Dashed Mill Race Inn development plans leave future of Geneva site in question

For four years, the former Mill Race Inn site in Geneva has sat empty except for the remnants of a historic stone structure protected by a tarp.

It’ll stay that way — at least for now — after the city council rejected the latest development proposal for the prime parcel of land on the Fox River at Geneva’s eastern gateway.



At a meeting Monday, Geneva’s 10 aldermen voted unanimously to reject the proposal presented by the Shodeen Family Foundation, signaling the end of a $38 million project introduced nearly 18 months ago.

The proposed project called for 116 rental apartments, eight townhouses, 2,000 square feet of commercial space, 155 covered parking spaces, deconstruction and reinterpretation of the original historic structure to adhere to its landmark status, and riverfront amenities.

The decision will cost the city $273,000 — to come from tax increment financing funds — to cover all the expenses

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Monterey County cop placed on leave after alleged lewd and disparaging social media posts against Black Lives Matter

PACIFIC GROVE — A Pacific Grove police officer has been placed on leave after he allegedly made a social media posting using offensive language about the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s the same officer who in May reportedly placed stickers on his private vehicle with anti-LGBTQ language as well as supporting a right-wing militia group.

At a Sunday press conference, PG Police Chief Cathy Madalone said she put an unidentified officer on administrative after it was discovered Saturday that lewd and disparaging remarks about the civil rights movement had been posted to his social media account.

“Yesterday it was brought to our attention that one of our officers posted ‘F-dot-dot-dot Black Lives Matter’ on social media,” Madalone said. “He has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.”

She did not name the officer, citing a “personnel matter,” but did confirm that it is the same officer

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to leave telecom agency on January 20

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, says he is leaving the telecommunications regulator on Inauguration Day.

President-elect Joe Biden will choose a new Democratic head for the agency. A new administration typically picks a new chairman.

Pai has presided over a contentious FCC over the last four years. He undid net neutrality rules that barred internet service providers like Comcast and AT&T from favoring some types of online traffic over others in 2017 and championed other deregulatory efforts. He has also worked to free up spectrum for cellphone companies so they can roll out 5G, the next-generation wireless standard that promises faster speeds, and cracked down on Chinese telecom companies as national security threats.

The incoming FCC is likely to try to reinstate net neutrality rules and focus on closing the “digital divide,” getting internet service to Americans who don’t have it because it’s not available or they

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Police Officer On Administrative Leave During Investigation Of Post On Social Media

An officer with the Pacific Grove Police Department has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into a post on social media, officials said Sunday.

Pacific Grove Police Chief Cathy Madalone said she is “deeply concerned by these allegations” that stem from a post on the social media platform Parler, which Madalone described as “like Facebook, but without censorship.”

She said the post in question, which was reported to the department, stated “F— Black Lives Matter.”

The city said in a news release that, “This is the same officer that had the controversial decals affixed to his vehicle that were reported to the city back in May of 2020. Unfortunately, the findings of that investigation were part of a personnel matter, therefore disclosure of the details of the investigation are prohibited by law.”

“I want to assure the public that we are committed to providing the

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Parler is growing but conservatives are not ready to leave Twitter

“I will no longer accept the censorship that is happening on Twitter,” she said. She would still use the site to promote her guests and TV shows, she added, but she would not “be dropping any scoops” there, and that “it is Parler where you will find real stories and the things I’m working on and my opinions on things.”

From election day until Sunday afternoon, she’s posted to Parler 118 times — and tweeted 174 times.

Since launching in 2018, Parler’s leaders have framed the social network as one of the last bastions of free speech online, building a fan base of annoyed conservatives who argue they had been silenced everywhere else.

The company said its user base has exploded since Trump’s election loss, doubling this month to more than 10 million accounts. In Apple’s app store, according to data from analytics firm Sensor Tower, Parler jumped from 1,023

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