be located. Measure M would remove them from most residential neighborhoods.
Seawalls have been the most common response to coastal erosion in California over the last 50 years. And when they break, they are usually repaired. But organizations like the Surfrider Foundation say these little fixes are becoming a big problem in the face of sea level rise.
Thirteen cities in California raise funds through an admission tax, including San Francisco and Santa Cruz. The city of Pacific Grove wants to add its name to the list through Measure P, but some big players are voicing strong opposition.
The City of Pacific Grove is holding a special election on April 19th with just one issue on the ballot. It is an initiative to change a zoning restriction and allow a hotel to be built on the site of the American Tin Cannery. While zoning issues generally don’t generate much interest, this one’s become a fight for the City’s future.