6 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY August 31-september 6, 2023 www.montereycountyweekly.com THE BUZZ FREE SPEECH Eight candidates for the Republican presidential nomination traded barbs on a debate stage in Milwaukee on Wednesday, Aug. 23, though it’s not clear what the point of it was. That’s because the runaway frontrunner for the nomination is former president Donald Trump, who is facing four criminal indictments—two federal, one in Georgia and another in New York—which could tie Trump up in court for much of 2024 and keep him off the campaign trail. Despite this, only two of the candidates on stage—former governors Chris Christie and Asa Hutchinson—said they wouldn’t support Trump as nominee if he was convicted of a crime. Meanwhile, at the same time of the debate, a pre-taped interview was streamed on X (the social media platform formerly known as Twitter) where Tucker Carlson asked Trump questions over the course of an hour, which included Trump calling his critics “savage animals.” Trump also made his own return to Twitter after previously being banned due to incendiary comments promoting violence on Jan. 6, 2020. He posted his mugshot and a call for donations. Good: Monterey County’s Sustainability Program received a six-figure state grant that will help fund climate resilience projects in some of the county’s most underserved communities. The $300,000 Transformative Climate Communities Planning Grant, provided by California’s Strategic Growth Council, will focus on a five-square-mile area that includes the town of Pajaro. The county will partner with Watsonville-based RegeneraciónPajaro Valley Climate Action to build a community coalition that will look to identify three-to-five greenhouse gas-reducing projects that can be implemented in the Pajaro Valley. The work could potentially lead to future grants to fund the development of those projects. “Equitycentered climate work is about connecting with community members who feel left behind on issues that directly affect their quality of life,” said Sustainability Program Analyst Cora Panturad. GREAT: Congratulations to the Big Sur Land Trust, which received unanimous approval from the California Wildlife Conservation Board on Aug. 24 for $8.6 million in state funding toward the acquisition of Basin Ranch. The grant means the nonprofit expects to be able to close the deal for 5,015 acres near Arroyo Seco by November, with plans to co-manage the property with the Esselen Tribe of Monterey County. (Big Sur Land Trust will be responsible for the remaining $86,800 of the $8.68 million purchase.) “This ranch and the entire range are a critical wildlife corridor and a region of deep cultural significance to Indigenous people,” Rachel Saunders of BSLT said in a statement. She emphasizes the unique opportunity to forge a partnership with an Indigenous organization to preserve cultural values of the land. “We hope this will serve as a model for other land trusts in the state of California.” GOOD WEEK / GREAT WEEK THE WEEKLY TALLY Loan amount awarded to Watsonville Community Hospital from the Distressed Hospital Loan Program, created by the California Legislature in May. The hospital was in danger of closing in 2021 but remained open after Pajaro Valley Healthcare District purchased the hospital on Sept. 1, 2022. Source: California Department of Health Care Access and Information $8.3 QUOTE OF THE WEEK “The Hawaiian culture—it’s reciprocal.” -Louella Sumler, director of the Marina-based Pacific Island dance and culture group Ná Haumána Hula Hálau, speaking about the motivation to organize a benefit for the people of Lahaina (see story, mcweekly.com). million CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL 5716 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel, CA 831-624-2015 www.carmelbethisrael.org SELICHOT (Preparing yourself for the High Holy Days) Saturday, September 9 8 p.m. Study Session 9:30 p.m. Service ROSH HASHANAH Friday, September 15 7 p.m. Erev Rosh Hashanah Saturday, September 16 9:30 a.m. Morning Service 12:30 p.m. Family/Children’s Service 4 p.m. Tashlich on Carmel Beach below 13th Ave. Sunday, September 17 10 a.m. Second Day Service MEMORIAL SERVICE Friday, September 22 3 p.m. Memorial Service at Mission Memorial Park, 1915 Ord Grove Avenue, Seaside KOL NIDRE (EREV YOM KIPPUR) Sunday, September 24 7 p.m. Evening Service YOM KIPPUR Monday, September 25 10 a.m. Morning Service 12:30 p.m. Family/Children’s Service 1:30 p.m. High Holy Days Discussion 3 p.m. Afternoon Service *4:45 p.m. Yizkor Service *5:30 pm Neilah Service (Closing of the Gates) *6:30 p.m. A Light Break- the-Fast *Times are approximate on Yom Kippur afternoon www.carmelbethisrael.org On Sunday, September 10, from noon to 2 p.m., we invite you to visit Congregation Beth Israel for an Open House in advance of the High Holy Days — check out our warm and welcoming Congregation and all that we have to offer! Join us for this “Taste of Jewish!,” featuring festive Jewish foods for the New Year and more! 2023 – 5784 HIGH HOLY DAYS SCHEDULE OF SERVICES NO RESERVATIONS OR TICKETS REQUIRED NO CHARGE TO ATTEND ANY SERVICE — DONATIONS WELCOME ALL SERVICES AT THE SYNAGOGUE UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED Rabbi Bruce D. Greenbaum and Cantor Alisa Fineman KICK OFF 5784 WITH AN OPEN HOUSE AT BETH ISRAEL!