Local update on COVID-19 & more
February 19, 2021
Fun Friday Fact - Del Monte Hotel, 1919 (click the image to enlarge)
Several subscribers to this newsletter let us know they enjoyed seeing the photo of downtown from the 1950's. We are still determining if the photo below was taken on the corner of Tyler and Bonifacio, Washington and Bonifacio, Washington and Del Monte, or maybe another close-by intersection. We will let you know when we get a definitive answer!

In the meantime, the photo above is of the famous Hotel Del Monte, taken in July 1919. The Hotel Del Monte was a large resort hotel in Monterey from its opening in 1880 until 1942. It was one of the finest luxury hotels in North America. During World War II, it closed and the building was leased to the United States Navy. It was first used by the Navy as a school where enlisted men spent the second, third, and fourth months of an eleven-month course being trained as electronic technicians. Later the Hotel Del Monte became the Naval Postgraduate School. Today, the building is called Herrmann Hall. It contains school administrative offices and the Navy Gateway Inns and Suites, a hotel.
REMINDER: Friends of MPL Virtual Chocolate and Wine Fundraiser, Feb. 27
While the pandemic is not allowing us to enjoy this annual event in person, the Friends of the Monterey Public Library is excited to host this virtual event - a Chocolate and Wine Fundraiser for Monterey Public Library on February 27th at 7:00PM! Celebrate with chocolate, wine, and savories - purchase a gift bag with contact-free drive-through pick-up or get it delivered. You'll also visit the library virtually, see what's cooking with an expert chef, discover online learning opportunities and more. All proceeds benefit Monterey Public Library. Don't miss the tastiest fundraiser in town.
Notice from the Monterey Harbormasters Office: the public yellow boat hoist located on Wharf 2 will be unavailable for use the morning of Monday, February 22 for an inspection.

Call (831) 646-3950 Day / 594-7760 Evening "After hours" with any questions.
Vaccination 4-1-1
Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is important for adults with certain health conditions because they may get very sick from COVID-19. Vaccines for COVID-19 are recommended for people who haven’t had a bad reaction to any ingredients in the vaccine.
California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program announces additional funding coming soon
On February 17th, Governor Newsom and the California State Legislature Leadership announced an Immediate Action Agreement to support additional funding for the CA Relief Grant program. Please stay tuned for further details pending final legislative action. We will post the details as they become available.

PLEASE NOTE: Lendistry is the sole entity designated as the Intermediary of the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program (the “Program”). This site ( and the other websites available on or through this site (the “Designated Sites”) are the only approved websites designated for the administration of the Program. Any other website purporting to administer or otherwise act as an Intermediary in connection with the Program may be fraudulent. As such, you should exercise extreme caution and avoid providing any information (personal or otherwise) in connection with the Program on or through any website other than the Designated Sites. Further, neither Lendistry nor any of its partners will charge any fees to apply for a relief grant under the Program and we recommend that you avoid any third-parties purporting to charge fees for you to apply.
VIDEO: Monterey Recreation Presents, That's Good! Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins
COVID-19 numbers for 93940
Here are today's numbers from CHOMP, and comparison to the day before:
February 19 numbers
February 18 numbers
Have Your Say Monterey - the City's new public engagement portal:
  • The commercial cannabis discussion - The agenda report for the Wed., Feb. 24 Special Council Meeting will be published at by the end of the day Monday. We hope you tune in and engage in the discussion!
  • Learn more about sea level rise and the study to determine how it will affect our transportation infrastructure.
Visit and register to have YOUR say!
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