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25 March 2020
City of Monterey Launches Operation Outreach

City of Monterey Launches Operation Outreach

Starting the week of March 16, the City of Monterey launched Operation Outreach, a citywide effort to support Monterey's most vulnerable populations, including older adults and the immune-compromised, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The closure of city facilities, including the Monterey Sports Center, Scholze Park Center (formerly the Monterey Senior Center), Monterey Public Library, as well as other community centers and museums, has resulted in a need for our vulnerable populations to connect in other ways than in-person. NEWS RELEASE IN PDF

14 March 2020
Special Notice about Public Meetings and Social Distancing

Special Notice about Public Meetings and Social Distancing

SPECIAL NOTICE REGARDING PUBLIC MEETINGS - see monterey.org/coronavirus for more information

To help slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus):

  • MEETING CHANGES: The frequency and length of public meetings, including the City Council, boards and commissions, will be minimized. Non-urgent and non-essential City business with expected public feedback will be postponed.
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING AND ASYMPTOMATIC: Individuals attending public meetings in person will be required to maintain appropriate social distancing, (i.e., maintain a 6-foot distance) and be free of symptoms related to COVID-19.
  • WATCHING FROM HOME: Members of the public are strongly encouraged to observe the live stream of the City Council and other Boards and Commission meetings on the Monterey Channel at https://monterey.org/tv or on television on Channel 25. Rebroadcasts are also available on the Monterey Channel.
  • COMMENTING ON AN AGENDA ITEM: If you choose not to attend a City Council meeting but wish to make a comment on a specific agenda item, please submit your comment via email by 5:00 p.m. on the Monday prior to the meeting. Please submit your comment to the City Clerk at cityclerk@monterey.org. Your comment will be placed into the record at the meeting.
13 March 2020
03/13/2020: City Manager Issues Local Emergency Proclamation to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 - City Facility Closures, Programs and Events Postponed

03/13/2020: City Manager Issues Local Emergency Proclamation to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 - City Facility Closures, Programs and Events Postponed

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City Manager Hans Uslar issued a local emergency proclamation today to help slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The proclamation will come before the Monterey City Council for ratification at its meeting on Tuesday, March 17. The emergency proclamation coincides with the State’s recent executive orders that provide cities more ability and resources to help contain the new virus. Despite having no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Monterey County to date, scientists and medical experts report that slowing the spread (also known as “flattening the curve”) of COVID-19 by reducing opportunities for transmission will save lives by giving police and fire personnel, hospitals, doctors, and vaccine-manufacturers time to respond and prepare for the outbreak. 

First on the list of new protocols are city facility closures, and city programs and event cancellations or postponements beginning Saturday, March 14 through at least March 31, 2020. 

“Our priority, first and foremost, is the health and welfare of the Monterey community.  While our community centers, library, museums, and sports center are valued by residents, visitors, and the public, we know that social distancing works and that these closures will help slow the spread of coronavirus in our community,” said City Manager Hans Uslar. “The Monterey community is compassionate, caring, and resilient.  Together, the City of Monterey and its residents, businesses and neighbors, will persevere through this epidemic and protect our community.” 

The City’s decisions are based on the Cal OES (California Office of Emergency Services) directive of three criteria for closures or cancellations: 1) if the gathering involves
over 250 people; 2) if the event allows people to maintain a six foot distance from one another; and 3) if the event attracts people in the high-risk category. The City also considered whether the service or event is essential.

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09 March 2020
03/09/2020: City of Monterey Successfully Requests Cancellation of Cruise Ship Visits Through April 2020 - Precautionary Measure Aimed at Containing Coronavirus Spread

03/09/2020: City of Monterey Successfully Requests Cancellation of Cruise Ship Visits Through April 2020 - Precautionary Measure Aimed at Containing Coronavirus Spread

Out of an abundance of caution and in the interest of the safety of our residents, workers, and visitors, the City of Monterey last Friday asked cruise ship agencies to cancel their upcoming cruises into Monterey Bay, and they have complied. NEWS RELEASE IN PDF

06 March 2020

03/06/2020: Monterey's 250 Anniversary - Police Department Commemorative Badge

The Monterey Police Department is celebrating the City’s 250th birthday with an anniversary badge. For the first time, Monterey Police Officers will wear a “shield” badge. The badge was designed by Monterey Police Officers. NEWS RELEASE IN PDF

M250 PD Badge

05 March 2020
03/05/2020: Report of Suspicious Circumstances

03/05/2020: Report of Suspicious Circumstances

On March 5th, 2020 at approximately 7:34 AM, Monterey Police Officers were dispatched to the Bay View Academy at 190 Seeno Street regarding a report of a suspicious circumstance involving a juvenile being offered a ride to school by a stranger. Officers responded and spoke with the juvenile who reported he/she was walking a bicycle up a hill about one block from the school when he/she was contacted by a passing black car driven by a white female adult in her 40’s with blonde hair. The female adult identified herself as a parent and asked the juvenile if he/she needed a ride to school. The juvenile declined and the car drove away with no further interaction. NEWS RELEASE IN PDF

02 March 2020
03/02/2020: City and County Agencies Address Coronavirus Concerns - Cruise Ship Visitors Following CDC Protocol

03/02/2020: City and County Agencies Address Coronavirus Concerns - Cruise Ship Visitors Following CDC Protocol

With guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health, the Monterey County Health Department is the lead agency locally providing protocols for addressing any potential local cases of coronavirus. Together, the County, local cities, and hospitals are coordinating efforts to contain the potential spread of the virus and to share accurate information to the community. NEWS RELEASE IN PDF

02 March 2020
03/02/2020: Public Information - Sexual Battery and Elder Abuse Arrest

03/02/2020: Public Information - Sexual Battery and Elder Abuse Arrest

On February 29, 2020 at approximately 1107 p.m., Monterey Police Officers were dispatched to the Cypress Ridge Care Center, located at 1501 Skyline Drive in Monterey, for a report of a sexual battery against a patient. NEWS RELEASE IN PDF

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