CALTRANS
Today’s Date:
Friday, October 17, 2014
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Susana Z Cruz (bilingual) or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or 549-3189

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OVERNIGHT REPAIR PROJECT ON HIGHWAY 1 AT MALPASO CREEK BRIDGE SOUTH OF CARMEL IS UNDERWAY

MONTEREY COUNTY– An overnight construction project to repair and protect the concrete of Malpaso Creek Bridge on Highway 1 in Monterey began this week, Caltrans officials have announced.

Overnight roadwork hours are from 6 pm to 3 pm Mondays through Thursdays from midnight to 3 pm Fridays and from 8 pm to midnight on Sundays. Work consists of installing scaffolding for the first two weeks during daytime hours between 6:30 am and 3 pm. Motorists may experience delays of up to 20 minutes during the overnight work. Electronic Message Boards will be activated to alert motorists.

The purpose of this project is to repair the damaged concrete, extract chloride and protect the concrete of Malpaso Creek Bridge. This bridge work is expected to be complete by the end of September 2015, weather permitting.

The contractor for this $994,000 project is Truesdell Corporation of California, Inc.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway construction zones.

For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll freenumber at 1-831-372-0862 or can visit our website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#mon

Posted by: Stan Russell | October 14, 2014

Sudden Oak Death Blitz Results & General Oak Health 101 Meeting

From Kerri Frangioso

Sudden Oak Death Blitz Results & General Oak Health 101 Meeting
Saturday October 18th, 10am-Noon
Garland Park museum/meeting room, Carmel Valley

This spring we held the 4th SOD Blitz in Carmel Valley and Big Sur to teach
landowners how to identify symptoms of SOD and invite participants to
sample wherever they wanted for free. The results of the 2014 SOD Blitz
Survey Project are finally in (now available on-line, sodblitz.org) and we
are lucky enough to have them disseminated at the meeting in Carmel Valley.
We have identified new SOD infestations, and can now recommend areas in
which selective removal of infected bay laurels may be beneficial (remember
SOD is spread by bay laurels and not by oaks). The information generated by
the 2014 SOD Blitz are available online but by coming to the meeting on
Saturday October 18th at 10am in Garland Park in Carmel Valley, you will
have an opportunity to:

1. Hear our interpretation of the results
2. See in which areas selective bay thinning may be beneficial
3. Learn where new infestations have been found
4. Learn where we suspect new infestations may occur
5. Learn how to use the SODmap mobile app
6. Have your SOD management questions answered
7. Learn about the results of new experiments on SOD control
8. Hear about 3 experiments in Big Sur where bay thinning is already
underway

Additionally this year we are including information on Oak Health which
will cover how to manage oaks with SOD, drought and more. For more
information please visit the UC Berkeley web site http://www.matteolab.org

Hope to see you in person at the meeting!

Contact: Kerri Frangioso for more information
kfrangioso@ucdavis.edu, (530)219-1575.

No registration required.

Posted by: Stan Russell | October 13, 2014

Big Sur River Run XXXIV Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Big Sur River Run XXXIV
Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Contact Information:
Race information: The Treadmill Carmel- (831) 624-4112
Press Release Contact Information: Kirk Gafill Co-Race Director- (831) 667-7326

Details:
Saturday, October 25th, 2014
Starting line: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Race begins at 10am sharp.

Overview:
The Big Sur River Run’s 5k walk and certified 10k courses are flat, black-top loops that follow the Big Sur River through towering redwoods. Founded in 1980 the Big Sur River Run 501(c)3 is a fun, community-oriented fundraiser for the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade and Big Sur Health Center. Nearly one year after the destruction of the Pfeiffer Fires that claimed 32 homes, the BSVFB and the BSHC are in need of more support than ever. Both organizations rely on the community to help raise funds to continue maintaining the health and safety of Big Sur residents and visitors. Last year $38,000 was distributed to both BSVFB and BSHC (ie: $19,000 each). Over the last 33 years, $833,000 has been distributed to the Big Sur emergency and health services organizations.

Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers of each category. A 10 minute massage will be offered to 10k finishers and local musicians will play at the Start/Finish line of the race. Overall the Big Sur River Run is a great way to experience and support the Big Sur community spirit.

Registration:
Registration is still available online at: http://www.bigsurriverrun.org or in person on the day of the event. Participants requiring day of race registration should arrive no later than 9:00 AM to ensure a prompt start time. The races are limited to the first 1,000 participants. Registration fee includes long sleeve t-shirt with the annual design by local artist, Shell Fisher.

Volunteer & Sponsorship Opportunities:
Interested volunteers are welcome to contact us to learn how to get involved: volunteer@bigsurriverrun.org

To help sponsor the event, contact Meredith Gafill at sponsorships@bigsurriverrun.org

The BSRR is an all-volunteer operation that has raised $833,000 for the two beneficiaries thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, race participants and volunteers. This year is no exception.

Thank you to our sponsors (list may be incomplete at this time):

Nepenthe: Main Event Sponsor

Big Sur Bakery, Big Sur Builders, Big Sur Deli & Taphouse, Big Sur River Inn, Big Sur Roadhouse, Blaze Engineering, Deetjen’s, Fernwood Resort, Glen Oaks, The Treadmill Carmel, Treebones Resort, Riverside Campgrounds, Rider Construction, Ventana Inn & Spa

Stay Tuned for Updates:
Follow the BSRR on Facebook for more exciting news and up to date information.

Information for Visitors:
Visit http: http://www.bigsurriverrun.org or http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org for more information about lodging, restaurants and shopping while visiting Big Sur.

From Henry Miller Memorial Library
Columbus Day ‘Under The Persmisson Tree’ at the Henry Miller Library
Legendary Civil Rights Attorney J. Tony Serra with music by Handmade Moments
Monday, October 13
2:00 PM
See attached PDF for details
http://www.henrymiller.org

From Rise Up Singing
Rise Up Singing weekly classes have moved to the Grange Hall, and the group is presenting their first public concert there on Wednesday, October 22nd.

For more than six years Lisa Goettel has been bringing singers from the community together to learn and share songs by oral tradition. Her singing circles are offered by donation and open to singers of all ages and experience. They are held every Wednesday in Big Sur at the Grange at 5:30pm and every Monday in Monterey at Evolution Studio. For more information visit Lisa’s website at http://thebirdsings.com.

For the first time ever, both the Big Sur and Monterey tribes are coming together to present a full-length concert to share with you. Please come out to enjoy an evening of song from the shining hearts of your friends and neighbors.

Rise Up Singing Concert
at the Grange Hall in Big Sur
Wednesday, October 22nd at 7:30 – 8:30pm

This concert is offered by donation ($10 suggested), benefiting Rise Up Singing and the Big Sur Grange.
Coffee, tea and dessert will also be offered, also benefitting the Grange.

Facebook invite here: https://www.facebook.com/events/633859863379998/

Serra Poster.pdf

Henry Miller Library presents J. Tony Serra "Under The Persimmon Tree"

Monday, October 13, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PDT)

This event is FREE (donations appreciated.) Reserve your spot here
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/henry-miller-library-presents-j-tony-serra-under-the-persimmon-tree-tickets-13295552355

Come to the Library as we launch yet another new programming series, called Under the Persimmon Tree, featuring our inaugural speaker, world renowned defense attorney J. Tony Serra.

Serra has successfully defended Black Panther leader Huey Newton and represented individuals from groups as diverse and politically charged as the White Panthers, Hells Angels, Earth First!, and New World Liberation Front (NWLF).

Serra won the Trial Lawyer of the Year award in 2003 for his successful litigation of Judi Bari against the FBI.

Tony Serra has spent his life defending society’s outcasts. His role in the Chol Soo Lee case was depicted in the film "True Believer." Tony Serra has always known how to express the poetry of the law, while fighting in the ditches and dark alleys of legal practice. He has gained national prominence for his closing argument techniques

Read more about Tony’s incredible career here.
http://www.citylights.com/info/?fa=event&event_id=1584

Tony will read and contextualize three books: his "Walking the Circle – Prison Chronicles " and "The Green, Yellow, and Purple Years of a Radical Lawyer," as well as Lust for Justice – The Radical Life & Law of J. Tony Serra a book about Tony and his cases by Paulette Frankl.

Under the Persimmon Tree gathers people together to talk about the art of writing. Writers, artists, and lecturers will speak under — you guessed it — the persimmon tree on the Library deck. Topics will range from anything pertaining to the art of writing: songwriting, screenwriting, fiction, poetry, journalism, etc.

This event is by donation. Tea and coffee will be served.

Welcome!!

Henry Miller Library is located at 48603 Highway One, Big Sur, CA; 831-667-2574
We’re 1/4 miles south of Nepenthe restaurant; 25 mile south of Carmel

Posted by: Stan Russell | September 25, 2014

PAVING OPERATION NEAR CARMEL ALONG HIGHWAY 1 BEGINS MONDAY

CALTRANS
Today’s Date:
Thursday, September 25, 2014
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Susana Z Cruz (bilingual) or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or 549-3189

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PAVING OPERATION NEAR CARMEL ALONG HIGHWAY 1 BEGINS MONDAY

MONTEREY COUNTY – A less than one mile section of Hwy. 1 from Monastery Beach to Point Lobos near Carmel will be paved with new asphalt starting on Monday, Sept. 29, Caltrans officials announced today.

Roadwork consists of one way reversing traffic control with flaggers. Work hours are from 9 am to 3 pm. Motorists can expect delays not to exceed 10 minutes. Paving should be complete by Friday, Oct. 3.

NOTE: There will be electronic message boards alerting motorists.

This roadwork is being performed by the Caltrans Monterey Maintenance crews as a safety precaution to provide motorists and cyclists a safer route to travel.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway work zones.

For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll freenumber at 1-877-448-6771 or can visit our website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#mon

From Henry Miller Memorial Library

Hey friends!!

Just a friendly reminder for tomorrow’s exclusive film screening. We did a test run last night and it’s INTENSE.
Tell your friends should the spirit move you! Thanks!

Sept 25 – Godfrey Reggio & Philip Glass VISITORS – Film Screening and Q&A

7:00pm – VIP Meet & Greet ($20)
Spend quality time with Philip Glass and Godfrey Reggio prior to the evening’s main event.

8:00pm "VISITORS" screening with Q&A ($50)
Philip Glass and Godfrey Reggio answer your questions and discuss the creation of their latest instant classic.

"VISITORS reveals humanity’s trancelike relationship with technology, which, when commandeered by extreme emotional states, produces massive effects far beyond the human species. The film is visceral, offering the audience an experience beyond information about the moment in which we live. Comprised of only seventy-four shots, VISITORS takes viewers on a journey to the moon and back to confront them with themselves."

Tickets:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/godfrey-reggio-philip-glass-visitors-film-screening-and-qa-tickets-12125217853?aff=eorg

CALTRANS
Today’s Date:
Thursday, September 18, 2014
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Jim Shivers or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3237 or (805) 549-3189

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALTRANS WORKERS HIT THE HIGHWAYS FOR COASTAL CLEANUP WEEK

CENTRAL COAST – Caltrans District 5 Maintenance workers are participating in Coastal Cleanup Week, an annual event to remove litter from beaches, lakes and waterways. Caltrans maintains over 12,000 structures and bridges above or alongside inland waterways that eventually flow to the ocean. Caltrans crews will work in the following areas:

· Santa Barbara County –The Santa Barbara Maintenance crew will pick up litter along U.S. Highway 101 in the Carpinteria, Goleta and Santa Barbara areas on Friday, Sept, 19. A graffiti removal effort will take place near the U.S. Highway 101 cross town area during the early morning hours on Friday, Sept, 19. Litter removal will also take place in Buellton, Las Cruces and near the Santa Ynez River. The Cuyama Maintenance crew will remove litter near the Cuyama River.

· San Luis Obispo County – The San Luis Obispo Maintenance crew will pick up litter along U.S. Highway 101 near San Luis Bay Drive to protect San Luis Obispo Creek on Thursday, Sept. 18.

· Monterey County – The Monterey Maintenance crew will pick up litter on Hwy. 1. between the Little Sur River Bridge and the Garrapata Creek Bridge on Thursday, Sept. 18 and Friday, Sept. 19.

· Santa Cruz County – The Santa Cruz Maintenance crew will pick up litter near Hwy. 1 from Shaffer Road to Davenport Landing Road on Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sunday, Sept. 21.

· San Benito County – Litter removal took place earlier this week near U.S. Highway 101 and the San Benito River Bridge.

This effort is part of the “Don’t Trash California” campaign. Last year, 58,000 volunteers removed 750,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from beaches, lakes and waterways.

One way the public can help is by participating in Caltrans’ Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) Program. To become a volunteer or support the program through a paid sponsorship, call 1-866-ADOPT-A-HWY or go to: http://adopt-a-highway.dot.ca.gov <http://adopt-a-highway.dot.ca.gov/> . Currently, about 13,000 volunteers participate in the AAH Program, saving taxpayers an estimated $16 million annually in litter removal costs.

FRIENDS OF GARRAPATA
COASTAL CLEANUP DAY/PLEASE SHARE

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, September 20.
WHERE: Main gate of the Soberantes Canyon trailhead.

Friends of Garrapata (FOG), along with Save Our Shores (SOS), and Adopt-A-Highway, invite you to join 60,000 Californians as we clean our state’s roads, beaches and waterways.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Garrapata/137825936281282?sk=timeline

Years before Europeans first stepped foot in California…

Decades before Martin Luther challenged
the foundation of the Western religious tradition…

A century before Galileo claimed that the earth revolved around the sun…

…a healthy coastal redwood grew in what is now Big Sur,
approximately 36.2703° N, 121.8064° W. …

…until December 2, 2012 when it slowly, ‘glacially,’ but not
without a fight, defiantly taking down a power pole,
telephone lines and other trees with it, fell to the ground.
Since that day the tree has been carefully harvested and
the wood is gorgeous.

On Oct 5, 2014 the Henry Miller Library will
auction off one dozen of the finest pieces.
Sign-up and slab inspection will be from 1 – 4 pm. Bidding starts at 4 pm.

You will not find redwood as beautiful anywhere: the way this
particular tree grew, in a huge curve, created pressures within the
core over hundreds of years resulting in an extraordinarily rich pattern.

Proceeds from the auction will help create a sustainable financial
future for the Library, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit community arts center.

For more about the auction and detail about the wood please
visit us online at http://bigsurredwood.org, call us at 831-667-2574 or,
the best alternative, stop by in person any day 11AM – 6PM.
Thank You!

The Library website is http://www.henrymiller.org
Wine by Heller Estates | Snacks by the Big Sur Bakery

The coast redwood naturally occurs in only one place in the world:
a 450 mi strip along the Pacific Coast of North America. This strip begins
in southern Oregon and ends just south of Monterey.

FYI,

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is alerting drivers about a new law that requires them to give bicyclists, traveling in the same direction, three feet of clearance when passing. The Three Feet for Safety Act takes effect September 16, 2014. Read the full Assembly Bill No. 1371 below.

I’d also like to remind you that the CALIFORNIA CLASSIC COAST BICYCLE RIDE MOVES THROUGH THE CENTRAL COAST BEGINNING THIS WEEKEND

CENTRAL COAST – The California Classic Coast bicycle ride will arrive on southbound Highway 1 in Santa Cruz County on Saturday Sept. 13. This ride will continue next week in the following locations:

· Hwy. 1 in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties on Sunday, Sept. 14

· Hwy. 1 near Carmel to Big Sur in Monterey County on Monday, Sept. 15.

· Hwy. 1 from Big Sur to the San Simeon State Park in San Luis Obispo County on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Assembly Bill No. 1371
CHAPTER 331
An act to amend, repeal, and add Section 21750 of, and to add Section 21760 to, the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicles.
[ Approved by Governor  September 23, 2013. Filed with Secretary of State  September 23, 2013. ]
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 1371, Bradford. Vehicles: bicycles: passing distance.
Under existing law, a driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle or a bicycle proceeding in the same direction is required to pass to the left at a safe distance without interfering with the safe operation of the overtaken vehicle or bicycle, subject to certain limitations and exceptions. A violation of this provision is an infraction punishable by a fine not exceeding $100 for a first conviction, and up to a $250 fine for a 3rd and subsequent conviction occurring within one year of 2 or more prior infractions.
This bill would enact the Three Feet for Safety Act, which would require the driver of a motor vehicle overtaking and passing a bicycle that is proceeding in the same direction on a highway to pass in compliance with specified requirements applicable to overtaking and passing a vehicle, and to do so at a safe distance that does not interfere with the safe operation of the overtaken bicycle, having due regard for the size and speed of the motor vehicle and the bicycle, traffic conditions, weather, and the surface and width of the highway. The bill would prohibit, with specified exceptions, the driver of the motor vehicle that is overtaking or passing a bicycle proceeding in the same direction on a highway from passing at a distance of less than 3 feet between any part of the motor vehicle and any part of the bicycle or its operator. The bill would make a violation of these provisions an infraction punishable by a $35 fine. The bill would also require the imposition of a $220 fine on a driver if a collision occurs between a motor vehicle and a bicyclist causing bodily harm to the bicyclist, and the driver is found to be in violation of the above provisions. This bill would make these provisions operative on September 16, 2014.

Because this bill would create a new crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

DIGEST KEY
Vote: majority Appropriation: no Fiscal Committee: yes Local Program: yes

BILL TEXT
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1.
Section 21750 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:
21750.
(a) The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle or a bicycle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left at a safe distance without interfering with the safe operation of the overtaken vehicle or bicycle, subject to the limitations and exceptions set forth in this article.
(b) This section shall become inoperative on September 16, 2014, and, as of January 1, 2015, is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that becomes operative on or before January 1, 2015, deletes or extends the dates on which it becomes inoperative and is repealed.

SEC. 2.
Section 21750 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:
21750.
(a) The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left at a safe distance without interfering with the safe operation of the overtaken vehicle, subject to the limitations and exceptions set forth in this article.
(b) This section shall become operative on September 16, 2014.

SEC. 3.
Section 21760 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:
21760.
(a) This section shall be known and may be cited as the Three Feet for Safety Act.
(b) The driver of a motor vehicle overtaking and passing a bicycle that is proceeding in the same direction on a highway shall pass in compliance with the requirements of this article applicable to overtaking and passing a vehicle, and shall do so at a safe distance that does not interfere with the safe operation of the overtaken bicycle, having due regard for the size and speed of the motor vehicle and the bicycle, traffic conditions, weather, visibility, and the surface and width of the highway.
(c) A driver of a motor vehicle shall not overtake or pass a bicycle proceeding in the same direction on a highway at a distance of less than three feet between any part of the motor vehicle and any part of the bicycle or its operator.
(d) If the driver of a motor vehicle is unable to comply with subdivision (c), due to traffic or roadway conditions, the driver shall slow to a speed that is reasonable and prudent, and may pass only when doing so would not endanger the safety of the operator of the bicycle, taking into account the size and speed of the motor vehicle and bicycle, traffic conditions, weather, visibility, and surface and width of the highway.
(e) (1) A violation of subdivision (b), (c), or (d) is an infraction punishable by a fine of thirty-five dollars ($35).
(2) If a collision occurs between a motor vehicle and a bicycle causing bodily injury to the operator of the bicycle, and the driver of the motor vehicle is found to be in violation of subdivision (b), (c), or (d), a two-hundred-twenty-dollar ($220) fine shall be imposed on that driver.
(f) This section shall become operative on September 16, 2014.

SEC. 4.
No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.

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