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Monterey County’s Most Ambitious Musicians Seize South By Southwest’s Unique Platformnew

Wearing only tight green briefs and a Robin Hood hat, Rushad Eggleston dangled upside down like a bat from a rusting, two-story-high piece of scaffolding. Somehow, he managed to hold onto his oversize cello while he sawed on it like a frantic lumberjack.
Monterey County Weekly  |  Stuart Thornton  |  03-25-2010  |  Music

Sex, Lies but no Videotape (Yet) in Steamy Mayoral and City Council Racesnew

It’s new cats versus old dogs as five-term Mayor Sue McCloud, a 70-something retired CIA officer in a shimmering red shirt, prepares to face off on April 13 against Carmel newcomer Adam Moniz, 33, a self-employed energy consultant.
Monterey County Weekly  |  Robin Urevich  |  03-11-2010  |  Politics

Hundreds of Monterey County Educators Expect Pink Slips This Monthnew

With education budgets squeezed statewide, Monterey County teachers are bracing for lay-off notices that, by law, districts must send by March 15 if they anticipate downsizing next year.
Monterey County Weekly  |  Robin Urevich  |  03-11-2010  |  Education

Mamet’s 'Speed-the-Plow' Hollows Out Hollywoodnew

David Mamet is all about dialogue – a dialogue of interruptions and unfinished sentences, repetition and leaps across loosely connected ideas. It’s tough-guy back-and-forth, bobbing and weaving with everything from intellectual razzle dazzle to low-blow punchlines.
Monterey County Weekly  |  Walter Ryce  |  03-04-2010  |  Theater

Whaling Proposal Harpoons International Debatenew

The International Whaling Commission proposes to legalize commercial whaling... in order to reduce illegal whaling. Despite a 1986 international ban on for-profit whale hunting, which left open a loophole for scientific whaling, Iceland, Norway and Japan have kept at it in relatively plain view.
Monterey County Weekly  |  Kera Abraham  |  03-04-2010  |  Animal Issues

Central California Farmers Worry About the Impact of a Proposed Solar Farmnew

The sun that shines on Central Cali's Panoche Valley is now luring industry into the unruffled pastureland. Solargen Energy proposes a solar array that, if built today, would be the biggest in the world. But for local sustainable farmers, the project might as well be Wal-Mart.
Monterey County Weekly  |  Kera Abraham  |  02-26-2010  |  Environment

Graphic Novels Come of Age in Monterey County and Around the Worldnew

In his own way, Jeff Hoke embodied the growing stature of the Alternative Press Expo's art form, which spans generations, and has gained momentum in the move from obscure subculture to piercing niches in the mainstream. Though he’s part of a genre that’s growing, Hoke admits he’s still got some ways to go.
Monterey County Weekly  |  Walter Ryce  |  02-22-2010  |  Original Work

Meet Kelly Slater: Golfer, Activist and a Decent Surfernew

On the board, Kelly Slater’s been the youngest and oldest champion his sport has known, claiming a record-crushing nine world titles and earning him comparisons to Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan.
Monterey County Weekly  |  Mark C. Anderson  |  02-11-2010  |  Sports

Dynasty Restaurant Pours Good Chinese on Pacific Grovenew

I eschew glow-in-the-dark sweet and sour pork and disdain the way-too-sweet General Tso’s chicken in many Chinese-American restaurants, so you can’t blame me for not rushing to try every Chinese restaurant on the Monterey Peninsula. But I wish I’d tried Pacific Grove’s Dynasty Restaurant sooner.
Monterey County Weekly  |  Pat Tanumihardja  |  01-21-2010  |  Food+Drink

Grammy-Nominated Red Helps Rock In a New Era of Christian Musicnew

“[Christian rock] has evolved and changed so much that nowadays it’s a little bit different in our eyes, so call it what you will,” says Red guitarist Anthony Armstrong. “We’re Christian guys who write music in a band and play rock songs, so at the end of the day, we’re just a rock band.”
Monterey County Weekly  |  Adam Joseph  |  01-21-2010  |  Profiles & Interviews

Proposals Target the Gridlock Era in Sacramentonew

A gaggle of good-government activists aims to turn California’s ongoing budget crisis into an opportunity for reform in 2010. Fat-cat corporations, political gadflies, grassroots campaigners and the state’s richest foundations are all in the mix.
Monterey County Weekly  |  Robin Urevich  |  12-31-2009  |  Politics

New Venture Capital Plan Aims to Grow Clean Tech Jobsnew

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Rock Clapper wants to turn green cards into green jobs in Marina. Clapper is applying to make the city a hub for a foreign national investment fund that could grow to $75 million and create 1,500 jobs.
Monterey County Weekly  |  Zachary Stahl  |  12-17-2009  |  Environment

When Will Medical Marijuana Get the High Sign in Monterey County?new

Daniel Maniscalco dreams of getting off the road and opening Monterey County’s first medical pot storefront. “I want to provide medical marijuana patients the medicines their doctors recommend,” he says.
Monterey County Weekly  |  Robin Urevich  |  12-17-2009  |  Drugs

Community Members, Police Struggle for Answers After 26th Homicide in Salinasnew

Jose Espinoza's neighbor recalls jumping out of bed when shots rang out at 5:30am on his north Salinas street. He heard the 25-year-old scream and was there alongside Espinoza's mother and sister feeling for a pulse.
Monterey County Weekly  |  Zachary Stahl  |  12-10-2009  |  Crime & Justice

Local Rainwater Guru Makes Home Water Harvesting Easynew

Roger Manley wants to help locals tap the precious liquid running off our roofs. Manley gave a broad overview of the water limitations facing the Monterey Peninsula, but he showed workshop participants how to make their own rainwater harvesting barrels for about $30 each.
Monterey County Weekly  |  Kera Abraham  |  12-10-2009  |  Environment

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