Mushroom Season on the Monterey Peninsula

December 19, 2012

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Porcini (Boletus edulis) emerging from the rain-sodden forest floor. Read the rest of this entry »


Incentivizing Injustice: Carmel and the La Playa Hotel

October 30, 2011

More than 200 protesters, including many long-time Carmel residents rally in front of the La Playa Hotel Read the rest of this entry »


Lifestyles of the Pebble Beach Homeless

April 10, 2010

As enormous wealth lives always side by side with abject poverty, it’s no surprise that Pebble Beach has a healthy homeless population. Since most of the work available (making beds, scrubbing floors, blowing leaves, etc.) doesn’t come close to paying for housing, many people live in cars and vans, parked unobtrusively at night in residential neighborhoods. Others seek shelter in the woods. Read the rest of this entry »


2008 Year in Review

December 31, 2008

Well it’s been an interesting year, here at Xasáuan Today. We’ve looked at the Monterey Peninsula’s water supply problems and picked apart the county’s transportation dilemma. We’ve questioned development on eroding beaches and dissected the Light Brown Apple Moth. We’ve chimed in on local political issues. We’ve gone on some bike rides, examined some mushrooms, and even found time for a visit to Pat Springs.

But nothing gets attention quite like a fire. Read the rest of this entry »


Salinas (Once Again) Gets Serious (Sort of) About Ending Gang Violence

March 7, 2008

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Teens at an East Salinas after-school program prepare for lucrative careers in the fast growing field of sarcastic blog writing

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Monterey Bay Travelodge and the Fight Against Poverty Wages

February 8, 2008

As we travel around the Monterey Peninsula, we find lots of people who understand the importance of paying all workers a living wage. They know that when people aren’t making enough to pay rent, they will be living five families to a house, sleeping in cars, and camping in the woods and that the taxpayers will be struggling to provide subsidized housing for them. They know that when people don’t have access to health insurance, they will suffer in silence, failing to seek care until their problems have become severe – and severely expensive to the public. Read the rest of this entry »