PACIFIC GROVE

Meeting set on retirement system

The city of Pacific Grove is holding a community meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday on the city's next steps with the state Public Employees Retirement System.

The speaker will be Karol Denniston, a municipal restructuring and bankruptcy expert who spoke last week to the City Council.

CalPERS pension costs, specifically those for public safety employees, are the target of a citizens initiative campaign. Organizers say the high-cost pensions were illegally approved in 2002 and could financially ruin the city.

The City Council says it would be too expensive to litigate the 2002 approval, though critics say it could be raised in a pending lawsuit between the city and police officers association.

SEASIDE

Work to start on three MST JAZZ bus stops

Construction will start Tuesday on three bus stops in Seaside as part of Monterey-Salinas Transit's new JAZZ bus-rapid transit route.

The work will include upgrades to two existing stops at Fremont Boulevard and Broadway Avenue, and a new stop on Broadway just uphill from Fremont Boulevard.

During construction, passengers should board at adjacent Fremont Boulevard stops near Amador Street (southbound) or Elm Street (northbound), MST officials said.

SEASIDE

Martin Luther King Day march set for Jan. 21

A march and celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. will be held Jan. 21. The March assembles at 11 a.m. at Noche Buena Street and Broadway Avenue and begins at noon and ends at the Oldemeyer Center.

The celebration and program will be held at 1 p.m. at the Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby Ave.

For information call 899-3391 or email djordan@mbay.net.

MONTEREY

Park districts awards several grants

The Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District awarded several open space and costal preservation grants Monday.

The winners were the Heritage Society of Pacific Grove, the University Corporation at Monterey Bay (CSUMB), Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Carmel Valley Recreation and Park District and the city of Pacific Grove.