Saturday, April 30, 2016

U.S. v. PG&E, Case 3:14-cr-00175-TEH: UNITED STATES’ AMENDED WITNESS LIST & DEFENDANT’S REVISED WITNESS LIST

RE: UNITED STATES v. PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC CO. Case 3:14-cr-00175-TEH

ABSTRACT: U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson granted a delay in the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. criminal trail regarding the 2010 San Bruno natural gas explosion for “an unspecified amount of time in the start of the case.” “PG&E faces 13 criminal counts, including 12 claims that it violated pipeline safety regulations and one that it obstructed a probe into the explosion by the National Transportation Safety Board,” according to reporting by George Avalos. The UNITED STATES’ AMENDED WITNESS LIST (Dated: April 25, 2016) and DEFENDANT’S REVISED WITNESS LIST (Dated: April 25, 2016) document copies are embedded.

Document 490 Case 314 Cr 00175 TEH by L. A. Paterson
UNITED STATES’ AMENDED WITNESS LIST
Case 3:14-cr-00175-TEH Document 490 Filed 04/25/16
DEFENDANT’S REVISED WITNESS LIST
Case 3:14-cr-00175-TEH Document 486 Filed 04/25/16

REFERENCES:
Some prosecution witnesses get immunity in PG&E San Bruno blast trial
By George Avalos, gavalos@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted:   04/26/2016

PG&E trial in San Bruno explosion delayed again; start date is unknown
By George Avalos, gavalos@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted:   04/21/2016

Friday, April 29, 2016

Seven Noteworthy 2 May 2016 City Council Special Meeting Agenda Items

ABSTRACT: Seven Noteworthy 4 April 2016 City Council Special Meeting Agenda Items including CLOSED SESSION, PUBLIC APPEARANCES, Monthly Reports for the Month of March a. Contracts executed within the City Administrator’s Signing Authority b. Community Planning and Building Department Reports c. Police, Fire, Ambulance and Beach Reports d. Public Records Act Request Logs – City Clerk and Police e. Forester’s Report f. City Treasurer’s Report, Consideration of a Resolution to Award a Contract for Re-Construction of the Mountain View Avenue Entrance to Mission Trail Nature Preserve to Staples Construction Company in the amount of $ 95,476.00 and Authorization of a Budget Transfer for an Amount Not to Exceed $45,378.00 from Measure D funds, Consideration of a Resolution authorizing the City Administrator to Execute an Agreement with Fiesta Parade Floats for Float Construction Services in an Amount Not to Exceed $48,000, Consideration of a Resolution approving the Transportation Safety & Investment Plan to be placed before the voters on a future ballot and approve the list of examples of local road repair and safety projects anticipated to receive tax revenues, should the ballot measure be approved and Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Provisional Budget, are featured. Agenda Bills document copies are embedded.
CITY OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA
CITY COUNCIL AGENDA PACKET
SPECIAL MEETING
MONDAY, May 2, 2016
CLOSED SESSION 4:30 P.M.
OPEN SESSION 5:30 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER, ROLL CALL, & PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

CLOSED SESSION (Beginning at 4:30 P.M.)
1. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL – EXISTING LITIGATION
Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(D)(1)
Name of Case: Jennifer Da Silva, Plaintiff v. City of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey
County Superior Court Case No. M132929

PUBLIC APPEARANCES
Matters not appearing on the City Council’s agenda will not receive action at this meeting but may be referred to staff for a future meeting. Presentations will be limited to three (3) minutes, or as otherwise established by the City Council. Persons are not required to give their names, but it is helpful for speakers to state their names in order that the City Clerk may identify them in the minutes of the meeting. Always speak into the microphone, as the meeting is recorded

CONSENT AGENDA
All items on the Consent Agenda are to be acted upon by a single action of the City Council unless otherwise requested by an individual Council Member or the public for special consideration. Otherwise the recommendation of staff will be accepted and acted upon by majority voice vote.

4. Monthly Reports for the Month of March
a. Contracts executed within the City Administrator’s Signing Authority
b. Community Planning and Building Department Reports
c. Police, Fire, Ambulance and Beach Reports
d. Public Records Act Request Logs – City Clerk and Police
e. Forester’s Report
f. City Treasurer’s Report
Monthly Reports 05-02-16 by L. A. Paterson
Monthly Reports for the Month of March

5. AB 1117 Consideration of a Resolution to Award a Contract for Re-Construction of the Mountain View Avenue Entrance to Mission Trail Nature Preserve to Staples Construction Company in the amount of $ 95,476.00 and Authorization of a Budget Transfer for an Amount Not to Exceed $45,378.00 from Measure D funds.
Mt. View Entrance to Mission Trail Nature Preserve 05-02-16 by L. A. Paterson
Consideration of a Resolution to Award a Contract for Re-Construction of the Mountain View Avenue Entrance to Mission Trail Nature Preserve to Staples Construction Company in the amount of $ 95,476.00 and Authorization of a Budget Transfer for an Amount Not to Exceed $45,378.00 from Measure D funds.

6. AB 1118 Consideration of a Resolution authorizing the City Administrator to Execute an Agreement with Fiesta Parade Floats for Float Construction Services in an Amount Not to Exceed $48,000.
Fiesta Parade Floats 05-02-16 by L. A. Paterson
Consideration of a Resolution authorizing the City Administrator to Execute
an Agreement with Fiesta Parade Floats for Float Construction Services in an
Amount Not to Exceed $48,000

ORDERS
Orders of Council are agenda items that require City Council discussion, debate and/or direction.

7. AB 1119 Consideration of a Resolution approving the Transportation Safety & Investment Plan to be placed before the voters on a future ballot and approve the list of examples of local road repair and safety projects anticipated to receive tax revenues, should the ballot measure be approved.
Transportation Safety & Investment Plan 05-02-16 by L. A. Paterson
Consideration of a Resolution approving the Transportation Safety & Investment Plan to be placed before the voters on a future ballot and approve the list of examples of local road repair and safety projects anticipated to receive tax revenues, should the ballot measure be approved.

8. AB 1120 Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Provisional Budget.
Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Provisional Budget 05-02-16 by L. A. Paterson

Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Provisional Budget.

Five Noteworthy 3 May 2016 City Council Regular Meeting Agenda Items

ABSTRACT: Five Noteworthy 3 May 2016 City Council Regular Meeting Agenda Items including PUBLIC APPEARANCES, Consideration of process options to fill the vacancy on the City Council, Consideration of a request to authorize shared use of the Indoor Forest Theater between the Forest Theater Guild, Pacific Repertory Theater, and the 2016 Centennial Committee during the 2016 season, Consideration of the approval of the proposed Draft Forest Theater Use Agreement and Consideration of Use Permit (UP 16-100) and Coastal Development Permit applications for the addition of a second-level mezzanine (floor area) to an existing commercial building and for a temporary (6 month) amendment to an existing Use Permit (UP 12-20) to allow for a food store/restaurant use at the subject location. The project site is located at the southeast corner of Dolores Street and 7th Ave in the Service Commercial (SC) Zoning District, are featured. Agenda Bills document copies are embedded.
CITY OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA
CITY COUNCIL AGENDA PACKET
REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2016
4:30 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER, ROLL CALL, & PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

PUBLIC APPEARANCES
Matters not appearing on the City Council’s agenda will not receive action at this meeting but may be referred to staff for a future meeting. Presentations will be limited to three (3) minutes, or as otherwise established by the City Council. Persons are not required to give their names, but it is helpful for speakers to state their names in order that the City Clerk may identify them in the minutes of the meeting. Always speak into the microphone, as the meeting is recorded

ORDERS
Orders of Council are agenda items that require City Council discussion, debate and/or direction.

6. AB 1121 Consideration of process options to fill the vacancy on the City Council.
Options to Fill the Vacancy on the City Council 05-03-16 by L. A. Paterson
Consideration of process options to fill the vacancy on the City Council.

7. AB 1122 Consideration of a request to authorize shared use of the Indoor Forest Theater between the Forest Theater Guild, Pacific Repertory Theater, and the 2016 Centennial Committee during the 2016 season.
Shared Use of the Indoor Forest Theater 05-03-16 by L. A. Paterson
Consideration of a request to authorize shared use of the Indoor Forest Theater between the Forest Theater Guild, Pacific Repertory Theater, and the 2016 Centennial Committee during the 2016 season.

8. AB 1123 Consideration of the approval of the proposed Draft Forest Theater Use Agreement.
Draft Forest Theater Use Agreement 05-03-16 by L. A. Paterson
Consideration of the approval of the proposed Draft Forest Theater Use Agreement.

PUBLIC HEARING
Public Hearings consist of Zoning amendments, General Plan amendments, appeals of Commission decisions and other State-mandated items. If the Public Hearing is an appeal, appellants are allowed a total of 10 minutes to speak on their own behalf after the staff report and at the close of public comment in order to have an opportunity to rebut public comments. Other speakers will be allowed three minutes.

11. AB 1126 Consideration of Use Permit (UP 16-100) and Coastal Development Permit applications for the addition of a second-level mezzanine (floor area) to an existing commercial building and for a temporary (6 month) amendment to an existing Use Permit (UP 12-20) to allow for a food store/restaurant use at the subject location. The project site is located at the southeast corner of Dolores Street and 7th Ave in the Service Commercial (SC) Zoning District.
Dolores Street and 7th Ave 05-03-16 by L. A. Paterson
Consideration of Use Permit (UP 16-100) and Coastal Development Permit applications for the addition of a second-level mezzanine (floor area) to an existing commercial building and for a temporary (6 month) amendment to an existing Use Permit (UP 12-20) to allow for a food store/restaurant use at the subject location.

CITY COUNCIL: Draft Minutes of the Special Meeting- Tour of Inspection held April4, 2016, Draft Minutes of the Special Meeting held April 4, 2016 & Draft Minutes of the Regular Meeting held April 5, 2016


CITY COUNCIL
Draft Minutes of the Special Meeting- Tour of Inspection held April4, 2016
Draft Minutes of the Special Meeting held April 4, 2016
Draft Minutes of the Regular Meeting held April 5, 2016

Monday, April 25, 2016

Proceeding Number A.12-04-019 ASSIGNED COMMISSIONER AND ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE’S RULING CONDITIONALLY GRANTING JOINT MOTION FOR A SEPARATE PHASE 2 DECISION AND SETTING HEARING

ABSTRACT: Re: Application of California-American Water Company (U210W) for Approval of the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project and Authorization to Recover All Present and Future Costs in Rates, the ASSIGNED COMMISSIONER AND ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE’S RULING CONDITIONALLY GRANTING JOINT MOTION FOR A SEPARATE PHASE 2 DECISION AND SETTING HEARING document copy is embedded.
ADOPTED SCHEDULE
DATE
ITEM
May 9, 2016
Serve Proposed Supplemental Testimony
May 19, 2016
Serve Proposed Rebuttal Testimony
May 26-27, 2016
Hearing and/or Settlement:
Starting at 9:30 am on May 26, 2016 in the Commission Courtroom, 505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, California (continued to May 27 only if and as needed)
June 1, 2016
Opening Briefs and/or Comments on Settlement

June 8, 2016
Reply Briefs and/or Reply Comments on Settlement
July 2016
Proposed Decision
August 18, 2016
Target for Commission Decision
IT IS RULED that that April 18, 2016 Joint Motion is granted on the condition that California-American Water Company, Monterey Peninsula Water Management District, and Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency shall, and other parties may, address in supplemental and rebuttal testimony the issues and proposals identified in the body of this Ruling. The schedule stated in the body of this ruling is adopted.
Filing Date 04-25-16
ASSIGNED COMMISSIONER AND ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE’S RULING CONDITIONALLY GRANTING JOINT MOTION FOR A SEPARATE PHASE 2 DECISION AND SETTING HEARING

CITY COUNCIL AGENDA SPECIAL MEETING, April 27, 2016

ABSTRACT: On the City Council’s Wednesday, April 27, 2016, Special Meeting Agenda, OATH OF OFFICE 3. Administration of the Oath of Office to the elected members of the City Council and the Mayor by the City Clerk. NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA DOES RESOLVE AS FOLLOWS:
1. That the City Clerk is hereby ordered to enter upon the records of this City a statement of the results of said General Municipal Election, which results are hereby declared to be set forth in Exhibit “A”, attached hereto, to wit:
STEVE DALLAS, duly qualified and having received the highest number of votes cast for Mayor, and JAN REIMERS and BOBBY RICHARDS, duly qualified and having received the highest number of votes cast at said election for Council Members, hereby each declared elected Mayor and Council Members, respectively, of this City for the following terms:
Steve Dallas Two-year Term
Jan Reimers Four-year Term
Bobby Richards Four-year Term
The CITY OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA CITY COUNCIL AGENDA SPECIAL MEETING PACKET WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016, 4:30PM, document copy is embedded. 
CITY OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA
CITY COUNCIL AGENDA SPECIAL MEETING PACKET
WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016, 4:30PM

Sunday, April 24, 2016

MONTEREY PENINSULA REGIONAL WATER AUTHORITY (MPRWA) SPECIAL MEETING REVISED AGENDA & MINUTES, April 26, 2016

SPECIAL MEETING REVISED AGENDA PACKET
MONTEREY PENINSULA REGIONAL WATER AUTHORITY (MPRWA)
April 26, 2016

2016.4.22 Version 1 Amended CDO Application
STATE OF CALIFORNIA
STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD
In the Matter of the Unauthorized Diversion and Use of Water by the California American Water Company; Cease and Desist Order WR 2009-0060
AMENDED APPLICATION FOR ORDER MODIFYING STATE WATER BOARD ORDER WRO 2009-0060 (CEASE AND DESIST ORDER)

Friday, April 22, 2016

Proceeding Number A.12-04-019 RESPONSE TO JOINT MOTION FOR A SEPARATE PHASE 2 DECISION

ABSTRACT: Re: Application of California-American Water Company (U210W) for Approval of the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project and Authorization to Recover All Present and Future Costs in Rates, the RESPONSE TO JOINT MOTION FOR A SEPARATE PHASE 2 DECISION document copy, submitted by Ron Weitzman, Water Plus, is embedded. Importantly, “…Water Plus urges the Commission to deny the Joint Motion for a Separate Phase 2 Decision.
Filing Date 4-20-16
RESPONSE TO JOINT MOTION FOR A SEPARATE PHASE 2 DECISION

MUNICIPAL ELECTION CITY OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA Tuesday, April 12, 2016 Summary Report Final Official Report & STATEMENT OF VOTES CAST

MUNICIPAL ELECTION CITY OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Summary Report
Final Official Report Excerpts

Registration & Turnout 2,540 Voters
Total…1,384 54.49%

City of Carmel-by-the-Sea -- Mayor 2 / 2 100%


KENNETH TALMAGE 600 44.35%

STEVE G. DALLAS 753 55.65%

Total…1,353 100.00%


City of Carmel-by-the-Sea -- Member, City Council 2 / 2 100%

JAN REIMERS 793 32.50%

BOBBY RICHARDS 672 27.54%

JACK PAPPADEAS 175 7.17%

RICHARD KREITMAN 405 16.60%

DAVE MOSLEY 395 16.19%

Total…2,440 100.00%

MUNICIPAL ELECTION CITY OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Summary Report
Final Official Report

STATEMENT OF VOTES CAST
Municipal Election
City of Carmel-By-The-Sea
Tuesday, April, 12, 2016

COMPILED BY THE OFFICE OF MONTEREY COUNTY REGISTRAR OF VOTERS

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Proceeding Number A.12-04-019 JOINT MOTION FOR A SEPARATE PHASE 2 DECISION

ABSTRACT: Re: Application of California-American Water Company (U210W) for Approval of the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project and Authorization to Recover All Present and Future Costs in Rates, the JOINT MOTION FOR A SEPARATE PHASE 2 DECISION document copy is embedded. …the Joint Parties propose the following schedule: 
May 9, 2016 Supplemental Testimony
May 19, 2016 Rebuttal Testimony
Week of May 23, 2016 Limited Evidentiary Hearing (if needed) and/or Possible Settlement
June 1, 2016 Opening Briefs and/or Comments on Settlement
June 8, 2016 Reply Briefs and/or Reply Comments on Settlement
July 2016 Proposed Decision
August 18, 2016 Final Decision
CONCLUSION
For the reasons discussed above, the Joint Parties request that upon a showing the Commission issue a separate Phase 2 decision on the following issues: (1) authorizing the Water Purchase Agreement for the GWR Project, (2) moving up the construction of the Monterey pipeline and pump station, and (3) addressing limited financing and cost recovery for the Monterey pipeline and pump station facilities.
Filing Date 04-18-16
JOINT MOTION FOR A SEPARATE PHASE 2 DECISION

Monday, April 18, 2016

REVISED Beach Fires Pilot Program, City Council, April 5, 2016

ABSTRACT: At the SPECIAL MEETING of the City Council on April 5, 2016, Agenda Item 8. AB 1115 Consideration of the approval of a Beach Fires Pilot Program and direct staff to return to Council in May with a Coastal Development Permit was considered. After staff presentation, public input and city council deliberation, City Council Member Victoria Beach moved to provide direction to staff on a revised Beach Fires Pilot Program:
- Effective this summer and lasting 3 years
- Adaptive management evolving as program progresses
- Phase 1 is a restoration year of user supplied propane only devices limited to areas south of 10th
- No more unlimited wood fires
- No more wood fires on sand
- Add initial, thorough sand sifting & cleaning from north to south boundary
- During phase 1, workshop possible wood fire containment devices, expansion of area, other means of expanding access, or other modifications for phase 2
- Eliminate existing moratorium on weekends and holidays
- Eliminate city provision of individual devices & six public devices
- Encourage the private sector to offer rental devices
- Recommend use of devices with a UL rating
- Reduce reports from monthly to semi-annual
- Written legal, insurance, fire, and public safety opinions
- Confer with Cities in southern CA that have completed similar projects
- CEQA review
- Include enforcement plan
- Include communications plan
- Explore options for monitoring access
- Document process undertaken for the development of Carmel’s Pilot Program
The motion was approved unanimously.
The City’s PowerPoint Presentation and documents of interest are embedded, including Beach Fires Management Pilot Program, CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND DIRECTION, APRIL 5, 2016 and correspondence from Tricia Dally, including L. Koteen Memorandum to M. Watson regarding Cannel Beach Air Quality Issues, Dec. 9, 2015, and Petition for Wood burning fires in Portable Pits on Carmel Beach with 502 electronic signatures as of April 5, 2016
Beach Fires Management Pilot Program
CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND DIRECTION
APRIL 5, 2016

Tricia Dally Carmel Valley, CA
Letter regarding Beach Fires for City Council Meeting on April 5, 2016 with attachments


SUMMARY EXCERPTS:
I would like to state that those of us who support wood beach fires have already expressed our strong desire to reach a compromise with the City by limiting the number of wood fires on Carmel Beach. We have been repeatedly ignored despite the fact that the Carmel Beach monitor data does not support a total ban on wood fires.

To date, almost 500 Carmel Beach stakeholders have signed the petition requesting a compromise from the City of Carmel to include a limited number of wood beach fires in portable pits in their next proposal to the California Coastal Commission. This is more than twice as many who signed the petition to oppose wood fires.

Reducing the number of wood fires on Carmel Beach to 26, for example, as was proposed in the trial previously approved by the City in 2015, would have been an 80% reduction in the number of fires that occurred on the July 4 peak that caused concern. If emissions from July 4 would have been reduced by 80% as well, air quality would have been in the "Good" air quality category.

We respectfully ask again that you include a limited number of wood-burning fires, in portable or temporary pits, in your next proposal to the California Coastal Commission.

Conclusions.
To conclude, and to answer the questions posed above, yes, one exceedance of the Clean Air Act 24-hour PM 2.5 standards did occur over the five-month time period examined.  However, that exceedance occurred on a Sunday when the beach fire moratorium was in place, and there were no beach fires.  Thus, this exceedance was due to PM 2.5 sources other than beach fires.   This exceedance instead appears to have been associated with the large fires that occurred inland of Carmel Beach along Highway 68 at that time, and was definitely not associated with fires on Carmel Beach. 

Based on this analysis, I conclude that limiting the number of beach fires, and better beach fire management within the allowed beach fire area at Carmel Beach would be a prudent and cautious approach to help avoid exceeding “Good” air quality guidelines inland of that area, but that a ban on all such fires is not supported by the data. 

Conclusions Source: L. Koteen Memorandum to M. Watson regarding Cannel Beach Air Quality Issues, Dec. 9, 2015
Petition for Wood burning fires in Portable Pits on Carmel Beach
502 electronic signatures as of April 5, 2016

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Steve Dallas, Councilman and Candidate for Mayor (and Mayor-Elect): CONTRACT WITH THE CITIZENS OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA

ABSTRACT: Mayor-Elect Steve Dallas’ CONTRACT WITH THE CITIZENS OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA includes sections on PUTTING CARMEL FIRST, WATER SUPPLY, REGIONAL CONNECTIONS, CITY ORGANIZATION, BUILDING COMMUNITY, FINANCES, INCLUSIVENESS and MY VISION FOR THE FUTURE. Importantly, “I chose to run for Mayor of the City of Carmel-by-the·Sea for the same reasons that the vast majority of you recognized as a need for dramatic change, not change in the character of the community, but rather change to restore character and integrity to city government.”
“To be forward thinking in our planning, to preserve our unique resources, to strive for the betterment of our community and what is best for Carmel·by-the-Sea, and to move forward with a fresh start. I make these commitments to each of you. If elected, I promise we will no longer need to stand in the shadow of a regrettable recent past and can look forward to the praises that Carmel once again deserves.” 

The CONTRACT WITH THE CITIZENS OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, By Steve Dallas, Councilman and Candidate for Mayor, document copy is embedded.
By Steve Dallas, Councilman and Candidate for Mayor


Thursday, April 14, 2016

MUNICIPAL ELECTION CITY OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA Tuesday, April 12, 2016 Summary Report Semi-Final Official Report 3

Monterey County Elections
Latest results

City of Carmel-By-The-Sea --Mayor 2 / 2 100%
KENNETH TALMAGE 576 44.04%
STEVE G. DALLAS 732 55.96%
Total…1,337  100.00%

City of Carmel-By-The-Sea -- Member, City Council 2 / 2 100%
JAN REIMERS 770  32.61%
BOBBY RICHARDS  647 27.40%
JACK PAPPADEAS 169  7.16%
RICHARD KREITMAN 394 16.69%
DAVE MOSLEY 381 16.14%
Total…2,361 100.00%

Total… 1,337/2540 52.64%
MUNICIPAL ELECTION CITY OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Summary Report

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

City of Carmel-by-the-Sea Municipal Election April 12, 2016: Candidate List & Voter Guide

ABSTRACT: This municipal election, held in the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea, will elect the Mayor and two City Council Members. Pursuant to Elections Code §1000, municipal elections may be held on the second Tuesday of April in each even-numbered year,” according to the Monterey County Elections website.

MONTEREY COUNTY ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT
Candidate List 
MUNICIPAL ELECTION CITY OF CARMEL-BY-THE SEA
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
CITY OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA , CALIFORNIA
Voter Guide
Municipal Election
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

MONTEREY PENINSULA REGIONAL WATER AUTHORITY (MPRWA) SPECIAL MEETING AGENDA & MINUTES, April 14, 2016

SPECIAL MEETING AGENDA PACKET
MONTEREY PENINSULA REGIONAL WATER AUTHORITY (MPRWA)
April 14, 2016

MPRWA Minutes 04-14-16

DRAFT MINUTES SPECIAL MEETING
MONTEREY PENINSULA REGIONAL WATER AUTHORITY (MPRWA)
April 14, 2016

Proceeding Number A.12-04-019 MARINA COAST WATER DISTRICT’S PROTEST OF AMENDED APPLICATION 12-04-019

ABSTRACT:  Re: Application of California-American Water Company (U210W) for Approval of the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project and Authorization to Recover All Present and Future Costs in Rates, the MARINA COAST WATER DISTRICT’S PROTEST OF AMENDED APPLICATION 12-04-019 document copy is embedded. PROTEST AND GROUNDS MCWD protests the Amended Application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (“CPCN”) for the proposed Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project (“MPWSP”). The MPWSP remains essentially the same project as the North Marina alternative that the Commission previously analyzed and ultimately rejected in A.04-09-019. (See MCWD’s Protest of A.12-04-019, filed May 25, 2012, p. 2, citing D.10-12-016.) The Amended Application suffers from a number of the same legal and practical impediments that MCWD raised in its initial protest in this proceeding, and MCWD reaffirms and incorporates by reference into this protest each and every position, objection and legal argument it has raised in this proceeding, whether by its initial protest, its pleadings filed in this proceeding, its oral statements and arguments to the Presiding Officer, or otherwise.
The chief obstacle to the project described in the Amended Application is still the threshold problem of Cal-Am’s lack of an appropriative groundwater right to carry out the project in the preferred configuration, i.e., utilizing slant wells drawing from the CEMEX property in North Marina within the now-designated Critically Overdrafted 180/400 Foot Aquifer Subbasin1 of the Salinas Valley Groundwater Basin. Cal-Am admits that its test slant well draws groundwater, and that its fully operational source wells will draw far more groundwater. The State Water Resources Control Board’s assessment of this legal obstacle in July 2013 did nothing to cure this fundamental problem; rather, it simply suggested that there may be a potential path for Cal-Am to lawfully utilize for desalination purposes any groundwater pumped from source wells at the CEMEX site if Cal-Am is able to demonstrate that the project would not harm the groundwater aquifers and lawful groundwater users
within the vicinity of the CEMEX property. (Ex. MCD-17, pp. 48, 50-51.) MCWD is one of those users. The SWRCB properly emphasized that the burden falls on Cal-Am to demonstrate there will be no injury. (Id. at 46.)
MCWD believes that each of the following issues presents a serious impediment – or at least an unresolved potential impediment – to the preferred configuration for the MPWSP as proposed by Cal-Am in its Amended Application.

  • Cal-Am’s lack of an appropriative groundwater right for the MPWSP;
  • The Monterey County “Desal Ordinance,” Monterey County Code of Ordinances, chapter 10, section 10.72.030, subd. B, which requires public ownership of desalination facilities in Monterey County;2
  •  The anti-export provision of the Agency Act (Water Code Appendix, ch. 52, see sections 52-9(u) and 52-20), which requires groundwater pumped in the Salinas Valley Groundwater Basin to remain in the basin;
  • A 500 acre-foot per year pumping limitation and other restrictions, which apply to the CEMEX property. (1996 Annexation Agreement, Ex. MCD-6).3
Therefore the MPWSP, in the configuration preferred by Cal-Am as set forth in its Amended Appendix H (Project Description) and filed with the Commission as part of the Amended Application, is not feasible.
Thus, any final decision by the Commission in this proceeding that approves the MPWSP in Cal-Am’s preferred configuration of intake wells drawing from the Critically Overdrafted 180/400 Foot Aquifer Subbasin at the CEMEX site would still require, and be subject to, a resolution in the appropriate judicial forum of the issue of Cal-Am’s lack of an appropriative groundwater right for the project.
Filing Date 4-08-16
MARINA COAST WATER DISTRICT’S PROTEST OF AMENDED APPLICATION 12-04-019

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

MUNICIPAL ELECTION CITY OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA Tuesday, April 12, 2016 Summary Report Semi-Final Official Reports 1 & 2

MUNICIPAL ELECTION CITY OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Summary Report

City of Carmel-By-The-Sea --Mayor 2 / 2 100%
KENNETH TALMAGE 502 44.94%
STEVE G. DALLAS 615 55.06%
Total…1117 100.00%

City of Carmel-By-The-Sea -- Member, City Council 2 / 2 100%
JAN REIMERS 671 33.47%
BOBBY RICHARDS 546 27.23%
JACK PAPPADEAS 133 6.63%
RICHARD KREITMAN 340 16.96%
DAVE MOSLEY 315 15.71%
Total…2005 100.00%

MUNICIPAL ELECTION CITY OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Summary Report
Semi-Final Official Report 1

Carmel 2016-04-12 Results Report

City of Carmel-By-The-Sea --Mayor 2 / 2 100%
KENNETH TALMAGE 390 46.76%
STEVE G. DALLAS 444 53.24%
Total… 834 100.00%

City of Carmel-By-The-Sea -- Member, City Council 2 / 2 100%
JAN REIMERS 522 35.03%
BOBBY RICHARDS 400 26.85%
JACK PAPPADEAS 100  6.71%
RICHARD KREITMAN 239 16.04%
DAVE MOSLEY 229 15.37%
Total… 1 ,490 100.00%

REFERENCE:
Latest Results

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Howard F. Ahmanson/Fieldstead & Company: ‘REJECT KEN TALMAGE FOR MAYOR!’

ABSTRACT: In a four-page brochure sent via USPS entitled “REJECT KEN TALMAGE FOR MAYOR!,” paid for by Howard F. Ahmanson/Fieldstead & Company, an “advertisement” “not authorized or paid for by a candidate for this office or a committee controlled by a candidate for this office,” Ahmanson highlights “Some of the low lights of his record,” including “Wasted over $1 Million of taxpayer funds on wrongful termination lawsuits and frivolous investigations,” “Refusal to disclose public documents,” “Harming local businesses by placement of unpopular parking meters” and “Leading efforts to ban beach fires.” Specifically, in “Making the Case Against Ken Talmage for Mayor,” he denotes “COSTLY I.T. INVESTIGATION,” “MISSING REPORTS,” “REFUSAL TO PROVIDE REQUESTED DOCUMENTS,’ WRONGFULLY TERMINATED EMPLOYEES,” ‘TAXPAYER MONEY WASTED” and “CARMEL PARKING METERS.” And he highlights “THE PEOPLE LEADING THE CARMEL BEACH FIRE BAN,” including Mayor Jason Burnett, Forest & Beach Commissioner Kathy Bang and Director Richard Stedman, Monterey Bay Air Pollution Control Board, and directs viewers to “Watch the November 3, 2015 Council Meeting” @ http://carmel.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=452 5. AB 1051 First reading of an ordinance of the City Council of the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea declaring beach fires a public nuisance. (p. 19).
NOTE:Howard Ahmanson is a long-time advocate for public access to California’s inexpensive and traditional past time of wood burning beach fires.”

REEFERENCES:
Fieldstead and Company
Howard F. Ahmanson, Jr.
Roberta Green Ahmanson

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Rituals: Beach Fires
Can you think of another O.C. tradition that brings together so many disparate people?



Friday, April 08, 2016

Proceeding Number A.12-04-019 ASSIGNED COMMISSIONER AND ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE’S RULING

ABSTRACT: Re: Application of California-American Water Company (U210W) for Approval of the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project and Authorization to Recover All Present and Future Costs in Rates, the ASSIGNED COMMISSIONER AND ADINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE’S RULING document copy is embedded. IT IS RULED that:
1. Within 10 days from the date of this ruling, responses to the data requests in Attachment 1 shall be filed and served by California-American Water Company, the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency, and the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District. Other parties may, but are not required, to file and serve a response but a response, if any, shall be filed and served within 10 days from the date of this ruling.
2. Within 10 days of the date of this ruling, all parties may, but are not required, to file and serve comments to assess and address the concerns stated in Attachment 2.
3. Within 15 days of the date of this ruling, any party may, but is not required to, file and serve (a) comments on the data responses with respect to Attachment 1, and/or (b) reply comments regarding the comments filed with respect to Attachment 2.

Assigned Commissioner and Administrative Law Judge’s Ruling 04-08-16
Filing Date 4-08-16
ASSIGNED COMMISSIONER AND ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE’S RULING

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Carmel Art Association Presents TWO-PERSON SHOW CROZIER & SHACHMUT ‘FIGURES IN LIVING COLOR, ’ SOLO SHOW ANTHONY RAPPA ‘FLIGHTS OF FANCY’ AND GALLERY SHOWCASES ERIN LEE GAFILL & VERN YADON


Mission Statement: 
The Association exists to provide its members with a permanent art gallery, to advance knowledge of, and interest in the arts, and to create a spirit of cooperation and fellowship among artists and the community. 

A Proud Heritage: 
The legendary Carmel Art Association was formed on August 8, 1927 by a small group of artists who gathered at “Gray Gables,” the modest home/studio of Josephine Culbertson and Ida Johnson at the corner of Seventh and Lincoln in Carmel-by-the-Sea. These nineteen “pioneers”—who grew up in the 19th century and individually found their respective paths to Carmel from all corners of the world—each desired a greater sense of community, a spirit of collaboration, and a place to show their work. Before the meeting concluded, they had established an association with a mission “to advance art and cooperation among artists, secure a permanent exhibition space, and promote greater fellowship between artists and the public.” 

W/s Dolores St. between 5th Av. & 6th Av.
10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M., Daily
Open to the Public at No Charge

For more information, Online or (831) 624-6176


Thursday, April 7 – Tuesday, May 3, 2016

TWO-PERSON SHOW CROZIER & SHACHMUT “FIGURES IN LIVING COLOR”
Christine Crozier and Daria Shachmut exhibit figurative works in oil.

View Crozier’s twenty-six oil painting images including “Oblivious,” “Morning Market,” “It Must Be Austen,” “Angels at the Gate,” “Laundry and a Little Gossip,” “Contemplating Lilies,” “River Dreams,” “Farm Foreman,” “Tug ‘O War,” “Reverie in Red,” “Beach Towels,” “Stepping Gingerly,” “Hot Feet,” “Yellow Bucket,” “Market Day,” “The Big Red Hat,” “Slicker,” “Chicken Scratch,” “Acorn Woodpecker,” “Summer Song,” “View From The Curb,” “Into The Waves,” “Fishing On The Reef,” “Winter Seas,” “Mission Ranch” and “Lupine And Poppies.”

Pacific Grove, CA

View Shachmut’s twenty oil painting images including “Heat,” “Surf,” “Context,” “Cruisin’ with Dad,” “Lifeguard,” “Wonder,” “Ephemera,” “Teamwork,” “Lifesaver,” “Skimming The Surface,” “Nine To Five,” “Hesitation,” “Exhilaration,” “Discovery,” “Just Looking,” “Construction Site,” “Sunflowers & Peppers,” “Beloved,” “Innocence“ and “Ruffles.

DARIA NIEBLING SHACHMUT

SOLO SHOW ANTHONY RAPPA “FLIGHTS OF FANCY”
Monterey native Anthony Rappa presents “Flights of Fancy,” boldly colored abstract works painted with acrylic on paper. All pieces are 11" x 14" framed to 16" x 20". View two oil painting images including “Monterey Color” and “Monterey #4.”

GALLERY SHOWCASE ERIN LEE GAFILL
Big Sur’s Erin Lee Gafill will exhibit freshly painted smaller format plein aire (painted on location) oils on paper and canvas featuring Big Sur and the Coast. Gafill was recently voted Monterey County’s “Best Artist” in the 2016 MC Weekly Reader’s Poll. View twenty-four oil painting images including “Soberanes Point Big Sur,” “Cabin At Molera Golden Fields,” “After The Storm,” “Eucalyptus Stand Molera,” “Big Sur Love Story,” “Cabin Molera Eucalyptus Fog,” “Cabin At Molera Dusk,” “Studio Still Life With Nude,” “My California Home,” “Molera-Eucalyptus Grove,” “My Studio-Still Life,” “Still Life With Lolly’s Teapot,” “Night Sky,” “East Of Nepenthe II,” “East from Nepenthe,” “Red Books With China Pots,” “Blue And White Still Life,” “Camellia In Glass Jar,” “Camellia Glass Jar Wallpaper,” “Two Apples,” “Treeline Big Sur,” “In The Window,” “Ginger Jar With Lid” and “Books Window Red Couch.”


GALLERY SHOWCASE VERN YADON
Vern Yadonlongtime CAA Artist Member and Director and Curator Emiritus of the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, exhibits a collection of his “signature” sensitively rendered watercolors of birds and animals. View seven watercolor painting images including “Iris & Juncos,” “Rufous-sided Towhees,” “Neighborhood Quail,” “Yadon Mourning Doves,” “Blue Iris And Brush Rabbits,” “Horned Larks And California Poppies” and “Avocets.”

Pacific Grove Biologist Blossoms in Retirement, Carmel Magazine, Spring Summer 2013

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 9, 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
  
MEET THE ARTISTS
PAINTING DEMONSTRATION FREE
Sunday, April 17, 1:00 -3:00 P.M.

Join Daria Shachmut and Christine Crozier as they demonstrate how they set up and begin painting their “Figures in Living Color”, currently showing in the Beardsley Gallery. They will be delighted to answer your questions about their process and techniques. 

View Shachmut’s twenty oil painting images including “Heat,” “Surf,” “Context,” “Cruisin’ with Dad,” “Lifeguard,” “Wonder,” “Ephemera,” “Teamwork,” “Lifesaver,” “Skimming The Surface,” “Nine To Five,” “Hesitation,” “Exhilaration,” “Discovery,” “Just Looking,” “Construction Site,” “Sunflowers & Peppers,” “Beloved,” “Innocence“ and “Ruffles.

View Crozier’s twenty-six oil painting images including “Oblivious,” “Morning Market,” “It Must Be Austen,” “Angels at the Gate,” “Laundry and a Little Gossip,” “Contemplating Lilies,” “River Dreams,” “Farm Foreman,” “Tug ‘O War,” “Reverie in Red,” “Beach Towels,” “Stepping Gingerly,” “Hot Feet,” “Yellow Bucket,” “Market Day,” “The Big Red Hat,” “Slicker,” “Chicken Scratch,” “Acorn Woodpecker,” “Summer Song,” “View From The Curb,” “Into The Waves,” “Fishing On The Reef,” “Winter Seas,” “Mission Ranch” and “Lupine And Poppies.”

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