COVID-19 and More...Local Update
November 5, 2020
Cannery Row Days // #Monterey250 #ThrowbackThursday
To help celebrate City of Monterey's 250th birthday and John Steinbeck's Cannery Row's 75th anniversary, Monterey Public Library has been hosting CANNERY ROW DAYS, a weeks-long series of virtual events. Saturday, November 7 will include a virtual tour of Pacific Biological Laboratories, sometimes called "Doc" or Ed Ricketts' Lab, a location you might recognize from the novel (pictured, "before and after"), readings from the novel, lectures and a virtual tour of Cannery Row. Check out the schedule and join us!
State-Supported COVID-19 Testing Update
A state-supported COVID-19 testing site has been added recently to Seaside High School. Get free testing Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Update: Even though the walk-in hours are from 4 - 7 p.m. (NOTE: they close for break between 5 - 5:30 p.m.), they require you to complete the registration at prior to walking in for a test. The center does not have the capacity or resources to help participants register.

One you register, you can either make an appointment or walk-in during the walk-in hours. If you "miss" your appointment that day, you can still go in at any time that day as long as you have your state identifier number (by pre-registering) and they have tests available. 
ParkMobile Expands Service in Monterey
The City of Monterey Parking Division announced today an expanded contactless smart parking payment system on Cannery Row and adjacent streets (see map) powered by the ParkMobile App. The ParkMobile App was launched in December 2019 in the Downtown and Waterfront areas to improve service and convenience. The expanded service adds another 500 app-enabled spaces at street meters to the nearly 1,500 spaces in off-street lots around the City.

ParkMobile app sends you alerts when your parking session is about to expire so you can easily extend time right from your phone. In addition to the overall improved convenience of ParkMobile app, using the contactless forms of payment amid the COVID-19 pandemic in contrast to using pay stations helps prevent the spread of the virus. 

"Monterey continues to expand easy payment options with ParkMobile throughout the City that provides the added benefit to public health during the pandemic," says Parking Superintendent Cristie Steffy. “We know a lot of people in Monterey already have the ParkMobile app on their phones, which will make paying for parking easier at more locations across the city.”
Cold Front and Rain Expected for First Time in Six Months
A storm from Alaska will bring a major shift in the weather Friday and through the weekend across the Monterey Bay region, bringing cold and rain. Light showers are expected on Friday morning. We may see .25 to half an inch of rain, but we'll take what we can get! A second wave of rain is possible into Saturday morning, with another chance of rain late Saturday night into Sunday morning. Snowfall is also expected in the Sierra Nevada. Follow us or visit our Twitter for updates.
Virtual Monterey Recreation: NEW Family Cooking Video
We've been enjoying our Recreation Office's virtual programming! Have you checked out their family cooking videos? With cold weather returning, try out their recipe and instructions for soupy beans, just added today! Find this cooking demo and other meals in the Virtual Recreation Playlist at Find other Virtual Recreation programs at
2020 Election Update: This morning, Monterey County Elections Office estimated it still had more than 40,000 ballots left to count and the office will release the next round of results by the end of the day Friday.
What's left?
32,000 Vote by Mail Ballots
9,600 Provisional and Conditional Voter Registration Ballots
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