COVID-19 and More...Local Update
September 18, 2020
Fresh Air and Sunshine
Thankfully we are back to cleaner skies and warm sunshine! According to the National Weather Service, a nice sea breeze should keep the skies blue over the weekend.
We hope this #FridayFeeling motivates you to get outside for some fresh air this weekend! Masks up!

If you prefer a more structured workout, check out the Monterey Sports Center Group Exercise Schedule for next week, or the videos on their Facebook page at
Latest stats:
  • Dolan Fire in Big Sur: 127,724 acres, still 45% contained - Zones 24 & 26 have been downgraded from evacuation order to an Evacuation WARNING. If the weather causes changes in fire behavior/growth, this could change back to an order, so residents in those areas should stay alert & be prepared to leave. More info:

and from CalFire here are some other concerning statistics - 5 of the top 20 largest wildfires in California history have occurred in 2020:
  • Largest Wildfires - #1 August Complex, #3 SCU Lightning Complex, #4 LNU Lightning Complex, #6 North Complex, and #10 Creek Fire.
  • Most Destructive - #9 LNU Lightning Complex, #10 CZU Lightning Complex, #12 North Complex, and #18 Creek Fire.
  • Deadliest Wildfires - #5 North Complex and #20 LNU Lightning Complex

Check for the latest on air quality.
News from the Community Foundation for Monterey County as they celebrate their 75th anniversary
The Monterey County Fire Relief Fund granted $165,165 through Sept. 11 to nine organizations assisting individuals and families in communities affected by the Carmel, River and Dolan fires. Grants support both immediate relief and recovery efforts with 100% of donations used for grantmaking. The fund is also a vehicle for future fires.

In addition to the general fire fund, donations can be directed specifically to Community Fund for Carmel Valley for Carmel Valley and Big Sur Disaster Relief Fund of the Weston Call Fund for Big Sur for the Dolan fire for emergency assistance and long-term recovery. Give, apply, find resources and more...
Also from the Community Foundation for Monterey County - since launching March 16, 2020, the COVID-19 Relief Fund granted $3,023,762 in 127 grants to provide critical funding for food, housing, mental health and program support to Monterey County nonprofits serving vulnerable individuals and families. Give or View Grants...

Thank you to the Community Foundation for Monterey County and congratulations on 75 years!
Parks Division Completes Another NCIP Project at Scholze Park Center
Beautiful work by City of Monterey Parks staff and paid for through a Neighborhood and Community Improvement (NCIP) Project fund! Much work has been done improving Scholze Park this year, including the pedestrian pathway and landscaping along Lighthouse Avenue. These native plants are water smart and colorful. Come and enjoy the park - Parks Make Life Better!
Nice job MPUSD Nutrition Services and Transportation Teams!
The MPUSD Nutrition Services team (along with an assist from the Transportation department) have been working daily M - F since March 13 to ensure their students are fed. They restarted the count for this school year. They offer students lunch and breakfast for the next day at 14 of school sites. Such an important service offered - great job!
Important Links and Daily Numbers
The City of Monterey is working to provide local resources and support every day to help us get past the pandemic. Here's a look at the past six months: MONTEREY RESPONDS
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