Thanking ATC developers and others
As a parent of a Pacific Grove High School senior, I’d like to thank all the volunteer parents who came together to make this year memorable for the Class of 2021. From door-step spirit drops to drive-in movies, our kids got the opportunity to feel connected to each other and their school. The list of supporters and donors is too long to mention but to highlight a few, I’d like to thank the Pacific Grove High School Alumni Association for covering the costs of senior yard signs and custom Breaker blankets as one of the last doorstep-spirit drops, Debby Beck –The Real Estate Group for the senior banners downtown and Comstock, developers of the old American Tin Cannery site for supporting our Breakers Light the Way Fundraiser and Beach Ball event, giving a safe, prom-like gathering for our seniors. The Alumni Association was a natural fit, but for a company like Comstock to step up was very impressive and truly helped ensure the event would happen. It got me thinking about what else their project would do to help our community and the list is long. Yes, there are millions of dollars in tourism revenues that the city will receive, but I am more interested in the good-paying jobs created that can help our graduates live in the area. I’ve also heard that Comstock will be creating an internship program to help train local high school and college students in sustainable hospitality practices. It will also be wonderful to hold proms and reunions in our beautiful hometown of Pacific Grove. All these facts, in addition to the hundreds of thousands of dollars the project will generate for our school district, make the ATC – Pacific Grove project critical for our kids and in my opinion, a no-brainer!
— Deme Jamson, Pacific Grove
ATC proposal too big
Pacific Grove gets visitors from all over the world to see our protected coast and the animals that call this home. This is an area that provides many public benefits but requires a delicate balance to protect the environment and all the species that reside here.
I understand that redevelopment will have some impacts, but expect the Local Coastal Program (LCP), which was painstakingly developed over several years, to be followed. (With the American Tin Cannery proposal) we are talking about a very large development in the Coastal Zone.
At the Dec. 15 Architectural Review Board hearing, the board recommended that the height and scale of one wing be reduced; underground excavation on the oceanside portion of the property be eliminated, and a historic building marked for demolition be incorporated into the hotel design. There was no further information until April 8, when the Planning Commission held a confusing Zoom hearing and recommended amending the LCP to expand the 40-foot height limit exceptions to allow an extra 8 feet for roof mechanicals on the entire site. This is now pending before the city council and mayor.
The city’s general plan requires that development in highly scenic areas be subordinate to the character of its setting. This proposal is too big, too tall, and plans to remove too much bedrock to meet that requirement.
— Michelle Raine, Pacific Grove
Thanks to the librarians
Over the past torturous year of coronavirus, we’ve all had a chance to express our deepest gratitude to those saintly people who gave us the strength, hope and inspiration to carry on. We rightfully headed our list with those devoted health care workers who risked their own lives by enabling many of us to survive the deadly crisis. No praise is too lavish to pile upon such a brave and tireless group of medical neighbors.
However, another group of dedicated citizens needs to be recognized and heartily praised. Those incredible people are our local librarians who somehow kept us reading with their unique curbside library service. We were still able to reserve any book we wanted and have it handed to us with a smile at the little window to the world they created outside.
These book-lovers were able to reach across many obstacles and bring knowledge and pleasure to countless citizens. The big doors were closed, but that little street facility was nobly staffed by people who have always realized that books, like gifted medical staff, have the ability to change lives.
— Olivia Brianna Morgan, Monterey
Bias in Israel coverage
I am no apologist for Israel because I never forget USS Liberty. However, the news coverage of the current conflict there is absurdly one-sided. It is quite clear that the Palestinians have been the aggressors, sending thousands of missiles at random targets in civilian neighborhoods. Israel, a sovereign nation, has simply been fighting back.
— Robert Hellam, Seaside
Contributed by local news sources