Neighborhood Resident Recognized

Master Sergeant Sean Brownlee, a member of the CERV of the Monterey Peninsula Advisory Council and the Marine Corps Reserve, was recently awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal for his continued dedication and selfless sacrifice to his community and our nation. Sean speaks several languages, is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, a business owner in Monterey, and a volunteer with CERV and other organizations within our community. In 2013, CERV named Sean Volunteer of the Year. Sean also serves on the Community Emergency Response Team (Monterey CERT) steering committee as the Logistics Chief and is responsible for organizing and overseeing the CERT programs annual inventory–tracking all equipment and working with zone captains for the procurement of additional materials and supplies for Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Carmel’s CERT containers. Additionally, Sean has served as Vice President for the Del Monte Beach Neighborhood association. During his tenure, he increased membership by over 300 percent in less than one year. He also created a website, online social media platforms and created a private network called Nextdoor, featured on the front page of the Monterey Herald in September 2014. He was also featured on KION News Channel 5 46 in January 2016 for raising awareness about local concerns.

Master Sergeant Sean Brownlee’s volunteerism is exemplary. He is ALWAYS willing to help. He seeks (and finds) ways to improve the status quo. ALWAYS respectful of others, he never asks for thanks…just does the job with a smile on his face.

CERV congratulates Sean on his promotion to Master Sergeant and applauds the Armed Forces for recognizing Sean’s service to our community and our country by awarding him the Marine Corps Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.

A Big Shout Out for Sean.


New Comedic Video Showcasing Monterey

This newly released video showcases the Monterey Bay area, and despite it being a comedic pop song,it features everything the county has to offer. This song and the video were an attempt to capitalize on how photogenic the Central Coast can be, while also paying tribute to the place the singers have lived their entire lives.



Christmas king tide promise to be some of 2015’s highest

King tides Christmas week will be some of the highest seen all year, according to the National Weather Service.

A rare Christmas full moon, the first in 38 years, is playing a role in bringing the water closer to land.

The highest tides will be on Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday the tide got to more than 7 feet and on Christmas Eve it could be get even higher.

Water Main Break – Traffic Detour – Flushing Your Lines

Cal Am just announced that the water main break off of Surf Way has been fixed and they are re-pressurizing the lines now. The traffic detour entering our neighborhood should be lifted shortly.

Following a water main break, it is recommended you flush the cold water lines you use in your home or business. It is recommended you flush your taps as a precaution because of an increase in the number of water main breaks in our aging infrastructure. It will cost you just pennies per faucet to take this important step.

It is also suggested to run all cold water taps for five minutes. If you have a single-lever faucet, set it to run the cold water. Begin with the highest faucet in your home or business and then open the other faucets one at a time, moving from your highest floor to your lowest.

After five minutes, turn off your faucets in reverse order, from lowest to highest. You should also flush your refrigerator’s water lines.

Flushing your water lines lowers the risk of potential contamination that is created whenever a water main is depressurized because of a break. This is particularly important for people who have special health concerns because their immunity is compromised.

Our Neighborhoods and El Nino

Hope you’re all having a great weekend.

The most recent power outage taught us a lot about preparing for emergencies. Many of our neighbors were unable to boil water, get their car out of their garage or simply power their cell phones. Some did not even have batteries for their flashlights. Whether you have medication that needs to stay refrigerated or family members that need to be communicated with, you should be prepared for the next outage.

This winter is projected to have one of the harshest El Nino’s in years. We are certain to have downed trees, power lines and flooding. There are many simple steps you can take to be prepared. Attached is a great resource for homeowner’s flood prevention and response. Here is a link to 28 things to do to prepare for El Niño rains this season:

In the event that cell towers go down and standard communication is lost your Community Emergency Response Team will man the emergency response containers in your neighborhood. For Del Monte Beach our container is at the Tot Lot on Spray Avenue. We have radios that communicate with the city fire, police and rescue departments. If you or a neighbor has an emergency and the phones are out please visit your emergency response container and we will help. We are also stocked with medical and emergency supplies. We urge you to have your own supplies as well.

Please reach out with any questions or comments. The time to prepare is now.

Best Auto Detailer at Your Door

For over a year now Andrew with “A Brilliant Shine” has been coming to our neighborhood every week to detail our cars. He’s a mobile auto detailer and offers a variety of packages for every type of vehicle from cars and trucks, to RV’s, boats and planes and does an absolutely amazing job. He focuses on using a waterless wash system and last year alone he saved over 4,000 gallons of water doing so. Whether you’re looking for a weekly wash, a wax or a complete ceramic coating he’ll offer you the best possible price. Just mention you found him on Nextdoor and he’ll offer a special discount. Best part of all – He comes to you

Andrew: 831-901-5830