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Seaside city council gets an earful about sexual harassment, issues with expenses

Seaside >> Passions flared at the Seaside City Council meeting on Thursday night as the quorum of the governing body heard comments from the public concerning two issues - sexual harassment on the council and the spending and reimbursement of one of its members.

Councilwoman Kayla Jones was absent from the regularly scheduled meeting as members of the public voiced their full-throated support or disapproval of her.

Monterey Symphony gets big gift

Carmel >> Members of the Monterey Symphony have new reason to raise their bows and blow their trumpets.

That’s because one of its own members, Carmel resident and philanthropist Roberta “Bertie” Bialek Elliott, has bestowed a gift of $2.4 million to the Symphony’s endowment fund. Elliott, who is the sister of business magnate and investor Warren Buffett, has been attending and supporting the organization for over 35 years.

Seaside police officer shoots man after chase

Seaside >> After a short police chase, a Marina man collided into a Seaside Police Department patrol car and an officer shot him Thursday afternoon.

Sand City police requested assistance from Seaside police around 1:40 p.m. as officers pursued Brandon Virtue, 34. Virtue’s vehicle hit a Seaside police patrol car on the 2000 block of Fremont Boulevard and an officer shot him.

Leadership lunch: Water supply, infrastructure investment top issues

Monterey >> An in-house survey of the membership of the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce showed the top two topics of interest were an “available water supply” and “infrastructure investment,” prompting the movers and shakers at the federal, state and local levels to address those issues among others at the 17th annual Leadership Luncheon on Wednesday.

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Moss Landing >> North Monterey County Unified School District is hosting its College and Career Night with more than 50 different colleges, universities, trade schools and career professionals from a variety industry sectors set to attend.

The event will be held at the district’s main office at 8142 Moss Landing Road on Wednesday from 6-8 p.

Fight for the site: Ownership dispute has delayed Ocean View Plaza project

Monterey >> The long dilapidated oceanside property on Cannery Row that looked to be moving toward renovation remains stalled and at the center of a battle over its ownership.

That’s according to planning officials from the city of Monterey, developer Bob Faulis of Ruby Falls Fund and AquaLegacy Development LLC, another developer that claims the rights to the property and its future plans.

Sara Boyns, Workplace Law: Using social media to screen applicants: good idea?

By Sara Boyns

Workplace Law

Q: As a small employer, I do not perform pre-hire background checks, but I have been Google-searching candidates and looking at their Facebook profiles before making hiring decisions. I am shocked by the amount of information available on the internet. Are these types of screenings risky?

A: Yes.