Local update on COVID-19 & more
April 26, 2021
Monday Vibes - Get outside and visit a playground or a free little library
The newly re-opened Dennis the Menace Playground at El Estero Park Center, 777 Pearl Street, has a brand new Free Little Library installed! It's filled to the brim with fun books for kids of all ages, and includes instructions for sharing the books with Covid-19 safety precautions in mind. Time to get outside and check it out! The Playground is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to sunset, and Monday, 1:00 p.m. to sunset.

ALSO FROM MONTEREY RECREATION - JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Monterey Recreation is hiring preschool instructors, and contract instructors! Get all the details at
Monterey, a designated Tree City USA for over 40 years, celebrates Arbor Day, April 30 by giving away trees to residents
In case you missed reading about it in the spring issue of City Focus, to celebrate Arbor Day, the City of Monterey Parks Division is giving away trees to residents to encourage the planting of trees in our community. Trees available include Coast Live Oaks, California Buckeyes and a few Washington Hawthornes. Please email Urban Forester Justin Prouty at if you are interested in celebrating Arbor Day with a new tree to plant!

While most holidays celebrate something that has already happened and is worth remembering, Arbor Day represents a hope for the future. The simple act of planting a tree represents a belief that the tree will grow to provide us with clean air and water, cooling shade, habitat for wildlife, healthier communities, and endless natural beauty, all for a better tomorrow.
Enforcement of the 72-Hour Parking Resumes Monday, May 3
The Parking Division will reinstate 72 hour Parking Enforcement in neighborhoods starting Monday, May 3. Enforcement was suspended due to the COVID-19 shelter in place order. Staff have had multiple complaints and requests to start enforcing the restrictions. The related City Code section is: MCC 20-72 No person who owns or has possession, custody or control of any vehicle shall park such vehicle upon any street or alley for more than a consecutive period of 72 hours.
The March 2021 Monthly Report from Monterey Police
The Monterey Police Department's Monthly Report for March 2021 is now published. You can find it linked on the Get Informed/Monthly Reports page of The Monterey Police Monthly Reports are comprehensive reports on department monthly activity, patrol, investigations, crime stats, staffing, and much more.
Please note, Monthly Reports are released approximately 30 days after the month's end once statistical data is verified.
Also from Monterey Police Department (MPD), they want the public to know that they are seeing an increase in DUIs (driving under the influence), and as a reminder have published the following message:
Please do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. With COVID-19 restrictions being lifted, we have seen an increase in DUI incidents. In March of 2020 we investigated 5 DUI's compared to March of 2021 where we investigated 20 DUI's. One of those DUI's involved a vehicle that drove over the Lighthouse curve and stopped on the Recreation Trail. The driver was arrested and fortunately nobody was hurt. 

In response the MPD is actively looking for and ensuring people are not driving while under the influence. The MPD works hand in hand with all law enforcement agencies including the California Highway Patrol to actively enforce driving under the influence laws.

If you see someone get into a car to drive that you believe is intoxicated or you see someone driving in a manner that indicates they could be under the influence, please report it by calling 911 immediately.
May 13 Hospitality & Tourism Job Fair
The Monterey County Workforce Development Board (MCWDB) helps both local businesses and job seekers by offering a variety of effective, no-cost services.
Vaccination 4-1-1 - #SleevesUpMonterey
City of Monterey Parking Enforcement Officer Yovany knows the importance of getting vaccinated and keeping masks on in public so we can all get past the pandemic and back to the things we enjoy. Thanks Yovany, for being part of the solution! #SleevesUpMonterey!
VACCINATION LOCATIONS WITH APPOINTMENT DATES AND TIMES UPDATED REGULARLY: Refer to the Monterey County Health Dept (MCHD) vaccine appointments web page for the latest information -
(We use this MCHD page to populate the list below.)

Vaccine clinics hosted by CHOMP -

Vaccine clinics hosted by Safeway Pharmacy

COVID-19 Numbers for 93940
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