Local update on COVID-19 & more
February 25, 2021
Throwback Thursday Celebrates "Sons of Italy", 1927
Our Harbor Office staff found this wonderful photo from February 1927. The Monterey Public Library has archives of the Monterey Herald, once called the Peninsula Daily Herald, that tells the story behind this photo with an article titled, Installation of Lodge by Sons of Italy Draws Throngs - also available at
City Council Decision on Commercial Cannabis Next Steps
At yesterday's Special Meeting the Monterey City Council voted 4-1 to direct staff to continue working on the "Roadmap to Cannabis" (see below) for allowing permits for retail commerce. Staff in Finance, Community Development, Legal, and Police will now work on a draft ordinance, develop a policy outline and request for proposal document that will first go to the Planning Commission for review and discussion before going back to City Council. That process will take about three to four months.
You can watch the 2/24 recorded Special City Council meeting at or directly at this link:
Local History Slam, April 10 - Looking for presenters
Are you interested in Monterey County History or do you know someone who is? The Monterey Public Library, in partnership with the Western Flyer Foundation, the Cannery Row Foundation, and the Cannery Row Company, is excited to invite all historians and history buffs to the 2nd Annual Monterey County History Slam on April 10, 2021, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Want to present? Contact us by March 15. Submit a creative, 10-minute presentation about a local history topic of your choosing. We encourage a variety of formats: PowerPoint, essay (filmed), films, or dramatic presentations. We will inform all participants by March 20 of their acceptance. Monterey County residents and non-residents are welcome to join!

To submit a presentation, contact Emily Gottlieb, Education Director, Western Flyer Foundation at
Watch Monterey Mornings with the Manager from Feb. 24
Here's the link to Monterey Mornings with the Manager from yesterday, Feb. 24 - or see the full playlist
Ad Council's New Vaccine Campaign Gets to the Facts
“I feel confident that if we get a substantial proportion of the population vaccinated that we could actually end this epidemic as we know it in this country.” Dr. Anthony Fauci
Because getting back to the moments we miss starts with getting informed. Check out their new website at

The COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative is led by the Ad Council and the COVID Collaborative with the involvement of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to educate the American public and build confidence around the COVID-19 vaccines.

Guided by the leading minds in science and medicine and fueled by the best talent in the private sector, the Initiative is designed to reach different audiences, including communities of color who have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. By ensuring that Americans have accurate and timely information to answer their questions and concerns about vaccine side effects, efficacy, and clinical trials, our goal is to shift the public mindset from vaccine hesitancy to vaccine confidence.

Associated video below -
Vaccination 4-1-1
Appointment times THIS WEEK still available. If you click on a register here link and find no appointments, please try again when the next vaccination dates open.

CHOMP still has openings still for tomorrow, Friday, February 26 - link to appointments is available at

COVID-19 numbers for 93940 - County numbers are updated Tue - Sat
Here are today's numbers from CHOMP, and comparison to the day before:
February 25 numbers
February 24 numbers
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