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Del Rey Oaks, Airport reach police services agreement

Del Rey Oaks >> At a special meeting of the Del Rey Oaks City Council, three items were passed - a police services agreement, a budget amendment reflecting that agreement, and a contract with the chief of police.

The greatest take away from the process was “with the right mindset and governing bodies, empowering staff to collaborate and optimize organizations for efficiencies, we can improve government services and control costs,” said Dino Pick, Del Rey Oaks city manger.

Barbara Rose Shuler, Intermezzo: Carmel connection with McCain funeral

By Barbara Rose Shuler


Sometimes switching on the television turns into a moment of wonderment. One time, to my amazement, I clicked on and saw a talented kid from my theater-class days playing a beat cop on an episode of Columbo.

Saturday, while recovering from an unexpected medical incident, I hit the power button on the TV remote hoping to catch some of the coverage of Senator John McCain’s funeral service in the National Cathedral in Washington.

Beth Peerless, Where it's at: Monterey Jazz Festival on tap next week

The 61st Annual Monterey Jazz Festival is just a week away. Three days of nearly non-stop music Sept. 21-23 is preceded by the Sept. 20 Jazz Legends Gala at the Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, a $325 ticketed event that this year will bestow its MJF Jazz Legends Award to Dianne Reeves.

The esteemed jazz vocalist is 2018’s MJF Showcase Artist, which means she performs in a different ensemble each day of the festival.

Panetta Institute to recognize volunteers in Monterey County Reads literacy program at event at CSU Monterey Bay

Seaside >> The volunteers of the Monterey County Reads program. which focuses on helping children achieve grade-level literacy skills, will be recognized by the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, the program administrator at a special celebration on Friday.

“This Volunteer and School Recognition Ceremony” will be held Friday at 4:30 p.

Cooper Molera officially opens to the public

Monterey >> While city officials have recently touted a more economically viable downtown with quality dining and mixed-use development, on Tuesday attention was turned to the renovated Cooper Molera as a cornerstone piece of the city’s historical renaissance.

That’s when the official ribbon-cutting ceremony took place inside the complex’s grounds located at the intersection of Polk Street and Munras Avenue, a site that City Manager Hans Uslar has previously called “a second anchor at the end of Alvarado re-invigorating the renaissance of Old Town Monterey.

Salinas man dies after train hits pickup

Salinas >> A 36-year-old Salinas man died Monday after an Amtrak train hit the 2011 Ford F-150 he was driving on a private dirt road west of Highway 101.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Jose Emmanuel Chavarin Ruiz was traveling westbound on Esperanza Private Road in the Ford pickup, which belonged to his employer Triangle Farms Incorporated, at about 7:04 p.

Steven Merrell, Financial Planning: Roth IRAs for the older investor

By Steven Merrell

Financial Planning

Q: I retired last year. I receive a pretty good pension and I would like to contribute some of that money into a Roth IRA. Is that possible?

A: You can only contribute what the IRS deems to be “earned income” to a Roth IRA. Unfortunately a lot of the income many retirees receive does not fall into that category.

Monterey pushes to fix more streets and sidewalks with Measure S

Monterey >> While construction crews continue to embark on road projects and improvements across Monterey, city officials are hoping to continue that process into the next decade.

That intent was made clear recently when the Monterey City Council voted unanimously to put a sales tax measure on the November ballot that would extend Measure P for another eight years after it expires in April of 2019.

Barry Dolowich, Tax Tips: Cancellation of debt income

By Barry Dolowich

Tax Tips

Q: I recently finalized a deal with a credit card company to forgive my debt in the amount of $7,000. I have been told that this “forgiveness” of my debt will be taxable this year. Is this true?

A: If you borrow money (note: credit card debt is borrowed money) from a commercial lender and the lender later cancels or forgives the debt, you may have to include the cancelled amount as income for tax purposes, depending on your specific circumstances.