Local update on COVID-19 & more
February 11, 2021
Celebrating Black History Month
In celebration of Black History Month, we would like to share this interpretive narrative displayed at the Lower Presidio History Park, describing the history of the Buffalo Soldiers:

In November 1902, the 15th Infantry was joined by the 9th Cavalry, 1st Squadron to construct the Monterey Military Reservation, today’s Presidio of Monterey. The 9th Cavalry, newly arrived from the Philippines Insurrection, were the valiant African American “Buffalo Soldiers,” named by Cheyenne and other Plains Indians during the Indian Wars (1866-1890s), and who charged up San Juan Hill with Teddy Roosevelt in Cuba. Segregated from other soldiers at the time, the 9th camped in tents above China Point (near Cannery Row). The troopers entertained local residents with “rodeos” as they broke in their new horses, demonstrated marksmanship, and participated in parades. The Buffalo Soldiers also served as the “first park rangers,” along with other cavalry and infantry units, in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. Riding horseback from Monterey and San Francisco they patrolled the parks and built trails. In 1903, the Monterey Military Reservation was renamed Ord Barracks in honor of Civil War General Edward O. C. Ord. In 1904, a few months after the departure of the entire 9th Cavalry, 1st Squadron for the national parks, the garrison was officially designated the Presidio of Monterey in honor of the original Spanish Presidio of Monterey. 

We hope you enjoyed learning more about the Buffalo Soldiers. For more information, contact Museums staff via email at Thanks to Intern Alexa for creating the associated graphic.
Latest News About Vaccinations
More news on Covid-19 vaccination data:
  • Monterey Fire Department staff are trained as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and are able to administer vaccinations. They had another successful vaccine clinic on Tuesday, February 9 administering 103 doses. Most were second doses for law and other first responder personnel. This brings their total to 662 doses administered. They have two more clinics scheduled this week with about 100 doses each.

In addition, the CDC has released new research that found double-masking offers more protection against the coronavirus. Tying knots on the ear loops of medical masks can also help - :
The Monterey County Health Department needs your help!
Over $800,000 of Pandemic-Related Rental Assistance Program Funds Depleted - City applying to receive federal funds through stimulus allocation made to the County of Monterey
The City of Monterey announced that its Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) has expended all of the City’s available rental assistance funding. In total, the City’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program has issued 405 checks totaling $962,287.32 to help 162 households since it’s start in August 2020. The program is designed to reduce homelessness and displacement of existing Monterey residents and workers who are or were employed by a Monterey business and are experiencing a decrease in household income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and cannot pay their rent. Monterey County has received $26.7 million in federal funding for rental assistance through the latest stimulus act. The County tasked United Way Monterey County to develop a mechanism for distribution of these funds. The City hopes that the County will allocate some of the funding to the City’s successful rental assistance program.

The City has seen an increase in the number of applications for assistance since December, following the second statewide shelter in place order. In the City’s final week of Emergency Rental Assistance, the City of Monterey issued 35 payments totaling $101,172.78, depleting the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) current funds. The $800,000 ERAP budget was partially federally funded through the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, the City’s own Housing Program Income and the federal CARES Act.

Emergency rental assistance is a significant need for the City given the economic impacts of COVID-19. In the City of Monterey, renter-occupied households account for 65.9 percent of total occupied units; 35.3 percent are low to moderate income, and more than half (51.8 percent) experience one or more housing problems.

“There is still an immediate and unprecedented need for rental assistance caused by the pandemic,” said City Manager Hans Uslar. “Unlike other economies in the County, the hospitality industry is disproportionately affected by the pandemic and the health orders. Monterey County allocated another $26.7 million through federal stimulus for housing-related assistance to United Way Monterey County for distribution, and we hope we can secure some of those funds to continue this critical program.”

City Housing Analyst Grant Leonard added, “Should the City receive funding through the County of Monterey and United Way, 100% of the funds would go directly to those who need it.”

Since the inception of the program, the City has partnered with the United Way Monterey County to have 2-1-1 operators assist with screening and referring people to the City’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program. When and if additional funds are secured, the City will announce the continuation of the program.
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Parking Division to Resume Residential Permit Parking Enforcement
The City of Monterey informally suspended parking enforcement in residential permit parking (RPP) areas in December 2020 in response to the statewide shelter-in-place order. While the County's order remains in effect, several neighborhoods have experienced high demand for on-street parking. Beginning February 16, 2021 the City will resume enforcement in RPP areas. Parking Enforcement will provide one time no-penalty warning violations from February 16 through February 28 for violations concerning RPP regulations. Vehicle owners are subject to penalties for all other regulations and subsequent violations. Regular enforcement for all residential permit parking areas will be in full effect effective March 1, 2021.

If you are a new resident in an area with an approved residential parking permit program you may obtain residential permits by filling out the online application or visiting the Parking Division in person located at 340 Tyler Street. New residents will be required to provide:
- Proof of residency
- Valid photo identification
- Valid vehicle registration for each registered vehicle. The vehicle must be registered to the resident obtaining the permit.

Please direct any questions to the Parking Division, (831) 646-3953.
COVID-19 Numbers for 93940
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Have Your Say Monterey - the City's new public engagement portal:
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